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Macross Frontier

Media: Anime TV Series
Creator: Shoji Kawamori
Animation: Satelight
Vintage: 1982
Air Date: April 2008
Episodes: 25
Genre: action, adventure, dogfights, drama, mecha, military, romance, science fiction, space
Background: Macross Frontier celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Macross series (1982). Although it premiered in Japan on MBS in April of 2008, a pre-broadcast of the first episode was shown in December, 2007. Macross Frontier is directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi (Aquarion) and is animated by Satelight.  
Similar Anime: Aquarion, Gundam 00, Dragonaut: Resonance
Related Links:  Wikipedia  ANN  official website
Anime Summary / Synopsis:

   Macross Frontier marks the 25th anniversary of the Macross franchise so expect high production values in this show. It is a sequel to the first Macross series, Super Dimension Fortress Macross, and also Macross 7. After the war against the Zentradi aliens, Humankind has spread across the universe in order to ensure its survival. The Macross Frontier fleet is part of a effort to spread and maintain the culture of humanity.  The lead character is a talented but inexperienced pilot named Alto Saotome.  He soon finds himself as the new pilot of Earth's latest main variable fighter, the VF-25 Messiah, in order to protect Earth's colony ship from insect-like alien attackers, the "Vajra."  Alto's life will also be changed after his meetings with an energetic but mysterious girl named Ranka Lee and an intergalactic pop idol named Sheryl Nome on board the Macross Frontier colonization fleet.
    The first episode of Macross Frontier features an impressive battle between the mecha fighters and the alien attackers.  Any mecha anime fan would definitely enjoy this series. Although the characters seem interesting, I can't say I like how they are designed.  Alto is too angsty and Ranka is over-the-top cheerful.  With a 25 episode run though, we could certainly see them mature and develop a great deal.

Anime screenshots:

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