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  1. Seto Kaiba

    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    Yup. One of the advantages of travelling interstellar distances by space fold is that you can cover enormous distances very quickly... but because it's pseudo-teleportation through folded higher-dimensional spacetime, it comes with the built-in downside of the folding ship being unable to see the space it's circumventing. It might be helpful to visualize emigrant fleet operations like stones skipping across a pond, where water is realspace and air is foldspace. A stone that makes a lot of little skips is going to cross the pond slower because it's contacting more water, but it has more chance of hitting something. A stone that makes only a few skips and get a lot of air between them will cross the pond fast but has little chance of striking anything in the water. Ships like Megaroad-01 and Megaroad-04 swiftly covered a lot of distance, but didn't examine much along the way. Others, like Macross 7 and Macross Frontier, didn't cover the distance as quickly but examined a much wider area on the way. Megaroad-04, the ship that discovered Windermere IV, crossed the entire Milky Way galaxy in approximately ten years. Many have, but space is BIG. Really, unreasonably big. Macross Frontier and Macross Galaxy were on the fringes of the galactic core c.2059, and various other fleets have gone through or are in that area as well. The problem is that aforementioned disadvantage from my second sentence. Folding ships are blind to anything and everything in the volume of space it's circumventing in the course of their fold jump, while the most powerful conventional shipboard sensor systems are only good out to distances of a couple light seconds and fold wave radar's only good out a couple hundred AU. You'd need an impossibly vast fleet to crawl across an impossibly vast volume of space for an impossibly long time to have any realistic chance of stumbling across the Megaroad-01 through something other than sheer dumb luck. (This became a plot point in Macross 7, vis a vis the theft of the City 7... the only practical way to track its course was to examine the debris teleported to its former location when its fold system swapped its location and destination points to see if there was anything uniquely identifiable that might tell them where the ship had been taken.) This difficulty is normally something that works in humanity's favor. There are thousands of Zentradi main fleets still out and about in the galaxy, but because the galaxy is colossal and has somewhere on the order of 100-400 billion stars and uncountably vast tracts of interstellar space the odds of them accidentally stumbling upon a human emigrant fleet or planet by accident are vanishingly small. It's like trying to hit a bullet in flight with another bullet while blindfolded. It can happen, but it requires stupid amounts of luck to do so. Things like detectable fold wave emissions make fleets and planets easier to locate, but not by that much. Even Vrlitwhai's branch fleet only found Earth by getting phenomenally lucky, having been in precisely the right place at precisely the right time to detect the residual gravity waves of a defold ten years ago and ten light years away. The Vajra were able to track the Macross Frontier thanks to its fold wave emissions, and particularly Ranka's since she was sending on their proprietary frequency and protocol thanks to her asymptomatic V-type infection.
  2. Seto Kaiba

    New Macross TV Series in 2018

    Bah, we've got enough engineers here... I'm sure one of us can build one from scratch. (And those of us in the Northeast and Northern Midwest have plenty of motivation to do so... it's already snowing.) Not half as sad as the thread for the new Macross Delta movie's going to be. With no reasonable expectation of a coherent plot, all we can look forward to there is fifty pages of Walkure fanboys gushing about the latest fanservice-y promotional art of "waifus" who got no character development.
  3. Seto Kaiba

    Super Macross Mecha Fun Time Discussion Thread!

    ... amusingly, also no. Considering Macross Delta basically sold itself entirely on Walkure, that's actually kind of surprising. Even Frontier seemingly couldn't resist giving some measurements for a few of its female cast.
  4. Seto Kaiba

    New Macross TV Series in 2018

    At this point, it seems safe to say that plans for a new Macross series have been preempted by plans for an all-original second Macross Delta movie... possibly titled Macross Delta II: the Search for More Money. Assuming Big West and Satelight were working to a similar release schedule to the last two Macross TV series, then the "cut-off date" has probably passed. Ordinarily we would have expected to see the first trailer for the series about two weeks ago, and an announcement that a new series was coming about a month before that. We've had nothing except more crossover live announcements and an announcement that they're doing a second Macross Delta movie. The whole thread was rather premature, given that it was posted in January 2017 and even under ideal conditions we weren't going to see anything of a new series until after Christmas 2018.
  5. Seto Kaiba

    No Love for Southern Cross?

    That the Shadow Chronicles movie met with near-universal disgust from the fans kind of helped speed the blow... you could've fit all the people who had nice things to say about the movie into a single family sedan and probably have seats leftover. *sigh* Engage your brain for a bit, eh? This is not a complex issue by any stretch of the imagination. True, Harmony Gold can't stop Macross fans from buying Macross goods directly from Japan... but the online stores catering to export sales are a relatively recent market innovation and international shipping costs significantly increase the price of already-expensive collectibles. This might not be an insurmountable obstacle for the dedicated toy collector, but by preventing regional distributors from licensing and localizing Macross works they've effectively locked western fans out of 99% of Macross material. Without fan translators and their grey market efforts, only three Macross shows (SDF, II, Plus) and one manga (II) would be available to western fans under Harmony Gold's embargo. Even with fan translators hard at work, only the animation and a tiny fraction of the print materials have been made available in a language other than Japanese. THAT is why Macross fans have no time for Robotech or HG. HG is standing between us and getting proper localizations of all this Macross material, all in the name of protecting a creatively bankrupt brand that was never really successful to begin with. It's like if Star Wars movies could only be screened or sold in China because of threats of litigation from a cheap knockoff toy line called "Space Wars" that is sold exclusively in drug stores. It says a lot about that place that I can't narrow that down to more than two or three dozen people... ... if you mean MEMO, he's one of the mods responsible for the aforementioned mass bannings.
  6. Seto Kaiba

    No Love for Southern Cross?

    They did reopen, but they're still very much the borderline ghost town they were before the old site went down. Yeah, back in '07-'08 there was a back to back pair of big dustups where the volunteer moderators went on banning sprees which ended up largely depopulated the site. What started it was the fandom's overwhelmingly negative response to the Robotech: the Shadow Chronicles "movie". The ensuing deluge of criticism prompted the volunteer mods there to assert that non-constructive criticism was tantamount to a personal attack on the movie's staff and start handing out bans, and since "constructive criticism" was more a code word for "effusive praise" the bans flowed like water. It got worse after fans started asking pointed questions about the Macross legal situation when HG announced that the proposed live action movie was going to be a reimagined "Macross Saga". The volunteer mods dispensed a huge amount of inaccurate and generally malicious misinformation and then banned anyone who corrected them, claiming the corrections had caused them "pain and suffering". The forum's rules were usually OK with legit Japanese non-HG-licensed merch being talked about, but grey market stuff like Cap's models would have been right out.
  7. While the MythBusters did conclusively demonstrate that it was, in fact, quite possible to literally polish a turd... I remain somewhat bewildered when people seem to think the result of a turd-polishing session will be something other than crap that is now slightly glossier than when they started. Fan edits can fix bad editing, but The Last Jedi was not a badly-edited film. The problem with The Last Jedi was that it had a mediocre, fanfic-ish screenplay directed by the relatively inexperienced fanboy who wrote it. Having seen a few of Johnson's other films I suspect he's one of those writer-director types like Gene Roddenberry or George Lucas who shone when he had someone holding his leash and filtering his ideas through a lense of common sense and turns out garbage when he's left unsupervised. Looper was well-received, so someone well-meaning idiot clearly thought he could be left to his own devices. Simple. It's precisely because they are fans who respect and adore the series that they f*ck it up.
  8. Seto Kaiba

    New Macross TV Series in 2018

    Yeah, the very first episode... they toss the whiny brat in the cockpit in his high school uniform and it works just fine. I know the whole schtick in Evangelion is it's a psychological puppet show about Shinji's adolescent anxieties and social dysfunction, but Rebuild turning the fanservice up to eleven by making the flightsuits transparent for no reason was not a welcome change. Macross, at least, did the more-or-less skintight spacesuit thing for predominantly practical reasons. The mechanical counterpressure suits are less bulky and allow greater freedom of natural movement, reduced need for cooling systems, and a greatly reduced need for large air tanks since the only parts of the suit that are pressurized with gas are the helmet, boots, and gloves. (Even though Macross has a fair number of female pilots, it didn't really get fanservice-y until Macross Frontier, with Cpt. Klan Klan's suit struggling to contain her "assets".) (Later designs more actively benefitted from the mechanical compression aspect of the suit design by varying the compression to prevent blood from pooling in the extremities in high g-force loading conditions.) That said, I still like the New UN Forces pilot suit (the model Master File called the TSV-51) way more than the SMS or Xaos pilot suits.
  9. Seto Kaiba

    New Macross TV Series in 2018

    Mirage-as-a-singer was probably never explored because 1. they already had the idol group composed the way they wanted and 2. they'd already done the reverse of that in Macross R with its main character Chelsea Scarlett, a Zentradi idol singer-turned-fighter pilot. That was always my understanding... that the hairpin-things on their heads were the neurological connection and the rest was all...?
  10. Seto Kaiba

    Super Macross Mecha Fun Time Discussion Thread!

    Over two months on from the release of the Macross Delta: Passionate Walkure movie on Blu-ray along with the specs for the movie-specific Armored Pack, and I'm perplexed that the specs haven't made their way into ANY Macross sites yet... None! Not even the Japanese ones!
  11. Seto Kaiba

    New Macross TV Series in 2018

    Well, it did turn out that they were using technology introduced in Macross Frontier... just not that specific piece of tech. It made a certain amount of sense once it became obvious that Delta was copying anything and everything it could from Frontier in the hopes that that'd be enough to make it popular. Macross was doing mechanical counterpressure suits a solid decade before Evangelion was even a thing... Come to that, I was never super clear on why they needed to wear form-fitting spacesuits in the entry plugs in the first place. They were being submerged in blood-warm LCL, so they didn't need insulation, radiation protection, pressurization, or an external oxygen supply. If she were a cyborg it'd be as easy as dropping a combat AI into her noggin and sending her on her way, just like Maris Stella in Macross R.
  12. Seto Kaiba

    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    I have three copies, and it does... for his work in Macross Zero (VF-0 and SV-51 cockpit design, Octos, Cheyenne) and Macross Frontier (EX-Gear, Vajra, VF cockpits, some ships). Don't forget the interiors for the titular ship in Outlaw Star (amd most of the weapons).
  13. Seto Kaiba

    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    Are we talking about in the military's TO&E or in civilian hands? Mind you, we should probably be calling them "aerospace craft" nowadays since overtechnology marches ever onwards and there seem to be relatively few things in the air that aren't also spaceworthy. Commercial aviation is still very much a thing in Macross, both in terms of passenger craft and cargo transportation, so there are probably far more non-variable aerospace craft out in the galaxy than variable ones. SMS's parent company, Bilra Transport, was an interstellar cargo service so profitable that Richard Bilra could finance an entire emigrant fleet... so likely he alone owns more cargo planes than most nations have VFs. Helicopters have been shown to be quite popular as a way to get around in cities, and particularly cities inside emigrant ships. We saw the UN Forces troops using the Sea Sergeant and Comanchero model helicopters in the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross series, Sharon Apple's production staff used a helicopter to get around Macross City in Macross Plus, helicopters appeared in Macross Zero, and replicas of those same helis appeared in Macross Frontier. Fixed-wing aircraft have appeared more infrequently, but are still very much present after Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Macross Plus had that "eight engine all wing anti-giants bomber" flying wing model that we saw deploying the orange target drones from the YF-21's first big scene. Macross 7 had a number of ducted fan type aircraft including one broadly analogous in role and structure to the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane with four ducted fans that was used to haul Exsedol down to see the ruins on Lux, a twin-fan helicopter analogue used by the City 7 news crews, a large fixed-wing cargo plane, a smaller (roughly VF sized) recovery craft, and a twin ducted fan lifter that was designed to haul battroids around. Frontier gave us a more jet airliner-esque Galaxy Starliner than the cruise ship type we saw in Macross Plus, and the EX-Gear's flight configuration is arguably the last word when it comes to ultralights (though Guld's wasn't anything to sneeze at in Macross Plus). We obviously saw quite a few in Macross Zero given that it took place before the First Space War, including Shin's F-14A+, various MiG-29s, and a KS-3A Viking carrier-launched refueling craft, EDIT: I forgot one! In Macross 7 Trash, 1st Lt. Heuer owns a QF-3000E that'd been converted with a side-by-side cockpit for use as a leisure craft. Offhand, I can recall at least one instance of lighter-than-air aircraft being used in Macross... City-7's MBS had an honest-to-goodness blimp in at least one episode. I don't recall offhand if we ever saw anything similar in Island-1 in Macross Frontier. Civilian ownership of VFs isn't unheard-of, but outside of professional sport (Vanquish League racing) and at least one planet we've seen where the local topography is so actively unfriendly to ground transportation that VFs and gravity-control flying cargo ships are the only ways of getting around it doesn't appear to have been that common. Our view is likely skewed somewhat by the way stories in the Macross metaseries inevitably revolve around the affairs of soldiers in military or paramilitary organizations.
  14. Seto Kaiba

    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    Personally, I think it bears more of a resemblance to the YF-27-5 Shahar... ... there's a main timeline New UN Forces insignia on its left wing, it has a fold booster, and its pilot identified as an officer from the Macross Galaxy NUNS defense force, so that seems rather unlikely. Of the three mechanical designers who worked on Macross Frontier, none of them were associated with Macross II: Lovers Again and the only one who worked on Flash Back 2012 was Kawamori himself. Junya Ishigaki collaborated with Shoji Kawamori on VF designs, specifically doing the designs for the cockpits and EX-Gear (he had previously also done the designs for the Cheyenne and Octos destroids in Macross Zero) as well as the Vajra. Western fans would probably remember his work best from Outlaw Star, where he designed many of the grappler ships, but he was also involved in many Gundam titles including Wing, Unicorn, Victory, and all three Build series. Takeshi Takakura did some supplemental mechanical design for the series, but I'm not aware of anything specifically flagged as his. His past portfolio includes a personal favorite of mine (Terrestrial Defense Enterprise Dai-Guard), Engage Planet Kiss Dum, Rebuild of Evangelion, Aquarion's three shows, Martian Successor Nadesico, and Samurai Gun... but Macross Frontier is his only Macross design credit.
  15. Seto Kaiba

    New Macross TV Series in 2018

    Reina was... at least in the first episode.
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