The creative staff of Super Dimension Fortress Macross were influenced by the animation listed here. Contemporary Japanese audiences would have been primed with this material and saturated with the visual images. Japanese audiences were fluent in the visual vernacular of this form of media prior to the 1982 broadcast of SDF Macross. It is very unlikely Robotech fans were exposed to any of these Japanese influences prior to viewing Robotech upon its broadcast in 1985.
Space Battleship Yamato 1974 – 26 episodes
Space Battleship Yamato II 1978 – 26 episodes
Space Battleship Yamato III 1980 – 25 episodes
Space Battleship Yamato has never been released in the USA with English subtitles or dubbing. It was adapted as Star Blazers and was broadcast from 1979 to 1984. Yamato is 77 episodes in length and influenced elements of SDF Macross. SDF Macross slightly parodied and paid homage to Yamato.
Space Battleship Yamato 1977
Arrivederci Yamato 1978
Yamato: The New Voyage 1979
Be Forever Yamato 1980
Final Yamato 1983
The above titles are five animated films.
Mobile Suit Gundam 1979 – 43 episodes
Three animated films were created from the 43 episodes and released between 1981 and 1982. Mobile Suit Gundam was released in the USA in 1994. Gundam influenced elements of SDF Macross. SDF Macross slightly parodied and paid homage to Gundam.
Super Dimension Fortress Macross 1982 – 36 episodes
Super Dimension Century Orguss July 1983 – 35 episodes
Super Dimension Century Orguss is unrelated to the Macross and Robotech franchises as they exist today. Orguss is related in name only.
Genesis Climber MOSPEADA October 1983 – 25 episodes
The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross April 1984 – 23 episodes
The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? July 1984
Do You Remember Love? is an animated film consisting of all new animation retelling the events of Episodes 2 to 27 of SDF Macross. It has never been released in the USA with English subtitles or dubbing.
Robotech March 4, 1985 (March 1) – 85 episodes
Megazone 23 Part I March 9, 1985 (80 minute film)
Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive September 1985 (50 minute film)
Megazone 23 Part II May 1986 (80 minute film)
This film includes a bonus feature portraying animation created for Robotech: The Movie.
Robotech: The Movie July 1986 (82 minute film)
This film adapts footage from Megazone 23 Part I.
While the series listed above are all loosely connected by either their influence upon SDF Macross or its adaptation into Robotech, the series listed below influenced the industry which created Robotech but had nothing to do with the media literacy of SDF Macross animation (Robotech animation).
Voltron III (Lion Force Voltron) September 10, 1984 – 72 episodes
Voltron I (Vehicle Team Voltron) October 1984 – 52 episodes
Voltron II (Gladiator Force Voltron) was never adapted into the Voltron Franchise. Voltron III and I were English language adaptations of two separate Japanese cartoons broadcast prior to Robotech. Voltron II was a planned English language adaptation which was never completed or broadcast. Voltron III adapted Beast King GoLion and Voltron I adapted Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. Voltron II would have been an adaptation of Lightspeed Electroid Albegas. Voltron demonstrated the feasibility of adapting SDF Macross, SDCSC, and GCM into Robotech.
Tranformers September 17, 1984 – 98 episodes
Transformers is a 1984 American animated series based on a Japanese toy line named Diaclone by Takara Toys from 1980. These toys were designed by Shoji Kawamori and Kazutaka Miyatake who later created Robotech. The Transfomers animated series and these toys demonstrated the economic viability of the Robotech animated series and its associated toys and merchandising.