Sony’s free video-streaming network Crackle has obtained the entire series of the 1980s sci-fi/anime TV series “Robotech.” With this acquisition, plus the feature film “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles,” Sony looks to boost their Crackle Anime channel, one of their many genre-specific channels, part of its seven new “multiplex channels” featuring comedy, action, drama, thriller, sports and fandom categories.
Beginning Sunday, May 15, you can watch all 85 episodes and the 88-minute movie for free at Crackle.com! If you have never seen it, or it’s been so long you simply forgot, the film “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles” debuted in 2006 and featured the voice talents of Richard Epcar (“Ghost in the Shell,” Mortal Kombat X), Eddie Frierson (“Frozen,” “Moneyball”) and Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”). The movie picks up the story where the TV series left off: In the year 2044, humanity has reached out to the stars through the miracle of Robotechnology but not without bringing an intergalactic war to Earth.
The 85-episode science fiction anime TV series adaptation was produced by Harmony Gold USA in association with Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. and first released in the United States in 1985. It was adapted from three original Japanese television series.
In “Robotech,” the human race finds itself on the brink of annihilation and under attack by a fleet of gigantic alien warships capable of destroying the Earth instantly. Their only hope for survival lies within the secrets of Robotechnology, which allows humans to develop powerful transforming robotic systems and interstellar spacecraft.
Here’s a look at Robotech on Crackle: The TV Series Trailer: