An alien ship crash lands on Earth and its secrets lead to a desperate war against an alien foe sent to retrieve the ship.
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Series cast summary:
Arihiro Hase ...
 Hikaru Ichijô (36 episodes, 1982-2006)
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 Lynn Minmay (36 episodes, 1982-2006)
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 Hikaru Ichijo (36 episodes, 1982-2006)
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 Misa Hayase (36 episodes, 1982-2006)
John Swasey ...
 Captain Bruno J. Global / ... (36 episodes, 1982-2006)
Shô Hayami ...
 Maximillian Jenius (20 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Narrator / ... (16 episodes, 1983-2006)
Victor Carsrud ...
 Additional Voices / ... (16 episodes, 1983-2006)
Emily Carter-Essex ...
 Additional Voices / ... (16 episodes, 1983-2006)
Hilary Haag ...
 Shammy Milliome (16 episodes, 1983-2006)
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 Additional Voices / ... (16 episodes, 1983-2006)
Rob Mungle ...
 Additional Voices / ... (16 episodes, 1983-2006)
Nancy Novotny ...
 Vanessa Laird (16 episodes, 1983-2006)
Chris Patton ...
 Maximilian Jenius (16 episodes, 1983-2006)
Kira Vincent-Davis ...
 Kim Kabirov (16 episodes, 1983-2006)
Mark Laskowski ...
 Warera Nantes / ... (15 episodes, 1983-2006)
Gene Tognacci ...
 Additional Voices / ... (15 episodes, 1983-2006)
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In the middle of World War III in 1999, an alien ship crashes on deserted Macross island. In response to this event, a cease fire is declared as the ship reveals evidence of a potential extraterrestrial threat that could come to retrieve it. In response, the nations of the world unite to create the United Nations Space Navy (UN Spacy). In ten years, the ship is rebuilt as Super Dimensional Fortress One (SDF-1) and its technology is adopted for use. On the day of its formal launch, the Zentradi arrive determined to retrieve the ship intact. As Earth defends itself, we also see the personal lives of the ship's crew and residents as the war profoundly changes them. Meanwhile, the Zentradi learn that their enemy bears an uncomfortable resemble to their creators, the Protoculture, a fact which threatens to take this war down paths that no one can anticipate. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Quotes

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Runner
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30th Anniversay Blur-Ray Complete Edition
3 March 2017 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

The Important stuff first; if you've seen the entirety of the non-Robotech version, then you've seen the series that's included in the Blu-ray version. The only thing that you're missing are some booklets and the "special disk" which includes some re-animated sequences using a mixture of CGI and traditional cel-animation.

The entire TV series has not been re-animated, as I and others were led to believe with this super-expensive special edition.

Background; I was first introduced to this series as Robotech way back in 1983 or 1984, and I didn't think much of the animation, as even for offshore Japanese animation it seemed a bit more jerky than normal compared to other shows.

Where I was impressed with the dynamics of the story, I had a hard time watching it because of the quality of the animation. So, fast forward to 2012 and the "30th Anniversary" blu-rays come out, only I've got lots of obligations to meet, and no time to buy, watch and enjoy this show. If and when that big promotion comes, then I'll splurge, but, as fate would have it, I would have to wait five more years.

In the meantime I'm seeing snippets of the special edition, and I'm seeing new intro and musical sequences for Lynn Minmay. It appeared that the show had been re-animated. I mean, wow. That's something worth buying. Unfortunately the entire series was not reanimated, as I had hoped.

In 1984 I was shown the Feature Film via a bootleg copy based off of the same TV show, and was impressed with it. It wasn't quite Disney quality in terms of the actual animation, but it was many time better than the TV series, and the entire saga was compressed into a two hour format from hours of animated TV episodes, and done with exceptionally high production values.

Regrettably only select segments were redone, and are on the "special disk" included with this set. It's not worth spending the extra cash, even if you're a millionaire. Oh sure, if you have a lot of friends who were Macross fans back in the day, you all might get a kick out of it, but otherwise pass it up.

The real odd things is that the opening episode is repeated on the special disk in addition to the Blu-ray disks of the actual show. What for, I can't imagine. There's even a recording from the VHS release included on this disk. Again, why this is I have no idea--perhaps to compare the image quality.

In short, it's not worth buying. If you have the money, and really want the show on bluray, then buy the less expensive no frills version.

I hope this helps.


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