Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Episode 3
Six years ago, the rebellion that led and won the Wind Revolution turned Balsteros Empire to a Republic. The rebellion was made out of the people of Balsteros Empire, who as Karl had described to be very cold towards his family. They led by Frontier Duke Ameriano, who supposedly sought revenge, partnered with Saint Aldista Priestess, Nina Viento who controls the wind. The people held a public execution for his father and beheaded him while imprisoning him and his mother for a while until the day came along for it to be her turn. That fated day came with both hope and despair, as while he lost his mother, he also was given hope by Michael Albus who took him and raised him ever since. But unfortunately despite his mother’s wish for him to learn to forgive, Kal-El still to this day wants revenge against Nina Viento.
I really don’t know what to expect out of Ignacio now. After today’s episode, it was revealed that he (most likely) was a supporter of the revolution as he was grinning maliciously at the sight of Kal-El and his family at their feet. I don’t know what’s going to happen from this point on and whether Kal-El and Ignacio will ever get along because god damn- this is one hell of deep hatred we have here. But I must say I am surprised that he has been passive for the past three episodes and I desperately want to hear a peep from him and see him in action for crying out loud! I am crossing my fingers that we will get that next week because for crying out loud- GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY! Storms always comes with a good backstory and truth to the surface!
One of the few things that struck me was how Nina Viento was a little girl during the Wind Revolution. It makes me question what were her thoughts on the entire thing. Does she support their means or is she simply following orders? For most part, Nina is shown to be emotionless until that one brief second when Karl was shooting her the more ferocious glare that made her eyes widen. It is a tiny detail, but nevertheless it is an emotion that can either represent shock or fear. Without a doubt it will be very interesting to hear Nina’s side of the story, and what she thinks of Karl/Kal-El.
Another thing that I particularly liked this episode was how incredibly perspective and supportive Claire is. She isn’t useless and she makes a great partner with Kal-El because she is able to calmly assist him when he is in a state of panic (or suffering spatial disorder) with good instructions. Now that they have been separated from the others, I am sure Claire will take ahold of this opportunity to either confront Kal-El that she figured it out (I wouldn’t be surprised if she did), or will ask about why he harbours hatred towards Nina Viento.
Finally the wrap things up, the commander/general (whatever rank the guys is) ordered Sonia to start the formation training and ensure they understand the dogfights basics. Sonia is definitely against the idea because the students lack experience (they haven’t even been in school for a month yet!), and is dreading the idea that there will be a dogfight.