The decision to create this series came from Carl Macek who was disappointed at the crude alterations made to "Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman" (1972) in the creation of "Battle of the Planets" (1978). He wanted to import an anime series of his own and have it faithfully translated for the Western market. However, the best series he could obtain, "Chôjikû yôsai Macross" (1982), had only 36 episodes, which was far too few for the standard 65-episode syndication package that the North American TV market demanded. To fix that problem, Macek decided to acquire two similarly-themed series, "Chôjikû kidan Sazan Kurosu" (1984) and "Kikô sôseiki Mospeada" (1983). He then connected the series as a grand epic of succeeding generations of characters in the series that are forced to fight three successive wars over an alien energy source called Protoculture that the enemy is desperate to capture.