Posted by psgels on 10 January 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


Oh, the irony. The wonderful irony. The Wings of Honneamise is Gainax first major production. While I haven’t seen all of their works, I have seen quite a few, and I must say that Wings of Honneamise is Gainax’s only production without any reliance on moe-stereotypes, there’s hardly any useless or stupid fanservice, and it also has a pretty good chance to be one of their most down-to-earth work. I’m not certain whether one thing comes from the other, but for me, it also was among the best that the studio has ever shown me. Oh, the irony.

Basically, The Wings of Honneamse is about space-travel. Sending the first man into orbit, to be exact. The main character feels real and likable and not overly GAR for his own good. He’s pretty stupid at times as well, but make no mistake: the script is very clever at times. There’s lots of symbolism, and this is one movie that makes you think without trying to shove its message down your throat.

While it isn’t a comedy, there’s plenty enough to laugh at, and especially for major part of its airtime, this movie knows exactly when to be funny and when to be serious. The side-characters also do a wonderful job in supporting the main character. For a movie, there’s also a relatively large amount of character-development. Regarding the bad points, well, the creators seemed a bit too keen on making the climax as perfect as possible, and didn’t quite get it right. The result feels a bit weird, but by no means bad.

One thing that should be noted is that you do not want to go into this movie, expecting standard Gainax. This is absolutely nothing like their other works. The pacing is slow, the characters are nearly all adults and none feels out of place. There’s no outrageous animation and everything feels much more life-like. It’s a shame that Gainax went into such a different direction after making The Wings of Honneamise, as this movie is a pretty damn good one!

6 Responses

  1. Matte says:

    Is it just me or is it really well drawn for a movie that came out in 87?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    You’re not the only one. The production-values are indeed quite pretty for a 1987-movie.

  3. kanami says:

    If I’m not mistaken this was the most expensive anime film until Akira was done a year later.

  4. maskerade says:

    It was a really, really good film. Told a really good story with characters that made you care! Wish it were longer though… anywaes, I still love the drawings of old as compared to animation nowadays. The amount of detail present in older films is astonishing!

  5. Mike says:

    This is indeed an excellent film–very good science-fiction world-building, non-cliched characters, good writing…what’s a real shame is that this was all done by Hiroyuki Yamaga, who has directed only a couple of other things in the years since. One of them being Mahoromatic, which was in my opinion the first truly unoriginal show that Gainax has ever done and the start of their descent into relative hackdom. (GL has redeemed them a good bit, though, I must say.)

  6. LoliHat says:

    I actually love the climax of the movie, and was one of the few movies where the climax made me cry a bit.

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  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:42 AM)
    More importantly, I’m more intrigued by things within the realm of human reasoning- unlike the bootstrap paradox or any paradoxes for that matter. The grandfather paradox, god paradox, etc.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:33 AM)
    She has family issues. But if you want my honest, unfiltered opinion, it’s that she’s being a whiny douche about it to not just herself, but to everyone around her. It’s not a secret, she posts pictures of her wrists on Instagram with some bullshit “inspirational” quote slapped on to it, and is basically a bitch about it. I don’t know why I should care but she’s going to get her MBA this year, so I expect my peers to act like they have a brain.
  • MariusOst
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:26 AM)
    True, but it often makes them bottle themselves up even more and shut everyone out further. It’s not worth it and the last thing anyone would want is to make a depressed person distrust doctors.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:25 AM)
    I’m genuinely surprised that nobody’s intrigued by the Bootstrap Paradox.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:22 AM)
    Thats a problem in itself though Marius, sometimes you have to intervene and make people do what is necessary and make the choices for them.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:20 AM)
    I just think before giving up on this girl or deciding she’s a lost cause, figuring out why someone is depressed is a good option.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:19 AM)
    @K-off: But in all seriousness something is clearly going on in her life.
  • MariusOst
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:18 AM)
    If she’s comfortable in self-destructive behavior, I feel that she’s a lost cause. You can’t force her to go to the hospital, or can you make her live a healthy lifestyle.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:14 AM)
    @Marius Nah, she’s lazy as fuck when it comes to that, and at this point I doubt she even wants treatment.
    @Emma ? I said the music wasn’t helping better her condition.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:10 AM)
    This girl who keeps cutting herself K-off, she’s surely got some story behind her for why she’s engaging in self-destructive behavior. And if you say its just because of the music she listen too… ;o;

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