ANIME NEWS: Harmony Gold and Big West Reach Agreement to Distribute MACROSS Sequels and Films

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Big news was announced today for fans of both Robotech and the anime Macross, the source material for the earliest part of the Robotech Saga.

Harmony Gold has penned an agreement with Big West (co-producer of the original Macross series) that will open the way for both parties to work together on the future of both the Macross and Robotech franchises.

For years, Harmony Gold has been derided by a vocal portion of the anime fan community for tying up the rights to Macross here in the States, and now it would seem like the runway is cleared for a closer working relationship between the two parties.

In 2019, it was announced that Harmony Gold would extend its agreement with Tatsunoko Productions, shocking many anime pundits who assumed that as of 2021, the Robotech brand would be no more.

Here’s the official press release, courtesy of Harmony Gold PR…

BIG WEST CO. LTD., STUDIO NUE, INC. AND HARMONY GOLD U.S.A. ANNOUNCE EXPANSIVE AGREEMENT FOR THE FUTURE OF ROBOTECH AND MACROSS WORLDWIDE!

April 9, 2021 – Tokyo, Japan & Los Angeles, California – Landmark agreement between the anime companies will allow immediate international distribution of most Macross television sequels and films, while affirming Harmony Gold’s rights to the Robotech franchise. Both companies will cooperate on the international distribution of future Macross and Robotech projects post 2021.

Tokyo based BIGWEST Co. LTD. and Los Angeles based Harmony Gold U.S.A. announced an agreement regarding the worldwide rights for the legendary Macross and Robotech franchises. This expansive agreement signed by both companies on March 1, 2021, ends two decades of disagreements and will allow Big West and Harmony Gold to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential of both the Macross and Robotech franchises worldwide. 

The landmark agreement immediately permits worldwide distribution of most of the Macross films and television sequels worldwide, and also confirms that Big West will not oppose the Japanese release of an anticipated upcoming live-action Robotech film.  The agreement also recognizes Harmony Gold’s longstanding exclusive license with Tatsunoko for the use of the 41 Macross characters and mecha in the Robotech television series and related merchandise throughout the world excluding Japan.

Moving forward, both parties will cooperate on distribution regarding future Macross and Robotech projects for the benefit of both franchises.

Big West Representative Director, Kaya Onishi added, “Stories that feature Valkyries, a transformable realistic mecha, in action among the galaxies while diva’s sing in the background, as well as love triangles involving the pilots and singers. That was and continues to be the concept behind the Macross series, and I am happy that I can now help bring Macross to people all over the world on the 40th anniversary of the series. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Harmony Gold Chairman, Frank Agrama for his courageous decision in this matter.” 

Harmony Gold USA Chairman, Frank Agrama stated, “This is an incomparably historic moment for both Harmony Gold and Big West and the anime industry overall. This is also an exciting moment for fans of Robotech and Macross worldwide. I thank my friend, Big West Representative Director, Kaya Onishi for her hard work to help us reach this long-desired resolution that protects both of our franchises while building a better tomorrow for both our companies.” 

We’ll have to wait and see what exactly this deal will materialize like for both Robotech and Macross fans, but it seems like it could be a good sign for the Macross purists?

So what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: Harmony Gold PR]


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