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|First appearance||Episode 1 - "Boobytrap"|
|Voiced by||Mika Doi
Monica Rial(English dub)
|Relatives||Hikaru Ichijyo (Husband)
Takashi Hayase (Father)
Sakiko Hayase (Mother)
Miku Ichijyo (Daughter)
Misa Hayase (早瀬 未沙 Hayase Misa?) is one of the central fictional characters of the Macross Japanese anime series. Her voice actress was Mika Doi in the original Japanese TV version, in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? movie adaptation, and in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 OVA. Doi also played the character in a console video game based on the first film that was released for the Sega Saturn in 1997 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Macross franchise, and that was also ported to the PlayStation in 1999.
Fictional character background
According to the fictional Macross continuity, Misa Hayase is of Japanese ethnicity. She was born into a Japanese family with a hundred-year military lineage and was the only daughter of Admiral Takashi Hayase. Misa also had aspired to enter the military since childhood. This dream was bolstered by a desire to join her boyfriend and first love, Riber Fruhling, in the UN Spacy. Misa's hope is tragically unrealized as Riber dies during the destruction of the returning U.N. Spacy fleet from the Salla Mars Base (where he was stationed) by hostile Anti-U.N. terrorist forces (with a stolen U.N. Spacy space cruiser), shortly after leaving Misa on Earth.
After graduating first in her class at the UN Spacy Officers' Academy, she earned a bridge post aboard the SDF-1 Macross. She and fellow SDF-1 bridge officer Claudia LaSalle became close friends. As Misa herself admits, her mind is constantly preoccupied with duty. This changes, however, after she meets the young pilot Hikaru Ichijyo. Their officer/subordinate status would slowly evolve through the series, from originally a difficult professional relationship (with Hikaru even calling her "old hag" as he sees her for the first time on his Valkyrie's screen, which results in his senpai, Roy Focker, getting a good laugh, much to Misa's chagrin) to a friendly personal one; and much later to a romantic one, clashing with the already strong infatuation Hikaru has with Lynn Minmay. She also has some short-lived feelings for Minmay's cousin Kaifun, who bears a striking physical resemblance to the deceased Riber.
Despite having early disputes with Hikaru, she slowly begins to harbor feelings for him as they share some adventures during the war, discovering both have very much in common. In the final episode, Hikaru realizes Misa is in love with him, and after the climactic final battle, they marry and become members of the SDF-2 Megaroad-01 crew to leave on a stellar exploration and colonization mission in 2012. Shortly thereafter, Misa and Hikaru have a daughter, Miku Ichijyo, who is born in space during 2013.
After their ship disappears in 2016 without a trace near the center of the galaxy, they were reported as missing. The whereabouts of Misa, Hikaru, Miku and the ship's crew (including Lynn Minmay, who remained as their friend and also joined the exploration mission) are still unknown.
Additional notes on the character
Misa's character is the total opposite of the sweet, flighty, insecure Minmay. She's a strong-willed, determined and down-to-earth type of woman, completely immersed in doing her duty; at the same time, these traits had made her unable to maintain romantic relationships, although, as seen in the series, she lets her feelings interfere with her work.
According to an article in Animerica magazine, Shoji Kawamori's original idea for the Macross series was an all-female crew for the battleship with a female captain at the helm. After the idea was revamped for its final presentation, the female captain idea was reworked and became the template for Misa's character.
While the Macross-related film The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? tells a different take of events from the original series, Misa's character and relationship with Hikaru is portrayed in similar fashion as in the original.
In the American re-working of the series that became known as Robotech her name was changed to Lisa Hayes and her ethnicity was changed to American.
Catherine Glass of Macross Frontier physically resembles Misa Hayase, and is also shown to have trouble keeping up with a decent love life. Unlike Misa, Catherine and her love interest are supporting characters, rather than leading characters.
Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier also resembles Misa Hayase. Both of them are strong willed and down to earth women. In the manga adaptation of the series, there is a small tribute that has her wearing Misa's clothes (to match Ranka who wears Minmay's and Alto who is dressing as Hikaru).
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- Sony PlayStation Compatible CD-ROM Video Game. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross:Do You Remember Love?. SLPS-02005~7. Sega/Bandai Visual. Japan. Y6800. 1999, May 27
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The story of Misa and Riber's romance and the tragedy of the Mars Base crew is retold in the novel Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences written by Oonogi Hiroshi. The crew died after they evacuated the base and were attacked by Anti-United Nations forces en route back to Earth. The flashback between Misa and Riber takes place in the beginning of 2004, about two years after the couple first met.
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- The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: The Making of Macross. Pages 203-246. Macross Perfect Memory. Reference Book. 260 A4 pages. Y2800. Minori Library, Japan. 1983, October 10.