Synonyms: Clash of the Bionoids, Gekijouban Choujikuu Yousai Macross: Ai, Oboete Imasu ka, Macross in Clash Of The Bionoids, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross The Movie: Do You Remember Love?, Choujikuu Yousai Macross: Ai Oboete Imasuka
A.D. 2009. The human race is in the middle of a three-way war with a race of giant humanoid aliens called the Zentraedi (male) and Meltrandi (female). After executing a space fold that sent it and part of South Atalia Island to the edge of the Solar System, the space fortress Macross is on its way back to Earth. During a small skirmish with Zentraedi forces, young pilot Hikaru Ichijo rescues idol singer Lynn Minmay and their relationship develops as they're stranded somewhere within the ship. But shortly after returning to Macross City, Minmay is captured by the Zentraedi, and Hikaru and female officer Misa Hayase end up back on Earth—only to view the aftermath of the destruction of their civilization. Only a song discovered eons ago—along with Minmay's voice—can determine the outcome of the war.
When it was initially released, Macross: Do You Remember Love? was a benchmark by which other anime films would be judged. Its beautiful, detailed animation holds up even today, over 20 years later. This is in no small part due to the always gorgeous work of character designer Mikimoto Haruhiko, and now-legendary mechanical designer Kawamori Shoji.
In comparison to the TV series, Do You Remember Love? solves a lot of the problems people have with it. The animation holds up much better. There are no shortcuts or sudden drops in quality due to budget constraints. In addition, the movie format cuts a lot of the slower
parts of the story that put off some fans. The pace is much more consistent, and downtime is minimal.
On the downside, the shorter format sends any development of minor characters out the window. Roy and Claudia's relationship, Max and Milia's relationship, all personality of Kanzaki, the bridge bunnies, and all of the Zentradi... these aspects are all greatly cut back if not gone altogether. This is a typical consequence of converting TV series to feature film format, so it's not something one can hold against Do You Remember Love. However, you will feel a better connection to these characters if you've seen the TV series first.
The music utilizes many of Minmay's songs from the TV series, with the addition of the title track "Do You Remember Love?" The song itself becomes a major plot point, and at about 9 minutes in length plays over the whole climactic battle sequence. Iijima Mari was also propelled into pop stardom in her own right due to the mainstream popularity of the single.
I definitely recommend Do You Remember Love? to anyone interested in the Macross franchise, as well as anyone interested in the best of 80's anime.
Most people in the anime community have probably heard of the show Mobile Suit Gundam. It’s unquestionably one of the grandfathers of the anime that air today. It proved anime can have narrative that can be taken seriously by an adult audience and the tropes that it perfected for its time are still used in anime today, even if the mecha genre is dying they can be seen in other genres and if you watched the original Mobile Suit Gundam it won’t be hard to trace back the tropes. It is arguably the most influential anime of all time and deserves to be placed on
a pedestal for its historical value. But many people miss out on a mecha title that is disputably; equally as important as Gundam. That anime is Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Macross captured the hearts of many anime fans that were already indulged in the medium and brought in a new wave of admirers from overseas. It is also the progenitor of all the idol anime that have flooded the market in the last 6-7 years. For many it has cemented its place as one of the anime classics from the 80’s.
Macross: Do you remember love is an alternate re-telling of the original Macross TV show that began airing in 1982. Both instalments of the franchise were brought to life by Studio Artland, the same studio who have produced acclaimed shows such as Mushishi and the king itself; Legend of the Galactic Heroes. The movie features the exact same themes, characters and style found in the original, but it condenses all of Macross’ elements into two hours of runtime. You would think that trying to condense components of a TV show wouldn’t work in a two hour movie, and that it would come off as “rushed” or “crammed”. Let me assure you that DYRL(will call it this from now on) manages to take everything that was good about the original and produce something that is if not better; on par with the original.
The same cast from the original Macross returns but due to the re-telling of the plot, their roles are somewhat played out a little differently, but the core elements of what made those characters who they are remain the same. What really stands out about the cast most is how well their chemistry just clicks. The biggest hand in making this work is their personalities which all bounce off each other so well to create plenty of entertaining interactions throughout the movie. They are what give character friendships a real sense of comradery that is missing in many casts today and the romantic relationships just clicked in the blink of an eye from the get go. Snarky remarks, flirtatious dialogue, amusing jokes, Macross’ cast had it all. With great personalities and cast chemistry, DYRL doesn’t want you to like its characters; it wants you to love them.
Likewise, one of the most prominent plot points in DYRL was a love triangle between Ichijou, Misa and Minmay. For the most part, the romance was executed fine. Instead of painting a realistic picture on the romantic relationships, Macross opted to go for a more idealistic portrayal of romance that many young teenage girls and boys would dream of being involved in when thinking about relationships that comes with their age. On top of not only accomplishing the task well, the idealistic romance would appeal to a huge demographic as both teenagers but adults can also relate to the cast as they also know how it feels to be in the shoes of a teenager. Hikaru and Minmay’s chemistry felt so natural and so rapid that it almost felt like a completely believable tale. It’s this charm and connectivity between the characters that is the focal point of the story and what marks Macross: DYRL as such an immersive and magical experience. On the other hand, Misa’s romantic relationship with Hikaru was a little less plausible. While I feel it was ultimately a success, Hikaru’s chemistry with Misa was not as convincing as Minmay. While starting off on a negative note because of Hikaru’s immaturity they were given a sufficient amount of time to bond later on in the film. The love triangle was certainly more of a success rather than a failure, but what was evident in the latter half of the film was some netorare that didn’t serve any purpose to the narrative and felt like a cheap hoax to manipulate the emotions of the audience. Given the drastic situation at the given moment it could have worked far better if it served the overall narrative in a meaningful way, but thankfully the netorare didn’t last long enough to detract from the story.
Another drawback is the lack of characterization given to the secondary cast. They were all on the periphery offering some occasional banter and nothing more. I wasn’t personally too bothered as seeing the original Macross had already connected me with all the cast. But the side characters' lack of screen time and characterization is undeniably valid criticism that would be nearly impossible to refute.
The very first sequence is perfect for capturing everything that makes macross the anime it is. The audience is immediately thrown into one of the Minmays concerts and is immediately interrupted by an attack. The heat pumping OST, the slick dogfights, the humorous banter, Minmays infectious music. It captures the “feel” of Macross perfectly and does a magnificent job of increasing the excitement for the rest of the movie.
From then on, the rest of the film is briskly paced with a very fine balance between being a dramatic war story and a charming love story. Both elements are integrated comfortably without detracting from each other and the music also plays an integral part in the plot without being a one-dimensional gimmick merely just for fan service, as one of the core themes in DYRL is the power of music, and how it bring people together regardless of ideology, culture or race. On paper, DYRL’s story is ludicrous. Not in the random sense but its premise is one that would probably not be found in any other show apart from other macross instalments. Leaving the fate of the galaxy to a single j-pop song is about as ambitious as an anime can get. But as ridiculous and stupid as it sounds; Macross makes it all tick by giving solid context on the origins of all the races as well as the culture currently up taken by the human race known as ‘protoculture’ in the story. The story isn’t the most intricately written nor does it tackle a multitude of complex themes. But using enhancing tools to an anime like music as a means to serve its overall story is quite unique especially for its time. Some have criticized the film for its overly idealistic narrative and characters, which are far too blinded by love. They are both understandable points as to why someone wouldn’t like the nature of the anime. However its earnestness, charm and its charismatic cast are all what make its narrative compelling and the tone it establishes with all these elements works seamlessly with its idealistic narrative and ultimately what won me over.
The most impressive element of Macross:DYRL is by far the OST and the animation. Both were already strong in the 1982 TV series, to the film takes it to a whole new level. And that is also taking into consideration that it’s made in 1984. All of the dogfights are energetic and the Jazz fusion soundtrack only enhances the experience; making them more adrenaline pumping. The art style is the classic 80’s anime art style that is found in most shows around that time period that serves well to bring out the spunky charm the characters all possess. The character designs were nicely drawn and anything mechanical was drawn with top notch attention to detail. There were a few small derps when the characters moved but punishing the film because of that would be a serious case of nit-picking. Its animation still holds up today as some of the best I have seen. As good as the Jazz soundtrack is being played over the dogfights; the most noticeable tracks in the OST are Minmays songs. All of them are great standalone listeners but the best of them all has to be by far is ‘do you remember love’. It complements the tone and romantic energy already established in the film perfectly.
And all the elements in the film come together in a spectacular display of animation skill and visual flair to create one of the most memorable finales I have personally had the pleasure of watching. It was the climax of everything the film stood for and set out to achieve. To the core theme portrayed, the energetic dogfights, the charming music; everything intertwines and is executed so well that I cannot do anything but congratulate the staff on a job well done.
In the 80’s Macross was one of the most popular anime around. Macross:DYRL was the most rented VHS at the time. The US remake(robotech) brought in a new wave of fans into the medium. More instalments in the franchise are still being made today and it is largely responsible for the influx of idol anime today. Macross’ value runs deeper than just achieving critical and financial success. It has historical value that has kept it relevant throughout time. It cannot be argued that it comes with its drawbacks. The romance and characterization isn’t quite as tightly written and believable as the original, but everything else in the story was well done. I highly recommend DYRL to just about any anime fan, as I found it to be one of the most enjoyable anime/movies I have had the pleasure of watching. Even anime fans who are not quite fond of retro anime and mecha should give this one a shot. It offers something for everyone to enjoy and its narrative is targeted more towards a mainstream audience compared to some other mecha and space anime that are strictly for hardcore fans of the genre. It possesses a compelling narrative, enigmatic characters, A-tier audio-visuals full of impressive visual flair and an unforgettable finale. And while it might not be the most polished piece of work in the medium it is certainly one of the most charming and memorable ones. DYRL doesn’t simply ask you to like it; it asks you to love it. It wants to trap you in its magical charm, and for me it has most certainly succeeded.
I just saw this for the first time, 20+ years after production and I am seriously impressed with this reinterpretation. I was/am a Minmay hater. She was the main reason why I couldn't get into the Macross tv series. But, she's actually likeable in this version. You almost can't hate her.
What I really enjoyed about this version is Misa Hayase's softer/vulnerable side. I think her sensitivity wasn't as obvious in the Robotech Macross series (or maybe my memory is just fuzzy because it was a long time ago). Here, while only a two hour film, her personality is quite likeable and you really
feel for her.
As the previous reviewer stated, this movie should be (if not already) the benchmark of all anime movies. Animation, sound, story, characters are all great and still enagaging and exciting after more than 20 years since release.
I highly recommend this to those interested in some Macross nostalgia as well as those who want to see what makes 80's anime so classically historical and beloved.
Well, this movie doesn’t necessarily begin where the series does, or an established beginning like where the SDF-1 is about to make its maiden voyage and then transports to the other side of the milky way and must make their way home. Instead, the movie is more about how its already established that those events did happen, but we don’t see them. In addition, Hikaru is already a Valkyrie pilot and Minmei is already a star, though they have yet to develop some sort of relationship. By accident, like in the TV series, though under some slightly different circumstances and results, their bonding encounter is
when they get caught inside the engines of the macros and upon their freedom, they become the target of the tabloids. It’s just that in the TV series, Minemei was yet to be a star, while in this movie, she already is and people are gossiping over what they may have been up to while stuck.
Other changes is that the female Zentradi, renamed the Meltlandi, are recognized as a different faction in the war. Despite all of that, the movie still retains the themes of love triangles and such in the same fashion, but Hikaru’s coming of age story is not that well emphasized in my personal opinion. However, because the series of Macross was told in this single movie, other elements such as Max’s and Milia’s relationship is slightly nodded to, but not at all officially established or developed. But in general, the main characters from the series are still present and still share the same fates but under different circumstances and situations. Despite this being a movie off a series, I say you don’t necessarily need to have any familiarity with the series to watch this movie because the characters are already established and developed. It’s not really who, but it’s question of how you want to know the characters and this movie doesn’t address it in the same way the TV series does. Despite that, the characterization is still faithful. But it offers another kind of ending and its own distinctive approach on the origins of the Zentradis where you are getting a movie still semi-original in its own right.
Not only are you getting new footage in this movie, but there is much more updated designs and animation quality over all you can say is appropriately theatrical. Despite this movie being as old as I am, I find the animation to be amazing. I like how it’s really high res while the series was more grainy with the quality. It’s brighter with the res, but still knows how to keep dark tones. Especially with the Zentradi characters who have a much more updated look. They look more alien and monster like and not as humanoid or human resembling in the TV series. They are colored much darker and are just re-designed altogether. Minmei’s concerts are also just great to watch and have excellent elaboration.
The mech designs are still the same, but the execution of the action is always as exciting as ever and spread out. The city inside the SDF-1 is excellently detailed and I love the battle scene there.
Much of the music from the TV series is still present in the series. For example, the moment you see the title screen, you hear an instrumental version to the opening theme from the TV series. I thought the music was good enough in its own rights and I don’t think it needed that much changing, but could certainly use some additions which is where the main theme, Do You Remember Love comes in. This was the song that really made Mari Iijima an established singer. She still sings today and works out of LA. Her talent is just incredible and well rounded. She can sing bubble gum pop in the likes of Shao Bai Lo which is also sung in the series, and this really incredible love song right here. It’s really hypnotic and the lyrics are just beautiful.
And the Japanese voice cast still retains more or less the same voice actors from the TV series which is good and I got nothing more to comment on except I really liked how they gave the Zentradi their own language which is subtitled to Japanese which is then subtitled to English depending on what version you watch. I wouldn’t say that approach is more realistic, but more logical and practical. I also like how they were given an echo sound effect and well modulated in that kind of way.
Considering how much of a success the TV series was and how it continues to be a success today, I think the movies could have been a TV series like Gundam like how I said earlier. Granted Gundam movies in comparison tended to stick to the design and animation style of the TV series while Macross steps above that. I think in Macross certain characters were not centered around that much, like Max, who is my favorite character. I like how he has this nice guy personality and looks all nerdy, and yet, his piloting skills is shown to be much more superior to Hikaru’s and I think he takes down Roy. But I gotta give the experience edge to Roy and in a lot of situations, that out does skill and natural talent. Though it’s not necessarily the same as the series and is just meant to be a retelling, it’s still distinctive in terms of art and animation style, and music. If you’re looking for top notch plot, I wouldn’t call this movie that, but still has something engaging, but the characters are too established already and all you need is the relationship development which I don’t think should be that centralized. But anyway, you’ll also get action and adventure
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