Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Wings of Rean 3 |
Actor: Wings of Rean
Director: Yoshiyuji Tomino
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
The Hojo Army and resistance force have passed through the Aura Road and emerged on Tokyo Bay. There, the two armies decide to join forces and follow the same path. In cooperation with the Hojo Army, Rori and Kanamoto stri... more »
There is no happy ending for Wings of Rean
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 08/28/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have to admit that on my first watch, I felt that this story was just too confusing with so many characters being thrown at the viewer. Things got much better in vol. 2 as it featured more character development but vol. 3 returns to a similar setting as vol. 1 but instead of the battles galore and many people being shown (and can easily confuse the viewer), I felt that Tomino's coverage of Sakamizo and his eyes of seeing Japan in the past and how he sees Japan in the 21st Century.
And his prejudices and how it contradicts Aesap (a half Japanese and half America) and his view of a more modern Japan just goes against everything that Sakamizo believes or thought he believed in.
Episode 5 was quite a political episode and episode 6 was more or less the grand finale.
Personally, I felt there was just too much story that could have been told and so many characters introduced that I wish that an ONA series this complicated, could have had a longer episode run.
So, with what they were able to accomplish in six episodes, especially visually, was well done. Animation was just beautiful, acting was well done and for mecha and action fans, battles galore.
And what you are left with is enjoying the series on its technical merits and what was accomplished or a lack of a strong, character driven storyline.
I've read so many Japanese blogs that credit Tomino's logic and perspective and I can agree 100% with these fans because he really has an answer for every question thrown against him in the interview. So, I really enjoyed reading how his mind works (in the special booklet).
"The WINGS of REAN" is not a perfect anime series that has a share of problems and mainly, the series is just too busy with the Hojo Army and Resistance at war and Japanese and US military just thrown into the mix. It does get confusing.
But I can't help but enjoy this series on a different level for it's animation but also the logic behind those scenes. I will admit that the booklets that came with each volume enhanced my appreciation for this ONA series.
And last but not least, the final scene. This will depend on the viewer but I find it interesting to see how it all played out and Tomino's way of showing that not all things end with a happy ending.
The special feature on volume 3 features a promotional trailer and "The Wings of Rean `Orchestration Guide'".
This was quite interesting to watch as Higuchi Yasuo talks about creating the music and not being held by any boundaries by Tomino and given somewhat free reign to create what he wanted.
Most of all, to hear from the musicians talk about Yasuo's style and talking about the stress and frustration of creating the musical score for the animated series.
A lot of information and found Higuchi's approach to music and working with Tomino quite interesting.
And similar to the past two volumes, the behind-the-scenes booklets are very informative.
Included is an interview with Shinohara Tamotsu who designed the Aura Battlers and a mechanical settings gallery. Also, an interview with Chief CG Designer Katayama Ayuki and 2D Effects Chief Furuhashi Hiroshi in regards to the challenge of creating the scenes, especially the chaotic war scenes.
A very interesting interview with Tomino Yoshiyuki in regards to his directing the 3rd installment of the series. I find his interviews fascinating, nearly cerebral in his answers of logic and more. Reading these interviews is actually what enhanced my appreciation for this animated series and what he was able to do, is not something that can be easily conveyed in a live action film Especially with so many characters and so much destruction.
And last, the book concludes with the storyboards for episode 5 and 6."