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Yukikaze - Anime Legends Complete Collection (2007)

Yko Asagami , Katsumi Ch , Masahiko Ohkura  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yko Asagami, Katsumi Ch, Takaya Hashi, Takuya Kirimoto, Noriaki Sugiyama
  • Directors: Masahiko Ohkura
  • Writers: Masahiko Ohkura, Bob Buchholz, Chhei Kambayashi, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Masashi Sogo
  • Producers: Kiyoshi Sugiyama
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0I4N0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yukikaze - Anime Legends Complete Collection" on IMDb

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Unbeknownst to the general population, 33 years ago, an alien force, the JAM, opened an interdimensional gate in Antarctica to invade the Earth. In response to this threat, the unified forces of Earth formed a military unit to combat these aliens, successfully pushing them back to the planet codenamed: Fairy. Even now, the war still rages on. Rei Fukai, a pilot of the elite FAF unit of the Special Air Force (SAF), flies the Yukikaze, an advanced fighter with a near sentinent computer control system. However, the recent infiltration of human disguised-JAM agents has begun to blur the lines between friend and foe. As the SAF's own fighters begin to turn against their own forces, the Final Battle for the skies of Fairy and control of 'the Passageway' to Earth will rest in the hand of Rei, and the only thing he can trust: The Yukikaze. Genre: Action / Sci-Fi. From Studio Gonzo.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macross Plus, plus a whole lot more!! July 17, 2004
First Macross, Area 88, Macross Plus and now Yukikaze. The story is similar to these prior anime series focusing on the planes and the pilots troubles. The show graphically is beautiful, albeit a bit dark with muted colors. Some of the shots of the sunset/sunrise skies are just gorgeous. The CGI is well done.
The story is not overly original, man vs. machine, but the execution of the story is what makes it great. The characters are likeable and you feel sympathy for those who get shot down.
The action sequences are just great. It is a blast watching the planes turn and bank, shoot and get shot down, kick in the afterburners and do other arial acrobatics.
There was a scene in episode 1 that almost made my jaw drop, sort of something like Tony Hawk would, but with a plane.
I cannot wait until the rest of the series is out!
Carpe DM
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All in all, pretty good science fiction (4.5/5) October 2, 2005
Yukikaze is the tale of a forgotten war on another planet, connected to Earth by an anvil-shaped cloud in Antarctica. Apparently around thirty years ago an alien race known as the JAM invaded via said cloud, but made little headway before being beaten back into their home territory. Currently the war is being fought by a number of rejects from across the world - and for one of them, Rei Fukai, the line between the JAM and humanity is increasingly blurred as he finds himself the target of a plane identical to his. There's also another problem - his onboard AI, Yukikaze, begins to exercise an almost hypnotic control over him. However, its seemingly crazed actions may be the only thing capable of winning the war.

Yukikaze's plot is deep, and there are several substories and additions that one may find quite interesting. As the characterization goes, I find it (as one other reviewer said) a tad effiminate regarding the two main characters, the main reason being the animation style they are drawn in. The eyes are sometimes too feminine, the hair at times appears too smooth/wavy, and for some reason the animators have an annoying penchant for drawing the legs TOO long and willowy. However, as these things go, they are minor complaints and don't detract too much from the overall product.

For, as one will perceive from both the limited edition and the normal box covers, Yukikaze is an action-laded anime, the centerpiece of which is the fighter jets. Being an avid fighter buff, this is the primary reason I bought the movie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SENTIENT WARPLANES June 7, 2005
By Sesho
33 years ago a dimensional portal opened in Antarctica, and what came through the door was not friendly. An alien race known as the JAM began attacking the Earth. A UN force was formed from the nations of the world and successfully pushed the aliens back to their homeworld, dubbed "Fairy", by the humans. Since all of the battles occur there, the JAM have become almost a fairy tale to normal people. But not to the Special Air Force (SAF), a military unit equipped with almost sentient jets, who launch daily sorties into Fairy. Rei Fukai pilots Yukikaze, one of these intelligent jets, and to the concern of his best friend, Bukhar, seems to relate more to the machine than to humans. With suspicions of JAM infiltration into the Earth forces, and with doppelganger planes confusing the SAF, its getting hard to know who to trust. There is also a push to make all jets unmanned, controlled fully by computers, with all the attendant dangers that go with it.

The animation in these two episodes is some of the best I have seen, seamlessly integrating traditional and cgi techniques. It makes Top Gun look bad. It's a little hard to figure out what is going on at first so it beckons for a second viewing. I thought the male characters were just a tad too effeminate, but that's a minor complaint.

Also features a making of documentary and interviews with the Japanese cast and crew. Great sound and picture in both languages.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny.......... June 16, 2004
Im an electrician for the new super hornet currently. This film totally blew my mind with all the superb aircraft inovations. The acronyms, the radar altimeter sounds effects, the aero combats scenes, were down to a "T". Not to mention the ending theme song is pretty hip.If you love jets and new aerodynamic technology this series has it. This series is worth every penny. Now i hope Amazon can get there hands on "Macross Zero"...USA....u haven't seen nothing yet.........
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anime sci-fi. February 29, 2004
Yukikaze is, simply put, one of the best anime I've seen in some time. Based on a 1987 science fiction bestseller (in Japan; it was never published in the US), Yukikaze tells the story of a war fought between mankind and a mysterious alien race known only as JAM. The battles take place on a faraway planet called Fairy (accessible via a strange cloud near the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica). While the war has been going on for over thirty years, the majority of the population on Earth believes the JAM threat is just an urban legend.
The intense action scenes are balanced with a focus on the characters. However, you will have to pay attention when watching Yukikaze--it is not for casual viewers. Fans of science fiction, high adventure, or aircraft buffs should give this series a look. Another fantastic work from GONZO.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars yukikaze on fire!!
for an anime of its time, the story, special effects, the mechs, and all the work that went into this mini-series is very well done. Read more
Published 4 months ago by illwillsan
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring Series. But Well Done.
I didn't enjoy the plot, nor the characters of that well known series... Don't know why, it just felt structures without contents. For fans only I guess.
Published 7 months ago by Pascal Barre
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Productoin Quality, Good Story, Dull Characters
A dimensional portal was opened 33 years ago. Aliens known as The JAM came through and attacked Earth. Read more
Published 20 months ago by KevinB
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the book-pass on the anime
The anime version of yukikaze is not on the same level as the novels. The anime seems too rushed and would make no sense if one hasnt read the books. Vol. Read more
Published 20 months ago by EdM
4.0 out of 5 stars Great few hours
Yukikaze is a great, deep, and interesting look into a conflict fought a universe away. Showing the perspective of the largely ignorant public, and that of the pilots and machines... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Justwon
5.0 out of 5 stars yukikaze
very excellent series it has a nice blend of 3d graffics and animation the story though short was very interesting and it seamed to gather every bit of my attention while i watched... Read more
Published on November 10, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars man vs machine
I grabbed this by chance just wanted to have anime it is good man vs machine how both come together to form a pact becoming ever stronger n powerful the story is good about a pliot... Read more
Published on October 3, 2010 by Sean D. Cannova
5.0 out of 5 stars check it out
As in the other dvds,this anime is good to have.You would have to watch all of the series to understand it.Starting with this one.If your gonna get this dvd,get the whole series.
Published on April 5, 2010 by Rodney Mroczkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
You need to get all of the series, it is short but would make a good movie if put togather.
Published on February 21, 2009 by S. H. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Yukikaze delivers
I'm not particularly interested in fancy aircraft, military jargon, or realistic air combat, so most everything that gets mentioned in the same breath as Yukikaze is not my cup of... Read more
Published on December 29, 2008 by I watch YNSH
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Is this really 4:3?
It's it is 4:3 aspect ratio.

It is NOT widescreen, unfortunately. The blu-ray version is also 4:3 aspect ratio.

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