- Awesome Music:
- In the English dub, there are songs by Rush and ASIA throughout, and in the original Japanese, the opening is "Ai yue ni Kanashiku" by Poplar (found in the trailer here and the Ending Theme is the heartrending "Pathetic Love, It's My Destiny" by Kazuko Kawashima. The haunting score by Seiji Yokohama also works.
- In a poignant scene where Laura comforts a dying soldier, an African American fellow soldier plays "Deep River" on his harmonica. It shows that the Japanese filmmakers did their homework on African American folklore.
- Nightmare Fuel: Barefoot Gen-worthy graphic depictions of skin melting off the faces of the submarine crewmen as well as the destruction of the world.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Of course Japan knows that nukes are bad, but distributing it among both East and West Germany must have been an eye-opener.
- Tear Jerker: Depression fuel throughout; the child being comforted by Laura with his mother's corpse at his feet, Michael snapping after Marina dies in his arms, the destruction of the cities containing the world's powers, and finally everyone throwing down their weapons and dreaming of a better day.
YMMV / Future War 198X