Megazone 23, Part 2
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Now, over a decade after the first commercial release of Part 1 in the U.S., we FINALLY have Part 2 on dvd! While this volume is extremely different from Part 1, both in look and story, it holds up much better than the original. For those who are familiar with Part 1 but have never seen Part 2, I highly recommend it.
Now for a little history: Part 1 was to be re-written and re-ordered for an American release as Robotech The Movie. Though the project was completed and test-marketed, it was never officially released. Interestingly enough, some additional animation was completed for the Robotech movie at that time, as Harmony Gold felt the original open-ended conclusion of Part 1 wouldn't be sufficient. Whatsmore, there was an English dub of Part 2 (by the same cast used on Robotech), and my old vhs copy of Part 2 includes the ten minutes of additional animation that was used for Robotech The Movie. The reason I bring this up is that this additional animation is NOT included on this dvd, which is a little disappointing (I assume the current company doesn't own the rights to it).
In addition, while the subtitles and English dialogue this time around are much more true to the original Japanese version, the voice actors and script are not nearly as interesting or well executed as the earlier version. This is all water under the bridge, since the early version was never officially released, and you're unlikely to find it available anyway, so really I'm just venting about this!
Overall, I would give this anime a 5 out of 5, but the minor negatives mentioned above bring it down a star. This is one of my favorite animes of all time (and I've seen hundreds of them). If you've seen Part 1 and liked it, you HAVE TO SEE PART 2!!! If not, see Part 1 first... then see Part 2!!!
Part 2 was clearly on a very high budget, almost motion picture in look and feel. The character that truly comes off the best is Eve though who was designed by the legendary Mikimoto. Eve plays almost a central character in this. Her song 'Lonely Sunset', which plays briefly near the beginning but is also used at the end of the final scene and credits, is probaly the best song in the franchise, simply breathtaking. I also disagree with another reviewer saying the sex scene isn't as good as Part 1, Part 2 is actually more graphic, so much more so that some prude fans objected to it.
Grade - A
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I have had my copy of megazone 23 on VHS since it came out. I now have it on DVD and I am still struck by how good the animation is. Very well done.Published on October 4, 2010 by C. Watson
I feel very disappointed about this one... it is very bad, the first part Megazone 23 Part I was far better I think that the sex scene was also better for that movie... Read morePublished on June 22, 2007 by The master
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