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Robotech 

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An alien spaceship crash lands on Earth and the technology and secrets she bears lead Earth into three destructive interplanetary wars.

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Carl Macek
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Series cast summary:
Robert Axelrod ...  Rico / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Bill Capizzi Bill Capizzi ...  Cabbie / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Frank Catalano ...  15th ATAC Soldier / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Richard Epcar ...  Dixon / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Eddie Frierson ...  Kyle 85 episodes, 1985
Barbara Goodson ...  Annie's Mom / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Melora Harte ...  Allegra / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Alexandra Kenworthy ...  Azonia / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Steve Kramer ...  Mechanic / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Melanie MacQueen Melanie MacQueen ...  Lisa / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Michael McConnohie ...  Angry Patron / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Edie Mirman ...  Docking PA / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Tom Wyner ...  MC / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Cam Clarke ...  Lance Belmont / ... 37 episodes, 1985
Rebecca Forstadt ...  Lynn Minmei / ... 36 episodes, 1985
Tony Oliver ...  Rick Hunter 36 episodes, 1985
Gregory Snegoff ...  Scott Bernard / ... 26 episodes, 1985
Emilie de Azevedo Brown ...  Annie LaBelle / ... 25 episodes, 1985
Melissa Newman ...  Dana Sterling 24 episodes, 1985
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In the year 1999, an alien battle fortress crash lands on an island in the South Pacific. Over the next ten years, mankind repairs and refits this fortress, using the advanced "robotechnology" found aboard her to create fighter planes that can transform into giant robots. As soon as the repaired fortress is ready for launch, the aliens to whom she belongs finally discover its location. Thus begins a series of wars that will devastate the planet Earth. This television series was created by Carl Macek from three Japanese television series, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robotech: The Macross Saga See more »

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Runtime:

(85 episodes)

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Mono (1985)| Dolby Digital (2004 restoration)

Color:

Color
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One of the earliest North American anime fanzines is Protoculture Addicts which began publication in 1987. This Canadian published fanzine was originally dedicated to Robotech fandom but also included general articles about anime in general. After several years, the Robotech focus would be gradually phased out (due to the lack of new Robotech material) as broader interest in anime/manga spread. It would become one of the major North American anime fandom magazines. Print publications lasted until 2008 when it and other anime publications suffered from the decline of the anime market started by the closure of major anime distributor Geneon. While not technically defunct, Protoculture addicts has been absorbed as an inactive subsidiary of Anime News Network. The name of the magazine came from the Protoculture that is a plot point in Robotech. Along with being an energy source, it is also a narcotic. See more »

Alternate Versions

The remastered Robotech DVDs restores some of the nudity and violence that was deleted from the original broadcast run. See more »

Connections

Followed by Robotech II: The Sentinels (1988) See more »

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The Flower of Life
Written by Michael Bradley and Steve Wittmack
Performed by Joanne Harris
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The Anime Saga of the 80s
1 January 2005 | by Fury9033See all my reviews

Well, what can be said? First step for a lot of kids when this originally aired into a more mature anime world.

This was the first, that took itself seriously and was not censored by the relentless attacking parent groups out there who try dumb down anything that may seen as violent or potentially harmful to children.

Well, they missed this one for long time and damn well happy they did. It was story about human race being finally forged into one people instead of divided nations. War without happy ending in may sense. A Drama that shows all faces of humanity facing inhuman forces from beyond. Which in may ways, did not know what they were doing as well.

It puts a very big spin on anti-war, despite the conflict, glamorization of giant robots which i am a fan of. However its a hardcore story that with original writers of Japan and the American adapters trying make it work on American Television...before the television Der-regulations started to take away the independent television stations. This show was the thing to watch.

Thou now it is a very affordable DVD, its may seem to a lot of purist that its is a rip off of another anime and its seems to be hacked up. This maybe bit crude...However, for those who had NOTHING but few scant shows (Starblazers, Force Five (For those who've heard of it!), Galaxy Rangers and even Transzor Z) I say to you, this was godsend and should be given a second look. This was NOT a goofy, far fetch show that has bubblegum style (unbelievable, trying hard not explain itself or take seriously) This was serious hardcore television show that was a true Story-book on TV, precursor to shows that came after it like EXO-Squad or more common Sci-fiction show....Babylon 5. This was Anime-Mech show that put generation on notice that there more to animation then goofy silly stuff. Starblazers started this in American (Maybe Gundam but i've never seen it when i was growing up), Robotech took America by the balls and kept its attention for least a decade!


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