To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku light novel cover

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The Princess and the Pilot (とある飛空士への追憶, Toaru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku?, "Recollections for a Certain Pilot") is a 2011 Japanese anime film, based on the fantasy light novel of the same name by Koroku Inumura.[1] It was released in Japanese cinemas on 1 October 2011.[2]

To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku is a joint production by Japanese animation studios Madhouse and TMS Entertainment,[3] and it was directed by the director Jun Shishido.[4] The cast of this film was officially revealed on 19 May 2011.[4]


Koroku Inumura's original war romance light novel revolves around Charles Karino, a Levamme Kingdom mercenary aerial pilot who mans the twin-seater reconnaissance seaplane Santa Cruz. One day, he receives a surprise assignment: to fly over 12,000 kilometers of enemy waters to protect a girl named Fana del Moral/Juana de Moral[Notes 1]. This mission is actually a covert operation as the original escort was taken down by enemy. Charles eventually discovers that both the original operation and the covert operation have been figured by the enemy decoding military telegraphs sent by the crown prince to Fana.[5]


Private Charles Karino
Voiced by Ryunosuke Kamiki[4]
A Levammian born mercenary pilot who takes on a secret escort mission assignment to protect a girl who is the future Princess consort of the state. He is subject to severe racist discrimination due to his mixed heritage (he shares a half blood heritage consisting of the Amatsukami Empire, the enemy state of Levamme Kingdom in the war). Due to his life long bad memory from racism, he was eager to prove himself and vows flying in the sky as a aviator as his life-long passion, because that "there is no caste, race, nor social status and other inequality among everyone" according to his own account. Although never officially recognized due to his race and social status as a flying ace, he is extremely talented at flying and aerial combat and that he is known to have out-gunned all the ace pilots within the kingdom in various drills and practices. He fell in love with Fana and has turned down all her advances to him during their stay in an island after Charles got injured because he got a very good moral character as a product of having been raised by priests after his mother died. It is unknown where he went or what happened to him after the mission. No military nor imperial records of Charles Karino remain after the mission for secondary protocol of hiding the truth about what happened to the Eighth Special Operations Fleet and all data regarding the very existence of the mission itself was erased.
Fana del Moral/Juana del Moral[Notes 1]
Voiced by Seika Taketomi[4]
The "yet to be" Princess consort, an extremely beautiful woman with beautiful silver-ish locks. Although she has had an isolated life due to her royal birth, she is an elegant, polite, and compassionate lady by character. After a marriage proposal from the Prince of the state in the middle of the war, she is subjected to an assassination attempt conducted by the enemy. Therefore, to get her back to the mainland, the military high command has organized a secret escort mission, operated by Private Charles Karino, to get her past the enemy line and fly her back to the mainland of the state. Unlike many other fellow nobility and fellow countrymen, she detests racism towards half bloods and shows acceptance and respect to Charles. Although not noticed at the beginning, she once had another encounter with Charles in her childhood. She fell in love with Charlles during the mission. She became the Empress of the Holy Levamme Empire and devoted her whole life into building peaceful and prosperous relations and initiated peace talks with the Amatsukami Empire, becoming a major figure for the people of both empires.


Voiced by Daisuke Namikawa

Imperial Prince Carlo

Voiced by Daisuke Ono

Marcos Guerrero

Voiced by Katsumi Chou

Diego del Moral

Voiced by Masaki Terasoma


Voiced by Takeshi Tomizawa

Domingo Garcia

Voiced by Yutaka Nakano

Chise Karino

Voiced by Seiko Niizuma


  1. 1.0 1.1 She's named as Fana in original Japanese release, but as Juana in Official english translation in some region.


  1. To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku Light Novel Reportedly Gets Film. Anime News Network (4 December 2010). Retrieved on 26 May 2011.
  2. とある飛空士への追憶. Retrieved on 26 May 2011.
  3. Madhouse, TMS Confirmed on To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku. Anime News Network (1 April 2011). Retrieved on 26 May 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Kamiki Ryunosuke, Taketomi Seika to play main voices in Madhouse’s "To Aru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku". Tokyograph (19 May 2011). Retrieved on 26 May 2011. This is a translation of the original article by
  5. "The Princess and the Pilot 9 Minute Digest Streamed" Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
Characters of Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku / The Princess and the Pilot
Levamme Empire Domingo GarciaMarcos GuerreroJoaquinCarlo LevammeDiego del MoralCharles KarinoChise KarinoFana del Moral
Amatsukami Imperium Takeo Chijiwa
Characters in bold are the main characters
Toaru Hikuushi
Content AircraftCharactersLocationsNationsTechnology
Light novels Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku (2008) • Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta (2009-2011) • Toaru Hikuushi e no Yasoukyoku (2011) • Toaru Hikuushi e no Seiyaku (2012-2015)
Anime The Princess and the Pilot (2011) • The Pilot's Love Song (2014)
Manga Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku (2009-2011) • Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta (2014-2015)