There’s no point in running these ‘no anime is dropped forever’ posts if I don’t actually watch the anime featured. So here we go again, with Macross Frontier.
Picked up on: Episode 1
Why I picked it up again: Because you lot told me to. Which is pretty much the same reason I pick up any anime in these posts. Why do I have this section again?
Review: I can certainly see why I originally dropped Macross Frontier. It is awfully derivative, but not necessarily in a bad way. Which sounds like an oxymoron but bare with me for a second while I explain.
When I make season previews, I’m often on the lookout for something a bit left of centre. Something very different from the norm, like Tatami Galaxy last season. They’re a welcome change of pace from your standard anime fare and any anime watcher needs these shows occasionally in their diet to keep them from growing bitter from repetitive viewings of the same old anime. Some people state that these types of shows are why they watch anime. They watch anime for those series that set themselves aside from the rest of the pack. Ultimately I believe these types of fans are doomed to the burnout. These anime are rare. You might get 2-3 every year, leaving you disenchanted with the rest of anime fandom as they watch whatever this latest mecha singing craze happens to be.
To really enjoy anime though, there has to be an inherent love of the staples of the medium. This isn’t something you can naturally create and cultivate. It’s deep ingrained into your psyche. Whether you want to or not, you will enjoy the crazy coloured hair, the robots, the love triangles, the grand plots, the exaggeration of certain character traits. This might sound like I’m describing Macross Frontier but you could use those exact same descriptions for Code Geass, Full Metal Panic, Mai Hime and many more. Series that are so inherently ‘anime’, yet have a sheen to them that says the creators loved and cared for what they were making. This is what I watch anime for. Not for the latest arthouse series. I watch it for the series that scream of anime and scream it the loudest and with the most passion.
I wouldn’t say Macross Frontier restored my love for anime or anything like that. For one, it’s not like I never lost it, and anyway that would be giving it way more credit than it deserves (I ended up giving it a MAL score of 7). This time though, I removed the jaded veil of someone who thought he had seen this all before. That season I was busy being enthralled by Kaiba (Geass R2 was also airing at this time, but I was late to that train and only started watching R2 when it had reached something like episode 14). I had seen it all in regards to Macross Frontier before. But this time it managed to recapture the feeling of a newbie anime fan, amazed and entertained by everything that was atypical in anime.
Also Sheryl > Ranka
Was it worth picking up again: Yes. Unbelievably ridiculous civil-war stopping divas and all.