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A year before Akira made the world aware of Anime, a little known masterpiece was the first film released by Gainax: Royal Space Force: The Wings of HonnĂȘamise. I just re-watched it and was amazed all over again at just how good this movie is, and not only for its time. This is a story of mans first steps into space as told from an alternate history that diverged from our own a little before World War I. The artwork and animation are excellent, the characters are well rounded, and the story will draw you in. If you missed it, this one is worth spending the time to watch and enjoy. If you are a fan of the Moonlight Mile manga and anime series, you really want to see this one, to learn where some of the inspiration and attitude came from.