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Thirty years after secretly opening an interdimensional gate beneath Antarctica, the alien Jam commence their invasion plan. Beaten back by human defenders, the Jam retreat to their homeworld, which has been given the human codename "Fairy," and to which the portal now serves as a possible conduit for counterattack. Mankind's Special Air Force is its main line of defense, using fighters with AI so sophisticated that one, Yukikaze, is actually sentient. Rei Fukai is its designated pilot, and supported by a multinational force under General Lydia Cooley, he and his fellow pilots fight an enemy they can never see clearly and about which they know very little. In an ideological twist reminiscent of Gunbuster, the Jam are a machine-based race who regard humans as parasites, stealing the Earth from its rightful owners, the machines. This places Yukikaze in an interesting dilemma, as it actually has more in common with the enemy it has been created to defeat.

Just as Shoji Kawamori did for Macross Plus, the team based its fighter technology on study visits to the Komatsu air force base, so the mecha designs are state-of-the-art and the whole show is imbued with a passion for Top Gun antics. The Gonzo team pulls out all the visual stops, with the work of color coordinator Eriko Murata looking particularly strong and providing a wonderful sense of atmosphere-compare to Blue Submarine No. Six and Area 88.

The series began as a collection of linked short stories published in 1984 by Chohei Kanbayashi, in which the Jam have their portal at the north pole, and which revealed that Yukikaze ("Blizzard") took its name from the most famous destroyer in the Japanese navy in World War II. Publicity at the time of Yukikaze's American release mystifyingly boasted that it had recently won the "Japanese Nebula" Seiun award, but it first achieved that honor some 20 years earlier-its true publication date being a much surer indicator of its cutting-edge originality, since many foreign audiences may have otherwise assumed it to be a rip-off of the movie Stealth (2005). Anniversaries seem to have played an important part in the commissioning process, since Yukikaze's anime incarnation went into production to mark the 20th anniversary of Bandai's Emotion video label. Much was made at the time of its amazingly realistic animation of planes; the show does seem to spend an inordinate amount of time presenting fetishized views of aerial battles, which may have been entertaining then but may seem to the more jaded to look like so many modern-day combat flight simulators.

Yukikaze also generated an odd spin-off in the form of Yukikaze Mave-chan (2005), a one-shot video based on some doodles drawn by designer Ikuto Yamashita when his hard drive was temporarily down. Elfin Mave is one of a group of girls fighting the alien Jam in another world. When she runs into a strange boy, she naturally leaps into the attack with her knives. Her companion Super Sylph rescues the boy, who turns out to be a human called Rei; he has no idea how he was sucked into the girls' world, because he was just minding his own business at an anime convention. It turns out that the world was created by the desires of anime fans, and the girls represent the archetypes fans like best-at least it's honest!

Mave is a happy person, fun to be around, but her two big knives warn anyone not to mess with her. Super Sylph is a gentle, quiet girl, tall and curvy. Sly and slinky chatterbox Sylph bickers constantly, and childlike Fand is strange and silent. But the worst danger is not from aliens but from the fans' minds shifting on to home and dinner-as the convention draws to an end, the world created from its collective dream starts to collapse. An intriguing adaptation of the guilt trip attitude of Key of the Metal Idol, itself an emotional approach to the brutal realities of the entertainment industry.

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Name: Yukikaze
Release Date: Jan. 1, 2002
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Romaji: Sento Yosei Yukikaze
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Runtime: 25 (mins)
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