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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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A wonderful, and wonderfully animated film. Action and adventure, and the cinematography is so well-done.Published 10 months ago by The White Drew Carey
I saw this years ago on Japanese TV and was impressed by the imagery. It has a lot to say but is rather unusual. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cw Evans-gunther
The first ever film by the now infamous anime production company GAINAX, is a great film. The film follows a young member of the Royal space force in the far future, who after... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This movie has allegedly hit so many misfortunes since its release, what with a terrible american edited version and the fact that the story was very ahead of its time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Drumm
Had this on Region 1 DVD so when it finally became available on UK release and on Blue-Ray I pre-order it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John
The Wings of Honneamise generally gets less mentions and praise than the likes of Akira, Ghost in the Machine etc but it belongs in the same breath - a thoughtful but fun (and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Richard Morton