After a mysterious spaceship crashes into Earth, humanity realizes that they are not alone. Fearing a potential threat from space, the world pushes aside their nationalism, conflicting interests, and cultural differences, unifying under the banner of the United Nations. The newly formed UN forces decide to repurpose the alien spacecraft, naming it SDF-1 Macross. Unfortunately, on the day of its maiden voyage, a fleet of spaceships belonging to a race of aliens known as the Zentradi descend upon Earth, and the SDF-1 Macross, acting of its own accord, shoots down the incoming squadron, sparking an intergalactic war.
In an attempt to escape, the Macross tries to launch itself into the Moon's orbit, but the ship—as well as the city it was in—is teleported to the far reaches of space. Caught up in this mess are Hikaru Ichijou, a free-spirited acrobatic pilot, and Minmay Lynn, an aspiring singer. These two, alongside Macross' crew, experience an epic journey rife with grief and drama, coming face-to-face with the cruelties of war along the way.
The Epic Galactic Adventure: Macross
Welcome Anime enthusiasts! Today, we embark on a journey, further than any single planet, as we travel through the stars with one of the classic powerhouses of the anime cosmos – Macross!
In the world of Macross, humanity is a space-faring civilization pitted against alien enemies known as the Zentradi. The story begins when a mysterious Alien vessel crashes on Earth. Fast forward ten years, humanity has reverse-engineered its technology and constructed the Super Dimensional Fortress better known as SDF-1 Macross. However, unintentionally, the Macross activates itself during its inauguration ceremony and fires a devastating beam into space which attracts the attention of the Zentradi forces. Thus begins an epic interstellar conflict that will forever alter the lives of those aboard the Macross.
Story and Characters
Macross carries a captivating narrative filled with epic starship battles, dramatic war scenarios, futuristic mech battles, and the exploration of extraterrestrial civilizations. The series seamlessly blends these themes with romance, music, and culture, resulting in an anime that’s unique and all-inclusive. The characters add depth and flavor to this rich narrative, each having their own unique stories, brilliant development, and relatable struggles, making it easy to be immersed and emotionally connected to their trials and tribulations.
Animation and Sound Design
For an anime that first aired in the early 80’s, Macross has stunning visuals that are simple yet elegant. The animation manages to capture the vastness and beauty of space while maintaining a balance in high-octane mech battles. The sound design is on a league of its own with an array of timeless classic tunes and the introduction of ‘Idol culture’ through popstar Lynn Minmay that sets a high bar in the anime industry for years to follow.
Macross is a gem from the Golden Age of Anime, that stays relevant and entertaining to this day. Its uniqueness lies in its ability to manifest the power of music and culture as a bridge between vastly different species.
Whether you should rent, buy, or stream Macross will largely depend on your preferences. For Classic Anime lovers, Macross is a buy worthy investment. Streaming will be more suitable for those who are new to the world of retro anime, as it allows you to experience the journey of Macross at your own pace. Renting might be a great option for a weekend Anime binge filled with nostalgia, and to delve into one of the most iconic series in Anime history.
So, what are you waiting for? Dive headfirst into the star-soaked universe of Macross. Remember, in space, Love and Music are War! That’s the Spirit of Macross. Until next time!
Final Score – 9.0/10
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