This is one of those frequently reused symbols in Japanese media that I can't quite suss out entirely... what's the symbolism behind feathers? They pop up all the time, sometimes related to wings, but sometimes not. Sometimes they're left floating behind when a character does something particularly mystical, sometimes they're just there in a sort of non-sequiter fashion. I suspect it's one of those oddities that arises from Christianity's history with Japan, but I don't actually know that.
Can anyone around here give up the straight dope?