Review – Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier is a part of the anime series Macross. The main features of the series is songs, romance and mechas. This story focus is on two girls, one an already famous idol Sheryl and Ranka who desires to be follow in Sheryl’s footsteps and their relationship with Alto who has just joined a team of mercenaries for hire. The series involves a lot of singing and mecha fights. The main threat of this series the Vajra are the equivalent of giant space bugs which may not be to everyone’s preference. Plenty of drama, action and signing to enjoy.

The Bad

The anime suffers from something that is very typical of shorter series. The series attempts to correct a two season anime the length of one season. A lot of things are left unexplained or not fully explained leaving the viewer wondering. The characters also suffer from sudden change. Ranka’s rise to fame is more like an instant success then the supposed difficult climb uphill she had to take. There are other character’s and changes that suffer from instant change effect as well but going into that would be spoilers. It’s very hard to understand why some characters did certain actions when in a span of a couple of episodes there is this sudden change. The other bad thing about the anime is that it’s Japanese voices only.

The OK

The first part of the series is quite slow paced and spread out. As a result mecha action isn’t used as much in the earlier episodes. Not a problem if your not a huge mecha fan and it does pick up later on. To be warned there are also a good few fan service scenes specially relating to Sheryl and some of her on stage costumes. Some can be a bit uncomfortable to watch as a result but doesn’t really take away the fun of the anime. With both girls being so different you may find yourself not liking one of the main girls. As a result the first half or later half may not be as enjoyable. Both are great characters in their own right but they do appeal to vastly different people although it is entirely possible to like both.

The Good

The concert scenes are fantastic. Watching the girls sing and dance for whatever reason is hugely enjoyable. There is a wide range of songs so your not going to be stuck listening to the same three songs repeated in every episode. Although there are still key songs in the anime which are reused with slight differences. The mecha action is fun to watch when coupled with the concert scenes. How the songs and the battle play into each other is very nice and I also like how the songs are important storyline wise. There are plenty of comedy scenes and drama as well.

To Watch?

If you can hear fine and  enjoy Japanese music then this is a great series. It’s a little harder suggest this if your a die hard mecha fan. The series is worth giving a go if you like romance and maybe Magical Girl genre as well. The only people that should avoid this are people who hate Japanese music. You can’t watch this without the music as that would be missing 1/2 the anime. It is a well balanced series and a fun one to watch if you can.

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