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RT Secret Santa 2010: Do You Rememeber Love

Intro/Background

This is my first year participating in the Reverse Thieves Secret Santa Project, this is a cross-anime site blogging experiment that is started by the Reveres Thieves, to promote anime titles that may or may not have been seen by various bloggers participating in what appears to be a second year project for the Reverse Theives.

Each blog initially submits an application with an up to date anime series list on MAL or any other website listing agent. From that list, the blogger is given three anime choices by their secret Santa to see in a two month period. Around the holiday season, put up a review for a chosen anime series.

Initial Reasons

For my choices I was given, Banner of the Stars, Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? and Basilisk. Two science fiction and one historical series… yes two genre I barely touch, one even more so than the other. Basilisk though, I will watch on my own time, but it does reflects a time where the world is filled with themes that I am inherently not too fond of. Banner of the Star is supposedly the sequel to Crest of the Stars.. forget about it! I tried watching Crest of the Stars in college, and it left a confused yet sour taste in my mouth. So unless someone ties me to a chair.. Banner of the Stars is a complete no no.

That leaves Macross: Do you remember love? Several reasons that bumped this choice up.

  1. Prior conversation with @hisuiRT
  2. Macross is a classic series, that I want to watch try and sample at least to know more.
  3. Music is a huge draw for me.. I heard the theme song before I saw the movie, so I finally have it in context.

Review

While I have certainly cut back on my anime watching, in favor of manga reading. This was a good break from reading. So I sat and watched Do You Remember Love… and it was a good movie to sit through, if someone wants to cover their basis to watch a title that made famous the idol singer concept, and is an anime classic for many mecha fans. It should be then a primer material for what fans should watch.

In a post-apocalyptic world where mankind is living in a space ship, they become target of two warring alien civilizations. Hikaru Ichijyo, a space fighter pilot rescues idol Lynn Minmay, and a relationship form between these two. The movie spins off with the mention of a love triangle of Hikaru with Misa, and a race to rescue mankind.

This is a movie that is apparently different, from the original tv series of Macross, and as the animation goes – the art is quite dated. Themes in the movie are also quite dated. There was more of a lesser defined role for females other than several, one being a warrior, two a female devoted to their career giving it up after marriage. I found the target of this movie obviously meant for male viewers.

So other than the fact that there are some themes, that I wasn’t as pleased with. The main thing I obviously found quite attractive to this film is the main theme song, Do You Remember Love (愛おぼえていますか). The descendants of man has forgotten how emotion can affect people, so to just keep this in mind. With suddenly hearing lyrics and the depth of the emotion this song convey, can definitely lead to tears. I have stated my opinion that I liked this song, and a later version of the song sung by the actual singer..

Hearing this song over and over again, makes me realize how much I love anime songs, it is just like listening to JAM Project, and of countless other songs on my iPod devoted to sections of music inspired by or of anime songs.

The mecha aspect thought I am still confused by, so I may not be a mecha fan from this film, but to finally place a context to this song is something that I can place some worth in.

Oh and also since this is my first exposure into the Macross series, I can obviously mention that while it was an okay one. So other than the song, and the movie plot line, I am not motivated. I am reluctant to start watching any more of Macross on the same reason why I never started in the first place. Too much time commitment, and I don’t want to end up stressing myself over it. In spite of how popular, latter seasons of this series is, I know my own bias, and that is to watch everything, so as to understand the series.

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  1. December 24, 2010 at 9:12 am

    It is always fascinating to see someone outside the fandom look at something hailed as a masterpiece. The AWO review (http://www.awopodcast.com/2007/03/anime-world-order-show-50-watch.html)is a conversation about a timeless and perfect work that everyone must see. But you have a more measured opinion of the movie from someone who does not hold Macross as sacred.

    BTW Macross 7 is fantastic but only in that “It is so bad it is amazing” way. But 49 episodes + OAVs it is not worth the insane time commitment. Sometimes you just have to scratch your head when other people shout out, “LISTEN TO MY SONG!” Plus devotion to the manga arts is usually considered the higher calling anyway.

    I have to say the saddest part of this review is your dislike of Crest of the Stars. My love for Lafiel is boundless.

    Well I hope you enjoyed this experiment and will participate in it next year as well.

    – Hisui

  2. miz
    December 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Macross is a title I can easily enjoy the music from the OST that is already released.. but to definitely have a perspective is all right. There are way more other genre types that appeals to viewers, so to experience something unfamiliar is often with a grain of salt. Either you enjoy it or not.

    Hmmmm…. if you say Macross 7 is so bad it is amazing…. seems way more scary to get into. >_<

    Trying to watch this series was after my experience with watching Vandread..

    Definitely this was a fun project to get into… definitely have to try and round out my experiences of watching more anime. Necha is a category that I will try in the future again, but seriously have to consider if it has elements that attract my attention. Example.. Kiddy Grade sequel wasn't really good, but I liked the first part.

    Thanks for the comment.. hisui. ^_^

  3. December 26, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Was your bad experience with Crest with the dub or the sub? Because if it was the dub, then you might want to give it another shot, except in sub form. Because the dub for Crest (and Banner as well) is, in a word, truly atrocious. (Okay, I guess that was two words.)

    Macross 7 was definitely a stinker. Well, let me rephrase that. It had its moments, but really could have been fine as a 13 episode series, NOT 49.

    Now Macross Frontier on the other hand…

  4. miz
    December 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    My experience with Crest was the sub.

    All I can think about Macross 7 being that number is the fact that they want to commercialize on a series such as Macross. What is it about Macross Frontier? Thanks for the comment

  5. December 31, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Ah, that’s one of my favorite films 🙂 Consider Macross Plus (OVA) – very little time commitment and you’ll probably enjoy Yoko Kanno’s music 🙂

    Happy New Year! 🙂

  6. miz
    January 2, 2011 at 4:10 am

    I definitely will consider watching Macross OVA if the opportunity comes up. Hmm… I like listening to Yoko Kanno’s music, so I will enjoy it. Happy New Year! Thanks for the comments as always. ^_^

  7. January 2, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Yoko Kanno also did the music for Macross Frontier. It’s definitely worth a look.

  8. miz
    January 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    @Otaku no Podcast: I love Yoko Kanno from her works with Earth Girl Arjuna, Ghost in the Shell… more often than not though, I end up listening to soundtracks and then try to find time to watch the anime. Thanks for the suggestions. ^_^

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