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Macross isn’t anymore adult than Robotech is. If you believe that Macross is, then your deluding yourself. The same loss of life, love relationships occur in both series. As a watcher of Robotech and Macross, I wouldn’t say Robotech or Macross is more mature then the other. That would be silly. I do say that Macross isn’t as deep as Robotech is. Carl Macek took three series ranging from good to just OK and made them deeper by linking them together on the common element of Protoculture. Macross would have probably flopped here in America if it was released in 1984.