The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (超時空騎団サザンクロス Chō Jikū Kidan Sazan Kurosu) is a Japanese science fiction mecha anime TV series released in 1984, as the third of the Super Dimension series. It was adapted as the “Second Generation” of the American TV series Robotech.
The show was the third mecha anime series released under the Super Dimension moniker by the sponsor Big West in 1984. This science fiction series followed two other series created by Studio Nue with Artland: Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982–1983), sponsored by Big West and animated by Tatsunoko, and Super Dimension Century Orguss (1983–1984), sponsored by Big West and animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha.
Unlike the previous two series, Southern Cross was created and produced almost entirely by Tatsunoko, with mechanical designs by its sister studio Ammonite. The series lasted for 23 episodes. The three titles share some of the same creators, and Macross is referenced by character cameos and inside references by the latter two series. However, the basic stories are unrelated. Southern Cross was the least successful installment of the Super Dimension brand, and was ultimately canceled due to low ratings, forcing the scriptwriters to hastily conclude the series.