a.k.a. Super Dimension Fortress Macross
a.k.a. Choujiku Yousai Macross
It’s the end of the 20th century and the nations of earth are embroiled in war. When an alien vessel crashes into the planet, the human race realizes that they now have more to worry about than petty civil war. Pooling their resources together, humanity forms a new military defense force whose sole purpose is to prepare for an alien invasion. By studying the abandoned ship they are able to incorporate the foreign technology into their own, but will that be enough to prepare them for the great unknown?
summary by Kain
Highs: Galaxy-sized space opera; fantastic battle scenes
Lows: Inconsistent art quality; last few episodes unnecessarily sappy
Macross. My introduction to anime. Brings back a flood of lasting memories. I’ll try to be as objective as I can.
If there’s one thing that would keep those new to anime from enjoying this series is that it certainly does not age well. Just about everything, except for the story, screams “outdated”. And while the battle scenes are often times inspiring given when this anime was produced, most of the time the visuals are nothing to write home about. OK, let’s be honest, sometimes the animation is downright horrible. But hey, to me that’s part of its charm.
But the eye candy isn’t what made Macross a classic and spawned a slew of sequels (some good, some bad). This anime is all about the relationships; relationships between the characters (especially Hikaru, Misa and Minnmay) and the relationships between the humans and the Zentraedi. There is much, much more here than the usual “shoot ’em up against overwhelming odds” that is the norm for mecha anime. This anime forces the viewer to ponder the meaning of existence and why people treat each other the way they do. A concept this deep gives me no choice but to have emotional attachments (be it love or hate) for the characters.
Most people look at this anime as merely an action show because of its mecha roots when it’s apparent the meat lies in other elements. When everything is said and done, it’s the epic saga of love, life and death that makes Macross a classic for the ages.
Macross can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.