Are you sure you watched what I'm currently watching, because the Orguss that I'm in the middle of watching had that goofy Emarian rule of "If you don't settle down and have kids by 17, you're off the female team." that kinda put a damper on the whole 'women not being treated as mere sex objects' thing. Not to mention the one off episode about the women's only society with Joan of Arc overthrowing Marie Antoinette.
True, it is a bit harsh how they fail to be viewed as women after they fail to have a child (depicting a women as someone who's sole role is to have a child)
That said, in the anime it's shown more as the female's dream of landing a hunk and staying a women.
Except for Minmey, you don't really see other characters actively forcing one to marry and have a child. Even then, Sley is doing it because he's worried for her (and how others would view her would she not).
Looking at the twins, it's doesn't seem to be that
life shattering if you don't (BTW, poor twins - if you remove the engineer, the leftover girl as a choice between a dragon and a geeser... yeah, they're turning 'male')
What about the Joan of Arc episode? It featured a matriarchal society where men are treated as useless. I'm not sure how it reinforces your argument.
Also, I have no idea about what you are talking about. Kei's pre-timeskip girlfriend being Macross's Minmey? That'd be like Zeta Gundam's Quattro being a Char. Totally not a thing. Totally.... ;<.<
No, that was referring to the naked chick in the Easter egg
Also also, I can't believe you didn't mention the show's soundtrack. Sure most of it is incidental BGMs but the opening and ending themes are great.
I'm not much of a sound guy, but I will admit I liked the ED song. It grows on you.
EDIT: Sweet! I decided that I would draw in MS paint something about the post that followed my 3000th
one. Now I have to draw Quattro as Char.