Chôjikû kidan Sazan Kurosu (1984– )

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In the far future, a human colony planet fights a desperate war against a formidable alien invasion force with its own tensions.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michie Tomizawa ...
 Jeanne Fránçaix (voice)
Mika Doi ...
 Lana Isavia (voice)
Kumiko Mizukura ...
 Marie Angel (voice)
Kôsuke Meguro ...
 Andrejz Slawski (voice)
Bin Shimada ...
 Charles de Etouard (voice)
Issei Futamata ...
 Louis Ducasse (voice)
Arihiro Hase ...
 Bowie Emerson (voice)
Mugihito ...
 Rolf Emerson (voice) (as Makoto Terada)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arisa Andô ...
 Migea (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ...
 Claude Leon / ... (voice)
Noriko Hidaka ...
 Musica (voice)
Yoshikazu Hirano ...
 Seifried Weisse (voice)
Shingo Hiromori ...
 Captain Sekishima (voice)
Kazuhiko Inoue ...
 Lt. Alain (voice)
Tomomichi Nishimura ...
 Moran (voice)
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Storyline

In the far future, a human colony planet called Glorie comes under attack by an alien race called the Zors. The focus characters of this series, Lt. Jeanne Fránçaix and the 15th Armoured Tactical Unit which she commands, quickly prove to be one of the most effective combat units in this war, despite their reputation as troublemakers. In the course of the war, they play a key role as the entire Army of the Southern Cross fights a seemingly hopeless battle against an apparently near invincible enemy. Yet secrets and tensions are hidden in the enemy itself which could profoundly change the conflict on their own. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Animation | Sci-Fi

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15 April 1984 (Japan)  »

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Robotech: The Masters  »

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According to information from the show's producers, the Zor were humans. They were the descendants of the crew of a colonizing ship that had been thrown into the past due to an accident with their hyperdrive. This information is also in the booklet included with the North American DVD set. See more »

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Referenced in Carl Macek's Robotech Universe (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Yakusoku
("Promise")
Ending theme
Performed by Yôko Katori
Music and arrangement by Ken Satô
Lyrics by Yoshiko Miura
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13 October 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Southern Cross was the third series done under the 'Super Dimensional' moniker (others being Macross and Century Orguss; none of the three share common elements besides this), but failed to capture the popularity of it's predecessors, and after having seen it myself, I can understand why.

For one, the mecha designs are uninspiring; there's none of the awe one would get from watching Valkyries in action, but then, most of the action takes place on ground anyway. The chosen method of transport/combat for our group of heroes is a sort of anti-grav tank that can also transform into a robot.

Second, the characters are pretty two-dimensional. I concur with the other reviewer, Jeanne is what would have happened if Lynn Minmay had been a military commander. Likewise the character development is pretty ham-handed and forced.

The biggest problem is the plot; the show was cancelled after only 23 episodes, and the series proceeds at it's own leisure until the last story arc which goes on at breakneck pace unlike anything before them and still fails to tie up several loose ends and plot points; we are never given an explanation to who exactly the Zor are nor are we told why they became the way they are. It's irritatingly confusing and frustrating.


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