Sony’s Crackle Picks Up ’80s Anime Series ‘Robotech’ to Anchor New Channel

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Courtesy of Harmony Gold

Crackle, Sony’s free video-streaming network, has acquired the complete series of Harmony Gold’s 1980s sci-fi anime series “Robotech,” as well as the feature film “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.”

Starting May 15, all 85 half-hour episodes of “Robotech,” along with the 88-minute film, will launch on Crackle Anime, one of the network’s new genre channels.

In “Robotech,” first released in 1985, 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.

The 2006 animated film “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles” features the voices 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.

Crackle announced plans for the new anime channel, as part of its seven new “multiplex channels” — with the others dedicated to comedy, action, drama, thriller, sports and fandom — at its upfront last month for advertising execs. The new channels will automatically start playing content after a user selects a channel in linear-TV fashion.

Watch Crackle’s “Robotech” trailer: