7 PLUS 1


ICONIC SCENE: I’ve never actually seen anyone walking with toast in their mouth…

RELEASE DATE: January 21, 1995

Now, if you’re like me, you originally saw Macross 7 on video tape way back in the mid-’90s. And if, like me, you stayed to the very end of Episode 4 on the first tape, you saw “Macross Fastest Liftoff.” And if you stayed to the very end of THAT, you saw this odd little two-and-a-half-minute short film.

The story is simple: Mylene comes home late, finds a bunch of phone messages from an increasingly angry Milia, falls asleep, wakes up, takes a shower (in which we get to see her naked ass for the first and only time), makes breakfast, and finds a new message from Basara, which ruins her day.

So yeah… this one’s just a gag, but other episodes in the “Macross 7 P*L*U*S” series really do add to the overall story of the series.

Now, if you’re NOT like me, and you watched Macross 7 first from the Central Anime fansubs which you presumably downloaded from somewhere, you’ll note that “Good Morning Mylene,” alone among the short films, is its own file (unlike the others, which are are just part of the AVIs for every fourth episode). That’s because, as I said, “Macross Fatest Liftoff” (which Central Anime didn’t sub) came before it on the LD, so they had to make a cut here. Weirdly, I’ve noticed a lot of people who apparently didn’t watch every fourth episode all the way through to see the P*L*U*S shorts, because this one is the only one they comment on, and they often express confusion as to what it is and why it’s there.

They’re all on the DVD and Blu-ray box sets, though, albeit interspersed with other extras. For the P*L*U*S shorts, since I’m doing all of this in rigorously chronological production order, I’ll get to them whenever a new volume of the series was released on home video. Which means one a month (skipping next month) for the next year of releases; it’ll be interesting when the show finishes and I’ve still got a few of them to get through…  Not sure what if anything I’ll have to say about them, but hey… I’m trying to be thorough, at the VERY least.

Oh, and this was also the day that the first Macross 7 soundtrack album, “Music From Galaxy Network Chart” was released, making it the first day that fans could listen to “Planet Dance” on their own stereo rather than on TV.


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