Macross Plus - Movie Edition
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A recut version of the four-part OAV (1994), the Macross Plus movie plays like a mixture of Top Gun, Gundam Wing, and Key the Metal Idol. It's 2040 on the planet Eden: former high school rivals Isamu Dyson and half-human/half-Zentraedi Guld Goa Bowman have become rival mecha test pilots. They're also still competing for the affection of Myung Lone, the producer for cybernetic singing sensation Sharon Apple. When an illegal "bio-neural" chip is implanted into the computer that generates Sharon, she becomes sentient, attacking Myung and attempting to lure Isamu to his death. Wild and crazy Isamu and serious Guld defeat the plot with their hotshot piloting. The film boasts elaborate computer-animated special effects and exceptionally well choreographed aerial battles, but director Shoji Kawamori correctly summed up Macross Plus as "a serious story with a silly plot." Unrated; suitable for ages 16 and up: Nudity, violence, sexual situations. --Charles Solomon
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Macross made its start way back in Japan. I don't know exactly how it happened but the gyst of the story is this. Someone decided that a Anime that combined Mecha(transforming jetfighters in this case) a love story, and intergral music would appeal to a world market. They were proved right. Macross became a cult classic immediatly. people loved the jets, loved the charactors, and loved the setting it was placed in. This humble beggining spawned several more outgrowths, like Robotech and Macros 2 and 7. But the simplistic and wonderful idea of the origional Macross was being dilluted by the new material. A return was needed. And Macross Plus is that.
Enter Eden, a place where test pilots and new test planes spar to become the new Space Superiority Veritech of the defense forces. At the head of this conflict is Guld and Isamu, two childhood friends with some past experience forcing them apart. Also on Eden is Myung, the thrid friend and mutual intrest to both. Thats the love story.
Now salivate over the amazing graphics that will give you a hernia from the action. And bow down before the technical might of the YF-19 and YF-21, two of the most incredible combat fighters ever to grace an Anime. Be amazed as the perfectly coreographed action sequences have you drooling upon yourself in shocked stuppor. This is the Mecha.
And never return to normal music again as you listen to the heartwrenchingly beautiful and sultry music of Sharon Apple, a singer like no other. You WILL be amazed by how good this music sounds. I myself have bought the many CD's that go with this and I am very happy I have done so. I expect that you too, having watched this movie, will have much the same desire.
Macross 4, the one I am writing about, is one of either 4 videos or 2 DVD's. Also in the Macross line is a Macross Plus Movie, a combination of the entire series. I suggest buying either Macross Plus Part 1 or the movie. If either immpresses you, buy the rest. The movie is significantly different from the 4 part series and although some of it crosses over, having both is not a waste. In the end...This is one of the greatest Anime to ever be created. Treat yourself to it.
The basis of the story is a love triangle, and they writers could have written about the anger between 2 pilots due to the love they felt for a woman and the story still would have been great. But, they didn't stop with just a love triangle instead they throw in an AI that is based built from the thoughts, memories, and emotions of the woman they both love. This causes additional turmoil towards the end, but (in true anime fashion) brings the truth to the front.
The character development was great for such a short series. You see a gambit of emotions, view how each character relates, and even see a good background of how they got to where they are.
And Macross Plus is a stepping stone between the original Macross story and the later Macross 7 and Macross Frontier and shows a transition of the fighters from the original story to the later arcs. I'm hoping that they get the licenses to have these come to the States so that I can buy them up (and any others that I don't know about).
My disappointment now is that they have come out with a Blu-ray version of some of the Macross story lines but they're all imports in all extremely expensive
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Gould's Death scene was wayyyyy better in this version than the OVA
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