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  1. Very few (if it's anything like the Daegostini rerelease of Macross Chronicle). So far, I have yet to find any copies in any of the local bookstores (just like MC, the eastern part of Osaka Prefecture isn't part of their test area).
  2. I thought it was just Japanese manga/artistic shorthand to show he's really, really intelligent. Like a bubble coming out of the nose signifies someone is sleeping, a nose bleed for . . . well, you know.
  3. Or, honest friends telling him like it is: "'What Is This ****?' How Brian De Palma & Steven Spielberg Reacted to the First Star Wars Screening George Lucas invited his pals to an early screening of Star Wars, without the music or effects in it yet. The results were not good." https://www.getblockbuster.com/post/what-is-this-how-brian-de-palma-steven-spielberg-reacted-to-the-first-star-wars-screening
  4. I think limited budget is the reason why Star Wars was so good when the first film came out. Nowadays, with CG, etc., there is virtually an "unlimited" budget, allowing writers, etc. to use their first "story" ideas. Back in the day, they arguably couldn't go with their first idea, and had to rethink things to fit into the budget—invariably coming up with better ideas that helped the story. As someone mentioned about AOTC: the clones vs. droids battle is there for the spectacle (or "just because they could afford to do it"). Compare to the climactic battle scenes in ROTJ: they're kept to minimal snippets to convey the scale of the fight (due to budget limitations), and a lot of the focus is on the battle of wills between the Emperor and Luke (relatively low cost—as it's essentially closeups of actors acting with minimal visual and special effects)—which is at the heart and soul of Star Wars. Thus, big budgets are killing what makes Star Wars great.
  5. WOW! I thought those small mecha collection "vehicle model" sets were highly detailed because they were merely smaller versions of the larger kits. That level of detail is a whole order of magnitude greater!
  6. Ah, that line of reasoning assumes that everyone in Japan understands English at a native speaker level, no? Nevertheless, overseas movie renaming has been going on for ages. For example the 007 film "Tomorrow Never Dies" was changed to "007 Never Dies".
  7. Agreed. That's something that seems to be forgotten with the sequels for Alien and Terminator (well, now that Ridley Scott is helming the movies again, it's arguable that the pendulum has swung too far back from 'action' movie for some fans' tastes). Going back to the original Terminator: let's not forget it's genesis: a fever-induced nightmare. IMHO, that sums up what the Terminator is all about.
  8. I think this sums up why I totally dislike the "so-called" bomber scene in Eps 8. It's just not consistent with what we've seen before in any of the SW movies. This inconsistency stretches from spaceship ("spacebomber") design and munitions used, to spaceship speeds and combat tactics used. Just think how much more interesting and visually dynamic the sequence would've been if Poe was point man to a squadron of rusty Y-wing clunkers that ends up with a scene like 'Kong rides the bomb' from "Dr. Strangelove". But I guess because one of the Disney execs' goals was to sell more merchandise we get suspension-of-disbelief breaking "spacebombers" . . .
  9. If memory serves, the "delimiter mode" merely removes all performance limits on the airframe (in short, what was preventing the plane from moving so fast that the pilot turns into goo). The purging of the arms and legs was nothing more than that: purging dead weight.
  10. More interesting is why is H.I.S. sponsoring it? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.I.S._(travel_agency)
  11. I don't think there's any political economic system that can adequately describe it. The closest would be "war time economy" combined with "disaster economy". Concepts like money probably faded away for quite a few years while humanity got back up on its feet.
  12. It's one of those "they were there all along. Just off screen, outside of the camera shot . . ." The only exception to that rule was the all-Zentradi fleet in Macross 7. But, even then they only showed multiples of Buritai's flagship . . .
  13. Airmail is priced by size as much as it is by weight (not to mention the speed premium).
  14. Kawamori-san has repeatedly stated 100 ships. However, that's been to answer such things as your question and how many Zentradi ships joined the Unified Forces in total. Of course, one thing to keep in mind is that those were answers to questions that are decades apart. 100 appears to be the number that stuck in his head, while the context didn't stick around. It's also a convenient excuse for why we don't see more Zentradi ships active in Unified Forces fleets—a plausible in-universe excuse to explain the Studio Nue visual design methodology (an example of their visual design is the at-the-time unexpected replacement of the VF-19 by the VF-171 in MF).
  15. The Japanese Wikipedia article* has the following write-ups: Regarding the changes, my best guess is that they are a combination of improved repairability, increased reactor output and—at least with the Rigādo—more leg room for the pilot. * https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ゼントラーディ軍の兵器#リガード
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