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Genesis Climber Mospeada

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Genesis Climber Mospeada is better known to the American audience as the final third of the Robotech anime series. In 2003, ADV Films released a five disc box set for Genesis Climber Mospeada. An informational booklet was included with the box, which has staff interviews (featuring four producers, the Series Composer, the General Director of Animation, two mechanical designers, the Character Designer, the Director of Audio, as well as a few other staff members). The booklet also includes four essays: About the Evolution of the Inbit, The Battle of Mars Colony's Earth Liberation Force and the Inbit, A Dream Sequel to "Mospeada"?, as well as an essay written by director Katsuhisa Yomada. It should be noted that there are absolutely no pictures included in the booklet.

When comparing Genesis Climber Mospeada with what appeared in Robotech, the only real differences are in shots edited for content and different names for the characters. Other than that, the storyline stayed rather intact.

In the DVD box set, each disc contains five episodes. However, only the first four discs contain bonus features. Disc one has character bios (which include the name, age, blood type and write-up for each major character; the only exception is Marlene, who only gets her name and a write-up included); the characters with biographies are Stig Bernard, Ray, Marlene, Mint Rubble, Houquet Erose, Jim Austin, Yellow Belmont, and Aisha. Disc two includes textless versions of the opening and closing credits. Disc three contains a Production Portfolio (this is a slideshow of production art, and is done in a similar style to the Production Portfolio that appears on the Super Dimensional Cavalry: Southern Cross box set). And disc four contains ADV previews (Super Dimensional Cavalry: Southern Cross, Aura Battler Dunbine, Saint Seiya, Sailor Moon Uncut, RahXephon, and Full Metal Panic).

The menus for each disc are rather simplistic. The menu on each disc has a rather plain gray background. However, on the fifth disc, since there are no special features, there is a shot of Stig in his armor sitting on his bike at the bottom of the main menu. There is also no “Play All” feature. You select an episode, and when it's over, it will go straight to the next episode.

Overall, I feel that ADV Films arranged these DVDs a little better than for the Super Dimensional Cavalry: Southern Cross release. With this set, the extra features are spread out between discs; on the Southern Cross one, all the special features were included on the final disc.

While the box set for Genesis Climber Mospeada may not be an overly impressive box set, it's still worth owning simply to see how the series originally went in Japan. This set is now out of print, but I would definitely recommend picking it up if you come across a used copy of the set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that my husband and I purchased.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Prelude to the Attack
March of a Girl With a Broken Heart
Midday Duel Concert
Feeling Like a Survival Song
Live-In Robbery Operation

Bonus Feature
Pretend Tough Girl Blues
Ragtime for a Brave Dead Man
Jonathan's Elegy
Lost World Fugue
Battlefield Requiem

Bonus Features
Lullaby of Far Away Hope
Break Through the Fort Boogie
Sand Storm Playback
Mint's Wedding March
Breaking Up Ballad

Bonus Feature


Disc 4
Disc 5
Trap Reggae
White Night Serenade
Old Soldier's Polka
Ice City Forte
Birthday Song in the Night Sky

Bonus Feature
Arpeggio of a Killer
NY Bebop
Brunet's Partita
Darkness' Finale
Symphony Of Light


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Content copyright © 2014 by Lesley Aeschliman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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