After decades of legal disputes, the influential anime and film series “Macross” will be released worldwide for the first time. If the name sounds familiar, it’s better known in western markets by the title of its American remake “Robotech”.
Like many other cartoons from the 1980s, including “Battle of the Planets” and “Voltron,” “Robotech” was made up of several unrelated shows edited together to form a coherent narrative.
This week, it was announced in a press release that ad conglomerate Big West and American company Harmony Gold had finally reached an agreement which: “immediately permits worldwide distribution of most of the Macross films and television sequels worldwide.”
The release but doesn’t specify what titles will be available, nor does it indicate when and/or where. It does say that Big West will not oppose the Japanese release of an anticipated upcoming live-action “Robotech” film.
The deal marks the biggest anime licensing news since “Neon Genesis Evangelion” was added to the Netflix library last year (and scored criticism for its new English dubbing track).