Happy New Year - Daily Robotech Blogging begins NOW!
The thing that keeps nagging at me -- and I think I've mentioned this before, but bear with me -- is the fact that February 6, the release date of The Shadow Chronicles disc, is the release date for more than the usual number of animated action-adventure features -- both Hellboy: Sword of Storms (as seen on Cartoon Network a month or two ago) and Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo come out on DVD the same day. All three are going to be competing for endcap space the same week, and thanks to those franchise's live action feature film and hit Cartoon Network TV series, respectively, those discs have bigger name recognition among the general public. I would hope that Funimation would be working some major retail voodoo to put The Shadow Chronicles out there in a major way, with big displays and endcap space and the like ... except that on the same day, Funimation is putting out their first Dragon Ball Z remastered box set. Does that target a slightly different demographic? Ehh, maybe. Bear in mind, both ROBOTECH and Dragon Ball Z were on Cartoon Network's Toonami block in the late 1990's; there's certainly some crossover there. I mean, hell, I know that if Shadow Chronicles wasn't coming out that day, the Dragon Ball Z box would be at the top of my must-buy list ...
I just want the series to succeed and flourish so I can watch more ROBOTECH, read more ROBOTECH, and enjoy more ROBOTECH knickknacks and doodads, and if I'm not mistaken, first week sales are going to play a key role in determining the form and frequency of future ROBOTECH adventures. The unusual number of major animated action releases all on the same day just has me a wee bit worried about how those numbers are going to go, y'know?
This morning I was thinking about what a big deal this year is going to be in the history of the ROBOTECH franchise, if all of those big plans bear fruit, and it got me thinking about where this franchise was ten and twenty years ago. Consider:
(Pointless trivia moment: There are two Robotech #0's and two Robotech #1's, but these four books are spread across three publishers. DC/WildStorm published both a Robotech #0 and #1, but Academy only released a #0 and Antarctic released only a #1.)
For a look back at this past year (2006), Darkwater has his round-up here. I'm mentioned in it, so of course it's essential reading. ^_-