The Princess and the Pilot
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Running Time: 99 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
Made for a shonen (male) audience with an inclination for romance without the soppiness involved, Charles Karino, a mixed-blood pilot is assigned to escort a princess safely to her prince via a military aircraft called Santa Cruz. After the original escort was taken down by the enemy, the Amatsukami, the prince decides to try again.
The fact that this is a love story is made stronger by the prince of the Levamme Empire falling for Juana del Moral. As a way of wooing her highness, he tells her he will end the war between them and the Amatsukami Imperium within the space of one year - this surprisingly is his way of giving her a marriage proposal, and in a way it succeeds as Charles is the last attempt to get her back to safety.
Charles does not understand what he has agreed to and could have a serious problem getting her to her prince. Although part of the story revolves around the prince and princess needing to see each other, there is a lot to learn about the pilot, Charles. He is of mixed heritage, a Levamme/Amatsukami male who has learned how to deal with racism about it from his own people. His way of taking the princess on her journey is to prove his worth as he would rather not be defined by his race. The characters are not all explored in detail, but for the men interested in this aviation/romance/fantasy movie there are some amazing moments in the story where we are treated to high definition planes, waterfalls and scenery in general that really look like there has been a high production value put into the movie.
The Princess and the Pilot or To Aru Hikushi e no Tsuioku (Recollections for a Certain Pilot) was an anime basted on the novel by Koroku Inumura and directed by Jun Shishido and certainly deserves the attention of both male and female audiences.
Bonus Material: (For the Blu-ray release: 15 Second TV Spot – Action (Roadshow), 15 Second TV Spot – Tragic Love (Now Showing), 15 Second TV Spot – Tragic Love (Roadshow), Preview, Trailer, Trailer – Neutral (Textless)
Verdict: The Princess and the Pilot is a great introduction to the franchise before the series comes along.