…which also happens to be the source of our blog’s namesake.
Any anime fan who’s remotely interested in Macross would’ve seen the movie by now, it’s been almost 25 years since release, so I’m not gonna review it.
My introduction into the Macross world was Macross Zero about 4 years ago when SZ suggested it to me. While the animation blew my mind, the plot left me utterly clueless as to what happened. And when I think about it, this movie wasn’t my first view of the Macross anime. I vaguely remember these transforming jets/ half-robots when I was a little kid, back in the early 90’s. Given that Macross 7 was released in mid-90’s I’m going to be blissfully ignorant and believe it was the original Macross series.
Anyways back to the movie, I just learned that this was a shortened version of the original 36 episode tv series that aired from ’82 to ’83. Looking at it, I was glad I saw this after Macross F, otherwise I would’ve just thought that Frontier was simply a rip off of the original and the studio was trying to relive the golden days. Which it sort of was.
My main draw to the film was the songs. Now usually I’m not a big fan of song inserts in anime, and I particularly avoid romantic animes/ movies. But this was Macross, my first mecha anime, plus Macross F was great, so I had to see the source material.
The songs, they were good, not great; perhaps that was because of their weak implementation. Obviously the main song, Ai Oboete Imasuka was brilliant. I also realised that for Frontier, they remade the song with the vocalist of Ranka Lee. Man those 80’s pop songs were really good. Last month I saw the original Bubblegum Crisis OVA, and damn their songs were wondeful! It wasn’t the beats, but the vocals that won me over. Guess I will always resonate with the 80’s since I was born then.
Another thing I appreciated was the whole Zentradi and Meltrandi tribes thing, and why the songs actually make these “aliens” respond to it the way it does. We all share the same genetic code, and music is the universal language of the soul.
Frontier required that you already had this base knowledge, which I didn’t, thus sometimes certain things didn’t make any sense; like that old Zentradi dude who liked to play with trains when Alto met him. However, some things will still confuse me, like just wtf was the deal with Grace anyways.
Regardless, Do You Remember Love? is a great movie and should be seen by all Macross fans. And while it may have more substance than the new series, Frontier still wins due to superior music (and of course better animation).
Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Macross Frontier: Ai Oboete Imasuka – Deculture Edition