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Produced in 1985 by Harmony Gold USA, Inc. in association with Tatsunoko Productions Co. Ltd., Robotech is a story adapted by expert Carl Macek, with edited content and revised dialogue from the animation of three different mecha anime series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada.

They were adapted into one 85-episode tailor-made for American audiences. Robotech revolved around a technology for the creation of robotic armies and had three parts. In the first, Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes and the rest of the Robotech Expeditionary Force prepared to resist the Zentraedi invasion. The second part featured Dana Sterling, an officer in the Armies of the Southern Cross, while the third told the story of the struggle against alien forces that had seized Earth.

The first series used was Macross. An alien Super Dimensional Fortress, a very powerful weapon, crash lands on Earth's Macross Island. The alien Zentraedi come to claim the ship for their own use. The Robotech Expeditionary Force help to protect the Earth from the Zentraedi. The series folows the lives of the Force's members, including the love triangle between Rick Hunter, Hayes and Lynn Minmei; during the First Robotech or Space War February 2009–April 2011 between the earth-based Robotech Defense Force and the alien Zentraedi.

The second section was adapted from Southern Cross. Twenty years into the future, during the Second Robotech War between January 2029 and June 2030, when the Armies of the Southern Cross are working to prevent future alien invasions. Dana Sterling is an officer in the army and this series follows her life and exploits. She is the daughter of two characters from the previous story arc, Max and Miriya Sterling.

The third arc was adapted from Genesis Climber Mospeada. This part of the series was much darker and takes place during the Third Robotech War (2031-44). The Expeditionary Force are killed and aliens are ravaging the Earth. The characters somehow still manage to have soap-opera-like love lives, while fighting the aliens with their robotic space vehicles.

Notable for its adult themes and the fact that so many of its main characters were killed off, the show has achieved cult status, especially among children of the 80s.

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