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Macross Plus (1994)

Video  -  Animation | Sci-Fi  -  28 February 1995 (USA)
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Two old friends/rivals find themselves rival test pilots in competing projects while a mutual old flame returns to them with her own secrets.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Isamu Alva Dyson (voice) (as Lee Stone)
Takumi Yamazaki ...
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Guld Goa Bowman (voice) (as Richard George)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Guld Goa Bowman (voice)
Rica Fukami ...
Myung Fang Lone (voice)
Riva Spier ...
Myung Fang Lone (as Anne Sherman)
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Sharon Apple (voice)
Mako Hyôdô ...
Sharon Apple (voice)
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Col. Millard Johnson (voice) (as John Billingslea)
Kenji Utsumi ...
Dan Woren ...
Yang Neuman (voice) (as Jackson Daniels)
Dyanne DiRosario ...
Lucy MacMillan (voice) (as Bambi Darro)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Lucy MacMillan (voice)
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Marj Gueldoa (voice) (as Steven Blum)
Shô Hayami ...
Marj Gueldoa (voice)
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2040 AD. Humankind's first colonized planet, Eden. Master pilot Isamu Dyson is assigned to New Edwards Flight Center as the test pilot for the prototype variable fighter, the YF-19. YF-21 pilot Guld Goa Bowmann is also there. Once friends and now rivals, the two compete in prototype trials. Meanwhile, virtual singer Sharon Apple has come to Eden to hold a concert. Her producer, Myung Fan Long, was a former friend of the two pilots. The three will fulfill a fated reunion ...." [Bandai Visual] Written by Jeremy Pace <jhpace1@eos.ncsu.edu>

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Despite Sharon Apple being a fictional character, Yoko Kanno released a 4-song CD in Japan credited to her. This CD, 'Sharon Apple: The Cream P.U.F', contained 2 songs not available on either of the original soundtracks - 'Information High' and 'The Borderline'. See more »

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Isamu: Life without pain isn't real life!
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Remade as Macross Plus the Movie (1995) See more »

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Idol Talk
Lyrics by Gabriela Robin and Akino Arai
Music & Arrangement by Yôko Kanno
Performed by Akino Arai
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Best Anime I've ever seen
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Macross Plus is a sequel to the original movie Macross. It is not a sequel to Macross II. I found the original Macross to be unwatchable, partly for its cloying storyline and partly for its grating sexism. Macross Plus is so far removed from these tacky origins as to be a completely new and stand-alone movie.

There are two versions available for this anime-- the series and the movie. The series ends up approximately an hour and a half longer than the movie, but the editors did a wonderful job cutting, so the movie doesn't feel incomplete. In fact, they moved scenes around to create the complete story and even added a few scenes to change the focus.

The story and characters are more solid than many another film, and the animation is breathtaking-- in fact, my friends now use the term "Macross Sky" to denote any particularly vivid and beautiful sky. Moreover, the music is beyond amazing and ranges from symphonic/classical to atonal chant.

Computer animation is used in this film, and is completely distinct from the hand-drawn animation, but it is used entirely with computer-related scenes (a computer-generated concert and an interface with a plane) and the effect is wholly unified.

Try your best to see a version in Japanese with subtitles as the English music has less power than the original. DVDs are particularly good as you can see the varied versions and compare for yourself.

This is the movie I point to to say to American animators, "It is possible to do a fully adult, beautifully animated movie. Animation is not just for kids. Learn." Someday, maybe, they will.


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