A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Robotech
What is Robotech?
Robotech is an 85 episode syndicated animated TV series that premiered in 1985. It combines three different anime series from Japan, with similar themes, into a single multi-generation story. The premise of this multi-generational story, how humankind deals with an ongoing alien invasion of Earth.
Robotech is often been called a “space opera” because it is not just action-packed entertainment, but also an engaging drama with many complex themes including death, love, and war. The story is told through the eyes of the characters that are caught up in the various alien invasions and how they handle the war along with their complex personal and professional relationships. The story is not only told by the humans caught up in each of the wars, but with the alien invaders as well.
There are many complex themes and relationships throughout this series. Each generation, for better or for worse, contained at least one or more complex romantic story lines. The most famous of these complex romantic story lines is told during the first generation of the series, known as the Macross Saga., and is a romantic triangle. The characters that make up this romantic triangle are: Lynn Minmei, Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes.
A recent i09 article, Why Robotech is the greatest love story of the 20th Century, gives a great summary of the complex romantic relationships between these characters, especially the specific themes of love that is portrayed:
1) Love Knows No Bounds
2) Love Is Messy
3) Love Hurts
4) Love Is Gross (Usually If You’re Doing It Right)
5) Love Is Dumb
6) Love Is All That Really Matters
I re-watch the Robotech series at least once a year and it still has a great influence on me. I believe it endures in my life because of the complex themes, especially the themes around the romantic relationships. I believe it is the complex romantic relationships that keeps me coming back time and time again. So, have any of you watched or still watch Robotech? What is your opinion on the romantic themes in this series?