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Flight of the Valkyries @ Anime Boston

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Collection DX’s Veef did a panel on the origins of some of Macrosses most notable Valkyries at Anime Boston last weekend. His writeup of the convention can be found here.

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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 Card Fighter TV CM

Bandai Namco Games just broadcast/posted an all new image commercial for Macross Card Fighter.

It will blow your MIND.

Yack Deculture!

(CM content in no way represents the content of the actual game itself).

  
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Macross SpeakerPODcast EP.12 (Part 2) – Hound Squadron, SCRAMBLE!

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Feb. 11, 2014 – in the second half of Episode 12 of Macross SpeakerPODcast… CONTROVERSY STRIKES!

We report back on Mylene Night #04 and try to work out why the event was shuttered after only four years. The Crew then weighs in on the controversy surrounding the Valkryie Project fan film – we may not know why it was shut down, but we can say with certainty who WASN’T behind it! Finally, Renato takes the mic for his inaugural ‘SuperdiMENTIONABLES Corner‘ – a new segment where we discuss recent issues and forum topics. This episode we look at the cost of being a Macross fan. Has Macross priced itself out of the market? Is it beyond the reach of newer fans? Tune in to find out!

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Part 1 can be hound HERE.

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Mylene Night #04 Report: The Politics of Music

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The fourth and final of Chie Kajiura’s birthday concerts for Macross 7′s Mylene Flare Jenius was many things. It was a recap of the previous concerts for those who might have missed them. It was the end of an event which had seen its numbers increase year by year. It was the beginning of a new type of semi-regular gig for Chie. Most importantly, it was a glimpse into the politics that go on behind the scenes of the Macross franchise. This did not make for a particularly good concert. What followed it, however, did.

In retrospect, the signs that something wasn’t quite right had been there for a while, but I’ll get back to that in a moment. Only three months after the hugely successful 3rd Mylene Night, Chie dropped a bomb on her blog. The omnidimensional barrier had blown. The fourth Mylene Night would be the final one. Why? Chie’s only comment was that there were…’circumstances.’ She didn’t want to end the annual event because as long as there were fans who wanted to listen, she was prepared to sing. But large anime properties were protected by various restrictions while she was merely a solo freelance artist. The wording was obviously purposefully vague, but one thing was made clear. This would be the final Mylene Night we would get.

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Macross Frontier BD Extras Revealed

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The official website for the upcoming Macross Frontier movie bluray boxset has been updated with information and samples of some of the included extras.

The update includes lists of much of the included video content (interestingly, any video’s reused from the PSP game limited packs have been remastered in HD!), sample pages from the setting documents (200p) and illustration (100p) books, and (finally) details regarding the PS3 ‘PlayView’ feature.

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Another John Moscato Model Maker Interview !

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“Macrosshare Radio” (more like a podcast) presents one more episode in an ongoing series of interviews with creative Macross fans !

In this 1 hour 3 minute episode, John Moscato also known as Captain America on the Macross World forum:

  • Shares his experiences about his latest completed modeling work on the 1/48 “Pinky Space Crab” resin model kit
  • Answers some questions from his “fans”
  • Reveals his thoughts on the modeling design process for the legendary 1/32 Legioss resin model kit
  • Discusses the pro’s and con’s on hobby modeling for the Wonderfest modeling conventions.

A production model diary .pdf file has been compiled to chronicle John’s recently completed and sold out 1/48 Inbit Gurab resin model kit.

1/32 Legioss production model diary is also available for reading, so  you can see which parts of the Legioss model John is talking about.

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You can also listen to the previous three John Moscato interview episodes on the Mixlr Macrosshare Show Reel by clicking here.

  

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1-1 Scale VF-25 Photos

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Netlab/Tokyo Otaku Mode have posted new photos of the 1-1 scale VF-25 that has found a (hopefully) permanent home at Skytree Campus of the Chiba Institute of Technology.

Anyone in the Tokyo area, don’t forget to check it out!

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Macross SpeakerPODcast Ep.12 (Part 1) – Winter Wonderland!

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Sit back and relax to the sultry croonings of Gubaba and Renato while sipping on some Ranka-themed ‘Deculture Tea.’  The SpeakerPODcast Crew sit down to chat about all the latest Macross news and happenings before going into detail about the expensive goodies shown at Winter Wonder Festival 2014!

We discuss the newly announced VF-0D, Save gets hands-on time with Arcadia’s GU-11 Gunpod replica and we unbox a pair of VF-1 Pilot Suit Shoulder Protectors! All this and MORE in Part 1 of Episode 12 of Macross SpeakerPODcast!

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‘Valkyries’ artist Hidetaka Tenjin to make US TV Debut!

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‘FACE OFF’, a special effects/make up competition/reality show on SYFY, has released a press release announcing that in the latest episode the remaining participants travel to Tokyo where they meet, among other special guests, famed Macross Artist Hidetaka Tenjin!

The episode will air on SYFY  on Tuesday, March 4 at 9 PM ET/PT and will mark Tenjin-san’s first ever US TV appearance.

A teaser for the episode can be found on the official website.

From the press release:
‘In the episode, “Ego Trip Abroad,” the artists embark on the trip of a lifetime where they’ll gather inspiration for two extreme challenges celebrating the fascinating culture of Japan. After a day of exploration, they arrive at an ancient temple where host McKenzie Westmore and two-time Academy Award-nominated makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji are waiting to deliver their next Foundation Challenge – to create an original take on a traditional Japanese Oni, which are ogre-like Japanese demons. The next day, the artists venture off into the heart of Akihabara, Tokyo’s tech district and ground zero for anime, where they meet genius anime artist Hidetaka Tenjin. They learn their Spotlight Challenge will be to create a character based on one of Japan’s most famous exports, anime, with a surprise personal twist thrown into the mix.’