Chōjikū Kidan Sazan Kurosu

Title:Chōjikū Kidan Sazan Kurosu
Robotech - The Masters
Super Dimension Calvary Southern Cross
The Southern Cross
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Notables: HASE Arihiro
R1 License - ADV (Renamed)
By the year 2120, humans have successfully colonized other planets following the near devestation of Earth from the last great world war. However, on Gloire, one such colony are surprised and unprepared at the arrival of The Zor, a group of beings whom were the original inhabitants of the planet and left following similar near fatal events. Coming to reclaim their former home world, a relentless war erupts between both races that ultimately leads to a cataclysmic showdown and into a no-win scenario for either.
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23 episode TV anime series which aired from April 15, 1984 to September 30, 1984.
Licensed by Harmony Gold and ADV Films.

One of three unrelated anime titles licensed, edited and re-dubbed into one TV series by Harmony Gold in the mid 1980s to form the popular Robotech with footage from Southern Cross used to create the second generation arc for the show. The other two titles with footage used for Robotech are Macross and Genesis Rider Mospeada.
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Unevaluated Ggultra2764 [series:2510#1552]
(Watched 2 episodes)

Considering Southern Cross was used as a part of the Robotech series in the 1980s, I decided to give the original Japanese version of the series a peek to see if I could get as much enjoyment out of it like I did with Macross. Unfortunately, seeing the first two episodes of the series doesn't have me excited to see any more of it. The series appears set up as a typical mecha series dealing with alien conflicts considering the only character with prominent focus and depth is Jeanne. While I will give Southern Cross some kudos for having a female lead mecha pilot, seeing Jeanne's rise in the ranks of the military despite her reckless and rebellious behavior had me pushing some red flags in terms of believability. It doesn't help that beyond the female mecha pilot, there's hardly anything that sticks out for me with this series. Oh well, guess the show's animated footage being used for an American series is the only notable thing that sticks out for it.

Last updated Wednesday, December 14 2011. Created Wednesday, December 14 2011.

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