Shin is a top U. N. Spacy pilot with ice water running through his veins. His cold, solitary approach to combat has earned him plenty of kills but not the trust of his wingmen. After completing another routine mission, Shin’s squadron is suddenly ambushed by a fighter that makes quick work of the unsuspecting pilots. Shin puts up a good fight but is awed by his foe’s ability to transform into a human-like robot. Who is this mysterious adversary, and what does this mean for U. N. Spacy’s now-outclassed fleet?
summary by Kain
Every five years since 1992, a new Macross anime has been produced to commemorate the 1982 release of the classic television series. And each of those five years I’ve salivated like a Pavlovian dog in anticipation.
Hindsight being 20/20, I ran the gamut of conflicting emotions from beginning to end. At first I was a bit put off by the computer graphics, but despite my misgivings early on, I was increasingly impressed by the outstanding action choreography and near-seamless melding of CGI and “hand-drawn” characters. Bravo for if not for exceeding the lofty visuals established by Macross Plus, then at least for equaling them.
But as each episode progressed, I grew uneasy with the direction of the story and the missed opportunities for meaningful character introspection. Sure, the characters would occasionally take time out to blissfully reminisce, but never were these fond memories of any consequence to the story, nor did they offer insight in the characters’ personalities. Subsequently, Shin and Sara’s “romance” felt forced and artificial because their confrontational behavior never allows us inside, thereby diminishing the emotional impact that the finale deserved. Not helping set the tone, either, was an awkward montage of music capped by an extremely odd opera duet sung during the anime’s climactic battle scene. This is the first time a Macross soundtrack failed to impact me as a whole.
For whatever problems arose from watching Macross Zero, I nevertheless emerged more satisfied with what it did right than dissatisfied with what it did wrong. And hopefully that will be just enough to carry me through another five years.
Macross Zero can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.