"You never deviate as far as when you think you know the way" (Chinese proverb)
A few days ago I had the opportunity to see Macross delta film - Macross Δ Movie: Gekijou no Walküre and I was pleasantly surprised.
I came with the prejudice that it was a simple summary of the series in order to sell us more albums of the band walküre, having as a precedent the macross delta series, I did not expect much from this movie
But here the surprise, the film is VERY GOOD, it is noted that Kawamori this time took the place of director, although it retains the technical cast
of the series, the direction of Kawamori was noted.
Not only the story unfolds very naturally, but it does not bore and unlike the series is not a compendium of good pop songs with a forced story, no, it is a story of a band of idols with their conflicts and how together they surpass all the challenges of a world at war.
The characters are better achieved than in the series and although the film ends the same as in the series, the development of it makes reaching that end enjoyable and logical.
It is like a building that one rises little by little and culminates with a great battle (classic in macross at this point) and unlike the series the film leaves us a teaching.
Kawamori eliminated all the inconclusive arguments that the series raised and that only hurt the central script, this time each song, each dogfight, each character play a certain role to reach that final climax and, yes, gentlemen, the macross delta movie CLOSES THE HISTORY , GIVES A FINISH TO MACROSS DELTA HISTORY, giving rise to new deliveries of this franchise without having to continue exploiting the history of macross delta.
Here is the analysis:
Note: it is a personal opinion based on what I saw in the film and comparing it with the series and other series / movies of the macross franchise.
1) History: 8/10
Finally the history of macross delta is understood, not only there is an outbreak of a virus called Var, which is fought by the tactical sound unit: walküre, the story is mature, leaves aside all the sub-frames that hampered the development of the series, it is understood that the original idea of delta was not bad, it was only badly scripted and misdirected, this time with a revised script and a good direction, each fact, each moment of the film allows the development of the story, THE BEST: the macross delta film closes the story of Delta, allowing the continuity of the franchise with new ideas and visions of the Macross universe
2) Characters: 7/10
The story focuses on the band Walküre and it shows, the secondary characters are relegated to a supporting role for the development of the story, the story does not revolve in a single point, it is the story of a group and the members of walküre mature as characters, with unique characteristics, they finally stop being "one-dimensional characters", I highlight the work of improving the characters of Roid, Messer and Reina, but I also criticize "the decrease" of characters such as the air knights and the members of the squadron delta especially Mirage that does not have even half the role she had in the series.
3) Love Triangle: 4/10
IT DOES NOT EXIST, although the film implies that Mirage has feelings for Hayate, the script is responsible for making it clear to us that Hayate likes Freyja, which is not bad since it solves the romantic plot in a clear and forceful way.
4) Art of the characters: 7/10
You can see that it is a movie, the colors are improved and a very good CGI animation was achieved in the part of the concert of the song change !!!, negatively the difference between the new animation and the "borrowed" animation of the series is very evident
5) Mecha design 7/10
There is nothing new with regard to the series, one could add the transformable ships class macross Elysion, the "armored" version of the vf-31 sigfried and for the fans "hard core" of the macros mecha: the vf-31 with the Lil Draken modules as if they were fast packs and the Sv-262Hs Draken III with mirage´s colors.
6) 3D animation and battle choreography: 8/10
The improvement with respect to the series is noticeable, not only the battles are more dynamic, the part of the walküre concert that takes place in al shaal, the "battle" with music by the group is very well achieved, 3D point capture technique was used for the movements of the idols during the choreography of the song change !!!, that gives them more natural and realistic movements.
7) Music: 10/10
Macross delta stopped being a covert advertising campaign of a group of idols called walküre and transformed into a production worthy of being called "macross", the music is better suited to the point that the musical themes are reflected as in frontier what that happened at a certain moment, to the point that the lyrics of the songs seem to be narrating what is currently happening on the screen, also highlight the instrumental music that is responsible for highlighting key moments in the story giving it an identity of its own.
It highlights the fact that unnecessary scenes and musical themes of the series that did not contribute to the development of the plot were eliminated
Walküre musical themes that DO appear in the film:
Walküre ga Tomaranai (without Freyja)
Bokura no senjou
Run ga pika tto hikattara
God bless you
Koi! halation THE WAR
Hear the universo
Hametsu no junjou
Axia-daisuki de daikirai
Ruchetto Arukan (song of the stars)
Ichido dake no koi nara
Walküre wa Uragiranai
Giraffe Blues (kaname solo version)
Dancing in the Moonlight
Musical themes that were heard in the series but that are NOT in the film (to the delight of some and sadness of others)
Fukakuteisei cosmic movement
Kaze wa yokoku naku fuku
Onya no ko-girl
Love! Thunder glow
Zettai Reido Novatic
Highly recommended for those who did not like the Macross Delta TV series, you can see the movie even without having seen the delta series, very good work by Kawamori.
i Might've been biased so much but Macross Delta" Gekijou no Walkure not a good movie to start Macross delta, but a movie to see because you miss the series and you want to listen to new walkure songs.
The thing is I've been following Macross series since the first one, and this movie really not up to the Macross standard by plot point of view. the director was lazy enough so they recreated the recap movie for Macross delta series. completely different with past Macross movie like "SDF Macross: Do You Remember Love" which takes the different take compared with its series and both
of Macross F movie which totally revamped the whole ending which makes things so much better because its a new kind of thrill you got different when you finished the series.
The animation is a bit meh for the movie, still acceptable for TV series though. But the 3D amazed me so much because the inconsistency they got in this movie. some part like "Change!!!" 3D really blew me away because how good they direct the whole thing and the other like final battle, 3Ds looks like a cheap scene and totally unacceptable.
IM SUPER BIASED IN THIS SECTION, but the soundtrack for the whole movie is really good. I love every single second watching it. there are 4 new songs added here including Walkure ga Tomaranai, Walkure ga Uragiranai, Change!!! (the best part of the movie) and Dancing in the Moonlight. Also, they included the past Walkure songs that you could enjoy because at the current stage, Walkure sitting on the number 3 best Macross singer my version (first is Fire Bomber, second Sheryl Nome, Fourth Lin Minmei and the last is Ranka Lee)
its sucks, i know... but like Mamma Mia movie, you can watch the movie without disturbed that much with the plot and focused more onto the songs which I pretty much sing along every song (yep i pretty much memorized a lot of walkure songs)