Robotech, the anime series that was brought to America in
the early to mid 1980's opened the floodgates and helped indoctrinate
a generation on the basics of Japanese Animation. Originally
known as Super Dimension Fortress: Macross, Robotech became
a merge of that original series, plus two more, Super Dimensional
Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada to create
a cartoon trilogy that follows earth's struggle against the
Zentradi, Robotech Masters and finally the Invid. Mixing human
drama with interesting technology (which became a precursor
to Transformers and their ilk), Robotech became a series with
a strong following.
While time has given us insight into how campy and hokum
some of the dialog is, one cannot pass up the ongoing drama.
Unlike most American cartoon tales (and even some Anime),
when a character dies, he's dead. No coming back. Even with
some of the less realistic aspects of the storyline, the series
still manages to hold on to a real life and death struggle
bottom line. In fact, there are numerous parts where things
just can't seem much grimer.
On an animation stand-point, Robotech really shows it's
age. The seems to be a lot of inconsistencies in the animation
and coloring, but that can be forgiven when a full-fledged
dog-fight is going on. Some of the battle sequences are just
fun to watch. Along with all of the action are numerous side
stories and the full love triangle between Minmei, Rick and
This DVD collection is a god-send to those who have had to
go cold turkey since Toonami ceased showing this series some
time ago. Each disc contains 6 episodes, running a length
of 150 minutes. With such a cheap price tag (anywhere from
11 to 14 bucks) this discs might not stay on the shelves long.
My only real gripe with the DVDs is the absolute lack of anything
extra. While the animated menus are nice, there is no subtitles
or Japanese voiceovers. This set is all done in the English
Dub we're all familiar with.
For those who grew up with this series, you should really
try to get these discs. Fans of the old series can forgive
some of the poor quality in script and animation for the overall
drama of the series. if you never watched any of this series,
you might want to take a look before getting it. Some parts,
and people (Minmei), can be annoying, but the overall package