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3.27.2008

I stole this picture from my sister for all of you.


Found at my sister's LiveJournal: a Macross Frontier cream puff. I wonder if it's as completely insubstantial as the show is, or if it is utterly derivative of other, better cream puffs that have gone before.

Yeah, you're going to just have to deal with me ragging on Frontier every time I bring it up. I really, really hated that show. It made me angry.

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6 Comments:

  • I can't help but think it's a little too early for a substantive judgment on the show based on just one episode.

    By Blogger Chris Meadows, at 28 March, 2008 18:37  

  • I've never heard of a show getting much, much better after getting that pesky first episode out of the way. It's like they tell you about job interviews -- you only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it a good one. Mind you, the in-jokey snake-eating-it-own-tail wink-wink clubhouse nonsense might settle down (it would be a nice birthday present -- yes, the series proper begins on my birthday -- if most of that was stripped out of the shorter regular broadcast cut) -- but then, some of it will almost certainly continue to linger because it's etched into the show's very heart and soul, its characters. Ranka's not just a little girl with big dreams, she's a little girl with big dreams that works in a Chinese restaurant that has the same name as the one Minmay worked at. Alto doesn't just rescue Ranka from the nasty alien, he does it by rapid-firing the autocannon of a red and white Gerwalk-mode Valkyrie -- the only thing that could've made it worse would have been if the Gerwalk was orange.

    And of course, most fans eat it up. They revel in that shiny surface and they cheer every time they see a familiar reference -- boy, must've gotten awfully hoarse by the end -- and they don't even care that this is just the ghost of Macrosses past.

    And in the second episode preview, Alto rescues Ranka from being sucked out of the city-ship with his Gerwalk's hand. "No, see, it's different because THIS time the girl is falling UP!"

    I wouldn't be so frustrated if this were an alternate universe story. I wouldn't be so frustrated if they'd just remade the original Macross. But it's the same timeline, and these are supposed to be new characters, and yet here they are going through all the same motions. If they wind up trapped in some godforsaken corner of the city-ship within the next couple of episodes, I'm gonna stab somebody.

    Except I'm not gonna find out unless somebody tells me, because I'm sticking to my guns and refusing to watch this soulless retread tripe. (And it premieres in its regular timeslot on my BIRTHDAY. It's like some kind of cosmic joke ...)

    By Blogger Captain JLS, at 29 March, 2008 07:50  

  • (And yes, I made the remark about it premiering in its actual timeslot on my birthday twice. Thought I'd revised the first one away. Whoops.)

    By Blogger Captain JLS, at 29 March, 2008 07:52  

  • hmmm, i thought 'escaflowne's first episode was 'alright' when i first saw it, but it picked up and got good pretty quickly as the series went on, so it MAY be too early to write this series off just yet. Sometimes series are like that, though if you have to watch 12 or so episodes before it 'gets good', then you've lost me already (heheh).

    By Blogger echobaseAlpha, at 29 March, 2008 15:35  

  • um... is your sister single?

    By Blogger Darkwater, at 30 March, 2008 19:38  

  • Spoiler, Alto and ????? got trapped in a shelter during an attack. Sounds familiar? :P

    It's a nice show. The protagonist Alto has a good back story compared to Rick Hunter. Ranka is not a big star (yet) compared to Minmei. Take note that a lot of kids don't know the original Macross so it's fine get some ideas from the first one. Gundam always does that. Anyway, no one can deny that the songs are great.

    By Blogger Jomni, at 07 July, 2008 17:28  

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