Macross goes out of its way to include little details like that which ground the series and keep the more fantastical stuff from shattering suspension of disbelief.
The captain is too tall for the door to the bridge.
The gravity engines tear themselves out of the ship due to inferior earth materials.
Hikaru has to use newtonian physics to move in space when he goes for the space tuna.
Inconsequential little shots of high technology being used for mundane purposes, like the trash cleaning robots or the vending machines that follow you.
It makes the world seem like something that people actually live in, rather than a backdrop for the story and nothing more. That sense of realism makes it easier to swallow things like building a town inside of your space ship when the time comes.
Also, its funny. Because in most japanese shows the captain of a ship is the idealized japanese captain, aka someone who is stone faced as fuck and never says or does anything except to give very important orders or occsionally be a font of wisdom. Flawless authority, basically.
Instead, Global is a guy who shows up to the Macross launch ceremony with a mild hangover and hits his head on the door because it was made for short people.
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