Macross: 35 years and going strong

'Macross' credit to YouTube
‘Macross’ credit to YouTube

In 1982, Studio Nue and Tatsunoko came out with “Super Dimension Fortress Macross,” a 36-episode television series the chronicles the story of an intergalactic war between the Earth and giant aliens known as the Zentradi. “Macross” includes transformable robots (known as mecha), wartime romance, and music. “Macross” has spawned multiple series, movies, video games, and soundtracks.

In the year 1999, an alien spaceship crashes on an island. The military organization U.N. Spacy reverse-engineers the technology within the ship and rebuilds it as the SDF-1 Macross in ten years. Unknown to the inhabitants of Earth, the ship is a former battleship of the Supervision Army. The Zentradi arrive in the solar system and find the ship of their enemy, the Supervision Army. As they approach Earth, the SDF-1 Macross original systems override the crew’s controls and fire on the approaching Zentradi ships starting a war. The SDF-1 Macross decides to escape by using a space fold to transport to the moon but inadvertently traveling to the edge of the solar system where they have to make their way back to Earth.

As the series progresses, relationships develop form between characters and the Zentradi discover to their shock, the human relationship between males and females (Zentradi males and females are separate) and what it means for their war-like species.

The series was picked up and edited with a revised script of make up the first part of Robotech, an 85 episode syndicated series using three unrelated anime series (“Super Dimension Fortress Macross,” “Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross,” and “Genesis Climber Mospeada”).

'Macross' credit to YouTube
The original series was followed up series such as “Macross 7,” “Macross Frontier,” “Macross Delta;” movies “Macross: Do You Remember Love?”, “Macross FB 7: Listen to my Song!,” “Macross Frontier the Movie: The False Songstress,” “Macross Frontier the Movie: The Wings of Goodbye” and OVAs (Original Video Animation/Straight-to-video releases) “Flash Back 2012,” “Macross II: Lovers Again,” “Macross Plus,” “Macross Dynamite 7,” and “Macross Zero.”

The “Macross” series continues to delight fans of anime with its mixture or war drama, romance, and awesome music.


By Chris Murdock

Chris Murdock
Chris Murdock is a riddle wrapped in an enigma brought to you by patented space-age technology and electrons. He also likes video games, board games, and anime and is capable of giving off strong geek radiation burns. He also makes a mean chili and a nicely spicy Jamaican jerk chicken.

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