- Awesome Music: Hiroko Kasahara's singing voice may be the X-factor.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: Only mentioned but not seen: in 2082, ten years before the series, a Zentraedi Main Fleet came looking for trouble... And the UN Spacy, using the Minmay Attack and their new generation of ships and Valkyries, annihilated it.
- Epileptic Trees: Think about this - Do You Remember Love? is considered to be a cinematic retelling of the events of the series, correct? Then Macross II could possibly still be part of Macross canon, since you could easily interpret it as a direct-to-DVD sequel of DYRL?
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In North America, being one of only two Macross sequels to avoid No Export for You status, it was popular enough to get a series of RPG books and an English-language manga sequel. In Japan, it got an arcade game, then nothing.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Towards the fact that Macross II is set in 2092...
As of the most recent series, which is set in 2067, the UN Spacy is now the New UN Spacy, the Zentraedi have been at peace with humanity for decades, Protoculture is a well documented part of xenological research and the Valkyrie numbers are up to the VF-31...
The only thing they got half right was that there were incidents in the 2030's and in the 2050's.
- Sivil, from Macross 7 and Ishtar, from Macross II, are both members of the enemy faction who enter human society, and, because of their unintended Culture Shock, end up saving the day with their newly found song.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Considering that the UN Spacy of this timeline swear by the power of Minmay's song... to hear it used to DESTROY UN Spacy forces would horrify them.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The Macross Cannon: an Earth-made warship with four Zentraedi flagships strapped on the sides to provide the big guns.
- Memetic Mutation: Dennis' "You don't know anything about culture!" rant, largely thanks to the Gundamn! podcast.
- Nightmare Fuel: The sheer power of a Zentraedi Main Fleet is bad enough... Now try and imagine a force equivalent to a Zentraedi Main Fleet immune to the Minmay Attack. There's a reason that the authorities in-universe censored this...
- According to the video games and additional material set in this continuity, it has already happened, twice: while the Leplendis Fleet (Meltrandi) and the unnamed Zentraedi fleets that attacked in 2054 and 2082 (this one mentioned in the series) were vulnerable (in fact the 2082 fleet suffered such a Curb-Stomp Battle that the UN Spacy in the series can't take the Zentraedi seriously anymore), the crew of the Neld Zentraedi fleet that attacked in 2036 had trained itself to partially resist it, and the Burado Fleet (Zentraedi again) of 2037 had a ship with a communication filter that outright blocked the Minmay Attack, and the only reason Earth resisted against Burado long enough to find out and destroy the filter ship is that Leplendis showed up right at this moment and interfered.
- So Okay, It's Average: The reaction of many Macross fans to this entry in the franchise (though the music is considered pretty good, but that's par for the course for the Macross franchise anyway).