Macross F(Frontier) premiered yesterday in Japan! The series celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross TV series, and is chronologically subsequent to Macross 7. This third TV series features Earth’s latest main variable fighter, the VF-25 and the exploratory fleet called the Macross Frontier. Here’s the opening song “Triangular” sung by Maaya Sakamoto and composed by Yoko Kanno.
The story is set on the year 2059 featuring the 25th colonial fleet, dubbed the Macross Frontier, en route near the galactic center. In the first episode, Ranka Lee (Megumi Nakajima) is heading to the concert of Macross Frontier’s top Galaxy Network idol, Sheryl Nome (Aya Endo), and encounters a pilot trainee named Alto Saotome (Yuichi Nakamura) when suddenly mysterious insectoid biomechanical alien mecha (called Vajra in the official site) attacks the fleet. The story will also feature Lanka’s older brother, the veteran pilot Ozma Lee (Katsuyuki Konishi), and the U.N. Forces’ latest main variable fighter, the VF-25.
The first episode was pretty good, and even if it’s almost the same thing we’ve seen in the ‘Deculture‘ edition. They improved the animation and CG from the pilot episode a bit, and some scenes were timed differently making the story flow better. Seeing the Battle 25(?)’s humanoid form in the opening sequence was really cool too, I like how it resembles SDF-1 from the first Macross. I guess I agree with a lot of people that the show will really start picking up next episode, and I’m pretty sure it won’t disappoint!