Macross Plus Vol. #2 (of 2) (Mania.com)

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What They Say
Macross Plus scores with it’s triple-play of dynamic mecha designs, dramatic characters and outstanding music creating a superb four-part anime series that will leave you mesmerized.

Part 3: Adventure ignites a firestorm of emotion when the dangerous rivalry between Isamu and Guld Bowman reaches boiling point amid the pressure of the Super Nova test program. After an investigation into the so-called “accident” that left Dyson hospitalized, the UN Government in charge of the test program unveils it’s hidden agenda. Myung is torn between her feelings for the two men as her memories of days gone by on Planet Eden are shattered by harsh reality.

Part 4: Angered by the news that the Stealth Valkyrie trials have been abruptly stopped, Isamu and Yang head towards Earth to get even with the pilot-less Ghost X-9 and Guld goes after them for a final battle. The two fighters clash amidst interceptor missiles being fired from Earth. During this fight to the death, Guld recalls the fateful event that had been sealed in his memory. Meanwhile, in Macross City, Sharon Apple absorbs Myung’s thoughts and now has full control over the city and it’s citizens.

The Review!
Macross Plus Collection 2 provides the final two episodes of this Japanese animated Top Gun.

Visually this transfer follows the same high standard of the first disc, and showcases Macross Plus’s beautiful animation perfectly. The soundtrack is one of the best anime has ever seen. The dub, for once is excellent, which unfortunately makes the choice between listening to the more immersive English dub or the Japanese track’s superior music and sound effects selection in the final episode that much harder.

The menus are identical to those on the first disc, which is not really a complaint as they’re quite striking and includes a 2 minute looping clip of Idol Talk playing in the background, always a plus. The extras consist of character and mecha profiles; ‘hidden’ local DVD credit for the guys at Madman Interactive, trailers for Blood the last vampire, Wings of Honneamise, Street Fighter Alpha and a text-less version of the Macross Plus trailer. Apart from replacing the Castle of Cagliostro trailer with the one for Blood, the extras are identical to those of the first disc, which reduces the value of the character and mecha profiles somewhat.

The front cover image of the YF-19 in flight is a good, eye-catching choice, not to mention one of my favourite images from Macross Plus. Unlike the first discs rear cover, this doesn’t use the third VHS tape cover but a green tinted long shot to the SDF-01 Macross. The inside of the cover uses the same format as the first, with the plug for Macross Plus Collection Two replaced with one for Street Fighter Alpha. The disc itself is a negative image of the first, this time the rim and the UN Spacy kite are maroon, with the rest blue.

Personally I find that the disc’s content covers both Macross Plus’s high and low points. Episode 3 lacks the high action edge of the other episodes and serves mostly as a lead in for the tension and action of the final episode. As always, Isamu has miraculously survived the ‘accident’ in the previous episode, and it gives him the chance to catch up with Myung. Ultimately it only serves to increase the distance between the Isamu and Myung, and Guld and Isamu. As Isamu’s private life collapses, Project Super Nova itself is cancelled with UN Spacy deciding to go with the unmanned Ghost X-9 fighter. Torn between going to Earth to see Myung and destroy the Ghost fighter, Isamu steals the YF-19 with Guld in hot pursuit.

The final episode is a beautiful tour de force, with one of the best mecha action sequences of all time.
While Isamu and Guld push their fighters to the limit and their grudge to the next level, Sharon Apple attempts to supplant Myung as the girl of Isamu’s dreams.

Macross Plus is a great example to non-fans of what people find so good about anime, and this release shows it to it’s best advantage.


Video Rating: A

Audio Rating: A

Content Rating: A

Package Rating: B

Menu Rating: B

Features
English Dolby 5.1 soundtrack,Japanese Dolby 2.0 soundtrack,English subtitles,Character and mecha profiles

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor



Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 4 - Australia / South America
Released By: Madman Entertainment
MSRP: 29.95 AU
Running time: 80
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Macross Plus