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Alternative Titles

English: Macross
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


Type: TV
Episodes: 36
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 1982 to Jun 26, 1983
Premiered: Fall 1982
Broadcast: Sundays at 14:00 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films, AnimEigo
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, MusicMusic, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SpaceSpace
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.931 (scored by 2911329,113 users)
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Ranked: #6402
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Popularity: #1666
Members: 86,301
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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

"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 (ep 36)

Oct 10, 2009
Beatnik (All reviews)
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
Aug 9, 2008
ninjasan8 (All reviews)
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.

Art: Now, it's an old(ish) anime, so read more
Jul 12, 2010
Rampant (All reviews)
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, read more
Oct 11, 2008
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
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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