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Macross Plus

Macross Plus

Alternative Titles

Japanese: マクロスプラス


Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 25, 1994 to Jun 25, 1995
Producers: Studio Nue
Duration: 39 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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The year is 2040 and the galaxy is flourishing with several colonies and advanced technology. AI is near perfection and the current top idol is the near-completed Virturoid Idol Sharon Apple. All that is missing are her actual feelings, which instead are supplied by Myung Fang Lone. Sharon's debut concert is on planet Eden, where at the same time, fighter pilots Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman battle over air superiority for the "Supernova Project." Isamu, Guld and Myung were once childhood friends, but after an accident seven years ago, they went their own separate ways. With Myung back in the picture, the old disputes are once again awakened. And when an unstable and illegal AI technique is installed in Sharon, the situation is worsened.

(Source: ANN)


Episodes  4
Aired  Aug 25, 1994 to Jun 25, 1995
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Prequel: Macross
Alternative version: Macross Plus Movie Edition
Sequel: Macross 7

Characters & Voice Actors

Bowman, Guld Goa
Bowman, Guld Goa
Epcar, Richard
Epcar, Richard
Ishizuka, Unshou
Ishizuka, Unshou
Dyson, Isamu
Dyson, Isamu
Yamazaki, Takumi
Yamazaki, Takumi
Cranston, Bryan
Cranston, Bryan
Fang Long, Myung
Fang Long, Myung
Fukami, Rica
Fukami, Rica
Spier, Riva
Spier, Riva
Apple, Sharon
Apple, Sharon
Hyoudou, Mako
Hyoudou, Mako
Harte, Melora
Harte, Melora


Watanabe, Shinichiro
Director, Storyboard
Kawamori, Shoji
Director, Storyboard, Creator, Mechanical Design
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Nobumoto, Keiko

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Sep 16, 2007
Macross Plus is a 4-episode OVA series, produced by Studio Nue. Triangle Staff
and Bandai Visual. It was released in 1994, with an exceptional standard of production for its time, then oft considered the pinnacle of anime. Going back and watching the anime 12 years after it was produced, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I knew very little about it, only that it had a good reputation. I soon discovered that I would not be underwhelmed by the OVA, which presented a lavish production, strong (although not flawless) characterisation, and a unique plot. I feel now that my expectations were too low, and although read more
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Jun 1, 2007
It's unbelievable that there isn't a review extolling the virtues of this OVA so here's one. The Macross Plus series is directed by Shoji Kawamori and Shinichiro Watanabe (who later did Cowboy Bebop & Samurai Champloo), so Macross Plus is an early masterpiece and leading indicator/predictor that this Genius Anime Team will go on to make more masterpieces in the future.

It's been over ten years since I first watched Macross Plus (in 1994!) and I still remember nearly everything about it, probably because I've re-watched it many, many times.

*{{cue the time machine}}*
** note this was the dark ages before the internet got read more
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Apr 8, 2009
Most casual and hardcore anime fans that I’ve met that aren’t really Macross fans tend to like this oav. Personally for me as a Macross fan, and keep in mind I’m not speaking for all Macross fans when I say this, is that even though this is fan friendly to non fans of the franchise, I feel it offers very little of what Macross is truly about. For the most part, it exclusively takes place on a planet similar to earth and the aliens are not really emphasized enough, so it’s value of being a space opera, especially taking place 30 years after the read more
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Jul 7, 2010
Macross Plus was an outstanding piece of anime, combining the talents of Shoji Kawamori, Shinchiro Watanabe, and Yoko Kanno. I really loved this particular OVA because of the depth of the story and the complexity of its' characters, gorgeous soundtrack, and excellent action scenes. I also felt the incorporation of CGI blended in well with the cel animation and together it came out flawless.

With the main characters of Isamu, Myung, and Guld, after watching the series a few times I came to understand them. In understanding their love triangle, it appeared to me that Guld deeply loved Myung, Myung loved both Isamu and Guld, read more
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Both have lovely artwork and music. They also are both science fiction and have similar mecha designs (due to sharing creative staff members).
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One shouldn't really go in expecting much with the characters and plots in these two, especially when compared to other installments in both the Gundam/Macross series. But where these two OVA's excel at, they really shine - the production values, the nostalgic and incredible music, amazingly top notch animation and art for their time, and the insane action make them both worth seeing for the technical aspects alone. Both are sci-fi, mecha, and all that sort of thing, chances are if you like some of Macross or Gundam, you'll like both in many ways too.
The two storylines are quite different, but there is a stylistic and spiritual link to these titles. They are both contemporary to one another (early/mid 1990's) and are also "facelifts" to older franchises as a retelling or in-universe sequel. But what really strikes a similar is the design and animation of the Phoenix to the YF-21, they could have been designed by the same animators! The areal flight scenes also feel similar as well with lots of excellent explosion and armament effects.
2 of the best jetfighteranime classics out there. except for the concept that macross is a more ´universal´matter, and have state of the art tech.
Betrayal, check
Rilvalry, check
Conflicts, sort of but in macross a new machine cause the real trouble, area 88 shows a real conflicts like in real life.
Hot chick in the centre of it all, Double check that!!
Evangelion is known for its artistic command of scale and its ability to express a sense of enormity, contrasted with physical and psychological isolation, has yet to be surpassed in all Art. Only Gurren Lagann has transcended the physical sense of scale of Eva. The iconic climax of End of Evangelion may have been influenced by the animation of Macross Plus.
Although they achieve it in different ways, Macross Plus and Please Save My Earth will make you feel a kind of sad nostalgia thanks to Yoko Kanno's contributions to the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack.
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Opening Theme

#01: "Voices (English Version)" by Michelle Flynn (ep 1)
#02: "Idol Talk" by Akino Arai (ep 2)
#03: "Pulse" by Wu Yun Ta Na (ep 4)

Ending Theme

#01: "After, in the Dark" by Mai Yamane (eps 1-3)
#02: "Voices (English Version)" by Michelle Flynn (ep 4)
#02: "Voices" by Akino Arai (ep 4)

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