WINGS OF HONNEAMISE remains one of my favorite anime full-length films. This year, it turns 25--and it still holds up, not just as a film, but as an example of the power of animation, when a dedicated crew puts their hearts and souls into making a masterpiece. This was the first motion picture from Gainax, who would later give us EVANGELION and FLCL.
Hard to believe that the film was not successful at first, but like all great movies (BLADE RUNNER, CITIZEN KANE) its stature has grown over the years. Personally, I consider it a true classic of science fiction films (in the same league as STAR WARS, 2001, and FORBIDDEN PLANET f'r instance).
This was done for the second issue of Colony Drop's fanzine, which should be released later this year. Not too keen on Shiro's helmet, and the background is rather iffy, but still....I'm glad I did this piece. It's the best way I can think of to honor a truly remarkable film.
Drawn in blue pencil and inked and colored in Manga Studio and Photoshop.
Original designs and story by Gainax.