TRANSLATION: Do You Remember Love, the Novelization – Parts I to III

Well, it’s finally here! Part III of the Do You Remember Love novelization is now complete, and contains two of the longest chapters in the book.

So if you’ve been following along all the while, that means there’s one new (long) chapter you haven’t read. And if you’re new, it’s the perfect time to jump in, since here are the first three parts of the story.

And, as always, if you’re looking for more Macross book and drama album translations, I have more here.

TRANSLATION: Do You Remember Love, the Novelization – Part III, Chapter 3

And it’s finally here, Chapter 3 of Part III of my translation of Sukehiro Tomita’s Do You Remember Love novelization! As always, it tends to follow the general arc of the movie rather than being a scene-for-scene adaptation of it, and here especially it fills in some points that are simply skipped over in the film.

And as always, if you missed the earlier parts, they’re here.

TRANSLATION: Do You Remember Love, the Novelization – Parts I and II


Well, after nearly two years that I really didn’t plan on taking off from this project, I’ve been back working on Sukehiro Tomita’s 1984 novelization of Do You Remember Love.

Rather than upload just the next chapter, I decided upon finishing it to go for broke and just finish up Part II of the novel (not THAT big a deal, since there was only one more chapter, and it was quite short). So here‘s Parts I and II together, the entire novel so far. If you just want to pick up where I left off before, the first new chapter is “Misa 6,” which starts on Page 99.

Honestly, the last two chapters (ESPECIALLY the final one) of Part II seem… a little rushed. We finally meet the Zentradi for the first time in the novel, and there’s barely any description at all.

I also notice that the book is becoming more like the movie (although some pretty major differences remain). Indeed, a good portion of the dialogue here is directly from the film itself, which hasn’t happened before in the book.

Anyway, I can’t promise when Part III will makes it debut, but I am currently working on it, and I hope to have its first chapter up soon.

As always, if you’ve missed any of my previous translations, they’re all here.



Sorry for the long delay… Things have been busy and I’d been procrastinating about a lot of stuff, but with the recent lockdown, I’ve finally picked up the DYRL novel again, and I should have new chapters up soon.

In other news, it’s pretty obvious that Macross the First has been canceled again, and probably for good this time. So none of the links on my summary posts work anymore, and I’m unsure what to do about that. On the one hand, I think the summaries are still useful for anyone who has the manga (and you’d HAVE to have the manga in physical form, since the Cycomi links are all dead now). On the other hand, I’m unlikely to continue the summaries, since it’ll just hit a dead end with no resolution. I apologize, but in order to do this kind of work, I first of all need enthusiasm for each project, and I don’t have any eagerness for a Macross the First that leaves off on a double-cliffhanger (since it left the main story for a flashback, and even the flashback is incomplete).

As for the Southern Cross rewatch, I want to get back to it, but it won’t happen immediately. I worked pretty hard to finish the Orguss Rewatch before the 35th anniversary of the debut of Southern Cross, and I underestimated how exhausted that would make me, and how the last thing I wanted to do was plunge into another deep dive into a series. Although I did end up watching all of Super Beast Machine God Dancouga recently (I found it mediocre, but mostly enjoyable), so maybe I’m ready for something else. And Southern Cross is pretty short, anyway.

For the Macross Rewatch, I’m holding off doing the Delta movie until the second movie comes out, so it’s gonna be a while.

Anyway, sorry to be gone so long. And again, I should have more DYRL up soon.

Master List of All Rewatches

I’d heard from a few people that the Rewatches are difficult to navigate, so this post should make it much simpler. For ease of reading, I’ve organized the links here by series rather than the strict release-order that I used for for the Rewatches themselves, most obviously in separating Plus and Seven into two separate sections, and placing all the Frontier and Delta concerts at the end of their sections, rather than as they happened. So while this list kinda muddles the production order a bit, it turns it into a pretty good reply if someone asks, “What order should I watch the Macross series in?”

(If you’re looking for my Macross translations, they’re here.)

The Great Macross Rewatch

Super Dimension Fortress Macross

Super Dimension Fortress Macross II ~ LOVERS AGAIN

Macross Plus

Macross 7

Macross Festival ’95

Macross Dynamite 7

Macross Zero

Macross Frontier

Macross Delta

The Great Orguss Rewatch

Super Dimension Century Orguss

Super Dimension Century Orguss 02

The Great Southern Cross Rewatch

Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross



So the big international Macross poll just happened and there is much tumult in a few VERY small circles about the results. There isn’t much that really surprises me, except for the low showing of the Macross 7 movie, which I think is EXCELLENT, one of the greatest Macross productions ever, but I guess we all have our complaints. In fairness, I didn’t vote for it, because I still think Do You Remember Love? is one of the greatest movies of all time.

(And yes, some of the votes were definitely split, unfairly. The YF-19 would’ve gotten WAY more votes had it not been divided between the Plus OVA and movie.)

Anyway, we have the results now, despite my complaints (although I have NO complaints about the lowest ranked production), and the complaints of other fortysomethings trying to convince themselves that nobody ever liked Delta (and they’re apparently REALLY invested in it failing, despite the fact that the failure of Delta means no more Macross), so here they are:

(If you want to see the breakdowns of gender and age, which is different than you might think, please check with Gwyn. He’s got all the screencaps.)

(And the results are here. Just click on 結果発表. It’ll give you the options of “Productions,” “Characters,” “Mecha,” and “Songs.”)


  1. Macross Frontier (TV) (2007)
  2. Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (Movie) (1984)
  3. Macross 7 (TV) (1994)
  4. Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~ (Movie) (2011)
  5. Super Dimension Fortress Macross (TV) (1982)
  6. Macross Delta (TV) (2015)
  7. Macross Plus (OVA) (1994)
  8. Macross Plus Movie Edition (Movie) (1995)
  9. Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre  (Movie) (2018)
  10. Macross Dynamite 7 (OVA) (1997)
  11. Macross Zero (OVA) 2002
  12. Movie Macross F ~The False Diva~ (Movie) (2009)
  13. Super Dimension Fortress Macross II – LOVERS AGAIN (OVA) (1992)
  14. Movie Macross 7: The Galaxy is Calling Me! (Movie) (1995)
  15. Super Dimension Fortress Macross Flashback 2012 (OVA) (1987)
  16. Macross FB7 (Movie) (2012)


  1. Sheryl Nome (Macross F)
  2. Basara Nekki (Macross 7)
  3. Ranka Lee (Macross F)
  4. Sheryl Nome (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  5. Kaname Buccaneer (Macross Delta)
  6. Lynn Minmay (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  7. Isamu Dyson (Macross Plus)
  8. Freyja Wion (Macross Delta)
  9. Roy Focker (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  10. Lynn Minmay (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  11. Misa Hayase (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  12. Roy Focker (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  13. Ranka Lee (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  14. Mikumo Guynemer (Macross Delta)
  15. Mylene Flare Jenius (Macross 7)
  16. Misa Hayase (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  17. Alto Saotome (Macross F)
  18. Messer Ihlefeld (Macross Delta)
  19. Sheryl Nome (Movie Macross F ~The False Diva~)
  20. Mikhail [Michael/Michel] Braun (Macross F)
  21. Maximilian Jenius (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  22. Klan Klang (Macross F)
  23. Makina Nakajima (Macross Delta)
  24. Kaname Buccaneer (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  25. Alto Saotome (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  26. Hikaru Ichijo (Super Dimension Fortress Macross) [FINALLY!!]
  27. Gamlin Kizaki (Macross 7)
  28. Guld Goa Bowman (Macross Plus)
  29. Hayao Kakizaki (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  30. Flower Girl (Macross 7)
  31. Reina Prowler (Macross Delta)
  32. Hikaru Ichijo (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  33. Brera Stern (Macross F)
  34. Sharon Apple (Macross Plus) [REALLY??]
  35. Basara Nekki (Macross Dynamite 7)
  36. Ozma Lee (Macross F)
  37. Hayate Immelman (Macross Delta)
  38. Milia Fallyna (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  39. Ranka Lee (Movie Macross F ~The False Diva~)
  40. Ishter (Super Dimension Fortress Macross II – LOVERS AGAIN)
  41. Maximilian Jenius (Macross 7)
  42. Keith Aero Windermere (Macross Delta)
  43. Hayao Kakizaki (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  44. Mirage Fallyna Jenius (Macross Delta)
  45. Messer Ihlefeld (Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  46. Freyja Wion (Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  47. Maximilian Jenius (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  48. Mikumo Guynemer (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  49. Gigil (Macross 7)
  50. Lynn Minmay (Super Dimension Fortress Macross Flashback 2012)


  1. YF-19 (Macross Plus)
  2. VF-1S [Roy Focker Special] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  3. YF-29 Durandal [Alto Special] (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  4. VF-19 Custom Excalibur “Basara Nekki Special” (Macross 7)
  5. VF-1S Strike Valkyrie [Roy Focker Special] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  6. VF-1S Strike Valkyrie [Hikaru Special] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  7. YF-19 (Macross Plus Movie Edition)
  8. VF-31F Siegfried [Messer Use] (Macross Delta)
  9. VF-25F Messiah [Alto Type] (Macross F)
  10. VF-1J Valkyrie [Hikaru Type] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  11. SDF-1 Macross (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  12. VB-6 König Monster (Macross F)
  13. HWR-00-MkII Monster (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  14. YF-21 (Macross Plus)
  15. Sv-262Hs Draken III [Keith Use] (Macross Delta)
  16. SDF-1 Macross (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  17. VF-19EF/A “Isamu Special” (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  18. Macross Quarter (Macross F)
  19. VF-27γ Lucifer (Macross F)
  20. VF-25S Messiah [Ozma Special] (Macross F)
  21. VF-1A Super Valkyrie [Hikaru Type] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  22. YF-21 (Macross Plus Movie Edition)
  23. VF-25G Messiah [Michael Type] (Macross F)
  24. VF-1J Armored Valkyrie (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  25. HWR-00-MkII Monster (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  26. 26. VF-0S Phoenix (Macross Zero)
  27. VF-31J [Hayate Use] (Macross Delta)
  28. VF-31F [Messer Use] (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  29. VF-1S Super Valkyrie [Hikaru Special] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  30. VF-31F Siegfried [with Lilldrakens] (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  31. Reguld (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  32. VF-1A Valkyrie [Max Type] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  33. VF-25F Messiah [Alto Type] (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  34. VF-22S Sturmvögel II [Max Special] (Macross 7)
  35. Battle Frontier (Macross F)
  36. SLV-111 Daedalus (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  37. VF-4 Lightning III (Super Dimension Fortress Macross Flashback 2012)
  38. MBR-04-MkVI Tomahawk (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  39. VF-171EX Nightmare Plus EX [Alto Type] (Macross F)
  40. Sv-262Ba Draken III [Mirage Color] (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  41. VF-11 MAXL Custom [Mylene Type] (Macross 7)
  42. VF-31J Custom [Hayate Use] (Macross Delta)
  43. Glauj (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  44. VF-31C Siegfried [Mirage Use] (Macross Delta)
  45. VF-1J Valkyrie [Max Type] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  46. Macross Quarter (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  47. Ghost X-9 (Macross Plus)
  48. Queadluun-Rau [Milia Type] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  49. VF-19P Excalibur (Macross Dynamite 7)
  50. TIE. Battle 7 (Macross 7) / VB-6 König Monster (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~) / VF-31S Armored Siegfried (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)


  1. “Do You Remember Love?” by Lynn Minmay [Mari Iijima] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  2. “Lion” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n/Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Macross F) [Funny… the single was only attributed to the singers, not the characters…]
  3. “Charging Loveheart” by Fire Bomber (Macross 7)
  4. “Interstellar Journey” by Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Macross F)
  5. “The Wings of Farewell ~ The End of Triangle” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n, Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  6. “AXIA~I Love You but I Hate You” by Walküre (Macross Delta)
  7. “Diamond Crevasse” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n (Macross F)
  8. “Sagittarius 9PM Don’t Be Late” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n (Macross F)
  9. “INFORMATION HIGH” by Sharon Apple [and NOT, again I must add, by Yoko Kanno] (Macross Plus)
  10. “An Angel’s Paints” by Lynn Minmay [Mari Iijima] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love?)
  11. “Forbidden Borderline” by Walküre (Macross Delta)
  12. “Northern Cross” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n (Macross F)
  13. “TRY AGAIN” by Fire Bomber (Macross 7)
  14. “VOICES” by Myung Fan Lone [Akino Arai] (Macross Plus)
  15. “Macross” by Makoto Fujiwara (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  16. “Nyan Nyan Service Medley” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n, Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Macross F)
  17. “Angel Voice” by Basara Nekki (Macross Dynamite 7)
  18. “Afterschool Overflow” by Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  19. “DYNAMITE EXPLOSION” by Fire Bomber (Macross Dynamite 7… naturally)
  20. “Empty Diamond Crevasse” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n (Macross F) (this is the one from Episode 20)
  21. “My Boyfriend is a Pilot” by Lynn Minmay [Mari Iijima] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross) [The ORIGINAL Macross hit!!]
  22. “Obelisk” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n (Movie Macross F ~The False Diva~)
  23. “Triangler” by Maaya Sakamoto (Macross F)
  24. “Absolute 5” by Walküre (Macross Delta)
  25. “If I Love Only Once” by Walküre (Macross Delta)
  26. “HOLY LONELY LIGHT” by Fire Bomber (Macross 7)
  27. “SEVENTH MOON” by Fire Bomber (Macross 7)
  28. “Universal Bunny” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n (Movie Macross F ~The False Diva~)
  29. “Nyan Nyan FINAL ATTACK – Frontier Greatest Hits” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n, Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  30. “Love Drifts Away” by Lynn Minmay [Mari Iijima] (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  31. “WANNA BE AN ANGEL” by Sharon Apple [Akino Arai] (Macross Plus Movie Edition)
  32. “Runner” by Makoto Fujiwara (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  33. “Walküre Won’t Betray You” by Walküre (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  34. “Our Battlefield” by Walküre (Macross Delta)
  35. “AXIA~I Love You but I Hate You” by Walküre (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  36. “REMEMBER 16” by Fire Bomber (Macross 7)
  37. “The Destruction of Innocence” by Walküre (Macross Delta)
  38. “Change!!!!!” by Walküre (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  39. “GIRAFFE BLUES” by Walküre (Macross Delta)
  40. “Hoshikira” by Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Movie Macross F ~The False Diva~)
  41. “Walküre Won’t Stop” by Walküre (Movie Macross Delta: Passionate Walküre)
  42. “HEART&SOUL” by EMILIA with BASARA NEKKI (Movie Macross 7: The Galaxy is Calling Me!)
  43. “PLANET DANCE” by Fire Bomber (Macross 7)
  44. “Lion” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n/Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Movie Macross F ~The False Diva~)
  45. “Fairy” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n (Macross F)
  46. “dShooting Starb” by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n, Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  47. “Triangler (fight on Stage) by Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n, Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Macross F)
  48. “God Bless You” by Walküre (Macross Delta)
  49. “Rainbow Bear-Bear” by Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima (Movie Macross F ~The Wings of Farewell~)
  50. “What ’bout my star@Formo” by Ranka Lee=Megumi Nakajima, Sheryl Nome STARRING May’n (Macross F)




ICONIC SCENE: Our fearless leader.

BROADCAST DATE: April 15, 1984

1. For a long time, I wasn’t really sure if I would tackle this series. It debuted the week after Orguss ended, in the same time slot, and although it’s technically part of the “Super Dimension Series,” virtually none of the same staff worked on it. It was even less successful than Orguss was, and was canceled prematurely, ending the experiment in Sunday afternoon science fiction anime that had begun two years prior with the debut of Macross (and Rainbowman, but no one remembers that show). It wasn’t until I was tackling Orguss that my good friend Showapop asked if I was going to do Southern Cross. When I was noncommittal, he said, “You HAVE to! You have to complete the trilogy!” It’s not really a trilogy, but otherwise, he may be right…

Here’s a good article about the making of the series, including the reasons why it flopped. One quibble I’d make with it is the talk about the poor time slot. Again, the Sunday 2:00 PM time slot was unusual for anime, but it’s the same slot that Macross was successful in, and that Orguss wasn’t a COMPLETE disaster in.

But yeah, Southern Cross debuted and hit the dirt fairly quickly.

2. Unlucky the show may be, but it definitely doesn’t lack for ambition (although perhaps not quite as much as Orguss had). For starters, unlike the earth-centric Macross and Orguss, this is set on a different planet, called Glorie (misnamed “Gloire” in the ADV subtitles). It’s also set in the early 22nd century. The three “Super Dimension” shows are manifestly not set in the same universe, but I like that each one is set further in the future than the last.

3. Can you think of a robot anime before this one that had a female protagonist? I sure can’t. Even afterwards, it was more of an OVA thing (Gall Force, Iczer-One, Dangaio…) than a TV thing. In a way, it makes sense here… most if not all ‘70s and ‘80s robot anime was aimed at young boys, to try to get them to buy robot toys. But this Sunday 2:00 PM time slot (again) was for more of a broad family audience, so being able to feature heroes who weren’t all young, earnest teenage boys was presumably something they could do.

(EDIT: a friend, MicroBry, points out the existence of the 1976 series Gowappa 5 Godam, which is apparently the first mecha series to feature a female protagonist.)

Anyway, we meet our main character, Jeanne Françaix, as she’s getting brought out of the brig, to be replaced by her squadron leader, Charles (pronounced the French way: “Sharl”), who’s getting locked up for sleeping with a high-ranking officer’s wife. The immediate vibe we get is that this squad is something of a “Bad News Bears” type of team that needs to be whipped into shape.

4. Knowing this, when we meet the other members of the squad, it’s clear that they’ve been made for maximum quirkiness. Most important are Andrzej (the he-man woman-hater), Louis (the nerdy brainiac with glasses), and Bowie (the sensitive-but-impulsive artist). Bowie, you may notice, is voiced by Arihiro Hase, who played Hikaru in Macross and the kid in Episode 5 of Orguss, making him one of the few actors to be in all three series.

Andrjez mentions something about someplace called “Aluce Base” getting destroyed, which is our first hint that bad things are about to happen.

5. Flying away from the barracks, they take they “Flash Clapper” hover bikes on a fairly dangerous joyride through the city. The scenery seems desolate, but the city itself looks big and has a lot of highways.

Oh, also, there are also some rather odd allusions among the signs on the buildings… my favorites being “Ultra 7,” “Norman Rockwell” and “How are you?”




6. Anyway, they go to the outskirts and meet a squad from the Tactical Armored Space Corps, led by Marie Angel, who Jeanne calls “Cosmo Amazon,” and they all get into a brawl. Jeanne’s squad evades the military police, but Jeanne still gets ID’d, so she goes AWOL.

This is all still before the commercial break.

7. Right then, the show switches gears, and an unidentified ship is discovered approaching the planet. Jeanne is rearrested, and the armed forces are all put on standby. UNFORTUNATELY, one of the guys in charge is a belligerent jerk, who assumes (not, perhaps, wrongly) that the ship is alien, and that the aliens have destroyed Aluce Base… and he wants revenge.

The alien ship launches some troop carriers, and the aforementioned guy in charge loses it and fires a bunch of missiles without orders.


8. Rashly, as Jeanne is getting sentenced to three days in confinement, she escapes from the police and rejoins her squad. As robots that look suspiciously like Gundam’s Zakus come out of the alien landing craft, Jeanne’s 15th Squad get to their mecha, a land-based hovering craft called a “Spartas.” Like a Valkyrie or a Nikick, it’s got a three-mode transformation. Like the Orguss and the Nikick, it doesn’t look like much of anything when it’s not in its robot mode. A lot of people criticize the open cockpit design, but I think it looks fairly cool, and (like the samurai-style armor all the characters wear) seems to hearken back to when the show was meant to be a science-fiction-y retelling of Japan’s Warring States Period.

9. In the battle, there’s a red enemy robot that (surprise, surprise) is better and moves faster than the others. Jeanne tries to shoot it, but misses. Her shot hits the landing craft, and the enemy retreats.

The battle over, the brass hears that Jeanne led her squadron to victory and protected the city, so she gets promoted over Charles, who himself has been demoted to buck private.

In the shower, Jeanne keeps thinking of the red enemy robot. And then the camera pulls back from the world, and we see that there are plenty more alien motherships…

10. So (as I asked after the first episode of Orguss) what are we to make of this? If you were the hypothetical ten-year-old (now probably eleven) Japanese boy who watched Orguss, would you be compelled to watch this, too? Just from the first episode, it’s definitely not bad, although the mecha and world designs are clearly not by Studio Nue, and lack some of the flair that they bring to projects. The biggest impediment to enjoyment of the show, I’d say, is Jeanne herself, who shows competency in the battlefield but nowhere else (so far). The animation itself also lacks excitement, although there’s a good approximation of an Itano Circus when they fire missiles at the enemy robots. Still, it shows promise. We’ll see how it goes.


THE GREAT ORGUSS REWATCH 44 – One Who Hopes for Tomorrow


EPISODE 6: One Who Hopes for Tomorrow (SAY GOOD-BY TO YESTERDAY)

ICONIC SCENE: Lean and Nataruma decide to fly out.

RELEASE DATE: January 21, 1995

1. Weirdly, this episode was released on the same day as the previous episode. I don’t know of any other OVA series where that’s happened.

2. Captain addresses one of my complaints last time, and says that actually, the Armours that are being excavated are from the future. Which doesn’t really seem to fit with what happened to this dimension, but okay. However, he also says that the two massive ones are from his world (that is, the original Orguss world), which REALLY doesn’t square with the first series. Additionally, he mentions that the one that King Perion is in tends to drive the pilot insane until he’s indiscriminately attacking EVERYONE, friend and foe alike. Whoops.

3. Now with the discrepancies between this show and the original Orguss, I suppose it’s possible that THIS Captain isn’t the one we know, and is perhaps from a slightly different dimension than the one from the show. Michael Moorcock, who didn’t invent the term “multiverse” but is definitely the concept’s foremost popularizer, described his multiverse as being like a piano keyboard, with each key being a different universe. If you go up or down by one or two notes, you won’t notice much of a difference, but a few octaves would put you in a very different world than the one you live in.

But I’m not sure that’s how Orguss viewed its multiverse. Certainly, there were no scenes of anyone meeting alternate versions of themselves, although it was suggested that alternate versions could exist. And the events of Orguss definitely weren’t iterated many times in many different dimensions, but only happened once. The idea of there being a Singularity Point in each dimension would make the story meaningless. If there had been an infinite number of Keis and Olsons, and only one pair had to succeed, then there would’ve been no tension at all at the end of the series.

4. Anyway, back to the mecha that drives its pilots crazy. Perion destroys the capital city of Zafran, killing their king. Manning tells him he’s won, but Perion is already going mad and starts destroying other cities as well, including the town where the old man who gave Lean and Nataruma a lift a few episodes ago. Kind of strange that that would be a target, since it was already burned to the ground…

5. Lean and Nataruma launch in the Orguss II. Lean of course, is still blind, but Nataruma is using her psychic tendrils to help him see. This is one of the the things in the show that I really like, because I’m not sure it’s anything we’ve ever seen before. And as he signs off, Captain says “Good luck” to them the same way Manning did a few episodes ago.

6. The fight is brief, and in a VERY un-robot-anime move, the Orguss only has six missiles, and so has to use them very judiciously. Inside the massive Armour, Manning breaks the King’s neck, but that fails to kill him. Lean and Nataruma get inside the massive robot’s bridge and, guided by Manning, Lean shoots the King in the head. Now finally, dying, he launches all the robot’s nukes, which will effectively destroy the world.

7. Then Captain activates his Dimensional Oscillation Bomb, and all of the things that don’t belong in this world, including himself and Nataruma (and the nukes) just vanish.

8. After that, there’s an epilogue set some time later, showing that everyone’s fine and life goes on, and that Nataruma made it back to the world of the Emann safely (but naked).


What dimension did the nukes vanish to, though? I’m guessing they had to explode SOMEwhere…

9. Again, all of this is very, very good stuff. Excellent writing, excellent direction. The mecha designs don’t really do it for me, but the characters and settings are wonderful. And, really, the mecha isn’t all THAT important here… it’s not like they’re trying to sell toys anymore. The “war is hell” theme is a common one, but it’s done extremely well, at least as well as it was in director Fumihiko Takayama’s previous OVA series, Gundam 0080.

But I mentioned at the outset that I find this show deeply frustrating…

10. And it is, because it’s an unnecessary continuation to a series that I love that DEFINITELY shouldn’t have had a continuation. I said before that the ending of Orguss is one of my favorite endings ever, and the story is definitely OVER. To say, “Oh, actually it wasn’t REALLY over, and here’s a short series set 200 years later to tie up all the loose ends which weren’t actually loose” feels like a cheap ploy. Normally, with sequels I don’t like, I just ignore them. To me, there are only two Terminator movies and only two Alien movies. The Ender’s Game series is a tetralogy, not an ever-growing “Enderverse” of books. And Orguss was a complete series in itself. Any attempt at a sequel is misguided. So it would be easy to ignore.

Except for the fact that it’s so damn good. The first time I watched it, I went in wanting to dismiss it as a crappy cash-in, but found that I couldn’t. It’s really excellent. So I can’t accept it as a sequel to Orguss, and yet I can’t write it off, either. It’s frustrating.

FINAL. Anyway, that’s the end of the second and final Orguss anime. It seems HIGHLY unlikely that the series will ever be revived again, although you never know. Overall, I find Orguss to be flawed but entertaining, and very definitely worthwhile. I think it’s a little sad that it stands in Macross’s looming shadow, but that at least gives it some fame that it wouldn’t otherwise have. And I’m definitely glad that Discotek rescued the show from oblivion and made it available to a new generation. Now we just need the beautiful Japanese blu-ray set to be released internationally…

OBLIGATORY ASS-SHOT: Zafran’s King steps out of the bath…





ICONIC SCENE: You’ll never marry Sansa Stark now, Joffrey…

RELEASE DATE: January 21, 1995

1. There’s no OP for this episode. A title card comes up and it just begins. My only guess why this is that the episode was running a little long, and in order to fit it comfortably on one side of a laserdisc, they decided to cut the opening titles. I’ve seen this once before, for the “video version” of Episode 23 of Evangelion.

2. The scene that we open on is pretty shocking. Young King Siplay gets poisoned by his older brother, who is suddenly no longer drooling and acting like he’s mentally disabled. I’ve been saying that this subplot seems kind of familiar, here most of all. Did George R. R. Martin see Orguss 02…? It seems unlikely, but not impossible.

3. A new theme song (unless you’re watching the English dub, which ONLY uses this one) plays over a montage of Captain disguising himself as the old man, and then fixing Lean up, including replacing his eyes (I guess he really was permanently blinded by that shot last time…)

4. And then… Captain starts giving the info dump, accompanied by rather nice renditions of characters and scenes from the original Orguss series.

Anyway, it turns out that when Kei and Olson separated the dimensions, some people and objects (including the Space Elevator, Mimsy, all of the Armours, and Captain himself) were blown into ANOTHER world, which is the world of Orguss 02. Nataruma is a descendent of Mimsy and Kei. And Captain has built another Dimensional Oscillation Bomb in order to remove all the things from this world that don’t belong. He has also built his own custom Armour, which he calls the “Orguss II.”



5. So Nataruma is the great-great-great (however many) grandchild of Mimsy and Kei, apparently. Captain says something about her being the product of three races, presumably human (from our world), Emann, and human (from Lean’s world). None of this, though, explains why her tendrils are on the front of her head rather than her back, or why she has incredible psychic powers. I suppose you could explain that away with the existence of the Seekers – this world definitely has psychics. But still, it feels like a cheat.

6. Next, the Armours are supposedly from Orguss’s mosaic world, but they only KINDA look like ones we saw in the original show. The Orgusses aren’t exactly Orgusses, and the Nikicks definitely aren’t Nikicks. I know, I know, it’s ten years later, different aesthetics, different mecha designer and all that… but if these are meant to be the same Devices we saw in the first series, then they should probably look the part. And the giant mecha are COMPLETELY unexplained.

(Also, shouldn’t Captain’s Orguss II really be called “Orguss III”? Orguss IIs were introduced in the first series… and Captain would know that.)

7. And speaking of Captain, he got obliterated in the final episode of the first series. Here, when we see the flashbacks, he’s mostly okay, just with his legs blown off. That is ABSOLUTELY NOT how it happened in the old show.

Again, here’s what happened:



So yeah, THIS IS BULLSHIT. I’m saving the conclusion of this big rant for the final episode, but I just couldn’t let all this stand.

8. Manning frees Toria, and when she questions why he’s doing something nice for her, he responds with one of the most infamous lines in all of ‘90s anime:

In context, I don’t think it’s THAT bad. Throughout the series, Manning has presented himself as greedy and amoral, willing to betray anyone to get what he wants. So here he’s doing something selfless, just to help someone out, and he’s trying to convince both her and himself that he’s still the tough-as-nails mercenary that’s he’s been posing as. Toria understands that he doesn’t really mean it, and he looks immediately ashamed of saying it. Moreover, I think the line is perfectly in character. And THEN there’s the punchline of how tired he is of acting like a good guy all the time. Good enough? Okay, moving on…

9. Anyway, the battle escalates, and King Perion (who reveals that he pretended to be mentally disabled for seven years in order to keep the Queen from assassinating him) reveals that he too has discovered a massive, extremely powerful Armour. He and Manning enter its bridge (it’s too big to call it a “cockpit”) and it turns Perion into a cyborg of some type. None of this seems like good news. For anyone.

10. My nerd rage aside, this is a great episode. Everything escalates to the climax, and even Captain’s long explanation (which we’ve been waiting for since Episode 1) doesn’t impede the flow. The show continues to LOOK great, too. The art, from the mecha, to the characters, to the settings, is always wonderful, especially given the variety of settings that we see in the episode.

Oh, and the ending theme is new, too. Weird.

OBLIGATORY ASS-SHOT: Perion becomes a cyborg.