The Macross universe began in 1982 with The Super Dimension Fortress Macross.
This season (from April 2016) marks the debut of Macross Delta, after eight years without a new Macross series. Japan has been eagerly awaiting the return of Macross to the silver screen.
Are you interested in this new series? Feel like you want to watch it but you’re afraid of diving in without knowing the background?
Well, you’re in luck! You’re still in time to catch up on everything you need to know with a crash course on Macross.
This course will be spread out over three installments. This is the third and final lesson.
Click HERE to read the first installment, about the basics of the Macross franchise.
Click HERE to read the plot summaries of the major series in the Macross franchise.
Prof. MJA Ojisan:
Well well, we meet again! Once again, it is I, professor MJA Ojisan.
This is the last installment in our classroom lecture series for Macross beginners.
Today, we will be studying the basic premise of the newest Macross series, Macross Delta, and we will learn some words that will help you youngins in your appreciation of the franchise.
Macross Delta SUMMARY
In the year 2067, a disease known as Vars Syndrome, which causes humans to become mindless and vicious runs rampant across the galaxy.
The Walküre Tactical Unit, assembled to counteract the spreading virus, uses music to quell the Vars Syndrome effects. They travel around the galaxy from planet to planet, hosting concerts.
Meanwhile, an enemy unit called the Aerial Knights appears, flying the new kind of form-changing fighter from the Kingdom of Wind.
Intertwined with the mystery of the Protoculture, a story of love and of teamwork over interstellar distances unfolds.
(Source: Macross Official Site http://macross.jp/)
Now, back in my day, this would have been plain as day, but you kiddos probably didn’t even realize that this Mirage Farina Jenius character has a big secret!
Back in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Maximillian Jenius and Miria got married dont’chaknow. It was a historical moment! The first ever marriage between a human and a zentradi.
Then their kid, Mylene Flare Jenius, appeared in Macross 7. Well, Macross Delta’s Mirage Farina Jenius is the daughter Mylene Flare Jenius’s older sister, yah see?
That is to say, Mirage’s grandpappy is Maximillian, and her auntie is Mylene. She’s a second-generation descendant of the first ever human and zentradi marriage.
How’s that? Are you starting to get your head around the depth of the Macross history?
Words Worth Remembering
Now, if you’re starting your Macross viewing with Macross Delta, y’all would be smart to learn a bit of the vocab.
These will all come up throughout the series, so just tuck them away in some little corner of your young heads.
500,000 B.C., long before the start of recorded human history, a spacefaring civilization governed the entire galaxy. They were the ancestors and creators of the human race. However, they are now extinct.
They appeared as the enemies of Earth-dwelling humans. A race of giant aliens created to fight against the Protoculture. They can reach heights of nearly 10m.
The form-changing fighters developed by mankind. They have three forms: Fighter mode, Gerwalk mode, and Battroid mode.
A word used by the Zentradi to mean “unbelievable!” or “awful,” expressing shock and disgust at foreign cultures.
So, how’s that?
Macross is one of Japan’s signature robot animes! No question about it, you kiddos haven’t lived until you’ve seen some Macross.
You can start watching anywhere you like, of course, or maybe Macross Delta gets you interested in watching some of the classics.
Just remember, the main points are: fighter battles, music, and love triangles!
Just knowing that will increase your enjoyment of the series.
‘Til we meet again! Now… where did I put my false teeth?