Robotech - The Original Broadcast Version

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8.51985TV-Y7
A gigantic spaceship crash lands on Earth, foreshadowing the arrival of an alien armada bent on war and destruction. The world unites to unlock the secrets of its miraculous alien technology, known as Robotech, to defend the world against impending invasion. The challenges they will face will be greater than anyone could have imagined...
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Barbara GoodsonCam ClarkeRobert Axelrod
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English [CC]
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  1. 1. Boobytrap
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    March 3 1985
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    2009 A.D. - Earth is attacked by an armada of giant aliens.
  2. 2. Countdown
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    March 4 1985
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    The Earth's SDF-1 Battle Fortress prepares to lift off into space to battle with the alien invaders.
  3. 3. Space Fold
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    March 5 1985
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    In order to avoid the total destruction of the Earth, the crew of the SDF-1 makes an untested jump into hyper-space.
  4. 4. The Long Wait
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    March 6 1985
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    Rick and Minmei find themselves trapped inside an unexplored area of the gigantic Space Battle Fortress.
  5. 5. Transformation
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    March 7 1985
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    Captain Gloval plans a daring strategy to convert the SDF-1 into a robotic configuration to do battle with the Zentraedi forces.
  6. 6. Blitzkreig
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    March 7 1985
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    The battle between the Robotech defenders and the Zentraedi is taken to the very limits of the Solar System as the two forces meet in the rings of Saturn.
  7. 7. Bye-Bye Mars
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    March 7 1985
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    The Zentraedi plan an ambush for the SDF-1 at a deserted Martian Outpost.
  8. 8. Sweet Sixteen
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    March 7 1985
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    As Minmei prepares for her sixteenth birthday, the Zentraedi prepare for yet another attack on the Robotech ship.
  9. 9. Miss Macross
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    March 13 1985
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    A beauty contest on the SDF-1 is designed to encourage morale as the valiant Robotech defenders make their way back to Earth.
  10. 10. Blind Game
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    March 14 1985
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    The Zentraedi forces destroy the radar and communication systems onboard the SDF-1 and deliver an ultimatum for surrender.
  11. 11. First Contact
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    March 17 1985
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    Lisa Hayes and Rick Hunter are captured by the Zentraedi and held prisoner on board the flagship of Dolza, the leader of the alien warriors.
  12. 12. The Big Escape
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    March 18 1985
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    Max stages a daring rescue attempt for his friends captured by the Zentraedi Armada.
  13. 13. Blue Wind
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    March 19 1985
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    As the SDF-1 approaches Earth, the Zentraedi try for a final victory in their ongoing battle to commandeer the prized Robotech ship.
  14. 14. Gloval's Report
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    March 20 1985
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    Back on Earth, Captain Gloval recounts the events of the past two years in the war with the alien Zentraedi forces.
  15. 15. Homecoming
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    March 21 1985
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    The entire population of the SDF-1 is celebrating their return to Earth while Captain Gloval tries to convince the United Earth Government of the threat posed by the Zentraedi.
  16. 16. Battle Cry
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    March 24 1985
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    Minmei's cousin Kyle is reunited with his family on board the SDF-1 moments before a Zentraedi sneak attack which hopes to catch the defenses of the Robotech forces off-guard.
  17. 17. Phantasm
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    March 25 1985
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    Rick lies in bed recovering from wounds suffered in combat with the aliens. As his body fights for life, Rick's fevered imagination takes him through a demented nightmare.
  18. 18. Farewell, Big Brother
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    March 26 1985
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    Roy Fokker's squadron is short-manned while Rick is recovering. A Zentraedi raid becomes costly when Roy is mortally wounded defending the SDF-1.
  19. 19. Bursting Point
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    March 27 1985
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    The news of Fokker's death puts a dark cloud over plans to evacuate the 70,000 refugees onboard the SDF-1. Khyron, the most evil Zentraedi, wastes no time jumping on an opportunity to attack his sworn enemies aboard the giant Space Battle Fortress.
  20. 20. Paradise Lost
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    March 28 1985
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    After the tragedies of the recent past, everyone onboard the SDF-1 is anxiously awaiting the release of Minmei's first feature film. The alien spies are also eager - hoping to discover some military secrets hidden in the subtext of the film.
  21. 21. A New Dawn
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    March 31 1985
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    The aliens believe that the humans possess a secret weapon and plan a stratagem to defeat their bothersome Micronian enemies.
  22. 22. Battle Hymn
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    April 1 1985
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    A minor civil war begins aboard the Zentraedi warships as the word spreads throughout the alien underground concerning the good life experienced by citizens of Macross City living on the SDF-1.
  23. 23. Reckless
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    April 2 1985
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    Rick goes on the warpath to stop an invasion of the SDF-1 by the defecting Zentraedi. In the midst of this battle scene, Minmei and Kyle are faced with more dangerous implications.
  24. 24. Showdown
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    April 3 1985
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    Max Sterling meets the micronized Zentraedi warrior, Miriya, on a different field of battle as combatants of a video game championship.
  25. 25. Wedding Bells
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    April 4 1985
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    Miriya's attempt to ambush Max turns into a more complicated affair when they fall in love and decide to get married.
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Directors
Ippei KuriRobert V. Barron
Supporting actors
Richard EpcarWendee Lee
Producers
Carl MacekJohn LedfordAhmed AgramaJehan Agrama
Season year
1985
Network
FilmRise
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4.1 out of 5 stars

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Otaku SenpaiReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Meh......
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Unfortunately Robotech is a mish mash of SDF Macross and 2 other unrelated stories shoe horned in 1 series. This movie, which was previously stated by another buyer, is the first 3 episode of a series which was never completed due to running out of money, which does nothing to answer all the questions about the fate of the crew.

I would recommend you watch all of complete Macross series instead of the poorly contrived Robotech series. It may not answer all the questions, but is a much better story.

I made the mistake of buying this hoping it would answer questions about the fate of the SDF-3 but I was wrong. I will not buy any new Robotech movie or series after this train wreck.
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Chris YoungReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great For Any Fan.
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Robotech II The Sentinles is a great movie to fill us in on what has happened since the first Robotech war.Sure it has it's good and bad moments but in the end I give it a 10/10.Nobody can say that the marriage scene wasn't truly one of the most beautiful parts of the Robotech series.
The marriage scene has an AWESOME SONG sung by the duet of Minmei and Janyce. This is a must see for any and all Robotech fans.
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hectorReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Has aged surprisingly well considering the animation is nearly 3 ...
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Has aged surprisingly well considering the animation is nearly 3 decades old. Complex themes that I can appreciate now which I missed when it originally aired
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Frank DirscherlReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome video!
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VHS tape was in perfect condition. Very much appreciated.
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W MReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exciting Throrwback to Earlier Anime - It is A War Story though!
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Pretty sure this isn't the original broadcast version, but the first edits. There are a couple cut scenes from particular episodes that are always missing in the redistributed versions since I remember watching them when I grew up. Nonetheless these still bring up all the good memories of the fist Anime series that got me hooked to such sagas. I am so happy to see them as part of Amazon Prime.and highly recommend with the only reservation being this is early anime series dubbed to English so its not as seamless or smooth as more contemporary series. Still one can get great joy with the mature topic of war and civilizations. I'd love to see Amazon cover the Sentinel series as an original production if they keep this franchise..
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GageReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Robotech is he cool series
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I've always enjoyed Robotech
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steven l rodriguezReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Can't get enough of it
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ProvidentialReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Just watch Macross Instead
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Before you freak out about the two stars, give this a read. There's good and bad to Robotech. The series has a complex history. In short, at the time American television series required many more episodes per season than Japanese series. American shows were broadcast every weekday (as in, so kids could watch cartoons before school) while Japanese series only had one episode per week. To "fix" this, three different anime series were all combined into one, and the individual series were recut to suit American viewing audiences. The result is a very mixed bag.

Pros:

-Provides a primer to three Japanese anime. Season 1 is mostly a recut of The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, while later seasons are cribbed from Super Dimension Century Orguss and Fang of the Sun Dougram. You may already be wondering how three entirely unrelated shows could be cut into one cohesive storyline. The short version is not very well. Most people agree Season 1 is pretty good because it's a fairly direct translation of Macross, the but the problems combine in the later series which have never been as popular in their own right to begin with.

-Nostalgia. For a lot of people this was their first taste of Japanese animation, so despite all its flaws, they put on rose colored glasses and put this series up on a pedestal. Nostalgia is big in the culture right now, so I can hardly blame them.

Cons:

-Where to begin? First off, obviously, three unrelated anime have their stories mangled to try and fit them together. Each anime is better in the original, unedited version. If you can get your hands on them, watch the originals.

-Censorship. Japanese animation at the time didn't have the same stigma as American cartoons used to, where America thought cartoons were "for kids". Because of this, many adult themes such as nudity and death are edited out. Many scenes will be of visibly poor quality in affected episodes, either extending episodes with terrible trickery (like taking a still frame of a character and making it look like their mouth is moving for longer as though they're talking more), or cutting around violence or drinking in ways that are truly awful (some fight scenes are almost impossible to follow, you'll see a lot of this when Veritech fighters fight unarmored Zentradi, as they were trying to cut out blood and violence against people).

-Americanization, in really weird ways. Combined with censorship, some of the content was edited in rather weird ways to supposedly make it more palatable for America. The best example is that the entire point of the Japanese Macross is that the way we "win" against the aliens is through our culture. The Zentradi are such a warlike species that they are totally overpowered by cultural items we take for granted, such as music. The Zentradi will throw down their arms and surrender just to get to hear the new pop single. In the Japense this was called "protoculture", as in the culture the Zentradi had before they became such a warlike species. In Robotech, "protoculture" is translated as a secret energy source left behind by aliens. Really baffling.

Overall, if you've never seen classic Japanese anime and this is the only way you can get your hands on it, you'll still enjoy it. The themes and ideas of the original shows are still relevant today, even if they've been mangled in the Robotech makeover. The animation, where it wasn't damaged by the translation, is still amazing. The mechanical designs in all the series are great. But honestly, if you can just get your hands on the Japanese version of Macross, just watch that. It's much better than the Robotech version.
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