The exploration of space has been the
dream for many, and it is my contention that film/tv (including anime) is the
medium best suited to the legends and myths of space.
The world saw, and heard, the real thing on TV so it is only natural that tales in the same medium will resonate more than tales in other media.
And so there was only ever going to be one choice
for this post: launch day in Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise
The whole sequence with the scientists blinking as the tension rises (approaching tanks will do that), and Shiro makes his impassioned plea to ahead with the launch is possibly the emotional high point of the film. During this sequence you can almost feel Alan Shepard's
presence in the room - for me that is how well this scene resonates with the Freedom 7
The countdown proceeds apace as steps are skipped, the enemy tanks are approaching, dogfights are starting and Shiro calmly awaits the lighting of the candle.
And then the launch itself.
Best just to show it I think (quality isn't too bad, no subtitles though)
Day 1 - Very first anime: Robotech, Gall Force, Vampire Princess Miyu
Day 2 - Favourite TV series: Card Captor Sakura
Day 3 - Your anime crush: Oh grow UP already.
Day 4 - Favourite Film: My Neighbour Totoro
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were): Kinoshita (Rocket Girls)
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character: Lynn Minmei
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever: Launch day - Wings of Honneamise
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime
Day 11 - Favorite mech series
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like.
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you.
Day 17 - Best Background Music
Day 18 - Best Five-team (?)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime
Day 20 - Most ambiguous anime character
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap.
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villain
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite pokemon (?)
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme