->''"This is a story... that takes place over one summer--''
->''A story of love and aerial combat."''

A light novel by Koroku Inumura which was later adapted into an animated movie by Studio Creator/{{Madhouse}}, ''To Aru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku'' (とある飛空士への追憶 aka ''Remembrances for a Certain Pilot'' also known as ''The Princess and the Pilot'') tells the story of Charles Karino, a mercenary pilot serving under the Levahm Airforce, who is tasked an important mission: to ferry Princess Fana del Moral, only daughter of the ruling family of San Matilia and fiancee to the crown prince of the Empire of Levahm, safely across twelve thousand kilometers of open ocean to the mainland. The sheer distance of the trip is daunting enough, but throw in the fact that Levahm is currently at war with the neighboring Empire of Amatsukami, and whose armed aerial navy and air force patrol those waters, and one can see that the mission is anything ''but'' easy.

Directed by Jun Shishido and featuring adapted character designs by Hidenori Matsubara, ''Remembrances for a Certain Pilot'' is a tale of adventure (and a bit of romance), told amidst the backdrop of war.

The movie was first shown in theaters on October 1, 2011, and is available for purchase on DVD/Blu-rays as of February 24, 2012.

No relation to ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. It ''is'', however, related to ''LightNovel/ToaruHikuushiENoKoiuta'' and ''LightNovel/ToaruHikushiENoSeiyaku'', which take place in the same universe.


* AceCustom: The plane that Charles pilots, the Santa Cruz, is essentially just an up-spec'd version of the usual naval recon plane. Although it's faster than the rest of the planes Levahm fields, it's still noted to be slower than the main line fighter of the Amatsukami Airforce, the Shinden.
* AcePilot: Charles is the best pilot of his mercenary wing (it's the reason why he was chosen for the mission to begin with). Also the Amatsukami pilot he duels with at the climax of the movie.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The Amatsukami side has several of these. Charles gets an OhCrap look whenever he spots one because it means they could be swarmed by lots of hostiles quickly.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: A very minor version. Fana ups and drinks half a bottle of rum (which she had been using as antiseptic for Charles' wounds), and in less than a minute is trying to teach Charles to waltz. This, despite Charles firmly insisting that, as a commoner, he wouldn't even have any ''reason'' to do so.
* AnachronismStew: Not really obvious at first, given the flying battleships that both Levahm and Amatsukami field, but it's surprising to have UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-style planes being chased by ''heat-seeking missiles''... launched by said flying battleships.
* ArrangedMarriage: Carlo and Fana, [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage although they grow fond of each other as soon as they meet]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Charles succeeds in his mission, is paid enough to last for three lifetimes, and Fana fosters peace between the warning nations, but they never see each other again and Charles is never publically recognized for his mission. In fact, he disappears from history after it.]]
* BlingOfWar: Many of the higher ranks of the Levahm military, including the Crown Prince, sport lots of shiny medals. Charles, despite his ability, has none.
* BodyguardCrush: Downplayed in the movie, as Charles resists falling in love with Fana but he does admit that he considers her his 'hope' in the end. [[spoiler:In the novel [[StarCrossedLovers the two are implied to have developed feelings for each other during their sojourn at the archipelago, but Charles refuses to pursue his feelings out of duty to Levahm.]]]]
* CoolAirship: Less like those in Anime/LastExile or its [[Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing sequel]], more like UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battleships like the Yamato, except carried aloft by massive prop engines.
* CoolPlane: The Shinden, the main fighter of the Amatsukami Airforce. It is based on the real-life Kyushu J-7W Shinden [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyushu_J7W]], a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era prototype that never got beyond the drawing table. Kind of fitting, given how the conflict between Levahm and Amatsukami seems to parallel that particular global conflict.
* ConsummateProfessional: Charles takes all the abuse leveled at him from senior officers and enlisted men like water off a duck's back and answers questions seriously. His initial exchanges with Fana are practical and to-the-point. Even those that despise him for his mixed parentage recognize him as the best in the Levahm air force.
* DisposableFiance: [[spoiler: Averted; Prince Carlo is precisely as sincere and affectionate as he appears in his first scene and, though Fana suggests eloping to Charles, she ultimately marries Carlo.]]
* TheEmpire: ''Two'' of them, on opposite sides of the war. Our hero works for one of them so they're considered even morally speaking.
* EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses: Fana is consistently called "Your Highness" through the movie (except for the SayMyName moment), given she's the daughter of a ruling family ''and'' is betrothed to the crown prince of the Levahm empire.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Empire of Levahm seems to be Imperial Spain transposed into the start of the Twentieth Century, while the Empire of Amatsukami is UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era Imperial Japan.
* FantasticRacism: As a ''bestado'' (a mixed-blood child of a Levahm and an Amatsukami native), Charles is generally treated like dirt by many people of Levahm, especially those in the military hierarchy. Only Fana and the other pilots of his mercenary wing treat him differently.
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Charles' mother was Fana's nursemaid, and Charles himself spent a part of his childhood tending the gardens of the del Moral family estate, before his mother was unceremoniously dismissed by Fana's father.]]
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: [[spoiler:Charles' identity was thoroughly-erased from the historical records, that only after someone stumbled upon a record of Operation Black-Tailed Gull -- long after both Fana and Charles have died -- that the Operation came to light -- and even then the one who brought the whole thing to light never found out what happened to Charles in the end. See ATrueStoryInMyUniverse above.]]
* GuyInBack: Fana makes herself useful in this capacity despite being a noble with minimal training (lookout but not gunnery). Interestingly, it's the AcePilot who gets hurt. She talks to him to keep him conscious.
* HeroicSacrifice: The Levahm commander in charge of San Matilia sends his entire air wing, including Charles' mercenary buddies, in a diversionary attack against Amatsukami positions so that the Santa Cruz can slip out of the island undetected. Charles morosely mentions later that many of the pilots sent out won't likely come back alive. All of this is off-screen.
* HighSpeedMissileDodge: During the first ambush, Charles has to deal with several heat-seeking missiles. He proceeds to lose some of them in the sea, and then lead the rest into DeadlyDodging.
* HimeCut: Fana supports the classic look (even bangs, forelocks and waist length in the back) during her scenes as a child and also in the beginning. It gets messy after a couple days in a plane (and a couple dips into the sea) because she has no means of upkeep. Then she cuts most of it off.
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: One of the battleships that participates in the first ambush on the Santa Cruz is destroyed by some of its own heat-seeking missiles when the Santa Cruz flies upwards and past it.
* ICantDance: Fana tries to get Charles to dance with her during one of the plane's pit-stops. He doesn't know how (on count of being a commoner with no reason to learn) and it means they fall into a suggestive position. [[spoiler: At the ending, he "dances" in his plane, i.e. he shows off with various stunts.]]
* ImportantHaircut: Fana cuts her hair short after treating Charles' wounds, given its length was starting to annoy her.
* TheKlutz: Fana can be like this, as demonstrated when she falls off the plane and into the ocean ''twice''.
* OhCrap: Charles experiences several of these over the course of the flight. [[spoiler:Being surrounded by a dozen flying battleships ''twice'', then being chased by a squad of fighters determined to shoot your plane down]] can do that to a person.
* TheMedic: Fana shows extensive medical knowledge when Charles is injured during an escape from an enemy fleet; removing debris, cleaning the wound, disinfecting it with alcohol, and then bandaging him.
* ParentalAbandonment: Charles' mother Chise died when he was a child [[spoiler:not too long after she was dismissed by Fana's father]], and Fana's father was killed during an Amatsukami air raid on their residence.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Charles' airgroup is made up of mercenaries fighting for the Empire of Levahm.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The captain of the Special Operations ship that Princess Fana is taken aboard in the end is definitely one, giving stern stares at the greedy imperial officer and allowing Fana to see Charles one last time.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The epilogue states that Fana devoted herself to diplomacy following this mission.
* SayMyName: Charles calls out to Fana when it seems [[spoiler:the Amatsukami ace is about to shoot them down, prompting Fana to use the machine gun in time and damage their enemy's plane.]]
* SceneryPorn: The background scenery throughout the movie is absolutely gorgeous.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Zigzagged through the movie. At first, he says he's doing this as his final mission before retiring to live on an island with the sizeable wealth he'd gain from completing it. Then, he tells Fana that he always wanted to do a mission he would become proud of. Despite that, after safely delivering Fana to the Special Operations ship, he calmly accepts the large bag of gold dust as payment for the mission... only to throw some of it away as confetti while putting on one last aerial show for Fana and the ship's crew.
* SharedUniverse: With LightNovel/ToaruHikuushiENoKoiuta.
* ShipTease: Between Charles and Fana. It's kind of expected, as the source novel ''is'' a romance novel. Specific tropes involved with the tease involve BodyguardCrush and ICantDance.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Fana grows fond of Carlo because of his romantic, sweet nature. She's also {{ship tease}}d with the benevolent, humble, and certified {{nice guy}} Charles.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the beginning, Fana has enough trouble [[TheKlutz not slipping off the wings of the Santa Cruz]]. By the end, [[spoiler:she helps Charles beat Amatsukami's top pilot in the climatic dogfight.]] She also develops a much sterner spine, going from effectively a living doll to an assertive woman who can make military officers stumble at her stare, as if she had slapped them.
* ATrueStoryInMyUniverse: The epilogue strongly implies that [[spoiler:the whole LightNovel was the book of the same title published in-universe as an account of Charles' mission]].
* WhatAnIdiot: Okay Prince Carlo, we understand you were worried about your fiancee's secret trip, but [[spoiler: did you have to talk about it on a message sent by military telegraph, where your country's enemies would likely intercept it?]] Charles privately rants about it in-universe.
* WorthyOpponent: The Amatsukami ace, Takeo Chijiwa (who is incidentally the protagonist of the third LightNovel), sees Charles as this, enough that he challenges him to a one-on-one dogfight. It is reciprocated by Charles, who salutes him at the duel's conclusion.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Fana's hair is a light sky blue, verging on white.