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(The Potted Lid) MECHA MARATHON SURPLUS: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

One year after the Bloody Valentine tragedy, where a nuclear missile destroyed a civilian colony, a covert ZAFT special forces team infiltrates a colony of the neutral nation of Orb and steals four of the five top secret weapons called Gundams. The fifth is piloted by Kira Yamato, a student-cum-soldier who escapes on the United Earth Alliance’s warship Archangel with his friends and a small pod of civilians. Understaffed, under-supplied, and unprepared, Archangel must somehow get to UEA headquarters on Earth before they are destroyed by the ZAFT team pursuing them. But Kira is reluctant to fight, especially when his best friend Athrun Zala is one of his pursuers.

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#RetroRecaps: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – “Drop Out”/”Goodbye Girl”

Episodes 23 & 24: Macross welcomes the Zentradi defectors. Then Captain Hayase heads to Earth to persuade High Command to end the war.

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#RetroRecaps: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – “Micro-Cosmos”/”Love Concert”

Episodes 21 & 22: The kung-fu movie starring Lynn Minmay is finally premiered! Then, Minmay’s concert is interrupted by a Zentradi attack.

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#RetroRecaps: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – “Burst Point”/”Paradise Lost”

Episodes 19 & 20: Kamujin is at it again with another attack on the Macross! Then, the Macross is ordered to return to space with the civilians still on board.

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#RetroRecaps: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – “Phantasm”/”Pineapple Salad”

Episodes 17 and 18: Injured and comatose, Lt. Hikaru Ichijo re-imagines the story thus far as a really long dream. Then, Major Roy Focker becomes a prominent character for one final episode.

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#RetroRecaps: Super Dimension Fortress Macross – “Chinatown”/”Kung-fu Dandy”

Episodes 15 and 16: Hikaru and Minmay visit Minmay’s parents in Yokohama. Then, Kamujin attacks the Macross . . . again.

*NOTE* Retro Recaps are going to be inconsistent from here on out because Life Things are still and will continue to take up most of my energy. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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#RetroRecaps: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – “Blue Wind”/”Global Report”

Episodes 13 & 14: Captain Global breaks free of the Zentradi blockade with the intention of informing High Military Command information about the Zentradi forces.

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(POTTED LID) Mecha Marathon – The Vision of Escaflowne

If there was ever a mecha anime made for girls it is this one which features a fantasy setting with magitek, the prominent use of divination as a legitimate form of magic, and romantic entanglements as driving elements of the plot. This is not mentioning the winged romantic interest and all the times we see a shirtless muscled swordsman, usually Van, who also happens to be the winged love interest (of course). His wings rip his shirt to pieces when they unfurl. Where he gets his replacement shirts after these occasions is never explained.

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#RetroRecaps: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – “First Contact”/”Big Escape”

Episodes 11 & 12: Captured by the Zentradi, Vermillion Squad are interrogated and learn something about the Zentradi culture. Then Vermillion Squad escapes the Zentradi fleet with information about the enemy and Protoculture.

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Kiwi-Made Movies to See

I spent a year in New Zealand and made friends with people who love the same kind of pop culture I do. Naturally, they introduced me to the movies of their home country. Here are the ones I recommend to others:

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#RetroRecaps: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – “Miss Macross”/”The Blind Game”

Episodes 9 & 10: Lynn Minmay enters the Miss Macross contest but Hikaru is called for a mission as it happens. Then, an attack disables Macross’s radar and leaves the ship vulnerable.

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Top 3 Picks of Stuff (updated)

It’s been two years since I updated my original Top 3 Picks of Stuff. No one is static in terms of taste and I am especially malleable. Hence this updated list.

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“Written Off” is a Lot Less Meta than I Expected in a Bad Way

For Valentine’s Day, my local library had a table filled with books wrapped in brown paper. These were Book Blind Dates, meant to entice library users to try something new despite displaying the first paragraph of the official synopsis on the front of the package. It was the best idea ever and totally in the realm of Valentine’s Day. So naturally I picked the synopsis that sounded the least like a historical fiction romance and took that home.

What I got was Written Off, a cute mystery novel by E. J. Copperman. The premise was out there but still fun: a mystery writer gets a call to consult on a missing persons case by her own fictional character. Attention-grabbing premise, don’t you agree? And it’s a mystery, which is out of my normal wheelhouse. Then again, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is also out of my wheelhouse but it is still my favorite book of all time. And so I gave it a go.

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5 Fave Songs on Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 1

I listened to a lot of music for this post and it was so hard to narrow down the scope. But here we go!

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Heads Up: 2 Week Haitus

Letting y’all know that #RetroRecaps is taking a 2 week haitus because I’m moving for a new job. This does not apply to posts unrelated to #RetroRecaps. Your regularly scheduled snark will resume later in March. In the meantime, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

(THE POTTED LID) Mecha Marathon – Gargantia on the Verduous Planet

The beauty of Gargantia on the Verduous Planet is in its simplicity. Unlike other mecha shows, Gargantia discards a traditional wartime story in exchange for a story about peace; thus the focus is on Ledo’s assimilation to a new culture and ultimately a new life. The show takes its time working through Ledo’s main obstacles of establishing his place on Gargantia: forming relationships, learning a new language, and acquiring a profession. However, Ledo is only able to build his new life after discarding all connections to the Galactic Alliance, the most painful of which is the sacrifice of his pseudo-parent Chamber.

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Retro Recaps: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – “Bye-Bye Mars”/”Longest Birthday”

Episodes 7 & 8: 1st Lt. Hayase pines for her lost love who died on the Martian base Salla. Then Minmay’s 16th birthday coincides with a major attack by the Zendradi.

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Retro Recaps: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – “Transformation”/”Daedelus Attack”

Episode 5 &6: In order to fire the main cannon, Macross must transform. Inspired by the resulting destruction of the civilian city, Hikaru joins the military. Captain Global plans to lure the Zendradi in the open around Saturn.

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Retro Recaps: V The Final Battle (Part 1)

Part 1 – The human resistance plans and executes an operation that exposes the true lizard faces of the Visitors.

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(POTTED LID) The Lost Potential of Firefly

I first saw Firefly as a freshman in college when my roommate at the time introduced me to the works of Joss Whedon. We watched about 4-1/2 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and maybe 1 season of Angel, but I fell for the space western Firefly. Since then, if I don’t watch it for myself at least once every two years then someone around me starts watching it. Early last year, I introduced my host-mother in New Zealand to it. Later in the year, my flatmate cracked and watched it after years of avoiding it. The more I see it, the more my feelings metamorphosed from rose-tinted amazement to my current love-despite-the-flaws state.

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