The Macross Frontier Episode Guide is an episode by episode review and discussion of the 2008 anime series Macross Frontier. 

A big part of writing this guide was making sure I came in with a fresh, full understanding of the Macross franchise. So I rewatched it. All of it. The whole franchise in a three month semi-binge. 🙂

June 16th, 2019 – Start SDF Macross. (36 episodes)

June 21st, 2019 – Finish SDF Macross and start on Do You Remember Love? Movie

June 22nd, 2019 – Finish DYRL and start and finish Macross Plus (4 episodes)

June 23rd, 2019 – Start Macross 7. (49 episodes) 

June 27th, 2019 – Finish Macross 7. Start Macross Zero (5 episodes)

June 28th, 2019 – Finish Macross Zero. Start Macross Frontier (25 episodes) while taking detailed, time coded notes on each episode.

June 29th, 2019 – Begin constructing episode guide layout. 

July 5th, 2019- Macross Frontier complete. Start on Frontier movies 1 and 2. 

July 23rd, 2019 – Finish notes on both movies. Start seriously writing episodes guides. 

July 27th, 2019 – Episodes guides up to episode 4 complete. 

August 4th, 2019 – Episodes up to 14 complete. 

August 23th, 2019 – Episode 25 complete. 

September 30th, 2022 – Updated with Labyrinth of Time

Sheryl looking out at Frontier fleet

Macross Frontier Episode Guide 01: Cross Encounter

As first episodes go, the Yak Deculture Edition of Macross Frontier is a very strong introduction to the fifth major Macross series.

Alto holding Ranka in Valkyrie hand

Macross Frontier Episode Guide 02: Hard Chase

Alto does his best to rescue Ranka from the attacking Vajra before Ozma and Michael are able to put an end to the battle. Later, Ranka meets one of her heroes: Sheryl Nome!

Sheryl getting in car

Macross Frontier Episode Guide 03: On Your Marks

Alto, Ranka, and Sheryl narrowly avoid disaster as the Vajra resume their attack. Later, Alto learns more about Ranka's past while Ranka makes a move to better her future.

Miss Macross stage

Macross Frontier Episode Guide 04: Miss Macross

Alto and Ranka pursue their dreams but find out not everything worth doing is necessarily easy. In the end, both see some sucess but still have a long way to go.

Sheryl dragging Alto along

Macross Frontier Episode Guide 05: Star Date

Sheryl drags Alto all over Frontier looking for her lost earring while Ranka continues to assert herself with regards to her singing.

Sheryl on blue stage

Macross Frontier Episode Guide 06: Bye Bye Sheryl

Ranka has finally gotten her first big break as a singer, but her excitment is quickly overshadowed by the news of the Vajra's attack on the Macross Galaxy Fleet.

Damaged Galaxy fleet

Macross Frontier Episode Guide 07: First Attack

Sheryl struggles with her emotions during her live concert while Alto and the rest of the SMS wage a desprate battle to save a pair of ships from the Galaxy fleet.


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 08: High School Queen

Ranka is starting to get work as a singer, but most of her jobs so far are minor or embarrassing. When she manages to transfer to Alto's school, her day that was looking up is suddenly tarnished by the arival of the Galatic Fairy Sheryl Nome.

Michael getting ready to snipe

Macross Frontier Episode Guide 09: Friendly Fire

The sparring between Alto and Michael comes to a head when Michael nearly hits Alto's Valkyrie with friendly fire. Meanwhile, the mysterious purple Valkyrie makes a new appearance.

Ranka on pier over sunset ocean

Macross Frontier Episode Guide 10: Legend of Zero

Ranka, Alto, and Sheryl are forced to consider each other's feelings when the Frontier fleet produces a movie remake of Macross Zero.