Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa (Review)

マクロスF 恋離飛翼~サヨナラノツバサ~

The finale to the series, Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa is every bit as dramatic as it’s predecessor, and has a fittingly spectacular soundtrack for accompaniment that’ll make for a pleasant aural experience.

The movie brings the story in an entirely new direction to conclude differently from the anime series, so fans have got plenty to look forward to. Jump through for the full review~!

The concert segments are back, and with greater impact than before!
Speaking of impact...things go BOOM in a more spectacular fashion too!
New Adamantoise-type Vajra spotted! Pity they were under-utilized.

Graphics: 10/10

Just when you think it doesn’t get any better – it does. If the screenshots are any indication, the space fights remain a visual treat, but even outside of that, you can observe the painstaking detail that went into the creation of the show’s environments. The choreography of the battles with the music is also spot-on. 

Audio: 10/10

Once again managing to outdo all of its previous iterations, the new soundtrack comprises of many more original songs, as well as the return of several familiar ones, all remarkable pieces that wouldn’t be unusual in a real ‘live’ concert. Not since the first anime season’s Seikan Hikou have I liked another insert from Macross Frontier as much as the new Houkago Overflow, also an upbeat and bubbly track from Ranka. 

Remember they left this Triangle? It'll be resolved here. 🙂

Plot: 8/10

The movie has deviated so much from the anime series that it can no longer be considered an adaptation. It may not be the conclusion that you were hoping for, so that might be upsetting to a few, but the sequence of events leading up to it were thrilling (and I could go as far as to say keep you in suspense) for the duration of the movie. 

Overall: 10/10

Naturally, you won’t want to watch this movie prior to the first one, Itsuwari no Utahime, or you’ll be completely lost, and the rating is given to the two of them taken as a whole. This will easily remain one of the best series to grace the big screens for a long time to come, with the excellent fusion of music, action and mecha splashed with a hearty dose of melodrama that will be hard to top. Anime entertainment at its peak.

Awww...isn't chibi Sheryl cute.

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