Macross Frontier

I considered saying something like “It’s good to see Macross back to form” or “After a somewhat dissapointing Macross Zero, I am happy to see…” but that all implies somehow that I am an avid follower of the series. I am not. I grew up on Robotech, loved Macross Plus and found Macross Zero ok but I haven’t seen anything else.

Now I am watching Macross Frontier and so far (6 episodes in) I am enjoying it. The first episodes felt a lot like a general rehash of the opening episodes of SDF Macross, story wise, which was a bit jarring but apart from that my recommendation would be that you watch it. It doesn’t hurt watching it in HD on a 40″ HDTV either.


So, I have searched around a bit ever since I heard something about the possibility of getting the original broadcast order-dvd’s in the US and lo and behold I have found them!
Well, actually, it looks like they will be on a bundled bonus-dvd shipped with the limited edition releases of volume 2 to 4 and since I was planning on getting thosa anyway, I am happy.

What I don’t like is that axelmusic, my supplier, has added ~$15 to the price of the LE’s. But, since they are still the cheapest place I can get them, I guess there is nothing much I can do about that.

The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya

I was originally going to call this post “The Joy Of Haruhi Suzumiya” or something like that, because I just got the Limited Edition of Volume 1 and boy is it nice.
The box itself is sturdy without being bulky and covered with nice colorful artwork. There is a small hidden magnet that keeps the front closed is a work of genius and the way the inside is designed logical and yet gives subtle hints of all the niceness that it will eventually contain.
The DVD and mini-soundtrack also comes in nicely designed packaging.

The DVD itself is also filled with extra material. 3 pages of it, in fact. I haven’t watched it yet but so far the amount alone outstrips most other TV shows I have seen (granted, that isn’t that many)

My problem is that Bandai decided to release the episodes chronologically as opposed to the seemingly random way the episodes were originally aired.
To someone who hasn’t seen the show yet this may seem like a perfectly fine way to do things, but it’s not really. I tell you why twomorrow.