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Yukikaze - Anime Legends Complete Collection

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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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  • Actors: Yôko Asagami, Katsumi Chô, Takaya Hashi, Takuya Kirimoto, Noriaki Sugiyama
  • Directors: Masahiko Ôkura
  • Writers: Masahiko Ôkura, Bob Buchholz, Chôhei 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 (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0I4N0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yukikaze - Anime Legends Complete Collection" on IMDb

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ken Shin on July 17, 2004
Format: DVD
WOW!
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 By Sporanox on October 2, 2005
Format: DVD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sesho on June 7, 2005
Format: DVD
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 By hornettec on June 16, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Marc McKenzie on February 29, 2004
Format: DVD
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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