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Macross Frontier, Episode 1

The first half of the episode is rather uninspiring stuff. There's a spunky young girl, a gang of performers that wear winged jetpacks, and -- it is Macross, after all -- an intergalactic idol singer. Not bad, but unmemorable. The second half of the episode is all action. Unknown aliens attack and several squadrons of Valkyrie transformable fighters spring into action.

This is where things get tricky for this reviewer.

The classic Valkyrie design, first introduced in Superdimensional Fortress Macross, is essentially the quintessential mecha design. Largely unchanged in Macross Frontier, it looks as good today as it did twenty years ago. It is burned into the hearts and minds of most longtime anime fans.

So you'll have to forgive me when I say that there's no way I can objectively review the second half of this episode. There is space dogfighting, there are swirly missle swarms, and there is a shot of Valkyrie in GERWALK mode just standing there and pumping hundreds of rounds of ammunition into some kind of alien. I have no idea if you would like this or not. For me, it produces feelings of pleasure in my lizard brain usually reserved for eating delicious food or engaging in sexual activity.

It will be interesting to see where this series goes. On the upside, it has a Yoko Kanno soundtrack and the Macross pedigree going for it. On the downside, the characters are initially unmemorable. The computer-animated mecha, while exceedingly well-choreographed, is not particularly well-integrated with the hand-drawn characters.

Macross Frontier, Ep 1 -  -
Macross Frontier, Ep 1 -  -
Macross Frontier, Ep 1 -  -
Macross Frontier, Ep 1 -  -
Macross Frontier, Ep 1 -  -
Macross Frontier, Ep 1 -  -

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