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31st Mar '13 10:37:46 AM StFan
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''Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise'', released in 1987, was StudioGainax's first major anime production after it made its name with the famous ''Daicon IV'' short.

In an AlternateUniverse, Shirotsugh "Shiro" Lhadatt is a slacker from a middle-class family in the kingdom of Honneamano, who dreamed of flying airplanes since he was young -- but his grades weren't good enough, so he ended up as part of their fledgling space program, the eponymous [[TitleDrop Royal Space Force]]. The program is essentially a joke -- a collection of old dreamers assembling test rockets and a few young slackers and never-do-wells rejected by the real military and twiddling their thumbs when they're not being guinea pigs. Then, on one night on the town, Shiro sees a young woman passing out religious pamphlets in the middle of the red-light district; for not entirely pure reasons, he takes one, and meets the woman, Riquinni Nonderaiko, later. During their meeting, he's amazed at her enthusiasm when she learns that Shiro's an astronaut in training. Riquinni seems enraptured at the thought of man literally and metaphorically ascending beyond the sinful world, and Shiro's agreement becomes more genuine by the second.

Later, the leader of the space program announces that they're going to make an all-or-nothing gamble: to actually send a man into space. All they ''need'' is a volunteer.

[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg But, if Shiro insists, and there's nobody else, they'll make do.]]

''Royal Space Force'' follows the growth of the alternate space program from the design stages through the final countdown to launch, alongside the development of Shiro's courtship of Riquinni -- and how her religious faith affects him. Meanwhile, the Space Force is being used as a political pawn, and it's not sure whether Shiro will be able to launch...

After an obscure and quickly forgotten {{Macekre}}d release in English as ''[[CulturalTranslation Star Quest]]'', MangaEntertainment faithfully translated and released ''Royal Space Force'' in Western markets. Bandai Visual U.S.A. obtained the rights later and re-released it on HD-DVD and [[BluRay Blu-Ray]], with Manga's dub track.
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!! ''Royal Space Force'' contains the following tropes:

* AlternateUniverse[=/=]NeverWasThisUniverse: The setting is similar to Earth during the early Space Age, but almost everything--geography, cars, telephones, clothing, eating utensils, you name it--is at least slightly different from what we know. The film is a stunning example of WorldBuilding.
* AntiHero: Shiro, an ordinary man who decides to volunteer for a little space project.
* [[BackedByThePentagon Backed By NASA]]
* ChekhovsGun: Something of a meta-example: The movie starts with an extended montage of abstract portraits of what are presumably the great figures of Shiro's world. The paintings seem to depict eerily familiar alternate universe versions of Winston Churchill, the Dalai Lama, and Kaiser Wilhelm, among others. [[spoiler: The montage returns at the end of the movie, and Shirotsugh has become one of these figures.]]
* ConstructedWorld
* CreepyChild: Manna, Riquinni's sister.
* CrystalDragonJesus: Riquinni's preaching of her religion sounds a lot like Evangelical Christianity, however, the mythology shown in its holy book has Ancient Greece and Eastern themes.
* DieselPunk
** More than just an aesthetic. Every item of technology was re-imagined with no reference to earthly designs. The world has coins, motorcycles etc.. But not like you've ever seen.
* EpicMovie
* ExecutiveMeddling: Gainax was pressured to change the original title, ''Royal Space Force'', to include ''The Wings of Honneamise'', because ''NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' was doing well in the box office.
* ExtremeDoormat: Riquinni passively accepts most of the troubles that befall her in the film, because of her faith.
* AFatherToHisMen: The chair-chucking second-in-command of the space force may be an ill-tempered hard-ass, but he firmly objects to cutting any of the pre-launch procedures, even under the threat of enemy attack.
* GainaxEnding
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway
* LoveBubbles: Subverted. After Shiro first meets Riquinni preaching in the red-light district, the scene fades to Shiro sleeping in a field of flowers. It turns out that he was sleeping -- in the bunk of the guy who died before the film started, with the funeral bouquets still in it.
* NearRapeExperience[=/=]AttemptedRape[=/=][[spoiler: WhatTheHellHero]]: In what may be the film's most shocking scene, [[spoiler: Shiro momentarily becomes lustful of Riquinni and nearly rapes her, but he stops himself when he notices the terror in her eyes. (She knocks him out by [[TapOnTheHead smashing an urn on his head]].)]]
** [[spoiler: The next morning, when Shiro tries to apologize, Riquinni instead [[ExtremeDoormat begs Shiro to forgive]] ''[[ExtremeDoormat her]]'' [[ExtremeDoormat for defending herself!]]]] It seems these scenes were done to hammer the point home that [[spoiler: Shiro was ([[LoveRedeems until then]]) [[ItsAllAboutMe still a self-absorbed asshole]], who ultimately just wanted to take advantage of her. Given how we see him being shocked by her apology and the positive changes in his behaviour (both towards [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder Riquini]] and his work) that follow,]] the scenes were hardly meant as just a pure BigLippedAlligatorMoment, but more of AnAesop.
* PromotionToParent: Riquinni.
* ShoutOut[=/=]{{Homage}}: The rocket used to launch Shiro is plainly an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vostok-K R-7]].
* TheSiege: The battle waged at the end to keep the launch site of the rocket from being captured.
** DawnOfAnEra: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Everyone on the battlefield stops to watch in awe as the rocket launches]].
* SpringtimeForHitler: [[spoiler: The Space Force was ordered to assemble the rocket near a border area, hoping to cause a military incident. In addition, the nobles sponsoring the operation needed a way to cancel the space program without losing face, and intentionally set the launch site in the demilitarized zone in the hopes enemy forces would destroy the both the rocket and the Space Force itself.]]
* SurprisinglySimilarStories: The plot has a lot of similarities with the 1997 novel ''{{Literature/Titan}}'' by StephenBaxter
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Naturally, Shirotsugh has one of these moments when he becomes the first human ever to leave the planet's atmosphere.

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Honneamise.jpg]]

''Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise'', released in 1987, was StudioGainax's first major anime production after it made its name with the famous ''Daicon IV'' short.

In an AlternateUniverse, Shirotsugh "Shiro" Lhadatt is a slacker from a middle-class family in the kingdom of Honneamano, who dreamed of flying airplanes since he was young -- but his grades weren't good enough, so he ended up as part of their fledgling space program, the eponymous [[TitleDrop Royal Space Force]]. The program is essentially a joke -- a collection of old dreamers assembling test rockets and a few young slackers and never-do-wells rejected by the real military and twiddling their thumbs when they're not being guinea pigs. Then, on one night on the town, Shiro sees a young woman passing out religious pamphlets in the middle of the red-light district; for not entirely pure reasons, he takes one, and meets the woman, Riquinni Nonderaiko, later. During their meeting, he's amazed at her enthusiasm when she learns that Shiro's an astronaut in training. Riquinni seems enraptured at the thought of man literally and metaphorically ascending beyond the sinful world, and Shiro's agreement becomes more genuine by the second.

Later, the leader of the space program announces that they're going to make an all-or-nothing gamble: to actually send a man into space. All they ''need'' is a volunteer.

[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg But, if Shiro insists, and there's nobody else, they'll make do.]]

''Royal Space Force'' follows the growth of the alternate space program from the design stages through the final countdown to launch, alongside the development of Shiro's courtship of Riquinni -- and how her religious faith affects him. Meanwhile, the Space Force is being used as a political pawn, and it's not sure whether Shiro will be able to launch...

After an obscure and quickly forgotten {{Macekre}}d release in English as ''[[CulturalTranslation Star Quest]]'', MangaEntertainment faithfully translated and released ''Royal Space Force'' in Western markets. Bandai Visual U.S.A. obtained the rights later and re-released it on HD-DVD and [[BluRay Blu-Ray]], with Manga's dub track.
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!! ''Royal Space Force'' contains the following tropes:

* AlternateUniverse[=/=]NeverWasThisUniverse: The setting is similar to Earth during the early Space Age, but almost everything--geography, cars, telephones, clothing, eating utensils, you name it--is at least slightly different from what we know. The film is a stunning example of WorldBuilding.
* AntiHero: Shiro, an ordinary man who decides to volunteer for a little space project.
* [[BackedByThePentagon Backed By NASA]]
* ChekhovsGun: Something of a meta-example: The movie starts with an extended montage of abstract portraits of what are presumably the great figures of Shiro's world. The paintings seem to depict eerily familiar alternate universe versions of Winston Churchill, the Dalai Lama, and Kaiser Wilhelm, among others. [[spoiler: The montage returns at the end of the movie, and Shirotsugh has become one of these figures.]]
* ConstructedWorld
* CreepyChild: Manna, Riquinni's sister.
* CrystalDragonJesus: Riquinni's preaching of her religion sounds a lot like Evangelical Christianity, however, the mythology shown in its holy book has Ancient Greece and Eastern themes.
* DieselPunk
** More than just an aesthetic. Every item of technology was re-imagined with no reference to earthly designs. The world has coins, motorcycles etc.. But not like you've ever seen.
* EpicMovie
* ExecutiveMeddling: Gainax was pressured to change the original title, ''Royal Space Force'', to include ''The Wings of Honneamise'', because ''NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' was doing well in the box office.
* ExtremeDoormat: Riquinni passively accepts most of the troubles that befall her in the film, because of her faith.
* AFatherToHisMen: The chair-chucking second-in-command of the space force may be an ill-tempered hard-ass, but he firmly objects to cutting any of the pre-launch procedures, even under the threat of enemy attack.
* GainaxEnding
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway
* LoveBubbles: Subverted. After Shiro first meets Riquinni preaching in the red-light district, the scene fades to Shiro sleeping in a field of flowers. It turns out that he was sleeping -- in the bunk of the guy who died before the film started, with the funeral bouquets still in it.
* NearRapeExperience[=/=]AttemptedRape[=/=][[spoiler: WhatTheHellHero]]: In what may be the film's most shocking scene, [[spoiler: Shiro momentarily becomes lustful of Riquinni and nearly rapes her, but he stops himself when he notices the terror in her eyes. (She knocks him out by [[TapOnTheHead smashing an urn on his head]].)]]
** [[spoiler: The next morning, when Shiro tries to apologize, Riquinni instead [[ExtremeDoormat begs Shiro to forgive]] ''[[ExtremeDoormat her]]'' [[ExtremeDoormat for defending herself!]]]] It seems these scenes were done to hammer the point home that [[spoiler: Shiro was ([[LoveRedeems until then]]) [[ItsAllAboutMe still a self-absorbed asshole]], who ultimately just wanted to take advantage of her. Given how we see him being shocked by her apology and the positive changes in his behaviour (both towards [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder Riquini]] and his work) that follow,]] the scenes were hardly meant as just a pure BigLippedAlligatorMoment, but more of AnAesop.
* PromotionToParent: Riquinni.
* ShoutOut[=/=]{{Homage}}: The rocket used to launch Shiro is plainly an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vostok-K R-7]].
* TheSiege: The battle waged at the end to keep the launch site of the rocket from being captured.
** DawnOfAnEra: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Everyone on the battlefield stops to watch in awe as the rocket launches]].
* SpringtimeForHitler: [[spoiler: The Space Force was ordered to assemble the rocket near a border area, hoping to cause a military incident. In addition, the nobles sponsoring the operation needed a way to cancel the space program without losing face, and intentionally set the launch site in the demilitarized zone in the hopes enemy forces would destroy the both the rocket and the Space Force itself.]]
* SurprisinglySimilarStories: The plot has a lot of similarities with the 1997 novel ''{{Literature/Titan}}'' by StephenBaxter
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Naturally, Shirotsugh has one of these moments when he becomes the first human ever to leave the planet's atmosphere.

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23rd Mar '13 12:18:11 PM ssfsx17
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* AntiHero: Shiro.

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* AntiHero: Shiro.Shiro, an ordinary man who decides to volunteer for a little space project.
23rd Mar '13 12:01:09 PM MarkLungo
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* DevelopmentHell: A work on the proposed sequel (or more precisely, SpiritualSuccessor), ''Aoki Uru'', was started ''back in 1988''. In the early Nineties the project was shelved for a number of reasons, but Gainax still sometimes professed their desire to eventually complete it--which they [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-03-20/gainax-makes-blue-uru-film-with-honneamise-yamaga-sadamoto announced]] they would finally do, with the first film's creative team on board, in March 2013.
23rd Mar '13 11:59:48 AM MarkLungo
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* DevelopmentHell: A work on the proposed sequel (or more precisely, SpiritualSuccessor), ''Aoki Uru'', was started ''back in 1988''. In the early Nineties the project was shelved for a number of reasons, but the studio still sometimes profess their desire to eventually complete it.

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* DevelopmentHell: A work on the proposed sequel (or more precisely, SpiritualSuccessor), ''Aoki Uru'', was started ''back in 1988''. In the early Nineties the project was shelved for a number of reasons, but the studio Gainax still sometimes profess professed their desire to eventually complete it.it--which they [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-03-20/gainax-makes-blue-uru-film-with-honneamise-yamaga-sadamoto announced]] they would finally do, with the first film's creative team on board, in March 2013.
22nd Feb '13 9:17:11 AM MarkLungo
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* AlternateUniverse[=/=]NeverWasThisUniverse

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* AlternateUniverse[=/=]NeverWasThisUniverseAlternateUniverse[=/=]NeverWasThisUniverse: The setting is similar to Earth during the early Space Age, but almost everything--geography, cars, telephones, clothing, eating utensils, you name it--is at least slightly different from what we know. The film is a stunning example of WorldBuilding.
17th Feb '13 3:07:11 PM bluehedgehogjunkie
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* EpicMovie
3rd Sep '12 4:38:50 PM bluehedgehogjunkie
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* WildMassGuessing: Several seconds after volunteering for the mission, Shirotsugh narrowly dodges a flying chair to the face from one of his commanding officers. Was his superior just trying to terrorize the fresh meat. . .or test Shirotsugh's spatial acuity, an essential skill for a pilot operating in the fully three-dimensional environment of space?

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* WildMassGuessing: Several seconds after volunteering for the mission, Shirotsugh narrowly dodges a flying chair to the face from one of his commanding officers. Was his superior just trying to terrorize the fresh meat. . .or test Shirotsugh's spatial acuity, an essential skill for a pilot operating in the fully three-dimensional environment of space?
3rd Sep '12 10:47:27 AM matruz
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* [[BackedByThePentagon BackedByNASA]]

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* [[BackedByThePentagon BackedByNASA]]Backed By NASA]]
3rd Sep '12 10:47:16 AM matruz
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* [[BackedByThePentagon BackedByNASA]]
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* SurprisinglySimilarStories: The plot has a lot of similarities with the 1997 novel ''{{Literature/Titan}}'' by StephenBaxter
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