The Cockpit tells three different tales from the second world war, bound together by the madness of war --and airplanes. In the the first tale, a German pilot is forced to choose between his duty and his soul; the second is a tragic tale of a Japanese kamikaze pilot who welcomes death; and finally, the third tale revolves around two Japanese ground troopers in the Philippines who are racing towards an airbase that might already be under enemy control.
This set of 3 fantastic stories will take you from the haunting delusions of a space explorer, to a bio-chemical threat with the power to wipe out all of Tokyo, and finally to a day in the life of a young boy who lives in a world ruled by cannons. These stores will capture you with their intrigueing storylines and awe inspiring artwork.
Memories and The Cockpit follow the same formula, and focus on the mental stage of the main characters as well as the circumstances they find themselves in.
The difference is that 'The Cockpit' is historic and 'Memories' is sci-fi.
Many years ago, sea plane pilot Marco Paggot was placed under a curse which transformed his face into that of a pig. Now, he lives a solitary life as the renowned Porco Rosso and rules the skies of the Adriatic protecting civilians from sea plane pirates. One day however, Marco meets an ace American fighter pilot, Donald Curtis, and the pair immediately clash leaving his plane a wreck. But when Curtis discovers that Marco survived his previous attack, he’s determined to have his victory and makes the gruff pilot an offer he can’t refuse…
Talk about odd character designs for mid-twentieth century fighter pilots! From the semi-comical look of some of the characters in The Cockpit to the, well, pig-faced protagonist of Porco Rosso, either anime - set before or during World War II - makes an odd but similar choice. While Cockpit veers more towards melodrama and angst (apparently war is depressing - who knew?), both titles also have a love of flying and give a fair bit of detal to their machines.