Robotech is one of the most-beloved cartoons of the '80s and a pillar of American anime fandom, yet it can barely make a sequel to save its life. It's not for a lack of trying; owner Harmony Gold has tried to produce new Robotech TV series and movies for decades with almost no success.
Robotech consumed our childhoods. In a lot of ways, it created the American anime industry as we know it. But some people find the show's complex origins baffling, as well as what makes it so unique and important. So here's everything you should know about Robotech — and why.