I'll admit, I'm a weird one.
From day one I've found I get excited about strange things - normal people look at me oddly when I glow over nerdy or random things - but hey - whatever.
Macross was a love affair I started long ago, at a tender age of like 6. Then the first of three chapters in it’s Americanized version named Robotech I only knew I loved the idea of airplanes turning into robots, and the battles that ensued. Saif, the guy that never reads, devoured the entire written novel series at a young age, letting Jack McKinney spin into reality for me a world that probably spurned my creativity to this day.
Growing up I learned of anime, and proceeded to fall in love with the cult classic Macross Plus, a direct continuation in ways, from Macross. I even loved Macross II, which many fans turned their noses up to. Then again, even the die-hard fan I am, I've yet to finish Macross 7. But hey, I still suggest Macross Zero, so I call it even at that.
Macross Frontier - is the 25th anniversary series of the Macross franchise, and well, it's simply the bee's knees.
Weighing in at 25 episodes at 22 minutes each, towards the middle of the weekly plotline I began to realize I felt like every single episode was of movie proportions. Like I'd had sat back and taken in 2 hours in that 22 minutes. The stories were so rich, the references and homage paid to their roots ridiculous and overflowing, and well - I just can't put alot of it into the right words.
I sit here, knowing full well some might have felt “this” was rushed, “that” wasn't perhaps explored as well, blah. In the end - I know with a few multiple showings it'll continue to give back to me unlike any series has before. From the integrating of Macross Zero as a movie SHOT ON SHIP lol, to animating quick side characters just enough like Ben Dixon to make me take awe, I just can't say enough about the integration and tribute paid.
And it's not all re-hash. It's not the same stories told over and over again, only adding say more killing and ballsyness I might find in Gundam (Never liked Gundam due to the rivalry, but G-Seed on has been worth watching), this is a truly new thing to me. Nothing so new it's outside the boundaries, but new enough, and building on cannon. Just. Man. Frontier man. Frontier.
I promised myself I’d keep this short :)
No, to Jason and a few others I'd still stick with Heroic Age as the anime to start out with for sci-fi, etc. But as a fan of anything? Seriously, anything. To see it grow, and turn into this even 25 years later? Was well worth the wait. I salute Macross Frontier, and all things attached, this day you’ve made me a seriously happy fan.