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Timeline Ai 01A: Contact With The Zentraadi: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRtimeline/MCRtimeline.php

- some interesting points, especially how they work in the movie opening from the SDFM-DYRL game into the chronology.

Mechanic: F NUNS 04A: AIF-7S Ghost: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRmechanic/MCRmechanic.php#MF

- also some good points - the QF-3000E being a fighter-bomber comes first to mind.

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Sadly Metal Siren was already featured in that way in the old edition, nothing new here.

The 2JA got the shaft it seems

To be fair, the VF-2JA probably deserved to get the shaft... it's so frigging minor even though it's an unconventional and interesting design. It'd be like them giving a cover to any of the other one-scene wonders like that messenger plane from Macross Galaxy, or the construction Valkyrie from Macross 7.

Still, nice to see a nice big version of the Metal Siren painting...

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Character: D7 Citizen 02A: Mylene Flare Jiinasu: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRcharacter/MCRcharacter.php#MD7

- alas the RM on Sazapii is too short and only ends up recycling a barest outline of what happened, let alone why Mylene got into it, or Sazapii's ulterior motive.

History M 14A: Zentraadi Soldiers Defect: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRhistory/MCRhistory.php#SDFM

- quite a bit more juicy - providing some insight into the thinking behind the actions of key players.

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Timeline Ai 02A: The Love Song That Reverberates In The Giants: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRtimeline/MCRtimeline.php

- quite informative. I like how the first RM delves into what and why the Zentraadi are doing what they're doing to the Macross at the beginning of the film, and the second RM adds a dimension to the Zentraadi that I haven't come across before: in the movie timeline, the Zentraadi (and Meltrandi) ARE the Protoculture - albeit twisted, and only a shadow of their former selves.

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Mechanic: TF SMS 03A: VF-19EF/A "Isamu Special" / VF-25A Messiah: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRmechanic/MCRmechanic.php#TMF

- quite a tour de force. Not so much for the stats per se, but the back story. It fills in a lot of blanks about what happened to not only Isamu, but also Jan. I really like how it also incorporates MtR events in (not just the VF-19EF name), and, if I'm not mistaken, also references the VFMF:VF-19 book (that book is the only other place I've came across the "ARIEL" VF-19 control program. Not sure if it has appeared in anything more official before the VFMF book's publication).

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Episode: M34A & B: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross Eps. 34 "Private Time": http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRepisode/MCRepisode.php#SDFM

- some good points, especially in the craftsmanship aspects.

History M 15A: The Interstellar Wedding: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRhistory/MCRhistory.php#SDFM

- the RMs are handing - collecting an overview of Max and Miria's activities between SDFM and M7, as well as the names of all 8 of their daughters.

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Episode: 7 46A & B: Macross 7 Eps. 46 "Gamlin's Revolt": http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRepisode/MCRepisode.php#M7

- although the commentary raises some very good points, the two RM's leave me wondering what the point of them is (aside from summarizing things).

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Mechanic: 7 UN 03B VF-11MAXL Kai: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRmechanic/MCRmechanic.php#M7

- compared to the other pages that have been expanded, this one is light on changes and other new content - though, having a complete set of specs for the Sound Booster is nice.

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Timeline II 01A: The Marduk Invasion And Peace: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRtimeline/MCRtimeline.php

- reading this reminds me of how many good ideas there were in this series, but how it ultimately wasn't executed very well as the production aimed at being an imitation, rather than a progression of the SDFM/DYRL story. Compare with Orguss II (truly the only thing MII is comparable to), where they took things in a new direction (like M7 did, but without some of the good ideas found in MII).

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Mechanic: Other UN 08A: YF-30 Chronos: http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRmechanic/MCRmechanic.php#Other

- quite a nice sheet, with a nice blend of stats and story from the game (especially for those of us who don't have it). Also, Kodachi Ukyou's influence can really be felt in the character/aircraft/planet names. There's just something so much more literary about the stuff he produces (such as allusions and so on).

Eg: the cyclicality meaning of Ouroboros in the context of the characters who appear in the game, and the "sayings of the high one" literal meaning of Havamal, the NUNS Special Forces in the game. I haven't seen a writer have this much fun with names since Harry Potter

And on top of that, references to other great Macross games!

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LOL...or a few more years until version 3.0!!! ;)

*wince*

Oh gods no... please no... at least they should wait a few more titles before they throw out another edition. My poor bookshelves can't take the strain!

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Episode: M35A & B: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross Eps. 35 "Romanesque": http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRepisode/MCRepisode.php#SDFM

- I found the commentary and topics quite enjoyable. A nice balance between in-universe, the production side, contrasting with the DYRL version, and putting an underline between Kawamori et al's trolling in Macross - before such a concept even existed!

Episode: 7 47A & B: Macross 7 Eps. 47 "Basara Dies": http://sketchleytranslation.host-ed.me/MCRepisode/MCRepisode.php#M7

- the episode title is still quite provocative, eh. Alas, I didn't find the commentary and topics as enjoyable as the SDFM episode sheets.

Issue 76....

:(

Not sure if there's anything to get worked up about. Look at the contents:

Mechanic Sheets: UN Naval Vessels (MII), VF Cockpits Changes (new), Fz-109.

Character: Saotome Aruto, Lynn Minmei

Timeline: Frontier Fleet And The Fight With The Vajra (TF)

History: Factory Satellite Op

Episode: MD7 Opening/Ending, SDFM Eps 36, M7 Encore "On Stage"

Song: Northern Cross/Fairy

Goods: Macross Related Publications 2, Blu-Ray 2

All are single sheets, and the VF-1 on the cover is recycled from a previously released fold-out page. (Yeah, I get that we're receiving one less Tenjin painting, but the magazine is so much more than his paintings).

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...but the magazine is so much more than his paintings...

Yes, agreed.....like how MW is more than just about the latest VF toy releases from Bandai and Arcadia.....however, that's what arguably generates the most interest for the site....similarly, the Tenjin illustrations are the draw for the Macross Chronicle, even if there is much more going on in each issue....it is what it is...and I'm perfectly fine with it... :)

BTW, without your translations........most on this site would probably be left with just the art when it comes to the Macross Chronicle....so thanks for helping us get the most bang for our buck (several hundreds of bucks worth!) via your continued translations...very much appreciated!

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