The year is 1987. It’s been two years since a small doujinshi animation start-up called Daicon Film went commercial and took the name “Gainax” – and in this year, they release their very first commercial film – The Wings of Honneamise. The movie is a critical hit but a commercial flop. Plans for a sequel were laid down in the early 90s, but a lack of capital forces Gainax to pull the plug, and the intended director, Hideaki Anno signs an animated series deal with King Records that will eventually become Neon Genesis Evangelion. But that’s still several years in the future…

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