Robotech Vol. #08 -

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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 14.95
  • Running time: 150
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Robotech

Robotech Vol. #08

    February 22, 2002
Release Date: October 30, 2001

Robotech Vol. #08
© ADV Films

What They Say
As the Robotech Defense Forces struggle to keep the Robotech Masters from establishing a foothold on Earth, the true nature of Protoculture and the consequences for those who control its secrets are slowly revealed.

Combat gives way to strategy and misguided diplomacy as the 2nd Robotech War shifts into high gear. The irresistible mix of fascinating science fiction, wild improbable combat and turgid melodrama can only be found in the complex worlds of Robotech.

The Review!
After seeing the first the disc of the Robotech Masters saga, many are still left asking questions. Where did all the Macross characters go? Why are the Robotech Masters attacking? Some of these questions will be answered in this disc.

Audio: What rhymes with mono?

Video: It's a big leap from the Macross saga, but tends to fade in tint a couple times due to the show's age. Nice transfer though.

Packaging: The cover features Nova Satori and her RDF crest while the back has a couple of pictures and a list of the episodes. Not bad, but not all that great either.

Menus: Can't complain. The main menu features Zor's clone opening fire on the RDF. Not much more I can say about them.

Extras: No extras. Period.

Content: I won't candy-coat my answer. This is one of the more boring sagas of the Macross saga. Possibly because it is more caught up with technical jargon and battles to actually give any depth to the characters. Thats not to say that there isn't any depth at all.

And that is prooven when Bowey starts contemplating his military duty over his love for music. Dana also has a hard time dealing with Bowey's problem. This is good for character development, but Angelo and Louie bearly have any character development at all. For the person who likes to watch and learn from a series, the second episode on the disc spends time with the RDF 15th Division discovering the secrets of the Robotech Masters inside the ship. Lots of fun stuff to learn here. Like when Bowey discovers Musica and falls in love with her.

When all seems lost for the Robotech Masters, they use their clone of Zor to act as a spy. When he is captured by Nova Satori and detained at a hospital, Dana decides to take her crew and do a little spying on Zor. Dana dressed up in a nurse's uniform should provide a tad of fan service even if it is a show that has been made dumbed down for a family audiance.

Overall, these episodes continue in the pace that this saga is moving at for better or worse. A solid disc.

English Language

Review Equipment
X-Box with DVD Playback kit; RCA 19-inch television


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