* ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and its spinoffs. The key to defeating the unstoppable millions-strong fleet of [[CloningBlues clone troop alien warriors]] is the music of a [[IdolSinger civilian pop singer]]...who lives on the eponymous fortress in a city hastily reconstructed inside a cargo hold after a teleportation accident.
** And then, in ''{{Macross 7}}'', the universe is saved from [[OurVampiresAreDifferent all-powerful empathic vampires]] by a [[ThePowerOfRock rock band]]. Who fly custom made TransformingMecha, controlled by ''guitars''.
* ActorAllusion: In the ADV dub, this isn't the first time Creator/ChrisPatton (Max) [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic and]] Creator/LuciChristian (Millia) were paired up together as love interests.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The series was actually going to be called ''Megaroad'', but an executive's love for Shakespeare suggested it to be called Theatre/{{Macbeth}}. After some compromising, ''Macross'' was created.
* {{Defictionalization}}: An artesanal example, in episode 25, we have a [[http://eyeforthings.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/ep25_macross_cake.png wedding cake in SDF-1 Macross format]], in the birthday in same day of Bandai Manager Jerry Chu and Mari Iijima voice actor from the Minmay [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2010-10-18/sdf-1-macross-cake-featured-at-sega-manager-wedding they were presented with a cake in the same format]].
* IAmNotSpock: Mari Iijima (who played Lynn Minmay): "Maybe you guys have NEVER been typecast as one thing for years and years in life?". It is thirty years by this moment - and counting. And Mari is a good singer in her own right but for some people, she remains "Minmay".
* NamesToKnowInAnime: ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' creator[=/=]Creator/{{Gainax}} co-founder Creator/HideakiAnno got his start on this series. Creator/ShojiKawamori provided the mechanical designs for the series (and would go on to direct the sequels).
* NoExportForYou: A large assortment of absolutely hideous legal snarls between Harmony Gold, Creator/StudioNue, Creator/{{Satelight}}, Creator/TatsunokoProduction, and Big West means that virtually nothing of the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' series that wasn't incorporated into the original ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' adaptation has seen the light of day outside of Japan. ''MacrossPlus'' apparently got released only due to absolutely ''titanic'' pressure from fans, critics, and other distributors for the parties involved to not completely sit on triple-A-quality material needlessly; the same ''may'' happen to ''MacrossFrontier'' (especially with the [=DVDs=] and soundtracks of that show pushing sales numbers not seen in at least a decade) but so far no plans for export have been announced (and as time grinds on, it begins to look less and less likely). ''{{Macross7}}'', ''MacrossZero'' and various video-game projects and the like stalled out completely and will almost certainly never see release overseas.
** It's gotten so bad that some people with dogs in the fight have said that it may be that ''nobody'' knows who has international rights for some of the ''Macross'' property, in particular "Do You Remember Love?"
*** Robert Woodhead, Creator/AnimEigo CEO, once said he does not expect to ever see a legal US release of ''Do You Remember Love'' because of the titanic, multi-side battle (yep, it's not just Harmony Gold who's in the way, but apparently Shogakukan, Toho and a few others who have some sort of interest in the film).
*** By this point, actually, the rights are pretty much settled. It's just Harmony Gold now threatening to sue the first person to try anything. They'd lose the suit because they actually own absolutely nothing (Japense courts determined the seller had no right to sell), but until some entity with deep pockets takes that challenge, nothing will be done.
** As noted above, it's not specifically a ''Macross'' problem, it's an industry-wide phenomenon. ''Macross'' just takes the cake for being ensnarled not only inside Japan, but ''outside'' of it too.
*** This legal snarl has caused some severe issues with the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' franchise. When that was new, much of the game was found to be copyright infingement of the ''Robotech'' franchise. Despite a massive redesign, they keep getting sued occasionally. The confusing part is that nobody knows if the entities suing them still have any rights to the IP whatsoever.
**** Not quite true. FASA had bought (or they believed they had bought) rights to the designs in good faith, and used the designs without molestation for 10 years. However, FASA and Creator/PlaymatesToys got into a legal battle when Playmates created a toy for their ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' line that closely resembled the ''[=MadCat=]'' 'Mech from ''Battletech'' (at the time, FASA was finalizing both toy and TV deals for their game). FASA sued. Harmony Gold had sublicensed ''Robotech'' to Playmates as a tie-in to ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', and noticed that FASA was using the ''Macross'' designs and counter-sued. Nobody quite knows what the actual settlement in the cases were, but [[WordOfGod official word from Catalyst Game Labs, FASA's successor company]] is that the discontinuation of the ''Macross'', ''LightNovel/CrusherJoe'' and ''Anime/FangOfTheSunDougram'' (the latter two which were not owned in any way by HG) designs was an internal decision by FASA to bar all artwork not created in-house to avoid any potential legal hassles, and not a legal mandate from a court. This policy, funnily enough, also forced FASA to stop using deisgns made bespoke for them by ''Studio Nue'' (the original studio behind ''Macross'') to replace the offending designs for releases of ''BattleTech'' in Japan.
*** On a side note, Tommy Yune, representative for Harmony Gold, has stated that they're willing to license ''MacrossZero'' and sublicense it to Creator/ADVFilms, but Big West took the license off the market.
*** On top of all that, you've got the VF-1[=/=][[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Jetfire]] issue. [=TakaraTomy=] still fears about the figure and its license[[note]]something that's been going on since 1985[[/note]]. Hence why there's no reissue of the character.
* TheOtherDarrin: Due to the death of Hikaru Ichijou's original voice actor, Arihiro Hase, in 1996, in all subsequent appearances, he is voiced by Creator/KenjiNojima.
** Inverted across languages: Minmay's voice actress is the same in the original Japanese version and the Creator/ADVFilms (Macross) dub.
* UnCanceled: Originally slated for 48 or so episodes, the series was cut (due to the loss of the original sponsor) to around 23, meaning the series would have ended with the climactic battle against Bodolzaa, as seen in "Ai Wa Nagareru." Tatsunoko deciding to come on board at the last minute (though that caused [[Anime/{{Robotech}} other]] [[ScrewedByTheLawyers still]] [[BrokenBase ongoing]] [[NoExportForYou headaches]]), as well as a very positive viewer reaction, allowed for a reprieve, and the show was at the very last minute extended to 36 episodes, permitting the "two years later" epilogue arc, which resolved the love triangle, as well as other hanging plot threads.
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