Macross Plus Vol. #2 (1st Pressing) (Mania.com)

By:Roman Martel
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999



The Review!
Overall rating: 4

Synopsis-
Isamu and Guld's rivalry has not only caused physical damage (to both pilots and their air/space fighters) but it has also caused problems for the project and all involved. While both men and Myung wrestle with their strong feeling toward one another, further plots unfold. A artificial intelligence has been born. It's power is almost limitless and it's nature is unpredictable. It was born in the pent up feelings flowing from the three humans and now has a single purpose... Sharon Apple is here.

-Artistic Ratings-
Animation: 5
Sound: 4
Plot: 5
Acting: Japanese: 4
Acting: English: 3
Music: 5
Overall: 4.3

-Disc Ratings-
Sound - 5
Picture - 4
Menu - 5
Presentation - 3
Goodies - 3
Overall - 4

Well this disc improves in the artistic department but gets a little worse in the disc ratings department. I'll tell ya why :-)

The animation remains consistent in these episodes of the series. There is more stunning work here on all counts, Mecha design, production design, and character design (Sharon Apple is awesome in all her incarnations! Wow!). The sound also remains consistent and well done. The plot actually improves past the love triangle with mecha of the last two episodes. This is mostly due to the inclusion of Sharon Apple and her plot. Wow, the twist really helps the story and makes the ending a classic. The acting remains the same with some minor improvement by some members of the English cast (yes I like Sharon's VA as well, hell I'll be Sharon's boyfriend as long as she doesn't try and kill me ;-) The music is still beautiful and fits very well with the series it ties in so well in places it gave me chills. This series ends as it should and makes sure your remember it and the music after it's over.

The sound and picture keep their ratings. The menu is the same, so no complaints there (I was hoping for a different opening for the disc menu but the concert one is cool). The presentation is where the grade goes down. This is due to the fact that the subtitles are out of sync in the forth episode. Now I usually watch a show twice for reviews and I have to say that the subs on this are very distracting and hard to follow in places (when Isamu and Yung are yelling back and forth in the cockpit, it's becomes very distracting). The goodies are identical to the first disc, (again I was hoping for different goodies on this disc but the same ones will do). So the overall grade goes down a bit to a 4.0

Is this disc worth it. Yes, especially to see how the story ends and hear some of the best songs in the series. If you are a dub fan this disc shouldn't be a bad buy, but if you watch both equally or you're a sub fan the out of sync subs are distracting and could cause a problem for you. My suggestion is to rent the second disc and see what you think, or write to Manga and politely inform them of the problem, if you've bought the disc.

P.S. Sharon Apple... WOW!!!!!!!

P.P.S. Oops, here comes LadyCat with the Hentai hammer, gotta go!!!!!!!



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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: 1 - North America
Released By: Manga Entertainment
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Macross Plus