The first installment of the Macross franchise, the seminal series known as Super Dimension Fortress Macross originally started as a parody of Space Battleship Yamato & Humongous Mecha series (notably Mobile Suit Gundam). It later evolved into a “serious” series of its own. The name was originally to have been Super Dimension City Megaroad; one producer, a Shakespeare fan, wanted to name the fortress Macbeth. Macross was the compromise.
The story begins in 1999, when a city-sized alien spacecraft crash-lands on Earth. Ten years later, after the United Nations has successfully established a One World Order, said spacecraft, now named “Super Dimension Fortress One (SDF-1) Macross”, has been rebuilt and is getting ready for its maiden voyage. However, a fleet of giant humanoid aliens called the Zentraedi crash the launch party, having identified the Macross as a battleship formerly used by their enemies. In response, the SDF-1 overrides its crew’s commands and automatically fires its main cannon at the Zentraedi fleet, starting a war that will change the destinies of both species… read more >