“Better 25 years late than never”: Finale

Current Progess:

  • SDF Macross – Completed
  • SDF Macross: Do You Remember Love? – Completed
  • SDF Macross Flashback 2012 -Completed

SDF Macross

Finally finished off the original Macross. Being a 1983 anime, it did age pretty well in some aspects (not the hairstyles though), since I managed to make through it without the overwhelming feeling of “wtf are they doing!” that usually comes to me when I watch certain anime that’s not even half it’s age. Well of course there were a few “wtf” moments, but those were pretty insignificant in the face of the overarching story.

The story progression gave me a feel of being arbitrarily done at parts considering how fast certain arcs ended, like Macross returning to Earth by episode 13, Space War I ending by 29, finally capping it off with the restoration of Earth in the final 7 episodes. Probably the marathon style also contributed much to the “rushed” feeling I felt, but I guess I’m too used to the current “one season, one arc” way of things.

But still have a lot of praise on the story, as it was really no holds barred at times, with a number of deaths throughout (but not as much as one would expect from a Gundam show). I still feel that it was rather sad of Roy Focker to die just like that, ominously foreshadowed by pineapple salad. Another good aspect of the series was the “restoration of Earth” arc, which Xellos eloquently elaborates on. I did feel the end of the series was a bit abrupt, but I guess that’s their way of “keeping it real”.

Hikaru was very well written and fleshed out, and I can’t help but recognize the depth of his character’s development, which is still rare in this genre nowadays. A normal guy thrown in to war, forced to take up weapons in order to survive, and at the same time, protect the one he loves, he is a rare breed of male heroes in this genre that doesn’t come off as too wimpy or too pretentious. A bit dim on the love aspect, he is, but it is a forgivable flaw.

As for Lynn Minmay… let’s just say her character wasn’t what I had been conditioned to expect. Admittedly she is a charming specimen, but she has too many flaws of her own, notably the sheer denseness she exhibits towards poor Hikaru’s feelings as well as her spoiled character. Still, the show does give her a pretty karmic-balanced way of development, as she gets her highs but it comes with terrible lows as well. On the aspect of her relationship with Lynn Kaifun…I still can’t believe he got such a cool exit for himself, considering how much of an ass he was throughout the series.

As for the third point in the triangle… well, let’s just say Misa’s such a tsundere~~. I’m glad she ended up with Hikaru in the end, really. Max and Millia are still the best couple in the series though, no question about that.

The Zentraedi also made for fascinating antagonists, as they’re totally different from the usual “evil alien invaders” prototype that pervades the genre. Rather pitiful beings themselves, denied of culture and made to do nothing but wars only, it was truly fascinating to see them open their eyes to Earth’s culture, and from there onwards, deciding to make peace, instead of continuing meaninglessly wage war. Over the course of the series, I’ve grown truly attached to them, and it was really heartwarming to see them showing some of the better aspects of humanity, more so compared to the Terrans themselves.

Do You Remember Love?

Of course, one cannot talk about SDF Macross without mentioning this movie. Sadly to say, I must say that it didn’t really meet what I expected from the countless opinions I’ve heard of it. It’s probably because I lack the nostalgia factor, but I will admit the movie is still a masterpiece, but it isn’t the “best movie ever” to me.

Still, there are many things to praise about it, from the awesome quality of the production. Age adjusted, DYRL was probably the equivalent of Byousoku 5cm back them. The detailed production quality is simply astounding, and I will concede that it does deserve the crown of “best hand-drawn anime”.

Over on the story, DYRL did really do a good job in retelling the events of the original series, and while it paints a much rosier picture than the original series, notably on Minmay’s character, it does do a good job at keeping in to the spirit of the original series. In fact, the dramatization of DYRL about the Space War I is something like our own “historical epic” movies. I feel it really gives a whole new level of depth to the whole series.

Final Words

In conclusion, I would like to say I’ve greatly enjoyed the series, and I’m glad to have watched it. One thing I’m pretty sure about is that this will totally change my outlook on the ongoing Macross Frontier, since I’m now armed with half of the background information behind the setting of it. And really, watching Macross Frontier 06 after completing this series really makes me appreciate how far we’ve come in the medium, in just a quarter of a decade, even if some things remain the same (the bumbling romance parts, etc. etc.)

Next up, Macross Plus.

6 Comments

  1. Xellos-_^ Said,

    May 10, 2008 @ 4:34 am

    >>>I did feel the end of the series was a bit abrupt, but I guess that’s their way of “keeping it real”.

    The Macross Flashback Minmay Concert, Megaroad-1 Launch was actually suppose to be the plan ending to the TV series. But for whatever reason was not inlcuded with the Tv. After the movie they used the movie character design and made the Flashback Music video.

    >>>Hikaru was very well written and fleshed out, and I can’t help but recognize the depth of his character’s development,

    The best part of his development was how you can see him go from Civilian –> Solider –> Vet —> Leader. It was done in realistic way and you can see the growth. Also while he was a good pilot, he was a Ace. That was Roy and Max.

    Over various points of the series after the Macross had to leave Earth again. You can see how he struggle with his own feeling regarding the Zentraedi. He has his own resentment against but he never let it get in his way of doing his job.

  2. Heero Yuy Said,

    May 11, 2008 @ 1:13 am

    Don’t you mean a quarter of a century? a quarter of a decade would be only 2.5 years. lol

    I’m just starting to play catchup and am about halfway through the original Macross myself. Did you know Mari Iijima not only voiced Minmay in the Japanese version but also in the English dub? I didn’t know it until I got curious as to why it sounded like she had a heavy accent and looked it up. Still, I thought that was pretty cool.

  3. Xellos-_^ Said,

    May 11, 2008 @ 1:23 am

    Mari Ijima also wrote and preform most of all the Song in Macross DYRL and Flashback.

  4. desudesu Said,

    May 11, 2008 @ 6:24 am

    i think kur0gan3 is a pretty cool guy. eh watches animus the week before his finals and doesn’t afraid of anything. ・゚・(ノД`)・゚・

  5. black87 Said,

    May 11, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    Just completed the series too, and I must say: AWESOME. Just awesome.
    Can’t wait to see the rest.

  6. black87 Said,

    May 13, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

    By the way: where did you get the ‘Flashback 2012′. I looked in the usuall places, but nothing except for some chinese stuff.

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