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Macross Frontier (マクロスF(フロンティア) Makurosu Furontia?) is 2008 anime television series animated by Satelight. It is set over a decade after Macross Dynamite 7. It aired in Japan on MBS from the 3rd April, 2008 to the the 25th September, 2008. A pre-broadcast airing, called Macross Frontier Episode 1 Cross Encounter Deculture Edition (マクロスF 第1話「クロース・エンカウンター」 デカルチャーエディション?) showcasing a preview version of the first episode aired on the 23rd December, 2007. The series also received its satellite television premier in Japan on Animax on the 7th April, 2008.

The series was adapted into two movies; Macross Frontier Movie: The False Songstress and Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye which later got their own side-story, Macross FB7 Galaxy Flow Soul: Listen to My Song!.

Synopsis

There was once a war between mankind and a race of giants called Zentradi. Mankind, threatened with extinction during their first battle with extraterrestrial life, sought out their future by advancing into the great Outer Space, and departed for the farthest reaches of the galaxy in search of a new frontier. In the year AD 2059, the 25th Giant Immigration Fleet, also known as Macross Frontier, continued its great voyage toward the centre of the galaxy...

Plot

Macross Frontier Blu ray

Macross Frontier Blu ray

As the series begins, during a mission to an unexplored asteroid belt a reconnaissance New United Nations Spacy (N.U.N.S.) VF-171 Nightmare Plus is destroyed by extremely powerful and fast insectoid biomechanical alien mecha known as the Vajra (バジュラ), which immediately begin their attack on the rest of the fleet. Unable to stop the new enemy threat, the N.U.N.S. Colonial Defense Forces authorizes the deployment of a private military provider organization called Strategic Military Services (S.M.S.), which utilizes the new VF-25F Messiah, VF-25G Messiah and VF-25S Messiah variable fighter to combat the alien menace.

Like other instalments of the Macross universe, the story mainly revolves around a trio of characters, including Alto Saotome, a young pilot who joins the S.M.S just after the invasion begins, Sheryl Nome, a famous singer known as the "Galactic Fairy," and Ranka Lee, a teenager aspiring to be a singer herself, that form a love triangle.

Production

The new show celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross TV series (1982–1983), and is chronologically subsequent to Macross 7 (1994–1996). This third TV series introduces Earth's latest main variable fighter, the VF-25 Messiah (メサイア) and a new ship called the Macross Frontier. The show retains the signature space opera theme consistent with all series set in the Macross universe (which intertwine musical numbers with fast-paced variable fighter-combat). New episodes aired weekly on the MBS network Thursdays at 25:55, and on the TBS network Fridays at 25:55 (the 24+ hour clock is a common Japanese TV broadcast notation). Three separate manga adaptations have been running in Shōnen Ace and Comp Ace, since February 2008, April 2008, and July 2008, respectively.

On the Macross timeline, the story is set in 2059, 47 years after the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross, 19 years after Macross Plus, and 14 years after the story of Macross 7. The series features the 25th New Macross-class Colonial Fleet, dubbed the Macross Frontier, en route to the galactic center. This heavily-populated interstellar fleet (consisting of numerous civilian vessels and their military escorts) contains a makeup of both human occupants and their Zentradi allies. As such, many of the Macross Frontier's companion vessels appear to merge more metallic Human designs with organic Zentradi aesthetics. Macross Frontier '​s plot explores a combination of action/political intrigue/space drama more than previous Macross series have done in the past.


Missions

Episodes in Macross Frontier.

Episode Title Japanese Airdate
00 Cross Encounter (Deculture Edition) December 23, 2007
01 Cross Encounter April 3, 2008
02 Hard Chase April 10, 2008
03 On Your Marks April 17, 2008
04 Miss Macross April 24, 2008
05 Star Date May 1, 2008
06 Bye Bye Sheryl May 8, 2008
07 First Attack May 15, 2008
08 High School Queen May 22, 2008
09 Friendly Fire May 29, 2008
10 Legend of Zero June 5, 2008
11 Missing Birthday June 19, 2008
12 Fastest Delivery June 26, 2008
13 Memory of Global July 3, 2008
14 Mother's Lullaby July 10, 2008
15 Lost Peace July 17, 2008
16 Ranka Attack July 24, 2008
17 Goodbye, Sister July 31, 2008
18 Fold Fame August 7, 2008
19 Triangler August 14, 2008
20 Diamond Crevasse August 21, 2008
21 Azure Ether August 28, 2008
22 Northern Cross September 4, 2008
23 True Begin September 11, 2008
24 Last Frontier September 18, 2008
25 Your Sound September 25, 2008

Characters

Nyan-Nyan

Mihoshi Academy

Strategic Military Services

Skull Squadron

Macross Quater

Pixie Team

New United Nations Government

New United Nations Spacy

Other

Mechanic

New United Nations Spacy

Strategic Military Services

Staff

Soundtrack (in VOCAL)

See also: List of Macross Frontier albums

Songs Composer Lyrics Arrangement Debut Vocals
"Triangler" (トライアングラー?) Yoko Kanno Gabriela Robin Yoko Kanno Opening Theme, Episode 19 (ED) Maaya Sakamoto
"Ai Oboete Imasu ka" (愛・おぼえていますか Do You Remember Love??) Kazuhiko Kato Kazumi Yasui Yoko Kanno Deculture edition Ending Theme, Episode 12 (ED), 18 Megumi Nakajima
"Aimo" (アイモ?) Yoko Kanno Gabriela Robin Yoko Kanno Episode 1, 3, 7 (ED), 8, 12, 14 (Ranshe & Ranka), 18, 21, 23, 24, 25 (Ranshe) Megumi Nakajima, Maaya Sakamoto (episodes 14 & 25)
"Aimo ~ Tori no Hito" (アイモ~鳥のひと Aimo ~Bird Human?) Yoko Kanno Gabriela Robin, Maaya Sakamoto Yoko Kanno Episode 10 (ED) Megumi Nakajima
"Diamond Crevasse" (ダイアモンド クレバス?) Yoko Kanno hal Yoko Kanno First Ending Theme, Episode 6, 7, 20 (ED) May'n
"Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late" (射手座☆午後九時Don't be late Sagittarius☆9pm Don't be late?) Yoko Kanno Dai Satō, hal, Maiku Sugiyama, Gabriela Robin Yoko Kanno Episode 1, 7, 24 May'n
"What 'Bout My Star?" Yoko Kanno hal Yoko Kanno Episode 1, 5 May'n
"Totsugeki Love Heart" (突撃ラブハート Charge! Love Heart?) Junki Kawauchi K. Inojo Junki Kawauchi Episode 2 Fire Bomber
"SMS Shoutai no Uta ~Ano Musume wa Alien" (SMS小隊の歌~あの娘はエイリアン SMS Platoon's Theme ~That Girl is an Alien?) Yoko Kanno Shōji Kawamori Yoko Kanno Episode 4 SMS Platoon
"Watashi no Kare wa Pilot -MISS MACROSS 2059-" (私の彼はパイロット My Boyfriend is a Pilot?) Kentarō Haneda Akane Asa Yoko Kanno, Hisaaki Hogari Episode 4 Megumi Nakajima
"What 'Bout My Star?@Formo" Yoko Kanno hal Yoko Kanno Episode 5 (Ranka), 15 (Sheryl & Ranka), 19 (Ranka) May'n, Megumi Nakajima
"Uchuu Kyoudaibune" (宇宙兄弟船 Spaceship of Brothers?) Yoko Kanno Hiroshi Ichikura Yoko Kanno Episode 5 Ichiro Dokugawa
"Infinity" (インフィニティ?) Yoko Kanno Yūho Iwasato Yoko Kanno Episode 7 ("Infinity #7" version), 15 May'n, Megumi Nakajima
"Ninjin Loves You Yeah!" (ニンジーン Loves you yeah! Carrot loves you yeah!?) Yoko Kanno Hiroshi Ichikura Yoko Kanno Episode 8 Megumi Nakajima
"Neko Nikki" (ねこ日記 Cat Diary?) Yoko Kanno Hiroshi Ichikura Yoko Kanno Episode 9, 11 (ED), 12 Megumi Nakajima
"Chōjikuhanten Nyan-Nyan" (「超時空飯店 娘娘」 "Super Dimension Chinese Restaurant Nyan-Nyan"?) Yoko Kanno Hiroyuki Yoshino Yoko Kanno Episode 1 (Lynn Minmay), 11 & 15 (Ranka Lee) Mari Iijima, Megumi Nakajima
"Seikan Hikou" (星間飛行 Interstellar Flight?) Yoko Kanno Takashi Matsumoto Yoko Kanno Episode 12, 15, 17 (OP), 18, 19 Megumi Nakajima
"Welcome To My Fanclub's Night!" Yoko Kanno hal Yoko Kanno Episode 15 May'n
"Diamond Crevasse 50/50" Yoko Kanno hal Yoko Kanno Episode 15 May'n & Megumi Nakajima
"Aimo O.C." Yoko Kanno Gabriela Robin, Maaya Sakamoto Yoko Kanno Episode 16, 20 Megumi Nakajima
"Northern Cross" (ノーザンクロス?) Yoko Kanno Yūho Iwasato, Gabriela Robin Yoko Kanno 2nd Ending Theme (First appearance in Episode 16), 22, 25 May'n
"My Soul For You" Yoshiki Fukuyama K. Inojo Junki Kawauchi Episode 17 Fire Bomber
"TRY AGAIN" Yoshiki Fukuyama K. Inojo Yasuyuki Tanaka Episode 17 Fire Bomber
"Lion" (ライオン?) Yoko Kanno Gabriela Robin Yoko Kanno 2nd Opening Theme (First appearance in Episode 18) May'n & Megumi Nakajima
"Shinkū no Diamond Crevasse" (真空のダイアモンド クレバス Empty Diamond Crevasse?) Yoko Kanno hal Yoko Kanno Episode 20 May'n
"Ao no Ether" (蒼のエーテル Azure Ether?) Yoko Kanno Maaya Sakamoto Yoko Kanno Episode 21 (ED) Megumi Nakajima
"Anata no Oto" (アナタノオト Your Sound?) Yoko Kanno Anju Mana Yoko Kanno Episode 19, 20, 25 Megumi Nakajima
"Yousei" (妖精 Fairy?) Yoko Kanno Anju Mana, Gabriela Robin Yoko Kanno Episode 22 May'n
"Ai Oboete Imasu ka ~ bless the little queen" Kazuhiko Kato Kazumi Yasui Yoko Kanno Episode 24, 25 Megumi Nakajima
"Nyan Nyan Service Medley" Featuring: Lion, Infinity, Watashi no Kare wa Pilot, Diamond Crevasse, Seikan Hikou, What 'Bout My Star?, Lion, Ai Oboete Imasu ka, Lion, Aimo (娘々サービスメドレー?) Yoko Kanno Gabriela Robin, Yūho Iwasato, Dai Satō, hal, Kazumi Yasui Yoko Kanno Episode 25 May'n, Megumi Nakajima & Maaya Sakamoto
"Triangler (fight on stage)" Yoko Kanno Gabriela Robin Yoko Kanno Episode 25 (ED) May'n & Megumi Nakajima

Trivia

  • A recurring theme is the number 25, this is because the series commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Macross franchise. Examples are:
    • 25 episodes
    • The airdate of the final episode, September 25.
    • It was on at 1:25 AM (25:25 on some Japanese TV clocks).
    • The setting is the 25th migration fleet.
    • The main mecha series is the VF-25 Messiah.
    • Ranka is quarter (25%) Zentradi.
    • The "Macross Quarter," so called as it is 25% the size of the SDF-1 Macross.
Chronology
2047 2059 2059
Macross Dynamite 7 Macross Frontier Macross FB7 Galaxy Flow Soul: Listen to My Song!
Production
2002/12 to 2004/10 2008/02/26 to 2008/05/26 2009/11/21
Macross Zero Macross Frontier Macross Frontier Movie: The False Songstress
 
TV Series Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again | Macross 7 | Macross Frontier | Macross Δ
Events Unification Wars | Space War I | Sharon Apple Incident | Protodeviln War | Vajra War
Movies The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? | Macross Plus Movie Edition | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie | Macross Frontier Movie: The False Songstress | Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye | Macross FB7 Galaxy Flow Soul: Listen to My Song! | Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre | Macross Δ Movie: Absolute Live
OVA The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 | Macross Plus | Macross 7: Encore | Macross 7 the Movie: The Galaxy's Calling Me! | Macross Dynamite 7 | Macross Zero
Books Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences | My Fair Minmay | Macross Ace | Macross Dynamite 7: Mylene Beat | Shōji Kawamori Macross Design Works | Macross Chronicle | Macross 7: Trash | Macross Plus: TAC Name | Macross The Ride | Macross 7th Chord | Super Dimension Fortress Macross The First | Macross F ~Secret Visions~ | Macross Δ Manga | Macross Δ Gaiden: Macross E | Macross Δ: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shiro Kishi | Macross Δ: Ginga wo Michibiku Utahime | Variable Master File | Macross Δ: Girl of Al Shahal
Video Games Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Famicom) | Super Spacefortress Macross | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross 2036 | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Eternal Love Song | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II (Arcade) | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Remember Me | Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Love Stories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader Complete Pack | Macross Plus (Arcade) | Macross Digital Mission VF-X | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (Game) | Macross VF-X2 | Macross 7 -Shake the Heart of the Galaxy- | Macross Plus Game Edition | Macross M3 | The Super Dimension Macross: Aiuchi Typing Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Macross Ace Frontier | Macross Triangle Frontier | Macross Ultimate Frontier | CR Fever Super Dimension Fortress Macross | My Boyfriend is a Pilot 2012 | Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy | Macross Card Fighter | Pachislot Macross Frontier | Macross Δ Scramble | Uta Macross Sma-Pho De-Culture | P Fever Macross Δ
ONA / Short Film All That VF - Macross 25th Anniversary Air Show | Macross 7 Plus | Macross Fufonfia | Delta Mini-Theater
Concerts Macross One Night Stand | Mylene Night | Macross 25th Anniversary Live: Minmay meets Fire Bomber | Macross Crossover Live A.D. 2009x45x49 | Macross Crossover Live 30 | Fire Bomber 2014 Basara Explosion | ANIME SYMPHONY JAPAN PREMIUM CONCERT MACROSS 35th × Macross F 10th Anniversary | Macross Crossover Live 2019
Drama / Character Album The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. III MISS D.J. | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. IV Distantly Fading Memories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. V Rhapsody In Love | Macross 7 Docking Festival | Macross 7 CD Cinema 1: Mellow Heart Beat | Macross 7 CD Cinema 2: Melodious Illusion | Macross 7 CD Cinema 3: Galaxy Song Battle | Macross Generation | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Inside Story~Macross Classic | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra1 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra2 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra3 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra4
Others Macross 15th Anniversary | Macross 30th Anniversary Project | Macross: The Museum | Macross The Musicalture | Macross: The Museum ver.2.Δ | Macross Modelers | Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo SkyTree | Macross: The Art 1982-2018 | Macross Bakuon Film Festival | Macross Boys | All Macross Big Voting | Macross Won’t Stop | Shoji Kawamori Expo


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