Juicy, juicy backstory time. I had already realized that Kal-El and the princess Nina had some kind of connection, but I thought it was all the opposite from what we learned with this episode. I thought that Nina and Kal-El were somehow childhood friends or old rivals back in the day where Kal-El was still a prince, but it seems that old rivals was a rather weak term to describe their relationship. We still don’t know anything about Nina Viento, but she was the one who gave the power to the rebel to destroy the emperor and form a republic, even though she looks to be something more of a misunderstood innocent puppet more than anything else right now.
I am so glad that Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta had such a rich backstory already to give more depth to the student life on Isla, how incredible to realize that there are so many explosive factor stacked up on this flying island going to the end of the world. This show is bound to be exciting and because it is only 12 episodes, each episode should be filled with information and development. This episode alone we had a huge amount of information about the past exposed to us. I now better understand how an old prince managed to fall to the rank of commoner. Rather ironic how the monarchy of the kingdom was destroyed but there is still distinction between nobles and commoner even in a republic. Even more ironic how some nobles are giving Kal-El a hard time without them knowing how much more important he is according to their own standards.
Now, Kal-El aside, I found something rather interesting when we saw the fall of the emperor. It is rare that you see royalty, from a protagonist point of view, be overthrown by a population that felt oppressed. It was already clear in Carl’s memory that during the parade everyone hated the emperor and his family and that Carl’s father was probably not the best ruler to have existed. From the eyes of a child it must have been rather difficult to realize such things, but I am sure that as he grew older he must have learned how terrible his father was. It was fun to see such a rebellion take place and have a main character who lives against the will of the people and the protagonist must have realized at some point how hated he and his family were.
Now we have a clandestine prince on a floating island who is sure to enter danger pretty soon. We already have the commander asking for the newby to be flight ready in a short while and it seems all the most important people of the rebellion of 6 years ago are together once more on this floating island. The real objective of this mission remains a mystery that I cannot wait to have uncovered. There are so many important element going into this journey that it must be of the utmost importance. I don’t see why you’d bring some of the most important heroes of the new republic into a recon one-way-trip unless there were something grand to be found at the end of it. I just can’t wait to learn more !
ZeroGhj signing off