Anime Review: Robotech Masters

Genre: Sci-fi/Mecha

Studio: Tatsunoko

Distributor: Manga/Harmony Gold

No of Episodes: 23

Suggested Age: 13+

My Rating: 6/10

Summary: This is an adaptation of Super Dimensional Cavalary Southern Cross, and is the second part of the Robotech Saga. Set fifteen years after the events in the Robotech saga.  It concerns the adventures of Lieutenant Dana Sterling, daughter of Max Sterling in the first series.

Review: I found this part of the saga marginally enjoyable.  The story was well-paced and somewhat engaging.

The animation isn’t much different from the previous installment.  I really like how detailed the mechs are.

The series’ heroine, Dana Sterling, seems very immature to me.  She tends to act rashly and I have to agree with her superiors who think that she doesn’t take her position seriously.  At times, I found her quite annoying.

Marie is another central character and is an excellent foil for Dana. She’s less impulsive and will react in a more mature fashion.  If Dana needs to be taken down a peg, it’s usually Marie that does it.

The final central character, Nova, is the youngest.  Like Marie, she’s also less immature than Dana. In fact, she considers Dana a rival.  At first, she seems cold, but as the show progresses, she slwoly becomes more open to others and more emotional.

My favorite character was Bowie.  The previous series had an annoying pacifist named Kyle.  He opposed the military and failed to acknoledge that they were actually protecting everyone from invaders.  Bowie, however, is a pacifist done right.  You can be a pacifist without opposing those who protect you or impeding their efforts, and Bowie clearly shows this.  We get the feeling that this is not something he wants to do, but he knows what is important.

Sub/Dub: Not a bad dub, actually. No annoying voices like in th previous installment.

Music/Score: There’s no change from the previous part’s score, so everything I said in my review of Robotech: The Macross Saga’s music applies here.

Violence: (4/10) If you can handle Star Wars, you’ll be fine.

Nudity: (3/10) Some shower scenes but not much else.

Religion: (0/10)

Sexuality: (0/10)

Related Media: This is the second of three series that made up the Robotech saga. A small press company called Comico adapted it back in the 80’s.

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