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  1. The flyer it came on said it was only valid until 26-Jul-2013. I guess they weren't kidding.
  2. Just posting this for others in case they aren't aware. The following BDs are completely region free (verified by playing in my Australian region B Playstation 3). The first Macross Budokan concert SDF Macross series DRYL Flashback 2012 Both Frontier movies (original print run) Flashback 7 I can't vouch for anything else as that's all I own, but I suspect Bandai aren't region locking anything Macross related. Not particularly helpful for anybody buying DVDs rather than Blu Rays of course.
  3. Looks like a poor translation. The Japanese description says the OVA includes the English dub, not the movie, and that the subtitles are Japanese, not English. This is consistent with past DVD releases.
  4. I own the Budokan concert -- picked it up on in Japan without really thinking about it -- and it runs on my Australian PS3 which is region B. Bandai hasn't locked the Macross TV series or Do You Remember Love discs either. I don't own the Zero BD to verify, but if it's locked it's the outlier.
  5. Gokurakumaru

    Macross 30

    10% off at HMV for anybody who hasn't ordered yet. If you're not in Japan you don't pay tax so it's actually 10,620 yen when you order. http://www.hmv.co.jp...7%AE%B1_5251317
  6. CD Japan has shipped my order so I'm locked in either way. If this really is censored though I'll be very disappointed and won't be buying any future BDs without playing wait and see first.
  7. Filled out the special order form at CD Japan. Much obliged for the head's up, Keith.
  8. From what the show implies, the AFOS is protoculture tech, not Zentradi. Bodolza and Laplamiz ships are some 10kms long. You can see the Great Wall of China from space. What makes you think they were at sub-orbital altitudes? In Plus Guld and Isamu fold in above the orbit of satellites which are at least 35,000+kms above the Earth (geostationary orbits) and hardly can be considered in the atmosphere. And Frontier explicitly states that the Vajra are using fold tech that is nothing like that seen in the rest of the franchise, i.e. near instantaneous and fault-immune. So they're a really bad example. Haven't watched all of Macross 7 so not much to say about that... Unless you have some better examples of Zentradi technology being used in the same way the Macross was, yeah, it's safe to say the reaction from the Zentradi was not just because it was surprising, it's because it was downright dangerous.
  9. Disappointing there is still no proper Macross game for the PS3, but another hybrid pack is no bad thing. Especially with how well-realised the game version of Sayonara no Tsubasa was. Day 1 purchase.
  10. You aren't that old. Episode 1 was released in December 2002 and the production was so lethargic the final episode wasn't released until October 2004. So it's not really 10 years old by any meaningful measure.
  11. Back in stock at HMV for anybody who missed it first time around. http://www.hmv.co.jp/product/detail/4046364
  12. Totally awesome work! If I wasn't saving for a mortgage that would have sold me.
  13. This. And I've always thought anybody believing otherwise is either not paying attention to the story or just plain delusional. But probably both.
  14. Weird sentiment. The story may be the canon version but the Valkyrie designs aren't. Chunky hands FTL.
  15. Every war ever in the history of man featured defectors. You think it's somehow remarkable a large enough group of Zentradi could defect as to make a particular fleet impotent. I don't. People move to different countries and change their nationalities every single day based on cultural environment. Given the binary choice of "war" versus "peace-love-food-discos-sex" I'm surprised Bodolza himself didn't defect. I'm stunned you find it so incredulous. Oh and as for "hard" sci fi. LOL. The definitions you post seem to vary based on what the central narrative which has absolutely nothing to do with its plausability. To quote you: "Is it a realistic prediction that in 1999 an alien spacecraft piloted by giants will crash on earth giving us the power to create transforming robot jet planes? No. Was it a realistic prediction in the '80s? No." Would you call the story of "Contact" hard sci fi? It's the exact same concept as SDF Macross. Except aliens sought out human contact in that instance. But there are no transforming planes in that story so the fact that the spaceship travels through time which is completely disallowed by everything we know about spacetime doesn't bother you I suppose. Nobody's singing, after all. Zentradi/human ancestory is in SDFM though. So sexual compatibility is pretty freaking unremarkable in that respect. You're suggesting the fossil record disproves the existence of a species or genetic intervention? In spite of the fossil record proving people wrong every decade or so? Do tell.
  16. Amen. Hard to believe just over 100 years ago there was no theory of general relativity and that people thought the universe was filled with an aether. I mean even after general relativity it's almost unbelievable from an everyday point of view that time is nothing but an illusion. Although with that said the Vajura ignoring the laws of general relativity bugged the hell out of me, so maybe I'm a hypocrite.
  17. It's an unlikely story, but I don't know how two races making peace makes it any less hard sci-fi. If anything about the show is goofy it's the transforming planes. Oh and Minmay didn't sing them into becoming friends with Earth. Mutineering troops forced a ceasefire and Bodolza wanting to annhilate the Vrlitwhai fleet instigated a defection.
  18. I didn't realise people weren't comparing apples with apples with the VF-25 unloaded versus VF-1 fully loaded. The experimental nature of the VF-1 can account for it happily I guess. I don't really see these as being even remotely the same ballparks. Propellor fighter at the dawn of winged flight compared to a modern jet versus a for all intents and purposes infinite amount of power output from a reactor being used to drive a turbine and super-heat fuel. Wouldn't all the science have to go into chemical science in the second scenario versus the radical evolution of auroneutical engineering and modelling you get in the first? Oh and while I don't doubt the VF-25 is designed as an atmospheric fighter as one of its benchmarks, there's just no atmosphere for it to be used in an exploration fleet. Isn't one of the Frontier premises that the fleets are building their own tech? I assumed it and the Galaxy VFs were engineered on premise and would naturally be optimised for in-space flight. Resource conservation seemed to be a premium concern in Frontier. Although I guess we know VFs are easily capped with limiters so maybe that's a non-argument.
  19. Not knowing anything about aerospace engineering, why is the VF-1's thrust to weight ratio so low in the first place? Obviously it's a function of how much air the plane can heat and move, but why is it so low versus a VF-25 which logically should have been designed with one of the lowest given it needs to store reaction mass internally since it's primarily a space fighter. Could the VF-1 be upgraded to put it more in line with the VFs circa 2050 era? I'm not getting the science behind what makes a plane with a nuclear reactor in each leg such a wet fish power-wise.
  20. Okay, "chased" was a bad word. But later in the series Alto is clearly more interested in Sheryl than Ranka from the misconstrued kiss above the concert hall to going to his old man's place to see her. Which doesn't change my response to the poll at all. She's still a crap character.
  21. Isamu and Sheryl for me. I love Macross Plus. It's my favorite behind the original series. But Isamu is a completely self-centred apeface who acts with criminal disregard for human life when he gets his nose bent out of joint. Guld is not far behind but he's a more sympathetic character. Sheryl is just annoying. She's hot and all but I couldn't give two hoots about her or her plight. Again she's just self-centred and Alto chases after her... because... um, why again? Famous and hot? Yeah. Not much depth there.
  22. Holy crap, man! I'm surprised you can afford a house to put them in after that shopping spree!
  23. By the year 2060 happily ever after still means dead for those characters regardless. I really don't want to hear the story of Hikaru, Misa, and Minmay falling into a black hole and being crushed. Do you?
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