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.
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
Shoji Kawamori and I have this little understanding: I don't watch his stuff and he's allowed to do whatever he wants whilst I occasionally look at the premise for whatever new thing he has coming out whilst going "Kawamori, please". Throughout the entire history of the man who brought us Escaflowne, there have only been two things he's made that have interested me to any degree. One was Aquarion EVOL - which admittedly I've lost interest in ever rewatching due to the fact that it depends too much on a style that ages faster than bananas dipped in acid - and the other is his
movie summary of Macross SDF, which I haven't actually watched, but my colleagues who have seen it assured to me that Lynn Kaifun is a grade-A dickwad.
Well he doesn't get a chance to be a dickwad here, because he barely shows up in the movie. In fact, if your name isn't Hikaru, Minmay, or Misa, chances are you're going to have less screen time than Tron did when Kingdom Hearts caused Disney to realize that maybe there's still more that could have been done with that forgotten universe. If you've seen any Kawamori anime - let alone Macross SDF - prior to watching this film, then you pretty much know what to expect. Three people are put in a love triangle. Said love triangle is used as a basis for mecha action and cheesy pop tunes. Egoism is abound all over the dialogue. Basically, a bunch of silly stuff that makes me embarrassed for Kawamori's parents.
The story is set in some universe where humanity is at war with an alien race known as the Zentradi - an all-male race of giant aliens who are at the same time at war with their female counterparts, the Mentradi (yeah I have no idea why the females got the "men" prefix either). Because gender cross-breeding does not exist in their culture, they are extremely surprised when they discovered that the different sexes in humanity can do things like hug, kiss, do the Lincoln, everything that Disney has desensitized us to...to the point that they react like KyoAni fans whenever their precious moe being has her lips tainted. Our main hero/ladies' man of the story is Hikaru Ichiyo, a young soldier who becomes acquainted with a popular idol named Lynn Minmay after an attack traps them in an enclosed space for days. And when a man and a woman are trapped alone with no one else around and no sign of rescue anytime soon, maintaining purity was one of the first things to drop from the human mind.
This leads to the two having a small relationship until another attack strands Hikaru on a post-apocalyptic Earth with his superior female officer, Misa Hayase for a month. And considering that he's stranded with a more mature female in a more empty environment for a far longer time, this part of the plot might as well have had large subtitles the entire act that said "Hikaru will move on to another woman and this will cause awkward shit to happen later on when he reunites with the pop idol he's only had one date with" all over the screen. Although I guess that would make it hard to see the eventual making out the two soldiers performed in the cold wasteland right before the giant robot spots them since love shines so brightly on normal Earth let alone a destroyed one. And speaking of obvious plot points, I don't need to detail what happens after the loving couple is rescued and brought back to civilization and Minmay, do I? I hope not, because it doesn't deserve its own paragraph unless you're one of those outdated writers who thinks that Wikipedia is the standard we should base all online writing on.
I know what you're going to say to me at this point. "Wait a minute. Doesn't Mr. Flaw hate stories about soldiers, idols, love triangles, robots, and everything else we find cool? What exactly makes this thing stand out?" Well first off, I can tolerate most of those elements as long as they're in service to something else, and since the love triangle along with discovering the secrets behind the Zentradi culture and such are put in the forefront, the only thing the film has to do is get rid of the problems I have with the former whilst putting a good amount of focus. And I liked the love triangle in here for the same reason I liked the one in Kids on the Slope: because people actually act out on their feelings rather quickly instead of just mope for...well okay Minmay moped for a bit after discovering the truth, but there was an alien attack happening around her, so I let that slide.
Also, forgive me for going into lame fanboy praise here, but my god is this thing beautiful to look at. Whilst I haven't actually seen the show, I did catch a few glimpses of clips and pics here and there, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that the production values on this thing are a serious upgrade by comparison. In fact, Do You Remember Love is probably the best animated thing to come out of Japan I have ever seen next to Redline and Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer. Every frame is bursting with enough life to make Toontown envious and shot in such an epic way to the point that you can classify the film as the equal to James Cameron's Titanic in regards to the epic feeling they give their love stories. Well okay, I remember one particularly noticeable still frame in the film, but it was following up the final climax and a fight scene involving Bruce Lee would look lame following that up.
Not going to deny that I have some problems with the buildup. The whole "stranded on Earth" thing wasn't the most engaging of acts and the actual political stuff makes me about as indifferent as I am to all other fictional political stuff, especially if it's written by Sunrise. But that final action scene is a work of art in of itself. Now everyone and their mum has already gone off on how it's one of the best climaxes an anime has ever produced and how the song matched perfectly with the intensity and how the power of love is more butch here than it was in those Care Bears movies, so I won't go into detail myself, but I will say that if Mass Effect had the balls to do that sort of ending, the outrage wouldn't have been nearly as volatile. And I probably would have played it for more than three hours.
All in all, Do You Remember Love is pretty much everything that Macross fans remember about the show. Same themes. Same love triangle. Same aliens who don't seem to get that we prefer to kiss our females rather than kill them - unless you support a certain video game controversy whose name rhymes with "Fame or Fate". And it hits me in that romantic gut that mostly died off when Suzuka came into my life because it gets how you're supposed to do romance. You're supposed to do it with honesty. With chemistry. With explosions. Lots and lots of explosions.
Oh, and the KyoAni fanbase being represented as giant aliens helps too.
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