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.
*SINCE CHANCES ARE, YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MOVIE, I IMPLORE YOU TO SEEK IT OUT BEFORE RETURNING TO THIS REVIEW. THERE ARE PLENTY OF SPOILERS FOR "MACROSS: DO YOU REMEMBER LOVE?".
You know, people tend to have a lot of adamant notions on things. There are people who believe that the original version of a story is inherently and exponentially better than alternative versions and retellings. There are people who try to say that men are inherently better than women or vice versa. You have people who claim music to be less impactful and worth being labeled "art" as paintings and fiction. In one fell
swoop, Macross: Do You Remember Love manages to address every single one of these issues (including the first and third ones indirectly) and do so phenomenally.
Let me tell you, I have been a fan of the Macross franchise ever since I saw the first Macross back in 2005. Sure, it was Robotech, but it was essentially a North American localization of Macross. Ever since then, I got really into sci-fi as well as, eventually, into anime, with that being the first. I owe a lot to that series in particular (as well as Southern Cross and MOSPEADA due to them being the other two Robotech series from my childhood that I still own). Last year, I delved deeper into the franchise, exploring the phenomenal Macross Plus Movie Edition, and the also lovely Macross F, as well as the two alternate movies that spawned from it. Needless to say, this franchise is in my blood and I hope to explore even more of its horizons. With that little personal story out of the way, we dive into this movie. Is it the pinnacle of the Macross franchise? Does it stack up against the original Super Dimensional Fortress Macross? Well, let's find out, shall we?
Let me preface with this: while watching the original TV series might be better if you want to already know about the characters and some of the background events that led to where the movie starts, this movie is perfectly viewable as a standalone; it does not require you to have prior knowledge of the original series. In fact, it's probably better if you DID watch this as a standalone or as your gateway into the franchise, particularly in the notion of the characters, but we'll get back to that later. Also, this is no one-to-one retelling of the story from the TV series; this is a different entity entirely, with few similarities aside from the character development of the main trio (and even then, those have plenty of differences in circumstances).
We begin in the midst of the war between the Earth forces and the Zentradi. Ultimately, it's the Earth people who are at a gigantic disadvantage, more so than in the original series. After one such battle which ended up with a few Zentradi crashing into Macross and discovering the "miclones" (or Micronians for Robotech fans), famous superstar pop idol Lynn Minmei is trapped in an engine room with the pilot who rescued her from an armed Zentradi, Hikaru Ichijou. It is then where they bond and form an eventual romance in the span of 3 days, with part of the love expanding on their time together. After another fun time with them goes wrong as not only are they caught by Misa (Hikaru's commanding officer) and Kaifun (Minmei's cousin who is seemingly unrelated in the movie for some reason), but all 4 of them, as well as another pilot, Roy Focker, are captured by the Zentradi and are forced to show them their culture before we learn than the Zentradi have been at war with Melteadi. Basically, Zentradi are giant war guys and Melteadi are giant war girls. After an attack on the Zentradi ship, not only does Roy Focker die, but Hikaru and Misa (who got separated from Minmei and Kaifun) are now stranded on a desolate wasteland that was once called Earth.
With no hope for survival on this now ruined planet, Hikaru and Misa bond after some talk about what the hell they've gonna do. While one can argue that this romantic development moves a bit too fast, we do see the gist of what they're going through, in the span of a week, these two, who are alone in this desolate globe, are without hope as the toil away, looking for possible survivors and eventually just trying to survive, they can only really bond if they want to make any of this time remotely worthwhile, and that's exactly what they do, even after they find a lost city and end up learning that the human race was an combined effort from micronized Zentradi and Melteadi to create an environment and people of both sexes that can live in harmony. With this in mind, the two bond more so than ever, despite their rough introduction to each other as a nagging superior and upstart subordinate. Once the Macross arrived for the details, the Melteadi attack them, and after a few mintes into the fight, the Sentradi show up, using Minmei's singing as a way to screw them up and force them to retreat, as they have noted that culture is an effective weapon against both the Zentradi and Meltradi, and have learned how to use that to their advantage in their ear against the Meltradi.
Well, with all this giant men vs giant women stuff, you can tell that this movie addresses sexism, which is a dicey topic, even in today's time, partially thanks to radical feminists and feminazies as well as menenists (yes, those exist) and other douchey people. I'm glad that this movie never tries to pick a side, since that would really be a bad and controversial move. Back to the story. Now all of our protagonists meet back up on Earth, and remember two singular cards, one of which Misa found on Earth. It is here that the love triangle really heats up, as Hikaru has chosen Misa over Minmei and now Minmei will know, and she takes it about as well as a love rival would considering that these two were originally in a relationship, and all of this bites Hikaru in the ass. Now that the lyrics from the cards are now ready for the new song and now that the Meltradi and some of the Zentradi are here, Hikaru rushes desperately to reach Minmei, even if it means literally slapping some sense into her to make her realize that now it's about the word instead of her dwindling relationship. Afterwards, we get my favorite scene in the movie.
As the final battle rages on, Minmei sings the titular sing: Do You Remember Love. Not only was this enough to screw up the Melteadi long enough for the Zentradi to take out their leader, but it even convinces some of the Zentradi to turn against their leader, allowing Hikaru to take him out. Was this turn a bit forced, yeah, but it still led to a really satisfying payoff. Following that, Minnie and Misa have a small, quiet, and impactful moment of understanding one another, and it's done gloriously. With that, both the movie and the war are over. Do I think that some parts could've been handled better, yeah, but what we got was still great. It expands only some of the concepts laid out by the original series (Melteadi and Zentradi feuding, the connection between Zentradi/Melteadi and humans), and it does so greatly, as well as tackling some interesting ideas.
One could say that there was no true villain in the movie aside from sexism and the ignorance of culture, which is nice. People were repeatedly put down for being sexist, and both of the alien overlords were eradicated on account of their sexism and ignorance of culture not making them understand cooperation and continue the war against each other. It's a nice message to send; both sexes should work together instead of bickering over something as dumb and trivial as "which gender is superior". Not to mention that I really like the message at the end that's implied by Misa: even an ordinary song can be impactful, for music is exactly that: impactful. We never really get to hear a message that highlights the importance of music and by extension, culture, but it's always nice to see it handled well without it being spelled out.
My ultimate gripe is that almost all characters not a part of the main trio get the shaft. Sure,I'm glad Kaifun takes a back seat and doesn't get to be a total dick, and I'm glad that Roy got to die with badassery, but Max and Millia were sidelined, Roy is really flanderised from his show counterpart (now being an obnoxious and playfully sexist macho man instead of a more suave and down to earth cool guy who also happens to be a lil' bit of a womanizer), Hayao is just a light version of this version of Roy (was he even named in this movie?) and Claudia doesn't get to be as much of a fun, jovial, and down to earth character as before, but that one was inevitable due to the fact that this is a 2 hour film and the TV series was a series of 36 22 minute episodes. Not to mention that the trio of Zentradi that went to Earth in the original doesn't show up at all here. At the very least, the trio that occasionally hangs out with Misa and Claudia act as naturally as possible, which is a rarity in anime; side-characters that act genuinely human.
On the flip side, the main trio gets expanded upon. Hikaru, while more of an asshole in the beginning Han he ever was in the original, he grows rather quickly when he's stranded on a desolate wasteland of a planet. He's still pretty great and his ultimate love interest, Misa is handled just as well in the TV series, only with more streamline development. We get to see the more fragile side of her that was not as present as before and it's rather nice to see the two warm up to each other. Yet out of all of the trio of the love triangle, Minmei was handled the best, by far. People claim this version of her to be infinitely superior to the TV Minmei, and I kinda have to agree with them. Her development was more streamlined, and her demeanor seemed more lax and lovely than the original one was, even making fun little jokes and jabs here and there. Plus, her adventures with Hikaru are a sight to behold. Not to mention that she's just as beautiful as the scenes with her and Hikaru having fun. Even when she's at her worst (with the whole love triangle thing) she ends up realizing a grander purpose and that the needs of the world outweigh the needs of her and her romance. This development is so grand in its intensity that it even amazes Hikaru, who made her develop in the first place. As mentioned previously, the moment that sealed the deal on Minmei being my favorite character in this movie was the final scene with her and Misa, which was handled so damn well that I was blown away. Speaking of blown away...
Studio Artland has been heralded as one of the best studios ever made, mainly due to them working on the critically acclaimed Mushishi and that elitists' fapping shrine, Legend of The Galactic Heroes, which is considered by many to be the creme de la creme of anime. Not to mention that they worked on the original Macross. So, of course, they worked on this and did a splendid job. Although, they weren't the only studio that worked on it, Tatsunoko Production joined the fun as well. Honestly, both studios did an amazing job with this anime. Every ship, explosion, character, and background is lavishly detailed and it all looks majestic. The action really sells itself as the best in the franchise as well, and the character designs by Haruhiko Mikimoto are as gorgeous as ever, and nothing really dips at all. It's easily one of the best looking anime movies I've seen to date, and given that this was in 1984, that's amazing in its own right. Each location is so strikingly different and full of personality, even the more mystical yet oppressive desolate Earth and the more alien Zentradi and Zentradi environments, which are more distinctly alien than ever before. Then again, when one of your key animators is the legendary Hideaki mother fucking Anno, you know your movie looks damn good.
The OST by Kentarou Haneda is still pretty great, with some classic tracks form the series, and it all works as well as you'd expect from Macross. Now for the real thing which happens to be one of the 3 things that characterize Macross: the songs. Each song sung by Minmei (Mari Ijima, who voices her and sings the songs). All of your favorites from the original series show up here and are as catchy and fun as ever. Plus, the titular song, "Do You Remember Love?" is easily my favorite of them all, partially due to it playing in the most majestic moment of the movie, and partly since it's in between the two scenes that made her my favorite character in the movie. It's a truly delightful song if I do say so myself. As for the dub "Invasion of the Spacenoids", that is its own abomination that I refuse to associate with this movie. It's some fucked up localization that is nothing like the movie and is even marketed as its own thing, not with Macross or even Robotech, by even the Robotech cast would've been an infinitely better fit. Get that weak shit outta here.
This movie is quite a lovely one. It had great character interactions, amazingly detailed fights and backgrounds, lovely and great-looking characters, lovely pop songs, and is, as I recently said, lovely. I honestly can't say much more than what I have aside from mentioning the Max and Milia plot line that got even more sidelined that the characters themselves (though their fight is a fun one with fantastic visuals with when they are fighting in a Zentradi shop, which is a brilliant reversal on how the TV anime made Milia infiltrate Macross), but that's about it. It's not the best in the franchise, I'd still give that honor to Macross Plus Movie Edition, and even Macross is better than this from every standpoint other than visuals, but damn if this isn't an amazing addition to the franchise and one that truly stand tall with the original. Well, with all that said, I bid you adieu.
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