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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Choujikuu Yousai Macross, Cho Jiku Yosai Macross, Super Dimension Fortress Macross, SDF Macross, Robotech (U.S.)
Japanese: 超時空要塞マクロス
English: Macross
Spanish: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
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Type: TV
Episodes: 36
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 1982 to Jun 26, 1983
Premiered: Fall 1982
Broadcast: Sundays at 14:00 (JST)
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, MusicMusic, SpaceSpace
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.891 (scored by 3741837,418 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #8122
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1956
Members: 112,066
Favorites: 1,764

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After a mysterious spaceship crashes into Earth, humanity realizes that they are not alone. Fearing a potential threat from space, the world pushes aside their nationalism, conflicting interests, and cultural differences, unifying under the banner of the United Nations. The newly formed UN forces decide to repurpose the alien spacecraft, naming it SDF-1 Macross. Unfortunately, on the day of its maiden voyage, a fleet of spaceships belonging to a race of aliens known as the Zentradi descend upon Earth, and the SDF-1 Macross, acting of its own accord, shoots down the incoming squadron, sparking an intergalactic war.

In an attempt to escape, the Macross tries to launch itself into the Moon's orbit, but the ship—as well as the city it was in—is teleported to the far reaches of space. Caught up in this mess are Hikaru Ichijou, a free-spirited acrobatic pilot, and Minmay Lynn, an aspiring singer. These two, alongside Macross' crew, experience an epic journey rife with grief and drama, coming face-to-face with the cruelties of war along the way.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Ishiguro, Noboru
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Honda, Yasunori
Sound Director
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Akiyama, Katsuhito
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"マクロス (Macross)" by Makoto Fujiwara

Ending Theme

1: "ランナー (Runner)" by Makoto Fujiwara (eps 1-35)
2: "ランナー (Runner)" by Mari Iijima (eps 36)


Oct 10, 2009
Aired just two years after the end of Mobile Suit Gundam, a show which defined the mecha/space genre in anime, Macross takes the 'humans attacked and on the run in a super ship' template and blazes forward a new path of its own.

Macross is the sexier version of Gundam, the carefree serenading romantic. There is an air of enthusiasm and happy-go-lucky charm to its characters that the Gundam franchise rarely ever allowed on its unlucky downtrodden crew. Whereas Gundam grinds Amuro and company through the emotional wringer from episode one, Macross lets Hikaru and gang regularly let off steam in the interior city ...
Oct 3, 2019
Mixed Feelings
There’s more interesting things to say of Macross as a show than about Macross and it’s story. From it’s conceptual beginnings as a parody of Gundam before getting scrapped. Being the only show in the Super Dimension series that lifted off into a franchise. It’s use of pop culture as a tool which lead to the iconic duo of pop idols and mechs the the franchise is now known for. And also being two of the three super dimension series that became part of the Robotech tv show. The last one being something I watched a bit as a kid and now as I ...
Jul 12, 2010
A simple summary of this series is that it is a really inferior imitation of both Gundam and Space Pirate Captain Harlock/Galaxy Express 999.

The style of the anime sits firmly on the laurels of a Mobile Suit Gundam, but it forsakes this with the actual character styles, opting to imitate the Harlock/Galaxy Express style instead. Instead of airs to grandeur, the characters instead all are fairly subdued and slow to react to everything. This results in every character looking like Harlock, talking like Gundam, but not really having a personality at all in the end. It is just a bunch of gazing at each other, ...

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