- Alternate Character Interpretation:
- Lots of it when it comes to Isamu and Guld, especially when The Movie casts a somewhat different light on both of them. The film casts Isamu more as an outright Jerkass than a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Guld seems a bit less of a Stalker with a Crush toward Myung, and more of their friendship is revealed via flashbacks.
- When Guld causes the accident with their planes by sending Isamu's crashing hard into the ground. The idea of smashing Isamu's plane comes to his mind, and then Guld goes ahead and does it, mocking Isamu afterward in that it was an "accident." Guld's anger has endangered Isamu's life before ending their rematch by sneaking in live ammunition to use on Isamu being a stand out example, but at this moment, Guld expresses surprise at sending Isamu into the ground. While it could be Guld deliberately trying to attack Isamu, it could also just as easily been a stray thought that crossed his mind that his jet decided to run with, especially seeing lapses in will send the jet out of control.
- Awesome Music: Pretty much everything. This is Yoko Kanno we're dealing with here.
- "INFORMATION HIGH" is the one song in the score not penned or performed by Kanno (instead penned by DAI & KEN=GO→ and CMYK), but it's still a fan favorite and scores the Point of No Return of the narrative. Helps that it's written by Dai Sato and Kengo Watanabe, no less a legends themselves both in music and animation, who later went to write and score Eureka Seven, the series that's itself famous for the Awesome Music.
- Crazy Awesome: Isamu. Anything you can do, I can do better. While upside down.
- Cry for the Devil: Sharon.
- Demonic Spiders: The Ghost X9 in Super Robot Wars Alpha and Macross 30. It's become the go-to example of SRW Demonic Spiders.
- Even Better Sequel: The OVA is consider by many fans to be the apex of the Macross franchise, surpassing the fist series.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Completely computer-generated pop singers, you say?
- Nightmare Fuel: Guld's death has a lot of Body Horror. His facial veins inflate, his fists crush his insides until he vomits blood, and worst of all, his eyes explode. It was effectively a Mercy Kill when he rammed Sharon's fighter shortly after.
- The Problem with Licensed Games: In 1996, Banpresto released an arcade top-down shooter. It was a ripoff of the Raiden series of games. And even with the difficulty turned down it was generally on par with I Wanna Be the Guy.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: The dogfighting sequences, especially the last Isamu VS Guld dogfight.
YMMV / Macross Plus