Year 1985. Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Transformers was on the TV screens, Like a Virgin was on the radio, and Ghoulies was in movie theaters. Then, upon an unsuspecting (half) world that had never heard the word “anime,” Robotech was dropped like a huge derelict alien fortress. It was like nothing we had seen before, telling an ongoing story with giant robots, and action, and aliens, and romance, and giant robots -- really, it had something for everyone (mainly giant robots). Robotech changed the cartoon landscape -- and here we are, 30-odd years later, to tell you some things about it you may or may not know already.

A live-action movie has been in the talks for years. Efforts have been going on since at least 2007, with the project passing from Warner Bros. to Sony in 2015. Tobey Maguire and Leonardo Dicaprio were attached at one point, as well as directors James Wan and Andy Muschietti.

Source: Screen Rant

Robotech was ahead of its time in terms of representation. The show featured women and people of color much more prominently than other cartoons of the time, and mixed-race relationships were integral to the story.

Source: Den of Geek

Robotech brought anime to the U.S. Do you enjoy Dragon Ball? Evangelion? Naruto? You can thank Carl Macek for opening the door to those in America. His mashup created a fandom for Japanese animation big enough that it made business sense to bring more.

Source: Gizmodo

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