Classic anime, not great but watchable and loads of fun.
Joseph P. Ulibas | Sacramento, CA, USA | 06/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Super Dimensional Calvary was another anime series in Japan that caught on in the U.S. A direct sequel to Macross.
Not as great as Macross but fun in it's own way. Too bad the toys and model kits didn't sell in Japan, the series was ended and wrapped all too quickly. The americanized version was dubbed The Robotech Masters. It was re-edited and dubbed so it could follow right after the first Robotech series. The original takes place years and in a different universe than Macross. If you enjoy Robotech this set is worth a look, it's uncut and in it's original language.
A whole lot different than Robotech Masters
J. Price | 02/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Like many of these ol' foggies that write anime reviews, stated that their love of anime started from the series Robotech...
This is true in my case. The thing about Robotech that I didn't like was that the Masters series didn't really make a lot of sense, especially when they started talking about the three way war between the SDF, the Masters and the Invid...and the whole "triumphiant" was all hokey.
Southern cross was nothing like that. The so-called Protoculture was more like an energy source than a "flower of life". I considered it more like plutonium than the fountain of youth.
Characters were different too...Charles was a ladies man, Nova wasn't that much of a prude and Marie Angel had a life. Jeanne was much more than an fun loving genetically confused brat that Dana Sterling was made out to be.
The whole show had a universal theme to it...No matter how much our political differences are, deep inside, we are still the same. As with the other reviewers, this show was wrapped up way too fast, but at the end. There was a scene where Jeanne was telling the Commander that she couldn't kill an alien invader that looked just like them (human beings). That scene stuck.
In a world where politics polarize societies, this anime hit pretty close to home dealing with the politics of war. The ZOR was nothing more than cloned human beings that was genetically 'improved' to live on the planet 'Glorie'. The planet 'Glorie' was abandoned because it became inhabitable to humanoids. The Zor abandoned Glorie years prior to the current human inhabitants, to the point that they did not think that they lived there. Later in the story, the human inhabitants of Glorie discover the remants of the Zor technology, the energy of protoculture that they needed to continue cloning the zor race (being created and controlled by three old men-like deities) and running their ship. The old men force the zor to fight with the settlers (by extensive training and brainwashing). The settlers fight back (not knowing why they are being attacked in the first place). The Zor believes that they have a right to live on Glorie, their original homeland. The settler demand that they have the same rights as the original inhabitants. Sounds familiar....
At the end, we all have to live with each other...just like the Zor and the humans. Bowie fell in love with Musica...Jeanne was right all along, deep down we are all the same."
Japanese only!!! (No English track as stated)
Rational Dude | Canada | 06/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"NOTE: Amazon's "Product Details" indicate that the languages of this DVD are Japanese and English. This is wrong! It is in JAPANESE ONLY with English subtitles. Most people would probably know this, but it is still a misrepresentation and grounds for a refund. So please get it together, Amazon. Also, the cover art of the product I purchased differed from the one shown in this ad."