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Shibuyack Deculture Details Announced

shibuyackAs reported previously, MACROSS THE MUSEUM Ver.2.0, having been held previously at Takarazuka and Ishinomaki, will finally open in Shibuya, Tokyo for a limited time this February.

Featuring an updated version of the life-sized VF-1S cockpit, MACROSS THE MUSEUM will be the center of a larger overall event, SHIBUYACK DECULTURE which will combine an Oshare Macross store, Macross fashion collaborations, a Macross book corner, displays of art from MACROSS THE FIRST, and several Macross-themed food collaborations all within the Shibuya branch of PARCO Department Store.

Thats a heck of a lot of Macross!

The key visual for the event features Ranka, Alto and Sheryl (above) and will be featured on a slew of new merchandise which will be announced over the next two weeks. No event signings or guest appearances have been announced as of yet.

SHIBUYACK DECULTURE will run from February 2nd to February 23rd, 2015. To anyone in the Tokyo area during that period, be sure to check it out!

 

  
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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.

  
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Macross The Museum RETURNS!

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Macross The Museum, the travelling Macross exhibit that was previously held in Hyogo in 2013, and Miyagi in 2014, will be reopening in Tokyo in 2015 for a limited time.

Operating under the event title of Macross ShibuYACK DECULTURE, Macross The Museum Ver. 2.0 will be held at Shibuya Parco and will, like previous versions, feature a 1:1 VF-1S cockpit and other attractions.

Details on new features and talkshow events have yet to be announced, but we do know that the exhibit will be open for a limited-time only – from February 6 to February 23, 2015.

More details to come as they are announced.

  
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Bandai 1:72 VF-1S (completed + review) by Vifam7

bandaiVF-111_zpsa510aad3This kit has been controversial from the beginning and now that I’ve finished this kit, I figured I’d give my own viewpoint.  I’ll try to be fair and balanced.

 

I built this kit without painting much.  The parts I painted were –

– the tailfins

– the foot thrusters

– the gunpod

– some minor details here and there

– the black stripes on the arms, legs, and wings

 

I had to paint the black stripes because the Bandai decals were terrible and generally a pain to work with.  Those areas are also heavily touched during construction.  Decals can be easily scratched even with a clear coat on top. Paint is a bit tougher (esp the lacquer & enamels I use). Painting them was also much easier. Continue reading

  
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NicoNico Special for Macross⊿ Auditionees

さんかくだとNiconico will broadcast a special 2-hour programme, Wednesday December 17, 21:00~23:00 (JST) to offer advice to those thinking of auditioning for the upcoming Macross⊿ tv series, give some hints and tips, and explain how the audition process works.

The special will be hosted by Takeshi Wakazaki.
Special guests will include:

Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee, Macross Frontier)
Haruka Chisuga (Mina Forte, Macross 30)
Shiro Sasaki (Music Producer)

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http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv203014420

  
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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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Nel2012’s Macross Tribute Art

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About 2 years ago, Nel2012 AKA neldorwen (on deviant art) started a thread in our fan art section that featured a lot of her past works. I’ve seen a lot of these pieces myself when perusing the web for Macross art and it was a pleasure to see the artist finally showcase her work on our forum. She stated on that thread that she is planning a huge anniversary piece that featured major characters from all the Macross shows. This instantly piqued my interest. Her art is very detailed and exquisitely colored, so I was wondering how far off she was from finishing this tribute to our favorite show. I couldn’t wait to see the final piece. But the fact that she announced her plans in April and didn’t post the first sketched until September had me worried. Will this be another big project that becomes vaporware on Macross World? We’ve all seen people start threads with ambitious goals and then just die out. The great thing about Nel’s project was that she was posting individual pieces that by themselves were finished works. Seeing these illustrations get posted month after month assured me that she was determined to get it done.

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Macross⊿ Auditions Start Today

Auditions for idols for the latest Macross tv series commence today. Submissions will be accepted until January 30 (JST) and can be made either online or via Joysound karaoke booths across Japan.

To commemorate the auditions, Macross Card Fighter will be holding a special campaign where users input a new keyword each day in order to get a new Minmei card illustrated by Risa Ebata

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(Many thanks to FalconKPD for the tip!)

  
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Macross Superdimensional Chogokin Exhibit

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As part of the birthday celebrations for Sheryl Nome this weekend, a ‘Macross x Tamashii Nations Superdimensional Chogokin Exhibit’ was held on the 10th floor of the new Radio Kaikan in Akihabara from Saturday November 22 to Sunday November 23.

This was only one of several birthday events for Sheryl that occurred over the weekend, which I will be posting pics from later. In the meantime though, the following are some pics of the items, classic and new, and cool cool plastic that was on display at the exhibit, courtesy of forum regular and SpeakerPODcast co-host SAVE.