Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Review — D


Explorers travel on a floating island to discover the end of the world! For some reason they bring along a bunch of kids with them.

This show should have been everything I liked about anime. An exciting, fantastic world! Adventure! Airplanes! Romance!


Instead, we got a pile of rubbish. The setting makes no sense and they do the most half-assed development ever. We never even get to meet any of the enemies they fight against, except in the last episode for no reason. Every exciting unexplored land they discover looks like a shimmering rainbow. Ooh, exciting! The creators love to trigger lots of death flags in characters with no development whatsoever to make them die tragically. It relies on the most hackneyed of tropes (You’re you, you!) as its main message. Every adult character is a complete moron. Not to imply that the children are any better.

To make matters worse, if you stop and think about it for a split second, our heroes are actually the villains. They’re invading another country with an enormous flying fortress and not bothering to even talk to the people whose land they’re invading. Then at the end of the show the main character begins a world war to get his girlfriend back.

Yeah… It feels like very little thought went into this show at all. The only reason it doesn’t get an F is because it has airplanes, and airplanes are cool. Even if for some reason these airplanes fight by having somebody sit on top with a shotgun.

  • Storytelling – F – Makes no sense. Poor pacing (an entire episode devoted to cooking ramen? And then the story is never even resolved at the end).
  • Voice – D – It has airplanes and rainbows.
  • Characters – C – For the most part, Ka-el and Claire (the main leads) are okay. They have some decent potential for a good romance. But this is never capitalized on. And all the side characters are crap, most of whom exist solely to tragically die and then cry about it.
  • Attention Grab – C – With a couple exceptions, mostly kept my attention. Although it’s more of a “what braindead thing will they do next?” kind of thing.
  • Production – D – Not great.
  • Overall – D

Recommendations – Simoun, Last Exile, Sky Crawlers

7 thoughts on “Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Review — D

  1. I’m sorry, but that screencap of student-whose-name-I-can’t-be-bothered-to-remember makes me laugh every time. I stopped watching at episode three (mainly because the plot was sort of interesting but just not engaging and because the guys all had varied character designs while the girls were basically the same head on different bodies) but your blogs have been hilarious.

    Thanks, and I hope you get to blog something good this season.

    1. No need to apologize, I put it there because it makes me laugh too. So so unbelievably stupid.

      Looks like there are a lot of good things to blog this season. 🙂 Which in some ways is a shame because I have more fun bashing the awful shows.

  2. For what it’s worth, the air battles were really well done and thought out, as well as portrayed realistically.

    Lol, what am I saying, that shit made no sense at all. You can only suspend disbelief for so long.

    1. Lol yeah. If by super well-thought out you mean “wow, how did they imagine a commander who was so retarded?”

  3. Considering that we have same opinion most of the time, I can probably trust this score. I am glad that I have never picked this show, then.
    How come many people blogged about it?
    I thought it was somewhat good.
    Tragic deaths to characters that we barely know?

    1. I think a lot of people blogged it because the first episode seemed decent. And it was a spinoff of a movie which was actually pretty good. Sadly, it quickly fell to pieces…

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