Long time Anime pioneer Carl Macek passed away this Saturday.
While his legacy may have been a mixed bag of sorts (Look up the term “Macekre“, or research the feud between fans of Robotech and older, butt-hurt Macross fans), he was instrumental in expanding the medium of Japanese Animation over to the United States and influencing generations of fans, including myself. Despite the polarizing reactions he received for the Macross debacle, people forget that he formed one of the first (if not the first) companies dedicated to distributing Anime uncut… even with the free wheeling scripts and all.
Rest in Peace, Carl. And thanks.