I can already see that this show is going to be a slow build. Without spoiling much, we get some distinct hints in the beginning of the episode that this little trip on Isla isn’t just for fun and games. Couple that with Benjamin’s question about the island’s armaments, and there are some serious questions that are begging for answers—answers that aren’t to be found in this episode.
In the end, I would say this episode serves to be more of a character introduction than anything else. We meet some new characters, as well as some returning faces from the pilot episode (no pun intended), and we get to learn a bit about several characters’ motivations for coming to Isla. We also get to see a bit more of the ‘tension’, if you will, between the commoner and noble classes. I guess it shouldn’t be much of a surprise, though, that the nobles look down on the commoners; that’s a pretty basic plot point, I think. Still, I suppose the division would lose some of its significance if we didn’t actually see the tension in action. All-in-all, the scene itself is silly—in terms of what causes the conflict, I mean—which serves to show just how shallow the nobles within this series may very well be. Okay, so that’s probably a bit too generalized at this point.
In the end, there isn’t a lot of plot advancement in this series, and what little advancement we do have mostly happens at the end. I must admit, I think my pre-conceived notions about Ignacio Axis (the unnamed silver-haired character from the first episode) may be wrong. I had pegged him as Kal’s inevitable rival—in school and, possibly, for Claire’s affections. Now, as of the end of this episode (which also reveals a bit of a surprise), I’m not quite sure what his role may be. However, I’m fairly certain that we can say Kal has made a rival for himself in the form of Fausto Fidel Melze. You’ll see why. I’m trying to make it a point to not actually spoil anything in these reviews.
If you’re looking for an action-packed show, then you’ll have to look elsewhere (at least for now). As it stands, I think The Pilot’s Love Song may very well be more character-driven than plot-driven—at least for the time being. This seems like a show that’s geared more towards people who want to connect with the characters, and possibly have their hearts ripped out later on.
A Christian Perspective:
Again, there’s not a whole lot to say here. There is one use of profanity within the episode, a couple of scenes where characters are punched in the stomach, and a perverse comment made by Admiral Luis. Honestly, the perverse comment may be the worst of them all. In the end, I think it comes down to your personal scruples, at least for now.
Language: 1 “b**t*rd”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Several female characters in one-piece bathing suits are shown during the intro
Violence: The intro shows airplane combat; A noble student punches a commoner student; One teacher punches another
Other: Not sure if this should go in language or N/S/F, but Luis makes a comment about enjoying screams of pleasure from young ladies (in response to the students cheering for him)