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Macross


Alternative Titles

English: Macross
Synonyms: Choujikuu Yousai Macross, Cho Jiku Yosai Macross, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, SDF Macross, Robotech (U.S.)
Japanese: 超時空要塞マクロス

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 36
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 1982 to Jun 26, 1983
Premiered: Fall 1982
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Studio Nue
Licensors: ADV Films
Source: Original
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.071 (scored by 17,129 users)
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Ranked: #4482
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Popularity: #1238
Members: 42,227
Favorites: 983
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Episodes: /36

Synopsis

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 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 was in—is teleported to the far reaches of space. Caught up in the mess are Hikaru Ichijou, a free-spirited acrobatic pilot, and Minmay Lynn, an aspiring idol. Together, alongside Macross's bridge officer Misa Hayase, they experience an epic journey rife with grief and drama as they begin their trek back to Earth, facing with the cruelties of war along the way.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

About Robotech (U.S.)

Background

About Robotech (U.S.):

Made in America from multiple unrelated anime series including Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Calvary Southern Cross, Megazone 23, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. There was even a side story series entitled Robotech II: The Sentinels but it was dropped.

The First Season of Robotech is Titled, Robotech: The Macross Saga. Macross Saga follows the story of the Zentraedi Super Dimensional Fortress crash landing on a tiny island on Earth known as Macross Island. The UN Forces rebuild the ship and name it the SDF-1. The story follows rookie pilot Rick Hunter who accidentally ends up in a Veritech, transforming Fighter Jets used by the Robotech Defense Force, thanks to his long time friend Roy Fokker on the day the Zentraedi arrive at earth to reclaim the Super Dimensional Fortress. Rick is dragged along with the SDF-1 as well as the rest of Macross City as it Space Folds to lure the Zentraedi away from the Earth. Along the way Rick meets a singer named Lynn Minmei whom he quickly falls in love with (although the feeling is not mutual), cocky rookie pilot Ben Dixon, blue haired ace pilot Max Sterling, Executive Officer Lisa Hayes who ends up creating a love triangle between herself, Rick, and Minmei, and many other characters. Together, the SDF-1 learns about the Zentraedi's goals and weaknesses, and tries to save the Earth with love instead of fighting.

The Second season entitled Robotech: Masters follows the story of Dana Sterling, Daughter of Max, and the Army of the Southern Cross defending the Earth from the "parents" of the Zentraedi, the Robotech Masters. All the meanwhile, the Robotech Expeditionary Force (formerly the RDF) travel aboard the newly built SDF-3, with Rick and Lisa as the Admirals commanding it, to attack the Robotech Masters homeworld with the help of Zentraedi.

The Third season entitled Robotech: The New Generation continues from Masters. An alien race called the Invid invade Earth due to the events at the end of Masters. The Southern Cross Army is weak from the attack of the Robotech Masters and is wiped out by the Invid. The REF is still out in space, they were designed to operate without the help of Earth. The story follows rebel forces trying to free the Earth from the control of the Invid. Robotech: Shadow Chronicles is a direct sequel to The New Generation.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hayase, Misa
Hayase, Misa
Main
Doi, Mika
Japanese
Doi, Mika
Lynn, Minmay
Lynn, Minmay
Main
Iijima, Mari
Japanese
Iijima, Mari
Ichijou, Hikaru
Ichijou, Hikaru
Main
Hase, Arihiro
Japanese
Hase, Arihiro
Focker, Roy
Focker, Roy
Supporting
Kamiya, Akira
Japanese
Kamiya, Akira

Staff

Ishiguro, Noboru
Ishiguro, Noboru
Director
Akiyama, Katsuhito
Akiyama, Katsuhito
Episode Director
Takayama, Fumihiko
Takayama, Fumihiko
Episode Director
Hoshiyama, Hiroyuki
Hoshiyama, Hiroyuki
Script


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"マクロス (Macross)" by Makoto Fujiwara

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



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Beatnik
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 read more
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ninjasan8
Aug 9, 2008
Story: The main story is split up into two main arcs (from 1-27, and 28-36). While the second arc might not seem very necessary to the story itself, it closes up the loose ends left behind from certain character relationships. The story is very fluid, pretty deep, and all around well-planned. It's unique, and I never found myself wondering, "Now why are they doing this again?" like in other animes. The anime has a starting point and an ending point, with very little fluff in the middle. Every episode has its purpose, and it's basically very well thought out.

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ParaParaJMo
Oct 11, 2008
The characters themselves are what really drive the show. Hikaru may be an ace, but deep down inside he’s still a kid that’s growing. He’s also discovering love as he is trying to be a man. Roy, his big brother figure, is well confident in his abilities and never second guesses anything. Hikaru will also develop as a pilot or soldier and he eventually has subordinates assigned to him. Max, one of his men is a very popular character amongst fans all over the world for his gentle personality and nerdy looks but yet death defying piloting skills in the stars. Minmei is slowly embracing read more
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PersonaSimon
Oct 2, 2015
SDF Macross is anime of epic proportions. It’s a story of war, of love, of adventure, and a dozen different concepts. But the biggest feat is that all these concepts actually blend these concepts in a way that actually work. While this sound fairly simple to do, it is not as easy as it sounds. Many anime try do this, but fail because of lackluster execution or lack of time. A good example of this would be Charlotte, where it tried to bite off more than can chew and put no effort in trying to blend its concept together in a natural way.

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