Latest Anniversary News

A bunch of news (most of it relating to new merchandise) has just dropped, so let’s dig around a bit and see what we will all be spending too much money on over the upcoming months.

Macross FB7 – Preorder ticket bonuses.

Starting at the Chara-hobby show last weekend, special pre-order tickets for Macross FB7 have started appearing for sale at several events. These sell for 1300yen and come with a free poster. There are, however, other items that come with certain tickets.

-2000yen gets you a Crystal Print.

-1700yen gets you either a Sheryl or Ranka phone strap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But wait! There’s more….

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Yamato VF-4G Battroid pics prototype pictures & more

Yamato finally posted a legible picture of the battroid mode of their 1/60 VF-4G. Here’s the complete set of pics including the other modes. So far, so good Macross Anniversary year… so far, so good…

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SDF Macross — Blu-Ray Box is out NOW!

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Hello, what’s this?  Oh, it looks like Macrossworld scoopmeister Tochiro has taken some photos of his beautiful carpet.  Lovely… but wait!  There’s some STUFF on it, innit guvna’!  Could it be the uber-deluxe limited edition 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Box Set of “Super Dimension Fortress Macross” complete with booklets, storyboards, postcards and the kitchen sink??  Perhaps!  Let’s see what he has to say…

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Macross 7 Dynamite 15th Anniversary ‘Projects’ Confirmed

Tacked onto the end of a promotional reel for the upcoming Macross TV and DYRL Bluray Disc box sets at MACROSS: THE DESIGN at Shibuya Parco this week was a few announcements regarding upcoming projects for M7 Dynamite’s 15th anniversary. The odd thing is that these aren’t all directly related to M7 Dynamite and details are minimal at this point in time.
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Noboru Ishiguro Passes Away at 73

Various sources this morning are reporting that Noboru Ishiguro, director of the original Superdimensional Fortress Macross, passed away last night.
He was aged 73. Apart from Macross, Ishiguro will also be remembered for his work on Space Battleship Yamato, Orguss, Megazone 23 and the Legend of Galactic Heroes. Still active in the industry, he also directed Tytania (with character designs by Macross artist Mikimoto Haruhiko), and was recently involved with the yet-to-be-released series Angel ScandyS.
An anime great has left us, one who’s eye for detail and understanding of human relationships touched millions worldwide and influenced an entire generation of animators. Here’s hoping his work will inspire for generations to come as well.

An interview with Ishiguro by the Anime World Order crew can be found here.

An older, pre-Macross interview can be found here.

Namco Bandai Announces VF-1 Skins for Ace Combat Assault Horizon

In what is hopefully only the first of many ways in which it celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Macross, Namco Bandai will release downloadable skins of the VF-1J and VF-1S for Ace Combat Assault Horizon on both PS3 and XBOX 360.

Unfortunately these will only be released in Japan and even the ‘region free’ PS3 region locks DLC (often it can be downloaded and paid for but won’t actually work.)

Full details can be found at ADRIASANG.

It’s funny how these things work – back in the day I remember thinking that Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere was quite possibly the best Macross game ever (with the caveat that its planes could actually transform). What do you guys think?