Sentou Yousei Yukikaze FAF Koukuu Senshi

Title:Sentou Yousei Yukikaze FAF Koukuu Senshi
Battle Fairy Yukikaze
Yukikaze Operation
Keywords: , , , , ,
Notables: Animation - GONZO
Animation - Production I.G.
R1 License - Bandai (Defunct)
Earth was suddenly attacked by the Jam, A race of aliens that no one has seen. After they attacked an airliner the governments of the world decided to form a world army the FAF and send them after the Jem to fight them on the Jam home world (Called Fairy). Rei Fukai is a leutenant in the SAF a secret part of the FAF. He flys the new jets called the Sylpheed. He calls his jet the Yukikaze. One day during duty he finds another jet that looks just like the Yukikaze. This normally happens everyday but this jet belongs to the Jam. They do battle and the Jam's now use small heat homing nuclear missles. Rei doesn't think he will make it. All of a sudden the Yukikaze's computer takes over spins the jet around and takes out all the missles using the guns.

How did this happen? What is the Yukikaze? What do the Jam really want?
6 Episode OVA : 30-45 Mins Each.
R1 by Bandai

1:41min English Language Trailer - ANN Video
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 10 10 9 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:1135#1552]
Yukikaze is another work from Gonzo that is more known for what it offers up visually than it does in terms of substance, in this case its aerial dogfights. In terms of visuals, Yukikaze is excellent with its presentation featuring high quality animation with smooth and detailed visuals with excellent use of CG animation in rendering fighter jets and the JAM alien threat that manifests itself. The airplane scenes are the animation highlight of the series sporting a high frame rate and fluid movement that make the battles in the air genuinely intense and a sight to see if you're a fan of planes and/or animation.

But when it comes to the plot and characters, Yukikaze is mostly formulaic and lifeless. It doesn't do much new with the alien threat plot as we only know that the JAM is a parasitic entity of some sort that can mimic and consume anything it comes into contact with. Human characters aren't much better off as they are mostly archetypal in terms of personality, don't get much in the way of depth and the voice acting for a good chunk of scenes with said characters come off as rather flat and there isn't much variety in the way of emoting. It seemed the series was trying to be dead serious throughout its run in terms of its plot, but this comes at the cost of any genuinely emotional moments that could at least make the series be more appealing beyond its visuals.

As it is, Yukikaze's another subpar work from Gonzo that is more a visual treat for fans of aerial action than it is for a gripping drama. Beyond its impressive visuals, the series is otherwise mostly forgettable in terms of what it has to offer up.

Last updated Wednesday, December 24 2014. Created Wednesday, December 24 2014.
Unevaluated Forbin [series:1135#1573]
Drama : Med
Comedy : None
Action : High
SciFi : High
Ecchi :None

Now this is how Stratos 4 should've been made. Great CG's (provided by Gonzo of course) and the attention to detail is INCREDIBLE (One jeep says 'Do Not Sit' right on the hood).

It's like Gungrave meet Stratos 4. I even like how during take off they show everything but do little flash backs to prevent you from getting bored.

Last updated Friday, January 13 2006. Created Friday, January 13 2006.

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