- Moment Of Awesome: Much of the movie.
- Nightmare Fuel: The up close and personal depiction of a cockpit fire.
- Values Dissonance: When a courier comes to tell Admiral Yamamoto about the Dolittle raid on Tokyo, the first subject brought up is the safety of The Emperor, and the hundreds of thousands of civilians who were in danger are not even mentioned.
- Japanese officers' oaths were to the The Emperor (even if he was at least partly their puppet). To let enemies attack the homeland was bad, to expose your lord to danger (even though the palace wasn't a target) was unforgivable. Plus it undermined their justification for holding power. There was also the fact that the Japanese Emperor was a divine ruler(one of the problems with Japanese unconditional surrender after Hiroshima).
- Japanese culture of the time was centered on the Emperor, so this is likely truth in television. It doesn't necessarily mean that they didn't care about civilian deaths, but their culture and upbringing held the Emperor above everything. It sounds like callous propaganda to the modern Western audience, but would be perfectly normal in historical context.
- In fairness American soldiers would probably do the same thing if DC was bombed and the President was there. The Secret Service has this as their mandate.
- The Woobie: Garth's son Tom and Haruko