In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think "Transformer" with a pilot) called Macross carries fifty thousand refugees within its hold as it returns to Earth pursued by giant humanoid ...
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Taking place one year before the Zentraedi arrive on Earth, Macross Zero chronicles the final days of the war between the U.N. Spacy and anti-U.N. factions. After being shot down by the ... See full summary »
Taking place in 2059 A.D., Macross Frontier chronicles the events of the 25th Frontier fleet, located near the center of the Galaxy. The Frontier comes under attack by a mysterious and ... See full summary »
Flash Back 2012 is Minmay's farewell concert. Featuring some of her best songs, the music is performed over various scenes and events taken from the first Macross television series as well ... See full summary »
A new splinter race of the Zentraedi show up: the Marduk. While the Zentraedi were defeated by Lynn Minmay's music, the Marduk have their own singers (emulators), spur their soldiers into ... See full summary »
The new frontier of Venus has degenerated into a dystopia ravaged by the civil war between Ishtar and Aphrodia. Bubbly reporter Susan Sommers arrives in the capitol of Aphrodia just before ... See full summary »
In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think "Transformer" with a pilot) called Macross carries fifty thousand refugees within its hold as it returns to Earth pursued by giant humanoid warriors. A young pilot in the military named Hikaru rescues his idol, the beautiful singer Lynn Minmay, from the giants as they break through the ship's hull during a concert-during which the giants are shocked to see females on a male vessel-and they are trapped for days in an aft hold of the ship. After their rescue, Hikaru and Minmay continue on good terms until a joyride in a fighter trainer gets Hikaru, his squadron leader, Minmay's brother, Minmay herself and the tough female operations controller captured by the giants, who grill them on how males and females can survive together without fighting. The giants' female counterparts arrive to wreak havoc on their male foes, and in the ensuing confusion Minmay and her brother are detained while the others make an escape that costs squadron leader... Written by
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During the scene where Minmay and Kaifunn are in the emergency shelter at the beginning of the film, the autograph hound is a caricature of Shoji Kawamori, the film's director. See more »
[Hikaru tries to convince Minmay to sing to defeat the Zentradi]
You can't win a war by singing! Stay with me, if we're going to die anyway...
It's not just for us. It's for everyone onboard Macross.
That has nothing to do with us! Why aren't we the only two in the universe? I wish everyone would die except you and me!
[Hikaru slaps Minmay, as a panoply of war's destruction plays across the screen.]
Sempai died. Kakizaki died. So many have died. They had plans for peace. You can still sing, can't...
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Super Dimensional Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? Ah, what a
name and what a movie. This is what classic Japanese Animation is all
about. Just the name itself conjures up nostalgic memories of
yesterday, running home from fourth grade to catch the latest episode
of Robotech, to attending my first Anime convention and realizing the
true power of the unedited series as well as this incredible film which
retells the story. The music, the characters, the animation and the
story are the very things that attracted me to Japanese animation in
the first place. And still, even after all of these years, SDFM:DYRL
not only holds up, but is still a force to be reckoned with.
This is due, in no small part, to the creative talent and storytelling
capabilities of Shoji Kawamori. Although his filmography may be small,
it is an example of quality over quantity. Kawamori's Macross series
made giant transforming robots, singing pop-idol young starlets, heroic
floppy haired boys, and melodramatic drama popular to thousands of fans
across the globe. Who in their right mind never dreamed of someday
flying a Valkyrie, or meeting a girl as spunky and hot as Lynn Minmay
or as gorgeous and smart as Misa Hayase? Or who never wished that their
hair were as cool as Max's blue locks or Hikaru's tangled mop? And who
never wished for the experiences and friendships shared by the Defense
Force as they battled the onslaught of the Zentradi forces? Without
Kawamori, none of these questions would have ever even been possible.
To me, this is like trying to imagine a childhood without Star Wars.
SDFM:DYRL is at it's core, a story of an alien invasion. The Zentradi,
a race of aliens created for only war are hell-bent on tracking down a
lost ship, the Macross, which is the key to the universal power of
Protoculture. Protoculture is the universal matter from which all
things were created and it gives life to those who have it. The
Zentradi track down this lost ship, which has landed on Earth. The
humans of Earth learn, to a somewhat limited degree, the power of the
Macross, and are able to escape with a few hundred survivors to the
outer reaches of space, thus setting in motion the constant game of cat
and mouse between the Zentradi and the humans. Although this story is
quite basic on the surface, what really set Macross apart from the
other giant-invading-robot movies/series was the investment the
audience had in the characters.
The animation itself is quite beautiful, although it may seem somewhat
primitive by today's digital standards. It is, however, a great example
of how Japanese animation differs from its Western counterparts. While
Western animation, especially concerning studios such as Disney and
Warner Bros., put more energy into creating smooth animated movement,
the Japanese directors and artists have always been more interested in
creating insanely detailed drawings. Some Japanese directors have
claimed that Japanese animation is actually more of a mix between the
detailed still drawings of manga and the fluidity of traditional
Western animation, thus it is an art form in and of itself being
neither comic book nor cartoon. Macross is a perfect example of this
ideology. Although the animation may not be extremely fluid, what we
are given are vastly detailed cityscapes, landscapes and space
frontiers, as well as mechanical and character designs to die for.
And how can I possibly even mention the word Macross without at least a
brief mention of the music? Kentaro Haneda, who created the original
music, made sure that the score and songs were as captivating as the
film itself, as well as making sure every note of every song fit
perfectly with what was being shown on screen. After all, with music
playing such an intricate roll in the entire Macross saga, the music
really needed to be top notch and it was.
SDFM:DYRL is a classic in every sense of the word. A movie that is just
as good today as it was almost 20 years ago. Some films do not live up
to the memories we have of them, and as we get older some films lose
their power. SDFM:DYRL on the other hand, becomes a beacon of light to
remind us of the reasons we fell in love with Japanese films in the
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