Sentou Yousei Yukikaze


Yukikaze

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Battle Fairy Yukikaze, Yukikaze Operation, Fairy Air Force
Japanese: 戦闘妖精雪風
English: Yukikaze
German: Yukikaze
French: Yukikaze
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 5
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 25, 2002 to Aug 26, 2005
Producers: Bandai Visual
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: MilitaryMilitary, PsychologicalPsychological, SpaceSpace
Duration: 37 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 7.201 (scored by 67816,781 users)
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Ranked: #32772
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Popularity: #4899
Members: 19,579
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Synopsis

It has been 33 years since an alien race, known as the JAM, emerged from a hyperspace passage over Antarctica with the sole purpose of invading Earth. Despite their unexpected initial assaults, a combined effort by humanity not only pushed the JAM force off of Earth but also moved the frontlines of the battle onto the JAM's homeworld of Fairy. Though out of sight and mind for the majority of Earth's inhabitants, the conflict still rages on Fairy, where the United Nations has established five bases and a powerful, technologically advanced military—including the Fairy Air Force (FAF).

Lieutenant Rei Fukai acts as a pilot for the FAF Special Air Force’s Boomerang reconnaissance squadron, flying a Super Sylph fighter jet with the personal name "Yukikaze." Soaring high above and observing the battles for air superiority, he is responsible for collecting and analyzing valuable intelligence on JAM methods. While his flying skills are unmatched, he also heavily relies on the highly advanced weaponry and near-sentient AI system of his aircraft.

Though despised by other members of the FAF for his antisocial and standoffish nature, Lt. Fukai continues to carry out his duties along with Yukikaze. However, during a particularly bloody battle, the appearance of an unresponsive and hostile aircraft catches the lieutenant off-guard—an aircraft which is of the same make and model as his own.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Sentou Yousei Yukikaze won the Tokyo Anime Award in the OVA category in 2003 and 2006. It also won the Packaged Work Award at the 2003 Animation Kobe Awards. The show's combat scenes were produced with help from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

The series was released on DVD as Yukikaze by Bandai Entertainment from February 17, 2004 to July 11, 2006.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Jackson, Lynn

Supporting
Ikeda, Masako
Japanese

Rombart, Ansel

Supporting
Hashi, Takaya
Japanese

Foss, Edith

Supporting
Yamada, Miho
Japanese

Staff

Maseba, Yutaka
Producer
Iida, Umanosuke
Producer, Planning
Ishikawa, Manabu
Producer
Ookura, Masahiko
Director, Script, Storyboard


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"Engage" by Monsieur Kamayatsu
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Ending Theme

"RTB" by Monsieur Kamayatsu




Reviews

Mar 14, 2010
Gonzo spent a lot of money on Yukikaze. As a result it isn't just eye candy, it is one lush, decadent seven course feast. The meld between hand drawn and cg is near seamless and the characters are both beautiful and realistic. Afterburners generate realistic heat waves and jet fighters leave misty contrails in alien skys. The palette is somber and a bit dream like. Technical drawings are beyond reproach and much of the sound is taken from real aircraft and well matched to the action.

The OAV is based on a novel, Sentou Yousei Yukikaze (Good Luck Yukikaze) by science fiction author Chohei Kambayashi. ...
Oct 18, 2010
Yukikaze is a breathtaking piece of work. At a glance it is unarguably about air battles, but don't mistake it for another 'Last Exile'.

It is a mature work that requires a lot of effort in order to appreciate. The plot is complex and spirals in a maze that makes it hard to differentiate which is reality and dreams. Though it can be hard to decipher, it corresponds to the complexity of both Yukikaze's and Rei's personality. The developing personality of Yukikaze and the repression of Rei's is fascinating and intriguing. Along with the frustration as an audience of the incomprehensible actions of Yukikaze and ...
Mar 10, 2007
Mixed Feelings
The best part about Yukikaze is the animation -- the 3D CG animation of the planes combines fairly smoothly with the 2D animation. The characters are drawn in a more realistic style than typical for anime (i.e. eyes that aren't huge). That is about all I liked about Yuikaze. The story had potential, but I think there weren't enough episodes for the information they wanted to get across. Scenes would change to something completely different without any indication or explanation, and while the confusion was meant to create a mood, I had trouble following the plot as a result; I felt like I missed an ...

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