Here’s another Bandai re-issue that I couldn’t get as a kid – this time the red “Miria” model VF-1J. Basically, the background story behind her was that she was originally sent by the Zentradi’s to kill Maximillian Sterling – the ace pilot of the Earth Forces. She grew to fall in love with him and they eventually got married, had a child and she ended up fighting along side the Earth forces against her motherland – the Zentradi Empire. This red VF-1J depicts her plane.
What’s fascinating about this (especially in the context of a cartoon) was the very adult idea that love could conquer all. You never saw such depth and meaning in U.S. cartoons and that’s why I grew to love Japanese anime – they were so much more sophisticated in story and plot line and overall, animation quality.