Yukikaze (2002 IMDb)

Categorization

SF action on a quietly blue note. Three-year, five-episode OVA.

Subject

Humans wage a stalemated war against aliens who once threatened Earth, and have since retreated to a different world.

Commentary

Tremendous character design, and very good mechanical design and animation. In the first episode, the choice and timing of the music is excellent. No teen heroes, and a reasonably cerebral script, albeit too closely centered on the central couple, which has a nicely played homoerotic undertone. Curiously, the strongest factor in setting this tone is their cold female boss, in line with the BL tradition of unsympathetic women near the male leads. A fair amount of bad English, including the choice of putting the heroes in the Faery Air Force.

Japanese production animation series