A New Beginning...
Mr. JKW | Honolulu, Hawai'i | 11/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robotech: A New Threat, chronicles the first six episodes (Episodes 37 - 42) in the second story arc (The Robotech Masters) in the classic, trend-setting, epic Americanized anime series from the 80s, Robotech.For the uninitiated, Robotech was the most popular of the Americanized Japanese anime series to hit American TV waves during the 1970s and 1980s (along with Star Blazers, Voltron, Transor Z, etc.) 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 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.Here's a rundown of the episodes featured on this DVD:Episode 37 - Dana's Story: Flashback episode to the closing of Macross Saga. A new generation of Robotech fighters, including Dana Sterling and Bowie Grant, graduate from the Robotech Academy to carry on the great tradition of Robotech. 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, prompting Earth's first offensive.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 while he and Dana are patrolling near the remains of the SD-F1. 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, Earth's scientists wonder -- are the Bioroids and the Robotech Masters human?Incidentally, these volumes DO NOT have special DVD features (aside from trailer ads for other anime series coming out on DVD from ADV). While on its own this may be considered a crime, not to fear. If you purchase the boxed set collections, each boxed set collection will come with an "Extra: Elements of Robotechnology" DVD special which will contain all the DVD special features you could want: interviews, trailers, commercial spots, specs, etc... So by all means, get the boxed set if you are planning on buying.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 watching it now that I am older and understand the plot better. 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"
Not as good as the macross saga
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this second chapter of the robotech series is not nearly as good as the first chapter but still worth owning. the macross saga had less action but more character development. i LOVED all of the characters and it is my favorie animated series of all time. the robotech masters saga is more action and less character development. i dont have the same attachment to the new cast. having a female lead character takes some getting used to. i still like it though."