Being just as successful in bringing about the "real robot" genre of mecha titles for anime like Mobile Suit Gundam
Macross offered up its own unique spin on the genre with pop idols, an
intergalactic war with an alien race and a love triangle. Focusing on
the clash of humans and Zentradi, Macross offers a good mix of plot
developments and character depth to keep you hooked on the conflict.
Characters among both factions are fleshed out as not all the Zentradi
are portrayed to be shallowly evil and have their own justifications in
understanding human culture considering their culture's upbringing. The
series also takes its time with slowly unveiling connections that the
Zentradi and humans have with one another as their conflict commences.
Because of this fleshing out, I found the characterization of the series
to be of a better quality than what I seen from Gundam.
various romantic developments within the series, for the most part, do
get a good amount of focus and development, in particular the love
triangle with Minmay, Hikaru and Misa. The series takes its time
exploring the developments between the three as Hikaru eventually finds
himself having to choose between the two girls when they eventually
become attracted to him. Some focus is also given to Roy and Claudia's
relationship with much of a later episode focused on how the two
eventually became a couple.
The pop idol element to the series,
while seeming silly, has its relevance to the plotting of the show in
making a number of the Zentradi come to accept human culture and being
an effective weapon of psychological warfare against them towards later
in the series. It also serves to further flesh out Minmay's character as
she finds herself becoming distant from others as she becomes more
popular, particularly with Hikaru and her jerk of a cousin, Kaifun.
show is not without its faults. Other than the outdated animation that
tends to get quite rough and ugly at points, I couldn't find myself
drawn to Minmay's music as it eventually got repetitious hearing the
same songs from her and they failed to hook me into the show's subpar
soundtrack. My issues with the music are especially apparent during
tense scenes between characters as a number of the show's musical tracks
seemed like they were better suited for a soap opera. In addition, I
couldn't find myself buying Max and Milia's marriage towards the later
half of the series due to how rushed and poorly developed it came along.
definitely showing its age in a number of areas, Macross still makes
for a worthwhile anime to look into if you wish to familiarize yourself
with older anime titles. With fleshed-out characters and an unusual
twist for a space opera/ mecha title that works well in the form of its
focus on pop idols, I can see why this is widely recognized one of the
successful mecha anime franchises.