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NIS America Licenses The Pilot's Love Song Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Retail release for story of love & aerial combat that premiered last month

NIS America announced on Thursday that it acquired the television anime series The Pilot's Love Song (Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta) for retail release in North America, in addition to streaming. The anime has been streaming on the Crunchyroll service since it premiered in Japan last month.

NIS America describes the story in this adaptation of Koroku Inumura's light novel series:

In order to uncover the "end of the sky," as spoken of in ancient mythology, Kal-el Albus is sent to Isla, an island in the sky. There he attends Cadoques High's Aerial Division, where he enjoys a carefree life with his schoolmates. That is...until a surprise attack by the air tribe drags Isla into a bloody war.

The 2009-2011 five-volume light novel series is set in the same world as Inumura's To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku (Recollection of a Certain Airship Pilot/The Princess and the Pilot) novel and anime film, although it is set earlier with a different cast of characters. NIS America released The Princess and the Pilot on Blu-ray Disc last May.

Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Heroic Age) is directing the anime off scripts supervised by Shinichi Inotsume (The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke, Hayate the Combat Butler, Ristorante Paradiso). Hiroki Harada (Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, Romeo × Juliet, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal) designed the characters.

The anime stars Aoi Yūki as Claire Cruz, Ayana Taketatsu as Ariel Albus, Kaito Ishikawa as Ignacio Axis, and Natsuki Hanae as Kal-el Albus/Carl La El. The unit petit milady (voice actresses Aoi Yūki and Ayana Taketatsu) performs the opening theme "azurite," while female musical group Akai Kōen performs the ending theme, "Kaze ga Shitteru" (The Wind Knows).

Image © Koroku Inumura, Shogakukan/Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta Project

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