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Chôjikû Yôsai Macross 

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An alien spaceship crash lands on Earth and her secrets lead to a desperate war against an alien enemy sent to retrieve the ship.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Arihiro Hase ...  Hikaru Ichijô 36 episodes, 1982-1995
Mari Iijima ...  Lynn Minmay 36 episodes, 1982-1995
Vic Mignogna ...  Hikaru Ichijo 36 episodes, 1982-1995
Monica Rial ...  Misa Hayase 36 episodes, 1982-1995
John Swasey ...  Captain Bruno J. Global / ... 36 episodes, 1982-1995
Shô Hayami Shô Hayami ...  Maximillian Jenius 20 episodes, 1982-1983
Christine M. Auten ...  Narrator / ... 16 episodes, 1983-1995
Victor Carsrud ...  Additional Voices / ... 16 episodes, 1983-1995
Emily Carter-Essex Emily Carter-Essex ...  Additional Voices / ... 16 episodes, 1983-1995
Hilary Haag ...  Shammy Milliome 16 episodes, 1983-1995
Junie Hoang ...  Additional Voices / ... 16 episodes, 1983-1995
Rob Mungle ...  Additional Voices / ... 16 episodes, 1983-1995
Nancy Novotny ...  Vanessa Laird 16 episodes, 1983-1995
Chris Patton ...  Maximilian Jenius 16 episodes, 1983-1995
Kira Vincent-Davis ...  Kim Kabirov 16 episodes, 1983-1995
Mark Laskowski ...  Warera Nantes / ... 15 episodes, 1983-1995
Gene Tognacci Gene Tognacci ...  Additional Voices / ... 15 episodes, 1983-1995
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Storyline

In the middle of World War III in 1999, an alien spaceship 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 her. 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 her technology is adopted for use. On the day of her 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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(36 episodes)

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series' production history was a turbulent one: Originally proposed in 1979 after the success for Gundam, the series 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 hiatus. 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 series would have ended with the battle against Bodolza). Even then, Big West found that the series 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

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 Japanese TV ending is literally a sampling of the pictures in Hikaru's album from one of the episodes. If you look in the top right, you'll see his flight helmet there. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1989, Macross was re-broadcast with a new opening sequence, using "Super-Deformed" characters, to promote a "SD Macross" line of toys brought out by Bandai. See more »

Connections

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Zero-G Love
Performed by Mari Iijima
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An anime milestone!

The Macross franchise is to the anime industry what Star Trek is to live-action sci-fi television in terms of precedent setting and influence on their respective worlds. Macross has trace elements of Gene Roddenberry's magnum opus and even little bits of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in that alien technology advances humanity's social and technical progress to levels un-imagined before.

As a space opera fan this is deeply compelling work and I recommend it for anime buffs and science fiction fans as well; truly great stuff honestly. And this series explores relationships between humans and extra-terrestrial humanoids incredibly well! Give Macross a go whenever you can.


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