If Gundam And Macross Had A Love Child And It Became It’s Own Show, What Would It’s Combat And Tactics Look Like?

You know I’ve often wondered what a Science Fiction series would be like if it combined Macross and Gundam’s respective theories of combat and usage of technology.  Last night I think I might have gotten my answer from a Battlestar Galactica episode in what I like to call the Adama Maneuver.  The scenario is a classic one, you’ve got people on the surface of a planet that need rescuing, but the planet is both blockaded and heavily fortified on the ground as well.  Your only option is to create some sort of distraction, get in there to provide air support to cover the people’s escape and get yourself back out in time to hold off the enemies in orbit.  What do you do?

The Adama Maneuver, combining the Sumeragi theory of blitz tactics in atmospheric re-entry and the Global theory in using folds in the most dangerous situations possible where even one miscalculation could mean screwing everybody over.  Add in the provision of air support, combined with the threat of dropping the equivalent of a colony on the bad guys to scare the living shit out of them and you’ve got yourself a fine blend of Gundam and Macross tactics and combat theory right there.  At least I think so


If you want to see the Adama Maneuver with it’s original audio then I uploaded it here.


5 Responses to “If Gundam And Macross Had A Love Child And It Became It’s Own Show, What Would It’s Combat And Tactics Look Like?”

  1. 1 ghostlightning February 2, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Very interesting!

    I didn’t consider juxtaposing those two tactics, because maybe I’m completely ignorant of BSG. But yeah, it rocks. I think Sumeragi’s a better tactician, only that I must give allowances to Global who’s a fish out of water the whole time.

    In somewhat related matters, I would find it more practical to build a fleet of Z Gundams (never mind the godlier Kyrios/Arios suits). Perhaps its my bias for transformable mecha, but the vision for the mobile suit is its variety of utility. Transformation is the ultimate realization of that vision.

    If those craft in the video had the capability of function of ground shock tactics, the maneuver will have even more teeth. In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed this post.

  2. 2 Kaioshin Sama February 2, 2009 at 7:32 am

    @ghostlightning: Global’s tactics were to predictable was what was the problem. I think this became most evident in the episode where Global had them use the Daedelus attack one too many times and Exedore called it and had the Zentraedi ready to take out the Destroids and just go right on inside the city.

  3. 3 Epi February 4, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Well, I think we’d have to take the best of both shows.

    Macross is all about having one super capital ship with a super canon, combined with the power of music, and Gundam is all about having a few individual vehicles that own everyone else in the universe.

    In Macross, the capital ship and usage of music is really the basis of all the tactics, while in Gundam, the tactics revolve around the individual ability of the pilots, Max Jenius notwithstanding.

    Unfortunately if you combine the two, what you end up having is a group of super pilots with super ships, that use the power of music to stop the enemy… in other words, you have…

    Macross 7.

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