To create Robotech (1985), the early sci-fi epic that helped to foster an audience for Japanese animation in America, producers at Harmony Gold edited together three unrelated series: Super Dimension Fortress: Macross, ... more »Genesis Climber Mospeada, and Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross. "Dana's Story," which begins the Robotech Masters (Southern Cross) adventure, opens 15 years after the previous episode ended. The daughter of Earthling Max Sterling and Zentraedi pilot Miriya (who married in episode 25), spunky Dana Sterling quickly becomes a squadron commander during the Second Robotech War. Serving with her are brooding musician Bowie Grant, corps Casanova Sean Philips, and no-nonsense Marie Crystal. The Robotech Masters attack Earth, hoping to recapture the mysterious Protoculture factory, which was hidden in the flying fortress SDF-1 centuries earlier: they need the Protoculture to maintain control over their oligarchic civilization. But the Masters cannot control Zor Prime, a clone of the inventor of Protoculture, whom Dana captures. This interplanetary struggle is complicated by the mutual attraction between Bowie and the alien Musica, "the Mistress of the Cosmic Harp." The Robotech Masters story line is as convoluted as the Macross continuity, the pacing as slow and the dialogue as wooden. American viewers either love or hate Robotech, with little middle ground. The supplementary disc offers less material than the previous three: openings and closings of the component series, galleries of model sheets and comic book covers, and two clips in five languages. Unrated; suitable for ages 8 and up: Mild violence restricted to spaceship and robot battles. --Charles Solomon« less
"The Robotech Masters Legacy: Collection 4, a three disc collection, contains episodes 37 through 48 (and the first half of the second story arc, The Robotech Masters) of the legendary anime series Robotech from the mid 1980s. Also included in this boxed set is the fourth installment of the Elements of Robotechnology, special features DVD which includes the opening and closing sequences of the original Japanese series Robotech was based on.For the uninitiated, Robotech was the most popular of the Americanized Japanese anime series to hit American TV waves during the 1970s and 1980s. Set in the 21st Century, it was known for its cutting edge animation, high-tech battle scenes, futuristic weapons (planes, tanks, motorcyles that transform into robots), cool alien invaders, and realistic and compelling storylines. Robotech swept an entire generation and helped put Japanese Anime forever on the map of American pop culture.Set 15 years after the events in the Macross Saga, The Robotech Masters story picks up with a new generation of Robotech defenders (in this case the heavily armored Armies of the Southern Cross) protecting the Earth as a new wave of Alien invaders, the Robotech Masters, descend upon the earth looking to reclaim the missing Protoculture factory hidden aboard the now derelict SD-F1. This story arc is the focal point of the entire Robotech series as the key plotlines and threads (the secrets of the mysterious Protoculture) that bind together the three story arcs are revealed and woven together here.Here's the rundown of the episodes and content featured on each disc:Disc 1: A New ThreatEpisode 37 - Dana's Story: Dana relates to Bowie the story of how her parents, Max and Miriya, met and fell in love. Plus, the Robotech Masters attack Moon Base Luna.Episode 38 - False Start: Dana and the 15th Squadron get into more mischief while out practicing maneuvers. Also, the Robotech Masters arrive in Earth's airspace.Episode 39 - Southern Cross: It's all-out war as the Robotech Masters' Bioroid Army annihilates the main base, and only Dana and the 15th can stop them.Episode 40 - Volunteers: Dana and Crystal lead a team on a dangerous shuttle mission to re-establish contact with Space Station Liberty, going directly up against the Robotech Masters ship. Plus, the menacing Red Bioroid.Episode 41 - Half Moon: Bowie is captured by the Bioroids. Against orders Dana mobilizes the 15th to rescue him and comes face-to-face again with the mysterious Red Bioroid.Episode 42 - Danger Zone: It's once again all-out war. The Earth Government wants Zor's ship destroyed at all costs; and they pay a high cost indeed!!! Plus, are these aliens human?Disc 2: RevelationsEpisode 43 - Prelude to Battle: The Earth forces plot their next move, infiltrating the downed Robotech Masters ship. Plus, Bowie's musical career lands him in trouble.Episode 44 - The Trap: The 15th infiltrate and explore the downed Robotech Masters ship, confronting mysterious clones and falling right into the Robotech Masters' trap. Plus, Bowie meets a mysterious alien female musician.Episode 45 - Metal Fire: More info about the Robotech Masters and the alien female musician, Musica, are revealed. The Earth forces make more discoveries through Bioroid research.Episode 46 - Star Dust: The Robotech Masters mind probe their human captives and decide their next plan of action - sending an infiltrator in. Dana meets a charming singer with a plan to destroy the Robotech Masters ship.Episode 47 - The Outsiders: A reinforcement unit from the SD-F3 arrives to help against the Robotech Masters. Meanwhile, Zor Prime is unleashed by the Masters and captured (and studied) by the Earth Forces.
Episode 48 - Déjà vu: Dana seeks answers about her strange fascination with Zor Prime (the Red Bioroid pilot), going to desperate lengths to find answers. Plus, Bowie's heartache and Sean visits Marie. Disc 3: Elements of Robotechnology 4Though a little "sparser" in terms of run-length than the other 3 earlier installments, this edition contains some cool gems in it, particularly the opening and closing sequences of the original Japanese anime series. Here are the contents:1. Opening and closing sequences of the original Japanese anime series, Macross, Southern Cross and Genesis Climber: Mospeada, from which Robotech was made from. You can see where the images were edited together from the original series to form the Robotech opening and closing sequences, not to mention hearing the pretty cool Japanese theme songs. GREAT BONUS.2. Animation model sheets for the characters and mecha of the Robotech Masters series. Cool stuff3. Comic cover gallery for the 24 comic issues adapting the 24 episode Robotech Masters saga. Cool stuff4. More International Robotech clips (in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) for 2 clips (Dana moving out the 15th for maneuvers and the 15th having there run-in with Crystal's squad). Neat stuff.Though this particular arc of the Robotech saga is pointed to by many as the "low-point" of the series (and I felt the same way too as a kid), I must say that it's definitely A LOT better than I remember it being. The action still kicks butt even 15 years later.If you've never seen Robotech, simply put YOU MUST. The action and the drama are compelling, clearly showing why Robotech became a pop culture icon. It is the series that forever put Japanese anime on the map in the US. If you did grow up with Robotech, give these a watch again. They're great for a trip down memory lane. You can't lose!!!Highest Recommendation"
The most important era of the Robotech Saga
brooklynredleg | Tampa, FL, USA | 09/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By far and away, the best segment of Robotech, the Masters Saga is the linchpin of everything in Robotech. More visceral and adult than the pedantic Macross Saga, The Masters Saga focuses on the efforts of the Army of the Southern Cross to keep Earth from becoming a slave colony to the viscious and technologically superior Robotech Masters. This will be the first of two boxed sets of the Robotech Masters Saga of Robotech on DVDIf you want to know why Robotech is Robotech...this is a must have. As with all the DVDs by A.D. Vision...it will be superb and bring back memories for those of us who loved Robotech during our adolescent angst-filled teen years."
Robotech Masters is my favorite of the three!
aaronburr | New York | 09/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I know I'm in a distinct minority, but Masters is easily my favorite. It's true that the human characters were not as interesting, but:1: There is much less "dead weight" than in Macross. A few whole episodes of Macross are a waste of time, such as "Gloval's Report," and many more have slow parts.2: There is much less "fluff" than in either Macross or New Generation. It's the most serious saga.3: It's the centerpiece of the protoculture plot.4: The Masters and their bioroids were the coolest bad guys.5: The humans have the coolest uniforms of the three generations, especially the helmets.6: I'm also partial to the tragic ending, where the good guys lose - badly."
My Favorite (Its close, though)
Ryan | Los Angeles | 10/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like many others, I also first saw the Robotech series as a kid. I tuned in to the Masters chapter first and saw Macross last. As such, Masters is my favorite. Maybe because I saw it first I'm a little bias, but I absolutly loved and cared about all the characters. Sean, Bowie, Louie...Even Angelo. Its a testament to the impact of the show that I even remember their names. The story was excellent, the backdrop of a devastated Earth fighting a dying race, Dana's social struggles as a half-human, and knowing a major character could actually die...you just didn't get this stuff with the other cartoons of the day. Anyway, I could talk about this for hours; let me just say that if you're a fan of the series, of course this is must-have. And that final episode...the way it sets up the Invid invasion...I've spent years wondering if Dana and the rest made it out alive or not...(the books aren't official...)"
D. Dubei | New York, NY | 05/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"while the middle saga of the three tends to feel contrived, the characters are what keep it alive. Dana and her buddies are fun to watch as they argue, flirt, and fool around. Just get the whole thing...it is worth it."