Funimation is bringing the “Robotech” franchise to its service this fall via streaming, Blu-ray and licensed products.
The space opera anime epic about humans defending their homeworld against alien domination, produced by Harmony Gold and Tatsunoko Productions, introduced an entire generation of viewers to anime when it first premiered in 1985.
Funimation will be premiering 85 episodes of the series — told over three sagas — on its streaming service worldwide (except Japan) and will debut a collector’s edition box set on Blu-ray in Dolby Digital on Sept. 28 and through a series of licensed product partnerships.
The “Robotech” home entertainment collector’s edition, available exclusively at Funimation Shop, is remastered for the first time on Blu-ray. The remastering will be faithful to the preceding DVD box set release and retain a classic “film grain.” The set also includes retro packaging design, an exclusive Variant Transforming Robotech — Roy Fokker’s VF-1S; an exclusive Variant Action Figure — Roy Fokker in Pilot Uniform Variant Shade of Black; and a series of Robotech-embroidered patches.
Funimation now has rights to “Robotech” merchandise and will begin to roll out the products this summer, including the new game on Switch (Robotech Macross Saga HD) and WAX’s “Robotech” Series 1 NFTs released on the digital blockchain.
“Robotech is a beloved series and an integral part of anime history,” said Mitchel Berger, Funimation Global Group’s SVP of commerce, in a statement. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to engage the original passionate fans from decades ago and also expose a whole new generation to this classic series.”
Headquartered in the United States and connected by a global network, Funimation serves fandom in more than 49 countries and 10 languages.
Funimation is an independently-operated joint venture between U.S.-based Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), both subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corp.