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In one sense The Pilot’s Love Song is a truly extraordinary achievement in anime: never before have I seen such epic world building used to produce such a pedestrian story.

The Pilot’s Love Song had such potential: revolutions, magic, tragic back stories, epic air battles, hidden families.

You name it, and it was probably there to be used if only the writers had the ability to breathe emotion into the mix.

Alas, whilst it was never particularly objectionable, neither did The Pilot’s Love Song ever actually rise to the heights it promised.

Ultimately the worst thing about The Pilot’s Love Song is the sense of missed opportunities, of a great show that could have been.

Still, the opening was pretty. I guess that’s something.