Macross

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  • TV-PG
  • 1982
  • 1 Season
  • 8.5  (2,319)

Macross, also known as Robotech in the United States, is an iconic mecha anime franchise that has captured the hearts of fans around the world. The show is set in a distant future where humanity has colonized space and comes in contact with hostile alien races who seek to eradicate them.

The original Macross series premiered in Japan in 1982 and followed the story of Hikaru Ichijyo, a young pilot who finds himself embroiled in a three-way war between humanity and two alien factions - the Zentradi and Meltrandi. Alongside Hikaru is Lynn Minmay, a pop idol whose music becomes a powerful tool in the conflict.

The show features some of the most iconic mecha designs in anime history, such as the VF-1 Valkyrie, and explores themes of love, war, sacrifice, and the human condition in the face of adversity.

Macross was praised for its innovative storytelling, memorable characters, and iconic music - including the famous opening theme "Do You Remember Love?" The show's mix of sci-fi, action, drama, and romance made it a hit with fans of all ages and backgrounds.

The original Macross series was followed by a number of spin-offs and sequels, including Macross Plus, Macross 7, and Macross Frontier. Each iteration of the franchise brings new characters, mecha, and storylines to the table, but all share the same basic themes and elements that define the Macross brand.

One of the standout features of Macross is its use of music as a central plot device. Lynn Minmay's songs become a powerful tool in the conflict between humanity and the aliens, and the show's iconic musical performances are some of the most memorable moments in anime history. The use of music also serves to underscore the show's themes of love and connection, as the characters use it as a way to overcome their differences and find common ground.

Aside from music, one of the defining characteristics of Macross is its mecha designs. The VF-1 Valkyrie, the main fighter jet of the series, is an instantly recognizable icon of mecha anime. Its ability to transform into a humanoid robot adds a layer of versatility to the show's combat scenes, and the mecha battles between the Zentradi and Meltrandi are some of the most iconic moments in the franchise.

In addition to its themes of love, war, and music, Macross also addresses deeper philosophical questions about the nature of humanity and our place in the universe. The show's treatment of race and culture is also noteworthy, as it explores the idea of what it means to be human and how we define our identities.

Overall, Macross is a timeless classic of anime that has stood the test of time since its initial release in 1982. Its influence can be seen in countless other mecha anime and its themes continue to resonate with audiences today. Whether you're a fan of action, romance, or sci-fi, Macross has something for you.

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Farewell to Tenderness
36. Farewell to Tenderness
June 26, 1983
Minmay is trying to get Hikaru to quit the military. Kamjin gets his warship up and running and heads toward the Macross.
Romanesque
35. Romanesque
June 19, 1983
It's Christmas time! Kamjin and his group have found a Zentradi warship and are repairing it using techniques learned from the humans.
Private Time
34. Private Time
June 12, 1983
Misa and Hikaru have a date for a picnic. However, Minmay calls Hikaru and he flies over to see her without telling Misa.
Rainy Night
33. Rainy Night
June 5, 1983
Misa and Claudia talk about the men in their lives over glasses of wine.
Broken Heart
32. Broken Heart
May 29, 1983
Kamjin captures Minmay and Kaifun and tries to ransom them for a warship. Misa and Hikaru are part of a mission to rescue them.
Satan's Dolls
31. Satan's Dolls
May 22, 1983
The disgruntled Zentradi are now trying to steal the micloning devices. The military find themselves battling ever increasing numbers of Zentradi.
Viva Maria
30. Viva Maria
May 15, 1983
Claudia, Misa, Hikaru, Max, Milia, and Exedol are recruited to go with Britai to capture the Zentradi base that manufactures their ships.
Lonely Song
29. Lonely Song
May 8, 1983
As more and more Zentradi grow discontent with their current life, a solution must be found.
My Album
28. My Album
May 1, 1983
It's been two years since the Macross and its Zentradi allies destroyed Bodolzaa and the Main Fleet. A city has sprung up around the Macross, built by the human and Zentradi survivors.
Love Drifts Away
27. Love Drifts Away
April 24, 1983
The time has come for the final showdown. Hikaru admits his feelings for Minmay but how will she respond?
Messenger
26. Messenger
April 17, 1983
Groups of Zentradi mutiny and demand the negotiation of a cease-fire with the Macross. Archivist Exedol is sent as ambassador to the Macross.
Virgin Road
25. Virgin Road
April 10, 1983
On their first date, Milia tries to kill Max. However, sparks fly along with the daggers, and the two wind up getting married.
Good-bye Girl
24. Good-bye Girl
April 3, 1983
Misa decides to return to the Earth to give her report to the UN Government High Command regarding the Zentradi, using data obtained from the defectors.
Drop Out
23. Drop Out
March 27, 1983
After the attack on the city inside the Macross, the civilians get to work cleaning up. Meanwhile, the military is kept busy fighting off small groups of Zentradi.
Love Concert
22. Love Concert
March 20, 1983
Exedol has come up with a plan to capture the Macross by taking advantage of the Daedalus Attack to insert battle pods aboard the Macross.
Micro Cosmos
21. Micro Cosmos
March 13, 1983
It's the premiere of Minmay's movie, 'Shao Pai Lon.' She's reserved a seat in the front row for Hikaru but he doesn't get her message.
Paradise Lost
20. Paradise Lost
March 6, 1983
The explosion of the barrier system has not only destroyed most of Kamjin's fleet but decimated
Burst Point
19. Burst Point
February 27, 1983
Roy is dead and the crew of the Macross has developed an omnidirectional barrier that can shield the entire ship for a brief period of time.
Pineapple Salad
18. Pineapple Salad
February 20, 1983
Hikaru regains consciousness but is being kept in the hospital for monitoring. His first visitor is Misa, who feels guilty for being responsible for Hikaru's injuries.
Phantasm
17. Phantasm
February 13, 1983
Having been seriously injured in his last battle, Hikaru is lying unconscious in a hospital.
Kung Fu Dandy
16. Kung Fu Dandy
January 30, 1983
Kaifun is reunited with his parents. The three spies gradually start adjusting to life with 'culture'.
Chinatown
15. Chinatown
January 23, 1983
Misa and Global head to UN Forces Headquarters in Alaska to report their theories regarding the Zentradi.
Global Report
14. Global Report
January 16, 1983
Captain Global prepares his report fo UN Forces Headquarters.
Blue Wind
13. Blue Wind
January 9, 1983
On their return to the Macross, Hikaru, Kakizaki, Max, and Misa give their report to Global and his senior officers.
Big Escape
12. Big Escape
December 26, 1982
Britai, Exedol, and Bodolzaa decide they need to place micloned Zentradi soldiers aboard the Macross as spies.
First Concert
11. First Concert
December 19, 1982
Hikaru, Kakizaki, and Misa, having been captured by the Zentradi, are locked in a room for study. Britai and Exedol decide to contact Zentradi Supreme Commander Bodolzaa for advice.
Blind Game
10. Blind Game
December 12, 1982
Roli, Konda, and Warera, after having all their recording equipment destroyed by Hikaru, report to Britai and Exedol about the broadcast they witnessed.
Miss Macross
9. Miss Macross
December 5, 1982
A TV station is now running on the Macross. To celebrate they are holding a 'Miss Macross' beauty pageant.
Longest Birthday
8. Longest Birthday
November 28, 1982
On Minmay's sixteenth birthday Hikaru is promoted and put in charge of two subordinates: Kakizaki Hayao and Maximillian Jenius.
Bye-Bye Mars
7. Bye-Bye Mars
November 21, 1982
Having discovered an abandoned base on Mars, the Zentradi set up a trap for the Macross. The Macross, already far off the intended course for Earth, makes a stop on Mars for much needed supplies.
Daedalus Attack
6. Daedalus Attack
November 14, 1982
The Macross crew develops a protective barrier from the energy anomaly left by the fold system disappearance. However, they can only create three small movable shields.
Transformation
5. Transformation
November 7, 1982
The Zentradi locate the Macross and resume their attacks.
Lynn Minmay
4. Lynn Minmay
October 31, 1982
Hikaru and Minmay, after finding themselves suddenly in outer space, finally make it back aboard the Macross. Now they discover that they are in a sealed off, unused portion of the battleship.
Space Fold
3. Space Fold
October 17, 1982
The Captain of the Macross is forced to make a quick decision due to the relentless attackes of the enemy. Using alien technology, the Macross makes a space fold near the Earth's surface above South Ataria island.
Countdown
2. Countdown
October 10, 1982
Air-racer pilot Ichijo Hikaru is about to get a joy ride in a Valkyrie fighter from his sempai, Major Roy Focker, when an airraid is called – Aliens are attacking.
Booby Trap
1. Booby Trap
October 3, 1982
In 1999, a giant alien spacecraft crash lands on South Ataria island. Humanity proceeds to attempt to rebuild this marvel, but political conflicts centered around the 'Macross' result in global war.
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  • Premiere Date
    October 3, 1982
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (2,319)