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Robotech: Sentinels II.

i've been buying the Robotech series as a way to support my childhood. the first thirty six episodes of the series, with rick and lisa and roy and minmei and so on and so forth is great. (the following two series aren't so good, though the third one is watchable.) it always bothered me that you never found out what happened to them after the end of their story line, but if you buy the box sets of the cartoons on DVD, you'll get an added extra called the Sentinels II.

running at about an hours length, it was the proposal film for sixty five episodes showing those characters in search of the robotech masters home world. it's basically set up, and if you have no interest in the characters, you'll likely have no interest in it.

but i did.

it's very cool.

minmei, the teen girl turned pop icon, and one of my favourite characters in the series, returns as a tragic, love lost twenty something. rick, now in command of the armed forces, broods and considers if he makes the right choices. (the dvd comes with notes, and in the series, he apparent disobeys orders and goes AWOL. neat, huh?) lisa returns with an unfortunate hair cut, and both she and rick get married. max and miriya are also there (both were horribly underused in the series, i thought) and they ditch their child on earth to visit other planets. miriya also suffers from bad hair, i might add. breetai is back...

if you liked the original series, like me, and rate it as one of the finer childhood cartoon moments, then this extra dvd is fantastic. i was entirely pleased to find it. and since this post has degenerated into rambling love of old eighties cartoons, i shall end.

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coldecho
Mar. 28th, 2003 06:08 am (UTC)
Bad Hair Decade
Let us not forget that the anime series was made during a period of unfortunate haircuts. Of course, Anime characters tend to disregard fashion for the sake of identifiability. The blue, green, violet, and other weird hair colors is sometimes used just to distinguish between characters. At least, for younger children. (No, I'm not saying anything about anybody looking all-alike... I read this factoid in a "guide to anime" I found. Its where I also found the bit about "throwing food at someone is considered an extremely uncouth insult, and can signify a challenge. It even demeans the thrower, to a small extent, since it is contrary to social graces. In some cases though, the one throwing the food is making a statement regardless of the impact to his own social image." In retrospect it made "Melvin's" coconut shrimp toss at a nasty Yoma in an episode of Sailor Moon, so much more understandable than the (bad) english translation. He said something like, "Here! These shrimp might hurt your eyes, they're spicy!!"

Did I just admit I watched Sailor Moon? Uhmmmm... lemme look at that again.
Yep. Oh, drat!

Anyway... I loved Robotech. It was one of the first "cartoons" I watched as a kid that had a continuous story. A lot of American cartoons had plots, but it seemed like each episode could be watched out of order if you wanted to, without missing anything. Blah. Give me a constantly developing, serialized story!
Didn't the movie The Sentinels set the stage for several elements of the following series? There was Dana Sterling from Southern Cross, who as you said was left behind on earth, by parents Max and Miriya. And in the Invid Invasion series, wasn't one of the main characters trying to figure out where the Fleet and the RDF had run off to?
benpeek
Mar. 28th, 2003 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Bad Hair Decade
yeah, it probably did set the stage for a whole lot of the extra series. but, however, it was made after the original eighty five episodes had been made, so i guess it wasn't deemed all that important to have them told straight away.

apparently there are five novels or something that tell the story, but i don't think i'll be reading them...
coldecho
Mar. 29th, 2003 12:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Bad Hair Decade
Reading them and watching them just aren't the same. If you were trying to run, say, a role-playing game based on Robotech, then maybe reading them would be extra source material. (Yeah, I know, Palladium already has the game system)

But nobody ever runs games based on someone else's fictional world setting! Why, that would be preposterous!

....
(That's really only funny to the people in my "Wheel of Time" game, on Friday nights.)
mariness
Mar. 28th, 2003 08:06 am (UTC)
LION VOLTRON!!!!
As long as we're wallowing in memories of 80's cartoons.

Not that Lion Voltron is on DVD yet...sniffle.


benpeek
Mar. 28th, 2003 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: LION VOLTRON!!!!
i'm quietly awaiting the release of the transformers series on dvd. the movie came out recently, so these can't be far behind.
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