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Robotech was one of the first Anime to be released in the United States. Robotech, dubbed into English and released by the Harmony Gold[?] corporation, fused the story lines of three different Japanese anime series (with some modifications): Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Century Southern Cross[?], and Genesis Climber Mospeada[?]. The reasoning for combining these unrelated series was that the American TV stations had a minimum number of episodes for weekday syndication, and none of the three series met that requirement alone. Moreover, there was pressure from the American toy manufacturer who had licensed these three series to present them all as a single packaged product.

This combination resulted in a storyline that spanned three generations: The characters in the Macross saga, their children in the Southern Cross saga, and their descendants in the New Generation saga. The result is a surprisingly coherent story that resolves plot threads left unresolved in the earlier series. In particular, Southern Cross was originally intended to be a massive, be-all-end-all space opera, but ran out of money before it could be completed. Its inclusion in Robotech actually increased fan respect for Southern Cross.

There was also a novelization series, written by "Jack McKinney", a pseudonym for Brian Daley[?] and James Luceno[?], which included extensive quotes from fictitious books and fleshed out the chronology in more detail.

Harmony Gold attempted to produce an original sequel series called the Sentinels, but only three episodes were made. The project fell through due to problems with the toy licensing and changes in the Japanese yen-US Dollar exchange rate, among other reasons.

Two different versions of the Sentinels saga were chronicled in the McKinney novels and a comic book series.

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Episode List

  • The Macross Saga
    1. Boobytrap
    2. Countdown
    3. Spacefold
    4. The Long Wait
    5. Transformation
    6. Blitzkrieg
    7. Bye-Bye Mars
    8. Sweet Sixteen
    9. Miss Macross
    10. Blind Date
    11. First Contact
    12. The Big Escape
    13. Blue Wind
    14. Gloval's Report
    15. Homecoming
    16. Battle Cry
    17. Phantasm
    18. Farewell, Big Brother
    19. Bursting Point
    20. Paradise Lost
    21. A New Dawn
    22. Battle Hymn
    23. Reckless
    24. Show Down
    25. Wedding Bells
    26. The Messenger
    27. Force Of Arms
    28. Reconstruction Blues
    29. Robotech Masters
    30. Viva Miriya
    31. Khyron's Revenge
    32. Broken Heart
    33. A Rainy Night
    34. Private Time
    35. Season's Greetings
    36. To The Stars

  • The Robotech Masters
    1. Dana's Story
    2. False Start
    3. Southern Cross
    4. Volunteers
    5. Half Moon
    6. Danger Zone
    7. Prelude To Battle
    8. The Trap
    9. Metal Fire
    10. Stardust
    11. Outsiders
    12. Deja Vu
    13. A New Recruit
    14. Triumvirate
    15. Clone Chamber
    16. Love Song
    17. The Hunters
    18. Mind Game
    19. Dana In Wonderland
    20. Crisis Point
    21. Day Dreamer
    22. Final Nightmare
    23. The Invid Connection
    24. Catastrophe

  • The New Generation
    1. The Invid Invasion
    2. The Lost City
    3. Lonely Soldier Boy
    4. Survival
    5. Curtain Call
    6. Hard Times
    7. Paper Hero
    8. Eulogy
    9. The Genesis Pit
    10. Enter Marlene
    11. The Secret Route
    12. The Fortress
    13. Sandstorms
    14. Annie's Wedding
    15. Separate Ways
    16. Metamorphosis
    17. The Midnight Sun
    18. Ghost Town
    19. Frostbite
    20. Birthday Blues
    21. Hired Gun
    22. The Big Apple
    23. Reflex Point
    24. Dark Finale
    25. Symphony Of Light

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