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Yukikaze - Danger Zone (Vol. 1)

Cindy Robinson , Michael Sorich , Masahiko Ohkura  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Cindy Robinson, Michael Sorich, Liam O'Brien, Christopher Carroll, Neil Kaplan (II)
  • Directors: Masahiko Ohkura
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015HVSI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yukikaze - Danger Zone (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains first two episodes
  • Yukikaze Making Report
  • Mission Briefing
  • Technical Data Files
  • Glossery

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Thirty-three years ago, the mysterious aliens known as the JAM tried to invade Earth through an interdimensional passageway they established in Antarctica. The conflict has shifted to Fairy, the home planet of the JAM: deadly air battles rage almost continuously above its surface. Lt. Rei Fukai serves in the elite Special Air Force, whose mission is to collect data on the enemy. An alienated loner, Rei's only bonds emotionally with Major Jack Bukhar, his commander and friend (lover?), and Yukikaze, the super-sophisticated computer system his plane, the B-3. The narrative is often choppy and there's little character development in the first episodes. But Yukikaze boasts unusually snazzy special effects, including some skillfully directed Top Gun/Star Wars-style aerial dogfights. Director Masahiko Ohkura uses 3-D computer graphics with exceptional panache to create a flashy, exciting adaptation of Chouhei Kambayashi's novel. (Rated 13 and older: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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Thirty-three years ago, the mysterious aliens known as the JAM tried to invade Earth through an interdimensional passageway they established in Antarctica. The conflict has shifted to Fairy, the home planet of the JAM: deadly air battles rage almost continuously above its surface. Lt. Rei Fukai serves in the elite Special Air Force, whose mission is to collect data on the enemy. An alienated loner, Rei's only bonds emotionally with Major Jack Bukhar, his commander and friend (lover?), and Yukikaze, the super-sophisticated computer system his plane, the B-3. The narrative is often choppy and there's little character development in the first episodes. But "Yukikaze" boasts unusually snazzy special effects, including some skillfully directed "Top Gun"/"Star Wars"-style aerial dogfights. Director Masahiko Ohkura uses 3-D computer graphics with exceptional panache to create a flashy, exciting adaptation of Chouhei Kambayashi's novel. (Rated 13 and older: violence, alcohol use) "--Charles Solomon"

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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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars All in all, pretty good science fiction (4.5/5) October 2, 2005
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good! August 15, 2004
Format:DVD
When I first watched this anime.. I wasn't very interested. It seemed well, rather boring. I've watched it 3 times now total and i'm starting to understand it alot better. Things you miss, or maybe just didn't care to notice before.. Become more clear after additional viewing. This is an intelligent anime that requires patience from the viewer. The episode length very. The first episode is nearly 50 minutes long while the 2nd one is only about 30 minutes. There are 2 more episodes for this series but the 4th one just recently came out in japan so i woudlnt expect to see it here until late this year/early next year. Bottom line if you like good story animes this is for you.. if you're into mindless slaughter then this won't be your cup of tea
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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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny.......... 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 14 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 14 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 15 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 Ray Lawson Jr.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Robotech, you'll love YuKikaze
First, great price for a 3 DVD set.

YuKikaze has an incredible and top of the line animation. The flight action sequences are really intense and well designed. Read more
Published on October 31, 2007 by Oscar W Romero G
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Is this really 4:3?
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It is NOT widescreen, unfortunately. The blu-ray version is also 4:3 aspect ratio.

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