MACROSS PLUS (Volume 2) (1994)
DISTRIB. COMPANY:
MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
DIRECTOR: Kawamori shoji
TYPE OF ANIME: Action, Drama, Romance
DURATION: 90 minutes
FEATURES OAV EPISODES 3-4

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Macross Plus scores with its triple-play of dynamic mecha action, dramatic characters and rock music elements creating a visual spectacle with whirlwind air combat scenes that will leave you mesmerized.

Part 3: Adventures ignite a firestorm of emotion when the dangerous rivalry between Isamu and Guld Bowman reaches boiling point amid the pressure of the Super Nova test program. After an investigation into the so-called "accident" that left Dyson hospitalized, the UN Government in charge of the test program unveils its hidden agenda. Myung is torn between her feelings for the two men as her memories of days gone by on Planet Eden are shattered by harsh reality.

Part 4: Angered by the news that the Stealth Valkyrie trails have been abruptly stopped. Isamu and Yang head toward Earth to get even with the pilot-less Ghost X-9 and Guld goes after them for a final battle. The two fighters clash amidst interceptor missiles being fired from Earth. During this fight to the death, Guld recalls the fateful event that had been sealed in his memory. Meanwhile, in Macross City, Sharon Apple absorbs Myung's thoughts and now has full control over the city and its citizens.


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated, Dolby
Production notes
Theatrical trailer(s)
Macross Musical Photo Gallery
Manga 2000 Commercial
Palm Picture Commercial
Manga Fan Club
Web Access

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


The second volume to this popular series is on DVD and the final two episodes do NOT disappoint.  I would have to say that when you finish watching the complete series, you can't help but feel content about how the series ends.

The staff does a great job is bringing a complex storyline together in four OAV episodes and the final two episodes in volume 2 are simply amazing.  

To watch the anime in it's original Japanese format with English subtitles is nice but to also watch and listen to the dubbed soundtrack in 5.1 Surround Sound is simply awesome!  

The third OAV focuses on the history between Isamu, Myung and Guld and what is becoming of the Super Nova test program.

The fourth OAV focuses on the battle against Sharon Apple and the pilotless Ghost X-9 vs. Guld in the final fight to the death.  This is the final episode in the OAV series.

The DVD continues the trend with beautiful visuals and great sound (along with great voice acting).  The special features again feature a musical photo gallery and trailers.

The "Macross Plus" OAV series is one of the best short OAV-series.  I think the only thing that can actually surpass this "Top Gun" like anime series is the "Macross Plus" movie which features the compilation of all four episodes into two hours trimmed down, but with extra footage of the final battle of episode 4.

Overall, if you have the first volume, the second volume is going to blow you away because the storyline for final two OAV episodes continues to get even better and yes, "It's that damn good!"

THE SERIES: A+
THE DVD EXTRAS: B
THE DVD OVERALL: A-

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