A few years ago, Hollywood optioned the rights to make a live action Robotech movie. Instantly, my first thought was “Man, what would really awesome would be if they remade Macros in a similar way that Moore & Eick remade Battlestar Galactica.” Turns out that Macross Plus is pretty close to exactly what I had in mind for what that would be.
First off, the silliness that’s inherent in a lot of Macross doesn’t necessarily make the series “bad” in any way (and quite frankly is a big part of the franchise’s charm). This is more about serious-ifying and good-ifying the franchise, sort of like what I was thinking about during some of my early thoughts while watching Giant Robo. For example, Minmay’s pop songs are kind of cheesy and lame, but that’s also an irony that makes the subtext in Macross interesting. Sharon Apple’s songs on the other hand are very ethereal and sci-fi-y songs which sound every bit as hypnotic and intoxicating as the characters themselves also feel. Score one for show, don’t tell.
The anime really makes the best case for the argument that Macross is something Serious that Matters and is All The More Reason to be angry about the later, lesser iterations of the franchise that have Tarnished Its Legacy. I’ve already mentioned the music, but there’s also the grown-up characterization, replacement of hippie-dippie undertones with more militarist ones, and importantly, the animation. Ohhhhhhhh man, the animation. It’s hard to look away at Macross Plus. It’s probably the second most exquisite anime that I’ve ever looked at (pretty easy to guess the number one spot.) I mean, just look at those plane scenes! Those HUDs! The movement! It’s borderline pornographic!
Oh, and one last question: am I the only person that thinks that after seeing Hatsune Miku, that there’s nothing to fear from any kind of potential Sharon Apple?