The Macross Saga ranks as one of
the most popular animated television saga of all
times. The Macross saga originally ran in japan
in the early 80's and was translated and
"westernized" for inclusion in the
Robotech saga in the US. Macross features a
continuing storyline and is an animated work that
was produced as a single story rather than as a
series of smaller unrelated episode stories as
most cartoons were in America during its airing.
Macross inspired an animated feature film, a
music video entitled Macross Flashback, as well
as the Macross 2 and Macross 7 animated works.
One of the original Macross toys from Japan was
even used as the Jetfire transformer toy from the
Transformer toy line by Hasbro. From books and
toys, to roleplaying games and novels, Macross
has inspired many interpretations and many fans.
Most importantly though Macross made the Robotech
saga famous and paved the way for other Japanese
anime to reach the American market.
begnning the Earth was a simple place as it is
now for many. Macross tells a story of a crashed
alien battleship and the peace and unity that the
threat of alien invasion created for humanity.
But then aliens did come to Earth to reclaim this
ship they believed to be rightfully theirs. The
saga begins with Captain Gloval in charge of the
vast alien battleship repaired and reverse
engineered with a science that was called
Robotechnology. Roy Fokker a veteran of previous
Earth wars acted as humanity's ace pilot. With
time the saga introduced other characters from
simple backgrounds that were to make up the heart
of humanity's defense against a mammoth alien
armada numbering several million ships.
With song and the human spirit to succeed
humanity is lead to victory again and again by
the singing talents of a girl known as Lynn
Minmei. A love triangle between Minmei, airplane
pilot Rick Hunter, and bridge officer Lisa Hayes
creates much conflict and a unique way of
developing the character's respective traits. The
Macross saga is a David and Goliath story. The
aliens known as the Zentraedi are 50 feet tall
and possess ships and technology much in excess
of human capabilities. By contrast all humanity
has for its defense is really a repaired and
somewhat battered alien space vessel and an
inventive crew capable of dealing with problems
as they arise for them. And many problems to
arise; from special anti gravity system pods
lifting through the top of the vessel when first
tested, to damage making it impossible to fire
the ships main guns.
Such problems are dealth with inventively as
all problems truly are. Macross is a character
driven story with action, robotics, and
incredible aerial and ground based combat scenes
that follow a choregraphed precision that is the
art of what battle truly is.
The SDF-1 battleship serves as a symbol
of man's ingenuity and the marvels that Robotechnology
and cooperation can create. The SDF-1 defends its
occupants and ultimately the Earth with a variety of
techniques and many squadrans of high tech Veritech
Zentraedi Commander Breetai (left) leads the alien
effort to reclaim the SDF-1 and it's technology. Supreme
Zentraedi commander Dolza (right) ultimately orders the
death of Breetai's crew, the earth and the SDF-1 after
seeing the dangerous effects that human culture have had
on his people and their warlike way of life..
Zentraedi Warlord Khyron is determined to reclaim
honor even if through death. He dies destroying the
weakened SDF-1 in a sucide attack shortly after a
Christmas season is celebrated on Earth..
Myria the Zentraedi ace of the skies at first resents
human adversary Max Sterling and even tries to kill him.
But in the end she falls in love with Max and their union
leads to the birth of the first interplanetary child,
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entertains the human population which remains on board
the SDF-1 in space for many months. During a climatic
battle for the Earth she sings the Song "We Will
Win" which galvinates a combined human and Zentraedi
force to victory over the main Zentreadi fleet lead by
Max Sterling serves as the best ace the
Robotech Defense Force has
Lisa Hayes a commander on the bridge of the
SDF-1 looks to the stars.
Rick Hunter rises from obscurity as an ameteur stunt
pilot to become humanity's best aerial commander and a
member of the famed Veritech Skull Squadron. He has
trouble determing where his heart lies and debates rather
his destiny is with Lisa Hayes, or the talented singer