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[ rated g ] Robotech

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: G
Suitable for Family Viewing

Review by David Bingham

Robotech is perhaps the classic anime Sci Fi adventure. It's certainly one of the longest anime series available in America. It exists in the USA in two versions: The cut version consists of 6 tapes, of 100 minutes each, each containing 6 episodes. The longer version (and much harder to find) is 28 tapes, 45 min. long each. Not only does the longer version have material that the short version cut, but it goes past the end of the cut version.

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The story centers around a superpowered alien space fortress, the SDF-1, which crash-lands on Earth. Just as humanity finishes rebuilding it, the aliens arrive, and they want it back. Some of the characters are a bit flat, but you manage to get addicted to them anyways. One of the best points of the series is the interaction between characters on both sides of the conflict. The animation isn't as good as some I've seen, but still quite acceptable. It presents an interesting view of what it's like to be running for your life from a far superior force which you can fight, but can't possibly beat.

There is no nudity that I can remember, and the violence consists almost entirely of machines blowing up. Of course, there are people in those machines, but you never see them die. The only thing that might be a bit strong for children is the concept of 95% of the surface of the earth being wasted in the 5th episode, but even that is handled well. The plot is well-designed and clearly laid out. There is nothing that I can remember in the entire series that is objectable.

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