First Macross, Area 88, Macross Plus and now Yukikaze. The story is similar to these prior anime series focusing on the planes and the pilots troubles. The show graphically is beautiful, albeit a bit dark with muted colors. Some of the shots of the sunset/sunrise skies are just gorgeous. The CGI is well done.
The story is not overly original, man vs. machine, but the execution of the story is what makes it great. The characters are likeable and you feel sympathy for those who get shot down.
The action sequences are just great. It is a blast watching the planes turn and bank, shoot and get shot down, kick in the afterburners and do other arial acrobatics.
There was a scene in episode 1 that almost made my jaw drop, sort of something like Tony Hawk would, but with a plane.
I cannot wait until the rest of the series is out!