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SpeakerPODcast EP.25 – Talkin’ Takani

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Gwyn and Renato sneak into the Suginami Animation Museum to talk about meeting the legendary Macross artist Yoshiyuki Takani and experiencing the musical madness of Mylene Party.
The SpeakerPODcast Crew then gathers at the NyanNyan Cafe to say farewell to the popular Macross venue, only to be attacked by the Vajra mid-discussion.
Also, Renato gets a singing lesson from none other than Chie ‘Mylene’ Kajiura herself!

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All music in this episode is by Macross tribute bands Teshima Explosion (Macross 7) and BABA Testflighters (Macross Plus)!

Information regarding the Yoshiyuki Takani art auction that is mentioned during the cast can be found HERE.

One of Yoshiyuki Takani's better known Macross illustrations.

One of Yoshiyuki Takani’s better known Macross illustrations.

Timestamps, photos and more after the JUMP!

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Macross Plus @ Manga, Anime, Games 1989 Exhibit

The Manga, Anime , Games 1989 exhibit at the National Art Center, Tokyo opened this past Wednesday and includes an unexpected surprise for Macross fans – a wall dedicated to breaking down the Itano Circus in Macross Plus.
The exhibit continues until August 31st, so anyone in Japan during the period be sure to check it out.
Detailes in English can be found here
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SpeakerPODcast EP.24 – We Don’t Need No Landing Gear!

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Recorded back in April, this was originally going to be a regular episode where we discuss the SDF-3 with SDF-1 designer Kazutaka Miyatake.
But then, a VF-2SS happened.

So crack open a can of Genki Apple, and relax as the worlds number one Macross 2 fan explains the origins of the newest member of the Macross toy family and reveals just who exactly Evolution Toys are.

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EP.24
00:02:55 – Macross Delta Update
00:04:56 – News! Macross Card Fighter, Nyan Nyan Cafe, Variable Fighter Episode Archives & more!
00:10:16 – Wonder Festival Winter 2015 & meeting Kazutaka Miyatake.
00:21:23 – Renato remembers Studio Nue
00:31:50 – Orguss!
00:38:36 –  Miyazawa Mokei…OMG IT’S A VF-2SS AND ADRIAN LOSES HIS SH$T!

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MacrossWorld Convention 2015 Announced!

Save the Date! MacrossWorld Convention returns to the Torrance Cultural Arts Center on October 17th, 2015. Registration is now open! MacrossWorld Convention is THE Super Dimensional event for fans of Macross and other classic mecha anime! Get your badge now at http://mwcon.ticketleap.com/mwcon2015/

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Hi-Metal R @ Tamashii Nations Summer Collection 2015

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Tamashii Nations annual Summer Collection display opened in Akihabara today and offered Macross fans a closer look at Bandai’s new Hi-Metal R line, as well as unveiling Hidetaka Tenjin’s new box art for the VF-1J Armored Valkyrie.

The SpeakerPODcast Crew was on-hand and managed to grab a few snaps.
Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your thoughts on the new line in the FORUMS.

  
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Shoji Kawamori Design Exhibit Announced

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An exhibit of the design works of Shoji Kawamori has been announced.
Titled THE TRANSFORMATION, it will include designs from Macross, Cyber Formula, Aquarion and more.

The exhibit will be held at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Hygo Prefecture. Previously this venue hosted the debut version of the MACROSS THE MUSEUM exhibit back in 2013.

THE TRANSFORMATION will run from July 3rd to October 26, 2015.
Entrance fee for adults is 700yen. There is no word on guest talks or signings at this time.

  
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Macross the First Vol.6 – OUT NOW!

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Macross THE FIRST Vol. 6 goes on sale today in Japan. With a recommended retail price starting at626yen, fans of published, physical material can grab a copy at online retailers such as Amazon Japan or Yes Asia.

To coincide with the release, ComicWalker has also updated its service with the very latest chapter of Macross THE FIRST. The chapter is free, however please note that you will need to set your device’s OS to Japanese in order to view it.

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Macross 30 Makes Super Robot Wars Debut

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A leak of this weeks issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine has confirmed earlier rumours that the YF-30 from the 2013 PS3 game ‘Macross 30′ will be making an appearance in the upcoming Super Robot Wars BX on the Nintendo 3DS.

Series protagonist Rion Sakaki has been shown in leaked screenshots piloting his VF-25 from the opening of Macross 30, while a splash page shows illustrations of both the YF-30, as well as the YF-29 Durandal from ‘Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell’. The article goes on to confirm that characters/mecha from ‘Macross Frontier: The False Songstress‘ will also be included.

Super Robot Wars BX will be released for the Nintendo 3DS on August 20, 2015 for 6640 yen (7171 yen incl. tax). It will be region-locked to Japanese 3DS consoles.

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EDIT: A trailer for the game has been posted by Bandai Namco. Check out the 0:45 and 3:55 mark for some Macross!

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Mari Iijima: Golden Best (Victor Years)

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Voice of eternal Macross favourite Lynn Minmay, Mari Iijima has announced via her Facebook page that Victor Entertainment Japan will be releasing her latest best-of album later this month.

The album will cover the early days of Mari’s career and include a total of 17 tracks, several of which are from Macross.

Release Date: May 27, 2015
Price: 2000yen (plus tax)

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May’n Takes 3 Month Hiatus Due To Vocal Polyps.

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Singing voice of Macross Frontier’s Sheryl Nome, May’n has put concerts for the next 3 months on hiatus due to polyps on her vocal chords.
The polyps were discovered a few years back by doctors. She has been performing while keeping an eye on the condition which recently worsened. May’n aims to take the next 3 months off to ease the stress on her vocal chords, which means her current acoustic tour will be cancelled. Her management says that Augusts scheduled 10th Anniversary concert at the Budokan ‘POWERS OF VOICE’ is currently still on track to go ahead as planned.