Wings of Honneamise has been sitting on my watch list for years, but I got a chance to see and review it recently. I heard that the art was quite good, and this anime had an important historical role due to the highest anime budget of the time, it was the first Gainax project, and involved five anime directors and two magna-ka who later became famous. This anime explored human nature, purpose in life, and relationships with God.
Oritsu Uchuugun – Honneamise no Tsubasa
Genres: drama, science fiction
Plot Summary: Surrounded by a cynical public and corrupt, manipulative State leaders, the Royal Space Force (RSF) is largely viewed as a joke as well as a waste of precious money and resources. After a chance meeting with a young, empathetic woman reencourages cadet Shiro Lhadatt to become the first man in space, the RSF cadets and a team of aging scientists rush to complete their epic launch before the military uses their space program as bait to start an all-out war.
Running time: 125 minutes
Production cost: ¥800,000,000 (projected)
Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga (Abenobashi, Mahoromatic)
Screenplay: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion manga)
Art director: Hiromasa Ogura
Ichiro Itano (Gantz, Megazone 23)
Mahiro Maeda (Blue Submarine No. 6, Gankutsuou)
Tatsuya Egawa (Golden Boy manga, Magical Taruruuto-kun manga)
Tensai Okamura (credited as Yutaka Okamura)
I liked the backgrounds and direction, but disliked music because it didn’t fit well with the scenes and was of poor quality (“Fade” was an exception though). Also I really didn’t like the protagonist… The main points of the anime, that I included in the images or in captions, didn’t offer anything new and felt underdeveloped to produce a proper impact, but the message might have been more relevant in historical context. Overall, I enjoyed the movie primarily because of art.