This is what Macross fans were hoping for when Harmony Gold and Big West finally buried the legal hatchet. During the Macross panel at Anime Expo today, it was announced that Macross Plus will have an official Blu-Ray release in a number of territories.
The 1995 film is a mashup of a four-episode OVA series original aired a year earlier. It’s directed by Macross creator Shoji Kawamori and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Space Dandy), written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain) with music by the amazing Yoko Kanno (so many things). It’s a who’s who in terms of anime production, with animation that still stands up to this day.
The release will be handled by UK-based firm Anime Limited. “Macross is a deeply important franchise to both the world of cinema and to the anime fandom,” said Anime Limited CEO Andrew Partridge. “We’re humbled and thrilled to bring out the first HD release of the franchise to fans in so many countries with Macross Plus.”
Unfortunately, the home releases have generally been Japan-only in recent years. The last North American release was a DVD in 2000, which had subtitles only. This was largely due to Macross right issues between Big West and Harmony Gold, which were settled back in 2021. Later that year, Fathom Events ran a one-night theatrical re-release of the film.
This means we can finally get Macross Plus on Blu-Ray. It’s not a 4K release, but this is much better than nothing. Macross Plus will be released in these regions:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
- Scandinavia: including Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland
No exact release date was given for the release, sadly, nor was there any indication of whether the release would include the English dub. At the same panel Nozomi Entertainment, a division of Right Stuf, also announced that Macross Frontier and Macross Delta would be getting Blu-Ray releases in the US. This is less exciting but certainly cool for some folks.