Robotech: The Greatest Love Story of the 20th Century?

Doubtful, and especially not to the degree in this io9 post from back in 2012 that I somehow missed:

Literary types often regard Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita as the greatest love story of the 20th century. They’re close, but it’s actually the ‘80s cartoon series Robotech – specifically, it’s the Macross section of Robotech, based on the 1982 anime Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the first of the three Japanese cartoons that were cobbled together and re-edited to make the Robotech cartoon that aired in the US. While so many other children’s entertainments were going on and on about true love (or avoiding the subject entirely), the Macross saga helped countless kids understand that love isn’t perfect, it isn’t good, and most importantly, it’s never easy.

It’s not that good, and there are some aspects of it that are handled even better in the source material Macross (which I just finished watching in its original form for the first time), but it is surprisingly sophisticated for animation as it was at that time in the US.

And it’s one of those stories that many years later still sticks with me. It’s touching, it’s infuriating in spots in that way that good stories are, and it’s occasionally corny, but it’s not trite. People get hurt, even (or especially) accidentally. People are left alone.

If you have never watched the show, I’d encourage you to give it a spin.

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