Review: Macross Frontier: The False Songstress (Itsuwari no Utahime)

Macross Frontier: The False Songstress is a visually stunning 2-hour movie with enough differences from the TV series to keep you watching until the end.  But as I was watching it, I couldn’t help to compare it to DYRL. I like DYRL better because I can relate to its characters more easily:  I see more of myself in Hikaru than in Alto.  Why?  Because Hikaru, like myself, has a humble beginning, and is quite average-looking.  He’s not a dashing womanizer with a deep-sounding voice (Roy Fokker), and he’s not the best ace pilot (Max).  Yet he’s placed in extraordinary circumstances, and is our humble hero.  His situation speaks to our dream of being in extraordinary circumstances and being a hero.  In Macross Frontier, Alto is our hero, but he’s out of the ordinary:  he’s bishounen,  has an acting background, is quick-tempered, and tends to overreact.  I can’t relate to any of those qualities.

And how many of us men go through chasing someone who’s not right for us, just to see if we can make it work, and later discover it doesn’t, and then realize we need to be with someone whose lifestyle and tendencies suit us better?  This sounds like Hikaru’s fascination with Minmay before deciding Misa is better for him.

As for the women in the love triangles, I can relate to Minmay’s situation more than Sheryl or Ranka’s because she had an average upbringing.  On the SDF-1 in the TV series, she helps her aunt and uncle with their restaurant before making it as a successful singer.  How many of us have helped our parents or relatives with their businesses?   In contrast, Sheryl was homeless before being rescued and made into a star.  How many people do we know share a similar background?  Ranka is somehow the queen of the Vajra:  do we know anyone who can control insects by singing?  Ranka’s talent sounds like a superhero quality, something you’d see on X-Men, like Storm’s ability to control the weather.

And what about the choice Alto makes between Sheryl and Ranka?  Is either of them “right” for him?  He has a strong aversion to acting/performing, even though he did these before, so Sheryl wouldn’t be right for him.  And Ranka is too young for him.  Ranka’s crush is more like a high school girl who gets a crush on a college guy.

Oh, that’s right.  I’m not the target demographic.

Anyway, here’s the cover of the Blu-ray DVD Hybrid Pack, which comes with the movie and a trial version of a PS3 game on one disc.

Blu-ray DVD box cover

DVD cover sheet

DVD Booklet cover

PS3 game instructions.

Small film strip

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2 responses to “Review: Macross Frontier: The False Songstress (Itsuwari no Utahime)

  1. You make some really good points in this post about relating to the charaters in these movies.
    I haven’t seen Macross Frontier and probably won’t, but I have seen DYRL and, of course, I watched Robotech growing up. I too identified with Rick/Hikaru more than anyone else in both. He is the ‘every man’, the guy that finds himself an extra ordinary situation and just has to deal with it. Sure he was an excellent amature pilot but that was about it. He makes mistakes and has accidents, and like me (and it sounds like you have done the same) falls in love with the wrong woman for him and wastes years of his life chasing her. He’s plauged with doubt and never thinks he’s quite good enough but he keeps on going and, for the most part, doing the right thing. Sounds like a guy I would like to have as a friend.

    One thing that did bother me about DYRL was how they slightly altered Roy. The scene were he goes to look for Hikaru while drunk struck me as not in character. Roy is a Navel Avator, a professional, he is combat tested, cool under fire- hell, before the SDF-1 found itself in space he was taking off and landing on aircraft carriers in the dark, in bad weather, maybe even under attack. Those guys have to be smart and skilled. Sure Hikaru is his friend but I don’t think he would go fly a combat mission tanked. That just kind of detracted from his image for me.

  2. Good point about Roy’s character in DYRL. I agree–he seemed a bit out of character.

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