Shoji Kawamori’s Panel at Otakon 2018 (part 1)

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Shoji Kawamori appeared at Otakon 2018, which took place on August 10th through August 12th. On Otakon’s first day, Kawamorio gave a panel presentation on mecha designs and original concepts. On the second day, Kawamori gave another panel presentation on the history of Macross. Below is a transcription of Kawamori’s first panel, with the second panel’s transcription to appear at later date here on Macross World. Here’s a special thanks to Kawamori for taking the time out of his busy schedule to appear at Otakon and to the Otakon staff for hosting him!

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Misa Hayase: White Reminiscenses Translated

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Gubaba, from Macross SpeakerPodCast, has posted a complete English translation for the Macross® novella, Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences. Despite having been originally published in 1984, this is the first time that White Reminiscences has ever been translated into English. White Reminiscences recounts Misa’s early life experiences, from her initial meeting with Riber Fruhling to her days at the UN Spacy Officer’s Academy during the tumultuous period of the Unification Wars. Having been conceived by Macross creator, Shoji Kawamori, and written by Macross screenplay writer, Hiroshi Ohnogi, White Reminiscences is a canonical piece of Macross literature and an absolute must read for fans.

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Shinichiro Watanabe To Attend Otakon 2013

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Shinichiro Watanabe will be attending Otakon® this year. Macross® fans will recognize Mr. Watanabe as the co-director of Macross Plus. He was also the director of Cowboy Bebop®, Samurai Champloo®, Kids on the Slope, and involved with several other anime projects, such as Mobile Suit Gundam® 0083: Stardust Memory and Lupin the 3rd®: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

In addition to Yoko Kanno (announced earlier), Shinichiro Watanabe will be the second Macross related guest to attend this year’s Otakon. If you’re a Macross fan and live anywhere near Otakon, this year’s convention cannot be missed. Otakon 2013 will be held in Baltimore, Maryland and take place from August 9 through August 11. For more information, please visit Otakon’s website.

OTAKON is a registered trademark of Otakorp, Inc.
MACROSS is a registered trademark of Harmony Gold USA, Inc.
COWBOY BEBOP and GUNDAM are registered trademarks of Sunrise Inc.
SAMURAI CHAMPLOO is a registered trademark of Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd
LUPIN THE 3RD is a registered trademark of TMS Entertainment Ltd.

Yoko Kanno To Attend Otakon 2013

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Otakon® has announced that Yoko Kanno will be attending this year’s convention as one of their guests. Yoko Kanno composed the unforgettable soundtracks for Macross® Plus and Macross Frontier, as well as the song “Angel Voice” for Macross Dynamite 7. Other musical works by her include Cowboy Bebop®, The Vision of Escaflowne®, and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex®. Yoko Kanno will be holding a solo concert for Otakon’s attendees on August 11, 2013. The specifics of Ms. Kanno’s appearance are still being worked out by Otakon. For further updates and information, please visit Otakon’s website.

Otakon 2013 will be held in Baltimore, Maryland and take place from August 9 through August 11.

OTAKON is a registered trademark of Otakorp, Inc.
MACROSS is a registered trademark of Harmony Gold USA, Inc.
COWBOY BEBOP and ESCAFLOWNE are registered trademarks of Sunrise Inc.
STAND ALONE COMPLEX is a registered trademark of Bandai Entertainment Inc.

An Interview With Robert Woodhead About AnimEigo’s Macross DVD Set

Although The Super Dimension Fortress Macross® is widely regarded as an exceptional anime series, it was never subtitled in English duing the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Sure, Streamline Pictures attempted to subtitle the series in Robotech® Perfect Collection: Macross, but they went out of business by episode 16.  Even flipping through old VHS fansub catalogues yields no evidence of any fansubs during that period.  In 2001, the prayers of Macross fans were finally answered when AnimEigo® released the entire series subtitled.  Since 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Macross, I thought it would be a good time to catch up with AnimEigo’s CEO, Robert Woodhead, for a retrospective interview about their acclaimed Macross DVD set.

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Hidetaka Tenjin To Attend Otakon 2012

Otakon has announced that Hidetaka Tenjin will be attending this year’s convention.  Macross fans know Tenjin as the artist who provided the gorgeous box art for all of Hasegawa’s Macross model kits (pictured above right) and the mechanical covers for  Macross Chronicle.  Tenjin has also done mechanical art for series such as Mobile Suit Gundam and Space Battleship Yamato.  Otakon 2012 will be held in Baltimore, Maryland and take place from July 27 through July 29.  For more information, please visit Otakon’s website.

OTAKON is a registered trademark of Otakorp, Inc.  MACROSS is a registered trademark of Harmony Gold USA, Inc.  HASEGAWA is a registered trademark of Hasegawa Seisakusho Co., Ltd.  GUNDAM is a registered trademark of Kabushiki Kaisha Sunrise Corporation.

Confirmed: USA Xbox 360 Gamers Can Download Macross VF-1 Skins For Ace Combat Assault Horizon

Last month, Tochiro reported that Namco Bandai released downloadable VF-1 skins for Ace CombatAssault Horizon in Japan.  Initially, we believed that USA gamers would not be able to download these skins.  However, thanks to Macross_Fanboy, we’ve learned that it is indeed possible for USA gamers to download these skins onto their own Xbox 360™.  These skins include Hikaru Ichijo’s VF-1J color scheme and Roy Focker’s VF-1S color scheme.  Best of all, with these templates, you can use Ace Combat™ AH’s built-in color editor to create Max & Milia VF-1J’s, as well as Hikaru, Max, and Kakizaki color schemes from DYRL.  In a nutshell, you can take the entire Skull Squadron for a spin during online multiplayer in this game!

But, there are some hoops that USA gamers will need to jump through in order to get these skins.  For a tutorial that I wrote that’ll allow USA Xbox 360™ owners to download these skins, click on the jump.  Please excuse my crappy photos.

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Noburo Ishiguro at Otakon 2011

Last year, Noburo Ishiguro attended Otakon 2011, so I decided to report on some of his activities at the convention.  One of the events that he was participating in was a Q & A session, so Mechamaniac and I decided to solicit Macross World members  for questions to ask him.  We only got one question, and that was from Xard.  As it would turn out, there was only enough time to ask Ishiguro one question, so it worked out perfectly.  Xard wanted to know if Ishiguro stood back and let Shoji Kawamori have full reign over Macross: Do You Remember Love?, or if the movie was a collaborative effort between the two.   A good question since both men are credited as the directors of the movie, but fans don’t know who exactly did what.

Also included in my report is the complete transcript of Ishiguro’s speech and Q & A session, as well as my account of his autograph session, and the items that he donated to Otakon’s charity auction for the 2011 Japan Relief.  One of which was a Macross watercolor sketch by Haruhiko Mikimoto.  I do not believe that this particular watercolor sketch has ever been published in any art book or magazine.

Click on the jump for the complete report and pictures.

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