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Yukikaze - Anime Legends Complete Collection

4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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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, Takaya Hashi, Noriaki Sugiyama, Takuya Kirimoto, Hôchû Ôtsuka
  • 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0I4N0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,386 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yukikaze - Anime Legends Complete Collection" on IMDb

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A dimensional portal was opened 33 years ago. Aliens known as The JAM came through and attacked Earth. The military was able to drive them back to their home world, where the fight continues. Lt. Fukai pilots a jet with an advanced AI on board. It is called Yukikaze. The war is at a stalemate, but the existence of Yukikaze could turn things around. It may be a blessing, or even a curse. One thing is certain. The war is about to end.

This anime is very strange. I think that it's one of those that will likely create huge fans or ardent naysayers. I have mixed feelings. I think that the plot was pretty well done. It's a lot like Robotech. The major flaw with this series is the character development. A series as short as this doesn't really have much chance to develop good characters. None of the characters have any personality. They are empty and lifeless, except for Major Bukhar. The story moves very slowly, but manages to keep you relatively interested in what is going to happen next.

The production quality is very good for a series from 2002. The animation, voice acting, soundtrack, and plot are very well done. They obviously took care to make a quality product. It's not a bad series, it's just not my cup of tea. I like characters with lots of emotion and depth, in addition to a great story. If you feel the same as me, you should probably avoid this title.

When I first started watching Yukikaze, I gave up after episode 1. It was very strange and moved very slow. After a couple of months, I stared again at episode 2. Things start to get more normal, and the series gains a little depth. Even so, the lack of character depth and drama makes it an average watch in my opinion. Like I said before, I think most will either love it or hate it. I can't recommend buying this OVA before you've seen it. I think you should watch it online before spending your money. I kind of wish that I had. I can't see myself watching it again. I'll probably sell this DVD.
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This was a fun Anime. There was lots of action and aliens, the animation was perfect, very well drawn out. The only problem I had was the ending it kind of made me wanting more, I felt unfulfilled with the unknowing. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to spoil it for other viewers. The item arrived on time, and was in excellent condition. The price for this item was well worth it.
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For those of you that like mecha anime or anime with planes this one is for you. What I really like about this anime compared to others is the storyline. It is more on the dark serious side. I love the Macross universe and I place this anime up there with respect to character development and a different twist to a common theme (that being aliens show up on Earth). The dog fight scenes are some of the best and of important note, the English voice dubbing is surprisingly good as the voices used capture the personalities of the characters. This DVD set comes with all 5 episodes on three discs. Either I did something wrong but the episodes seem to not play in one right after another; once one episode is complete, you return to the disc menu to select the next; it does not automatically load. In addition, the format is 4:3. I know there is now the blu-ray version but honestly when it comes to anime I do not care for widescreen. Plus the blu-ray set is around $100+. Finally although some may find this series odd, apparently Warner Brother's picked up the rights and is currently working on making a live action version of the movie. Overall a must have and a great buy story.
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I've known a few fighter pilots in my time, and they are nothing like what's depicted in this anime. The main character is an angst ridden pilot with a couple of demons and reservations. The characters surrounding him are all in a state of ultra-profundity and have this seriousness pervading everything they say and do.

Real fighter pilots tend to have a bit of brovado and are otherwise outgoing in their own way. Think of an artist with the attitude of an engineer. That's a fighter pilot. But that's not what we get here.

The characters are dull, the story is so-so, the plot plods along and might have carried a richer story had the characters been multidimensional. The animation itself is a mix of CGI and Japanese traditional animation, which is somewhat stiff (as a lot of anime tends to be).

The series tries to inject some actual military jargon and language, but it feels ham fisted. Combine that with the dullness of this miniseries, and you get this odd mix that makes for a borderline bad series.

Some of the action sequences are interesting, but none of the JAM technology or character is explained, and there tend to be these very heavy moments within the action sequences, again making for a very odd mix story elements, and again making for a nearly bad series.

It's watchable, but only just. Unlike Macross, Yukikaze attempts to be accurate in technical detail, but misses the fact that it's character and story that carries film forward, not plot and technical accuracy. Ergo where Macross is kind of ridiculous by showing flying carriers, or jet fighters transforming into giant robots and so forth, the events and the dynamics of Hikaru and Minmay and the rest, carry the story forward.
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