Both the OVA series and movie were released in Japan by Bandai Visual and in North America and Europe by Manga Entertainment.
Scriptwriter Keiko Nobumoto originally wrote Macross Plus as a feature-length work before the script evolved into a four-volume video series. The movie edition returns the story to the initially planned feature length. The theatrical version (マクロスプラス MOVIE EDITION) consists of most of the footage from the original OVAs, along with approximately 20 minutes of new and alternative footage.
– Makurosu Purasu
– 마크로스 플러스
– Макросс Плюс
– Макрос плюс
I guess you can call this the Macross Plus director cut. Despite being over 20 years old, the anime still capture my attention from beginning to end.
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 prefer the movie version over the OVA as the plot gets straight to the point. I can see the OVA got padded with extra scenes just to fill up the time.
Macross Plus is the best of the Macross series in my opinion and I highly recommend it. Macross Plus contains moderate language, violence, partial nudity, and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.
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Macross Plus (1995)
A collection of notable music and song from this series.
– “Wanna Be an Angel” by Akino Arai
– “Torch Song” by Gabriela Robin
– “The Borderline” by Akino Arai
– “Santi-U” by Gabriela Robin
– “Information High” by Melodie Sexton
– “Idol Talk” by Akino Arai
Macross Plus (1995)
A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.
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