Robotech Vol. #11 (of 13) (Mania.com)

Review Date: Saturday, March 30, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, February 05, 2002



What They Say
The powerful third act of Robotech begins as the RDF, exhausted by years of intergalactic warfare, is finally defeated by mysterious aliens known as Invid. The fate of mankind rests in the hands of a few brave resistance fighters who will stop at nothing until the Earth is free once again.

Robotech - the classic television series that introduced an entire generation to the magic of anime continues with this new volume. Presented here for the first time on DVD.

Contains Episodes 61-67:
The Invid Invasion
The Lost City
Lonely Soldier Boy
Survival
Curtain Call
Hard Times
Paper Hero

The Review!
The third and final generation of the Robotech saga is here. New mecha, new stories, new characters and a new enemy. Get ready for some changes.

Audio: Average mono quality. No complaints.

Video: Dated but nostalgic. Depends on how much you love old-school whether you like it or not.

Packaging: YES! Some more great artwork. This time we get a picture of a Cyclone in space fighting the Invid.

Menus: Pretty standard. Nothing big.

Extras: none.

Content: Well, to say the least, this saga is way different from the others. It has good character development, great mecha and an even greater villain.

The Invid Invasion (B+): Scott Bernard and his team of recruits make their way to the Earth to reclaim it from the Invid. However, he ends up being the only survivor. Now, it is up to him to lead the offensive against Reflex Point with his new friend, Rand.

The Lost City (A-): Scott and Rand meet up with Annie in a town that if fearful of the Invid. Annie is very childish, but tries to act very womanlly. Almost like a love-crazy teen. However, her boyfriend leads them into a trap.

Lonely Soldier Boy (A-): Scott's team meets up in a filthy town where they meet Lunk, Rook and the gender bending singer, Yellow Dancer, otherwise known as Lancer. They run into some gang trouble and then the Invid show up. Thankfully, Scott aquires a Alpha Fighter.

Survival (B+): The team hits the jungle and Rand discovers something very helpful about the Invid.

Curtain Call (B+): In order to steal some Protoculture cells, the team uses Lancer's concert as a diversion to sneak in.

Hard Times (B): Rook revisits her hometown and runs into the town's old biker gang criminals.

Paper Hero (B): Lunk makes his return to a town to return a lost soldier's book. However, the town doesn't take kindly to this team that has come to their town.

Overall, these episodes were great in terms of character development and action. So I'd say this is the most exciting saga of the Robotech series ever.

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television



Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
MSRP: 14.98
Running time: 175
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Robotech