animated movie Wings of Honneamise © Bandai / Gainax
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Wings of Honneamise

Wings of Honneamise is set in another world with a fully developed history and culture, which is still recognisably similar to Earth in the years leading up to the space-era. At the time the movie is set this world has been going through a protracted equivalent to our World War II.

Lt. Shirotsugh Lhadatt always dreamed of being a pilot in the Royal Air Force, but his academic grades aren't good enough, and instead he enlists in the Royal Space Force - a virtually unknown, underfunded organisation of dreamers which is ridiculed and (dangerously) manipulated by the military and government. Lhadatt meets with a girl whose strong religious conviction inspires him to believe that he can accomplish something great. Perhaps the dream of the Royal Space Force: the world's first space flight.

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Wings of Honneamise is a tremendously impressive animated film. Analogies come stumbling over each other when one tries to write about it. Most obviously, the achievement of the tiny Royal...
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Whilst the animation was great i found this rather slow and long and i couldnt find a strong story line....
Created by: Bandai, Gainax
Language: English dub / Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Alternate Titles: ďritsu uchűgun Oneamisu no tsubasa (Japan), Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise
[ Japanese ] Featuring the voices of:
Leo Morimoto ... Shirotsugh Lhadatt
Mitsuki Yayoi ... Riquinni Nonderaiko
Kazuyuki Sogabe ... Marty
K˘ji Totani ... Tchallichammi
Chikao ďtsuka ... Dr. Gnomm
Masahiro Anzai ... Majaho
Sh˘z˘ ╬zuka ... Space Force Trainer
Bin Shimada ... Yanaran
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Domorhot
Yoshito Yasuhara ... Nekkerout
Directed by: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Produced by: Hiroaki Inoue and Hirohiko Suekichi
Executive Producers: Shigeru Watanabe and Toshio Okada
Musical Score by: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Writing Credits: Hiroyuki Yamaga and Hiroshi ďnogi

In a way the struggle of the Royal Space Force could be taken as an analogy of the making of 'Wings of Honneamise' itself. It was made by a young group of friends who were little known animators. They managed to persuade Bandai to fund the production with a budget which was astronimical for its time, making this Japan's most expensive animated movie at the time of its release. During the years of its production, this group of friends formed themselves into Gainax Co. Ltd.

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