Richard Brown

Wings of Honneamise, The

24th March 2004
The Wings of Honneamise Poster reviewer: Richard Brown
rating: 5 out of 5
directed by: Hiroyuki Yamaga
written by: Hiroyuki Yamaga and Hiroshi ďnogi
starring: Masahiro Anzai, Sh˘z˘ ╬zuka, Kazuo Kumakura
genre: Animation Drama Sci-Fi War
released: TBC

When I first picked this up in Virgin all those years ago I knew I had my

hands on something very special a classic. With Akira being my first

introduction to Anime I knew this movie had a lot to live up to and I was

not disappointed in any way.

An ambitious tale of a civilization first steps into space. You are first

introduced to the main character Shiro, who is a member of the Royal Space

Force, as he rushes to a ceremony that he is late for. Shiro dreams of

flying but joined the space force after failing to be accepted in the navy

so his dreams of flying jets remained just that a dream.

The space force is the laughing stock of the military, run by old rocket

scientists and drop outs. Then, during the testing of one of the rocket

engines, one of his fellow officers is killed. Shiro is hit pretty hard by

this and goes on a journey, pondering the meaning of life and the purpose of

existence. He meets an idealistic missionary who hands out flyers on the

street, passing on her words of peace and the word of god.

Feeling that he has a purpose in life he volunteers to become an astronaut

and so his training begins. As launch day approaches the RSF find out that

the launch site is within kilometers of the DMZ (demilitarized zone) of a

hostile nation, it would seem that the very government that is funding the

launch is trying to provoke a war with its neighbors.

Held in high regard by anime fans the world over. The Wings of Honneamise is

an excellent movie with humor, strong characters, wonderful script and a

music score to die for; I can not recommend this movie highly enough.