Kicking it Old School: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross

Today in Kicking it Old School, I'm covering an important anime series in the mecha genre, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross. It was made by Studio Nue, directed by Noboru Ishiguro, and Written by Shoji Kawamori.

In 1999, a city sized spacecraft crashed in Earth. Within 10 years of reverse-engineering the alien technology, the spacecraft was rebuilt and renamed as SDF-1 Macross and created transforming fighter jets called Valkyrie by the UN Spacy. A young pilot, Hikaru Ichijyo was invited by Roy Focker to attend the first launch of the Macross. During the launch, a Zentradi space war fleet appeared. It seems that they have been tracking down the spacecraft that crashed on Earth because it belongs to their enemy, the Meltlandi. To make things worse, the Macross original system overrides the crew's commands and fires it cannon completely wiping out the Zentradi space fleet. Because of this, a war breaks out between the Earth and the Zentradi.

The other draw to Macross is the realistic character dynamics. Every character grows as a person within these 36 episodes and you feel for them. As for the main focus of the character development is a love triangle in between Hikaru Ichijyo, Lynn Minmay, an idol that works part time at the Nyan Nyan restaurant, and Misa Hayase, a commanding officer for the UN Spacy.

If you don't want to watch all 36 episodes of Macross, you can watch the movie. In 1984, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? was released. This is an reinterpretation of the original Macross series. I'm going to be subjective by saying this, Macross: Do You Remember Love? is in my top ten favorite anime films of all time. I love this movie, the detail to the animation was amazing for its time and the musical scores was beautiful. I can easily watch this movie 10 times in a row and find something new about it each time.

The Super Dimension Fortress Macross is a series that is worth checking out. If you're a fan of Macross Frontier, I highly recommend for you to check out the original. You will recognize many elements that you have seen while watching Frontier that came from the original series. Deculture.

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