Macross Anime Characters
Macross is a science fiction series that combines transformable mecha, apocalyptic battles, and wartime romance. It also gave the world its first anime idol Lynn Minmay and a music career to her voice actress Mari Iijima.
Unlike its real-robot mecha cousin Gundam, Macross takes the time to show how individual characters cope with war and its horrors. It also explores how love, culture, and music can overcome war.
Hikaru is a thoughtful young man with a deep sense of duty. He refuses to become a fighter pilot at first, but circumstances force him into the military after the death of his friend, Roy Focker, and his subordinate, Hayao Kakizaki. He grows to be a dedicated soldier as well as the leader of the Vermillion Squadron and an ace pilot.
He is a talented aerobatic flier who won seven amateur flying contests by the age of 16. His “senpai”, Roy Focker, invites him to attend the launch of a reverse engineered alien warship, the SDF-1 Macross.
He quickly becomes pulled into a galactic war against the aliens known as the Zentradi. He and Misa fall for each other despite her initial rejection of him. Hikaru eventually decides to go back to Earth on a space migration mission and confesses his feelings to Misa as the Zentradi fleet prepares to attack Macross City. The two are then stranded on a ruined Alaska base where they communicate with each other via Morse code.
A career officer of the UN Spacy, Misa is a dedicated military woman with a heavy sense of duty and responsibility. She and Hikaru have a difficult superior-subordinate relationship which is exacerbated by her longing for him. She would eventually become a bridge pilot aboard the SDF-1 Macross.
She was given the Shinigami Eyes which enabled her to see a name and how long someone had left before they died. She is grateful to Kira for giving her the eyes and she wishes to meet him someday.
Despite her dedication to the cause, Misa also has a heart and a conscience. She would apologise to the crew of the Macross for her mistake which led to Roy Focker’s death. She cares about her friend Maki and views her as a sister. According to Obata, Misa was one of the hardest characters he had to create for Macross Frontier. Her character has a lot of pathos and is a very strong woman.
Milia is the ace pilot of the SDF-1 Macross during the original series. She also stars in the Macross Plus OVA series. Her real name is Milia Fallyna Jenius, but her nickname is Komilia.
She and Max have a daughter named Mylene Flare Jenius, who is the star of Macross Delta. Milia and Max are both pilots in the SDF-1 Macross, though they fly different colored Valkyrie fighters – her blue and his red.
Milia appears in all of the Macross sequels, which are primarily set on colony ships flying amongst the stars or established colonies on distant planets. She and Max have an estranged relationship, though they are both still around to help raise their daughter Mylene. Milia still sports her short hair and doesn’t seem to have aged since the original series. She often teases Max about his long hair, which he pulls on in frustration while they fight. Her favorite food is Ranka’s pineapple cake recipe.
He combines a formidable level of skill in combat with an affable and courteous personality. His comrades hold him in high regard as a leader even when his self-esteem takes a knock. He is also an incurable romantic who eventually meets and marries Milia Fallyna.
He is the commander of the Frontier fleet’s S.M.S Skull Platoon and flies the YF-19 Super Dimension Fortress. He is similar in personality to Roy Focker and shows a fondness for pineapple flavored foods. His wounds produced a shock with SMS ground crew that was comparable to the one that caused by Roy’s final flight.
He was Micloned once before. His appearance in Macross Frontier was modified to match his original design. He and Milia later raise a daughter, Mylene Flare Jenius, who flies her own VF-1J Valkyrie in the deep red color that was her father’s trademark. His granddaughter Mirage Fallyna is a major character in Macross Delta.