Customer Reviews: Macross Plus - The Collection (Two-Disc Set)
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on February 15, 2006
I nearly crapped myself when I opened the first disc and saw that it said "MOVIE EDITION". I quickly opened the second case and on that disc it said "Macross Plus: Volume 2 (Parts 3+4). I was like "WTF Mate". So I inserted the 1st disc thinking it was the movie and they got some weird packaging problem that sent me the movie edition instead of volume 1. But to my delight, the "Movie Edition" is indeed Volume 1. (In case you're wondering, there are two versions of this series; a single disc "Movie Edition" that is a full length feature film and a two disc 4 episode (45 min each) set. Each has there good qualities but are different in minor ways. The story is much more complete in the two disc set but some people have complained that it drags a little. Also the story has a different ending. I like both and recommend either.)

The extras were kind of lacking for a 10th anniversary disc (Is it just me or is Manga going WAAAAAYYYYY downhill in quality just slapping things together with no regard for what fans want and love) and the menu was rather plain.

But despite some obvious lack of attention to details and minimal extras for a 10th anniversary disc, this set and the episodes in general rock! If you haven't seen this before it's definately a keeper and the price of this Two-Disc set is ripe for the picking. The sound and visual quality are outstanding, the dubbing is amazing, and although the animation is getting a little dated it's still way above par. The music alone is worth watching it. If you're an Anime fan than you're probably familiar with Yoko Kanno's work. (Cowboy Beebop, Ghost in the Shell:SAC, Wolf's Rain, Escaflowne, and the list goes on) But of all Anime's I've seen, I have never been moved by a score like I was moved with this one. I have no doubt that if you watch this that you will be amazed.
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on January 16, 2006
The best Macross since the original. Kawamori can do no wrong(*cough*Arjuna*hack*). This is probably the best non-epic story he's ever told. And the animation is some of the best, if not the best, I've seen outside of a feature film(even after 11 years). What I can't understand is why Manga Video has not added anything to the DVD for this great anime, yet this is the "10th Anniversary Edition". The original Ghost in the Shell release by Manga Video had few extras and no 5.1 surround track in Japanese. Their new GitS 10th aniversary release had many more extras and a great new 5.1 surround track in japanese. Why hasn't Macross Plus seen this kind of treatment? Apparently they just threw both volumes of the OVA into a box, cut a few bucks off the original price and called it a special anniverary edition. I already own the original DVD releases of this show and would have eagerly forked over another $40 to get them in full japanese language surround. C'Mon Manga Video, you've had 10 years to improve the DVD's for this show. What's the deal?
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on July 13, 2008
I purchased this originally on VHS when Manga released it on 4 VHS tapes 1995-1996. This DVD provides nothing new. There is no commentary or behind-the-scenes featurette. The old 'next episode' previews and previews of 'coming soon' releases (from 1996 - many of the previewed titles have been out for a decade) are the special features. These can be found on the old VHS tapes too.

The real advantages to buying this DVD collection are the lower cost and that you get both the sub and the dub.

The lack of special features is more than made up for by the 4-part OVA. This is a side story. The original Macross was the story of how humanity survived an encounter with highly advanced giant soldiers. This story is set decades after Macross. It's about a design competition between two companies to build the next Valkyrie (a jet that transforms into a giant robot). The two opposing test pilots have a shared past - and an intense rivalry.

The mecha fight scenes are very fast, highly detailed, and even somewhat realistic (for a sci-fi show about transforming airplanes made with alien technology that borders on high fantasy). The characters have quite a bit of depth. They aren't relatively innocent kids taking the final step into adulthood, as in the Macross TV series. These characters are definitely adults with quite a bit of emotional baggage.

The tension is quite high - I still remember the very sharp cliff-hangers at then end of each part. In the VHS days, you had to wait 4 or 5 months for the next volume to be released. grrr

The music is excellent. These aren't songs and instrumental tracks you listen to without the movie. The music really supports the movie. It supports, and sometimes creates the emotional tone for the scene. There are also very unique - and odd sound choices.

The cover bills it as 'the top-gun of anime'. As cheesy as it sounds, they're right. I'd even recommend this to people who don't normally watch anime.
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on November 25, 2005
I post this quick review in the absense of any others. Macross Plus certainly deserves more, but for what its worth let me say this is one the the very best animations I've ever come across (and I am a collector). Its unstopable, in terms of animation, character that develope, plot, music (yokko kano), everything. Treat yourself to this collection, its a bit better than the movie edition, fleshing the sequel to the original Macross' story out across a four episode epic. Two rival pilots, two experimental next gen VF jets, one lost love, and an out of control virtual AI Diva that takes control of the Macross.
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on September 4, 2015
90's anime was great in general. Very noirish if that is a word. This one takes away from the main story line kind adoes it's own gundam wing thing. Still stays in it's own universe as macross always does I think scott was an admiral by this time only he is not in this one. Anywho experimental weapons and experimental musicians the whole concept revolves around A.I and also just like gundam wing a system like the wing zero system where is pilot becomes the plane and has remarkable reaction and coordination. definatly a good series spin off and very worth the watch about damn time they put into a two disc set now I have to pawn off the other two for a bong.
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on February 11, 2015
Combine this with the movie version you have, quite simply, the finest anime ever committed to film. It is brilliant in both execution and form. The Mecha design is both crisp and ligntning fast, The story compelling with vibrant characters. If you have not heard about Macross Plusby now you've been living under a rock.
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on December 2, 2012
Macross plus has been called top gun the anime for a long time now and for good reason. High flying jet into mech action, an atypical approach to macross's love triangle, and realization that the dad from Malcolm in the middle is Issamu.
A must have for any mecha fan.
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on January 3, 2014
Having watched and collected many anime, I Have to say this Has to be in my top 10! With a great plot Characters, And Some of the Best Music out on par with the best of any other. I would most definitely Recommend this to anime fans or for some one just starting out watching anime you would be doing your self a disservice by not watching this classic!
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on February 1, 2016
This package does not contain the 'Macross Plus: Move Edition' just to be clear. It contains the series in 4 part episodes. I was a little disappointed because I thought it contained the series and the movie versions. But luckily both versions are good.
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on February 14, 2007
Each Disk contains 2 Episodes of this series which seems odd considering the fact that it would be more efficent to have all 4 parts on one disk and shift the special features onto the bonus disk. Wish it was in widescreen but the transfers are very good as is.
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