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"Force of Arms"
The Macross Saga, Episode 27
Force of Arms
Air date 9 April, 1985
Written by Steve Kramer
Directed by Robert V. Barron
Comic adaptation(s) Robotech: The Macross Saga 27: Force of Arms
Robotech: Final Fire
Episode Guide
The Messenger
Reconstruction Blues

"Force of Arms" is the twenty-seventh episode of Robotech: The Macross Saga.


Using Minmei's singing to distract Dolza's fleet, the SDF-1 rams the Zentraedi flagship, defeating the armada but crippling the battle fortress.


The entire Zentraedi force, commanded by Dolza, emerges from Hyperspace and surrounds Earth. Once again, the crew of the SDF-1 prepares to do battle, but now the humans have allies in Breetai and Azonia. Khyron, true to his self-serving nature, deserts.

Dolza’s attack is brutal. He begins by firing on Earth. Whole cities are obliterated across the face of the planet. In an attempt to disorient the new Zentraedi forces, Breetai comes up with a plan to broadcast Minmei’s singing. Meanwhile, the United Earth Defense Council plans to put its most valuable weapon, the Grand Cannon, to use.

As Minmei’s song is broadcast from a planet base, Gloval launches the SDF-1 into its ultimate strategy. He rams the battlefortress into Dolza’s flagship. The ensuing explosion destroys the hostile alien armada. The incredible spacefortress, terribly damaged, crash lands on Earth.

Memorable quotes

  • "Utilize Full force! Fire at will!" - Breetai.
  • "I'm not very good at this sort of thing but I might not see you again. I wanted to say that... that I love you!" - Rick to Minmei.
  • "Ironically we planned on using the Reflex warheads on your ship. Who would've dreamed that we would be fighting on the same side" - Gloval's thoughts about Exedore.
  • "I'm a pilot and your a big star now. You know it wouldn't have worked for us anyway." - Rick to Minmei.
  • Minmei: Are they all destroyed?!
    Rick: Probably.
    Minmei: On no!

Background information

"Force of Arms" was based on the original Japanese episode of The Super Dimension Fortress Macross entitled "Ai wa Nagareru" (Meaning "Love Drifts Away" in English) that was aired 24 April, 1983 in Japan.

Robotech Remastered additions/changes

to be added



  • Lisa's comment about wondering if there's anything else around and if they are the only survivors is an eerie premonition of the motives of Thomas Riley Edwards and his vendetta against The Hunters. Rick's comments about it not being too bad for them to be the only one's left add to this.

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