Macross is a anime that was made in 1982 by studio Nue. It’s a classic to anyone who likes mechas or is into retro anime. Macross begins with the crash of an alien ship on earth in the year 1999. 10 years later the U.N had reversed engineered the to make it capable of space flight again. During the launch ceremony the ship reawakens detecting a ship of it’s former enemies, opens fire starting a war between humanity and the humanoid giant race of aliens the Zentradi.
The main character Hikaru Ichijiyo is invited to these ceremonies by his former friend Roy Focker, who is now an ace fighter pilot aboard the macross. Once the ship opened fire on the Zentradi the Macross and Earth were both dragged into a war they never intended to start. Hikaru is dragged into the conflict himself where he experiences his first tastes of combat. This also leads to him meeting and rescuing another very important character in this show Lynn Minmay.
The fighting continues and the captain of the Macross decides to use the fold system to try and get the Macross to the far side of the moon, instead they end up taking the Macross and the entire island under them to the far side of the solar system. The crew of the Macross salvages everything they can from what is left of the island including the civilians and attach two aircraft carriers to it as well, That is the beginning of the Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Not able to use the fold system to return to earth, the Macross uses convetional power to head towards it’s destination instead. The journey is long and dangerous, The macross having no support from any other earthlings must protect the city the civilians have built inside of the ship, against a superior enemy the Zentradi. Luckily the Zentradi are very careful in the way wich they deal with aliens they haven’t encountered before. They don’t use their full power to wipe the Macross out but goad it into fighting harder and harder to surive…and at the same time learn more about the species of humanity themselves.Hikaru and Lynn start to develop a relationship as well but when she wins the Miss Macross Contest and becomes somewhat of a celebrity they start to drift apart. As the story progresses Hikaru goes on a recon mission with one of the opreators from the bridge of the Macross, Misa Hayase. They end up being captured while they are captured and iterogated by the Zentradi they learn that the Zentradi race is separated by males and females, and that they have no culture to speak of. They live for war and not much else, while interrogating Hikaru and Misa they learn a few things about humanity and ask them to show them, “protoculture” as they would call it. When they see Misa and Hikaru kissing they are extremely shocked not understanding the relationship between a man and a woman. They determine that the humans indeed are the protoculture wich is linked to the original creators of the Zentradi. They send in 3 of their own men “micloned” down to the size of humans to learn more about the earthlings lifestyles, Misa and Hikaru eventually escape and return to the Macross and inform the Captain about the state of the Zentradi. When the Macross finally returns to earth the U.N resupplies them and orders them to leave thinking that the Macross is the only target of the Zentradi. When the 3 spies return to the Zentradi and tell all of the soldiers about the normal life in human culture, music being one of the most important things that moves them having never heard any music before, they especially idolize Lynn Minmay in particular, and some of the Zentradi soldiers wish to live in peace on the Macross or don’t want to hurt Lynn Minmay or “Culture”. Wich eventually leads to the fleet specifically dealing with Earth and the Macross to begin negotiations between themselves and the Macross, Revealing that not only will the Earth be wiped out but they themselves will be targeted by the main Zentradi fleet having been influenced by Culture they form a temporary alliance. When the main fleet arrives their strongest weapon isn’t their military strength, but they use Lynn Minmays singing to shock the Zentradi fleet and destroy the flagship, Although during the battle with the massive fleet most of the earths population is wiped out, But the surviving Humans and Zentradi must both find a way to coexist on Earth..There are plenty more details to the story itself but I felt like that was a nice way to sum it up, without spoiling the interesting details of the show itself
One of the unique aspects of the Macross’s fighter jets is that they can transform into two other modes than their normal jet fighter form. A human like bipedal robot form and a more agile form wich has the body of a fighter jet but arms and legs.
Visuals: This show is drawn in a way that just can’t be replicated. It’s got that great feeling of all of those shows you loved as a kid. What really caught my eye was the way the animation flowed during the battle scenes it all felt like everything was constantly moving and considering the age of this show that’s pretty amazing to someone who’s seen the newer shows that are out there.
Sound:The music and sound effects in Macross have a very old Jpop kind of feeling to them it really makes that retro feeling complete. All of the Lynn Minmay songs are pretty catchy honestly to be honest even though I don’t even speak Japanese I’ve had some them stuck in my head randomly. It’s such a huge difference compared to what most people hear when they watch shows in our era it’s amazing to go back to the roots once in a while.
The mecha action is great in Macross and the variable figher jets are such an original idea compared to other transforming robots of the time like Transformers or Gundam. Even though the animation is old I can’t quite place my finger on why but I just love watching the fighting it’s just awesome something about it is enjoyable watching humans piloting small fighter jet/mechas battling giant humanoids in their own bipedal walkers drawn the way it is back then? it’s simply amazing. Their is a pretty good romance aspect in Macross as well, a love triangle between Hikaru, Misa and Lynn Minmay is a huge part in the story and it gets pretty deep. I’m not a huge fan of romance like that in my animes but this one I enjoyed watching unfold. Personally I’m a fan of most mech animes and a lot of older shows as well but this has to be one of my favorites. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys anime especially if you were into older shows with less CGI and whatnot, that doesn’t mean if you haven’t seen any older shows this isn’t for you. Quite simply it’s a masterpiece, Well that about sums up this review I hope this can portray the epicness that is Macross to people who haven’t seen it. See you nerds later.