New ‘Macross’ Animated Film Features Studio Sunrise’s Participation

‘Macross’ is a well-known franchise among fans of science fiction, mecha, and space fantasy. It may have been less successful than “Transformers”, “Gundam”, and “Evangelion”, but only in absolute terms.

With its intricate love stories and captivating music, “Macross” gave mecha stories a more human touch. Previously, mecha had just been (and occasionally still is only) about enormous robots fighting alien powers and safeguarding the population, but this gave the genre a whole new dimension.

A new ‘Macross’ animated project was announced at the conclusion of the event ‘Macross Delta Walküre FINAL LIVE TOUR 2023 Last Mission’ on Sunday. Sunrise is in charge of the project.

Only the studio’s identity has been made public at this time, so we’ll have to keep waiting for more information on the forthcoming project.

‘Macross’s advertising agency, Bigwest, made an announcement in 1987 that they, along with Studio Nue and Harmony Gold (Robotech’s creators), would be releasing the majority of the anime and products. Future Macross and Robotech productions will also feature their combined efforts.

Poster for ‘Super Dimension Fortress Macross’
Poster for ‘Super Dimension Fortress Macross’

Studio Nue’s ‘Super Dimension Fortress Macross’ anime series launched the genre in 1982. Later, it was adapted into various other forms of media, including as anime movies, OVA series, video games, and even comics and books. The show was shown as part of the Robotech franchise in North America.

Over the years, not one but three anime sequels to Macross 7 were released: Macross Frontier in 2008 and Macross Delta in 2016. However, in October 2021, the short film “Macross F Time Labyrinth” debuted alongside the anime film “Macross Delta the Movie: Absolute Live!!!!!!!”, marking the beginning of the latest installment.

Releasing the earlier episodes sounds like a terrific approach to provide new life to the series all across the world. While they welcome Sunrise’s involvement, fans are still hoping for a new plot that stays true to the series’ roots. Since Sunrise is also responsible for Gundam, the ratio of action to music should be more even.


Produced in 1982 by Studio Nue and Artland, Macross is a science fiction mecha animation.

The series tells an alternate history of Earth and humankind. Time frame: following 1999.

Humanity’s technological advancement and contacts with extraterrestrials in the Milky Way are covered in this series.

Concepts like a unified Earth government, humanoid “transformers” that can transform into jets and space jets, and space folds as a means of transportation pop up frequently in Macross.

The show also features elements of capitalism, consumerism, culture shock, nostalgia, and coming-of-age.