Robotech - Complete Saga Box Set [DVD]
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All 85 episodes of the anime space opera about the invasion of Earth by an alien force, set in the high-tech world of the not-so-distant future. It follows the adventures of Captain Henry J Gloval and his crew, and their bid to launch SDF-1.
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Robotech has a very good storyline and is quite close to the novels, it is a fasinating progression from when an alien ship first lands on earth and helps unite all the governments into one cohesive force. Thereupon leading out into space and how aliens atack earth, and then even leads into a sub-series chronicling the adventures of characters who leave the series. I won't go into specifics as it will spoil the story for those who do not know it, needless to say to you robotech fans, this does follow quite well the novels and gives hours of enjoyment. On some of the episodes the sound isn't full 5.1 but to be honest, this series was made mid 80's and so you cannot expect it to be as good as a series nowadays due to this.
The stories encompass the series of Macross, The Robotech Masters and leads onto the Invid Invasion, the stories are well scripted and the voice talents are decent, you will recognise some voices recurring in all three series, this can't be helped as it seemed there wasn't a vast amount of vocal talent at the time, many animations feature the same voices.
An odd point I found was that in two episodes they saw the need to portray a female character naked, one is a shower scene, the other is a woman jumping into a lake. There is nothing sexual at all going on, I just felt it odd that they included these scenes.
The story itself is 5 stars in my opinion. A very good series put onto DVD format so you can watch it over and over, rather than trying to get hold of the old VHS versions.
And the price of it is excellent, it is very good compared to other internet sites, and I recommend buying the Shadow chronicles film as it finishes off the series.
My "affair" with Robotech began in the late 80s as a kid (7 or 8) when I rented (several times as I recall) the movie "Codename: Robotech" which I learned in later years was cut together using various episodes. In the early 90s I saw it again on the UK Sci-Fi Channel together with Robotech II: The Sentinels. I had only ever seen a handful of the regualr series episodes and was never able to follow it as I missed episodes and found that unusually for a supposed kids cartoon it had a fairly complex, serialised and ongoing storyline.
Now years later as a 26 year old and chancing accross this set, nostalgia got the better of me and I HAD to order it. I am not disappointed, in one sense I am discovering it fully for the first time having only seen the compilation movies and I have to say that it is far more involved than the average kids cartoon of its era. Strangely as I get drawn deeper into the story I find myself gripped by the epic storyline and actually care about the characters, the relationships are well written and feel just as "real" as a live action show.
Whilst the action (some of the battles even leave you in awe) and the Transformer-esque Veritech fighters appeal to the big kid inside, there is plenty to enjoy as an adult. As I've mentioned above, you actually care about the characters as you see how the tragedies of war affect them (people die and are not simply forgotten by the next episode)...and it drives you crazy when you just want Rick and Lisa to get together! Its all very strange as even though its animated you get lost in it just as you would a live action tv series!
I am looking forward to checking out "the Masters" and "New Generation" sagas although I feel it probably won't be the same without the Macross characters (hence four stars overall at this stage - I've learned that the show's 85 episodes are split into three sagas, all taken and re-scripted from three unrelated anime series).
Its worth it for the Macross saga alone. I've read that there's a live action movie in development - judging by what's been accomplished with the Transformers movies, Robotech, with its rich epic-scale storyline and well defined characters, surely has even greater potential!
A msut for any sci-fi/animation fan of any age!
I did miss having a bit more extras though. And including the Sentinels movie would have been nice. But overall a great release for a reasonable price.
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