“Macross Delta the Movie: Absolute Live!!!!!!”, which is the latest title from the “Macross” series, will premiere on October 8, 2021.
Beginning from “The Super Dimension Fortress Macross”, all the “Macross” series sets songs as an important theme even though each series has a different story. Many of you will be able to come up with your favorite theme songs or insert songs.
Therefore, Anime!Anime! conducted a reader survey titled “Which ‘Macross Song’ do you want to sing at karaoke?”. During the survey period from September 24 – October 1, a total of 513 responses were received. For the gender ratio, the females were slightly higher with about 60% while the males were about 40%. For the age distribution, we received the majority of responses from the young readers: about 20% were from teens, and 45% were from those in their 20s.
■Songs that liven up the atmosphere of karaoke gathered!
1st place went to “Lion” from “Macross Frontier”. The support rating was about 12%.
“Lion” is the opening theme song of the 2nd half of “Macross Frontier”. This duet song has an exhilarating feeling, which attracted a lot of readers. The received comments include, “This duet song by Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee is super exciting! Macross always features up-tempo and energizing songs”, “The intro immediately makes my engine fully open. This is a super exciting song”, and “You can sing this song with your friend, or just sing by yourself. No matter how you sing it, it will bring you fun”.
Besides singing with friends, some reader said “I often sing it with my mom as she is a ‘Macross’ fan”, which shows the “Macross” series’ long history of over 40 years.
2nd place went to “Ikenai Borderline” from “Macross Δ”. The support rating was about 10%.
“Ikenai Borderline” is an insert song that has been used at the end of “Macross Δ” Episode 1, and other episodes. It is usually used in scenes that leave huge impressions on the viewers, and some reader commented, “This song is used in the most exciting scene in episode 1, and how the story proceeds to the ending with this song is cool”.
Some readers mentioned their own episodes when they actually sang this song, “This song requires a powerful voice, so it is perfect for karaoke. I can take on the role of Mikumo Guynemer from Walküre, and I feel as if I can do anything. This is super refreshing!”, “The melody is very catchy, so even people who don’t know ‘Macross’ can enjoy this song. Some of my friends say, ‘Can you sing the song that you sang the other day?’. This song is perfect for karaoke because it makes me and people around me happy all together”.
3rd place went to “Hametsu no Junjo” from “Macross Δ”. The support rating was about 7%.
“Hametsu no Junjo” is the ending theme song of the 2nd part of “Macross Δ”. Some reader said that this song leaves impressions on the fans, “This song is used as the ending theme song of the 2nd part and climax. It is really powerful in the live-performances as well, and one of my favorites”.
Other readers also said that this song is perfect for when having a good time with their friends, and left comments such as “The up-tempo melody is easy to sing, and I feel refreshed when I sing it to my heart content!” and “When I get a response to ‘yeah’ in the hook, I am so happy”.
■Let’s introduce other comments!!
“Ai Oboete Imasu ka” from “Macross: Do You Remember Love?”
“The story is different from the TV edition, and the meaning of songs is being emphasized. The melody and singing voice of this song are superb and live up to the hype.”
“This song has been covered several times throughout the series. I always want to end karaoke with this song.”
“Totsugeki Love Heart” from “Macross 7”
“This is one of the most exciting songs from Macross. FIRE BOMBER’s cool and rock style is appealing to my heart.”
“When you want to get energized, this is the one!”
“Ichido Dake no Koi Nara” from “Macross Δ”
“Whenever I watch the opening anime, this song makes me excited. I like how the anime features each character just like their introduction.”
“The up-tempo melody is easy to sing, and the double hooks at the end is nice.”
“Nyan Nyan Special Service Medley (Toku Mori)” from “Macross Frontier”
“I never forget to sing this song in karaoke! I have fun duetting this song with my friend, and I can enjoy with anyone as this song is packed with ‘Macross Frontier’s attractions. Even if I finish this song by myself, I feel some sense of achievement. lol”
The song, which is especially suitable for karaoke, has been ranked in.
Since this survey sets the theme of the karaoke songs, some duet and medley songs were ranked in. The majority of the votes came from teens and twenties, so the songs featured in “Macross Δ” and “Macross Frontier” stand out in the higher places. Let’s look forward to what kind of songs will be featured in “Macross Delta the Movie: Absolute Live!!!!!!”.
■Ranking Top 20
－Which “Macross Song” do you want to sing at karaoke?－
1. “Lion” May’n/Nakajima Megumi “Macross Frontier”
2. “Ikenai Borderline” Walküre “Macross Δ”
3. “Hametsu no Junjo” Walküre “Macross Δ”
4. “Seikan Hiko” Ranka Lee=Nakajima Megumi “Macross Frontier”
5. “AXIA~Daisuki de Daikirai~” KanameΔYasuno Kiyono, ReinaΔToyama Nao, MakinaΔNishida Nozomi (Walküre) “Macross Δ”
6. “Totsugeki Love Heart” Fire Bomber “Macross 7”
7. “Northern Cross” Sheryl Nome starring May’n “Macross Frontier”
8. “Absolute 5” Walküre “Macross Δ”
9. “Shinku no Diamond Crevasse” Sheryl Nome starring May’n “Macross Frontier”
10. “Bokura no Senjo” Walküre “Macross Δ”
11. “Nyan Nyan Special Service Medley (Toku Mori)” Sheryl Nome starring May’n/Ranka Lee=Nakajima Megumi “Macross Frontier”
12. “Walküre ga Tomaranai” Walküre “Macross Δ”
13. “Ichido Dake no Koi Nara” Walküre “Macross Δ”
14. “Hokago Overflow” Ranka Lee=Nakajima Megumi “Macross Frontier the Movie: The Wings of Goodbye”
15. “Ai Oboete Imasu ka” Iijima Mari “Macross: Do You Remember Love?”
16. “GIRAFFE BLUES” MikumoΔJUNNA, FreyjaΔSuzuki Minori, KanameΔYasuno Kiyono (Walküre) “Macross Δ”
16. “Walküre wa Uragiranai” Walküre “Macross Delta the Movie: Passionate Walküre”
18. “Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don’t be late” Sheryl Nome starring May’n “Macross Frontier”
19. “Rune ga Pikatto Hikarittara” Walküre “Macross Δ”
20. “Sayonara no Tsubasa ~ the end of triangle” Sheryl Nome starring May’n/Ranka Lee=Nakajima Megumi “Macross Frontier the Movie: The Wings of Goodbye”
（Survey Period: September 24 – October 1, 2021）
*This survey is intended to research the readers’ “interest in anime and characters today”. It is not intended to discuss the relative merits of each character nor work. I would be glad if this article can help you develop an understanding and interest in anime and characters.