Classic 80s anime. I knew of this franchise, but never really got around to watching it. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into either, except that it looked like a typical 80s sci-fi. And I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. Not quite my favorite kind of anime, but it turned out to be pretty enjoyable.
I never really got the appeal of sci-fi mixed with pop band drama in 80s anime, a combination that was popularized by Macross. It doesn't do much for me and it's easily the weakest element of Megazone 23, luckily it's only a small part of the film and the sci-fi/action dominates the narrative.
The plot is pretty decent, but it's the rather detailed art style and solid animation that gives this one an edge over the competition. It's still within the typical OAV range, but the action looks pretty sweet nonetheless. The pacing is good too and the short runtime makes sure the film doesn't overstay its welcome. Nothing too spectacular, but fun. Looking forward to the sequels already.