The Smiths- Nowhere Fast
Sigh* at least HG is good at one thing; disapointing fans!
but seriously, who cares anymore about ROBOTECH beyond the "Original 85" ?
and even then, as nothing more than an early, pioneering footnote
in the history of the U.S. Japanese Animation industry.
indeed,it was a series that served it's purpose long ago,
back in the very different world of the mid/late 1980's.
back then, a generation of aging prunes with a VERY old fashioned series
of values and trains of thought were in charge of pretty much everything.
they all collectively thought that ALL "Children's T.V.Programming" that wasn't on the order
of "MISTER RODGER's NEIGHBORHOOD" or "CAPTAIN KANGAROO"
were nothing more than half-hour, extended length toy-commercials,
and were automatically deemed of precisely no value at all whatsoever,
and by all rights should be outlawed along with their concept.
this frame of mind encompassed any and all animated series that came to production AFTER their related toy lines,
and, of course, included series such as TRANS FORMERS, GI JOE, SILVERHAWKS, THUNDERCATS, and, of course, ROBOTECH.
i have nearly 100 issues combined of both "VIDEO MAGAZINE" and "VIDEO REVIEW" most of which are from 1985 through 1987.
these magazines have given me some fantastic insight on the overall average nature and climate of things
in the TV and HOME VIDEO industry, as well as the average prevailing train of thought of the average "Responsible Adult"
Television/Home Video consumer of the period, despite the fact that i myself was but four/five years of age at the time.
things really are SO much better for people such as us these days.
indeed, it can be difficult, with the convenience and freedom that the Internet imparts today,
to imagine a time, barely a generation or two ago, when Hollywood and the Network Television industry
were an omnipotent force with an implacable Big-Brother Half-Nelson on the Audio/Visual entertainment industry.
Anime fans fought LONG and HARD to get Anime and Manga to the near-mainstream popularity levels
that they enjoyed for an all too brief five to seven years back around the turn of the century.
INDEED, with the highly Racist, Jingoistic, U.S. Protectionist mentality that pervaded the "average" U.S. citizen
back in the mid-1980's, a series like ROBOTECH was surprisingly and honestly relatively open-minded and ahead of it's time.
it was the only real way to get Anime into the mainstream U.S. market of the period with a relative minimum
of U.S. Lobotomization. ("Localization")
ROBOTECH is indeed an outdated concept that should have been put to rest long ago,
but back in 1985, it did indeed serve it's intended purpose, as a TROJAN HORSE
for Anime to establish itself with in a VERY closed-minded and Jingoistic U.S. T.V/VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT market...
Edited by Shaorin, 02 June 2011 - 12:47 PM.