Robotech: Episodes 10, 11 And 12 [VHS]
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Three more episodes of the Macross Saga. In 'Blind Game', the Zentraedi forces destroy the radar and communication systems on board the SDF-1 and deliver an ultimatum for surrender. In 'First Contact', Lisa Hayes and Rick Hunter are captured by the Zentraedi and held prisoner on board the flagship of Dolza, the leader of the alien warriors. In 'The Big Escape', Max stages a daring rescue attempt for his friends captured by the Zentraedi Armada.
Although it helped to create an international audience for Japanese animation, Robotech (1985) has always been an anomaly: an anime series that was never seen in Japan in its final form. Producers at Harmony Gold edited together footage from Super Dimension Fortress: Macross, Genesis Climber Mospeada and Super-dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross, three similar-looking series from Tatsunoko Studios, to create an 85-episode sci-fi epic with a new story line. Toys, role-playing games and novelisations have kept Robotech alive in the hearts of its fans long after it went off air.
As the adventure continues, the crew of the SDF-1 tries out a new defence system, overtaxes it and devastates 25 square miles of the Earth. Not surprisingly, the government orders the ship back into space; the Zentraedi believe they are facing a terrible new weapon and launch a series of assaults. Enchanted with the freer way of life they've found aboard the SDF, three Zentraedi spies defect. When Lisa discovers their two races are almost identical biochemically, she takes the information to Earth to try to persuade the government to open peace negotiations. While Human-Zentraedi relations improve, interpersonal relations among humans grow increasingly complicated: the bond between Lisa and Rick intensifies, Minmei becomes more involved with Kyle and Max is smitten with Miriya, another Zentraedi spy. The prints of several of these episodes have faded badly: some lines appear and disappear and the characters' faces have a weird, splotchy look. --Charles Solomon, Amazon.com
Top Customer Reviews
All of the original 36 episodes have been remastered so it actually looks better than the original TV series. The sound is sometimes a little bit up and down, but on the whole the 5.1 works really well.
There are minimal extras with this set, but the 6 DVDs will keep you entertained for quite a while, or if you are like me, exactly the amount of time it takes to watch 36 episodes back to back.
Robotech originally began as a dub of Macross (one of the three anime shows used to create Robotech, which will be explained later) by Harmony Gold, however when animation producer Carl Macek was brought to help bring the series to TV there was a slight problem, at the time to put a show on syndication on US TV, the show would need to have at least 65 episodes to show on a weekday basis over a period of 13 weeks. Macross had only 36 episodes, so there needed to be another idea, then two other anime shows (Southern Cross which had 23 episodes and Mospeada which had 24 episodes) that were from the same studio that created Macross and were put together with Macross and was edited and dubbed to create Robotech. With the three shows put together as Robotech there were now 84 episodes, however an extra episode was created to expand the series to 85 episodes, and that's how it all began. When shown on US TV in 1985 Robotech was completly different from most other cartoons on at the time (Transformers, GI Joe, etc) as it came with a multi-generational storyline spanning three sagas (the Macross saga which used footage from Macross, the Robotech Masters saga which used footage from Southern Cross and the New Generation saga which used footage from Mospeada) but it also portrayed the aspect of war in a realistic manner which was unheard of in a cartoon.
It also broke the rules on certain occasions by killing off certain characters which was a taboo subject in cartoons at the time.
This video contains the first three episodes of the Macross saga which begins the Robotech series.Read more ›
when i first saw macross in 1986 or 87 on tv i was fascinated and i think, i did not miss one part of it.
for me it was the start for a deep love to japanese animation and manga.
i do not want to comment the plot of the series. You will find it on many homepages.
when i started the first dvd i was irritated by the scetch like drawings but the quality improved a little with time and after a while watching i found it charming.
I could nor remember this aspect but my view on the drawings has apparently changed over the years.
so do not compare it with some modern films like evangelion or darker than black.
macross really is an icon and this nice box contains the best of all macross seasons.
if you have seen these dvds you suddenly know how many other films are just imitations or variations.
This is the first mecha anime series that I have watched and despite its faults I would definitely look into this genre of anime some more. The series itself does suffer from many of the problems of westernised anime of this period such as a mediocre vocal cast, an over reliance on stock footage, a terribly annoying narration and changes made from the original Japanese series (Super Dimension Fortress Macross) that alienates many anime purists. The animation is good, if not great, for the age of the series although as this is the first I have watched of the series I do not know how much of that is due to the remastering that this boxset has undergone. Personally I greatly enjoyed much of the series and although the quality does dip somewhat in the final third, I feet that the story was well written and greatly engaging. Overall I feel that when taken on its own merits Robotech: The Macross Saga is definitely worth watching despite its faults.
Oh yes. It is still a fantastic story with great characters.
If you've watched this as a child you will fall in love with it all over again. And if you're new to it, you are in for a treat!
It shows how everything started, how SDF-1 landed on earth, what happened after humans repaired it, the 1st alien attack, the meet of Rick Hunter with Lin Minmei, the destruction of macross city and the space fold that took the SDF-1 into deep space, close to planet pluto!
The quality is not the best but what can we get since these anime was produced in 1983!
If you are searching how to start your robotech fan life, this is the start!
Buy without thinking!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Put together Star Wars, Top Gun and a love story and a bit of drama, provide entertainment for 40 hoursPublished 14 months ago by Tihomir Rasperic
I remember sporadically watching and enjoying the series in my youth. Now I have it all to watch at my leisure for a better than good price!!
Well worth every penny!!