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Wings of Honneamise (Blu-ray/DVD)
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"I will not give up. I will realize my dream...even if it means death!" Acclaimed by anime fans all over the world, Royal Space Force-The Wings of Honneamise comes back to life 20 years after its original release! The stirring odyssey created by nascent anime masters at GAINAX is still unsurpassed for its meticulous artistry and heartfelt drama of a young man's coming of age in a turbulent world!
Wings was made by a group of young artists in 1987, and with a record- setting budget. Art director Hiromasa Ogura's lavish designs blend '80s high-tech with art nouveau, and Yamaga's leaden pacing gives viewers the time to study every detail. Fans of Honneamise acclaim it as a critical meditation on the illusions and follies of the human race, which suggests that profundity, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. (Ages 13 and older for violence, attempted rape, and occasional profanity) --Charles Solomon
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But 20 years later, Bandai Visual/Honneamise released a "Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honneamise" via a combo pack for those who preferred to own it via the DVD+HD/DVD or DVD+Blu-ray Disc.
Because this film has been reviewed so many times throughout the past decade online, I'm going to review this release a bit differently.
It's one thing for us, that have been around for a long time viewing anime to simply claim that this film is one of the best releases out there especially if you have knowledge of GAINAX and the history behind this film.
But for today's modern anime fan, after reading reviews online of "Why?" or "what is the significance of this film?", let alone hearing comments that this film is appreciated for mainly older anime fans, I figured I best explain the significance of this animated film and possibly reach out to newer anime fans who may not be familiar with this film.
Back in the 70's and 80's, the majority of anime films were typically edited compilations from popular television shows. One of the most popular examples of this are the "Mobile Suit Gundam" trilogy films which more or less compiled and edited 50 TV episodes.Read more ›
- Regarding the price, it is obviously ridiculous and easily brings down the review of the product by 2 stars. For the people that commented that that has nothing to do with the movie, I submit that Amazon is a site for purchasing items and the reviews should include information regarding the whole product. That includes price, video quality, sound quality, bonuses, commentaries, etc. If you only desire a movie review, I suggest visiting an anime review site (of which there are plenty.)
- One reviewer did not seem to understand why the launch site is so near the enemy's border. It is made clear in the movie that the launch is pure propaganda. The government expects the launch to fail and regards the Space Force as a joke. The launch site was a blatant provocation so that when the enemy attacks the launch site, the government could use that as an excuse for the failure.
- That same reviewer characterizes the near rape and apology of Riquinni as some sort of "Japanese" norm. This I find pretty ridiculous and I suggest going to Japan and see how many women apologize to him if he attempts to rape them.
Let me try to explain the near rape scene's significance. The movie is about Shiro. Riquinni is a supporting character. Therefore, her actions support Shiro's character development. Riquinni is a religious fanatic. She is a victim of her poverty, her "child", her (lack of) social status, and then, her near rape by the one man she begins to trust.Read more ›
The film is quite excellent though, and is deserving of a re-release.
The animation is pretty good, but not up to the standards of newer releases like Paprika or Metropolis. It looks nice for the time, but isn't as good looking as Akira, which came out a year later. Nonetheless, the world is detailed, and fully fleshed out. And it really looks like a lot of time and effort was put into the creation of this world.
The reason this film is 'unique' and 'not for everyone', is due to the story. Or the way it is told, to be specific. It's deliberately slow paced, and can try the patience of those who are waiting for anime's patented action spectacles. You're not going to get that with this. This is primarily a sci-fi drama, which is told at a slower pace, similar to sci-fi films like Gattica.
The slow pace allows for lots of character work, and i'm impressed with the animator's willingness to animate small gestures, looks, and conversations. The small things really make the animation stand out.
The story is quite good with it's delving into religion and politics, and it builds to a pretty powerful ending.
A very ambitious work, which I think is just wonderful, but is certainly not for everyone.
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Here is a true old school anime classic. The film is about Shirotsugh Lhadatt, member of the Royal Space Force, who works to become the world’s first astronaut amidst a threat of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel Smith
Guy is in a go nowhere job whist dreaming away his days of flying whether it be awake or asleep. He joins the commonly accepted joke of a Space Force just so he can fly. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Chris Matthews
This is not a "cartoon."
This is Sci Fi with adult emotions.
An alternate universe where the best and worst of this world are exposed. Read more
I've now seen three versions of this film. First I saw the VHS back in the day. Then I saw the DVD release. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Strategos
Was well worth the wait. I saw on the big screen many years ago. I played the VHS to death but the DVD version never did live up to the big screen memories. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Alan K. Martink75rta
There are a lot of great things about this film. The flying sequence is just amazing. The criticism that people direct toward this movie more often than not is that it is poorly... Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by S. Lowrey
The Wings of Honneamise was created back in 1987 by a bunch of talented amateurs that formed the now-renowned anime studio GAINAX. Read morePublished on January 20, 2012 by Shiro Lhadatt
This is one of those movies that transcends the genre of animation and anime, and one that people who fervently claim to dislike either can get all the way through and honestly... Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by Scott Phares
Studio Gainax, famous for Evangelion, Nadia, and Gurren Lagann, got their big start with this, their first ever theatrical production. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by J. Alford
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