[NB This is the exact text of the press release - the typo was too amusing to correct]
"From the director of the legendary 1882 TV series Macross and written by the Manga legend Shoji Kawamori, Macross Plus is a four part action-packed series with authentic mecha designs.
"Macross Plus takes place 40 years after the original Macross, 2040 A.D. on the colonial planet Eden. The Ministry of Defence are testing and developing transformer aicraft - a new advanced defence to conquer alien attacks.
"Isamu Dyson is a jet fighter, and also a maverick, assigned as a new test pilot on project Super Nova. The competition hots up when Isamu discovers that his old rival, Guld, is the test pilot for the competing project. The arrival of Myung, a mutual ex-girlfriend, adds even more tension to the conflict as the battle for the skies begins."
Director: Shoji Kawamori Screenplay: Keiko Nobumoto Copyright: Big West Macross Plus Project VHS version: Language: English language Label: Manga Video Running time: 45 mins 45 mins 45 mins 45 mins Certificate: PG PG PG 12 Catalogue no: MANV 1072 MANV 1074 MANV 1100 MANV 1184 Price: £9.99 £9.99 £9.99 £9.99 each Release Date: 6th Mar 1995 1st May 1995 7th Aug 1995 10th Mar 1997 Movie version: Contains all four episodes edited together with new footage Language: Japanese language, English Subtitles Running time: 90 mins Certificate: 12 Label: Manga Video Catalogue no: MANV 1194 Price: £13.99 Release Date: 13th October 1997 DVD version: Contains all four episodes and the movie Language: Episodes: English and Japanese language, optional English subtitles Movie: Japanese language, English subtitles Running time: 315 mins Certificate: 12 Label: Manga Video Catalogue no: MANG 2009 Price: £19.99 Release Date: 24th June 2002
Macross remains one of the most enduring anime series ever in recent years. Despite the failure of Macross II, it was deemed worthy of a third series. Fortunately, lessons have been learned, and if this first episode is anything to go by, this should be a worthy addition to the Macross canon.
The setting is the year 2040 AD, 40 years after the original Macross saga. The plot takes no risks - rival test pilots Isamu and Guld compete for both the superiority of their mecha and the affections of Myung, a mutual ex-girlfriend. Myung is the manager of Sharon Apple, an immensely popular computer generated idol singer.
The animation and design work are both very slick, and the use of computer graphics is seamless. The English dubbing is also some of the best yet done. [Jonathan Weeks]
Lavishly produced latest in the MACROSS saga, this time about rival teams of valkyrie fighter developers. This is very recent; so new that episodes are still being made in Japan. It has excellent animation, with superb aerial combat sequences, and the dubbing is so good that few viewers would stop to think that there had been a Japanese language original.
Unfortunately the attention given to production values has designed the life out of the characters, leaving collections of unconvincing motivations and attributes who don't come to life on screen. This was certainly not a trait of earlier incarnations of MACROSS, as even when the characters were as irritating as Sylvie and Hibiki in MACROSS II, one could not help but think of them as real persons.
By all means see this for the production values. I, however, was not tempted to see more. [Geoff Cowie]
firstname.lastname@example.org: I have Macross Plus Volumes One and Two Dubbed, and I can honestly say that it is the best dub I have seen to date. Its flawlessly done, the only translation glitch I've heard is that they toned down one sentence minorly, a character has said something to the effect that he would revoke another characters lisence (that's how they translated it), but he actualy said something sterner (I'm leaving it vague to avoid spoiling anything, but to show how minor the only glitch was). The music is, what's the word, UNBELIEVABLE!. The only irk I had with it was that they sang the opening theme in volume one in English instead of Japanese (Same singer, but I think it sounds better in Japanese). Ender Wiggin: The dub is one of the better ones I have seen, but it's not the best. The voice acting for the main hero (Isamu, mochiron) was weak (has there been a good main hero voice?). Myun is pretty good, most of the time. The woman tech was weak. The hacker was good. Guld is stilted, but that may actually fit. Ameratsu: The writers of Macross Plus got Shakespearean on us. They examine the battles not of monsters in space this time, but rather the demons within us. We have to stop looking at anime as just surface value fluff. It will become a self-perpetuating thing that feeds on itself, turning out nothing but eyecandy that is fun to watch. Samuel Lysinger: I thought it was good because there is nothing great about it. There is no hidden message, just a silly action show that has some TOP Gun elements in it. Pure entertainment without discussing the state of mankind or the world is a nice change. Keith Rhee: Au contraire, Sam. Most of the screen time isn't spent on action, rather the relationship between the former friends. And the underlying theme, if you pay attention, is about ideals and dreams, and how some of them got broken, others gave up on them, but one person stuck through it all and never compromised on his ideals and dreams (namely, Isamu). In other words, the focus here isn't an apocalypse theme, or saving the world, but much more down to Earth -- it focuses on the trio's dreams and relationship. In the meantime, the LD sales in Japan are skyrocketing, and most people I know loved the show. I think the people's pocketbooks are speaking for their opinions, and if the discussions on the IRC channel #anime! are any indication, there's a LOT more to Macross Plus than you make it out to be. EDWARD MOORE: I think that its appeal lies in the love triangle and the conflicts between Guld, Isamu, and Myung. Added to the fact that the writers are deliberately leaving out VERY important bits of information and exposition (ie. What exactly did happen with these three people so many years ago) generates a great deal of suspense and interest on the part of the viewer. It's how you draw an audience into a play/novel/tv show/anime, whatever. Make it a mystery. All three of them are very complex and intriguing characters. For example, why is it that Myung supposedly despises Isamu, yet Sharon (who we assume is a manifestation of Myung's subconscious desires) makes a "holographic" pass at Isamu during the concert in volume 2? Or why does Isamu supposedly say to Guld that he is only interested in the project, yet the way he behaves around Guld clearly indicates otherwise? Not to mention the host of other less character-driven, technical questions (ie. how did Guld blast Isamu at the end of pt. 2) It's these questions that run in the viewers mind that keep us coming back for more. Personally, I think it's a brilliantly crafted script and very intelligently told story. Not to mention that the music is incredible, Sharon Apple rocks, and the computer graphics and animation are amazing. The overall quality of this series is uncommonly high for an OAV, approaching levels only achieved by theatrical releases. Ash: hmm the reason why it appealed to me is 1. cool mechs 2. top gun Macross style and plus you've got to love sharon apple i just love the beat to the thing and hey the music is nice but many people don't really think it's that great of an anime yes it's a bad take off from the macross storyline but hey better then some shitty think like G-gundam Godai: What is the plot anyway? Just testing new mecha? There doesn't seem to be much conflict, except between two, IMO, poorly designed characters. The only way this series could ever appeal to me is if one guy killed the other (doesn't matter who, I want to see them both dead). Give me a series with a plot and some real characters, like Legend of the Galatic Heros. Flame away if you feel so compelled, but I had to voice my opinion. Just tired of hearing how great it is when I don't like it. Different people, different tastes. SR Dominguez: What I like about M+ is the fact that there are no heroes - all the characters are as screwy as each other. Both Isamu and Myung's lives are hell, but Isamu enjoys his life because he is completely at the other end of the dynamism scale to Myung who has just accepted a life of hardship. And in the middle there's Guld, who according to a few friends of mine could best be described as the hero of the show, being at the crossroads. He always tries to act honourably, but in the grand byronic tradition he has an inner flaw which dooms him - his hot Zentradi blood. It's easy to perceive M+ as being vague in its plot. This is missing the point. The show is an ant farm, the idea being to sit back and watch the doomed little charcters go round and round. Kwesi Ako Kennedy: It's a shining eample of what animation should be. The characters for the series are effectivly introduced and presented in a way that makes you want to find out more about them. The animation and the overal designs for mecha, interiors, and even control panels were phenominal. But the thing that always takes my breath away about Mac+ is the wide color palette they use. Is this an unusually wide range of colors or am I just overreacting. Any way, if you liked what you saw in the original Macross/Robotech series, you'll love how the concept has matued ovrer time. Especially the fight scenes and the integration of Zentradi technology with Macross technology in order to get the intimidatin YF21. All great jets should be black. IMHO. Plenty of people have already seen this though and non-anime fan who do see it get hooked immediatly.
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