For many of us older peeps, our first introduction to the world of anime was 1985’s Robotech which introduced a more, well, mature, take on the cartoon world that would not only create a subset of hardcore geeks, it would also help spawn a US obsession that is still continuing today.
But while anime has evolved over the years there are still those nostalgia-heavy few who would love to relive those glorious mecha days when we were young and had no idea what Hentai was. And thanks to the folks at Harmony Gold USA (featuring an original idea by Carl Macek, Robotech‘s series creator) they can, by helping to Kickstart a new series, Robotech Academy, an all new, action-packed 24-minute television pilot that will continue the legacy of the original animated series and bring the Robotech universe to a new generation of anime audiences.
If you’re a fan of the original this news probably moistened your pants but donating some moolah to the effort can score you some serious swag as well. Backers of Robotech Academy can earn a bunch of super-sweet incentives for becoming part of the project like: At the early bird price of $70, backers will receive the Robotech Academy Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy, their names in the official electronic program guide and shooting script. But, depending on the pledge level, Kickstarter backers will also have rare opportunities to get involved with the development process at an early stage; high level backers can even be immortalized on screen as a background character that appears in Robotech Academy.
Yeah, you can be an official anime character!
After the break is the pitch video and, if you’re enticed, click the link above and make Robotech Academy a reality.