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5 of 26 episodes seen
The entire show is a shallow teen girl fantasy. The long and short of it is a bunch of teen girls play around in space with ships that people just give to them for no explainable reason with a few shoujo guys. The characters are all bland, there's no character development - a bunch of teen school girls are just automatically great pirates from the start -, there's no plot, there's no danger or excitement, there's nothing. The entire show is as if the author just took a teen girl's daydream "well, when I was 13, I wanted to have a pink pirate ship (yes, a squad of teen schoolgirls have a pink pirate ship) I could play on with my friends" and then made that into an anime. read more
Frankly, a just a few episodes in, art, story, sound, everything takes a backseat to the fact that the characters in this anime SUCK. They are completely irrational, doing emotional 180s based on absolute nonsense just about every episode. The main character is probably the worst. She starts out crying constantly for the first several episodes, then becomes completely paranoid, then decides to go back to crying and berating herself for being so paranoid. Finally, she takes control of a kingdom, and just when you hope it gets better, she lets EVERYONE, from her councilors to her goddam servants walk all over her like she was a rug. Throughout the entire story its a nonstop outpooring of self deprecating whining, about how the world hates her, how worthless she is, how she doesn't know anything, how she just makes things worse, waaah waaaah waaaaaah. She takes several episodes to make obvious decisions an eight year old could have made, usually ending up making them wrong, because she just want's everyone to LIKE HER and god forbid she actually make up her OWN mind. You want to just reach through the screen and smack the whiny emo-kid until she grows a spine.
It's unfortunate, because the world the story takes place in is quite excellent, and the graphics and sound are very good. But the characters are so bad...well, I gave them a 1, but if I could give them a negative score, I would do so in an instant. read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
Story: This is a continuation of the themes from previous Macross's. As before, the story revolves around a space struggle for the future of the human race against an alien "aggressor," but as usual, there is a deeper plot occuring than anyone originally understands. Like previous Macross installations, this anime also revolves largely around music. The story is deep and complex, but still easily understandable. The anime does not run out of plot at any point in time, and does not go bat-#$&* insane in the last quarter of the anime to make up for having no story left like many others, especially in the sci-fi genre.
Art: The visuals were stunning on a level I don't recall ever seeing in an anime before. They were both beautiful and incredibly high quality.
Sound: This being Macross, the story in a large part revolves around singing as a means for peace. As you might expect in such a situation, the music is incredible and is used throughout the anime, both as background material and as the primary focus of some scenes. Macross is as much a musical as a sci-fi series...and its great!
Character: Without spoiling things too much, the characters are perfect. They act as they should, with the evil characters being manipulative and conniving, adroitly attempting to bring their ends to fruition without the usual stupid and illogical failings that you find in many other animes. The protagonists fight for their principles, and Macross does a great job of making you feel what they feel, from the relationships between them to the sorrow when one is lost.
Enjoyment: Macross will grab you at the start, keep you up all night watching, then leave you feeling great after it's over. It's simple...Macross kicks ass. read more