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-> ''"Listen to my sooooooong!"''

The second full series in ''Franchise/{{Macross}}'', it is a sequel to ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', in which a rock and roll band living on a flying city in space fight [[OurVampiresAreDifferent evil space vampires]], using ThePowerOfRock and TransformingMecha [[RuleOfCool controlled with guitars]].

[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No, really]].

The show prominently features an outstanding soundtrack from a real J-Rock band ("Hummingbird") hired to double as the fictional band "Fire Bomber." Very popular in Japan, though controversial among hard core HumongousMecha fans. [[NoExportForYou Unlikely to appear any time soon in North America]], because it's ''Macross'' and several companies can all get involved in any English releases.

Compare and contrast ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' in terms of a franchise sequel that differs greatly from the source material.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* TheAbridgedSeries: ''WebVideo/MacrossAbridged'' has one of Macross 7
* TheAce: Max. Downplayed since he's in charge of the battleship. But when he goes out to fight, he proves that he's still got his touch.
* AceCustom: The Sound Forces Valkyries are modified versions of existing fighters.
* AcePilot : Max and Millia are former Aces from the original series. Gamlin is stated to be one, and Basara counts, in fact Max himself stated that Basara is pretty good, although not as good as himself in the past.
* ActionHoggingOpening: Provided by Studio4C
* ActualPacifist: Basara. The guy gets massively pissed if he's forced to attack someone, regardless of why he had to.
* AgainstTheSettingSun: {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion: it's a fake setting sun projected against a huge screen to make the colony ship feel more like home.
* AnimeThemeSong
* ArcNumber: 7
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: There is a suggestion that the words evil and devil originated in the Protoculture's conflict with the Protodeviln. However these words were derived from older languages in which the words sounded considerably different (devil started out as diabolous, for instance).
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Some of the Protodeviln. In the movie, Emilia featured a somewhat funny side-effect of being giant-sized; namely, bigger body means louder voice. She couldn't sing in a populated area while full-sized without disrupting the peace.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Max and Milia. Max is the Macross 7 battlefleet commander, and Millia is the Mayor/President of Macross 7's civilian government. Justified Trope in that they were Ace Pilots before reaching their positions of authority.
* AutobotsRockOut
* BeachEpisode: Mildly subverted, they nearly freeze to death, because an enemy attack damaged the environment control systems of the Macross 7.
* BeamOWar
* BerserkButton:
** Don't call Milia "oba-san" (while literally "grand-mother" in Japanese, the actual meaning can range from a respectable "Mrs." to "old lady" or even "old hag", although the latter would be probably better expressed by "baba"), or else, even when it is quite possibly literally true, since her and Max' first-born is 34 years already. Millia also looks quite young for her advanced age, presumably due to her being a meltrandi (female zentradi).
** If Basara sings a song for you, listen to the end, or else. And also don't make him save you by using violence, which he absolutely abhors. And also, don't attack Mylene, while he is around, or else he'll kick your ass and then chew out Mylene for making him save her by using violence.
** Don't call Mylene a child, even when it is true.
* BettyAndVeronica: Gamlin as the Betty and Basara as the Veronica.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Basara shows this towards Mylene several time throughout the story.
** To the point that if someone attacks her, he'll break away from being an ActualPacifist and punch whoever attacked her. Of course, afterwards he'll yell at her for having made him attack someone, showing how much he hates violence.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Protodeviln aren't really evil, They just view other lifeforms as food sources.
* BridgeBunnies: Multiple sets on multiple ships, all of which have male captains.
* BrokenAesop: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: at the end of one episode, Basara remarks how the lesson would not have been learned had he not caused the problem in the first place.
* BulletCatch: [[http://imgur.com/dAY5Xzf Sivil]].
* CallingYourAttacks: One early episode and in the beach episode Basara yells out "Pinpoint Barrier Punch".
* CatchPhrase:
** "LISTEN TO MY SONG!" and Max's less used "Don't take your eyes off that monitor!"
** Also "I am Gepelnitch", EVERY time he addresses anyone who isn't a Protodeviln.
* ChickMagnet:
** Basara. On top of fan girls, he's got BikerBabe Rex, the Flower Girl, Sivil, Mylene and Mylene's older sister.
** Also Max. No, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGbFo4_o6oQ&feature=related really]]''. It makes you wonder about the ''real'' reason the BridgeBunnies signed up...
* TheChosenOne: Anima Spiritia.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: A big one in the GrandFinale, involving just about everybody.
* ConspicuousCG: Present in the opening, not in the series itself.
* ContinuityNod
** Max and Milia serve as the Captain and Mayor of the fleet- and both are shown to still be Ace pilots.
** 2 of their daughters show up in the series, and a family photo shows the other ''five''.
** ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' [[ShowWithinAShow is literally a movie in-canon]]. Some people claim the movie is just a movie and has no historical value despite the fact that the aforementioned two are veterans of the incident.
*** The movie (or in-universe movie) is about the events from the original Macross series, in which both Max & Milia served in, (their marriage being one of the other culture shocks); so, that wouldn't affect either interpretation.
** A Destroid Monster shows up in the Festival. Milia's Red VF-1 shows up as well.
** [[Anime/MacrossPlus Sharon Apple]]'s music is still frequently played on the radio.
*** During the tabloids episode, the reporter is listening to "Information High".
** Some Lynn Minmei songs are still played/used, (notably "Do You Remember Love"" in the Strongest Women episode)
* CoolShip: (a rock-and-roll band is equipped with customized versions of the most advanced mecha available)
* CoolOldGuy: (Max Jenius. Milia may also qualify. Meltlandi must age like fine wine.)
** The director stated age is a state of mind, and Max is a Genius.
* CrapsackWorld: Guvava's homeworld.
* CuteLittleFangs: Gavil, Sivil
* {{Delinquents}}: The Rex gang.
* DescriptionCut: In one episode, Basara throws an apple to Mylene as she's heading out for a date with Gamlin. Mylene tells Basara that there's no way Gamlin would take a bite out of a whole apple. Cut to Gamlin taking a bite out of the aforementioned apple.
* {{Determinator}}: Basara. As a kid, he'd sing songs ''to a mountain'' everyday in an effort to literally ''move it'' by singing alone. Even in a wind storm. While playing a guitar that was almost as big as he was.
** Not to mention the fact that he absolutely refuses to let anything, and I mean anything, stop his singing. Someone's trying to punch him? He keeps singing. Someone is actually using him as a punching bag? He keeps singing. He gets ordered to do something else? He keeps singing.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Teach Cthulhu To Sing]]: [[spoiler: The Protodeviln eventually realize that singing allows them to produce their own internal Spiritia, and no longer need to steal human Spiritia.]]
* DittoAliens: {{Averted|Trope}}: except for one matched set, no two Protodeviln even vaguely resemble each other)
* DreadfulMusician: Never EVER make Gamlin Kizaki sing.
** Which is wierd, because Koyasu, Gamlin's VA, has shown in other roles that he is capable of singing quite well.
*** Probably a character-specific thing. Also irony points as Gamlin can't sing in a series where music is possibly the most powerful force in the universe.
**** Which is ironic, since his singing is still enough to [[spoiler:wake up Basara from critical Spirita drain, with help from Mylene]].
** To say nothing of [[spoiler:Gigil, or for that matter, Gepelnitch.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: Milia was this, as revealed in Gamlin's backstory omake.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Gepelnitch, who sounds like one too.
* [[spoiler:DyingMomentOfAwesome: Diamond Force's Commander Kinryu got one. The Battle 7 was in the middle of transforming when one of the Protodeviln ships was about to fire at it. Even though he was in a VF-11C, Kinryu had it purge its armor, charge into the Protodeviln ship, and fire at its core after he got inside in a TakingYouWithMe. Oh, and he did all this when by all rights, he should have been in a hospital bed. The scene can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSAwU26JC3k here.]]]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Kinryu:''' What is Diamond Force if I can't bring down one battleship?!... Here's your love heart!]]
* EldritchAbomination: All the Protodeviln in their true forms except [[CuteMonsterGirl Sivil]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Basara has three. The first one involves him singing at a bunch of thugs to make them stop fighting. The second (same scene) is when he gets mad ''at Mylene'' because him trying to protect her ended up making him attack the thugs. The third is him going out in his Valkyrie into a battlefield to try and stop it by singing.
* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil-Detecting Semi-Sentient Furball Thingy]]: Guvava.
* FacialMarkings
* FakeBand
* FanGirl: While Fire Bomber gets to be pretty famous, the Flower Girl is definitely Basara's Number One fan. One episode focuses on another fan, though this one's a ''boy'' on Mylene. Also, the Fleet of the Strongest Women episode; must be seen to be believed.
* FestivalEpisode: Another subversion - it's a HumongousMecha festival.
* FirstKiss
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Even aside from his absolute refusal to attack people, Basara also loves animals of all shapes and sizes.
* GenkiGirl: Mylene
* GrandFinale
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Both Max and Milia. Their first daughter is about 34 years old, meaning they could be grandparents by this time.
* HairColors
* HalfHumanHybrid: Mylene. Eventually proves pivotal in learning some important information.
* HeroicResolve: Basara in the finale [[spoiler: '''I'M GONNA MOVE IT TODAY. THE MOUNTAIN. THE GALAXY. ''LISTEN TO MY SONG!!!!''''']]
* {{Honorifics}}
* HotBlooded: Basara is to HotBlooded singing as [[GaoGaiGar Gai Shishioh]] is to HotBlooded courage.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: In ''The Galaxy Is Calling Me!'', Emilia tries kissing Basara. While she's a giant-sized Meltran and he's human-sized. Yeah...
* HowWeGotHere: ''The Galaxy Is Calling Me!'' starts with Basara crash landing on an unknown planet before being confronted by the planet's inhabitants. After the opening credits, it then flashes back to show how Basara ended up there.
* HumongousMecha
* IdenticalGrandson: Emilia, Mylene's older sister, has long green hair like Milia.
** It's even worse with oldest daughter - on family picture she looks like ''twin'' of her mother. See [[http://animefascination.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/the_jenius_family.jpg here]]. Mylene is the baby.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Two Words: Speaker Pods.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: "Listen to my song!"
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Japanese Vampire]]:  Sivil fits this the most.
* {{Jerkass}}: It's hard to see why, if he weren't a MessianicArchetype, anyone would put up with Basara at all. He's continually blowing out the rest of the band, and, indeed, their fans, for his own reasons. He endangers the lives of military and civilian personnel by turning up in combat and getting in the way, and is completely insensitive to the feelings of pretty much everyone around him. This also ends up being one of the main criticisms non-Japanese fans, in particular, level at the show; he's such an unrepentant, unrelenting ''ass'', and never really changes or gets called on it, that it badly stretches viewers' suspension of disbelief.
* {{Kaiju}}: Gabil
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Despite repeated unprovoked attacks on the Earth Forces, kidnapping an entire colonization fleet, sucking the life force out of anyone whom he didn't kill, and nearly wiping out all life in the galaxy, Gepelnitch gets to fly away to live peacefully somewhere else... in the body of the dude he jacked before the series started.]]
** This charge is also occasionally leveled at ''Basara''; he is an ''unceasing'' jerk to nearly everyone around him, and never ''really'' gets called to the mat on it or made to change, and by the end it seems like his behavior's been completely vindicated.
* KiAttacks: ...through the power of rock and roll.
* LifeEnergy: Spiritia
* LighterAndSofter
* LivingMacGuffin: Bassara is the key to the Protodeviln's plan for an infinite source of energy and food.
* LetsGetDangerous: Max does this twice. The first time is when he decides to stop playing with the Varauta and thus declares it's time to show them their real strength before firing the [[WaveMotionGun Macross Cannon]], wiping out most of their fleet. The second time is during Operation Stargazer, when the pilots get stuck with Varauta's defenses... And he jumps in his fighter, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome breaks open the defenses and reaches the mission target before anyone can understand where all those explosions came from]].
* LoopholeAbuse: In episode 6, Gamlin was out on patrol when he found a disguised enemy craft. He chased it for a little while, but it got away. When he asked for permission to search for it, he was told that it fell out of the range of his duties, and that he should let an investigative team search for it and enjoy the vacation time he would be getting the next day. His response was to say that his vacation time started in one hour, and that he wanted permission to continue searching in his free time. Needless to say, he got permission.
* LoveTriangle: At the center of a LoveDodecahedron.
* MadDoctor: Gadget M. Chiba wants to cure the patients attacked by the "vampires". [[http://imgur.com/cdL0pve One of his experiments is strapping pilot Gamlin to a chair and forcing him to wear earphones with Basara's music playing at a really painful volume]].
* MacrossMissileMassacre
* MarshmallowHell: Happens to Pedro in ''The Galaxy Is Calling Me!'' when he falls between Emilia's breasts before she plucks him out of there.
* MathematiciansAnswer: Basara angrily asks Ray why his Valkyrie is armed with missiles. "Because they fit." (i.e. they were missiles intended to be fired by a Valkyrie)
* MeaningfulName: "Nekki" means "enthusiasm", and "Basara" translates roughly to "crazy/stylish/over the top". both fitting of a rocker.
* MechaExpansionPack: The Sound Boosters.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Going from one VF-19 with speakers to a whole custom squad of musical Variable Fighters.
* MotorcycleOnTheCoastRoad: ...IN SPACE
* MyBrainIsBig: Exedore's new design.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The expression on Sivil's face shows this when she realizes she's almost completely drained Basara.
** Gepelnitch once he realizes he'll drain the entire universe of Spiritia.
* MythArc: The whole ''Macross'' saga.
* NoNameGiven: The "Flower Girl" who always turns up around Basara, never has any lines, and, aside from the last episode, never actually succeeds in getting her bouquets to him.
* NonHumanSidekick
* NotHimself: When the Protodeviln start [[GrandTheftMe bodyjacking]] people.
* NukeEm: Basara lampshades this.
* ObaSan: Serves as a mild BerserkButton for Milia, who is strikingly similar [[TenchiMuyoGXP to another green-haired older woman in space who's rather snappy]].
* OddlyNamedSequel: This is ''not'' the seventh Macross series, but the number 7 ''is'' a recurring motif in it.
* TheOjou: Mylene, although she subverts large parts of the trope; hilariously her "bodyguards" ''call'' her "ojou" even though Macross Seven is a democracy.
** It's the fact that she is the daughter of a high-ranking official AND their boss' daughter. They do so out of politeness and their desire to keep their jobs.
* OneManArmy: The Protodeviln. A single Protodeviln was able to take out an entire Zentrandi fleet. Remember the original series and how there were literally millions of battleships? ''That'' was ''one'' fleet. The feat was so impressive that Zentrans have an innate fear of Protodeviln built into them.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* ParentalAbandonment: Borderline with Mylene. While both of her parents are alive, they're also the commander of the fleet and mayor of the city and, for obvious reasons, extremely busy with work. One recurring bit in the story is her improving relationship with her parents.
* PerpetualFrowner: Exedore
* ThePowerOfRock: Big time.
** It causes orgasms in Protodeviln and heck, saves the entire universe from having its LifeEnergy sucked out
* PuppeteerParasite
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]]: The Zentradi.
* RealRobot
* RedshirtArmy: Led by [[WeAreTeamCannonFodder Emerald Force]], [[OvershadowedByAwesome Diamond Force]] and, later, the [[OvershadowedByAwesome Jamming Birds]] who get a pass by occasionally proving their worth.
* RetCon: The designs from ''Macross: Do You Remember Love?'' have mostly replaced the original ones.
* TheRival: Gamlin
* RoboSpeak: Vending machines.
* RunningGag:
** DiabolusExMachina stalks the Flower Girl, thwarting her every chance to give Basara her bouquet.
** Also, Veffidas using just about everything like a drum.
** Basara's frustration at the way the Protodeviln never stick around long enough for him to finish his songs.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Gamlin does this in episode 32. The military has impounded Basara's Valkyrie, and the Protodeviln are [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] the new Jamming Birds unit. Gamlin then proceeds to take his Valkyrie over to where Basara's Valkyrie was being kept and helps Basara take it out so he can save the day.
* ShortAnimeMovie: Just half a hour.
* ShoutOut: The Macross 7 has everything on board, [[http://imgur.com/B29RWyx even a fountain with a]] [[http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manneken_Pis Manneken Pis]]!!
* SittingOnTheRoof
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Starts off neutral, and gradually shifts more and more to the idealistic side of things.
* SneezeCut
* {{Stripperific}}:
** Sivil's outfit, with tight leather and what can only be described as stylized breast-baring.
** Mylene's outfits are pretty bad too, but then again she's a female rock musician.
*** And even then, it's only her ''stage'' outfit that really [[ShowSomeLeg Shows Some Leg]] and is rather skin-tight; her "everyday" outfits are perfectly sensible (and more jaded viewers/anime veterans would say "almost puritan", compared to what [[Anime/MacrossFrontier her successors]] and other characters like her wear today).
* SoLastSeason: Inverted. When the new Emerald Force is commissioned, even though they have the latest model Variable Fighters, they have trouble with Gigil of the Protodeviln. When one of Emerald Force's members gets so obsessed with shooting Gigil down that his shots hit City 7, Gamlin gives him a WhatTheHellHero before telling the other two members of Diamond Force to use a series of formations against Gigil, [[{{Curb Stomp Battle}} completely kicking his ass and shooting down his Ace Custom Transforming Mecha.]]
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil
* SpaceIsAnOcean
* SpaceIsNoisy: Although the show justifies the actual "singing at your opponent through a vacuum" bit as well as it can.
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: Basara and Mylene's clothes.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell Protodeviln With An Iln]]
* SpySpeak: Used by Ray in episode 10 when he makes a phone call.
* TheSpock: Exedore, again.
* StarCrossedLovers: Sivil is into Basara. Basara appears to be into Sivil. But Sivil has very nearly killed him already, and it might happen again. Sivil leaves, Basara decides he'll travel the Galaxy too...
* StockFootage: One of the ''big'' criticisms of the show - many battles, particularly in the show's first half, have mostly the same recycled scenes ''in the same order''. The second half gets ''somewhat'' better about this, but it's still there.
** The big reason the show takes so much flak for this is that ''Macross 7's'' franchise - from its [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross predecessor]], to its [[Anime/MacrossPlus contemporary]], to [[Anime/MacrossZero its]] [[Anime/MacrossFrontier successors]] - uses "'''lack''' of stock footage" as something of a point of pride. Even ''SDF Macross'', for how small its budget was, was very good about obscuring its use of stock footage and making sure things felt fresh. ''[=M7=]'''s blatant footage reuse felt like something of a betrayal in comparison - not helped at all by the fact that it was literally airing in tandem with the release of ''Plus'', and the inevitable comparisons.
* TakeThat: The Jamming Birds fail to have an effect on the Protodeviln... because, in a DiscontinuityNod, they're singing the music from ''MacrossII''.
* TechnicalPacifist
* TeamPet: Guvava, Mylene's pet furball-thing who looks either like a [[Franchise/StarTrek Tribble]] with eyes and legs or a [[Franchise/YuGiOh Kuriboh]].
* TheStoic: Veffidas, Fire Bomber's drummer, barely gives any indication of fear, happiness, or surprise.
* TransformingMecha
* {{Tsundere}}: Mylene
* UnfortunateNames: Ray and Lt. Kinryu's former elite fighter group. It doesn't matter how badass a fighter squadron you guys are, [[spoiler:"Pink Peckers" is not a name calculated to strike fear into the hearts of your opponents.... or anything else, aside from gay/genitalia jokes....]]
* UnusualUserInterface: Basara's Valkyrie ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_fighter variable fighter]]) is piloted by a guitar.
* VerbalTic: Gavil and "beauty" involving tagging a "-bi" at the ends of important nouns.
* TheVoiceless: Veffidas, Flower Girl.
* WaveMotionGun: ..which proves useless against the BigBad.
** It kinda...stuns him. That counts for something when said BigBad is about to bring the universe to its potentional end.
* XMeetsY: ''Dynamite 7'' can be summed up as ''Moby Dick'' meets ''Macross''.

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