Americans know Super Dimension Fortress Macross
(Chojiku Yosai Macross
, 1982) as the first of the three series that were combined to create Robotech
in 1985. (The others were Genesis Climber Mospeada
and Super-dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross
). Although there are story differences between Robotech
, the basic plot remains the same: a gigantic derelict spaceship crashes on an island in the Pacific, changing the course of human history. After a decade of restoration, the Earth forces re-launch the flying fortress now called the Macross, just as the alien Zentraedi attack, hoping to recapture their ship and its long-lost technologies.
For this reissue, ADV prepared a new translation and English dub. These actors offer performances that are livelier and less stilted than the casts of Robotech and the previous version of Macross. Vic Mignogna makes brash young pilot Hikaru Ichijo more likeable and his relationship with his ex-trainer Roy Fokker (Brett Weaver) more believable. Mari Iijima, the original Japanese Lynn Minmay, re-creates her role in English, but her thick accent doesn't help the already brittle pop-diva in-the-making. ADV has restored the faded visuals, pumping up the color and restoring warm flesh tones to the ghostly white faces. But there are trade-offs: the increased color saturation gives Roy pumpkin orange hair.
Ultimately, the historic significance of Super Dimension Fortress Macross outweighs the quality of its animation, direction, and storytelling. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 10 and older: mild profanity; violence restricted to spaceship and robot battles) --Charles Solomon
2009. Ten years of furious conflict and frenzied construction have turned an alien wreck into a human triumph: the colossal space battleship Macross. On the day of the ship s launch the world waits with bated breath to witness mankind s next giant leap. Hovering above the planet though the Zentradi a merciless warrior race seek to advance its agenda of destruction and conquest. When long-dormant systems aboard the Macross suddenly fire upon the alien fleet the ship meant to preserve humanity may become its undoing. A war of attrition erupts taking mankind across the solar system and beyond in a fight to justify its existence!System Requirements:Running Time 150 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ANIMATION/ADULT SWIM Rating: TV-PG UPC: 702727141720 Manufacturer No: DMCR/001