New Generation - Volume 1

Starring (voice): Larry Abraham, Robert Axelrod and Bill Capeze
RRP: 14.99
Certificate: PG
Available 31 July 2006

The year is 2031 and following the defeat of the Robotech Masters by Earth's Robotech Force headed by Dana Sterling's 15th Tactical Squad, the planet faces a new threat. The spread of the Protoculture spores across vast swathes of the Earth's surface has not gone unnoticed. The mysterious alien race known as the Invid - arch enemies of the Robotech Masters - launch a full scale invasion of Earth. The remaining inhabitants of the planet must struggle to survive against the new alien threat. With only a rag-tag collection of guerrilla fighters to defend them, the survivors can only pray for the return of the long forgotten Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) to save them from total annihilation...

The original transforming robot series, Robotech almost single-handedly introduced anime to the Western world and sparked the transforming robot phenomenon of the 1980s. Now the Robotech saga enters its final chapter in Robotech: New Generation - Volume 1, the first of two DVD volumes that together will complete the epic 85 episode series.

Released on DVD as a two-disc Special Collector's Edition Volume 1 of Robotech: New Generation includes episodes 61-72 of the the Robotech series. The stories in this season of the show take place between the years 2031 to 2044.

The Third Robotech War begins as the Invid arrive on Earth in an event known afterwards as the Invid Invasion. This series opens with the armies of the Southern Cross, weary from the war with the Robotech Masters, having to defend themselves against the battle-hungry Invid invaders. Needless to say, the inhabitants of planet Earth soon becomes slaves. Some ships manage to leave Earth before the invasion and head out to rendevous with the Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) with the intention to return to Earth to liberate it from Invid control.

features 12 digitally remastered episodes (61 to 72 of the ongoing saga) with new opening and closing credits and including extended footage originally edited from the broadcast version, the discs are presented in a limited edition deluxe slipcase.

It's more of the same for Robot fans, as our heroes fight to save humanity from extinction.

An entertaining collection that will impress new and old anime fans alike.

Nick Smithson

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