I’ve collected a lot of Macross video related items over the years. I have all the series on laserdisc (never did get the boxes, but just the individual ones), and while I scoffed at the idea of DVDs in the beginning (huge graphic sleeves and inserts of the LDs versus tiny sized cases), I did make the transition quickly and happily. After all, my laserdisc player was old and slow, and handling the discs were a pain.
Over the years, I’ve had numerous chances to purchase the Japanese Bandai releases of Macross DVDs both as new and as used. Often when I passed on certain releases, it was due to financial constraints (not that I’m poor, but having savings is more important than having a bunch of discs) or they were in poor condition that didn’t justify the price. I’ve passed on the original Macross Plus boxes as low as $50 each ($100 for the set and no obi, compared to the Manga Entertainment versions for $20 each I already owned). Probably the series I’m sad I passed on so many times is the Macross II box (lowest I’ve ever seen is $75 back about four or five years ago). I know it’s not the greatest series, but I do love the music and character designs.
So, why do I collect the expensive Japanese versions? Because the packaging artwork is often very beautiful, and the video quality is usually better than the American releases (haven’t bought Korean or other Asian releases, so can’t make those comparisons). The early 2000 releases do have slightly questionable video quality (when compared to technology now), but back then it usually put the American releases to shame.
So, what Japanese releases do I have?
Macross TV DVD Boxes 1-3 (1 and 3 are unopened)
Macross Love Do You Remember (original 1999 release)
Macross Love Do You Remember Remaster Box
Macross Flashback 2012 (Movic release, but no phone card)
Macross Flashback 2012 (2008 Bandai rerelease)
Macross Plus Movie Edition
Macross Plus Remaster Box
Macross 7 Vol. 1-4 (bought for $20 each during a sale)
Macross 20th Anniversary DVD
Macross Zero 1-5
Macross Frontier #1 (DVD and Blu-ray)