The Wings of Honneamise box cover


Available on VHS and DVD from Manga Entertainment.
120 minutes
Version I Watched: English dubbed
Objectionable Content: Violence, brief nudity, suggestive situations

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The Wings of Honneamise

The Wings of Honneamise has a rather glowing reputation. Some consider one of the best anime ever made, or at least a very good one. So, naturally, I had my expectations a bit high, but ended up very disappointed.

On a distant world, Shiro Lhadatt has dreams of going into space, but he is met with ridicule and disapproval. Undaunted, he joins the Royal Space Force, and attempts to make history by becoming his planet's first astronaut.

My main gripe with this movie is because it's a drawn out and overly tedious drama. While I don't mind some dramas (Key, the Metal Idol, for example), The Wings of Honneamise is just too over-long for myself to embrace. There's lots of meditative dialog, reflective moments and deeper meanings, which ended up boring me senseless. I suppose part of the problem is the subject matter. I have little interest in the space race, partially because I'm Canadian and partially because it's before my time. I ended up not really relating to anything that occurred in this movie.

It's not all bad, mind you. The characters were fairly likable, even though I lost all respect for Shiro about halfway through (ask me and I'll tell you why). There were a few memorable moments, the attention to detail is astounding and the climax is well-executed. On a technical level, The Wings of Honneamise is outstanding. The art is simply superb, with everything rendered right down to the smallest details. The English voice-acting was quite good, as well.

If you're in the mood for a long, slow drama, then The Wings of Honneamise might be exactly what you're looking for. If the subject matter doesn't interest you, however, then I'd advise you to take a pass on it.

The Verdict: * * 1/2 (below average)