Chôjikû Yôsai Macross (1982– )

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An alien ship crash lands on Earth and its secrets lead to a desperate war against an alien foe sent to retrieve the ship.

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Re-edited version of a Japanese TV serial combined with a direct-to-video anime, released in the U.S. as a feature.

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Arihiro Hase ...
 Hikaru Ichijô (36 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Lynn Minmay (36 episodes, 1982-1983)
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In the middle of World War III in 1999, an alien ship crashes on deserted Macross island. In response to this event, a cease fire is declared as the ship reveals evidence of a potential extraterrestrial threat that could come to retrieve it. In response, the nations of the world unite to create the United Nations Space Navy (UN Spacy). In ten years, the ship is rebuilt as Super Dimensional Fortress One (SDF-1) and its technology is adopted for use. On the day of its formal launch, the Zentradi arrive determined to retrieve the ship intact. As Earth defends itself, we also see the personal lives of the ship's crew and residents as the war profoundly changes them. Meanwhile, the Zentradi learn that their enemy bears an uncomfortable resemble to their creators, the Protoculture, a fact which threatens to take this war down paths that no one can anticipate. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Robotech: The Macross Saga  »

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Trivia

There were plans for a splashy ending to the series, one that would have shown Misa and Hikaru blasting off in the colonization ship Megaroad, but the sequence was scrapped due to lack of time and budget. See more »

Goofs

Due to the fact that at least three studios of wildly varying quality worked on each episode simultaneously, many minor continuity errors and animation inconsistencies (for instance in Ep. 3 "Spacefold" where the escape pod under Roy's Valk every so often switches to a gunpod) crop up in each episode. See more »

Quotes

Misa Hayase: Hikaru, go away! Don't try to rescue me! It's too dangerous!
Hikaru Ichijô: When have I ever obeyed orders like that?
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Crazy Credits

The original showing of the pilot episode had a different beginning, not revealing the transforming capabilities of the Valkyries in order to give the audience a suprise. The opening was changed to the regular one for all further showings. See more »

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5 April 1999 | by (Alexandria, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I credit SuperDimensional Fortress Macross for emotionally scarring me as a small child. Say what you will about the horrible edit of the evil Carl Macek when he made Robotech, but he did one thing correctly: He left the greatest sequence of any show or movie ever almost entirely intact.

Yes, I am referring to the infamous scene where, having chased the Macross across the system and played a cat and mouse game with it for over a year, Zentraedi Supreme Commander BoDolza gets sick of it and simply destroys the planet Earth. The bombardment was one of the most traumatic things I ever experienced as a child (I was about seven when I saw it) and when I was roughly 17 or so, the only thing I remembered about Macross was that scene. I went to the mall in search of Robotech tapes, and suddenly became introduced to this thing called Anime.

Thank you, Macross. You and your sequels (the good ones at least..Mac II was horrible..Mac Plus is awesome) will always remain dear to my heart.

Miki


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