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Macross Frontier Movie 1 Review
Macross Frontier the Movie: The False Songstress
劇場版 マクロスF 虚空歌姫 〜イツワリノウタヒメ〜 (Gekijōban Makurosu Furontia Itsuwari no Utahime)

Synopsis

Half retelling of the original Frontier series, half new story. Conspiracies arise within the Frontier government when Sheryl Nome arrives to the colonial fleet for her concert and is soon marked as a spy for Galaxy while childhood friends, Alto Saotome and Ranka Lee both try to achieve their dreams as the battle between Frontier and the Vajra draws closer.

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TV Rating

Country

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episode(s)

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Language

Premiered

November 21, 2009

Run-time

minutes

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

PROs CONS

Overview

The theatrical film adaptation of the Macross Frontier opened in Japan on November 21, 2009, under the name Macross Frontier the Movie: The False Songstress (劇場版 マクロスF 虚空歌姫 〜イツワリノウタヒメ〜 Gekijōban Makurosu Furontia Itsuwari no Utahime). The first movie retells the events of the anime from episodes 1 to 13, with significant alterations to the story and timeline of the television series.

Alternative title

– Macross Frontier the Movie: The False Songstress
– Gekijōban Macross F: Itsuwari no Utahime
– マクロスF 虚空歌姫~イツワリノウタヒメ~
– Gekijōban Makurosu Furontia Itsuwari no Utahime
– 劇場版 マクロスF 虚空歌姫 〜イツワリノウタヒメ〜
– Macross Frontier the MOVIE ~The False Diva~
– Macross Frontier: The Songstress of Lies

TL;DR Review

Macross Frontier the Movie: The False Songstress is essentially a retelling of the first half of the Macross Frontier TV show, with some edits to remove entire arc altogether.

The animation is great and fluid, with the help of 3D CGI for the complex aerial combat.

The music is also superb as it is a Macross movie after all. It reused the music from the TV show.

The first half of the movie focuses so much on the love triangle, you think you are watching a romance drama. I guess they remembered this was a Macross movie, so they threw all the combat scenes near the end.

If you haven’t seen the TV show first, the movie introduction to these characters will feel a bit disjointed, while other characters are completely brushed over as nothing more than some NPC.

I would suggest skipping this movie altogether and watch the TV show instead. The movie is rather boring, being so heavily focused on the love story. I guess it was trying to recapture the “Do You Remember Love?” original Macross movie maybe?

If you need a movie to introduce your friend to Macross, show them the Macross Plus movie instead.

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

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Featured Music

Macross Frontier the Movie: The False Songstress
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Series

  1. “[トライアングラー] Triangler” by Maaya Sakamoto (eps 1-16)
  2. “[星間飛行] Seikan Hikou (Interstellar Flight)” by Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (ep 17)
  3. “[ライオン] Lion” by Sheryl Nome Starring May’n & Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (eps 18-24)
  4. “[愛・おぼえていますか~bless the little queen] Ai, Oboete Imasu ka ~ bless the little queen (Do You Remember Love? ~ Bless the Little Queen)” by Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (ep 25)

Closing Theme

TV Series

  1. “「アイモ」 Aimo (vocal and harmonica version)” by Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (ep 1)
  2. “[ダイアモンド クレバス] Diamond Crevasse” by Sheryl Nome starring May’n (eps 2-6,8-9,13-14)
  3. “「アイモ」 Aimo” by Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (ep 7)
  4. “[アイモ~鳥のひと] Aimo ~ Tori no Hito (Bird Human)” by Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (ep 10)
  5. “「ねこ日記」 Neko Nikki (Cat Diary)” by Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (ep 11)
  6. “[愛・おぼえていますか] Ai, Oboete Imasu ka (Do You Remember Love?)” by Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (ep 12)
  7. “「ダイアモンド クレバス50/50」 Diamond Crevasse 50/50” by Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] & Sheryl Nome starring May’n (ep 15)
  8. “「ノーザンクロス」 Northern Cross” by Sheryl Nome Starring May’n (eps 16-18,22-24)
  9. “[トライアングラー] Triangler” by Maaya Sakamoto (ep 19)
  10. “[真空のダイアモンド クレバス] Shinku no Diamond Crevasse (Empty Diamond Crevasse)” by Sheryl Nome Starring May’n (ep 20)
  11. “「蒼のエーテル」 Ao no Ether (Blue Ether)” by Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (ep 21)
  12. “[トライアングラー Fight on Stage] Triangler Fight on Stage” by Sheryl Nome Starring May’n & Ranka Lee [Megumi Nakajima] (ep 25)

Movie 1 (The False Songstress)

  1. “Sō da yo.” (そうだよ。) by Megumi Nakajima

Movie 2 (The Wings of Goodbye)

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

Insert Song

TV Series

  1. “Ai Oboeteimasu ka ~bless the little queen” (愛・おぼえていますか~bless the little queen) by Megumi Nakajima (eps 24-25)
  2. “Yōsei” (妖精) by May’n (ep 22)
  3. “What ’bout my [email protected]” (What ’bout my [email protected]フォルモ) by Megumi Nakajima (eps 5,19)
  4. “What ’bout my star?(Sheryl on Stage)” by May’n (eps 1,5,15)
  5. “Welcome To My FanClub’s Night!(Sheryl On Stage)” by May’n (ep 15)
  6. “Watashi no Kare wa Pilot MISS MACROSS 2059” (私の彼はパイロット MISS MACROSS 2059) by Megumi Nakajima (ep 4)
  7. “Uchū Kyōdai Bune” (宇宙兄弟船) by Shunsuke Sakamoto (ep 5)
  8. “TRY AGAIN” by FIRE BOMBER (ep 17)
  9. “Totsugeki Love Heart” (突撃ラブハート) by FIRE BOMBER (ep 2)
  10. “SMS Shōtai no Uta ~Ano Ko wa Alien” (SMS小隊の歌~あの娘はエイリアン) by Everyone from SMS (ep 4)
  11. “Seikan Hikō” (星間飛行) by Megumi Nakajima (eps 12,15,17-19)
  12. “Nyan Nyan Service Medly” (娘々サービスメドレー) by Maaya Sakamoto, May’n & Megumi Nakajima (ep 25)
  13. “Northern Cross” (ノーザンクロス) by May’n (ep 25)
  14. “Ninjīn Loves you yeah!” (ニンジーン Loves you yeah!) by Megumi Nakajima (ep 8)
  15. “Neko Nikki” (ねこ日記) by Megumi Nakajima (eps 9,12)
  16. “MY SOUL FOR YOU” by FIRE BOMBER (ep 17)
  17. “Iteza Gogo Ku-ji Don’t be late” (射手座☆午後九時 Don’t be late) by May’n (eps 1,7,24)
  18. “Infinity” (インフィニティ) by May’n (ep 7)
  19. “Infinity #7” (インフィニティ#7) by May’n & Megumi Nakajima (ep 15)
  20. “Haha to Ko-Ranka no Aimo” (母と子ランカのアイモ) by Maaya Sakamoto & Megumi Nakajima (ep 14)
  21. “Chō Jikū Hanten Nyan Nyan” (超時空飯店 娘々) by Megumi Nakajima (eps 11,15)
  22. “Brera to Ko-Ranka no Aimo” (ブレラと子ランカのアイモ) by Megumi Nakajima (eps 23-24)
  23. “Anata no Oto” (アナタノオト) by Megumi Nakajima (eps 19-20)
  24. “Aimo” (アイモ) by Megumi Nakajima (eps 3,8,12,21)
  25. “Aimo O.C.” (アイモ O.C.) by Megumi Nakajima (eps 16,18)

Movie 1 (The False Songstress)

  1. “Aimo” (アイモ) by Megumi Nakajima
  2. “Yōsei” (妖精) by May’n
  3. “What ’bout my [email protected]” (What ’bout my [email protected]フォルモ) by Megumi Nakajima
  4. “What ’bout my star?” by May’n
  5. “Welcome To My Fan Club’s Night!” by May’n
  6. “Watashi no Kare wa Pilot” (私の彼はパイロット) by Megumi Nakajima
  7. “Universal Bunny” (ユニバーサル・バニー) by May’n
  8. “Starlight Nattō” (スターライト納豆) by Megumi Nakajima
  9. “pink monsoon” by May’n
  10. “Obelisk” (オベリスク) by May’n
  11. “Lion” (ライオン) by May’n & Megumi Nakajima
  12. “Kaitaku Jūki” (開拓重機) by Megumi Nakajima
  13. “Iteza Gogo Ku-ji Don’t be late” (射手座☆午後九時 Don’t be late) by May’n
  14. “Family Mart Cosmos” (ファミリーマート・コスモス) by Megumi Nakajima
  15. “Dynam Chōgōkin” (ダイナム超合金) by Megumi Nakajima
  16. “Diamond Crevase” (ダイアモンド クレバス) by May’n & Megumi Nakajima
  17. “Daruma Seminar” (だるまゼミナール) by Megumi Nakajima
  18. “Chō Jikū Hanten Nyan Nyan” (超時空飯店 娘々) by Megumi Nakajima

Movie 2 (The Wings of Goodbye)

  1. “Diamond Crevase ~thank you, Frontier (ダイアモンド クレバス~thank you,Frontier)” by May’n
  2. “Shima Aimo (島アイモ)” by Megumi Nakajima
  3. “Seikan Hikō (LIVE in Alcatraz) (星間飛行(LIVE in アルカトラズ))” by Megumi Nakajima
  4. “Sayonara no Tsubasa ~the end of triangle~ (サヨナラノツバサ ~the end of triangle~)” by Megumi Nakajima & May’n
  5. “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
  6. “Nijiiro★Kumakuma (虹いろ★クマクマ)” by Megumi Nakajima
  7. “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
  8. “Kindan no Elixer (禁断のエリクシア)” by May’n
  9. “Hōkago Overflow (放課後オーバーフロウ)” by Megumi Nakajima
  10. “Get it on – Kōsoku Climax (Get it on ~光速クライmax~)” by Megumi Nakajima & May’n
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