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Anime: Macross 7

"Listen to my sooooooong!"

The second full series in Macross, it is a sequel to Super Dimension Fortress Macross, in which a rock and roll band living on a flying city in space fight evil space vampires, using The Power of Rock and Transforming Mecha controlled with guitars.

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 Humongous Mecha fans. 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 Mobile Fighter G Gundam in terms of a franchise sequel that differs greatly from the source material.

This show provides examples of:

  • The Abridged Series: Macross Abridged has one of Macross 7
  • The Ace: 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.
  • Ace Custom: The Sound Forces Valkyries are modified versions of existing fighters.
  • Ace Pilot : 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.
  • Action-Hogging Opening: Provided by Studio 4C
  • Actual Pacifist: Basara. The guy gets massively pissed if he's forced to attack someone, regardless of why he had to.
  • Against the Setting Sun: Subversion: it's a fake setting sun projected against a huge screen to make the colony ship feel more like home.
  • Anime Theme Song
  • Arc Number: 7
  • Artistic License Linguistics: 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).
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: 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.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: 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.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!
  • Beach Episode: Mildly subverted, they nearly freeze to death, because an enemy attack damaged the environment control systems of the Macross 7.
  • Beam-O-War
  • Berserk Button:
    • 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: Gamlin as the Betty and Basara as the Veronica.
  • Big Brother Instinct: 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 Actual Pacifist 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.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The Protodeviln aren't really evil, They just view other lifeforms as food sources.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Multiple sets on multiple ships, all of which have male captains.
  • Broken Aesop: Lampshaded: 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.
  • Bullet Catch: Sivil.
  • Calling Your Attacks: One early episode and in the beach episode Basara yells out "Pinpoint Barrier Punch".
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "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.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Basara. On top of fan girls, he's got Biker Babe Rex, the Flower Girl, Sivil, Mylene and Mylene's older sister.
    • Also Max. No, really. It makes you wonder about the real reason the Bridge Bunnies signed up...
  • The Chosen One: Anima Spiritia.
  • Combined Energy Attack: A big one in the Grand Finale, involving just about everybody.
  • Conspicuous CG: Present in the opening, not in the series itself.
  • Continuity Nod
    • 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.
    • Macross: Do You Remember Love 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.
    • 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)
  • Cool Ship: (a rock-and-roll band is equipped with customized versions of the most advanced mecha available)
  • Cool Old Guy: (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.
  • Crapsack World: Guvava's homeworld.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Gavil, Sivil
  • Delinquents: The Rex gang.
  • Description Cut: 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.
  • Did You Just Teach Cthulhu To Sing: The Protodeviln eventually realize that singing allows them to produce their own internal Spiritia, and no longer need to steal human Spiritia.
  • Ditto Aliens: Averted: except for one matched set, no two Protodeviln even vaguely resemble each other)
  • Dreadful Musician: 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 wake up Basara from critical Spirita drain, with help from Mylene.
    • To say nothing of Gigil, or for that matter, Gepelnitch.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Milia was this, as revealed in Gamlin's backstory omake.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Gepelnitch, who sounds like one too.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: 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 Taking You with Me. Oh, and he did all this when by all rights, he should have been in a hospital bed. The scene can be seen here.
    Kinryu: What is Diamond Force if I can't bring down one battleship?!... Here's your love heart!
  • Eldritch Abomination: All the Protodeviln in their true forms except Sivil.
  • Establishing Character Moment: 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.
  • Evil-Detecting Semi-Sentient Furball Thingy: Guvava.
  • Facial Markings
  • Fake Band
  • 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.
  • Festival Episode: Another subversion - it's a Humongous Mecha festival.
  • First Kiss
  • Friend to All Living Things: Even aside from his absolute refusal to attack people, Basara also loves animals of all shapes and sizes.
  • Genki Girl: Mylene
  • Grand Finale
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Both Max and Milia. Their first daughter is about 34 years old, meaning they could be grandparents by this time.
  • Hair Colors
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Mylene. Eventually proves pivotal in learning some important information.
  • Heroic Resolve: Basara in the finale I'M GONNA MOVE IT TODAY. THE MOUNTAIN. THE GALAXY. LISTEN TO MY SONG!!!!
  • Honorifics
  • Hot-Blooded: Basara is to Hot-Blooded singing as Gai Shishioh is to Hot-Blooded courage.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: In The Galaxy Is Calling Me!, Emilia tries kissing Basara. While she's a giant-sized Meltran and he's human-sized. Yeah...
  • How We Got Here: 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.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Identical Grandson: 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 here. Mylene is the baby.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Two Words: Speaker Pods.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "Listen to my song!"
  • Japanese Vampire:  Sivil fits this the most.
  • Jerkass: It's hard to see why, if he weren't a Messianic Archetype, 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
  • Karma Houdini: 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.
  • Ki Attacks: ...through the power of rock and roll.
  • Life Energy: Spiritia
  • Lighter and Softer
  • Living MacGuffin: Bassara is the key to the Protodeviln's plan for an infinite source of energy and food.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: 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 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, breaks open the defenses and reaches the mission target before anyone can understand where all those explosions came from.
  • Loophole Abuse: 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.
  • Love Triangle: At the center of a Love Dodecahedron.
  • Mad Doctor: Gadget M. Chiba wants to cure the patients attacked by the "vampires". 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.
  • Macross Missile Massacre
  • Marshmallow Hell: Happens to Pedro in The Galaxy Is Calling Me! when he falls between Emilia's breasts before she plucks him out of there.
  • Mathematician's Answer: 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)
  • Meaningful Name: "Nekki" means "enthusiasm", and "Basara" translates roughly to "crazy/stylish/over the top". both fitting of a rocker.
  • Mecha Expansion Pack: The Sound Boosters.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Going from one VF-19 with speakers to a whole custom squad of musical Variable Fighters.
  • Motorcycle on the Coast Road: ...IN SPACE
  • My Brain Is Big: Exedore's new design.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: 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.
  • Myth Arc: The whole Macross saga.
  • No Name Given: 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.
  • Non-Human Sidekick
  • Not Himself: When the Protodeviln start bodyjacking people.
  • Nuke 'em: Basara lampshades this.
  • Oba-san: Serves as a mild Berserk Button for Milia, who is strikingly similar to another green-haired older woman in space who's rather snappy.
  • Oddly Named Sequel: This is not the seventh Macross series, but the number 7 is a recurring motif in it.
  • The Ojou: 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.
  • One-Man Army: 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.
  • Our Vampires Are Different
  • Parental Abandonment: 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.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Exedore
  • The Power of Rock: Big time.
    • It causes orgasms in Protodeviln and heck, saves the entire universe from having its Life Energy sucked out
  • Puppeteer Parasite
  • Proud Warrior Race: The Zentradi.
  • Real Robot
  • Redshirt Army: Led by Emerald Force, Diamond Force and, later, the 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.
  • The Rival: Gamlin
  • Robo Speak: Vending machines.
  • Running Gag:
    • Diabolus Ex Machina 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.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Gamlin does this in episode 32. The military has impounded Basara's Valkyrie, and the Protodeviln are 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.
  • Short Anime Movie: Just half a hour.
  • Shout-Out: The Macross 7 has everything on board, even a fountain with a Manneken Pis!!
  • Sitting on the Roof
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Starts off neutral, and gradually shifts more and more to the idealistic side of things.
  • Sneeze Cut
  • 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 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 her successors and other characters like her wear today).
  • So Last Season: 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 What the Hell, Hero? before telling the other two members of Diamond Force to use a series of formations against Gigil, completely kicking his ass and shooting down his Ace Custom Transforming Mecha.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil
  • Space Is an Ocean
  • Space Is Noisy: Although the show justifies the actual "singing at your opponent through a vacuum" bit as well as it can.
  • Spandex, Latex, or Leather: Basara and Mylene's clothes.
  • Spell Protodeviln With An Iln
  • Spy Speak: Used by Ray in episode 10 when he makes a phone call.
  • The Spock: Exedore, again.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: 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...
  • Stock Footage: 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 predecessor, to its contemporary, to its 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.
  • Take That: The Jamming Birds fail to have an effect on the Protodeviln... because, in a Discontinuity Nod, they're singing the music from Macross II.
  • Technical Pacifist
  • Team Pet: Guvava, Mylene's pet furball-thing who looks either like a Tribble with eyes and legs or a Kuriboh.
  • The Stoic: Veffidas, Fire Bomber's drummer, barely gives any indication of fear, happiness, or surprise.
  • Transforming Mecha
  • Tsundere: Mylene
  • Unfortunate Names: Ray and Lt. Kinryu's former elite fighter group. It doesn't matter how badass a fighter squadron you guys are, "Pink Peckers" is not a name calculated to strike fear into the hearts of your opponents.... or anything else, aside from gay/genitalia jokes....
  • Unusual User Interface: Basara's Valkyrie (variable fighter) is piloted by a guitar.
  • Verbal Tic: Gavil and "beauty" involving tagging a "-bi" at the ends of important nouns.
  • The Voiceless: Veffidas, Flower Girl.
  • Wave Motion Gun: ..which proves useless against the Big Bad.
    • It kinda...stuns him. That counts for something when said Big Bad is about to bring the universe to its potentional end.
  • X Meets Y: Dynamite 7 can be summed up as Moby Dick meets Macross.

Super Dimension Fortress MacrossCreator/Tokyo Broadcasting SystemMacross Frontier
Last Exile: Fam, the Silver WingCreator/MadhouseMy Neighbor Totoro
Lupin III Dragon Of DoomAnime of the 1990sMacross Plus
Lupin IIICreator/Studio JunioMartian Successor Nadesico
Macross PlusMilitary and Warfare Anime and MangaMacross Zero
Macross PlusScience Fiction Anime and MangaMacross Zero
Macross PlusFranchise/MacrossMacross Zero

alternative title(s): Macross Seven; Macross 7
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