Spectacular theatrical-quality animation distinguishes MACROSS PLUS, the latest in Japan's long-running "Macross" series, which introduces new characters in a story that relies more on romantic rivalry and technological perils than on the alien invasions that were a mainstay of earlier
In the year 2040, after years of peaceful coexistence with the Zentraedi, two test pilots, Isamu Dyson (voice of Takumi Yamazaki) and the half-Zentraedi Guld Bowman (voice of Unsho Ishizuka), stationed on the planet Eden, an Earth colony, are rivals for the love of the girl they had both desired
in high school, Myung Lone (voice of Rika Fukami). Myung has given up her dream of singing and writing songs, and now provides the voice and movements of Sharon Apple (voice of Mako Hyodo), a virtual reality idol singer who performs as a sexy hologramatic image in outdoor stadiums.
Marj (voice of Sho Hayami), the entrepreneur behind Sharon's success, installs an untested Bio-Neural chip into Sharon's computer, which gives the virtual idol an unpredictable personality of her own, making Myung's participation unnecessary. At a performance on Earth, Marj has Myung held prisoner
in the massive Macross fortress, a remnant of a Zentraedi spaceship which had landed on Earth decades earlier.
Worried about Myung, Isamu and Guld race toward Earth in a pair of experimental fighter craft. In the skies over Earth, the two pilots battle each other furiously, recalling old resentments and rivalries, until they iron out their differences and confront the Ghost X-9, a new unmanned fighter
which has flown up from Earth and threatens to make them obsolete.
As Guld battles it out with the Ghost X-9, Isamu flies to Macross, where Sharon Apple appears to him in his cockpit and urges him to fly to the limit of his and his craft's capabilities. Isamu is able to fight off her influence, and stops the beautiful hologram by disabling her central computer.
Isamu rescues Myung and flies back to Eden.
A feature-length compilation of four OAV (original animation video) episodes, released theatrically with added footage, MACROSS PLUS: THE MOVIE is a continuation of the MACROSS series which originated as the 1983 TV series, "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross," seen in the US in 1985 as
"Robotech," and revived in the 1990s with MACROSS II and the TV series "Macross 7." MACROSS PLUS dispenses with the perennial theme of alien invasion and focuses more on a love triangle and a subplot involving the technical enhancement of a virtual reality sex symbol. The characters are much more
mature than the leads in the earlier "Macross" series and the melodramatic aspects are well balanced by spectacular aerial scenes of test flying and combat.
Overall, the animation quality ranks with some of the best Japanese animated features, including GHOST IN THE SHELL (1996) and AKIRA (1988). Dazzling computer-generated images are incorporated into the action at appropriate moments. The scenes of the seductive virtual idol Sharon Apple
entertaining mass audiences are quite enchanting and give an intriguing theoretical depiction of 21st-century popular culture. (Violence, nudity.)
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: PG
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