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The Wings of Honneamise

By Refrag in Media
Fri Jan 19, 2001 at 01:24:06 PM EST
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The Wings of Honneamise was recently released on DVD in region one. Fans of the movie have been waiting over a year since Manga's first announcement of the movie's intended release on the format.

The Wings of Honneamise is about a young man (Shirotsugh Lhadatt) that was born of the middle class. He "knew neither the ill-fortune of aristocracy, nor the troubles of the poor." As a child Shirotsugh dreamed of becoming a Naval fighter pilot, however Shiro didn't makes the grades in school required of such a post. Shiro took an opportunity to be involved in what he felt was the next best thing: Royal Space Force.


"...one of the most ambitious of all anime productions, a visually sensational two-hour extravaganza..." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The film.

The Royal Space Force? How can that be considered secondary to the Navy? In Shiro's world, which lies in a universe alternate to our own, man hasn't reached the stars. The Royal Space Force is looked down upon because many consider its purpose a foolish one. After all "it's only work if there's some fighting to do, and who're you going to fight in space?" Royal Space Force is composed of slacker astronauts-to-be and old scientists inventing rockets in a skunkworks environment. In a surprise decision to those in the space force and those in the general public, the kingdom has given the RSF the go ahead for their first manned space flight.

Shiro had been floating through life even after joining the Royal Space Force. His leaders hadn't given him any motivation, and he surely couldn't find any inspiration with his fellows. Shiro meets a young woman named Riquinni that is passing out leaflets on the city streets one night. For some reason, Shiro becomes attached to Riquinni and during one of their conversations is inspired by her comment that his job is "wonderful; soldiers, not making war." Soon after when the Royal Space Force asks for a volunteer to go up, Shiro is the lone person excited about the prospects enough to step forward.

The DVD.

The transfer that we get has been digitally re-mastered (even though it isn't the same as the true anamorphic transfer available for about one-hundred US dollars in Japan), and looks great despite the movie's age. The feature is presented on DVD in anamorphic widescreen.

The soundtrack for the movie is available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) or Japanese (Dolby Surround). And we're provided with English subtitles. This means that you can watch The Wings of Honneamise either in the native Japanese, Japanese with English subtitles, or in dubbed English.

The extra features that Manga has provided have been well worth the wait. They've included some deleted scenes from the movie that can provide us with a bit more insight into the characters. They've also included the original Royal Space Force promotional short that director Hiroyuki Yamaga used to get funding for the film. This piece is excellent, you can really see the progression from his original idea to what The Wings of Honneamise is. A running commentary by Hiroyuki Yamaga has also been provided as an option, providing viewers with yet another way to watch their favorite piece of anime. However, the most outstanding extra that we've been blessed with is the film's entire score (by Oscar-winning Ryuichi Sakamoto) accompanied by a slide show of conceptual artwork for the film. Manga has also included their standard filler: Manga 2000 previews, trailers, Manga Video Fan Club information.

If you're a fan of anime, The Wings of Honneamise on DVD is definitely worth your investment, and even if you're not you should definitely check it out.

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The Wings of Honneamise | 33 comments (10 topical, 23 editorial, 0 hidden)
Video quality (4.66 / 3) (#14)
by Anonymous 7324 on Thu Jan 18, 2001 at 10:43:52 PM EST

Search through AnimeOnDVD's archives to see how the DVD mastering company screwed up. The video is _not_ of good quality at all!

arguable (none / 0) (#16)
by Refrag on Thu Jan 18, 2001 at 10:48:18 PM EST

I briefly mentioned how the company screwed up, but since the video quality is remarkedly better than the quality of the VHS version I have forsaken for the DVD (and probably the laserdisc as well), I decided not to go into it in detail.

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Transfer (4.66 / 3) (#24)
by Ken Arromdee on Fri Jan 19, 2001 at 01:40:19 PM EST

Saying that the movie isn't the true anamorphic transfer omits the real problem with the disk. While one of the problems with the movie is that the anamorphic transfer was made from the regular version, the authoring flaw has to do with setting the progressive bit even though the video is interlaced. This causes a degradation in picture quality that is not related to the problems with the anamorphic transfer.

This DVD most certainly is *not* worth your investment. Wait until they fix it, if ever.

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Watched it? (none / 0) (#25)
by Refrag on Fri Jan 19, 2001 at 01:55:04 PM EST

I have. I own it. It looks better than VHS, therefore it's worth your investment if you like the movie.

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Watched it? (3.00 / 1) (#31)
by vheissu256 on Sat Jan 20, 2001 at 08:03:29 PM EST

*** fair admission: I have not seen this particular DVD ***
Given what AnimeOnDVD's review says, you may be on of the lucky few that actually got the disc to work on your player. It is simply inexcusable that a disc could be played on four separate systems and show four separate results.
I like anime, I like Gainax's anime, and I liked Wings of Honnemaise... but I'm going to wait until someone gets a clue and remasters it in a form that I know will play in my player. Until then, I'll make do without. vheissu
/* this post not warranteed for mission critical applications */
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Great to see this anime on DVD (3.00 / 3) (#27)
by Tatarigami on Fri Jan 19, 2001 at 04:47:33 PM EST

I'll watch anything with animation as good as WoH, but this is one of my all-time favourites. I usually don't bother reading up on the latest DVD releases because watching the infighting, over-ambitious release dates and routine condemnation from hardcore fans always makes me amazed that they ever manage to put a title at all, so this came as a pleasant surprise.

I wonder how many Japanese kids decided to become astronauts after seeing it?

I wonder how many navy troops decided to wear feathered skirts after wearing it?

:o)

WAI~! (4.00 / 1) (#28)
by Matrix on Sat Jan 20, 2001 at 09:02:00 AM EST

I've only seen Wings of Honneamise once, an old (dubbed, unfortunately) VHS version borrowed from a friend. I'd watched lots of anime before, and I looked up at the end and this totally blew me away. Especially the ending - that was amazing. The entire thing puts a totally different slant on something often taken for granted in science fiction, or even in our modern world: that humans can leave the planet we live on. When you step back and consider it, it really is quite an amazing accomplishment... Even if our governments haven't really gone much beyond that in forty years or so.

If anyone doubts that anime is for adults, or has anything other than hentai old men, scantilly-clad young females, and mecha, this is generally what I'd point them to. There's little violence or nudity, and what there is is tastefully handled. Yes, the animation's old... but its also excellent and well-suited to the content. Don't write it off because of that.

Possible spoiler ahead.

Oh, and something the original author forgot to mention. Riquinni is a fundamentalist member of a religion that has been very heavily repressed by the authorities in the past, and is now almost dead. This character trait is fairly obvious from the fact that she's passing out religious pamphlets when she's first seen, and from her first few conversations with Shiro, so I don't really consider it a spoiler, but I put that marker up there just in case. Anyway, don't write off WOH because of this, either. Its a part of the storyline, the characters, and the world. And, as everything else in WOH, its handled very well.


Matrix
"...Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions. It's the only way to make progress."
- Lord Vetinari, pg 312 of the Truth, a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett

::sigh:: Waiting... (4.00 / 1) (#29)
by WWWWolf on Sat Jan 20, 2001 at 10:22:26 AM EST

Now I'm desperately waiting that this will appear in Europe on DVD...

Anyway, I liked the movie a lot when I saw it last time (on VHS). It has just about everything I needed: Deep story, pr3tty p1xtures, and in my case it gave me just about everything between tears to laughter. This Movie Is Highly Recommended, See It Now. =)

-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...


Doesn't even need translation (5.00 / 1) (#30)
by Ludwig on Sat Jan 20, 2001 at 12:11:52 PM EST

I saw this years ago in Japanese, undubbed, unsubbed, and it immediately became my favorite anime ever. I don't even speak Japanese -- I didn't understand a word they were saying. Didn't care. It was clearly head and shoulders above anything else I'd seen.

Watch it online... (5.00 / 1) (#33)
by driph on Sun Jan 21, 2001 at 03:41:51 AM EST

I was pleasantly surprised to see Wings of Honneamise freely available for viewing on Sputnik7.com.
Of course, the quality isn't the best(Realplayer or Windows Media Player required), but hey, it's free.

Direct link to the movie is here.

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