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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


What's old is new
Dec 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
You know I'm also up for listening to my favorite tunes from Super Dimension Fortress Macross. It is by far my favorite television show ever made. While the animation and music still look great, even by today's standards, it...
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Macross Cafe

Head to Ikebukuro to dine on your favorite Macross F treats


What's on the menu?
Jun 16
// Hiroko Yamamura
If you happen to be in Japan on July 27th, and love Macross you are in luck. The Namco run Characro cafe will be having a limited time cross over with the Macross Frontier series. The preliminary designs show some pretty cool...
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Macross

MacrossWorld Con returns this Fall


I gotta make my way to out this!
Jun 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
The longtime Macross fansite, MacrossWorld continues its convention tradition this Fall, on October 4th from 12:00 - 6:00 at the Torrance Cultural Center in California. The obviously Macross focused convention is set to featu...

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J-Pop Summit

May'N heads to San Francisco's J-POP SUMMIT


Why does California get everything?
Apr 30
// Hiroko Yamamura
Things are heating up this summer with the announcement of May'n as the guest of honor at San Francisco's sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT. Although the Nagoya native has made herself a superstar in the world of Japanese pop music, ...
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New Macross

New Macross TV anime announced, no details whatsoever


Sneak announcement at end of Frontier rerun
Mar 26
// Jeff Chuang
At the end of a TV rerun of Macross Frontier that ended earlier today, a surprise graphics showed up on the TV sets of those watching it in the Kanto region of Japan. The large, dark and familiarly shaped robot background sha...
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Music

The Dose: Old School Thursday


Japan's top ladies
Feb 20
// Hiroko Yamamura
Oh man, Macross Frontier how I love thee. As a huge fan of the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross series and movie, I was unfortunately continually disappointed with the follow up shows. While, each had their redeemin...
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Robotech

Robotech Movie gets fan remaster


Uses footage from original releases
Feb 10
// Pedro Cortes
As much as I've loved any franchise, I don't think I've put as much work into anything as much as Robotech Motion Comics has in this video they posted back in November of 2013. In it, they remastered Robotech: The Movie by pu...
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Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier movies get a new box-set


English Frontier!
Dec 18
// Hiroko Yamamura
If you have been a longtime listener of Japanator AM of used to watch the Live Show, you probably know how much I hate the Macross Frontier films. Sure, the first movie, Macross Frontier The Movie: The False Songstress wasn'...
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Music

Megumi Nakajima taking a break from music


We won't be listening to her song
Dec 02
// Pedro Cortes
Megumi Nakajima has announced via her website that she's taking an "indefinite break" from her musical career. However, she'll be continuing voice acting for the foreseeable future. Most will remember Nakagima as the green-ha...
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Macross F

Look more like Sheryl Nome with these new accessories


Well, at least around your neck, wrist and waist
Nov 22
// Pedro Cortes
Did you want to be more like Sheryl from Macross Frontier? Well, who wouldn't? She's hot, has a great voice and is likely richer than most deities. Well, there's the whole being sick side-angle, but you can look over that. Fo...
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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Anime: The show that made us fall in love


Tim takes the favorite!
Sep 18
// Hiroko Yamamura
Remember when you first started watching anime? Perhaps your friends in high school or college were whispering about some incredibly provocative show, or swapping bad copies of VHS tapes behind the bleachers. Maybe you had c...
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Macross in Yokohama

Macross celebrates its 30th anniversary in Yokohama


If it's Yokohama it should be a VF-1J!
Aug 15
// Hiroko Yamamura
It looks as though the celebrations for Macross's 30th anniversary aren't quite over yet! This time the beloved series makes its appearance in Yokohama's historic Chinatown are, which also happens to be the fictional birthpl...
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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Final Blows: Macross Frontier


Nostalgic attack!
Jun 03
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's all led up to this. Our hero has been bruised and battered, and on the bring of defeat. What can saved the day? Is there any hope left for humanity? In anime, you can alway count on the final blow! This week your favori...
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Macross plamo

Bandai's going to sell you another Macross plamo


The details look fantastic
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
The goodies celebrating the 30th anniversary of Super Dimension Fortress Macross have't stopped yet, and there's a hot new commercial to sell you the business. Sure, there's a gazillion model kits ba...
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Macross 30

We get one last visit from Crappy Sheryl


I'm going to miss you!
Feb 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Oh poorly drawn Sheryl. I'm going to miss you. As the launch day for Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy is only a couple days away, we are presented one final, bittersweet seminar from our Chibi Galacti...
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Macross 30

Take a look at Macross 30's lovely animation


Where's crappy Sheryl?
Feb 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
As you probably expected, The upcoming PS3 Macross shooter, Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy includes some gorgeous looking animation. As the game's voice connects the Macross timelines, we get some interesting...
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Macross 30

Crappy Sheryl shows us some Macross 30 gameplay


Perhaps she deserves her own show?
Feb 20
// Hiroko Yamamura
Crappy looking Sheryl checks back in with us, this time focused on some gameplay! The newest breakdown of, Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy unfortunately reconfirms the similarities&nbs...
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Upcoming Macross live event looks like heaven itself


I think I'll have to be there
Feb 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
They weren't kidding when they said that Macross's 30th anniversary was going to be celebrated in style! Besides showing some amazing figures at Wonder Festival last week, some exciting news for Macross fans was ann...
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Macross's Kawamori puts my LEGO skills to shame


Make an official kit already
Feb 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
Promotion for the upcoming game, Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy are in full swing. One awesome little tidbit is some footage of living god, and Macross co-creator, Shoji Kawamori showing off some sweet LEGO V...
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Chibi Sheryl Nome breaks down the Macross 30 business


She's starting to grow on me
Feb 07
// Hiroko Yamamura
Badly drawn, Chibi Sheryl Nome has returned, and this time has even more information about the upcoming Macross 30 game! Her latest "business seminar" takes us through some of the history of the Macross series, and how ...
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Does your Valentine have a sweet tooth for Macross F?


Now this you can send me!
Feb 07
// Hiroko Yamamura
Do you have a sweetie in Japan who also adores Macross Frontier? Does any favorite Japanator editor come to mind? Who ever your Miss Macross may be, I'm sure they'd be elated to receive these lovely looking pastries...
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Chibi Sheryl Nome makes sure you're ready for Macross 30


Spend a little more money on the animation!
Feb 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
With Bandai Namco's upcoming shooter, Macross 30: The Voices that Connect the Galaxy on the horizon. They wanted to make sure you get introduced to the game's worlds. Who better to take the lead than Galactic Fairy herself, ...
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Macross's Kawamori mechs out some Subaru action


Sexy combinaton
Jan 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Macross creator and all around mecha design god, Shoji Kawamori has lent his hand to some amazing anime, but also cool products. Of course I'm going to fawn over the creator of the VF-1J and some of the original Transformers ...
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Robotech fans, prepare to be amazed what love can do


50 seconds that are more impressive than most major films
Jan 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Remember that fan made Robotech project we got a peak at a while ago? It looks as though this Spanish speaking group isn't messing around, and has some amazing progress on the project. You can really feel the love ...
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Super Robot Wars UX's trailer features vocaloid action


Now that's one heck of a random roster.
Dec 12
// Salvador GRodiles
Oh wow, I never thought that I would live to see the day that a vocaloid would make an appearance in the Super Robot Wars series. Courtesy of Sega, Miku will be piloting her version of the Fei-Yen that features her sign...
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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


You can't handle this
Oct 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Milia Fallyna JeniusAge: 15 at the time of seriesHometown: Zenradi Clone Synthesis SystemMeasurements: 415/290/420 cm  Out of every character in the Macross universe, Milia Fallyna Jenius is my favorite. The unstop...

Japanator Exclusive Interview: Haruhiko Mikimoto

Oct 13 // Hiroko Yamamura
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Yes, it was one of the best moment of my life
I studied art in high school and college and actually now teach at a fairly prestigious art school. So, when I say that Haruhiko Mikimoto also known as HAL, is my favorite artist and character designer of ...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Back to the beginning
Oct 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that real...
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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


Perhaps a slightly more mature lady?
Oct 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Did you think I would let Minmei grace the pages of Japanator without giving Misa a fair shake? Perhaps she lacks the pizzazz and raw appeal that a little firecracker like Minmei has, but what's sexier to you? A lad...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Don't hate
Oct 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that rea...

JapanaTen: The Valkyries of Macross

Oct 11 // Pedro Cortes
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross Considering that this is the daddy of the entire franchise, there's a lot of nostalgic love for these suits. Whether it was through the original Japanese version or through the controversial American Robotech, many people will recognize Valkyries from this show. While I find a lot of them a bit plain for my tastes, there are two Valkyries that stick out in the pantheon of variable transforming planes.   VF-1A: Max's Valkyrie Besides having a punny name that has the subtlety of a punch to the face, ace pilot Max Jenius has a nice color scheme compared to the other versions of the VF-1A that appear in the original Macross. On top of that, Max's Valkyrie went under cover by tossing on a Zentradi coat in order to save several pilots during the original show. Just for that amusing moment, it made this list.   VF-1S I would be slapped about a dozen times if I failed to mention this beaut. The VF-1S was flown to two different pilots through the original series, but it truly belongs to only one guy. That dude is none other than Roy Focker, pimp and senpai supreme. He's a drunk, he's a bad ass, he's a ladies man, he's the guy you want to cover you. Just don't feed him pineapple salad.   Macross Plus This is where a lot of people I know first got into Macross. Released during the big OVA boom of the mid-90s, it came out at the right place and the right time for the US market. Featuring gorgeous animation and fantastic music by Yoko Kanno, it has definitely stuck with a lot of people. But what about the 'bots? Well, the two main Valkyries being tested are a pair sexy beasts, believe me!   YF-19 Super Piloted by the brash Isamu, the experimental YF-19 has some pretty nifty additions in its arsenal. Besides the addition of some heavy weaponry, the FAST pack version you see here makes this an even zippier suit that can act in space and on the ground.   YF-21 While most people dug the YF-19, and for good reason, I was always more of a YF-21 kind of guy. I love the dark colors, the vaguely evil-looking BATTROID mode and, well, the general design of the whole thing. While it didn't win the military contract at the end of Macross Plus, you'll see its influence in later suits.   Macross 7 This is probably the most divisive entry in the whole franchise. Shying away from the fighter pilot aspect and focusing more on the music, Macross 7 has more to do with a band than anything else. It's lead character, the hot-blooded rock-star Nekki Basara, prefers to use his music to get through to his opponents, much like the famous songstress Lynn Minmei. Don't let that fool you; there are some fantastic looking Valkyries in this show!   VF-22 Sturmvogel II (Gamlin, Max and Millia) Remember how I mentioned that the YF-21 would have influence on later suits? Well, here is one suit that definitely takes something away from that great suit. The VF22 was given to some pretty skilled pilots, as you can see from the names above. While starting out as a rival, Gamlin evolved into a hot-blooded pilot in his own right. Max and Millia, of course, were the aces from the original Macross series who hopped back into the pilot seat for the final fight in Macross 7. They needed something that could match their skills, so they got a pair of custom VF-22s in their preferred colors. It's a sight to see, believe me.   VF-17S Nightmare: Millia's Version Being the mayor of a city has its advantages. In the Macross world, one of those advantages is getting a ship to pilot when the city needs defending. During a pretty rough time in the show, Millia gets back into flying in order to keep her citizens safe. Showing that absolutely none of her skills have dulled, she gets the VF-17 repainted in her colors and tears the Protodevilin a new one.   VF-1J "Milia" (2045) Notice a theme here? While I'm not normally a big fan of the color red, the best suits in Macross 7 are red. Milia's VF-1J in particular manages to look great in a show filled with newer mechs, which says a lot about how well the original Valkyries were designed. It's also here because Milia was able to hold her own against the enemy in a decades old mech. She's easily one of the best female pilots I've seen in any mecha show.   VF-19 Excalibur Custom The last suit from Macross 7 I'll mention is Basara's Valkyrie, the VF-19 Excalibur Custom. Besides being colored a snazzy red, Basara has had his Valkyrie customized to fire speaker pods instead of bullets. The pods stick on to his opponents, drill into the suit and begin pumping in the music that Basara plays from within his suit. The whole thing is VERY super-roboty, which is always good in my book. As if that weren't great enough, when the pods won't do, Basara brings in the big guns. When the going gets tough, the tough get Speak Pod Gamma. This giant missile houses an appropriately huge speaker that unleashes the most powerful of metal. Man, I love Speaker Pod Gamma.   Macross Frontier Finally, I'll get into a pair of suits from the latest entry into the Macross mythos, Macross Frontier. While there were some problems with Frontier, it was an overall good show that helped breathe new life into the franchise after Macross Zero kind of fizzled. There was a good balance between the music (which was particularly good) and the battles, which were sufficiently big by the end to please me.    VF-25F APS-25A/MF25 Armored Messiah One thing that I really like about Frontier was how the bigger, bulkier upgrades looked. I typically like my suits to be sleek and fast, but there's just something awesome about watching the VF-25F Armored Messiah wreck fools. The thing just plainly looks mean. While the pilot might leave something to be desired, the Armored Messiah is just what I want.   VF-25S Super Messiah Last but not least, the VF-25S has got to get some love, especially the Super Messiah version. Definitely calling back to Roy's VF-1S, the VF-25S belongs to Frontier's senpai, Ozma Lee. While he isn't as much of a ladies man as Roy, he's definitely got the skills and the hot blood to make up for it. Ozma's also immune to the fatal effect of pineapples, which gives him the leg up on poor Roy.   So now I toss it out to you guys: What are you favorite Valkyries from Macross? Let me know in the comments. Feel free to add any other ships, whether from the Zentradi, anti-UN forces, Protodevlin or the Vajra. Well, the Vajra are kind of like the ships themselves, but you know what I mean.
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Fighters, Battroids, Gerwalks, oh my!
Why does anybody really watch a mecha show? Is it for the deep stories that examine the relationships between people? How about the destruction that war causes and how it impacts the soldiers in the middle of it all? Nope, it...

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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


Ranka overload!
Oct 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ranka LeeBirthdate: April 29th, 2043Hometown: 117th Research FleetRace: Human/ Zentradi   Don't think for a second that just because Macross Frontier's Miss Lee was featured on The Daily Dose today, that the green ...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Nyan!
Oct 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that rea...
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Quick reminder: Three Macross shows are streaming on Hulu


Including Hiroko's most hated Macross series of all time.
Oct 10
// Salvador GRodiles
I know that it's only been two years since the original Macross series was announced to be streaming on Hulu, but today is special. Since we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the franchise throughout this week...
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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


Bow down to the Galactic Fairy!
Oct 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sheryl NomeAge: 17 at time of Macross FrontierHometown: Macross Galaxy FleetBloodtype: A Next up for the Macross Idol of the Week, is the super sexy Galactic Fairy, Sheryl Nome. Sheryl is the kind of woman who knows wha...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Feel the power of the Jenius blood line!
Oct 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that rea...
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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


The original Miss Macross
Oct 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Lynn Minmei Birthdate: October 10, 1993 Hometown: Yokohama, Japan Measurements: 80/58/87 cm Today we have the pleasure of looking at the lovely Miss Lynn Minmei. The popular idol, singer, and actress was the origin...
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Lots of yummy artwork
I've been holding onto this unboxing video for this week, just like unwrapping a birthday present for Macross's anniversary. So I dug into the special edition Blu-Ray set, which includes goodies like the remastered Macross: ...

Japanator Recommends: SDF Macross (PS2)

Oct 09 // Josh Tolentino
SuperDimension Fortress Macross (PlayStation 2)Developer: Sega AM2Publisher: SegaRelease: October 23, 2003 Macross is without a doubt, one of the premier mecha properties, standing straight alongside the greatGundam behemoth. Thus it's not particularly surprising that one would try to wring a video game out of the franchise. Sadly, the big problem with making Macross games work is what makes the Macross mecha unique, namely its hyper-fast transformation. Every dogfight in the world of the variable fighter is a deadly, frenetically-paced dance, with fast-moving mecha buzzing left and right, letting off streams of bullets, swarms of missiles leaving lengthy contrails and gratuitous explosions. Worse still for the game designer, Macross combatants transition modes over and over, from Fighter to Gerwalk to Battroid, all in the blink of an eye. Somehow Sega's AM-2 division (responsible for such classics as Space Harrier and Afterburner) were up to the challenge, crafting perhaps the truest approximation of Macross combat put to code yet. SuperDimension Fortress Macross boasts two single-player campaigns, both casting the player as a faceless member of Skull Squadron, coordinating with bridge officer Emma Granger. Yes, that's a Harry Potter reference. The choice of campaign was cleverly disguised as the player's pick of duty posting. Picking the aircraft carrier Prometheus sent the campaign on a path following the the TV series' plot. Choosing the ARMD-01 space warship traced the events of the Do You Remember Love movie. Character appearances, missions and even the mecha types changed based on that. Rather than simply throwing the player a barrage of functions, the game assigned each mode a speciality. Battroids could track enemies with their guns, Gerwalks would strafe side to side, and Fighters could launch missiles...lots of missiles. With that a pilot could fight, adapting to any situation. More than mechanics though, perhaps one of the greatest thrills of SDF Macross is the feeling of participation. Despite being a cipher without personality, the player eventually came into command of Purple Squadron (or Apollo Squadron in the DYRL campaign), and took part in many key battles of both the series and the movie. Be it shooting down torpedoes while the Macross lines up to perform the Daedalus Attack (y'know, the one where you punch a dude with an aircraft carrier and let all the planes on said carrier shoot their missileswhile still inside the dude), or running a patrol while footage of the first Miss Macross pageant plays in a PIP window, or fighting a losing duel against Miliya Fallyna (seconds before Max saves your sorry ass) a great feeling of "Yeah, I'm playing the show" permeates the affair. And of course, fighting the final battle with '80s cheese J-pop songs running in the background (either "Shao Pai Long" or "Do You Remember") is priceless. No game is without its faults, of course, and SDF Macross' faults become obvious once everythingMacross-related is stripped out. The game looks ancient. Namco's Ace Combat 4 launched two years before it, and still looks much better. As a further lesson from Ace Combat 4, the game would have been enhanced greatly by incorporating copious amounts of radio chatter. In that game it gave off a great feeling of being immersed in a larger war. It would have fit perfectly, since the player isn't technically part of the main cast, leaving a lot of space to elaborate on life in the U.N. Spacy. All that said, SDF Macross is pretty much the best Macross game around. Even its PSP successors such asMacross Ace Frontier take lessons from it. While at this point I wouldn't ask you to pay through the nose to import it, it's certainly worth a play should you ever encounter the game out in the wild. Now, how about some hot final battle footage? [embed]26994:1734[/embed]
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We recommend the most deculture of Macross games
It's Macross Week, in case you didn't know, and in celebration of three decades of everyone's favorite idol-and-mecha pioneer, we're thinking, talking about, and recommending the best (and worst) in Macross. Part of that "bes...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Looks bad, sounds great
Oct 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that rea...

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