Macross 7 (マクロス7, Makurosu Sebun?) is an anime television series. It is a sequel to the show The Super Dimension Fortress Macross that takes place many years after the events of the first series following a cast of mostly new characters. The show ran from October 16, 1994 to September 24, 1995 at 11:00 AM, and 49 episodes were aired. Although it has been distributed in the other parts of the world, as of May 2008, Macross 7 has not been licensed in North America.
In fact, the series is not currently licensed for distribution in any English-speaking country. This is due to both licensing issues involving the music, and an ongoing dispute between Big West and Tatsunoko Productions/Harmony Gold over the right to distribute The Super Dimension Fortress Macross outside of Japan. In fact the cost of licensing is suspected to be so high that Manga representative Keith Burgess stated at Anime Central 2004 that "It would take all the anime companies working together to be able to afford to bring the series over to America".
Macross 7 is best known for its music, and since the show began airing over a dozen albums have been released by the fictional band Fire Bomber that stars in the show. Macross 7 exists in the official Studio Nue chronology and canon, with story concept by Shoji Kawamori, who also handled mechanical designs along with Kazutaka Miyatake. A theatrical episode, Macross 7: Ginga ga Ore wo Yondeiru! (Macross 7: The Galaxy's Calling Me!), was released in 1995. Several OVAs were also released, including Macross 7: Encore and later, Macross Dynamite 7.