Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Robotech 30 Years Old. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross aka Macross aka Robotech premiered on October 3, 1982. That makes the landmark anime TV series 30 years old. I remember when Super Dimension Fortress Macross first began airing in the US, retitled Robotech. I had never seen a cartoon so detailed and intricately drawn before in my life. Robotech was the beginnning of my admiriation for anime and Japanese animation, as it was for many others as well. US cartoons could not hold a candle to Robotech, the animation was just too high-end.
Robotech was also high-end with respect to its narrative. Robotech was unlike other cartoons then and now because it actually told a real, unique story (created by Shoji Kawamori) set against something world changing yet held together by human emotion. The closest way to describe it would be if the new Battlestar Galactica were animated, it would echo Robotech in many ways.
I have never seen a cartoon where singing and pop idols were an integral part, especially to multiple parts of the storyline e.g. Lynn Minmay (Mari Iijima)’s singing “We Can Win” (that is from memory and might not actually be the title of the song) during an impossible battle where humans fighters were out numbered and out-gunned.
I would like to catch-up on the series and the other adaptations and films that followed Robotech but there are a lot, far more than I had thought (in chronological order): The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Robotech), Macross: Do You Remember Love?, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012, Macross II, Macross Plus, Macross Plus: International Version, Macross 7, Macross 7: Trash, Macross Plus: Movie Edition, Macross 7 The Movie: The Galaxy Is Calling Me!, Macross 7: Encore, Macross Dynamite 7, Macross Zero, Macross Frontier, Macross Frontier, Macross Frontier The Movie: The False Diva, Macross The Ride, Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye, and Macross FB7.
As you can see, Robotech is popular.
The animation present in Robotech is dated now but I noticed in one of the clips below (2012 opening remake) that Robotech has been given a facelift, computer CGI and all, making it lush, relevant, and more beautiful than it had been previously. I hope they update the animation from the entire 1982 run that way.
The Super Dimension Fortress Macross TV show photo:
The Super Dimension Fortress Macross
The Robotech TV show photo:
Robotech‘s initial plot synopsis: “In 1999 a city-sized alien spacecraft crashes in South Ataria Island on Earth. Over the course of 10 years the military organization U.N. Spacy reverse-engineers its technology and rebuilds the spacecraft, naming it the SDF-1 Macross. In 2009 at the launch of the Macross, a young civilian pilot, Hikaru Ichijyo, comes to visit the Macross upon U.N. Spacy pilot Roy Focker’s request. During the launch ceremony, a space war fleet from an alien race of humanoid giants arrives into the solar system and identifies the Macross as a former battleship used by their enemies, the Supervision Army. As the aliens, known as the Zentradi, approach the Macross, the original systems override the crew’s commands and fire its main cannon, wiping out the advance alien scouts and starting a war.”
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1982’s Super Dimension Fortress Macross
2012 opening remake
1984’s Macross: Do You Remember Love?
1992’s Macross II – legally watch it online
1994’s Macross Plus – legally streaming online
1994’s Macross 7
2002’s Macross Zero
2008’s Macross Frontier