MACROSS PLUS -
VOICES OF: Bryan Cranston, Takumi Yamazaki,
Richard Epcar, Unshô Ishizuka, Rica Fukami
1995, 115 Minutes, Directed by:
Shôji Kawamori, Shinichirô Watanabe
2040 AD. Humankind's first colonized planet, Eden. Master pilot Isamu Dyson
is assigned to New Edwards Flight Center as the test pilot for the prototype
variable fighter, the YF-19. YF-21 pilot Guld Goa Bowmann is also there. Once
friends and now rivals, the two compete in prototype trials. Meanwhile, virtual
singer Sharon Apple has come to Eden to hold a concert. Her producer, Myung Fan
Long, was a former friend of the two pilots. The three will fulfill a fated
reunion . . . —
Macross Plus - Movie
Edition cuts the 180 minutes of the four episodes of this 1994 anime TV
series down into a single 115 minute movie. Obviously the original TV episodes
are to be preferred as they make for a more immersive experience.
Two rival test pilots with a
“history” end up at the same testing facility at a distant planet named Eden.
They however find that they have to work together to fight a plot by a sentient
AI gone haywire . . .
While it might be easy to
describe it as a sci-fi / anime version of Top Gun, there is however more
to Macross Plus. It has a genuine literary science fiction adventure feel
to it at times, in particular the details of life on the Planet Eden which is at
times evocative of writers such as Peter F. Hamilton. One can easily imagine
Macross Plus being novelized as the sort of page-turner that makes for great
It however gets the date wrong
(2040) for when man would not only have mastered interstellar flight also have
actually colonized another planet. The movie is also somewhat hampered by the
sort of histrionic characterization typical of anime, but the beautifully
realized animation makes up for this.