Macross is likely one of the best and most influential anime of all time, however for over 20 years the worldwide distribution of the collection’ later instalments—principally all the things made after 1995‘s Macross Plus—has been held hostage by a fierce authorized battle between a number of firms.
We wrote an explainer on the entire mess again in 2013 if you wish to catch up intimately, however the tl;dr model is that when the American firm Concord Gold licensed the unique Macross again within the early 80s for a Western launch (as a part of the compendium collection Robotech), they thought they had been getting the worldwide rights to each Macross collection that will ever be launched subsequently, which triggered varied authorized battles between them and Tatsunoko Productions, Studio Nue and the promoting firm Massive West, who argued they completely weren’t.
These battles have raged ever since, and are the rationale that no Macross collection from the final 20 years—together with the excellent Macross Zero—has ever seen an official worldwide launch.
Till now! Concord Gold and Massive West simply introduced as we speak that they’ve lastly made peace, issuing an announcement on the official Macross website that reads (emphasis mine):
Tokyo primarily based BIGWEST CO.,LTD. and Los Angeles primarily based Concord Gold U.S.A. introduced an settlement relating to the worldwide rights for the legendary Macross and Robotech franchises. This expansive settlement signed by each firms on March 1, 2021, ends twenty years of disagreements and can enable Bigwest and Concord Gold to chart a brand new path that can unlock the good potential of each the Macross and Robotech franchises worldwide. The landmark settlement instantly permits worldwide distribution of a lot of the Macross movies and tv sequels worldwide, and in addition confirms that Bigwest is not going to oppose the Japanese launch of an anticipated upcoming live-action Robotech movie. The settlement additionally acknowledges Concord Gold’s longstanding unique license with Tatsunoko for using the 41 Macross characters and mecha within the Robotech tv collection and associated merchandise all through the world excluding Japan. Transferring ahead, each events will cooperate on distribution relating to future Macross and Robotech tasks for the good thing about each franchises.