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30 January 2010

Anime Review: "Macross F - The movie" ~Itsuwari no Utahime~ "[***]--- A Good Digest of the TV Series

Hi everyone. I'm not dead(^^).

Several weeks ago, I watched the feature-length anime: "Macross Frontier the movie" ~Itsuwari no Utahime~ (The False Diva)

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Due to some reasons, this review is very short.
(Note: full-marks is *****)

Please see below for full review.

[Script/Storyline: **+]
Basically, the story is the same as the TV series. But Sheryl Nome is portrayed as a conspiratorial character. I feel that the relationship between Saotome Alto and Sheryl Nome is showing longer time than its original TV version.

[Characters: ***]
(Please see ANN for detail casts/staffs)
The design of characters and their costumes are almost the same. But in this movie, there are lots of theatrical scenes of Sheryl Nome performing. Her stage costumes are much sexier than original TV version. I guess that no cosplayer can pull off wearing those 'dangerous' stage costumes(^^).

[Animation(artwork, and motion): **+]
I have mixed feelings. The quality of artwork is almost the same as the TV version. Hence, "Macross F The Movie" still has the same problems. The quality of artwork is not consistent. When it comes to important/highlight scenes, it's undoubtedly excellent. But the artwork for some scenes are relatively poor quality for a feature-length anime. I hope that the production studio tighten its quality control.

[The performance of Voice-actors/actresses: ***]
[Music: ***]
Simply good for both. The casting and sound composition of "Macross F The Movie" is the same as TV version. If you like the performances of the original cast, you'll be pleased with this movie.

[Overall: ***]
I gave three stars to this anime. This means "not mediocre" but "my final opinion remains undecided". This is because the movie has a straightforward ending like typical Hollywood Sci-Fi movies. (i.e. This movie is only part 1 of 2). The production is now making part 2 of 2 planned for 2010-Q4 release. I can't fix my opinion at this time before watching the second half. That is why this review is very short.

From what I gathered, this movie is well received. When I entered a cinema, 70-80% of seats were occupied. This is an excellent turn-out for an anime movie.

[misc]
1) In Dec/2009, JR-Yamanote line runs rapping trains for movie promotion (please see photos), You can see the full photo snaps through gigazine.

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2)  This movie has a long scene of Family Mart (a Japanese convenience store). It's a kind of product placement. Yes, Family Mart has some tie-ups with this movie(please see a photo). But It's not good for (paid) a cinema anime. I think.

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P.S.
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu(A Happy New Year 2010...Now, it's already close to Chinese New Year(^^;.)

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