* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The opening theme.
* GeniusBonus: Probably half the technical terms and acronyms used among the pilots in flight (and even terms that simply appear on computer screens) won't make much sense unless you are a pilot yourself, know someone who is a pilot (preferably a military pilot), or look it up.
* HoYay: There's a reason why the OVA is nicknamed "Brokeback Air Force."
** In an interview Jack's voice actor even comments on poor Jack [[spoiler:ending up with his heart broken]].
* TearJerker: A surprising amount of scenes, some involving the AI.
* TheWoobie: Jack, oh poor Jack. [[spoiler: And arguably, ''Copy'' Tom "Tomahawk" John]].
** StoicWoobie: Rei