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Chôjikû Yôsai Macross 

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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Arihiro Hase ...  Hikaru Ichijô 36 episodes, 1982-1983
Mari Iijima ...  Lynn Minmay 36 episodes, 1982-1983
Vic Mignogna ...  Hikaru Ichijo 36 episodes, 1982-1983
Monica Rial ...  Misa Hayase 36 episodes, 1982-1983
John Swasey ...  Captain Bruno J. Global / ... 36 episodes, 1982-1983
Shô Hayami Shô Hayami ...  Maximillian Jenius 20 episodes, 1982-1983
Christine M. Auten ...  Narrator / ... 16 episodes, 1983
Victor Carsrud ...  Additional Voices / ... 16 episodes, 1983
Emily Carter-Essex Emily Carter-Essex ...  Additional Voices / ... 16 episodes, 1983
Hilary Haag ...  Shammy Milliome 16 episodes, 1983
Junie Hoang ...  Additional Voices / ... 16 episodes, 1983
Rob Mungle ...  Additional Voices / ... 16 episodes, 1983
Nancy Novotny ...  Vanessa Laird 16 episodes, 1983
Chris Patton ...  Maximilian Jenius 16 episodes, 1983
Kira Vincent-Davis ...  Kim Kabirov 16 episodes, 1983
Mark Laskowski ...  Warera Nantes / ... 15 episodes, 1983
Gene Tognacci Gene Tognacci ...  Additional Voices / ... 15 episodes, 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robotech: The Macross Saga See more »

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Runtime:

(36 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show's production history was a turbulent one: Originally proposed in 1979 after the success fo Gundam, the show was sponsored by a group called the "Wiz" corporation, who were prepared to fund a 48-episode run. However, by 1981, Wiz had gone out of business, and the Macross seemed to be in permanent haitus. Big West, an advertising agency looking to branch out into animation sponsorship, approached Studio Nue about the project, and sponsored it. However, they insisted on a leaner budget, not convinced that the show would pan out as profitable. Big West pared the episode count to 23 episodes (meaning the show would have ended with the battle against Bodolza). Even then, Big West found that the show was going to run more expensive than they had bargained for, and to secure more money, entered into a partnership with Tatsunoko Productions which included international distribution (hence "Robotech" (1985)). When Macross debuted in October, 1982, the stunning success convinced Big West to green light an extension to 36 episodes, allowing the staff to end with the "two years after" story arc. 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

[Shammy has caught Capt. Global trying to light his pipe]
Shammy Milliome: Captain, there's no smoking on the bridge!
Bruno J. Global: [quickly puts his match away] Oh, of course not, Shammy. I was just holding it.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The first two episodes were originally edited in to one hour-long episode for the show's premiere on 5 October 1982 in the Osaka region. The opening of the show was changed to avoid any shots of Hikaru in a Valkyrie or the Valkyrie's "Battroid" (full robot) mode. See more »

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Sunset Beach
Performed by Mari Iijima
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Great Great Show
30 August 2003 | by NattyliteSee all my reviews

What can I say about this fantastic series.

Unlike "Robotech:the Macross Saga" which is good in spite of it's terrible dub, terrible music and overall cheesiness, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross is so perfect in every way (with the exception of the poorly done episodes by animefiend).

A fantastic and sad love story. An epic tale of growing up and moving on.

Buy the animeigo remasters which are brilliantly subtitled. Do NOT get a Hong Kong bootleg- the subtitles are unintelligible.


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