Original Macross voted most popular ‘idol anime.’

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Niconico recently surveyed 500 of its users about popular ‘idol anime’ and the results (released on Jan. 11) might surprise you.

While currently popular shows such as ‘Love Live’ made it into the top five, as did the Shoji Kawamori co-directed series ‘AKB 0048’, the No. 1 spot went to SDF Macross, with almost an entire 8% between it and the No.2 spot, ‘Magic Angel Creamy Mami.’

This isn’t the more recently popular Macross Frontier we are talking about here, nor the very influential Macross 7. No, it was the original tv series from 1982 that 19.2% of fans voted for, proving that the voice that changed the course of Space War 1 still has a hold over us more than 30 years later.

New Fire Bomber Fashion Goods

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macross 7, Premium Bandai’s Bandai Fashion Net will be releasing a series of Fire Bomber-themed fashion goods.

Preorders open on Friday, December 5, so don’t miss this chance to stylishly rock your Fire Bomber fandom in public.

Leather Jacket: 56,000 yen

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Leather Bracelet: 5000 yen

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Leather Long Wallet: 23,000 yen

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Wallet Chain: 7000 yen

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Chojiku Nyan Nyan Cafe & Bar Sneak Peek!

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The Macross Frontier-themed ‘Chojiku Nyan Nyan Cafe & Bar‘ at CHARACRO in Ikebukuro is set to open this Sunday, July 27.

However, a special pre-opening event was held on July 24 for approx. 40 lucky fans. Movies were prohibited, but I managed to get a couple of pics. More detailed impressions coming soon.

UPDATE! May’n adds Los Angeles to her Tour! July 17, 2014

Update! Tickets now available for May’n’s L.A show! VIP Meet and greet is extremely limited in supply… Get yours today!
http://www.utbhollywood.com/mayn/

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From nekopop.com

May’n returns to Los Angeles for special show at Musicians Institute

J-Pop and anime singer May’n returns to L.A. for a special performance at the Musicians Institute (www.mi.org) in Hollywood, CA, on July 17, 2014. The popular Japanese singer is famous worldwide for her music for numerous films, television series, and anime programs. The concert event is the first American stop in her 10th Anniversary “dots and lines” World Tour which began in February this year.

Known for her work as Sheryl Nome (singing voice) in Macross Frontier and several anime themes such as Accel World, Aria The Scarlet Ammo, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, Blood Lad, and Shangri-La, May’n last visited Hollywood in 2012 for her “ROCK YOUR BEATS” World Tour. Her latest album NEW WORLD was released in January in three separate editions, including music videos and a live concert recording.

Read more about it at nekopop.com

Thanks to Greg @ Tune In Tokyo for the lead

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Macross The First Returns

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First picked up on by forum user Peter, and later confirmed by forum user Antibiotictab, MACROSS THE FIRST will be returning in digital format.

Kadokawa’s newly launched digital manga service COMIC WALKER will host the manga by famed Macross character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto, from late April. The Japanese version of the digital service posted late last night that it would run ‘the previously unknown Episode 0 , greatly expanded and with an increased number of colour insert pages. While it has yet to be announced whether the Comic Walker version will start from where the print version ended or rerun the entire series, the fact that there is an Episode 0 seems to indicate that the manga will be rerun from scratch, meaning it could still be a few months until the digital version catches up to where the original print version left off.

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MACROSS THE MUSEUM ver.1.01 Announced!

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MACROSS THE MUSEUM, featuring a 1:1 scale VF-1S cockpit, will be re-opening, this time at the Ishinomori Manga Museum in Miyagi Prefecture.

The previous version of the exhibit was held at the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. As such, it included original illustrations of Macross-Tezuka mashups such as the Ribbon Knight.

This time around, the exhibit will include mashups with Shotaro Ishinomori characters, such as Cyborg 009.

Along with the 1:1 VF-1S cockpit, the museum will be split into 3 main sections: (1)The development and evolution of the Valkyrie, (2)The Legendary Songstresses who ended war, and (3)Superdimentional Materials Corner (a display of Macross production materials and merchandise).

DATES: March 13 ~ July 6, 2014

VENUE: Ishinomori Manga Museum

Further details TBA.

 

Oshare Macross Store – 02/01-02/22

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The latest in the series of temporary ‘Oshare Macross’ stores opened at Shinjuku Marui Annex today.

With a decidedly Valentine’s Day theme, this new Oshare Macross also featured a sneak peek at the packaging for the upcoming Macross Frontier movies Bluray box set (with the art for the extras disc being a temporary placeholder), some new Sheryl and Ranka art (art-cards & tapestries), Macross-themed cakes and cookies, and even a hidden Hidetaka Tenkin-signed valkyrie. Oh, and the Decul-CHA (Cha = tea) pun was finally taken to it’s logical extreme with the introduction of Macross Frontier-branded tea.

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Oshare Macross will be held from Feb. 01 to Feb. 22 on the 6F of Shinkuku Marui Annex.

Hit the jump below for the full gallery of pics!

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Macross Concier

Beginning June 3rd, Docomo smartphones will be offering a new service called ‘Macross Concier.’

Basically, this provides the subscriber with their choice of a Sheryl or Ranka voice for their smartphones equivalent of Siri. This appears to be the same basic tech that was used for the Misato Kusanagi news service that used to be offered on the Japanese Playstation Network.

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