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Macross Frontier (2011): The Wings of Goodbye
劇場版 マクロスF 恋離飛翼 〜サヨナラノツバサ〜 (Gekijōban Makurosu Furontia Sayonara no Tsubasa)

Synopsis

Macross Frontier the Movie: The Wings of Goodbye picked up from where the previous movie left off, Ranka’s star career flourishes while Sheryl’s health rapidly deteriorates after collapsing during a live performance. At the same time, separate factions are maneuvering behind the scenes seeking to control the Vajra horde by utilizing the singing abilities of the two songstresses. As the entire Macross Frontier fleet begins to wage its final war on the Vajra, Alto finally makes a choice between Ranka and Sheryl.
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Premiered

February 26, 2011

Run-time

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Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Combat/Action
Music
Visual

Cons

Character design
Character development
Dialogs
Fetish
Plot
Slow-pace

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Overview

While the first Macross Frontier film will re-edit the story of the television series with new footage, the second film, titled Macross Frontier the Movie: The Wings of Goodbye (劇場版 マクロスF 恋離飛翼 〜サヨナラノツバサ〜 Gekijōban Makurosu Furontia Sayonara no Tsubasa), which will be based also on the Macross Frontier TV series, will act as a sequel to the 2009 film, including a new story and new music. The film is a rearrangement of aspects of the original TV series, having little to do with the original story.

Alternative title

– Macross Frontier the Movie: The Wings of Goodbye
– Gekijōban Macross F: Sayonara no Tsubasa
– マクロスF 恋離飛翼~サヨナラノツバサ~
– Gekijōban Makurosu Furontia Sayonara no Tsubasa
– 劇場版 マクロスF 恋離飛翼 〜サヨナラノツバサ〜

TL;DR Review

The second film for Macross Frontier, The Wings of Goodbye, deviates more from the TV show. It is no longer considered a recap film, but more an alternate timeline that started with the first film. Despite not being a recap film, it still used clips from the TV and rearranged them. Kind of like how Robotech rearranged multiple series to tell its own story, deja vu.

The Wings of Goodbye movie may as well be one long music video. A new song/concert is required to play every so often, throw in some combat backdrop, then fill the rest of the time with a boring love triangle and you have the second movie.

I had the hardest time trying to finish this movie in one sitting. I was so bored with the forced love triangle that I constantly pause the movie to do something else. I would recommend turning your brain off during the required concert music video. They are just eye candy and does not move the story forward in anyway. Don’t worry about the plot, it isn’t worth following.

I know anime tend to have contrived plots and plot holes, but it is especially apparent here. The Sheryl rescue plan feels like it was thought up by a child. In fact, the whole plot feels like it too. Near the end, I have no idea why all the factions are fighting each other. I was so happy when the movie finally ended, which is never a good sign.

The only saving grace for this movie is the animation and art. The music is rather mediocre as all the songs started to sound the same. The song “Aimo” is the only exception, which I believe is just a copy version of “Voice” from Macross Plus.

This anime contains graphic violence, some sexual suggestive themes/dialogs, and nudity. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

Macross Frontier (2011): The Wings of Goodbye
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Closing Theme

– “Hoshi Kira (ホシキラ)” by Megumi Nakajima
– “d Shootin’ Star b (dシュディスタb)” by Megumi Nakajima & May’n

Insert/Image Theme

– “Diamond Crevase ~thank you, Frontier (ダイアモンド クレバス~thank you,Frontier)” by May’n
– “Shima Aimo (島アイモ)” by Megumi Nakajima
– “Seikan Hikō (LIVE in Alcatraz) (星間飛行(LIVE in アルカトラズ))” by Megumi Nakajima
– “Sayonara no Tsubasa ~the end of triangle~ (サヨナラノツバサ ~the end of triangle~)” by Megumi Nakajima & May’n
– “Nyan Nyan Final Attack Frontier Greatest ☆ Hits! (娘々Final Attack フロンティア グレイテスト☆ヒッツ!)” by Megumi Nakajima & May’n
– “Nijiiro★Kumakuma (虹いろ★クマクマ)” by Megumi Nakajima
– “Koi wa Dogfight (FIRST LIVE in Atlantis Dome) (恋はドッグファイト(FIRST LIVE in アトランティスドーム))” by Megumi Nakajima
– “Kindan no Elixer (禁断のエリクシア)” by May’n
– “Hōkago Overflow (放課後オーバーフロウ)” by Megumi Nakajima
– “Get it on – Kōsoku Climax (Get it on ~光速クライmax~)” by Megumi Nakajima & May’n
Sheryl Nome
"You should stick to the path you believe in."
Sheryl Nome
"I've come this far all by myself, using my own strength!"

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