COMIC A7 Review - Robotech II: The Sentinels

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  1. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Staff Member

    Jul 6, 2001
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    Robotech II: The Sentinels
    Harmony Gold, 1987
    ADV Films, 2001 (Supplement to Robotech Legacy: The Macross Saga Box 3)
    Directed by Carl Macek (Robotech).
    Not Rated. Suitable for ages 3 and above. But for the sake of your children, stay away from it.

    by areaseven -

    Robotech II: The Sentinels was Harmony Gold's attempt at creating an original sequel to the multi-million dollar cartoon industry they formed out of three completely unrelated anime titles (Super-Dimensional Fortress Macross, Super-Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada). With funding by Matchbox Toys, Sentinels was planned as a 65-episode series. However, due to the sudden rise of the Yen and other unknown reasons, Matchbox pulled out and the entire project was cancelled.

    Only three episodes were made and the story continued through comic books and novels. Today, you can find the Sentinels episodes on the Robotech Legacy Boxed Set 3.

    Story: D-
    I'm sorry, was there a story on this one? All I see are flying horses, a sub-par wedding scene and some of the lamest jokes ever heard, like this:

    Dana: "But Rick said he's already married!"
    Lisa: "He is?"
    Dana: "He says he's married to his job!"

    Pathetic. Even worse is the numerous loopholes in the story, like the artificial humanoid Rem piloting an Invid Shock Trooper. If you watch the series, you know that Invid units are bio-mechanical units (like the aliens in Independence Day). So how can a person like you and me pilot a Shock Trooper that has no cockpit controls and is covered in goop?

    Also, what's with Miriya's sudden attitude change? I mean, she is a Meltrandi, and even after five or so years, she wouldn't act like an Earth girl so quickly.

    In a nutshell, Sentinels makes Ed Wood movies look like Oscar-winning material.

    Animation: F
    Why does it take an Alpha Fighter 30 seconds to transform from fighter to Battroid mode? I mean, in the series, Valkyries and Alphas take only 1.5 seconds to transform. (Don't get me started on the Alphas still being prototypes. That's a lame excuse.)

    What's with Breetai and the bucket on his head? You'd think that a little bit of cybernetics and cosmetic surgery can fix the right side of his head.

    And what's with the lame-ass uniforms they're all wearing? These and more are among the piss-poor artwork and animation that make those cheesy Marvel Superheroes cartoons of the 1960s look like Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

    Side Note: One of the official excuses is that Tatsunoko and Harmony Gold wanted to release this series in Japan as well. And due to the different licensing issues there, the characters had to look as different from the Macross series as possible, while still being easy to recognize by RT fans. They could've done a lot better than that.

    Soundtrack: D-
    The Robotech theme played on the opening credits sounds like it was recorded in a tin can. The rest of the musical score sounds really cheesy. As a matter of fact, porno music sounds better than this.

    The Bottom Line:
    If you like Robotech, stick to the regular series. Forget Sentinels. It's a waste of time and money.

    On a side note, many RT fans will cry foul, saying the only reason why people hate Sentinels is because it was unfinished. Just to let you know, there are hundreds of anime titles left with an unfinished story (i.e. Ninja Resurrection, Super Atragon, Sword for Truth), yet have 100 times better production value than Sentinels.
    Last edited: May 7, 2003
  2. Draven2575

    Draven2575 Taking one responsibility at a time

    Jul 12, 2001
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    they could've done better

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