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A Message to Macross World from May’n

How cute is that? May’n says “Hello” to MacrossWorld! Rock much, diva? All hail May’n!

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New Macross Merchandise (03/15)

The Oshare Macross Exhibit will be opening in Kyoto for the first time ever from March 23rd to March 31st. This means two things: (1)Some sort of signing event (in this case, a Hidetaka Tenjin autograph session for the first 100 customers who spend 3000yen or more on opening day) and (2) NEW MERCHANDISE!

One of the most interesting new items is a new 3D poster based on a piece by Hidetaka Tenjin. While this piece isn’t new, it has apparently undergone some ‘retouches’ for this latest version. The 3D poster will cost 2100yen and will be sold exclusively at the event (for now)

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Macross The First Vol. 5 Cover Revealed/Release Date

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Thanks to Jefuemon for posting this. The Macross the First Volume 5 Cover has been revealed on Amazon.jp and it features a glorious cover with Captain Bruno Gloval and the lovely “Bridge Bunnies” Vanessa, Kim and Shammy. Scheduled to ship March 26, 2013.

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Macross Plus BD Box Art Revealed

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Volume 19 of Newtype Ace has revealed, via a tiny thumbnail-sized picture, the box artwork for the upcoming Macross Plus BD Boxset.

Done, as previous boxsets, by the true Master of Valkyries Hidetaka Tenjin, the piece shows crossing YF-19 and YF-21, encircled by Sharon Apples infamous chain logo.

The jacket art for the box set has not yet been revealed. Macross Plus Complete Bluray Box will be released on June 21 for 17850yen. It will contain the English dub, but no English subs.

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Kaoru Shimamura Passes Away

REXAnime News Network has reported that Kaoru Shimamura, the voice actress of Macross 7’s motorcycle gang leader Rex, has passed away after battling breast cancer. She was only 43.

Farewell Rex. Surely Basara is singing ‘My Soul For You’ as you ride off into the sunset.

(Thanks to forum user Einherjar for picking up on the news)

  
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Macross 30 is Out & Unboxed!

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It’s been February 28 for all of 1hr 20mins here in Japan, meaning that Macross 30 has officially been released! Since Japan doesnt do midnight launches, most people will have to wait until tomorrow to get their hands on the game. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some unboxing pics. Many thanks to Save who not only took the pics, but also tramped around Akihabara today to get some photos from the release of Haruka Chisuga’s OP/ED single for the game.

Because if you gotta train in a VF-0A, you might as well paint it the appropriate colors.

Because if you gotta train in a VF-0A, you might as well paint it the appropriate colors.

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New Macross 30 Animated Trailer

The latest trailer for the upcoming PS3 game Macross 30 – Ginga wo Tsunagu Utagoe has gone live on Bandai Namco Game’s youtube channel. The trailer focuses on the games newly animated scenes (and therefore includes no actual gameplay footage) but features more than a few familiar faces.

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Podcast: Retrospective on Yamato Macross Toys

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As previously reported HERE, Yamato, the company that brought fans the greatest Macross toys ever is undergoing some changes and forthcoming Macross-licensed items will now be sold under the Arcadia brand.

The evolution of Yamato’s Macross products have always been somewhat synchronous with the growth of Macrossworld as a fansite, seeing as they both began at around the same time, making this transition all the more poignant.

This sign of the changing times gives us  an opportunity to look backand reminisce all the elation and/or frustration that Yamato’s products have given us over their 13-year journey exceeding time and space.
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Thus MW member VF5SS and I (Renato from the Macross Speaker Podcast) got together for a talk session where we powered through Yamato’s entire back-catalogue, with a smattering of insights on the company philosophy and the changing nature of the market taken from an interview I personally conducted with Yamato Toys staff in June 2012.

The host page on CollectionDX, including a long list of links to every Yamato Valkyrie review on the site is here:

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Direct download links are here:

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And discussion threads are HERE (Movies and Series Forum) and HERE (Toys Forum)

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Oshare Macross VD @ Shinjuku Marui One 02/6~02/21, 2013

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The latest in Shinjuku Marui One’s Oshare Macross in-store exhibits – ‘Oshare Macross VD (Valentine’s Day) – opened on Wednesday, February 6th, to 3-degree temperatures, chilling winds, and snow. As with past exhibits, the latest Oshare Macross is rather small in scale and is made up of three main attractions:

(1) Merchandise –  a Macross-themed store on the first floor featuring several new and exhibit-only items and a whole bunch of other Macross stuff, fashion design collaborations with popular brands, Macross-themed sweets or deserts

(2)A small exhibit of Macross-related art – this time for the upcoming Macross 30 PS3 game
(3)Some sort of autograph session with a special guest which is usually held at a later date mid-way through the exhibit.
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This exhibits special guest was actually the same as the previous one’s  (Oshare Macross 30Hirotaka Marufuji. If Marufuji’s name isn’t a familiar one it should be. He was the Chief Animation Director on Macross Frontier meaning that he has drawn Sheryl more times than Risa Ebata herself. He adapted many classic Macross characters to the newer, updated versions that were used in the Macross pachinko games. Most importantly, he is the lead character designer for Macross 30.

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