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Macross Δ (Delta) Movie Gekijō no Walkūre (Passionate Walkure)


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I do want to note that the Japanese Macross Delta releases are also "Region A" - they're not region-free, but the blu-ray regions are more inclusive than the old DVD regions were.

The only other official releases you can get with English subtitles: the "Shudisuta" box set of both Frontier movies (which is an excellent box set btw, and the subtitles are great) and the special edition Macross Plus box set, but it is stupid expensive and the subtitles are... not very good. They're also only on the movie version, the OVA version includes the English audio track but no English subtitles. The Frontier set used to be relatively cheap (usually around $90) but it seems secondary market prices have gone up quite a lot.

The standalone blu-ray releases of the Plus and Frontier movies don't have English subtitles, though.

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On 5/18/2020 at 6:51 PM, Graham said:

Wasn't that announced like 2 years ago?

I'd pretty much given up on it already and assumed it was cancelled.

 

Since they unveiled a preliminary valk sketch last October, have an tie-in image single dropping this month, and it’s been mentioned on the Speakerpodcast how production is progressing, I’m not too sure where you’d get that impression from. 
Fortunately, it’s still happening :-)

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On 5/20/2020 at 12:43 AM, jeniusornome said:

I do want to note that the Japanese Macross Delta releases are also "Region A" - they're not region-free, but the blu-ray regions are more inclusive than the old DVD regions were.

The only other official releases you can get with English subtitles: the "Shudisuta" box set of both Frontier movies (which is an excellent box set btw, and the subtitles are great) and the special edition Macross Plus box set, but it is stupid expensive and the subtitles are... not very good. They're also only on the movie version, the OVA version includes the English audio track but no English subtitles. The Frontier set used to be relatively cheap (usually around $90) but it seems secondary market prices have gone up quite a lot.

The standalone blu-ray releases of the Plus and Frontier movies don't have English subtitles, though.

Regardless of what the listing may say, I’ve tested Delta discs in Region B players and they worked fine, so it may be a case of the listing just ticking off the necessary boxes. 

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22 hours ago, Mommar said:

I'd love to own all of the series/films on Blu Ray but Japanese media is so ludicrously overpriced I refuse to buy any of it.

Fortunately enough time has passed that prices on Delta discs has dropped considerably - look on the Japanese second hand market and they can be even more affordable with a bit of hunting :-)

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On 5/20/2020 at 6:40 PM, Tochiro said:

Fortunately enough time has passed that prices on Delta discs has dropped considerably - look on the Japanese second hand market and they can be even more affordable with a bit of hunting :-)

That wouldn’t be the series I’d choose...

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Walkure’s latest single “The Future is for Women” is currently ranked No.1 seller on Amazon Japan. 
Neither Walkure nor Macross are stopping anytime soon :-)
(a certain Makina superfan and SpeakerPODcast contributor can also be heard during one of the tracks if you know where to listen;-)

 

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Thanks for the tip about the new release. Looks hopeful. I'm still hoping for more Walkure character development and now it might actually happen.

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  • 2 months later...

Bear in mind, this is not a review of the complete movie as I am still in the process of viewing it.  So far, the point I stopped it at was the better handled Messer death in which he at least got to say his bit to Kaname.

 

The Hayate/Freyja relationship takes full circle so much but is given precious time to grow and flourish that I don't think we even need to worry about the lack of Mirage footage, at least I didn't.  One of the concert pieces namely the Freyja debut has some atrocious 3D/2D animation mixing that takes me out of being in an experience of Macross concert and more of a really bad drug induced dream.  I found it extremely touching to the point of tears not only Freyja's birthday given such a precious gift like Hayate's snow machine but also Mikumo initiating the Happy Birthday song, moments like these just make it all worthwhile.  I will be sure to add my thoughts on the remaining parts when I get the chance soon, don't worry.

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UPDATE:

 

The final act of the movie was so beautiful, I barely can put it into words.  If only this method of storytelling had been more relative in the television version, it would have had a better chance.  "Dancing in the Moonlight" is now my new favorite Walkure song with his disco homage and playfulness between the singers.  Also, Kaname gets more time in the spotlight given how Messer got a more memorable and honorable sendoff both in his death scene as well as the funeral where the art department really outdid itself on the jellyfish taking off into the air.  As a matter of fact, the animation department aside from that incompatible 3D computer/2D concert where Freyja debuted definitely deserves all the praise in the world for giving us the gift of spectacular visuals in the mech combat as well as the final battle concert where Mikumo finally breaks free of her Mary Sue/artificial human self and lets herself be inspired instead of usually being the one who gives the inspiration with her songs.  Overall, outstanding compilation Macross Delta story and would definitely watch it again!

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Yeah, that game-inspired concert scene being just dropped in there really took me out of the 'moment.' They reused so much footage from the series, nicely altering backgrounds to fit the movie, that I think they could have either polished it up or made a band new scene. Esp with it being Freyja's debut I didn't get any feelings from the character such as nervousness or success. It really was just a 2D CG scene. Really disappointed there.

As for the 'triangle' there was very much a lack of one in Passionate Walkure, which I appreciated. Though I could always go for more Mirage, focusing on just the two characters made the love-arc tighter and definitely fitted better for a movie version. (Though I will say that Frontier's False Songstress did pull it off pretty good.)

Overall, I liked it. Still not as good as Frontier, but enjoyable.

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From the comments I've seen it sounds like a 21st Century version of M7.  Heavy emphasis on the music, less on the story and action.  Unfortunate....

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6 minutes ago, Zinjo said:

From the comments I've seen it sounds like a 21st Century version of M7.  Heavy emphasis on the music, less on the story and action.  Unfortunate....

That's a fair summation of Macross Delta in general, IMO... in both the positive and negative senses.

Questionable pacing, a story that's less serious and kind of threadbare-feeling, repetitive action, but a soundtrack full of absolute bangers.

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