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  • Directors: Hiroyuki Yamaga
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anime Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2015
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00M97DNR4
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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.


Extras:

- Collector s packaging

- Deleted scenes

- Japanese trailer collection

- English trailer

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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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Before GUNBUSTER (1988-1989), NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER (1990-1991), the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION saga (1995-1997), FLCL (2000-2001) and GURREN LAGANN (2007), Studio GAINAX made ROYAL SPACE FORCE: THE WINGS OF HONNEAMISE (1987). The studio first started off as a group of animators who made short fan-made films for conventions. In the mid-80's, they decided to make an modest-budget OVA, but it soon evolved into a feature-length anime film with a budget of $8 million, making it (until the famous classic AKIRA [1988]) the most expensive animated film in Japan. Unfortunately, due to poor marketing from indecisive distributors, HONNEAMISE flopped financially and it took over half a decade before it found profit. The film critics, however, praised the movie and it did find an audience on home video. One thing HONNEAMISE did was brought everyone's attention to the talented animators of GAINAX.

And what is the story? Taking place on a planet that isn't Earth but similar, the film follows Shirotsugh 'Shiro' Lhadatt, a member of the ridiculed Royal Space Force, a team of wannabe pilots who are testing rockets but are regarded a joke by everyone else. One night, Shiro encounters Riquinni Nonderaiko, a young religious woman. Inspired by Riquinni's view of trying to get into space as a view of optimism in the times they currently living in, Shiro volunteers to be the first man into space, unaware that they are being use as a political pawn for a battle between different countries. At the same time, questions begin to rise - is the planned rocket launch a brave ambition or a waste of money and lives? Shiro finds himself as being popular, but is he really a hero?

What makes HONNEAMISE amazing is the detail that went into the animation.
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The Wings of Honneamise is great film overall. It is very different to alot of the horror/gore or sci-fi/mecha anime that is on the market by the way it portrays one boys dreams of flying in space. It's beautifully created and the artwork is stunning. There should really be more anime films made like this, the telling of an epic tale (it reminds me of kind of like an animated version of The Right Stuff), people would take anime alot more seriously if they did. The story is very deep and you get real character development, as well as genuine emotion. I saw this at the cinema when it was first released over here and on the whole was awestruck and I have seen it many times since on video and DVD, but the only problem I have with it is that some of it is soo boring, don't get me wrong most of it is amazing but it does drag in places. I would give it 3.5 stars but I can't and it doesn't deserve to given 3, so 4 it is. As much as I have a few gripes with some of it, I can't not like this film.
DO see this film and see what can be done with the art-form as it is truly outstanding, and like Perfect Blue shows that anime doesn't have to be about giant robot suits or vampires and tenticled monsters.
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I will admit something- had my brother not been present in the room, I would have cried at the end of this film.
This the only anime film I have seen where you actually feel for the characters. It chronicles the efforts of a young cadet in the Royal Space Force to be the first man in space after being enlightened by a religious worker. But unknown to him, the government are using the launch merely as a reason to start a war.
It is a true epic; but do not expect the pyrotechnics and robots of most anime. This is a thoughtful drama, and triumphs because of it. It presents an interesting plot without confusing the watcher with ridiculous revelations (ala 'Akira'), and presents some serious undertones which present an opinion on some of life's big questions. It conveys the thought that mankind can advance, but will still possess his tribal traits that will be his undoing. It is refreshing to see an anime film that creates such a rich world that matches the epic 'Final Fantasy' series without including stupidly proportioned women and big guns. It has fantastic animation (especially the airborne scenes) and a humour that seems to subtely poke fun at the straight-faced idiocy of other anime.
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The only frustrating thing about Hiroyuki Yamaga's exhilarating sci-fi anime is that - astonishingly - it has not (yet) been released on region 2. But I would urge all UK manga fans to purchase a region-free DVD player just to watch it - it's that good. Alternatively, order the region-free Blu-ray disc.

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.
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