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Macross FB 7: Ore no Uta o Kike!, the newest work in the science-fiction romance anime franchise Macross, will start playing in 17 theaters throughout Japan on October 20. The 90-minute title takes remastered and re-edited footage from the Macross 7 television series and combines it with brand-new Macross Frontier footage to create a "completely new form of entertainment." The "hybrid rock anime" is billed as a "miraculous duet" between the two parts of the Macross franchise.
The story is set in 2059, five decades after the Space War I conflict seen in the first Macross story. Macross Frontier, the 25th New Macross Class super-long-distance colonization fleet, is journeying through the galaxy to a new paradise to call home. However, it is locked in a state of war with a strange enemy called Vajra.
Ozma Lee (Katsuyuki Konishi), the leader of the S.M.S. Skull Team that is fighting the Vajra on the frontlines, encounters a mysterious lifeform, different from even the Vajra, one day. This mysterious lifeform shares visual memories of a certain other colonization fleet with Ozma and two other Macross Frontier characters, Ranka (Megumi Nakajima) and Sheryl (Aya Endo).
Tetsuro Amino, the director of the original Macross 7 anime, is writing and directing the new project at Satelight with assistant director Takao Abo (Lunar Legend Tsukihime, Macross Frontier) and animation director Osamu Horiuchi (Full Metal Panic! franchise). Character designers Risa Ebata and Yûichi Takahashi are returning from Macross Frontier for the new work.
In addition to Konishi, Nakajima, and Endo, Kenta Miyake (Bobby Margot), Jun Fukuyama (Luca Angeloni), Hiroshi Kamiya (Mikhail Blanc), Megumi Toyoguchi (Klan Klang), and Houko Kuwashima (Canaria Berstein) reprise their respective roles from Macross Frontier.