The year is 2040 and the galaxy is flourishing with several colonies and advanced technology. AI is near perfection and the current top idol is the near-completed Virturoid Idol Sharon Apple. All that is missing are her actual feelings, which instead are supplied by Myung Fang Lone. Sharon’s debut concert is on planet Eden, where at the same time, fighter pilots Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman battle over air superiority for the Supernova Project. Isamu, Guld and Myung were once childhood friends, but after an accident seven years ago, they went their own separate ways. With Myung back in the picture, the old disputes are once again awakened. And when an unstable and illegal AI technique is installed in Sharon, the situation is worsened.
Yoko Kanno composed the score for Macross Plus. The orchestral score was recorded in Tel Aviv, Israel, by members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, except for “Dogfight” (an orchestral track used during the final battle between Isamu and Guld), which was recorded in Prague, the Czech Republic by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sharon Apple’s songs are performed by a number of different artists – namely Gabriela Robin, Akino Arai, Mai Yamane, Melodie Sexton, Wuyontana and the Raiché Coutev Sisters. The most notable song in the series is Myung’s song “Voices”, which is performed by Arai and is the only Japanese-language song in the soundtrack. For the English dub of the series, “Voices” was translated into English and performed by Michelle Flynn. Three songs (“Information High”, “The Borderline” and “Pulse”) are in English, while “Idol Talk” is in French. Four songs (“After, in the Dark – Torch Song”, “Santi-U”, “A Sai En” and “Wanna Be an Angel”) are sung in the fictional Zentran language.
– Makurosu Purasu
– 마크로스 플러스
– Макросс Плюс
– Макрос плюс
Macross Plus is definitely my favorite Macross series of all time. This Macross series takes on a more mature theme.
The animation is gorgeous and still hold up to this day. This was created back in 1994 mind you. The main standout of the action is the aerial dogfight and the music.
The music for Macross had always been exceptional, but I feel Macross Plus went that extra step. The haunting song “Voice” by Akino Arai is one of my favorite song ever. Most of the songs are sung with a fictional language, which feels both alien and exotic.
Like all Macross, there has to be an idol singer. Unlike the other, however, she is more believable and less fan-servicey (Is that a word?). The characters are likable and well written.
I highly recommend this anime to everyone. Personally, I like the Movie version more but both versions are still good. Macross Plus contains moderate language, violence, partial nudity, and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for your adults.
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Macross Plus OVA Series (1994)
A collection of notable music and song from this series.
– “Voices (English Version)” by Michelle Flynn (ep 1)
– “Idol Talk” by Akino Arai (ep 2)
– “Pulse” by Wu Yun Ta Na (ep 4)
– “Voices (English Version)” by Michelle Flynn (ep 4)
– “Voices” by Akino Arai (ep 4)
– “Santi-U” by Gabriela Robin (ep 2)
– “The Borderline” by Akino Arai (ep 2)
– “Torch Song” by Gabriela Robin (ep 4)
– “Information High” by Melodie Sexton (ep 4)
– “A Sai En” by Raiche Coutev Sisters (ep 4)
Macross Plus OVA Series (1994)
A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.
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