Producers at Harmony Gold combined the series Super Dimension Fortress: Macross, Genesis Climber Mospeada, and Super-dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross to create a sprawling space opera with a new plot: Robotech (1985), which helped to build an audience for anime in the U.S. The story begins in 1999, when a gigantic spaceship strikes the Earth. Ten years later, Earth forces relaunch the ship as the alien Zentraedi attack, hoping to recapture it. The seesaw warfare is played against a vague romantic triangle involving brash pilot Rick Hunter, straight-laced officer Lisa Hayes, and aspiring singer Minmei. The Zentraedi have somehow lost the secret of biological reproduction, but the two races are virtually identical biochemically. The similarity is sealed by the marriage of Earth pilot Max and Zentraedi spy Miriya. Minmei’s performances become a key element in the ongoing war, as the Zentraedi consider her bubblegum pop songs a form of "psychological assault." (They have a point.) Although humanity emerges victorious, much of the Earth is devastated. Lisa and Rick discover their true feelings as the new threat of the Robotech Masters appears–which leads into the second continuity. Gen-X-ers who grew up on Robotech will delight in retracing the coy romances and crude space battles; viewers accustomed to the faster pacing, snazzier effects, and more dramatic conflicts of more recent anime will grow impatient with the endless shilly-shallying. It’s a classic of sorts. (Suitable for all ages; appropriate for ages 8 and up: mild violence restricted to spaceship and robot battles) –Charles Solomon
Forced to journey to Reflex Point, the small band of resistance fighters – led by Scott Bernard – are confronted with powerful enemies, mysterious allies and an over-riding sense of helplessness. Along the way, Scott and the others learn the true meaning of survival as they each face their own darkest fears.
A special 3-disc collector’s edition which includes "The Next Wave", "Counter Strike", and the sixth installment in the indispensable "Elements of Robotechnology" extras series (available only in this collection). This bonus disc continues with a selection of animation drawings featuring characters and mecha from The New Generation; another batch of Robotech International clips: a gallery of vintage comic book covers featuring an episode-by-episode adaptation of The New Generation; promotional films never before seen by the general public; and the home video premiere of the unaired English language pilot for "Genesis Climber Mospead," the first episode of one of the original Japanese series which came together to create Robotech.