Let’s Review: Every Walküre Song! (So Far)

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Walkure!

Macross Delta has finished airing, and boy, the music sure was pretty varied, even for a Macross series! But I guess it’s a given, since there were so many composers involved with the show, which resulted in a wide variety  of song types that sound great! In the meantime, while we’re all hoping that a movie version isn’t too far off, and more songs will come on the way, let’s take the time to take a look at each and every Walküre song that has been released so far, from the singles to the albums. My take:


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  • Ichido Dake no Koi Nara

I have to admit, I didn’t really like this song when I first listened to it and thought it was sort of bland, but it’s one of those songs that get better each time you hear it, sort of like “Triangler” (Macross Frontier) was for me. Having it feature in the fantastic 13th episode also helps to keep it in memory.

  • Rune ga Pikatto Hikattara

But this one, though, I instantly loved! It’s a really catchy tune that’s full of catchphrases to sing along to that perfectly captures Freyja’s character. It’s super fun. (Not to mention all the mashups with Earth, Wind, & Fire’s “September”.)

  • Ikenai Borderline

Right the moment those trumpets kicked in, this one was a winner. I’m sure others would agree that this is definitely their best song, being such a powerful and appealing tune. It has such an infectious beat that gets you up and going, and the song’s many remixes and covers out there  is a testament to it’s appeal as a  hit even beyond the anime itself. It also showcases the best of the member’s vocals singing as an unit, and of course, how the song debuts in the explosive first episode is by far one of the best moments of the series. In a nutshell, the high energy  of the song perfectly captures the spirit of the series at it’s best- brimming with energy  beat by beat and never stopping. This song is definitely the song for Walküre.


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Walkure Attack!
  •  Koi! Halation THE WAR 

“Welcome to Walkure World” indeed! It’s a nice song to open up the album, and it’s indeed the first Walküre song we get to see them perform in the series. It really gets you ready to want to listen to and love more of their songs. By the end, you’ll be throwing hand signs all over before you know it.

  • Giritic♡BEGINNER

Turns out you can make a song whose lyrics are 90% made up of onomatopoeias. It’s a cute and catchy song though, what can I say. Nao Toyama and  Nozomi Nishida’s vocals do the job.

  • Fukakuteisei☆COSMIC MOVEMENT

It wasn’t before, but Fukakuteisei☆Cosmic Movement has become one of my favorite Walküre songs right now. I love the beat, and the nice touches like the “Are you okay?” and Mikumo’s “Aw!” make it a really fun song.

  • Bokura no Senjou

Can you consider this the “Planet Dance” (Macross 7) of this series? You know, for when things get going but not that going, lol. It’s a really great song, though! It really does get your blood pumping, and the title, “Our Battlefield”, gives exactly that feel.

  • NEO STREAM

This song, I think, doesn’t stand out compared to the other songs in the album (it was only featured fully once in the series), but it’s a great song nonetheless. The intro in particular is pretty different, and the piano parts in it make it excellent. Looks like only Junna and Nao Toyama can pronounce English well enough, though.

  • AXIA~Daisuki de Daikirai~

Kiyono Yasuno, (Kaname’s VA), I think, doesn’t get as much rep as she should compared to the two main vocalists. While her voice isn’t as bombastic as Junna’s or as soft as Minori Suzuki’s, she definitely can sing. Her nuanced performance of everyone’s heart-wrenching favorite, Axia, is proof of that, and the emotions she brings up with the song’s limited vocal range is impressive. You’re not going to be able to forget the events of Episode 10 each time you’re hearing this song, that’s for sure.

  •  GIRAFFE BLUES

A lot of people say “Giraffe Blues” is the “Aimo” (Macross Frontier) of Delta, but I disagree! It’s better than Aimo, lol. I love how each of the solo versions manage to capture different nuances of the song. Both Minori Suzuki and Junna managed to do a great job with this and bring all the feels. You’ll know their blues.

  • Walküre Attack!

Pretty much the same as“Bokura no Senjou“, but I like that song more. But I have to note that it’s still a good song as is every song in this album, just not as good as the other entries. Overall, Walküre Attack, the album, is a very solid album indeed with a definite opening and ending feel to it listening from start to finish, and it never feels like there’s a song that’s just there as filler or tacked on. It’s one of the best albums the Macross series has to offer, and I’m proud to own a copy.


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OP-ED Single 2
  • Zettai Reido θ Novatic

I like this one better than OP 1, that’s for sure. The drum & bass beat is pretty uncommon for anison, and it’s welcome. Aside from the the really hard to pronounce song title, it’s a solid song.

  • Hametsu no Junjou

I can’t say I don’t want ED 1 to always be the ED song, but “Hametsu no Junjou” is a great showcase of a side of Junna’s strong, deep vocals that isn’t seen as often in the other songs. I like it!

  • Kaze wa Yokoku naku Fuku

If “Hametsu no Junjou” got to show another side of Junna, then this showed another side to Minori Suzuki’s vocals in a nice way. The lyrics were written by Maaya Sakamoto, and it really gives you the feels, doesn’t it?


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Walkure Trap
  • Absolute 5

A bit of trivia- the Walküre album titles all refer to volleyball terms, for some reason!  A “trap”, in volleyball jargon, apparently means ” A ball set too close to the net where the hitter typically gets stuffed.”In this case it might also refer to you, being trapped into buying an album that’s not as good as the first one, unfortunately. The downside to Walküre Attack being so solid is that the second album’s tracklist isn’t as strong, and some songs do feel like they’re fillers. Absolute 5” is one of them . It’s not bad, but it feels like a generic anime song in a bland way, and that’s not great.

  • Onyanoko☆girl 

The upside though, is we get to have some interesting, quirkier songs popping up in this album, including “Onyanoko☆girl“, composed by Teddyloid of that Me!Me!Me! Animator Expo short fame. It’s no secret that Nozomi Nishida’s vocals is the weakest among the other members, but her voice really suits this song well. It really doesn’t feel like a Macross song, but it’s fun and unique in that way, making it one of the better offerings in this album.

  • LOVE! THUNDER GLOW

This is probably the only Walküre song I actually don’t like, lol. Junna’s vocals just don’t fit well with this type of song.

  • Silent Hacker

This song played early in the series and it took awhile until the full version made it’s way in this album, but it doesn’t disappoint. Nao Toyama’s vocals are perfect for this, and it really captures Reina’s character.

  • Hear The Universe

Again, like “Absolute 5“, I feel like this just doesn’t cut it and is a bit too generic. Not that great, to the point that I forget which song this was.

  • Namidame Bakuhatsuon

Again, Kiyono Yasuno- it seems like her vocals in Walküre are really underappreciated with there already being Nozomi Nishida and Junna, but when she’s given a chance to shine like in Axia and this, she delivers. “Namidame Bakuhatsuon” is a catchy tune even if it’s hard to pronounce. It’s my unexpected favorite for this album, just like “Neo Stream” was for the first album.

  • Walkure’s Birthday Song

It’s short, it’s fun, and I’ll probably play it to myself for my birthday. It’s cool that we now have a Christmas song (“Merry Christmas Without You” from Macross Frontier) and a birthday song for Macross. A Macross song for every occassion!

  • God Bless You

The moment in the series where this song plays is a very tender one, and this song does a great job of creating that atmosphere. It’s a nice addition to Walküre’s roster of calmer songs.

  • Ai Oboete Imasu Ka

To be honest, I didn’t really like this rendition even if it’s nice to have. I liked Ranka’s version and the instrumental one that came with the 2nd Macross Delta OST better. But “Ai Oboete Imasu Ka” will always be “Ai Oboete Imasu Ka“, however it’s sung.


 

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Macross Delta OST 1
  • Kurage Ondo & Ragnyanyan no Uta

Bonus! Well, for those of you wondering, “Kurage Ondo” is the song Freyja sang while selling jellyfish in Episode 9, while “Ragnyanyan no Uta” isn’t exactly a Walküre song- it’s a jingle for Ragnyanyan that I think is sung by the VA for Chuck’s sister. I just would like to point these out since songs like these are always fun- maybe they could do another fun album full of commercial-ish songs like they did in Frontier with CM Ranka. Macross Frontier’s concept albums were a lot of fun, and it would be great if they could do the same with Delta’s cast as well. Or anything, really. It feels like we’ve just started scraping the surface of the amount of Walküre-related content they could bring out, and I really hope that there’s a lot more of Walküre around to go in the future. Deculture!


 

 

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Review: Tokyo Pop Guide No.2 – Digital-Mangamon

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“FEATURING EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT”

“OTAKU STUDY GUIDE”

“CREATIVE ISSUE ABOUT OTAKU”

This book (or rather, magazine), again is exactly all those things!

Tokyo Pop Guide is what it says- a bilingual, English (!)-Japanese  guide to Tokyo otaku pop culture in the form of a very neatly designed magazine, featuring access to street happenings and otaku hotspots in Akiba and Tokyo. I’ve covered the first issue here which is a great read, and now on to the second issue which is as great as ever!

Let’s see what we have this issue:

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First off, we have an interview with the Thomas Romain, a French animator extraordinaire currently working at studio Satelight. He’s a very talented animator who’s done great work in illustration, background design, and animation work in general whose works you can find in Oban Star-Racers, BasquashSymphogear, Nobunaga the FoolSpace Dandy, along with the currently-airing Macross Delta- and you can also follow his twitter account here! It’s full of interesting stuff and beautiful, beautiful drawings!

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Next up, a visit to the fabled Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, which frequently holds collaboration with anime projects! It’s famous for an event held with the series “Love Live!” recently.

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This volume also has coverage on illustrator Aoki Ume (Hidamari Sketch, Madoka Magica)’s exhibition on which the previous volume had an advertisement of!

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Also a feature on the short anime and application project, HackaDoll. It’s a fun little series that I enjoyed watching- HackaDoll #3 is a QT.

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An interesting featurette on Manga, Anime, and Games in Myanmar.

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This time, they also have features and interviews on select illustrators, including alchemaniac from Indonesia….

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…and everyone’s (and Facebook’s) favorite bishoujo artist, Ilya Kuvshinov!


 

Overall, it’s a solid issue and just as interesting as the first one- if you have any sort of interest in anime, manga, and games, I recommend you to get this magazine! Even just looking at it is a pleasant experience- it’s very well-designed. I’m looking forward to the next volume!

– For friends in Indonesia, you can purchase a digital copy of this volume and the first one on the e-book service MangaMon! It’s a bargain!

Disclaimer:
Picture of magazine and it’s contents do not belong to me.

J-Mag, Tokyo Pop Guide, ©2015 Japanese Association of Manga Anime Game Creators

Website: http://j-mag.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tokyopopguide

 

Review: MangaMon Moe Manga

Jadi, baru-baru ini MangaMon menambah beberapa judul komik ke koleksi mereka (terjemah dari judul Jepang) yang dapat kamu baca secara gratis. (!) Dapat kamu temukan di sini.

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Komik-komik yang dipromosikan sebagai “Moe Manga” ini adalah komik terjemah dari MinComi, atau Minna no Comic, sebuah situs komik Jepang yang juga berada dibawah eBook Initiative Japan, partner kerjasama Elex untuk situs MangaMon.

Terdapat empat titel yang dapat kamu baca episode pertamanya secara gratis (atau dengan cashback untuk satu judul), yaitu:


Kodomo Okutan oleh Aya Kadoi

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APA KAMU SUKA LOLI? KALAU BEGITU, KOMIK INI UNTUK KAMU!

Dengan jumlah halaman yang paling singkat namun full colour, komik ini menceritakan keseharian dengan istri (?) loli.


Magical Trans! oleh Yutaka Kashii

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Magical Trans menceritakan tentang cowok yang bergabung kedalam klub mahou shoujo. Gender bender meets mahou shoujou meets ecchi comedy.


Snow White & Black Tight Pants oleh Mikagesekizai

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Komedi ecchi dengan nuansa yuri.


Wow! Youjo Tsuyoi! oleh Hadenakangofu

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Dari semua komik, menurut saya ini yang paling menarik. Premis yang cukup simpel: gadis-gadis lucu membasmi otaku zombie menjijikan. Namun menarik secara visual, dan ada semacam appeal ironis masokis gimana gitu dari melihat gadis-gadis lucu membasmi monster otaku.


 

Dapat dilihat bahwa rata-rata komik tersebut memiliki unsur ecchi sehingga diberi rating Dewasa. Selain itu, terdapat unsur kultur dan tema otaku yang kental di komik-komik ini. Cerita-cerita yang ditampilkan merupakan cerita-cerita yang akan terasa familiar bagi mereka yang sering mengkonsumsi anime dan manga.

…walaupun begitu, ini hal baik! Saya pernah bilang bahwa media online seperti MangaMon kedepannya memiliki potensi untuk menghadirkan komik-komik yang kemungkinan cetaknya kecil atau kemungkinan lokalisasinya kecil, dan ini merupakan langkah awal dari hal itu terjadi.

Semoga kedepannya lebih banyak komik menarik dapat masuk lagi dan diterjemahkan dan sukses terus MangaMon!

Review: Tokyo Pop Guide No.1 – Print/Digital-Mangamon

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“FEATURING EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT”

“OTAKU STUDY GUIDE”

“CREATIVE ISSUE ABOUT OTAKU”

This book (or rather, magazine) is exactly all those things.

Tokyo Pop Guide is what it says- a bilingual, English (!)-Japanese  guide to Tokyo otaku pop culture in the form of a very neatly designed magazine, featuring access to street happenings and otaku hotspots in Akiba and Tokyo. It’s a magazine that has interviews and talks with people from THE Touhou fan convention Reitaisai and also maps and guides to show you around the places only locals “in” on the culture would know. It’s the sort of information to the best, secluded, alleyway street hawkers you otherwise would have to ask the local mang-mang about.

Among other things, an interview with animator Atsushi Nishigori (of Idolm@ster fame who designed the magazine’s mascot, Yuu, seen of the cover.), guide to finer otaku culture-related spots such as art galleries and livehouses with an otaku tangent to them, as well as an ad for illustrator Aoki Ume (of Hidamari Sketch and Madoka Magica)’s art exhibition.

The print magazine itself is pretty small and has unusual booklet dimensions as can be seen, but it’s great quality and worth collecting. It’s been handed out at certain conventions before, but otherwise you can get it at the Tokyo Otaku Mode shop for $2.79. I got mine for a considerable bit more.

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Absolutely related.

Now, good thing is if you’re interested, and here is where it gets Indonesian, kamu bisa mendapatkan buku ini juga di layanan e-book Mangamon untuk 15000 kredit. Jauh lebih murah dan mudah untuk didapatkan. (And yes, I have both.)

The same, only digital. (And utterly screenshot-able for your phone screen.)

Seriously though, this mag is really, really well-designed. God bless Japanese graphic design.

So, is it worth your money? Absolutely. This is the only source of this kind of street-level info I’ve ever seen available in English (good English, at that), and the quality of the print itself makes it worth collecting, made even more of a steal by the price.

In their words, in Indonesian:

 “Media yang menyebarluaskan budaya Otaku Jepang ke seluruh dunia. Terus menampilkan berbagai konten seperti fitur-fitur khusus yang terus berkembang, informasi kreator dari berbagai toko di daerah metropolitan yang dipilih dengan seksama, dsb.”

If you want a sense of what Japanese otaku are buzzing about and experiencing in their daily Akiba lives, or for some reason don’t even know what Super Potato is yet (or by contrast know what it is, yet don’t know where in the map it is), then this is your mag.

Disclaimer:
Picture of magazine and it’s contents do not belong to me.

J-Mag, Tokyo Pop Guide, ©2015 Japanese Association of Manga Anime Game Creators

Website: http://j-mag.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tokyopopguide

 

Spotlight: 『CHIKA☆CHIKA IDOL』on Mangamon

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THESE IDOLS NEED YOUR HELP. LIKE, SERIOUSLY

Saya agak telat mengetahui tentang hal ini, namun ternyata komik proyek Chika*Chika Idol tersedia di Mangamon.

About Chika*Chika Idol : http://chikadol.com/en/about.html

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Chika*Chika Idol sendiri adalah proyek multimedia anime idol CG yang mengincar produksi melalui Kickstarter dan crowdfunding di Jepang.

(C)Copyright 2015 Symphonium Co., Ltd. All Right Reserved.

Chika Idol sendiri berarti “Underground Idol”, sehingga lebih tepatnya proyek ini adalah proyek crowdfounded underground idols. 

(Jangan lupa follow channel YouTube-nya. Lagunya juga tersedia di iTunes!)

Free Comic Chika*Chika Idol dapat diunduh dan tersedia secara gratis di e-book service Mangamon. Go read it! Gratis, full-color, dan halamannya banyak.

Sayangnya, Kickstarter dan crowdfounding yang mereka lakukan baru-baru ini gagal mencapai target. Namun walaupun begitu, proyek ini terus berjalan. Sejujurnya, saya biasanya kurang begitu tertarik hal-hal semacam idol, tetapi saya sangat menyukai konsep dan semangat crowdfounding yang diusung Chika*Chika Idol. Best of luck going forward untuk proyek ini!

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Disclaimer:
Pictures and contents do not belong to me. I own nothing.

Chika*Chika Idol (C)Copyright 2015 Symphonium Co., Ltd. All Right Reserved.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chikachika_en

Website: http://chikadol.com/ja/

Special Interview: http://blog.honeyfeed.fm/honeys-anime-interview-chikachika-idol-director-nishikiori-producer-honjo/

 

CES’s Super Dimensional Guide to Macross: Deculture Edition

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Semua orang tahu tentang Gundam, tetapi sebagian besar orang mungkin hanya pernah mendengar mengenai nama Macross. Sama halnya seperti Star Trek, Macross adalah franchise sci-fi populer yang satu lagi. Macross akan merayakan ulangtahun ke-35 pada tahun 2017, dan dengan Macross Delta yang akan tayang pada season Spring 2016, sudah mencakup 4 serial TV, belum menghitung berbagai movie dan OVA. Karena satu dan lain hal Macross tidak pernah menikmati popularitas yang sama dengan Gundam, dan tidak memiliki iterasi baru sebanyak Gundam (Kurang lebih satu serial TV baru setiap dekade), namun serial ini memiliki fans yang tidak kalah banyak dan tetap setia, dan setiap datangnya serial TV Macross baru disambut dengan meriah oleh para fans lama dan fans baru. Berbeda dengan Gundam yang selalu mengusung tema-tema mengenai konflik dikemas dalam berbagai bentuk di setiap iterasinya, setiap iterasi Macross membawa hal yang berbeda dan unik, menggabungkan “Tiga Pilar Macross” yakni robot yang dapat berubah mode, cinta segitiga, dan lagu. Macross literally, is the anime-est anime ever. Namun ketiga elemen tersebut dikemas dalam cara yang berbeda-beda, dengan hasil yang baru setiap kalinya. Karena itu, tidak seperti Gundam yang memiliki timeline Universal Century dan sering mereferensi serial sebelumnya, kamu tidak terlalu perlu menonton serial Macross sebelumnya untuk dapat menikmati serial Macross baru.

Namun tentunya tidak ada salahnya menyimak iterasi terdahulu dari serial yang telah menjadi favorit dari banyak orang ini. Jika bingung, berikut beberapa rekomendasi cara terjun kedalam dunia Macross, untuk setiap seri Macross:

Namun manapun Macross yang kamu pilih, triknya adalah biarkan dirimu menikmati acaranya. Macross bukan serial super realistis hard sci-fi. ( Kalau kamu ingin acara seperti itu, coba tonton Votoms atau Gasaraki.)

Honestly, apapun yang orang katakan tentang Macross (apalagi Delta), kalau kamu tidak bisa menikmati acara yang isinya pesawat yang bisa berubah jadi robot raksasa (lebih masuk akal dari orang menyanyi di medan perang gitu?) dan idol menyanyi, ya buat apa kamu menonton anime?

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FAQ

– On Canonicity in Macross:

Serial Macross memiliki beberapa iterasi, dan cerita yang sama dapat ditampilkan dan diceratakan ulang melalui cara yang berbeda, seperti TV maupun movie. Serial TV SDF Macross dan movie Do You Remember Love, misalnya. Pada Macross 7, Do You Remember Love dianggap sebagai film in-universe yang menceritakan ulang kejadian Space War I, yang tayang di universe Macross sebagai film. Namun karakter Exedol yang muncul di Macross 7 mengambil bentuk seperti pada movie DYRL dan tidak seperti pada TV seriesnya. Maka dari itu, manakah yang canon, dan mana “Macross yang sebenarnya”?

Hal ini dijelaskan sebagai berikut: semuanya terjadi dan semuanya (kecuali Macross II yang memang mengambil alternate timeline) adalah canon. Dalam sejarah dunia nyata pun kejadian sejarah yang sama dapat memiliki beberapa interpretasi. Terdapat kejadian yang terjadi, kejadian yang mungkin saja terjadi, dan kejadian yang terjadi, tetapi tidak dalam cara yang dibayangkan orang-orang. Mengutip kata-kata Kawamori, “the real Macross is out there somewhere.”

– On Why Macross Isn’t Available Legally in the West:

Alasan mengapa Macross tidak tersedia di barat cukup panjang dan rumit dan melibatkan pertarungan copyright yang panjang dan sudah tidak jelas juntrungannya, namun kurang lebih seperti ini: pada awalnya, copyright Macross dipegang oleh perusahaan Big West dan studio Tatsunoko. Sebuah perusahaan bernama Harmony Gold kemudian ingin melisensi Macross untuk ditayangkan di Ameika, yang pada akhirnya akan menghasilkan Robotech, yang merupakan acara adaptasi gabungan Super Dimension Fortess Macross, Genesis Climber Mospeada, dan Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross. Namun akibat banyak hal termasuk miskomunikasi, kebatasan teknologi informasi pada saat itu, serta legalitas lainnya, hak atas serial Macross di barat hingga kini “dipegang” oleh Harmony Gold, yang menghambat masuknya serial Macross baru ke barat. “Miskomunikasi” atas lisensi serupa juga yang menyebabkan terjadinya adaptasi desain VF-1 menjadi karakter Jetfire di Transformers. Basically, satu pihak menganggap bahwa ia memiliki hak dan copyright atas satu hal yang sebenarnya dipegang oleh pihak lain, yang kemudian seiring waktu semakin rumit karena semakin tidak jelas detail atas klaim dan kondisi legalitasnya seperti apa. Dan pihak-pihak terlibat sudah tidak mau ambil pusing untuk menyelesaikannya. 

CES’s Guide to Macross: Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier (2008)

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25 Episode (TV), 20 Episode ONA (Macross Fufonfia), 2 Movie (Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime, Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa).

Notable Staff: Shoji Kawamori (Chief Director & Mechanical Designer), Yasuhito Kikuchi (Sutradara), Risa Ebata (Character Designer), Junya Ishigaki & Takeshi Takakura (Mechanical Designer),  Yoko Kanno (Music), Satelight (Animation Studio).

Sinopsis: Bersetting pada tahun 2059, Macross Frontier bercerita mengenai armada kapal imigrasi Macross Frontier yang diserang oleh ras alien yang berbentuk seperti serangga, Vajra. Karakter utama Alto Saotome adalah seorang siswa SMA penerus keluarga aktor kabuki yang tidak ingin meneruskan tradisi keluarganya. Setelah serangan pertama Vajra ke Frontier, ia bergabung dengan private military contractor S.M.S. (Strategic Military Services) yang diperkerjakan oleh N.U.N.S. (New UN Spacy) untuk melindungi Frontier dari serangan Vajra. Ia bertemu dengan Sheryl Nome, seorang penyanyi berjulukan Galactic Fairy dari armada Macross Galaxy yang sedang naik daun dan transfer ke sekolahnya, serta Ranka Lee, seorang gadis di sekolahnya yang ingin menjadi seorang penyanyi dan memiliki koneksi misterius dengan para Vajra. Mereka bertiga menjadi kunci di konflik yang melibatkan tak hanya manusia dan Vajra, namun juga konspirasi antara armada Frontier dan Galaxy. Fufonfia merupakan animasi pendek dimana para cast Frontier berperan sebagai Office Lady. Film pertama, Itsuwari no Utahime, merupakan penceritaan ulang episode 1-13 TV dengan beberapa perubahan, sementara Sayonara no Tsubasa adalah konklusi baru dengan cerita yang berbeda.

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In A Nutshell: A new Macross for a new generation. (You.)

Highlights: – Sangat mudah diakses bagi fans baru, terutama untuk fans anime generasi sekarang dan fans perempuan. Frontier dapat dibilang menjaring cukup banyak fans perempuan ke Macross, paling tidak di Jepang.

– Love triangle antara Alto, Sheryl, dan Ranka yang cukup dominan dan menjadi fokus cerita.

– Animasi 3D yang cukup baik. Adegan-adegan konser yang menarik secara visual.

– OST lagu-lagu vokal fantastis gubahan Yoko Kanno.

– Banyak referensi dan shoutout ke serial Macross sebelumnya juga membuat Frontier menyenangkan bagi fans lama. There’s something for everyone.

Lowlights: – Serial TV memiliki beberapa masalah pacing, dan ending yang mungkin membuat orang ingin menonjok layar mereka. Namun hal-hal ini di-”perbaiki” oleh versi movie.

Music:  Yoko Kanno kembali ke Macross, dan hasilnya tidak main-main. OST Frontier kembali menunjukkan keragamannya dalam berkarya, dan alih-alih lagu-lagu yang “unik” dan “nyentrik”, soundtrack Frontier terdiri dari lagu-lagu bernuansa pop populer, namun digubah sedemikian rupa hingga berkualitas tinggi. Tidak hanya itu, namun jumlah lagunya sendiri cukup mengagumkan, dengan keluaran kurang lebih 10 album dan single yang semua diaransemen oleh Yoko Kanno.

Recommended Tracks: Triangler, Lion, Northern Cross, Seikan Hikou, Niji-Iro Kuma Kuma, Diamond Crevasse, Merry Christmas without You. Ya. Lagu dari Frontier memang banyak. Banget.

Why watch it?: 25 episode untuk anniversary ke-25, sebuah Macross baru untuk fans baru yang mengincar frontier baru untuk Macross. Hal terbaik dari Frontier adalah Frontier menggabungkan semua hal terbaik dari Macross, baik elemen-elemen dari SDF, 7, Plus, dan Zero. Ada sesuatu untuk semua jenis fans Macross, baik love story, dogfight yang seru, atau lagu-lagu yang apik. Satu hal yang juga menarik untuk ditonton adalah melihat perkembangan karakter Ranka Lee (yang suaranya diisi oleh Megumi Nakajima yang terpilih melalui audisi dan masih menjadi pendatang baru pada saat itu, sama halnya seperti May’n yang terpilih menjadi singing voice dari Sheryl Nome di awal-awal karirnya). Semua hal tersebut, serta feel modern Frontier, menjadikan Frontier salah satu pilihan Macross paling baik untuk mulai terjun ke seri Macross.

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Fun Facts: – Serial 25th anniversary Macross.

Isamu Dyson dari Macross Plus, bersama dengan YF-19-nya, muncul sebagai cameo di movie Sayonara no Tsubasa.

– Sutradara dari film “Bird Human” yang terdapat dalam cerita didasarkan pada Shoji Kawamori.

– Pada film Sayonara no Tsubasa, muncul YF-29 Durandal. Setiap VF bernomor seri 9 memiliki nama pedang. (VF-9 Cutlass, VF-19 Excalibur.)

– Di episode spesial sebelum tayang, VF-25 Messiah memiliki color scheme yang berbeda dengan yang muncul di TV. (Putih-biru.)

– Arsitektur kota Macross Frontier didasarkan pada kota San Fransisco.