Length: 125 minutes
"In a world eerily similar to our own, war between the Kingdom of Honneamise and its archrival, The Republic, seems inevitable. But even as the two nations' rapidly evolving technology creates new ways to wage greater and more deadly forms of warfare, a small group seeks to use those same advances to propel mankind forward into the future and into space in their world's first manned spaceflight program. For astronaut candidate Shirotsugh Lhadatt, it's not just a journey beyond the reach of the atmosphere, but a personal odyssey as he grows from an aimless young man into a leader willing to put everything on the line in order to move the human race forward and away from the brink of Armageddon. Prepare to witness the legendary film that revolutionized the anime industry, launched the careers of dozens of today's animation superstars and put Studio Gainax forever on the map as one of Japan's premiere production houses. Staggering animation, brilliant storytelling and a scope that goes beyond epic combine to produce an emotional powerhouse that will send your spirit flying towards the stars with "The Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise!"
1987! This movie was in production for 5 years and didn't release until spring break of 1987...I wasn't even 3 years old at this point! With a whopping budget of over 800 million yen #about $8million U.S. dollars today, but a lot more at the time due to higher currency value and inflation#, this movie better have been a masterpiece. And it definitely delivers in a major way.
Love. War. And the Final Frontier. That's what the movie is trying to express and it does pretty well on two of them. War is ever present. As long as man exists, then so will war. What starts out as pretty light-hearted becomes more somber as those unaccostomed to war are the targets of assassinations and invasions due to old fueds. Space: the final frontier. It's the goal of the movie from the beginning even if those involved thought it was a joke of some sort. After discovering his goal or ideal, Shiro changes from a slacker to a man on a mission to explore the stars. Love...it might be there, but I wasn't really feeling it. Shiro definitely has an interest in Riquinni, but she never returns his feelings and doesn't really even seem to understand what love is.
The Blu-ray remaster of this is pretty awesome. No way that you'd think it was made 26 years ago by the graphics. The big goofy smiles are a bit of a giveaway to the older time period as well as the slight Macross/Robotech feeling to the artwork.
Overall, an amazing movie that I'm glad I ordered. Was about to give up on ordering it as I kept on getting processing errors, but I tried again that night and it went through. Arrived in 2 days as well! Pick it up and you'll enjoy it.