I was a little apprehensive when I heard about this new Macross series since the original series, Super Dimension Fortress Macross, set the bar so high and that the series afer that (Macross 7) wasn’t embraced too well by fans of the original. But, boy! was I wrong! This new Macross series delivers on all fronts!
Frenetic aerial combat… check!
Operatic space drama… check!
Idol singing… check!
Awesome mecha design… check!
Lush CGI work… check!
and an awesome soundtrack by Yoko Kanno!! oooohhhh….. ^_^
Since the humans and their former enemies, the Zentraedi, are now allies; the main adversary for the heroes are biomechanical alien mecha known as “Vajra” (not to be confused with Viagra!).
There are some scenes that will be familiar to fans of the original series, such as in the first episode where Alto Saotome has to use a Valkyrie in order to save Ranka Lee. You can’t help but notice that the makers of Macross Frontier intentionally “borrowed” some concepts from the original series in order to appease fans of the original. The most obvious example of this is when Ranka Lee joins the Miss Macross competition!
But even with those “borrowed concepts“, this series offers a lot of original ideas and an intriguing storyline that’ll make the viewer watch the series to its conclusion.
I’d say Macross Frontier really lives up to the name “Macross”!