MacrossWorld Convention Returns to Torrance on October 15th, 2016

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Guest of Honor: Mari Iijima

MacrossWorld Convention returns to Torrance, California with Guest of Honor Mari Iijima! We’re thrilled to welcome back Ms. Iijima, voice of Lynn Minmay in the original Macross TV series and film, to this year’s event on Saturday, October 15th. 

Mari Iijima will perform live in a special concert event for MacrossWorld attendees, and appear at a signing immediately following her performance.

Guest of Honor: Run Sasaki

Known for her roles including Vanessa in the original “Super Dimension Fortress Macross” TV series, “Mimsy” in “Super Dimension Century Orguss”, and Alfin in “Crusher Joe”, Run Sasaki will join this year’s convention for a panel and meet & greet. We’re excited to welcome back Ms. Sasaki, who will share stories of her work during the exciting era of 80s mecha anime.

Special Guests: The Cast & Crew of the U.S. Renditions Macross II Dub

Join MWCon 2016 for our panel reuniting the cast and crew of the pioneering English dub of “Macross II”. David Keith Riddick, Robert Napton and engineer Les Claypool of U.S. Renditions will be joined by voice actors Tom Fahn, John Fahn, Victor Garcia and Debra Rogers, as they look back at the influential company and their work in presenting “Macross II” to the American market in the 1990s.

Other scheduled activities and attractions include the “Macross Idol” cosplay and performance contest, a cosplay gathering, a toy and model customizing competition, dealer’s room and anime-themed food truck Okamoto Kitchen.

MacrossWorld Convention is THE Super Dimensional event for fans of all of the generations of Macross from 1982 to today, and other mecha, music and idol anime.

Register Now: https://mwcon.ticketleap.com/mwcon2016

Macross Delta – Latest Key Visual Revealed!

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The second key visual for Macross Delta was revealed today, along with confirmation that the series will indeed start airing in April as previously speculated (exact date TBD).

In addition, a novelisation and FOUR spin-off manga were also announced.
Exact details about the manga have yet to be revealed, but some will deal with the origins of both Walkure and the Aerial Knights.
The manga will run in the following publications:

■Magazine Special (Weekly Shonen Magazine).
Artist: Kei Ichimonji (一文字 蛍)
Starts: May

■Shonen Sirius Monthly:
Artist: Tatsuo  (タツヲ)
Starts: April

■Comic Rex Monthly
Artist: Shion Miduki (満月シオン)
Starts: April

■Comic Zero Sum Monthly
Artist: Azuki Fuji (藤小豆)
Starts: April

A talkshow will also be held at Anime Japan 2016 on March 26, featuring cast members from the original Macross, Macross 7, Macross Frontier, and Macross Delta.

Macross @ Sapporo Snow Festival 2016

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The 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival kicked off today and features a display to commemorate the upcoming release of Macross Delta!
The exhibit also features a small selection of exclusive merchandise.
MW forum regular and Jefuemon was on the scene and took the following pics.

Merchandise (prices do not incl. tax)
Pocket Warmer: 200 yen
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Clear File: 350 yen
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Tote Bag: 2500 yen
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Acrylic Standees: 700 yen each
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Hoodie: 5800 yen
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Macross Triangle Booth @ Wonder Festival 2016 (Winter)

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As the largest hobby show in Japan, Wonder Festival is always a good source of Macross news, toys and kits – both official and fan-made.
With the broadcast of Delta just around the corner however, the next Wonder Festival (February 7) will have an official Macross ‘Triangle’ booth as well, complete with merchandise and events.

The booth will also be playing full versions of all three songs that were used in the Macross Delta preview episode: (i)Ikenai Borderline, (ii)Love! Halation THE WAR, (iii)Gilitick❤︎BEGINNER.
Of these, only Ikenai Borderline has yet to have been released commercially.

Macross Event Schedule @ WF2016(W)
10:00~10:30: Macross Delta ep.1 (0.89 preview ver.) Screening
11:00~11:30: Macross Delta ep.1 (0.89 preview ver.) Screening
11:30~12:30: HI-METAL R Regult hands-on session.
13:00~14:00: JOYSOUND Karaoke Contest (1)
-Ikenai Borderline @ Wonder Festival
14:30~15:30: MACROSS MODELLERS Mecha Dogfight
16:00~17:00: JOYSOUND Karaoke Contest (3)
-Kira & Ikenai Borderline☆Sing our song!

Merchandise (prices do not incl. tax)

TShirts: 3000 yen each

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Posters: 800 yen each

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Badges: 300 yen each. Allotted at random. 22 variations.

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Macross Eye Wear (glasses frames) Sheryl & Ranka versions: 12000 yen each

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Macross Delta Full Colour Tote Bags: 2500 yen

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Macross Delta Microfiber Towels: 600 yen each.

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Kazutaka Miyatake exhibition coming in October

Stop the presses — it’s the BIG ONE!powered_suit

The City of Yokosuka will hold a Kazutaka Miyatake exhibition from next month — on an actual BATTLESHIP.

Kazutaka Miyatake is a living legend. He, along with Kunio Okawara (who incidentally currently has his own exhibition running at the Ueno  Royal Museum until the end of September), practically created the “mechanic designer” position in the animation industry.

He is famous for having worked on the Powered Suit design for the Japanese editions of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers — immensely influential in the history of Japanese animation as it informed every robot design in anime thereafter including Mobile Suit Gundam.  He is renowned for his design work on Space Cruiser Yamato, Super Dimension Century Orguss, Aura Battler Dunbine and of course, pretty much every Macross series: SDF, DYRL, Seven, Dynamite, Zero, Frontier, and most of the games (except Macross II 😛 ).

As bonus trivia, his credit in Macross: Do You Remember Love was “Production Design” — in other words, he created the entire world of the theatrical Macross movie from scratch, a feat that traverses the boundaries of “mechanic design”.

A talk show will be held on the 24th of October with guests Miyatake-sensei and fellow Studio Nue member, the legendary SF illustrator Naoyuki Kato!

The Kazutaka Miyatake Gengaten will be held from October 24th to November 23rd at the HIJMS Memorial Battleship “Mikasa”.

Info about the Mikasa in English here:
http://www.kinenkan-mikasa.or.jp/en/build_of_mikasa.html

Info on the event in Japanese here:
http://www.city.yokosuka.kanagawa.jp/4450/nagekomi/20150911.html

Macross Idol is Back for MacrossWorld Convention 2015!

Macross Idol returns! Our annual cosplay and performance competition will be held at MacrossWorld Convention 2015 on October 17th at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center! Inspired by the amazing idols of Macross, we’re presenting our own unique spin on convention masquerades combining cosplay, vocal performance, dance and more! Whatever your talent is, this is an opportunity to show us your skills and join the fun onstage! See below for complete rules. We’re also hosting a cosplay gathering! Tickets for MacrossWorld Convention 2015 are available now at http://mwcon.ticketleap.com/mwcon2015

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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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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.