Kawamori Shoji has said in interviews that one is not more legitimate than the other. He said when he imagines how to tell the story of Macross in the format of a TV series, SDF Macross is the result. When he imagines how to tell the story of Macross in the fomat of a movie, Macross Movie is the result. I'm fine with that. I enjoyed them both. The movie (probably my favorite anime movie ever) had the best mecha designs, incredible drama and great music. The TV series had more time to develop the concepts, characters and settings. I honestly can't say I like one more than the other.
I lost track of how many anime blogs have trashed the Macross Movie because it isn't "official." I don't know why the writers for Macross 7 had to become anal-retentive nerds and try to account for every little inconsistency. Macross Plus showed us several instances of choosing the movie over the TV series for canon (the Zentraedi powered armor comes to mind immediately). And, from many reports, Macross 7 wasn't that good anyway. Why pay its pronouncements any mind?
What kind of crazy dramatic representation of the Zentraedi war would show obviously incorrect dates and events? Sure, lots of historical fiction films have inaccuracies but we're talking about whoppers here. Would the producer of this movie agree with some nutty screenplay writer that wanted to say the Macross docked with the Armor space ships instead of the Daedalus and Prometheus carriers? And making up the name Maltraedi and portraying the aliens completely differently than they really were? Remember, aliens had assimilated into human society. Obvious fabrications of alien society would be caught right away. The only studio that would make a bogus, off-kilter movie re-telling the war this way would be a puny little one with a shoestring budget and limited distribution (plus they would risk a negative public reaction).
In this discussion the elephant in the room is the different appearances of spaceships and mecha between the TV series and movie. The studio behind the effort wouldn't be thrilled about the production crew making up new looks for spacecraft and military units. The public would have seen at least a few photos of Zentraedi powered armor (government propaganda efforts would have demanded it during the war). Think about this one for a minute. Can you name any World War I, World War II or Vietnam War movie where the tanks, naval vessels and airplanes look totally different? It isn't done. The public knows what the military units looked like more than 50 years after a war.
Lots of anime TV or OAV series end with movies that retell and condense the original story. If we can accept them why can't we accept Macross?
I've said my two cents. Yes, this is just my opinion and does not reflect the views of Gears Online. Feel free to disagree with me in your replies. Just don't throw anything.
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