a.k.a. Choujiku Yousai Macross II: Lovers, Again
Kanzaki Hibiki is an ambitious investigative reporter that would do anything to get the latest scoop. When a new alien race equipped with Zentraedi warfare technology threatens peace on Earth, Hibiki’s attention turns to U.N. Spacy, a military organization that desperately wants to create a propaganda machine to aid the war effort. During a mission to obtain exclusive combat footage, Hibiki manages to steal an alien siren named Ishtar away from the enemy forces. They want her back, UN Spacy wants him locked up, and the people of Macross just want peace.
summary by Kain
Highs: Fascinating Macross-esque mecha; a new twist on a classic theme; moving soundtrack
Lows: Protagonist is limp-wristed; new alien race detracts from story
You’ve seen one Macross, you’ve seen them all. At least that’s the popular saying around these parts. In the case of Macross II, I guess there’s some truth in that.
You know how the story will progress; you know how the anime will end. Nothing completely groundbreaking here. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, considering that they took a winning formula, made some modest modifications, and ran with it. Macross II proves that it’s sometimes wise to play it safe, otherwise you can produce duds like Macross: Do You Remember Love?. The changes are ever so subtle; characters are given a welcome shot in the arm of personality, but are otherwise none too memorable. Too often the characters’ motives seem a bit too unrealistically altruistic, making relating to them unusually difficult.
Hibiki is equally a hard pill to swallow. His stubborn, whining personality is especially aggravating when compared to other heroes in the same genre. The alien race is just like any other: devoid of personality and not given adequate screen time to flesh out their backgrounds.
Aside from those miscues, however, I was thoroughly pleased with what I saw. If you enjoyed the original, you’re bound to get a kick out of this series. The music alone is enough of a reason to give it a gander.
Macross II can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.