From the introduction:
Macross was a 36 episode anime TV series that aired in 1982-1983, about war, mecha, the human spirit and a love triangle. In 1984, Macross: Do You Remember Love was released. DYRL was a movie version concentrating on the actual war with Boddole Zer, supposedly made by the people on the Macross in 2030 to remember and honor those who died in the war. Macross Flashbask 2012 was a series of Minmei music videos released in 1987, including one new song never shown in the series, showing the launch of the first colonization fleet lead by the Megaroad-1, escorted by VF-4G fighters. The original Macross saga has become somewhat disjointed from the rest of the story since it was created long before the other parts.
In 1994-1995, Macross Plus was released. Macross Plus is yet another story with a love triangle and some of the best animation ever created, first released as a 4 part miniseries and then later as a “movie” version (originally meant as the movie version).
The story was continued with another TV series of 49 episodes, Macross 7 (also aired on TV in 1994-1995). The usual love triangle is more subdued and there is more emphasis on the music and “culture”. Macross 7 also has a 4 part sequel – Macross 7: Dynamite (1997-1998), as well as the 3 part addition – Macross 7: Encore, and a minimovie – Macross 7: The Galaxy is Calling Me. Macross 7 Trash and Macross 7: Mylene Beat carry on the story about the Macross 7 fleet in manga.
A new installment of the Macross legacy is the 5-part Macross Zero released in 2003-2004, which tells the story of Roy Fokker two years before the original Macross series, piloting one of the VF-0 prototypes. It presents new background information that was never presented in the past. One such instance was the discovery of a Protoculture relic on the bottom of the ocean near the Pacific island of Mayan, and that the natives of that island followed a belief based on the Protoculture as divine beings. This new series partially pushes the original Macross saga somewhat out of line with the rest of the story since the original Macross did not make mention of some of the elements shown in Macross Zero and other parts of the saga. Hopefully this will be addressed by Studio Nue.
In 2008, Macross Frontier is released. This sequel to Macross 7 is set in 2059 with the 25th Macross Colonial Fleet (11th super long-distance colony fleet) and their encounter with the insect-like Vajra and a renegade colony fleet. The TV series will be followed up by two movies; the first a retelling of the series, and the second being a sequel to the series/first movie.
Without permission or information from Studio Nue, Bandai Visual released Macross II: Lovers Again, in 1992. Macross II takes place in 2092 as another invading army (the Mardook) leading Zentraedi forces nearly annihilates Earth again. Studio Nue eventually buys rights to Macross II and hides it on the back shelf, calling it an “alternate reality”.
The official Macross story is also carried on through some video games. Macross Digital Mission VF-X (1997) and Macross Digital Mission VF-X 2 (1999) for the PSX, Macross 2036 for the Sega CD (1992) and Macross M3 (2001) for the Sega Dreamcast all are side stories that take place between and after the anime series’. There are several games released that take place in or aside from the canon storyline that do not contribute any new information (mostly shooting games and the like).