Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles

2006

Action / Adventure / Animation / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69% · 2.5K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.3/10 10 1638 1.6K

Director

Top cast

Mark Hamill as Commander Taylor / Haydonite
Yuri Lowenthal as Marcus Rush
Kari Wahlgren as Ariel
Chase Masterson as Janice
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809.97 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 7
1.62 GB
1920*1080
English 5.1
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 21
808.43 MB
1280*714
Unknown language 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 6
1.62 GB
1920*1072
Unknown language 5.1
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 8

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Fury9033 7 / 10

Pre-OVA Summary

Shadow Chronicles is a relaunch of the US Robotech Animated TV Series.

The movie/OVA deals with events that accrued on last episode of its "third" series. A key character from old series, Scott Bernard, leaving his beloved "Marlene/Ariel" begin the search of giant warship named SDF-3. By joining the surviving ships of the Robotech Expedition Force to discover what happened to the Invid and SDF-3.

From what has been printed about this OVA, it is a modified story based on the Robotech novel "End of the Circle" which was suppose to be the completion of the original series in printed form.

This is the strongest attempt to produce a actual sequel to the series. Previous attempt, Robotech II: The Sentinels (1986) which failed to be completely produced due to production cost changes between Japan & USA.

Sentinels was published in Novel form as well in form of a successful comic book series till it was canceled in mid-90s by Harmony Gold.

Thou it is high quality, i do not think its as good as the original series. I know its tough act to follow. However, the CGI does not blend well with hand drawn animation.

Reviewed by tonicboy 3 / 10

I, too, am speechless

However, my lack of speech is more out of respect for the original series than anything else. As a long-time fan who grew up on Robotech every day after school, it is extremely hard for me to speak about the series with harsh words. And yet, that's what I feel I must do.

This movie is a prime example of why Americans (or maybe just Harmony Gold) should NEVER, EVER, EVER be allowed to do Japanese-style anime. To begin with, the plot is predictable, the dialog is terrible and the voice acting even worse. Seriously, the voice acting is worse than a bad dubbing job. However, even if all of that were true, at least there should be some great eye candy for Robotech fans, right? Really cool robots flying around, new aliens to gawk at, cameos from old characters, cool new armor, etc. Wrong, you get NONE of that.

The mecha in this movie is so utterly disappointing. On the Earth side, you get Alpha and Beta Fighters with a short scene with Cyclones. Not a single new mecha. Not only that, but the mecha are rendered in the worse CGI I have seen in decades. Simplistic models with no texture mapping at all (AT ALL!!), no cell-shading or any other advance techniques to maintain an anime-style feel. Just pathetic. On the Invid side, all you ever see are the standard Invid Troopers (they may even be Scouts, I didn't get a good enough look). For the "Children of the Shadow", you only get to see their mecha for about 5 minutes towards the end, and the mecha design is really primitive compared to Japanese designs.

Overall, it's hard to believe that this movie was made twenty years after the original series. If you watch the many sequels for series such as Macross, each one brings to the table advancements in animation, character and mecha design. The Shadow Chronicles is a step backwards in each of these areas. If you are super die-hard fan as I am, you will probably ignore this review and see the movie anyway, because you need to see for yourself. However, just be prepared to have your childhood memories ripped to shreds.

Reviewed by mamobac 1 / 10

Disaster....not worth watching

Wow. What an incredible cliché after cliché... You wait for 20 years and all you get is a complete rehash oh every SCI-FI cliché in the book...

Yet again the earth is fighting nasty aliens, with one dimensional forgettable characters...

Only this time the awesome(robotech) music score is not here. It is replaced with easily forgettable Star Wars alike score...

And on Top of that, we have the so advertized CGI. O dear that is THE worst CGI ever seen on film. I simply cannot find a comparable title.

What you will see is one cgi flaw after another, badly animated mecha,( almost not moving), Massive perfectly aligned fleets, moving all at the same speed..., horrible out of sync explosions..

The 2d characters were somewhat decent. They could use some more animation, but they look quite good.. Too bad all they have is their looks...

Over all a major desapointment. Most certainly not worth the money...

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