History Trivia / Robotech

5th Jul '17 2:27:24 PM avon
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* Improv: There were many different AdBumpers for the show. Each would feature a different character for the show lending their own style and adlibs to the "After These Messages" and "Now Back To Our Show" lines.
--> '''Sean Phillips:''' Hey, sweetheart, Robotech is back!
--> '''Commander Leonard:''' The United Earth Forces are ready, so stay tuned for Robotech!
--> '''Nova Satori:''' As you were! Robotech is back!
--> '''Exedore:''' A brief intermission is requried for these urgent messages!
--> '''Exedore:''' Robotech shall now resume transmission.
22nd Jun '17 3:53:08 PM RoarkTenjouin
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* NoExportForYou: Due to th massive and convoluted legal snarl between Big West, Tatsunoko, and Harmony Gold, very few ''Macross'' series will ever make it across the Atlantic.

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* NoExportForYou: Due to th the massive and convoluted legal snarl between Big West, Tatsunoko, and Harmony Gold, very few ''Macross'' series will ever make it across the Atlantic.Atlantic.
** This doesn't just apply to ''Macross'', but it also applies to anything that features ''Macross'' as well. The Dreamcast version of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' ''almost'' got released Stateside[[note]]at the time, ''Gundam Wing'' was at the height of it's popularity, and the anime boom in general was at it's peak in the US[[/note]], since almost all of the licensing companies who held the stateside rights to the titles said yes...except for Harmony Gold, who said no, since they didn't want ''SDF Macross'' to be brought to the states and interfere with sales of ''Robotech'', despite the fact that the latter had ended over a decade ago. And the reason why Banpresto couldn't just dummy out the units from ''Macross'' was because they were important to the plot of ''Alpha''. And although nothing has been confirmed yet, quite a few fans suspect that the only reason ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'' was able to get a multi-region release was because of the absence of Macross in any shape or form.
18th Jun '17 5:29:03 AM themisterfree
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** The mid-90s saw the release of ''Robotech'' toys under the ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}'' banner, and rumors have swirled in the years since, with the most popular one being the alien forces seen in the series finale of ''Exo Squad'' (a CutShort situation) would've been tied to the ''Robotech'' universe in some way. But per [[https://www.stwing.upenn.edu/~pdanner/exo/eps/comments.html story editor Michael Edens]], he and the other writers didn't know about anything relating to a potential ''Robotech'' crossover [[LockedOutOfTheLoop until they saw the toys]]; he did say that he would've been happy to incorporate ''Robotech'' elements as long as it didn't interfere with their own plans. (Them not crossing over on-screen may have been for the best, because then ''Exosquad'' was exempt from all the massive legal troubles regarding ''Robotech''.)


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26th May '17 11:52:18 AM jake38
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* NoDubForYou: In the Latin American Creator/{{Netflix}} feed, the series doesn't have neither the original 80s Mexican Spanish dub nor the much-maligned new dub made for the remastered version, very likely because the version used for Netflix was the remastered one, and proobaly it was intentional due how much controversial was that new dubbed version compared with the 80s one, who was much well-known and popular in Latin America.
* NoExportForYou: Due to a massive and convoluted legal snarl between Big West, Tatsunoko, and Harmony Gold, very few ''Macross'' series will ever make it across the Atlantic.

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* NoDubForYou: In the Latin American Creator/{{Netflix}} feed, the series doesn't have neither the original 80s Mexican Spanish dub nor the much-maligned new dub made for the remastered version, very likely because the version used for Netflix was the remastered one, and proobaly it was intentional due how much controversial was that new dubbed version compared with the 80s one, who was much well-known and popular in Latin America.
* NoExportForYou: Due to a th massive and convoluted legal snarl between Big West, Tatsunoko, and Harmony Gold, very few ''Macross'' series will ever make it across the Atlantic.
30th Jan '17 8:45:55 PM BatmanKalEl
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** In addition, Carl Macek had originally intended ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss'' on being the second ''Robotech'' series (and ''Southern Cross'' as the third), since it was the second in the the "Super Dimension Trilogy" that started with ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross'' and ended with ''Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross''. All three shows were unrelated in story, but all were from the same studio, and shared many production team members and story concepts. When he couldn't secure the license to ''Orguss'', ''Southern Cross'' was moved up to being the second series, and Tatsunoko's ''Mospeada'' was chosen for the third. This explains why that season is by far the most unique of the three.

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** In addition, Carl Macek had originally intended ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss'' on being the second ''Robotech'' series (and ''Southern Cross'' as the third), since it was the second in the the "Super Dimension Trilogy" that started with ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross'' and ended with ''Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross''. All three shows were unrelated in story, but all were from the same studio, and shared many production team members and story concepts. When he couldn't secure the license to ''Orguss'', ''Southern Cross'' was moved up to being the second series, and Tatsunoko's ''Mospeada'' was chosen for the third. This explains why that season is by far the most unique of the three. ''Orguss'' did receive a faithful dub in the early 90s from LA Hero, but it was shelved after 17 out of 35 episodes were dubbed.
30th Jan '17 8:44:13 PM BatmanKalEl
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** In addition, Carl Macek had originally intended ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss'' on being the second ''Robotech'' series (and ''Southern Cross'' as the third), since it was the second in the the "Super Dimension Trilogy" that started with ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross'' and ended with ''Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross''. All three shows were unrelated in story, but all were from the same studio, and shared many production team members and story concepts. When he couldn't secure the license to ''Orguss'', ''Southern Cross'' was moved up to being the second series, and Tatsunoko's ''Mospeada'' was chosen for the third. This explains why that season is by far the most unique of the three. ''Orguss'' did receive a faithful dub in the early 90s from LA Hero, but it was shelved after 17 out of 35 episodes were dubbed.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Believe it or not, according to Carl Macek, ''Robotech'' was never intended on being a children's program. It was originally intended on being a way for him to get localized Japanese animation on television, and the resulting show was the only way to do it at the time. It explains why the series didn't shy away from complex plot points or mature writing, despite all the alterations from the original Japanese shows. Also the localization did ''not'' make use of NeverSayDie like most localizations at the time. Not only did it fully acknowledge character deaths, it actually added ''more'' deaths when [[spoiler:it had Captain Gloval, Claudia, Sammy, Kim, and Vanessa perish off-screen]]. Macek didn't envision a specific target audience, but he assumed it would mostly be watched by science fiction fans into their teens and twenties. This was all made all the more obvious when Cannon Films pulled ''Robotech: The Movie'' before release. They had assumed the film would be targeted towards children, and had bought-up advertising slots during children's shows. When the test screenings in Texas attracted a 90% adult audience (and the film itself being perceived as far too violent for kids), it was pulled from release.

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** In addition, Carl Macek had originally intended ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss'' on being the second ''Robotech'' series (and ''Southern Cross'' as the third), since it was the second in the the "Super Dimension Trilogy" that started with ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross'' and ended with ''Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross''. All three shows were unrelated in story, but all were from the same studio, and shared many production team members and story concepts. When he couldn't secure the license to ''Orguss'', ''Southern Cross'' was moved up to being the second series, and Tatsunoko's ''Mospeada'' was chosen for the third. This explains why that season is by far the most unique of the three. ''Orguss'' did receive a faithful dub in the early 90s from LA Hero, but it was shelved after 17 out of 35 episodes were dubbed. \n* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Believe it or not, according to Carl Macek, ''Robotech'' was never intended on being a children's program. It was originally intended on being a way for him to get localized Japanese animation on television, and the resulting show was the only way to do it at the time. It explains why the series didn't shy away from complex plot points or mature writing, despite all the alterations from the original Japanese shows. Also the localization did ''not'' make use of NeverSayDie like most localizations at the time. Not only did it fully acknowledge character deaths, it actually added ''more'' deaths when [[spoiler:it had Captain Gloval, Claudia, Sammy, Kim, and Vanessa perish off-screen]]. Macek didn't envision a specific target audience, but he assumed it would mostly be watched by science fiction fans into their teens and twenties. This was all made all the more obvious when Cannon Films pulled ''Robotech: The Movie'' before release. They had assumed the film would be targeted towards children, and had bought-up advertising slots during children's shows. When the test screenings in Texas attracted a 90% adult audience (and the film itself being perceived as far too violent for kids), it was pulled from release.
3rd Jan '17 12:44:46 PM luisedgarf
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* NoDubForYou: In the Latin American Creator/{{Netflix}} feed, the series doesn't have neither the original 80s Mexican Spanish dub nor the much-maligned new dub made for the remastered version, very likely because the version used for Netflix was the remastered one, and proobaly it was intentional due how much controversial was that new dubbed version compared with the 80s one, who was much well-known and popular in Latin America.
4th Jul '16 4:19:13 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* TheOtherDarrin: Miriya Sterling was voiced by Edie Mirman in ''The Macross Saga'' and Catherine Battistone in ''The Sentinals''.
** Dana Sterling was voiced by Melissa Newman in ''New Generation'' and Lara Cody in ''The Sentinals''. According to series creator Carl Macek, Newman "had completely disappeared from the acting community," and that he had lost touch with her.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Miriya Sterling was voiced by Edie Mirman in ''The Macross Saga'' and Catherine Battistone in ''The Sentinals''.
Sentinels''.
** Dana Sterling was voiced by Melissa Newman in ''New Generation'' and Lara Cody in ''The Sentinals''.Sentinels''. According to series creator Carl Macek, Newman "had completely disappeared from the acting community," and that he had lost touch with her.
4th Jul '16 4:18:05 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** And ''Robotech Academy'' is now stuck too because of failing to meet it's gigantic Kickstarter goal to produce a pilot.

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** And ''Robotech Academy'' is now stuck too because of failing to meet it's its gigantic Kickstarter goal to produce a pilot.



* ExecutiveMeddling: The plot of the Robotech Movie was once going to be vastly different, but had to be changed drastically once the creators of Macross realized this movie could somehow interfere with their profits from ''Do You Remember Love''. Somehow.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: The plot of the Robotech Movie ''Robotech Movie'' was once going to be vastly different, but had to be changed drastically once the creators of Macross ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' realized this movie could somehow interfere with their profits from ''Do You Remember Love''.''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove''. Somehow.



** BadExportForYou: said legal snarl also prevented the original series from being released in the West for quite a while after interest in unedited anime grew; so all we had was ''Robotech'', which essentially became this. Probably due to lack of demand (and the folding of ADV before any releases could be managed), this is ''still'' the case in the UK.

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** BadExportForYou: said Said legal snarl also prevented the original series ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' from being released in the West for quite a while after interest in unedited anime grew; so all we had was ''Robotech'', which essentially became this. Probably due to lack of demand (and the folding of ADV before any releases could be managed), this is ''still'' the case in the UK.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: After being bombarded with a ton of fan mail asking what happened to Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes and all the other surviving ''Macross Saga'' characters Carl Macek and Harmony-Gold decided to make their own new Robotech series, ''Robotech: The Sentinels'', a kind of half prequel series that would have taken place in between the end of ''Macross Saga'' and the start of ''The Masters'' and shown the adventures of Rick and the old cast against a new cast (which included Vince Grant, a new character created to be the brother of Claudia Grant and father of Bowie Grant) as they ventured out into space and, presumably, would have eventually chronicled their return home. Sadly, the animation company in Japan that Harmony-Gold hired went bankrupt due to economic problems, forcing them to scrap the series after only finishing three episodes. These episodes were then turned into a direct to video feature, with the intended adventures of the series then becoming the basis for a series of expanded universe comic books and novels. For what it's worth ''The Sentinels'' video feature as it is does fill in some of the gaps when watched in its intended chronological order between ''Macross Saga'' and ''Masters'', and as an extra bonus it gives the shippers the chance to see the wedding or Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes.
** The franchise is somewhat infamous for having many projects planned, but undeveloped. There's also ''Robotech III: The Odyssey'', which never saw the light of day. It would have picked up where ''New Generation'' and ''The Sentinals'' left off, creating a 260 episode series filling up all weekdays of the year, creating an endless cycle. There's also rumors of a 4th and 5th series, but they were never mentioned by Carl Macek himself, only being hinted at by other members of the production team. ''Robotech 3000'' was another attempt to continue the series, this time in CGI, that never got past a trailer. There's also a few projects stuck in development hell, see above. The only derivative works that have been successfully completed since the end of the original series are the ''Shadow Chronicles'' sequel film and ''Love, Live, Alive,'' a localized version of a ''Mospeada'' OVA.
** Also, ''Robotech: The Movie'' was originally supposed to be a dub of ''Macross: Do You Remember Love'', but ''Anime/MegaZone23'' was chosen instead because Harmony Gold couldn't license the former. It did eventually get a poorly-received HongKongDub unrelated to Robotech, but still hasn't been properly released in North American territories.
** In addition, Carl Macek had originally intended ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss'' on being the second ''Robotech'' series (and ''Southern Cross'' as the third), since it was the second in the the "Super Dimension Trilogy" that started with ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross'' and ended with ''Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross''. All three shows were un-related in story, but all were from the same studio, and shared many production team members and story concepts. When he couldn't secure the license to ''Orguss'', ''Southern Cross'' was moved up to being the second series, and Tatsunoko's ''Mospeada'' was chosen for the third. This explains why that season is by far the most unique of the three. ''Orguss'' did receive a faithful dub in the early 90s from LA Hero, but it was shelved after 17 out of 35 episodes were dubbed.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Believe it or not, according to Carl Macek, ''Robotech'' was never intended on being a children's program. It was originally intended on being a way for him to get localized Japanese animation on television, and the resulting show was the only way to do it at the time. It explains why the series didn't shy away from complex plot points or mature writing, as much as was altered from the original Japanese shows. Also the localization did ''not'' make use of NeverSayDie like most localizations at the time. Not only did it fully acknowledge character deaths, it actually added ''more'' deaths when [[spoiler:it had Captain Gloval, Claudia, Sammy, Kim, and Vanessa perish off-screen]]. Macek didn't envision a specific target audience, but he assumed it would mostly be watched by science fiction fans into their teens and twenties. This was all made all the more obvious when Cannon Films pulled ''Robotech: The Movie'' before release. They had assumed the film would be targeted towards children, and had bought-up advertising slots during children's shows. When the test screenings in Texas attracted a 90% adult audience (and the film itself being perceived as far too violent for kids), it was pulled from release.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: After being bombarded with a ton of fan mail asking what happened to Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes and all the other surviving ''Macross Saga'' characters Carl Macek and Harmony-Gold decided to make their own new Robotech ''Robotech'' series, ''Robotech: The Sentinels'', a kind of half prequel series that would have taken place in between the end of ''Macross Saga'' and the start of ''The Masters'' and shown the adventures of Rick and the old cast against a new cast (which included Vince Grant, a new character created to be the brother of Claudia Grant and father of Bowie Grant) as they ventured out into space and, presumably, would have eventually chronicled their return home. Sadly, the animation company in Japan that Harmony-Gold hired went bankrupt due to economic problems, forcing them to scrap the series after only finishing three episodes. These episodes were then turned into a direct to video feature, with the intended adventures of the series then becoming the basis for a series of expanded universe comic books and novels. For what it's worth ''The Sentinels'' video feature as it is does fill in some of the gaps when watched in its intended chronological order between ''Macross Saga'' and ''Masters'', and as an extra bonus it gives the shippers the chance to see the wedding or Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes.
** The franchise is somewhat infamous for having many projects planned, but undeveloped. There's also ''Robotech III: The Odyssey'', which never saw the light of day. It would have picked up where ''New Generation'' and ''The Sentinals'' Sentinels'' left off, creating a 260 episode series filling up all weekdays of the year, creating an endless cycle. There's also rumors of a 4th and 5th series, but they were never mentioned by Carl Macek himself, only being hinted at by other members of the production team. ''Robotech 3000'' was another attempt to continue the series, this time in CGI, that never got past a trailer. There's also a few projects stuck in development hell, hell; see above. The only derivative works that have been successfully completed since the end of the original series are the ''Shadow Chronicles'' sequel film and ''Love, Live, Alive,'' a localized version of a ''Mospeada'' OVA.
** Also, ''Robotech: The Movie'' was originally supposed to be a dub of ''Macross: Do You Remember Love'', Love?'', but ''Anime/MegaZone23'' was chosen instead because Harmony Gold couldn't license the former. It ''DYRL?'' did eventually get a poorly-received HongKongDub unrelated to Robotech, ''Robotech'', but still hasn't been properly released in North American territories.
** In addition, Carl Macek had originally intended ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss'' on being the second ''Robotech'' series (and ''Southern Cross'' as the third), since it was the second in the the "Super Dimension Trilogy" that started with ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross'' and ended with ''Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross''. All three shows were un-related unrelated in story, but all were from the same studio, and shared many production team members and story concepts. When he couldn't secure the license to ''Orguss'', ''Southern Cross'' was moved up to being the second series, and Tatsunoko's ''Mospeada'' was chosen for the third. This explains why that season is by far the most unique of the three. ''Orguss'' did receive a faithful dub in the early 90s from LA Hero, but it was shelved after 17 out of 35 episodes were dubbed.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Believe it or not, according to Carl Macek, ''Robotech'' was never intended on being a children's program. It was originally intended on being a way for him to get localized Japanese animation on television, and the resulting show was the only way to do it at the time. It explains why the series didn't shy away from complex plot points or mature writing, as much as was altered despite all the alterations from the original Japanese shows. Also the localization did ''not'' make use of NeverSayDie like most localizations at the time. Not only did it fully acknowledge character deaths, it actually added ''more'' deaths when [[spoiler:it had Captain Gloval, Claudia, Sammy, Kim, and Vanessa perish off-screen]]. Macek didn't envision a specific target audience, but he assumed it would mostly be watched by science fiction fans into their teens and twenties. This was all made all the more obvious when Cannon Films pulled ''Robotech: The Movie'' before release. They had assumed the film would be targeted towards children, and had bought-up advertising slots during children's shows. When the test screenings in Texas attracted a 90% adult audience (and the film itself being perceived as far too violent for kids), it was pulled from release.
24th Feb '16 8:45:03 PM PurpleWarrior13
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Believe it or not, according to Carl Macek, ''Robotech'' was never intended on being a children's program. It was originally intended on being a way for him to get localized Japanese animation on television, and the resulting show was the only way to do it at the time. It explains why the series didn't shy away from complex plot points or mature writing, as much as was altered from the original Japanese shows. Also the localization did ''not'' make use of NeverSayDie like most localizations at the time. Not only did it acknowledged character deaths, it actually added ''more'' deaths when [[spoiler:it had Captain Gloval, Claudia, Sammy, Kim, and Vanessa perish off-screen]]. Macek didn't envision a specific target audience, but he assumed it would mostly be watched by science fiction fans into their teens and twenties. This was all made all the more obvious when Cannon Films pulled ''Robotech: The Movie'' before release. They had assumed the film would be targeted towards children, and had bought-up advertising slots during children's shows. When the test screenings in Texas attracted a 90% adult audience (and the film itself being perceived as far too violent for kids), it was pulled from release.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Believe it or not, according to Carl Macek, ''Robotech'' was never intended on being a children's program. It was originally intended on being a way for him to get localized Japanese animation on television, and the resulting show was the only way to do it at the time. It explains why the series didn't shy away from complex plot points or mature writing, as much as was altered from the original Japanese shows. Also the localization did ''not'' make use of NeverSayDie like most localizations at the time. Not only did it acknowledged fully acknowledge character deaths, it actually added ''more'' deaths when [[spoiler:it had Captain Gloval, Claudia, Sammy, Kim, and Vanessa perish off-screen]]. Macek didn't envision a specific target audience, but he assumed it would mostly be watched by science fiction fans into their teens and twenties. This was all made all the more obvious when Cannon Films pulled ''Robotech: The Movie'' before release. They had assumed the film would be targeted towards children, and had bought-up advertising slots during children's shows. When the test screenings in Texas attracted a 90% adult audience (and the film itself being perceived as far too violent for kids), it was pulled from release.
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