The Princess and the Pilot Review — B+

This would have gotten an A+ if it were directed by Makoto Shinkai. So many wasted opportunities for cloud porn. Still, I enjoyed it immensely.

The story follows a pilot who rises to the top ranks of the military’s aces, despite having been born in the gutter as part of a despised racial group and becoming an orphan at an early age. He’s given a secret mission to fly the future empress alone through enemy territory to the capital.

It seems like a straight up boy meets girl adventure story, and to an extent it is, but there are a few aspects that set it apart. The biggest one to me was that their relationship didn’t progress as smoothly as these things usually do. It takes the two a while to warm up to each other and break down the social barriers separating them, even though they’re alone together for the entire time. He treats her like a princess, and she treats him like a soldier.

So it takes a while for their relationship to get off the ground, and even when it does, things don’t go all that smoothly. She is betrothed after all, and he’s a man of honor.

All of the flying scenes were amazing as well, including some great action sequences which were filled with superb piloting while being believable at the same time. (Of course, the clouds could have been prettier…)

On the negative side, why did they have to make these two childhood friends? This was just silly. It was fairly tasteful compared to the usual take on childhood friends, although it was still completely unnecessary.

The last twenty minutes were a bit of a letdown as well. The final villain (shown above) was comically evil. The rest of the show was filled with shades of grey, so this guy felt completely out of place. And the show ended with five minutes of dancing in glitter, which was silly.

But overall I’d highly recommend this movie.

  • Storytelling – B – Good until it stumbled at the end.
  • Voice – A – Excellent feel for the setting, especially the planes and airships.
  • Characters – B – The two leads were excellent for the most part, aside from being childhood friends. Terrible final villain though.
  • Attention Grab -A – Kept me glued to the screen.
  • Production – B – It wasn’t Makoto Shinkai!
  • Overall – B+

Recommendations – The Place Promised in our Early Days, The Sky Crawlers

12 thoughts on “The Princess and the Pilot Review — B+

  1. Amazing movie! Seriously fun stuff I even showed my dad a few of the dog fight scenes and the story at the end was nice but kind of fell apart didn’t it? Ah well it was still great xD

    It was funny after my dad watched it he was showing me a lot of old WWI and WWII style war planes and some old school TV shows he used to watch.

    1. Yeah, I love the planes from this time and series that deal with them as well. These smaller planes are so cool. They need more anime with airplanes.

  2. You can probably tell from my post about the movie that the only thing that I didn’t really like was the ending. The rest was great though, I loved the action scenes, and I actually thought there was enough cloud porn 😛

    1. I pretty much agree, the main thing I didn’t like was also the ending. They certainly had enough cloud porn in quantity, but it wasn’t the quality of cloud porn I’ve come to expect. 🙁

    2. me too, i usually don’t mind cool ending (for example cool boy sacrifices his life to protect or something like that– something like a beautiful ending)

      But this ending, I just can’t seem to categorize its ending as beautiful!

      You see, unrequited love is always bad! (Thats how i see)
      I was not satisfied with the ending, putting a hole in my heart ='(

      1. I don’t really mind unrequited love by itself. It’s all the showmanship with the plane and the gold, plus the last minute introduction of that pointless villain that I didn’t like. Unrequited love is the most beautiful kind. 🙂

        1. actually i just feel bad thinking that the princess will end up with that prince @A@

          makes me jealous >n<

          unrequited love, i like it when they don't end up with each other and themselves ending up with other TAT..

          1. I love unrequited love stories as well. So tragic, always makes me get emotional. To quote from Tatami Galaxy: “There’s nothing more boring than a successful romance.”

  3. I view the ending in 2 possible ways. He throws the gold dust but keeps enough for himself and that’s why he’s never heard from again or he really did throw it all out the window but later when she’s queen manages to wipe away any trace of him and they end up together behind the scenes so to speak.

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