Prior to the release of the TV series, the name Robotech was used by model kit manufacturer Revell on their Robotech Defenders line in the mid-1980s. The first teaser trailer debuted at Anime Expo 2005. Later, fans were further confused when another member of HG's staff stated the "animation was on hiatus." And this is something that happened starting with Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, is that we have another major format change coming. Details about the plot of the movie are still very limited, but conceptually, it will likely be a "re-imagining", rather than a story that is a direct sequel or prequel, or one that is set at some point within Robotech's established chronology. It was released on DVD on February 6, 2007. However, a group of unknown alien warships attack the Icarus. The REF fleet is led by newly completed SDF-4 Izumo, a Super Dimensional Fortress over 1.3 km (0.8 miles) long under the command of General Gunther Reinhardt. Alex Romero tries to engage them but his Syncro-Cannon, crippled by the Haydonite attack, malfunctions and his fighter becomes stalled. In this case, scripting, story boarding, and other parts of the production process are continuing. Invid fighters begin punching through the frontlines of the fleet and attacking the REF capital ships, further straining the ability of the REF to continue the battle. Scott and Vince board Cyclones, and prepare to head into the space station. Many fans took that to mean the show had been postponed, when this was not the case. Development Louie Nichols, a scientist and veteran of the Second Robotech War, takes Janice to the science lab, and the two go over the test data to try and figure out what went wrong with the missile test. Harmony Gold USA Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles is the 2006 animated sequel to the 1985 Robotech television series. [14] Tasha Robinson of the Sci Fi Channel's Sci Fi Weekly gave it a B,[15] while Jeffrey Kauffman of DVDTalk recommended it.[16]. The remaining soldier then removes his cloak, revealing the true form of the Haydonites. The audience will need to be introduced to the universe of Robotech once again. Though the involvement of original Japanese studio Tatsunoko Productions appeared to be limited to early development, the actual digital production of animation was handled by the Korean animation company DR Movie, whose credits include subcontracting on the inbetweens, ink and paint of Macross Plus, and the inbetweens of Yukikaze. However, Marcus' joy at seeing Scott again is soon tempered when Scott confirms that Marlene did not survive. Like it or hate it, here's your chance to judge. “I think for as valiant an attempt as it is for Harmony Gold to keep trying to make Robotech: Shadow Rising a thing, it really needs to give up and focus their attention on a reboot. After surviving Four robotech wars, the people of Earth hoping to finally have some peace. [8] The Blu-ray version was released on September 4, 2008. This time, the REF has important technological advantages thanks to the help of the Sentinel races; the Karbarrans provided the industrial resources to construct this armada, while a secretive and highly advanced cybernetic race known as the Haydonites have provided advanced technology including Shadow devices, which make REF ships invisible to Invid sensors, and Syncro-Cannons, which are significantly more powerful than the REF's earlier weapons. Apparently Warner Brothers has enough pull to shoot down Tommy Yune s statement on the Space Station Liberty podcast about the Robotech Live-Action Movie not having an effect on continuing production of the animated series. When Marcus first sees Maia, he finds himself attracted to her but only manages a bungled pass. Lieutenant Commander Maia Sterling, a daughter of famed pilots Max Sterling and Miriya Parina Sterling and sister of Dana Sterling, has just been given command of the famed Skull Squadron. However, the Invid took all of the Protoculture with them and the REF only has enough power to last a little less than a year. 4) Robotech: Shadow Rising. She realizes that the REF has been fooled - if the REF had known how powerful the missiles were, they never would have used them. If both of these attacks fail, the REF has been authorized to use the devastating Neutron-S missiles as a last resort - although these missiles are more than capable of destroying the Invid, they will also wipe out most (or possibly all) life on earth. The kits were originally intended to be a marketing tie-in to a similarly-named comic book series by DC Comics, which was cancelled after only two issues. In 2013, Harmony Gold's Robotech Convention Tour revealed a new logo and that it was next in the pipeline. In mid-2012, Harmony Gold announced their plans to produce a new Robotech-sequel, entitled "Robotech: Love Live Alive". Of course, since Shadow Chronicles did get released, Harmony Gold planned to follow it up with another direct-to-DVD movie. Marcus, whose sister Marlene was killed in a previous REF assault on Earth two years earlier, harbors a deep hatred of the Invid. Just as the Ark Angel initiates a spacefold, the Neutron-S warheads detonate with a massive explosion, destroying Liberty and the entire Haydonite fleet. The Children destroyed the first Invid homeworld because they fear the power of Protoculture, and they will attack the Humans for the same reason. Scott informs Reinhardt that the attack is going poorly and that the REF ground forces have been forced to halt their advance while still out of range of Reflex Point. There’s plenty to be bummed out about, first and foremost that most of us won’t be able to spend time with our friends and family thanks to the pandemic, but then there’s also [gestures at everything]. The official Robotech page at Facebook! The discussion is interrupted by Marcus and Alex, and Marcus realizes that Ariel is an Invid. Marcus, almost angrily, asks Ariel why she saved his life, since he has so much hatred for the Invid. [19][20] While the two-year date was stated by Yune to be possible, it was never intended to be an actual release date. Marcus uses his fighters' robotic hands to grab Maia's ejection pod and throw it towards the Ark Angel as it prepares to enter a spacefold. At this point in time, no firm release date has ever been given for "Robotech: The Shadow Rising," but an estimated release date was reported to be forthcoming. Its fate is reportedly tied up with the schedule for the proposed live action movie on which no progress is known to have been made since its announcement in 2008. Scans reveal that the Shadow device on the carrier caused its reflex furnace to implode when triggered by the enemy's disrupter wave. Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles is the 2006 animated sequel to the 1985 Robotech television series. Ariel simply tells him "hatred can only breed more hatred. Subsequently, this caused a great deal of confusion within the Robotech fan base. A sensor scan then reveals that both the SDF-3 and the science vessel Deukalion, have been badly damaged by an accident involving the testing of the new Neutron-S missiles. The production is a mixture of 2D animation and cel-shaded CG mecha animation. On February 27, 2007 at the New York Comic Con, Shadow Chronicles director Tommy Yune said, "Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles has been doing good business at retail, and we are currently in production on the sequel. [1] This project was initially met with skepticism from the fan community, due to Harmony Gold's spotty track record of completing Robotech sequels and spin-offs in past decades. However, the Regis is skeptical of Ariel's words as she recognizes the Humans' new Shadow technology as something used by an ancient enemy of the Invid — the "Children of the Shadow", and remains determined to fight to the bitter end. Captain Vince Grant, after watching the carrier explode, slams his fist as he realizes that every piece of technology the Haydonites have given to the REF contains some kind of Trojan Horse. [23], It was later reported that production of the film had actually ceased in late 2007 after Harmony Gold terminated their deal with FUNimation Entertainment due to creative differences. It was released on DVD on February 6, 2007. During the battle, Maia's fighter takes damage and she is forced to eject. Instead of charging into the battle, Vince sends Skull Squadron to collect information. DC Comics' Wildstorm label released Robotech: Prelude to the Shadow Chronicles, a comic prequel series bridging the end of the aborted Sentinels storyline with The Shadow Chronicles. Each of the issues features a "behind-the-scenes" article about the new animation production. [18] The title of the sequel was revealed as Robotech: Shadow Rising, and the film was expected to be released within two years of the time of the announcement, earliest. Marcus is overjoyed to see Scott again, and Scott is impressed that Marcus has become a skilled fighter pilot. 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