This Robotech Thing Tumblr Week(s) in Review, Feb. 17-28

I’d say up until the point that I posted the new episode of the This Robotech Thing YouTube show, it really wasn’t that eventful a couple of weeks on the Tumblr blog, which is my excuse for not posting a round-up next week. But really, if I’m being perfectly honest, I just forgot. And I am being perfectly honest, mostly because I’ve drank a little too much wine while shooting footage for the This Robotech Thing special I have planned for the 29th anniversary for the premiere of ROBOTECH in the week ahead. (That’ll be up here in a week’s time; keep your eye on the Tumblr blog or the YouTube channel to see it when it posts.)

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the new episode of This Robotech Thing. Below that, the other stuff that’s gone up in the past two weeks.

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Robotech, In Brief: The Sentinels

“If we are to avoid a second Robotech War we must make peaceful contact with the Robotech Masters and establish a relationship of mutual cooperation. That is the mission of the SDF-3.”

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Vlog 05.14.2011 – Where to Begin Anew?

This is up a day late, but I’m posting it “on” the fourteenth just to keep things neat and tidy on the blog. It’s an impromptu topic, and it’s Robotech again, because talking about Robotech is easy for me. I just turn on the camera and the words fly out of my head. This time it’s about how we’re getting another round of 1980s toy and animation property relaunches and Robotech isn’t one of them. It’s also about how the approaches of these two relaunches could be applied to Robotech. I’m certain I’ve talked about how to relaunch Robotech before — dig around in the YouTube archives, I’m sure it’s in there — but I think I’ve got some slightly different angles this time out.

I can’t for the life of me remember what else I wanted to say here this week. I’m certain I wanted to talk about some anime, but since then I’ve finished watching The Macross Saga, watched Sentinels again (one of the triggers for the thoughts above), and watched Neil Gaiman’s episode of Doctor Who (about which more in a few short hours).

On the blog this week: thoughts on “The Doctor’s Wife” early Sunday morning, and then on the weekdays Rick, Lisa, and Minmei’s love triangle spins its wheels as our valiant Robotech defenders smack down Khyron’s Zentraedi rebels through the waning months of 2013. It’s the last full week of The Macross Saga in Robotech, In Brief.

Vlog 05.07.2011 – Art Appreciation

This week it’s all about recent original Robotech art acquisitions, three pieces of original comic book line art and a fourth piece of mystery production art. If you’re anything like me — and to be fair, in this case you’re probably not — that last piece should prove intriguing. I’d love to know the story behind it, but not quite enough to do the legwork to find out. Maybe someday.

In other news, in addition to the Robotech viewing necessary to keep the Robotech, In Brief posts rolling along, I set a half hour aside to watch the first episode of Allison & Lillia, a recent anime series based on a story by Keiichi Sigsawa — the author of Kino’s Journeys, a series whose anime adaptation I really fell in love with back when ADV Films released it on DVD many years ago. The artwork is charming, and it seems to have a similar degree of simple yet thoughtful world building to it: two countries at war, both laying claim to the same land, with a mysterious treasure hidden away that could bring it to an end. With our two plucky teenage heroes stealing a plane and leaving their moribund lives behind to rescue an elderly gent who claims to know the location of that treasure, there’s a spirit of grand adventure that really brings to mind Gainax’s Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water more than the more philosophical Kino’s Journeys, but I’m only a half hour in — who knows what the next twelve episodes in this DVD set will bring? We haven’t even met the Lillia of the title yet; of the title two we’ve only met Allison, a bubbly blonde in a bomber jacket. I’m intrigued to watch more, but probably not until after I’ve made it through Sentinels for Robotech, In Brief. (I’ve been wanting to watch Sentinels again for the past week, but I dare not until I’ve finished The Macross Saga.)

Allison & Lillia's eyecatch is utterly adorable.

Tomorrow, some thoughts on the Doctor, Amy, and Rory’s exciting adventure with the pirates. Then, this week on Robotech, Exedore gets that tour of micronian society he’s always wanted, right before his people decide to cause its near-extinction. Not to worry, though; we give back as good as we get. Then we meet the Robotech Masters, Minmei and Kyle’s relationship turns depressingly dysfunctional, and Lisa steadfastly refuses to tell Rick she loves him while getting totally ticked off that he still sees something in Minmei. This is the week where I started to watch and write up episodes I haven’t seen in years — yes, I’ve finally broken through where I left off in last year’s prematurely concluded 365 Days of Robotech! It’s too early to celebrate, though; I’m not breaking out the champagne ’til I’ve made it through The Shadow Chronicles …