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Macross Plus OVA Series 1 Review
Macross Plus
マクロスプラス (Makurosu Purasu)

Synopsis

Macross Plus is a four-episode anime OVA and a theatrical movie.

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.

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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

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Cons

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Overview

Macross Plus was the first sequel to the original Macross television series that took place in the official timeline (Macross II was quickly retconned by series creator Shōji Kawamori as a parallel world story in the Macross universe). Macross Plus was a groundbreaking combination of traditional cel and computer-generated animation at the time of its release, paving the way for the incorporation of more computer-generated imagery in Japanese animation.

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.

Alternative title

– Macross Plus
– Makurosu Purasu
– マクロスプラス
– 마크로스 플러스
– Макросс Плюс
– Макрос плюс

TL;DR Review

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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Featured Music

Macross Plus
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

OVA

  1. “Voices (a capella version)” by Akino Arai (ep 1)
  2. “Voices (English Version)” by Michelle Flynn (ep 1)
  3. “Idol Talk” by Akino Arai (ep 2)
  4. “Pulse” by Wu Yun Ta Na (ep 4)

Closing Theme

OVA

  1. “After, in the Dark” by Mai Yamane (eps 1-3)
  2. “Voices (English Version)” by Michelle Flynn (ep 4)
  3. “Voices” by Akino Arai (ep 4)

Movie

  1. “Voices” by Akino Arai

Insert Song

OVA

  1. “Idol Talk” by Akino Arai (eps 1-2)
  2. “Santi-U” by Gabriela Robin (ep 2)
  3. “The Borderline” by Akino Arai (ep 2)
  4. “Torch Song” by Gabriela Robin (ep 4)
  5. “Information High” by Melodie Sexton (ep 4)
  6. “A Sai En” by Raiche Coutev Sisters (ep 4)

Movie

  1. “A Sai En” by Raiche Coutev Sisters
  2. “Wanna Be an Angel” by Akino Arai
  3. “Torch Song” by Gabriela Robin
  4. “The Borderline” by Akino Arai
  5. “Santi-U” by Gabriela Robin
  6. “Information High” by Melodie Sexton
  7. “Idol Talk” by Akino Arai
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Featured Video

Macross Plus

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Isamu Dyson
"No one can be SMART and reckless.”
Col. Millard Johnson
"You can't carry challenge and recklessness within the same pocket."
Yang Neuman
"Well, since no trick I know is gonna work now, I guess we'll just have to bust our way in. We'll blow some of the unmanned sats in orbit and use the fragments as cover when they burn up on re-entry. If we create enough targets, the defense systems don't know what to aim for. Of course, to keep them from spotting the plane while we're going in, we'll have to keep the flight systems turned off. My simulation estimates it should give us our best opportunity. At least I think so."
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