Anime OVA Review: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012

The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 is an OVA that was released for the Super Dimension Fortress Macross franchise on June 21, 1987 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the series. The OVA was directed by Shoji Kawamori.

On April 22, 2021, it was announced that Big West had the rights to distribute the Macross franchise’s works made after 1987 globally. As part of that announcement, it was revealed that the company would be streaming The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flashback 2012 OVA for a limited time on YouTube. I decided to take advantage of this opportunity and watched the OVA.

The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 is a collection of music videos from both The Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Macross: Do You Remember Love?, as well as some new footage. According to what I saw on Wikipedia (so take this for what it’s worth), the new footage depicts story events that had been planned but not animated for the endings of the television series.

The concept of the OVA is that Lynn Minmay is performing a farewell concert because she will be leaving the Earth on the Megaroad-01, the first long-distance colony vessel. A lot of the footage from both the series and Do You Remember Love? are supposed to represent Minmay remembering events as she performs at the concert. However, there is the occasional live action shot that appears during the OVA, and this made me want to scratch my head a little. Personally, I found these live action shots to be disconcerting and jarring. During those moments, I felt as if I had left what I was watching. When the OVA would return to the animated shots, I found I had to re-acclimatize myself back into what I was watching.

There are a total of nine songs included in this OVA: “Angel’s Paint Part 1,” “Sunset Beach,” “0-G Love,” “Little White Dragon,” “Silver Moon Red Moon,” “Love Drifts Away,” “Cinderella,” “Do You Remember Love?,” and “Angel’s Paint Part 2.” I enjoyed all of the songs that appeared in this OVA, and I thought they were all very well-done.

The one thing that frustrated me a little with this OVA was the fact that there were no subtitles available. For the most part, you can figure out what’s happening in the footage through what is shown; however, there is the occasional line of dialogue that appears. Unfortunately, I don’t know Japanese well enough to understand what’s being said without subtitles. It also would have been kind of nice to know what exactly Minmay was singing. But I’m not going to be too picky about this, though, because I’m grateful to finally have the opportunity to see anything related to the Macross franchise after all of these years.

To me, it made a lot of sense for The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 to be the first thing that Big West made available for a Western audience, even if just for a limited time. This has connections to the Macross portion of Robotech, which is the best-known portion of the franchise for the Western audience, and I think this is a perfect way for Big West to ease the audience back into the Macross universe.

I’m glad that I finally had the opportunity to see The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012, and I’m looking forward to have opportunities at some point in the future to finally be able to see even more from the Macross franchise.

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