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Megazone 23

 

Megazone 23

 

In the mid-1980s, the OVA was still a new concept in Japan, and Megazone 23 appeared in 1985 and set the tone for OVA releases. Originally planned as the 26 episode TV series Omega City 23, the story was refashioned into a feature length OVA after the show's sponsors dropped out. The project united a who's who in the field of mecha anime, including director Noboru Ishiguro (Macross, Orguss, Legend of the Galactic Heroes), guest character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross) and mechanical designer/director Shinji Aramaki (Gasaraki, Appleseed). The story begins with Shogo Yahagi, a motorcycle enthusiast who accidentally comes into possession of a transforming military motorcycle codenamed Garland. As Shogo runs from the military, he discovers that the world he lives in isn't at all what it seems. Shogo's story is continued in the second part, but the third part picks up centuries later and focuses on a new protagonist, Eiji Takanaka. In 1986, Megazone 23 appeared in the U.S. as Robotech: The Movie. Like the Robotech TV series, Megazone 23 was edited and combined with footage from Superdimensional Cavalry Southern Cross as well as new footage. In the early 1990s, Streamline Pictures released an uncut version of the first part, but the company went out of business before releasing the rest. In 2004, ADV Films released all three parts on DVD. A new Megazone 23 project was announced in 2005, but no additional details have emerged since then.

 

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Megazone 23, characters, images, and related items are copyrights of Victor Entertainment and JVC Music ©1980 to . ©2004 to Films/Section23 Films.

 

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