Wow. I've never found a cartoon so upsetting. I was under the impression they were using technology and not magic. I guess I'll have to rewatch it just to make sure.
Seems like Delta I'd just following Macross's logical progression. We've continually strayed further and further from a reality based anime.
Valkyrie1981, there are quite a few animes out there that offer the grit you're looking for. Maybe this Macross isn't for you. For me I think it's far to early to judge. The mecha and dog fights are quite good so I think I'll stick around for more.