A strange spaceship crashes onto the island of South Ataria, throwing the world into disarray over its fate. Thus begin the Unification Wars, a worldwide war that eventually unites the planet under the governance of the United Nations. Now, a decade later, the reconstruction of the crashed alien craft – dubbed "Macross" – is complete. However, on the day of its christening, the Macross unexpectedly fires and destroys several approaching Zentradi spaceships. The last hope of Earth, the Macross, begins to wage a lonely war; but what hopes can one ship have when facing against an entire alien race?
In the distant future, mankind has mastered space and spread empires across the galaxy. While many choose to colonize distant planets, others choose to remain amidst the stars, ultimately giving rise to a new brand of humanity known as the Abh. Both genetically and culturally different from their Earth-dwelling peers, the Abh soon find themselves engaged in a bloody war that rages across hundreds of planets and set out to restore peace by means of conquest. Enter Jinto, a nobleman and ambassador of the recently acquired Hyde system whose duty is to represent his peoples' interests and rule on the Abh's behalf. In order to be officially coronated to this position, a cold-but-beautiful Abh princess named Lafiel arrives at Hyde to escort him back to the empire's capital. When they are suddenly attacked by an anti-Abh liberation front, however, the festivities are cut short, and the two must flee for their lives against all odds.
Have you ever thought about watching more science fiction that isn't necessarily about huge transforming planes like in Robotech? If so, consider Crest of the Stars, which has a love story that evolves in a unique universe where man also constantly tries to flap his wings. Crest of the Stars is also centered around the Abh, an evolution of man that has adapted to life in space, which tries to protect man from himself.
Both animes have a militay + sci-fi theme and both animes center around the love story of 2 protagonists.
While Robotech is more action oriented, Crest of the stars is more about the relationship between the protagonists.
Crest of the stars also lacks a real hero.
The year is Universal Century 0079 and mankind is yet again at war. The space colony Side 3 has declared itself the Principality of Zeon and has separated itself from the Earth Federation. In a raid on the colony Side 7, Zeon troops force a band of civilians, military recruits and one green ensign to escape on a previously unseen class of ship with prototype Federation mobile suits. Among them is Amuro Ray, who piloted the Gundam during the raid on Side 7. Unfortunately, his mastery of it earns him the responsibility of using it in the war against Zeon...
Both Robotech and Gundam involve a space epic, mecha technology and battles. Both of these can also be considered anime mecha/space classics, being the forerunners of the genre.
The stories in each show may be different, but there's one thing that they have in common and that is giant mechs. If you liked mech series, you'd easily love this series as well.
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
Both Robotech and Neon Genesis center around the fight in giant mecha vs invaders. In Robotech's case from outer space, in Neon Genesis' case it is a bit more complicated.
Robotech is more straightforward action, while Neon Genesis tries to delve a bit deeper into the reasons for fighting and humanity.
Robotech and NGE go together quite well. Though Robotech has more of a romantic side to it, and NGE has a bit more of a dark side. Asuka from NGE somewhat reminds me of Lynn Minmei from Robotech because even with a sure of themselves exterior, on the inside they are somewhat insecure. Misato from NGE is also a similar character to Lisa Hayes from Robotech, both a little protective of the male leads, be it for different reasons. Both are full of action, and drama.
Once, Shin Kazama was a pilot in training with a bright future. Headed for a position in the Yamato Airlines, he had a beautiful girlfriend named Ryoko and all the happiness in the world; that is, until his “friend” Kanzaki tricked him into signing his life away. Stationed at the secretive Area 88, Shin is now trapped in the service of Aslan’s foreign legion, and faces death daily in the cockpit of a fighter plane. In order to return to Japan he must survive for three years or pay $1.5 million dollars… but few manage to stay alive long enough. Will Shin ever return to Tokyo and his beloved?
I always thought the love story in Robotech was a bit lacking. How far do you think Kazama Shin is willing to go for his one true love from whom he has been forced apart. Though the vastness of space is lacking in Area 88, you'll have to settle for intensive air combat on Earth.
In the year 2977, humanity has long passed its peak; machines are able to perform any task a human can, and people have succumbed to apathy. However, there remains one who refuses to accept such an existence: Captan Harlock, a pirate who sails the sea of stars aboard his ship, the Arcadia. He is feared and loathed by most inhabitants of Earth, and yet he is their only hope against the Mazones, a strange alien race of beautiful women that threatens humanity. Thus begins a lonely battle in which Harlock and the crew of Arcadia struggle to stay true to their ideals, while slowly unravelling the sad tale of the Mazones.
Both are excellent space opera in which the main leads are defending earth from an invading enemy. The main difference is Harlock has almost no support from Earth himself and must battle the enemy himself with his crew while Macross has a little help and support from Earth. If you liked one definitely check out the other!