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  1. Hana Sugisaki (Chie's daughter?)

    Yeah, we did talk about it on the podcast a while back. This is her, if you want to know what she looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taaTnPsfCi4 Here she is playing opposite a very, very famous celebrity, everyone in Japan knows who this guy is.
  2. He entered university majoring in aerospace engineering but never graduated because his Studio Nue work was just too intensive. Had he not given up his studies, we would not have had DYRL. He had the opportunity to fly in a friendly dogfight, but it was with Ichiro Itano, not Miyatake. Most of this information can be found in Japanese-language interviews in books and the blu-ray commentaries, etc. We did an extra-long podcast on the Kawamori exhibition in Takarazuka last year which sort of serves as a retrospective of his life and work, but yeah, I would like eventually (sooner rather than later) do something which is more structured and has more of a narrative, because there is a lot of information out there already that has not been translated completely... A lot of interesting quirks of his can inform us of where his ideas in his shows come from, such as how he lets the weeds just take over his garden because that's the way to fully recreate and observe nature. Anyway, if you have the time and interest, here you go.. Part 1: http://www.macrossworld.com/speakerpodcast-ep-31a-shoji-kawamoris-the-henkei-part-1/ Part 2: http://www.macrossworld.com/speakerpodcast-ep-31b-shoji-kawamoris-the-henkei-part-2/
  3. Very unlikely... to "no". By the way, this week most of the podcast crew are at AnimeExpo!! I will be there giving a talk about sci-fi, robots, idols, magical girls and how some things have changed and some have not in the past few decades... Which means, a lot of Macross content! If you have time, check it out! Details: https://animeexpo2016a.sched.org/event/7QQB Also I prepared some work related to "Shirobako" (if you're a Macross fan you should watch it because of a very "Ichiro Itano"-like character) which should hopefully be on display at the PA Works booth that Save will be prowling around, so keep a lookout!
  4. Yes, and I will be there giving a talk about sci-fi, robots, idols, magical girls and how some things have changed and some have not in the past few decades... Which means, a lot of Macross content!! If you have time, check it out! Details: https://animeexpo2016a.sched.org/event/7QQB Also I prepared some work related to "Shirobako" (if you're a Macross fan you should watch it because of a very "Ichiro Itano"-like character) which should hopefully be on display at the PA Works booth that Save will be prowling around, so keep a lookout!
  5. Well, it will take me a while to get a really in-depth answer out and I have to leave in a minute, but it has to do with group dynamics in Japanese society. In the West, subcultures eventually grow and permeate the mainstream, whereas in Japan, they tend to gather momentum on their own and develop into a really deep core group, always keeping a distance from the mainstream. So there is always a gap in between the two. That's partly why we couldn't measure the popularity of Delta last week, such as there is such a measurable variable. However, on occasions where these groups do have some interaction with the mainstream, such as the Mini Concert, the magnitude of the core fandom is really palpable. At the same time, I overheard a couple with a small child passing through this chaos, who clearly just wanted to do some shopping, saying, "Macross? What's Macross? Do you know?" "Nah... never heard of it" and they walked off. Not only does the subculture not really interact much with mainstream culture, but the mainstream is also dismissive of it. And that has to do partly with population demographic breakdown, but now I'm really pushed for time, sorry! As popular as Frontier? Well... Here's a photo of the crowd for the so-called "MINI CONCERT" on Saturday (official photo by Victor Entertainment). THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING!!!
  6. Well, it's sort of a counter-intuitive phenomenon from a Western perspective, because there is more anime actually being made now than at any other point, but until very recently, it has all been relegated to late-night time slots, meaning they are geared towards pre-existing anime fans. It still remains to be seen just how much of a game-changer streaming will be, but having anime merchandise and events gradually appear around town is something that has been becoming more and more prevalent. One concern is that, although there are now numerous streaming platforms like Bandai Visual, D-anime Store, PSN, etc., the major ones are actually based outside Japan: Crunchyroll, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon... They are aggressively moving into the anime market and going beyond simple licensing and now entering co-production negotiations. This means that they are beginning to consider tailoring content for the overseas market. Obviously this is not the first time this has happened (Kimba the White Lion, Ghost in the Shell, etc.), nor will it affect Macross immediately because of you-know-who, but it will probably change some things, fairly rapidly, I imagine. Sorry this is starting to go a little off-topic
  7. Haha, that's OK, An-an has had some really racy covers in the past, for all the perceived conservative image of mainstream Japanese society, it's actually really quite boundary-breaking. Cover stories about healthy sex life with tasteful nudes are popular with women here, which may be surprising to some. I have never, ever seen anime characters on the cover, though. This is unprecedented, and prolific anime critic and writer Yuichiro Oguro has already stated that this is epoch-making, and people will be talking about this for years to come. Now that the precedent is set, I would like to see more such things, like Delta, for instance, make the leap towards more visibility.
  8. Listeners of the last SpeakerPODcast episode: Regarding the popularity of Delta and how it compares to other big hitters like Osomatsu-san... Well, look at what has just been revealed. Osomatsu is on the cover of An-an. This is huuuge. An-an is a fashion magazine with great historical importance in terms of the rise of youth culture in Japan in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Absolutely nothing compares to this! https://www.amazon.co.jp/anan-%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3-2016%E5%B9%B4-5%E6%9C%8818%E6%97%A5%E5%8F%B7-No-2003-%E9%9B%91%E8%AA%8C-ebook/dp/B01F1W8WRY?ie=UTF8&camp=1207&creative=8411&creativeASIN=B01F1W8WRY&linkCode=shr&qid=1462922223&redirect=true&ref_=tmm_kin_swatch_0&sr=1-1&tag=ceeaa-22
  9. Did that ages ago : http://www.macrossworld.com/mwf/index.php?app=galleryℑ=7176 (Actually, I just noticed, it needs to be updated)
  10. Actually, the Shudista box set has both Frontier movies subtitled in English, and I will add that the subs on that are much better than the Macross Plus ones, because the SpeakerPodcast crew actually worked on them (The Plus ones had some weird choices, and sometimes bad grammar). I think we did a pretty good job, but then I'm biased, obviously We actually did a presentation about some of the issues regarding that whole thing at MacrossworldCon 2014.
  11. Well, that was announced during the broadcast of ep.1 last week; the really BIG news is that there is going to be a full, proper Walkure concert in August in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya!
  12. I can't imagine them only putting subs on one disc. The descriptions for the later discs will be updated as the content is decided, at the moment they probably don't even know what kind of bonus stuff will go on each disc yet (who's on the commentaries, etc)..
  13. I don't think it's "revisionist nonsense". It depends on what frame of reference people had when they watched Macross. For anime viewers in Japan coming off Zambot 3, Gundam, Ideon etc. just prior to SDFM, and following it with Votoms, Layzner, etc... Yeah, it is comparatively rather light-hearted in tone. It is like a fun, soft filling sandwiched in between a lot of doom-laden anime series that are rather depressing in comparison, really. If, on the other hand, you are comparing it to Transformers, Thundercats, Silverhawks, MASK and Thundarr the Barbarian, then, yes, it looks like a militaristic hard SF space opera. Edit -- Let me take it a little further. Delta is a lot more military/hard SF/space opera-like than Adventure Time, Legend of Korra, Family Guy and Steven Universe, etc..
  14. I think they always allowed DVDs and BDs, just not games, which is what they changed recently. I seem to remember, many people overseas bought the Macross Plus sets from them but they were not allowed to purchase the first DYRL BD and Sayonara no Tsubasa, etc., because they were technically labelled as "games", (as they were published by Banda-Namco).
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