October 3rd, 2014: Chôjikû Yôsai Macross: Ai Oboeteimasuka aka SDF-1 Macross: Do You Remember Love? aka Macross: The Movie aka Macross in Clash of the Bionoids

Macross:  Do You Remember Love?

What It’s About: In the near future humans fly a rebuilt alien spaceship into battle against warring camps of giant, alien cloned warriors-the Zentradei, who are all male, and the Maltrandi, who are all female.  Can they discover the secret link between themselves and the aliens and use it to end the fighting before no one is left?

Why Watch it Today?: Macross, the anime TV show today’s film is loosely based on,  premiered on this date in 1982.  The show was a huge hit and was eventually brought to the US as part of Robotech, a series Frankensteined from 3 separate, unrelated TV series.  While the show is a classic, today’s film is a classic misfire, as it is hard to follow due to the compression of a 36 episode series into a single feature film.  Adding insult to injury, the producers decided to re-release dubbed into English with Japanese subtitles (in Japan) and, as such, the dub was done extraordinarily carelessly, leading to quotable terrible dialog (“WE ARE SPACE IMMMIGGGRRAAANNTSS!  SPACE IMMIGRANTS!” “A man….and a…wo-man?  Together?  This results from PROTO CULTURE?”) over often stunning animation.  You can read my full review here.

(Warning:  the trailer below has some NSFW nudity)

3 comments on “October 3rd, 2014: Chôjikû Yôsai Macross: Ai Oboeteimasuka aka SDF-1 Macross: Do You Remember Love? aka Macross: The Movie aka Macross in Clash of the Bionoids

  1. geelw says:

    Yaaaaaaaah, Oh, this movie mess was such a paaaaaaain to watch because of all you mentioned.

    While I mostly liked Robotech, once I found out it was three different shows, I gave up on it because I’d have rather seen those three shows than a melange of them reworked for America. But, hey- kids knew no better back then and accepted the cool Japanese animation as something awesome even though some later plots never made much sense and one could see with a careful eye and some info from friends in the know that the show was a mash-up of different series. I guess it’s a good thing every other anime didn’t get this treatment, but there were some awful ones in the 80’s for sure (thanks to terrible dubs and worse rewriting to make them kid-friendly).

    I’d imagine a live action version of this would be bits of Star Wars mixed with Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century to make one story, then dub it into whatever and pop it on TV and see the kids keel over from joy while the old fans just shot out their televisions with whatever was handy. 😀

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      I know you’re older than I am, but when the show aired my brother was in middle school and I was in grade school. So very few shows at that time told ongoing stories rather than episodic ones, and even fewer sci-fi shows and even fewer animated shows. So the fact that it was an ongoing story, and that the first and third sections are actually good shows, more than made up for the hammy adaptation issues in our eyes. Another big difference: almost all of the big animated shows at the time featured guys fighting week after week, episode after episode, with nothing ever changing, no one ever dying, no stakes at all. This show-and especially the Macross section of the storyline-featured the entire world going through and apocalypse and a host of characters dying, and not just “guest” characters. The bits were rarely mixed together, it was mostly dialgoue that linked the shows and, sure, it changed the plot, but it’s better than how the gutted Gatchaman to make Battle of the Planets toothless (and yes, we watched that one and loved it too). This made the show enormously different and enormously appealing to us. I can look back at it now and, sure, would I rather see the original shows? Absolutely, but I also can’t hate on it too harsh because I’m not sure I would have seen it at all if they hadn’t done what they did to get it to us. One last thing, I don’t know about you, but a lot of people I know who lived in different TV markets were able to see Starblazers, which, while itself modifying the story line somewhat, is a much more faithful adaption of a show that has the same features I mention above-real stakes, violence with impact, and an ongoing story. I think if we had been able to watch that show this one might have made less impact on us or would at least have been another show we loved dearly, but unfortunately no one in our area broadcast it.

      As to this movie, it’s terrible for a lot of reasons, but I find the dub so enjoyably shitty that I don’t mind.

      • geelw says:

        Oh, Starblazers ruined Robotech for me because it was better overall (and there was NO singing). I thought Battle of the Planets was okay for maybe half a season, then it got dumb because of the editing and that R2-D2 ripoff just made it intolerable. I did appreciate Robotech up to a point, but by then someone pointed me to the original Gundam series and a friend who was in Japan bought back some taped shows off TV a friend had made and that pretty much killed my Macross love for a bit. That said, I appreciate the show more now than I did then, but I think some fans I know who hated Harmony Gold might have also influenced my decision to stop watching it.

        Heh, don’t get me started on Transformers, though. My brain locks up because of that movie that’s still a complete joke to me and I always found the series insufferably silly despite the cool robots.

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