'Super Dimensional Fortress Macross ' was released in Japan in 1982. Big West
In a rather surprising turn of events, both Bigwest and Harmony Gold agreed to work together on the distribution mundial of franchises and.
This is one of the oldest legal battles in anime and I never thought I would see it resolved in my life.
To put it simply, Robotech was built from three disparate mecha anime; , and. Tatsunoko Productions sold the rights to these to Harmony Gold, who then edited them together to create Robotech.
The problem was that in the case of Macross, Tatsunoko Productions was not the only one. owner of the property. The other party involved was a Japanese company called Bigwest, which has funded in the years since the creation of new installments of the Macross saga.
There have been many legal battles over this incomplete rights ownership issue, but it looks like these have finally been settled between Bigwest and Harmony Gold.
While I thought this might be some sort of delayed April Fool's joke, the twoOriginal Macross Sites and Robotech have press releases to confirm this (and respectively). I even checked with Shoji Kawamori's team and they confirmed it was real too
Whereas the mass o If the Macross saga was landlocked in Japan, I'm just happy that the work of Shoji Kawamori and Kazutaka Miyatake wil I will finally be more widely available.
As for the details of this deal, here is what the official press release says:
“BIGWEST CO, based in Tokyo., LTD. and Los Angeles-based Harmony Gold U.S.A. have announced an agreement regarding the global rights to the legendary Macross and Robotech franchises. This expansive agreement signed by the two companies on March 1, 2021, ends two decades of disagreements and will allow Bigwest and Harmony Gold to chart a new course that will unlock the great potential of Macrosses and Robotech Franchises around the world. This landmark deal immediately allows for the global distribution of most Macross movies and TV series worldwide, and also confirms that Bigwest will not oppose the Japan release of upcoming live-action Robotech em.> movie. The agreement also acknowledges Harmony Gold's long-standing exclusive license with Tatsunoko for the use of t The 41 Macross characters and mechs from the Robotech TV series and related products worldwide, except for Japan. In the future, both parties co will operate on the distribution of future Macross and Robotech projects for the benefit of the two franchises. "
As to the details of what Macross installments will be given a larger version remains to be seen. I have also reached out to companies interested in knowing if their vast ranges of toy kits and scale models for Macross will finally be released worldwide.
Anyway, as a long-time Macross fan, I can happily say that today is definitely a good day.
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