A very serious question if you think about it. What is love? Do you remember love? What does it mean to love? To be loved? You can unpack so many questions from one question. People underestimate the power that the Macross franchise has had in mecha anime, and anime in general.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a philosopher. I don’t have the answers to the above questions. (I wish I did.) I’m not even particularly well versed in the Macross franchise beyond Robotech and this film. (Should I invest time in more of the series?)
Story: A.D. 2009 – humans are currently being pursued, or at war with the Zentraedi (giant male warriors) forces while attempting to return to Earth. During one of the various skirmishes between the two, hot-headed Hikaru Ichijo ends up rescuing idol singer Lynn Minmay. After being retrieved from within the Macross, the duo end up in a widely reported relationship. Through a series of events, Hikaru Ichijo, Lynn Minmay, Minmay’s manager, Roy Focker and Misa Hayase end up captured by the Zentraedi forces, who reveal in turn that they are being pursued by the Meltrandi (giant female warriors).
Misa and Hikaru end up fleeing to the now destroyed earth, finding a piece of lyrics on the way that with the right vocals, might just be the key to piece.
You can totally tell this is a mid-80’s piece. It combines so many elements of sci-fi, fantasy, idols, and of course some sweet-ass mecha’s. Don’t let the kinda corny plot deter you though. Lynn Minmay is the precursor to every single 2-D, and 3-D idols you love now. For that alone, have some respect for the series and give it a whirl.
Characters: First of all, thanks Macross for actually including a woman of color early on that actually had clout and power within the franchise. Claudia LaSalle, while not a main character is a progressive portrayal of non-white/non-Japanese characters within a popular series that frankly, anime is still lacking. We salute Claudia for opening the door for positive representations in anime.
Moving forward, let’s talk about the two love birds on the cover.
They’re both fools. And I mean that absolutely in the most literal sense. I get that both of them are young, and sheltered to a degree but do they both have to be completely stupid? Both of them are frustrating to no end.
Hikaru is a hot head who can’t think past the initial step of whatever plan pops into his head, and shoots his mouth of more then once. Minmay is a whiner and can’t understand her position in society. Yes, idol life is unfair and somewhat cruel. But she CHOSE TO BE AN IDOL ON A CONTAINED VESSEL, you can’t get mad that literally the world is looking at you constantly.
All that being said, once they both get past their initial stupidity and do some soul searching in foreign vessels, they do grow up. They do remember what it actually means to love someone (hint: it’s not what you think), and others.
Also, MVP character of the series? Misa Hayase. I would love to talk her up since she’s the only level-headed, intelligent character in the whole series to keep all this wild story on the tracks. I think my brief summary says it all. Get suckered by Hikaru and Minmay, stay around for Misa.
Animation: It’s from the 80’s. Some aspects of the series have aged really well, obviously others have not. I didn’t watch the animation critically, but there wasn’t anything glaring, at least to me. Again, it’s take it or leave it.
Other Thoughts/Overall: I have no regrets getting suckered by cover art. It didn’t go in any of the directions I thought it would go, and that was good. The art was somewhat nostalgic for me and I finally can say I’ve experienced the anime phenomena that is Lynn Minmay. If you have the time, or the inclination I would without a doubt recommend you give this a shot. After all, do you truly remember love?