Macross is Coming to Disney+

The iconic anime franchise (most of it, anyway) will begin streaming worldwide later this year.
Macross Logo on a gradient background

After the decades-long Macross legal dispute was finally resolved in 2021, the various installments of the iconic anime franchise could finally — and legally — be licensed outside of Japan. Most obviously, that meant official physical releases like AnimEigo’s upcoming Macross II edition.

But it also meant that streaming rights were up for grabs, which led to today’s impressive announcement that almost all of the Macross titles will begin streaming worldwide in 2024. (Here’s the official announcement via the Macross Twitter account.)

According to Anime News Network, this likely includes:

  • The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012
  • The Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers, Again
  • Macross Plus
  • Macross Plus: The Movie
  • Macross 7
  • Macross 7 the Movie: The Galaxy’s Calling Me!
  • Macross Dynamite 7
  • Macross Zero
  • Macross Frontier
  • Macross Frontier: The False Songstress
  • Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell
  • Gekijō Tanpen Macross Frontier Toki no Meikyū
  • Macross FB7: Ore no Uta o Kike!
  • Macross Delta
  • Macross Delta the Movie: Passionate Walkūre
  • Macross Delta the Movie: Absolute Live!!!!!!

Notably missing from this line-up are the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross series from 1982 (which served as the basis for Robotech) and 1984’s Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? movie. It is cool, however, to see the Macross Zero prequel on the list, since it likely won’t receive a physical release anytime soon. (For more about the various Macross titles, check out my “Macross 101″ guide.)

Finally, one point of clarification… The announcements may say “Disney+ worldwide” but this likely means that Macross titles will actually be streaming on Hulu for American viewers and Star for everyone else (for some reason that probably only makes sense to the C-suite and their lawyers).

Snark aside, this is a really cool announcement, particularly for those of us who’ve wanted to catch up on Macross without resorting to torrents and fansubs. No actual date has been announced other than “some time in 2024.” But rest assured, as soon as any release dates are announced, I’ll include them in my streaming title previews.

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