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).
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.
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?