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How to Start Macross...

Post by APendragon » Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:10 pm

I'm off-and-on watching the two Macross Frontier movies, which are my only exposure to the series ever, but it seems kinda cool...

There is, however, a ton of stuff to the franchise it would seem haha, and it's kind of intimidating. I generally like to watch things chronologically in terms of content rather than production, just so I don't get confused and can watch things develop in the universe of the series itself.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start, and where to go from there once I've started? It looks like a pretty promising series...

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Re: How to Start Macross...

Post by Chris » Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:16 pm

Macross is intimidating? It doesn't even have one tenth of the amount of stuff that Gundam has. You're talking three TV shows and a couple of OVAs. In any case, if you want to watch things chronologically, here's the order:

Macross Zero
Macross TV series/DYRL
Macross Plus
Macross 7 TV/movie/Encore
Macross Dynamite 7
Macross Frontier

EDIT: Forgot to mention Macross II, which is an alternate universe sequel to DYRL. You can watch it anytime after DYRL, because it has no bearing on the later sequels.
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Re: How to Start Macross...

Post by APendragon » Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:18 pm

I guess I tend to forget how much there is to Gundam, since it's been so long and I'm so much more familiar with it than when Wing aired in the states haha. Since catching up on all the Gundam of the past 30 years, every other series I've watched has been pretty well self-contained, so yeah, that was probably an overstatement in comparison to Gundam haha.

Thanks though, I appreciate it! ^_^

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Re: How to Start Macross...

Post by Arbiter GUNDAM » Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:18 pm

I just got into Macross back in March, so I would recommend doing what I did and start with the original SDF Macross series (it's on Hulu and Netflix IIRC), then see Do You Remember Love? and go from there. Plus SDF Macross is first in both chronology and production.

Oh yeah, I forget about Zero. I really would watch SDF Macross, then you'll at least know a lot of what the smeg is going on in Zero.
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Re: How to Start Macross...

Post by Zeonista » Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:53 pm

Best thing to do if one is new to the Macross universe is to watch the original SDF Macross first, since everything starts from there, and returns to there, eventually. Then watch Macross: Do You Remember Love. That movie uses the revised anime production style which will remain the standard afterwards. The movie tells its own version of the original story, which is interesting to compare and contrast. Only then should one move on to the other stories in whatever order one wants to watch them. (Timeline chronology might be best, but I don't see any reason not to watch Macross Zero if one hasn't watched Macross Plus first.)
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Re: How to Start Macross...

Post by azrael » Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:00 pm

Production wise,

*SDF Macross (TV Series)
*SDF Macross: Do You Remember Love? (Movie)
*Macross Plus (OAV or Movie)
*Macross 7 (TV Series)
*Macross Zero (OAV series)
*Macross Frontier (TV or movies)

There are few movies and OAVs (Like Macross II, Macross 7: The Galaxy is calling me!, etc.) in between there but these are the major points of the franchise.
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Re: How to Start Macross...

Post by Ouroboric » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:58 pm

I personally started with Macross Plus, i think that or Zero would be a good place to start, as you can get a feel for the franchise without devoting a ton of time into a full series.Though you will understand everything allot better if you start from the beginning. I have yet to see any of the Macross 7 stuff, or the movies.
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Re: How to Start Macross...

Post by quasadra » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:01 am

i would vote to start from Zero(pun not intended). since the Frontier movies has quite some reference to Zero.
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Re: How to Start Macross...

Post by zerogradius » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:11 pm

It's best to start from SDF Macross. Macross Zero makes references to stuff like protoculture that is not really explained and it would be better watched with knowledge of the first TV series.

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Re: How to Start Macross...

Post by kayone73 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:28 pm

The original Macross TV series is available for free dubbed on

Start with that.

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