The animation is scratchy, there's often lots of film grain and rough spots, but the reality with these shows is that they weren't made with a very high production budget even back then and they don't look any better after 30 years. But Bandai video has finally released a Blu Ray version of Macross that does justice to how cool I remember the show being in my head.
Blu Ray Opening Scene
VS old Macross Movie version
Screenshots of the cleaned up animation
This isn't the most recent of news as the release has been around for several months but being a simple white boy living in the US who doesn't speak japanese I'm a bit slow on keeping up with all the Utaku/fanboy updates. It's available only in Japan but it's region free (it can be picked up on Amazon Japan). It's in Japanese language only with no subtitles... but who needs subtitles for MECHA ACTION! Besides we all know the story anyways Minmei sings, Lisa cries, mecha fight and shit blows up.
The downside is that when in Japan they charge by the pixel when you are getting anything in Blu Ray and the boxed set sets you back between $400-$600 depending on if you get the standard set or the limited edition one. One nice thing though is that it includes discs for Do You Remember Love? (DYRL) and an extra 100 minutes of special footage all of which has gone through the same amazing upgrade to Blu Ray format. The limited edition also comes with several reprints the Perfect Memory animation reference books.
It also includes video footage for a game by Pachinko that from what I understand is supposedly compatible with japanese PS2 system (wtf?) but I'm not 100% sure on that so don't rely on me for that info. No idea why on earth they'd do it as PS2 format being that those systems have been dead for 7 years and counting.
Clips of additional Bonus Material
Who ever thought a 30 year old cartoon would look so good? With the price tag sadly it'll be a pipe dream for a while and I'll have to make due with You Tube footage. But damn does it look sexy.
Now if only I could somehow scrub my eye balls clean from the horror of recently re-watching the Kung Fu series, so many fond memories forever destroyed... somehow I suspect there's no amount of HD filtering that can repair that part of my childhood. Sigh, at least I'll always have Macross/Robotech.
This is totally unrelated to the boxed set but if you want a good laugh at some super deformed stuff I also found this.