From Macross Compendium
"Close Encounter" is the first episode of the Macross Frontier animated television series.
- Release Date: April 4, 2008 (April 3, 2008)
- Story Date: March 2059
It is the year AD 2059. The idol singer Sheryl Nome from the Macross Galaxy fleet is arriving at the super-long-distance colonization fleet Macross Frontier. Ranka Lee, a high school girl looking forward to Sheryl, bumps into high school pilot trainee Alto Saotome in her hurry to get to Sheryl's concert.
Meanwhile, the Frontier suddenly encounters an unknown enemy. The enemy may not be human or even a race from another planet, but an unknown space life-form.
- Script: Hiroyuki Yoshino
- Storyboard: Yasuhito Kikuchi, Shoji Kawamori
- Animation Director: Yūichi Takahashi, Risa Ebata
- Episode Director: Takayuki Tanaka
- Katsuyuki Konishi as Ozma Lee
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Michael Blanc
- Jun Fukuyama as Luca Angeloni
- Kikuko Inoue as Grace O'Connor
- Sanae Kobayashi as Catherine Glass
- Tomomichi Nishimura as Howard Glass
- Toru Ohkawa as Jeffrey Wilder
- Takashi Oohara as Henry Gilliam
- Houko Kuwashima as Nanase Matsuura
- Tomokazu Sugita as Leon Mishima
- Kenta Miyake as Bobby Margot
- Jun Konno as Keitai-kun
- Tetsuya Kakihara as Pilot
- Kana Oomura as Warship broadcast
- Tomo Adachi as Dancer
- Kaori Fukuhara as Dancer
- Yoko Nishino as Female student
- Takahiko Sakaguma as Staff
- Toru Ohkawa as Narration
- An early "Deculture Edition" of this episode premiered with "Iwai 25 Shūnen! Ano Macross ga Kaettekuru zo SP!!" — the preview special that first aired in Japan on December 24, 2007. This edition did not include the "Triangler" opening song or the "Diamond Crevasse" ending song. Instead, Megumi Nakajima, the voice of Ranka Lee, sang a version of "Do You Remember Love?"
- The April 2008 broadcast version of this episode used "Triangler" as its opening song and "Aimo" by Nakajima as its ending song.
- A third version, a "complete" 32-minute "Yakku Deculture Edition," will be included in the Macross Frontier Blu-ray Disc and Macross Frontier DVD releases.
- This is the first Macross episode to premiere on television in 13 years.
| Macross Frontier episodes|
Close Encounter – Hard Chase – On Your Marks – Miss Macross – Star Date