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May 9, 2007
The "Macross Plus" series
is one entry in the the
Macross... brand? From reading some
time-line? combine? random fan web pages,
I got the idea that
It's completely within this series, So then, it would be a
different from "Macross" is, or was, fantasy of a Sony or
something like a large corporation... Toyota growing to the
"Macross 7": this point where it dwarfs
was intended to "governments" and
be the class act. outlives them (though
doesn't quite replace
The music is actually them).
closer to Enya than Ah, the composer is Giant corporations,
Boston. The animation Yoko Kanno. When Giant robots.
is a cut above the the music is any
usual, if not actually good in an anime Having watched quite a
ground-breaking. sountrack, you lot of the material
frequently find her (as of Jan 2010),
name as composer I don't think that
(e.g. "Cowboy idea holds up.
Complex"). In fact, I don't
think the term
(April, 2011) "Macross" has
Upon re-watching it, it anything like a
struck me that it has a bad sensible fixed
problem with contrived meaning.
excuses for fight scenes.
There's no actual military Originally, it was a
enemy on stage for this salvaged alien space
story (it's entirely about ship and a big ray
non-com test pilots), so gun it sported (the
instead the two main Macross Cannon).
characters have to engage
in psychotic violence that By the time you get to
their superiors tolerate Much of the story "Macross 7" Macross is
for no very good reason. is heavily a class of fleet,
influenced by the which includes colony
movie "Top Gun": ships and one "Battle"
Maverick vs. ship that's equivalent
The Ice Man, who to the original
isn't terribly "Macross".
One thing that has always icy in this case.
bothered me about "Macross MACROSS_TRANSFORMS
Plus": there's a nasty
problem with a racist (or FLICKERING_TRACES
plot premise. MACROSS_TRANSFORMS
It's a disguised racism,
because it involves an This problem with "impulse control"
*alien* "half-breed" is amplified by a direct-mind-to-
(with problems with instrument interface, ala...
rather than a human FORBIDDEN_PLANET
Then there's an apparently quite
Did you hear the distinct story line about "Sharon
one about the Apple", an artificial holographic
Ferengi and the idoru, backed by a new AI
Klingon? technology, which isn't *quite*
complete, and yet appears to have
developed a certain amount of
(Though if you include the capability for independent action.
backstory "revealed" in
the "Macross 7" series: As in "Forbidden Planet"
this alien "race" isn't I have a feeling that this
really a seperate species: is an apparently disjunct
the Zentradi and humans element that's actually on
are both branches of "the theme in an odd way:
We're shown problems with
amplifying human agency,
and problems with removing
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