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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross II: “Ishtar” (Episode 2)

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Back on earth following the Zentradi attack, Hibiki stashes the hot fan service girl with his creepy transexual friend “Mash,“ then heads to the network and turns over the footage Dennis shot to his boss. He’s informed that there’s a blackout on coverage of the battle until the UN Spacey makes an official statement. Hibiki rolls with this.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross II: "Contact" (Episode 1)

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Once upon a time, there was an anime series called “Macross.” This was pretty much the best thing humans have done since we climbed down out of the trees. Yeah, granted, the last six episodes were kinda’ weak, but the thirty prior to that were varying degrees of amazing. “Macross” was exposed to American audiences in a somewhat adumbrated fashion as the first third of “Robotech” in 1985, but it was still pretty amazing.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Macross II: The Movie” (1993)

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Despite our rather infrequent coverage of it, Macross really is one of my favorite things in the world. The Big Three franchises for Science Fiction are (In descending order of greatness): Doctor Who, Stargate, and Star Trek. Yeah, I know Trek is more ubiquitous, but it had a long slow fade out, whereas ’Gate just got better and better, and passed Trek in terms of quality somewhere in during SGA. If we eliminate the “Live action” requirement from the big four series, however, then Macross would handily beat Trek for the number three spot.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross: “Miss Macross” (Episode 9) and Robotech: “Miss Macross” (Episode 9)

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We pick up our story just a week after Minmei’s sixteenth birthday, and just two or three weeks at the most after the Battle of Mars. Exactly how long the SDF-1 Macross has been in space is unclear, but it’s been several months, long enough for people to settle into a more-or-less accepting daily routine. The series never says, but it’s probably going on half a year by the time we get to this week’s story

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross: “The Longest Birthday” (Episode 8) AND: Robotech: “Sweet Sixteen” (Episode 8)

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There, see, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Only a week between reviews of this show. I should be able to keep up this not-at-all-breakneck pace for a couple more weeks, anyway. For those of you that are new, I’m simultaneously reviewing both “Macross,” a Japanese Anime from 1981, and “Robotech,” the somewhat bastardized American version of “Macross” from 1985. I’m generally using the American names for the characters because presumably our readers are more familiar with ‘em, and also they’re easier to type.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Daedalus Attack” (Episode 6) AND Robotech: “Blitzkreig” (Episode 6)

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Sorry for the long delay since the last episode review from these shows, real life got in the way. Jumping back in to the saddle:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Transformation” (Episode 5) AND Robotech: “Transformation” (Episode 5)

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It's a little tedious watching basically the same episodes back to back, but I'm really digging this project! It's fun revisiting old friends and adventures from a quarter century ago, and then comparing them to a less bowdlerized version.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Lynn Minmei”( Episode 4) AND Robotech: “The Long Wait” (Episode 4)

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As Hikaru points out, it’s really been a busy day. In less than 24 hours he went from being a 17-year old orphan visiting his old flight instructor at the launch of the Macross, to fighting alien invaders, to flying in space, to getting lost and trapped inside an unused portion of the derelict starship.

This episode gives us a chance to catch our breaths. Perhaps a bit too much.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Space Fold” (Episode 3) AND Robotech: “Space Fold” (Episode 3)

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We pick up exactly where we left off last week, with Roy flying back to the Macross. Hikaru is still catatonic on the ground, so Roy checks in with Misa to explain the situation - about Hikaru being a civlian, the mess-up that got him involved in the fight, and so on. Misa is furious. Roy heads back. There’s still a lot of fighting going on all around the island. Global and the bridge crew wonder why the aliens are toying with them - clearly they’ve got the firepower to simply destroy them and be done with it.

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