Every anime fan has heard of the series Macross at one point or another. For those unfamiliar, the Macross series is a science fiction “mecha” series that started back in the early 1980’s. The basic setting involves humanity expanding across space and usually fighting alien life forms for one reason or another. The franchise is not known for its innovative storytelling, but what has made the series stand out for over thirty years in anime is Macross’ strong themes of music (read: Japanese pop), love, and how both are vital parts of every culture. The Macross franchise follows a timeline so all the numerous series take place within one universe. However, if you are new to the Macross series, then do not let that intimidate you as each anime features its own independent storyline. References to older Macross series are thrown around due to the setting, but you will not be thrown out of the loop if you miss them.