Macross/Robotech the SDF1 both were the same just one was americanised, one of my favorite anime and what started me watching them. I never could understand the logic of why it had to transform to use it's main weapons.
When they tried to run from the alien forces, their space fold engines massively overshot the target destination and then vanished to points unknown. This left a big gap in the wiring between the main weapons and the power plant that they couldn't replace out of scavenged materials. Transforming allows them to solve that issue.
Hmmm, well, technically, Robotech was three unrelated Anime that were edited together in order to make it seem like they were one show, and the story was heavily changed in places.
For example, they the second season of Robotech was supposed to be set on a post apocalyptic Earth after the Zentradi bombardment, but the original Anime was actually about human colonists who settled on somebody else's world. The aliens attacking them were the original inhabitants who were returning after a war destroyed the environment and made it unlivable. And the alien soldiers weren't robots, they were human colonists who had been mind controlled. So every-time the characters destroyed an enemy mech they were really killing a fellow colonist.
The planet in the original Anime had two moons, but they cut and repainted the backgrounds to take them out.
A lot of the story and the character backgrounds were changed as well to make them more suited to western tastes.
Space pony!!!!!!!! (or is she wahahahaha)
Also, makes less chance in context?
lowkey reminds me of Jojo's bizarre adventure lol
(not a reference, I'm not saying its a reference, its just what think)