Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime

Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime

Squeeee!!!

If there was one word I would use to describe this movie it would be this: “Impressive”.

*Ahem*, so finally after nearly a year’s wait, I finally watched the Mac F movie. I daresay it does a better job of capturing the magic of the Macross series compared to the original source material (read: TV series). From the stage performances to the love triangle drama, it’s like the production team took heed of all the complaints that plagued the original series and dealt with most of the major issues. Of course there is also the fact that production and writing standards for movies tend to be tighter than for TV series too, so we really get a highly distilled and concentrated experience in the movie. I’m still star-struck with Sheryl’s Universal Bunny performance at the beginning of the movie. I daresay it’s the single most impressive performance of hers yet.

Of course, this seems to come at some cost to the action scenes and those hoping for edge-of-your-seats Valkyrie fighting probably will be rather disappointed throughout the movie although there are quite a lot of new scenes towards the ending of movie. I’m guessing they’re saving that for Sayonara no Tsubasa (due on 02/2011).

Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime

What’s better than Sheryl? Two Sheryl’s!

So in essence, Itsuwari no Utahime is definitely geared for those who liked the “magical” parts (singing, love triangles, etc) of Macross Frontier rather than for the technical aspects (Valkyrie porn, action). The movie basically redoes the entire first half of the TV series, to the point it’s almost unrecognizable due to the timeline and plot changes.

Interestingly enough, Grace feels less of a bad person in the movie and Brera’s positively gushing at parts too. Like towards the end when he helped out Alto and actually smiled when he thanked him. Also he’s less of a silent mini-boss now and more of a badass ninja bodyguard for Sheryl, lol. I should also mention too that Alto-hime feels a lot… cuter in the movie. Probably due to the fact his general emo ranting is kept to a minimum and he’s more of an open person in the movie.

The central mysteries of Sheryl and Ranka’s connection also seem to be more ironed out in the movie and more consistent as well, but the resolution of their pasts still lie ahead in Sayonara no Tsubasa, which I hope, will provide a much more satisfying ending to the movie series compared to the ending for the TV series. Yes, I’m still feeling a bit bitter they never did resolve the love triangle :P.

Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime

I wouldn’t mind getting shot by that!

Finally, I’m glad to say that this movie has definitely reignited my love for Sheryl Nome, and I’m still firmly in her camp. And her Taiyaki phone is win. And also when she pulled out her Visa Vega Black Card to hire the S.M.S.

Liked: Very much.
Rewatch: Definitely, would be even better on a big screen too!

P.S. The preview at the ending of the movie for Sayonara no Tsubasa is really laying the hints on thick aren’t they?

Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime

11 Comments

  1. Gin Said,

    October 27, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Oh snap, the red string of fate around both, you know what means…yuri ending~!
    Seriously though, good movie. I’m showing it to our club over Unlimited Blade Works partly because its good, and partly that you don’t need to know the story before hand.

  2. kaz3phyrous Said,

    October 27, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    Canaria really does love her decals.. http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/9497/tvjmacrossfrontieritsuw.jpg

    And they really upgraded Ranka’s slug.. It can now transform to anything she wants it to be..

    The movie was definitely better at conveying the story than the series.. I wonder which direction they’ll take the 2nd movie though.. Will Alto keep both his “wings” in the end or choose does he choose only 1..

  3. Rei Said,

    October 27, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    I’m still dling this movie, or well, my friend is. Argh, I want it so much and is that REALLY HER PHONE? HOLY CRAP new competitor for Ranka’s ifrog. How does that Taiyaki work o.o? Those fish lips lolol

  4. Psycho Said,

    October 27, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

    Too bad next movie will be show at February 2011. That means… waiting for about one year again for BD release.
    —-
    Look like there is some trend in Japan to redo TV series into movie with altered story. This is remind me with Evangelion and Nanoha.

  5. manga Said,

    October 28, 2010 @ 12:15 am

    I also enjoyed the movie. The new scenes and performances was the big seller for me.

    Now all we have to do is wait for the next movie.

    I also liked the apperance of a taiyaki phone. Espacially the way it starts of vibrating…

    Will have to rewatch it sometime when I got everything completed here at home.

  6. Ed Said,

    October 28, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    English subs… Which group, if you don’t mind me asking?

  7. yanipheonu Said,

    October 28, 2010 @ 12:57 am

    AUGH Why is it so hard to find movie subs???? Seriously google is no help.

    Who’s subbing this?

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    October 28, 2010 @ 1:24 am

    Subs are from /m/.

    People don’t read my warnings, don’t they?

  9. jolo Said,

    October 28, 2010 @ 2:11 am

    What warning?

    Oh, that warning…
    People rely too much on google I guess…

  10. Jobrill Said,

    October 28, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    Hahaha, with an ending shot like that, yeah, they BETTER resolve the triangle.

    I’m still firmly in the Sheryl camp, but I have to admit, Movie!Ranka is growing on me. Maybe they could just be Sisterwives. >_>

  11. Syaoran Li Said,

    November 5, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    You’ve to see this shit in 1080p and a 42 inches LED TV… OH MY GOD!

    Damn it, one more year to see the outcome.

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