Super Dimensional Cavalry - Southern Cross (Complete Series)
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(Oct 21, 2003)
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This is true in my case. The thing about Robotech that I didn't like was that the Masters series didn't really make a lot of sense, especially when they started talking about the three way war between the SDF, the Masters and the Invid...and the whole "triumphiant" was all hokey.
Southern cross was nothing like that. The so-called Protoculture was more like an energy source than a "flower of life". I considered it more like plutonium than the fountain of youth.
Characters were different too...Charles was a ladies man, Nova wasn't that much of a prude and Marie Angel had a life. Jeanne was much more than an fun loving genetically confused brat that Dana Sterling was made out to be.
The whole show had a universal theme to it...No matter how much our political differences are, deep inside, we are still the same. As with the other reviewers, this show was wrapped up way too fast, but at the end. There was a scene where Jeanne was telling the Commander that she couldn't kill an alien invader that looked just like them (human beings). That scene stuck.
In a world where politics polarize societies, this anime hit pretty close to home dealing with the politics of war. The ZOR was nothing more than cloned human beings that was genetically 'improved' to live on the planet 'Glorie'. The planet 'Glorie' was abandoned because it became inhabitable to humanoids. The Zor abandoned Glorie years prior to the current human inhabitants, to the point that they did not think that they lived there.Read more ›
"a powerful, bittersweet series from the golden age of Japanese animation which was the original source material for the second act of..." Robotech.
Watching the opening credits reveals familiar moments from Robotech's opening credits with Macross, Southern Cross and Genesis Climber cropped and combined together. The first episode is so different from how I remember the Masters. The creators of Robotech rewrote and re-editted this series to tie in with Macross to have Lt. Jeanne/Dana Sterling as the daughter of Max and Myria. A new character to Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, Maia Sterling, is added in to the movie as Dana's sister. She may have originally been added in the Robotech novels. But getting back to what I remember from the first episode of the Masters, Jeanne/Dana is written in as highly skilled, confident and brave. She reflects on what went on between her "parents" and how they met during the Zentran and Meltran War with one of her friends. But in Southern Cross, Lt. Jeanne is rebellious, defiant and troublesome to her superiors spending some time in the brig on disciplinary charges.
Yet the story itself rehashes on some political grounds of planetary occupation/colonization on Gloire belonging to returning alien inhabitants called the Zors. As the story continues, the mystery behind the Zor unfolds as civilians are kidnapped and used against the Southern Cross army. The Zor and Southern Cross army become desperate to survive and win each battle as the war becomes endless with casualties mounting on both sides. Overall this is a great anime series that inspired others like "Dirty Pair" and "Gunbuster."
When you watch Macross, even with an English dub, the Zentradi, the protoculture, and the characters and their motivations suddenly make sense. It ain't the greatest story, but it becomes coherent when it isn't corrupted by the Robotech revision.
Southern Cross is the same. Take it out of the forced Robotech storyline and you have a war between civilizations that is logical -- even if the war itself is not, which is by design. Aliens came to NOT earth but a human colony because it is THERE home and they need a special flower to medicate their unique biology. You are not left wondering about how flowers power two super dimensional fortresses under three mounds became totally forgotten in just fifteen years BECAUSE THERE ARE NO SUPERDIMENSIONAL FORTRESSES.
When separated from the forced Robotech storyline, Southern Cross becomes my favorite of the three. Maybe it's just the body armor and the hover tanks. The characters and their movtivations make more sense in the original. The clones make sense. The enslaved pilots make sense. The end makes sense.
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This series seemed a little muddled in what it was trying to do. It used many of the tropes of post Gundam mecha shows, but with no real idea what to say with them. Read morePublished 8 days ago by David
Much better than the remake by Harmony Gold - makes more sense as presented by the creators original intent.Published 16 months ago by Chris
Southern Cross is more well presented in its original form despite a so-so soundtrack. Southern Cross is the best candidate out of the 3 original series of Robotech to be re-made... Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by Lightbug
This is my favorite robotech saga. I fanatasicized on driving a tank. You heard french and japanese words spoken. Action, drama, and comedy are combined.Published on August 6, 2012 by Reynold V. Pico
I think this show gets a bad rap from the ROBOTECH version. It was heavily edited to bridge the Macross saga and the New Generation, and what came out was confusing. Read morePublished on June 14, 2008 by V. Crisafulli
Super Dimensional Calvary was another anime series in Japan that caught on in the U.S. A direct sequel to Macross.
Not as great as Macross but fun in it's own way. Read more
What you are looking at is the original series that the second "cycle" of the american robotech series was based on. Read morePublished on November 18, 2004 by that