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Wings of Honneamise - Collector's Combi-pack [Blu-ray]
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In a world eerily similar to our own, war between the Kingdom of Honneamise and its archrival, The Republic, seems inevitable. But even as the two nations' rapidly evolving technology creates new ways to wage greater and more deadly forms of warfare, a small group seeks to use those same advances to propel mankind forward into the future and into space in their world's first manned spaceflight program.
For astronaut candidate Shirotsugh Lhadatt, it's not just a journey beyond the reach of the atmosphere, but a personal odyssey as he grows from an aimless young man into a leader willing to put everything on the line...
Contains both the dub (with the voice of Bryan Cranston) and original Japanese with subtitles. Extras include deleted scenes, original Japanese trailers and a 20 page booklet translated from the Japanese release.
- Collector s packaging
- Deleted scenes
- Japanese trailer collection
- English trailer
If you're curious about anime, The Wings of Honneamise, is a good place to start. --Roger Ebert<br \><br \>Ambitious and daring in its seamless melding of color, depth and detail. --Washington Post<br \><br \>The Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force showcases the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese adult-oriented animation... --Variety<br \><br \>Ambitious and daring in its seamless melding of color, depth and detail. --Washington Post<br \><br \>The Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force showcases the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese adult-oriented animation... --Variety<br \><br \>Ambitious and daring in its seamless melding of color, depth and detail. --Washington Post<br \><br \>The Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force showcases the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese adult-oriented animation... --Variety
Ambitious and daring in its seamless melding of color, depth and detail. --Washington Post
The Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force showcases the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese adult-oriented animation... --Variety
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Set on an alternative Earth which is just a little different to ours, the film focuses on the space race and who's going to be the first nation to send their boys into orbit. Not unlike The Right Stuff in some ways with an Anime twist (and just as good). It narrows its focus mainly to a young Royal Space Force cadet, Shirotsugh. There's a bit of romance, a dash of politics, a sprinkle of religion, a dose of war and a decent amount of action as we follow him along his journey.
As well as being relatively serious and contemplative at times, there's a healthy sense of humour around to keep things light when required. The animation is of the old school, hand drawn variety and is fantastic - it all looks the part. So overall, a fun gem of a movie that's very much recommended.
If you want the 5 star experience then hunt out the DVD. This gives you the choice of dubbed dialogue or subtitles. Unfortunately, the DVD was never released in the UK and it was only available for a short time in the US and Japan. If you are prepared to pay a king's ransom for the DVD then you will not be disappointed. Amongst the usual DVD benefits Japan is region 2 so it will play on UK machines. However, this VHS version is still a creditable stop gap if you have fallen in love with the film.
Eschewing mecha battles and purple hair, The Wings of Honneamise is an epic poem about peace. One imagines it's the kind of thing Hayao Miyazaki would show his kids once they've grown out of Laputa and Spirited Away (as if that's possible!). Set in an alternate universe, it tells the story of an apathetic young man, Shiro Lhadatt (Leo Morimoto), who signs up to become the first man in space. As the countdown begins, the mission attracts the interest of the public, the media, and finally the military, while a sorrowful relgious girl, Riquinni Nonderaiko (Mitsuki Yayoi), attracts the interest of Shiro himself.
It's a fable about the human spirit with echoes of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff. Indeed, the climactic message won't take you by surprise - but what fun it is getting there. Yamaga's world is fairly bustling with life, all realised with sumptuous animation and some wonderful retro-modern art direction from Hiromasa Ogura (who would go on to work on manga favourites Ninja Scroll and Ghost In The Shell). Shiro's journey to his destiny is full of incident - flying lessons, explosively malfunctioning equipment, an exciting foot chase from a deceiving assassin - but also complemented with moments of dreamy calm. These peaceful moments are not simply excuses for some pretty ethereal music and absent wandering beneath neon verandas; they speak of Shiro's new sense of reflection, of his growing introspection.
Special mention should be made of Ryuichi Sakamoto's score. Like so much of his work, it is considered, emotive and memorable.
It's the best adult Japanese animation ever made, of that I'm certain. And it really isn't for children - this region 1 release retains an attempted sexual assault scene which was cut (by Manga Video, not the BBFC) for the UK video release. Moreover, the religious and political overtones, combined with the patient pacing, may be somewhat testing upon a younger child's attention span. Teens and older should buy it, love it, and feel inspired.
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