Distribution Rights: Manga Entertainment
Genres: Mecha, Sci-Fi
|Macross Plus the Movie (Movie)|
Description: It is 2040 AD on the
colonial planet Eden, where Myung, Dyson, and
half-Zentraedi Guld are from. They were the best of
friends until one traumatic day destroyed their
relationship. It's seven years later and the three
encounter each other again. Myung, losing her dreams as
a singer, is now the manager and voice of the Virtual
Idol Sharon Apple. Dyson and Guld are rival test pilots
for the new Valkyrie VF-19 & VF-21, one out to
destroy the other— both fighting to be the winner, as
other hidden plans are put into play.
This movie is
the re-edited version of the OVA series.
| Reviewer #1: Leonard
Episodes reviewed: Subtitled
anime is very good. If u watch the Movie and the OVA tapes,
you'll get about an extra 15 minutes ? and more descriptive
facts on a number of missing gap. The reason is that each of
these 2 versions of Macross Plus was reedited. Another example
of differences between the two is that in the Movie version,
Isamu meets his former childhood friend Guld in the hangar,
while in the OVA they both meet face to face in a conference
room where other characters are discussing the test results of
the prototype Valkyries. If you had to pick and choose between
the Movie version and the OVA, the movie is a better choice,
due to its more orderly storyline. And I find the music video
scenes are way cooler. Just in case you still need to feel
those "Rick Hunter"-style action sequences that were edited
out in the Movie version, then see the first OVA tape.
The animation sequence is very high and fluid-like in the
Movie version; especially the Macross Plus logo that is
computer generated 3-D art. The music/singing for this story
like in most Macross story is still used but also in a
different way which can highly appeal to one's inner psyche.
| Reviewer #2: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: Movie;
||Macross Plus is
an outstanding science fiction drama. I give it my highest
The production values are tops. Art, design, color, and
animation are all great, showing the master hand of Shoji
Kawamori (Escaflowne). The show boasts a superb musical
score by the incomparable Yoko Kanno.
This show is more mature and realistic than most anime. The
three main characters-Isamu, Guld, and Myung-- are
twenty-something self-supporting professionals, not teenagers.
(The only teenager present, the computer prodigy, is portrayed
and treated as an adult.) The art is all quasi-realistic;
there are no comic facial distortions.
Each of the main characters is one corner of a love
triangle, and each has a flaw to struggle with. Isamu,
impulsive and rebellious, seems immature; Myung seems lonely
and emotionally empty, having given up her dream; Guld, grim
and quick to anger, is hiding a terrible secret, mostly from
Their personal crisis parallels and feeds into a larger
crisis, when the artificial intelligence Sharon, with Myung's
borrowed and distorted emotions, achieves self-awareness and
seizes control of Earth's defenses.
Macross Plus is related to the other Macross
shows that started with the TV show in the early 1980s-it
takes place in the same universe-but it can and should be
viewed as an independent work.
The Macross Plus movie is a condensation of the
four-part OVA series, with some plot adjustments and
additional footage. The additional footage is well worth
seeing, but you should see the OVA series first; the movie
cuts out a lot of the character development.
| Reviewer #3: Mariela
Episodes reviewed: Movie;
||The movie version of the
Macross Plus OVA series, Macross Plus Movie
Edition features the same great animation, tense drama,
incredible dogfights and wonderful music as the OVA, but with
some marked differences. The tale is streamlined to feature
length, meaning some material is cut, but other is added, and
the story is subtly altered.
In editing the four part OVA together, some scenes were
reordered, which changes the pace of the story, not
necessarily for the better. On the other hand, the additional
footage is usually a blessing. While an extra scene with Lucy
may make Isamu seem even more a jerk, added flashback scenes
to Myung, Guld and Isamu's childhood help flesh out
The biggest difference from the original is the ending. No,
it's the overall outcome that's different, it more like the
fourth episode of the original was expanded. This is a big
improvement, Guld's battle with the Ghost is much more
visually impressive, and the final shot much more satisfying.
Sharon Apple fans can rejoice, as she gets a new song, and
a new sequence in the movie, which is quite stunning, even if
the song is completely unintelligible. (It's in a non-existing
The best advice is really to see both versions, preferably
OVA first. Each has its merits, and by seeing both the viewer
can decided which parts he or she prefers.