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Chibi Sheryl Nome breaks down the Macross 30 business


She's starting to grow on me
Feb 07
// Hiroko Yamamura
Badly drawn, Chibi Sheryl Nome has returned, and this time has even more information about the upcoming Macross 30 game! Her latest "business seminar" takes us through some of the history of the Macross series, and how ...
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Does your Valentine have a sweet tooth for Macross F?


Now this you can send me!
Feb 07
// Hiroko Yamamura
Do you have a sweetie in Japan who also adores Macross Frontier? Does any favorite Japanator editor come to mind? Who ever your Miss Macross may be, I'm sure they'd be elated to receive these lovely looking pastries...
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Chibi Sheryl Nome makes sure you're ready for Macross 30


Spend a little more money on the animation!
Feb 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
With Bandai Namco's upcoming shooter, Macross 30: The Voices that Connect the Galaxy on the horizon. They wanted to make sure you get introduced to the game's worlds. Who better to take the lead than Galactic Fairy herself, ...
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Macross's Kawamori mechs out some Subaru action


Sexy combinaton
Jan 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Macross creator and all around mecha design god, Shoji Kawamori has lent his hand to some amazing anime, but also cool products. Of course I'm going to fawn over the creator of the VF-1J and some of the original Transformers ...
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Robotech fans, prepare to be amazed what love can do


50 seconds that are more impressive than most major films
Jan 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Remember that fan made Robotech project we got a peak at a while ago? It looks as though this Spanish speaking group isn't messing around, and has some amazing progress on the project. You can really feel the love ...
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Super Robot Wars UX's trailer features vocaloid action


Now that's one heck of a random roster.
Dec 12
// Salvador G Rodiles
Oh wow, I never thought that I would live to see the day that a vocaloid would make an appearance in the Super Robot Wars series. Courtesy of Sega, Miku will be piloting her version of the Fei-Yen that features her sign...
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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


You can't handle this
Oct 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Milia Fallyna JeniusAge: 15 at the time of seriesHometown: Zenradi Clone Synthesis SystemMeasurements: 415/290/420 cm  Out of every character in the Macross universe, Milia Fallyna Jenius is my favorite. The unstop...

Japanator Exclusive Interview: Haruhiko Mikimoto

Oct 13 // Hiroko Yamamura
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Yes, it was one of the best moment of my life
I studied art in high school and college and actually now teach at a fairly prestigious art school. So, when I say that Haruhiko Mikimoto also known as HAL, is my favorite artist and character designer of ...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Back to the beginning
Oct 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that real...
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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


Perhaps a slightly more mature lady?
Oct 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Did you think I would let Minmei grace the pages of Japanator without giving Misa a fair shake? Perhaps she lacks the pizzazz and raw appeal that a little firecracker like Minmei has, but what's sexier to you? A lad...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Don't hate
Oct 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that rea...

JapanaTen: The Valkyries of Macross

Oct 11 // Pedro Cortes
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross Considering that this is the daddy of the entire franchise, there's a lot of nostalgic love for these suits. Whether it was through the original Japanese version or through the controversial American Robotech, many people will recognize Valkyries from this show. While I find a lot of them a bit plain for my tastes, there are two Valkyries that stick out in the pantheon of variable transforming planes.   VF-1A: Max's Valkyrie Besides having a punny name that has the subtlety of a punch to the face, ace pilot Max Jenius has a nice color scheme compared to the other versions of the VF-1A that appear in the original Macross. On top of that, Max's Valkyrie went under cover by tossing on a Zentradi coat in order to save several pilots during the original show. Just for that amusing moment, it made this list.   VF-1S I would be slapped about a dozen times if I failed to mention this beaut. The VF-1S was flown to two different pilots through the original series, but it truly belongs to only one guy. That dude is none other than Roy Focker, pimp and senpai supreme. He's a drunk, he's a bad ass, he's a ladies man, he's the guy you want to cover you. Just don't feed him pineapple salad.   Macross Plus This is where a lot of people I know first got into Macross. Released during the big OVA boom of the mid-90s, it came out at the right place and the right time for the US market. Featuring gorgeous animation and fantastic music by Yoko Kanno, it has definitely stuck with a lot of people. But what about the 'bots? Well, the two main Valkyries being tested are a pair sexy beasts, believe me!   YF-19 Super Piloted by the brash Isamu, the experimental YF-19 has some pretty nifty additions in its arsenal. Besides the addition of some heavy weaponry, the FAST pack version you see here makes this an even zippier suit that can act in space and on the ground.   YF-21 While most people dug the YF-19, and for good reason, I was always more of a YF-21 kind of guy. I love the dark colors, the vaguely evil-looking BATTROID mode and, well, the general design of the whole thing. While it didn't win the military contract at the end of Macross Plus, you'll see its influence in later suits.   Macross 7 This is probably the most divisive entry in the whole franchise. Shying away from the fighter pilot aspect and focusing more on the music, Macross 7 has more to do with a band than anything else. It's lead character, the hot-blooded rock-star Nekki Basara, prefers to use his music to get through to his opponents, much like the famous songstress Lynn Minmei. Don't let that fool you; there are some fantastic looking Valkyries in this show!   VF-22 Sturmvogel II (Gamlin, Max and Millia) Remember how I mentioned that the YF-21 would have influence on later suits? Well, here is one suit that definitely takes something away from that great suit. The VF22 was given to some pretty skilled pilots, as you can see from the names above. While starting out as a rival, Gamlin evolved into a hot-blooded pilot in his own right. Max and Millia, of course, were the aces from the original Macross series who hopped back into the pilot seat for the final fight in Macross 7. They needed something that could match their skills, so they got a pair of custom VF-22s in their preferred colors. It's a sight to see, believe me.   VF-17S Nightmare: Millia's Version Being the mayor of a city has its advantages. In the Macross world, one of those advantages is getting a ship to pilot when the city needs defending. During a pretty rough time in the show, Millia gets back into flying in order to keep her citizens safe. Showing that absolutely none of her skills have dulled, she gets the VF-17 repainted in her colors and tears the Protodevilin a new one.   VF-1J "Milia" (2045) Notice a theme here? While I'm not normally a big fan of the color red, the best suits in Macross 7 are red. Milia's VF-1J in particular manages to look great in a show filled with newer mechs, which says a lot about how well the original Valkyries were designed. It's also here because Milia was able to hold her own against the enemy in a decades old mech. She's easily one of the best female pilots I've seen in any mecha show.   VF-19 Excalibur Custom The last suit from Macross 7 I'll mention is Basara's Valkyrie, the VF-19 Excalibur Custom. Besides being colored a snazzy red, Basara has had his Valkyrie customized to fire speaker pods instead of bullets. The pods stick on to his opponents, drill into the suit and begin pumping in the music that Basara plays from within his suit. The whole thing is VERY super-roboty, which is always good in my book. As if that weren't great enough, when the pods won't do, Basara brings in the big guns. When the going gets tough, the tough get Speak Pod Gamma. This giant missile houses an appropriately huge speaker that unleashes the most powerful of metal. Man, I love Speaker Pod Gamma.   Macross Frontier Finally, I'll get into a pair of suits from the latest entry into the Macross mythos, Macross Frontier. While there were some problems with Frontier, it was an overall good show that helped breathe new life into the franchise after Macross Zero kind of fizzled. There was a good balance between the music (which was particularly good) and the battles, which were sufficiently big by the end to please me.    VF-25F APS-25A/MF25 Armored Messiah One thing that I really like about Frontier was how the bigger, bulkier upgrades looked. I typically like my suits to be sleek and fast, but there's just something awesome about watching the VF-25F Armored Messiah wreck fools. The thing just plainly looks mean. While the pilot might leave something to be desired, the Armored Messiah is just what I want.   VF-25S Super Messiah Last but not least, the VF-25S has got to get some love, especially the Super Messiah version. Definitely calling back to Roy's VF-1S, the VF-25S belongs to Frontier's senpai, Ozma Lee. While he isn't as much of a ladies man as Roy, he's definitely got the skills and the hot blood to make up for it. Ozma's also immune to the fatal effect of pineapples, which gives him the leg up on poor Roy.   So now I toss it out to you guys: What are you favorite Valkyries from Macross? Let me know in the comments. Feel free to add any other ships, whether from the Zentradi, anti-UN forces, Protodevlin or the Vajra. Well, the Vajra are kind of like the ships themselves, but you know what I mean.
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Fighters, Battroids, Gerwalks, oh my!
Why does anybody really watch a mecha show? Is it for the deep stories that examine the relationships between people? How about the destruction that war causes and how it impacts the soldiers in the middle of it all? Nope, it...

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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


Ranka overload!
Oct 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ranka LeeBirthdate: April 29th, 2043Hometown: 117th Research FleetRace: Human/ Zentradi   Don't think for a second that just because Macross Frontier's Miss Lee was featured on The Daily Dose today, that the green ...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Nyan!
Oct 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that rea...
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Quick reminder: Three Macross shows are streaming on Hulu


Including Hiroko's most hated Macross series of all time.
Oct 10
// Salvador G Rodiles
I know that it's only been two years since the original Macross series was announced to be streaming on Hulu, but today is special. Since we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the franchise throughout this week...
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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


Bow down to the Galactic Fairy!
Oct 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sheryl NomeAge: 17 at time of Macross FrontierHometown: Macross Galaxy FleetBloodtype: A Next up for the Macross Idol of the Week, is the super sexy Galactic Fairy, Sheryl Nome. Sheryl is the kind of woman who knows wha...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Feel the power of the Jenius blood line!
Oct 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that rea...
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Idol(s) of the Week: Macross Week


The original Miss Macross
Oct 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Lynn Minmei Birthdate: October 10, 1993 Hometown: Yokohama, Japan Measurements: 80/58/87 cm Today we have the pleasure of looking at the lovely Miss Lynn Minmei. The popular idol, singer, and actress was the origin...
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Lots of yummy artwork
I've been holding onto this unboxing video for this week, just like unwrapping a birthday present for Macross's anniversary. So I dug into the special edition Blu-Ray set, which includes goodies like the remastered Macross: ...

Japanator Recommends: SDF Macross (PS2)

Oct 09 // Josh Tolentino
SuperDimension Fortress Macross (PlayStation 2)Developer: Sega AM2Publisher: SegaRelease: October 23, 2003 Macross is without a doubt, one of the premier mecha properties, standing straight alongside the greatGundam behemoth. Thus it's not particularly surprising that one would try to wring a video game out of the franchise. Sadly, the big problem with making Macross games work is what makes the Macross mecha unique, namely its hyper-fast transformation. Every dogfight in the world of the variable fighter is a deadly, frenetically-paced dance, with fast-moving mecha buzzing left and right, letting off streams of bullets, swarms of missiles leaving lengthy contrails and gratuitous explosions. Worse still for the game designer, Macross combatants transition modes over and over, from Fighter to Gerwalk to Battroid, all in the blink of an eye. Somehow Sega's AM-2 division (responsible for such classics as Space Harrier and Afterburner) were up to the challenge, crafting perhaps the truest approximation of Macross combat put to code yet. SuperDimension Fortress Macross boasts two single-player campaigns, both casting the player as a faceless member of Skull Squadron, coordinating with bridge officer Emma Granger. Yes, that's a Harry Potter reference. The choice of campaign was cleverly disguised as the player's pick of duty posting. Picking the aircraft carrier Prometheus sent the campaign on a path following the the TV series' plot. Choosing the ARMD-01 space warship traced the events of the Do You Remember Love movie. Character appearances, missions and even the mecha types changed based on that. Rather than simply throwing the player a barrage of functions, the game assigned each mode a speciality. Battroids could track enemies with their guns, Gerwalks would strafe side to side, and Fighters could launch missiles...lots of missiles. With that a pilot could fight, adapting to any situation. More than mechanics though, perhaps one of the greatest thrills of SDF Macross is the feeling of participation. Despite being a cipher without personality, the player eventually came into command of Purple Squadron (or Apollo Squadron in the DYRL campaign), and took part in many key battles of both the series and the movie. Be it shooting down torpedoes while the Macross lines up to perform the Daedalus Attack (y'know, the one where you punch a dude with an aircraft carrier and let all the planes on said carrier shoot their missileswhile still inside the dude), or running a patrol while footage of the first Miss Macross pageant plays in a PIP window, or fighting a losing duel against Miliya Fallyna (seconds before Max saves your sorry ass) a great feeling of "Yeah, I'm playing the show" permeates the affair. And of course, fighting the final battle with '80s cheese J-pop songs running in the background (either "Shao Pai Long" or "Do You Remember") is priceless. No game is without its faults, of course, and SDF Macross' faults become obvious once everythingMacross-related is stripped out. The game looks ancient. Namco's Ace Combat 4 launched two years before it, and still looks much better. As a further lesson from Ace Combat 4, the game would have been enhanced greatly by incorporating copious amounts of radio chatter. In that game it gave off a great feeling of being immersed in a larger war. It would have fit perfectly, since the player isn't technically part of the main cast, leaving a lot of space to elaborate on life in the U.N. Spacy. All that said, SDF Macross is pretty much the best Macross game around. Even its PSP successors such asMacross Ace Frontier take lessons from it. While at this point I wouldn't ask you to pay through the nose to import it, it's certainly worth a play should you ever encounter the game out in the wild. Now, how about some hot final battle footage? [embed]26994:1734[/embed]
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We recommend the most deculture of Macross games
It's Macross Week, in case you didn't know, and in celebration of three decades of everyone's favorite idol-and-mecha pioneer, we're thinking, talking about, and recommending the best (and worst) in Macross. Part of that "bes...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


Looks bad, sounds great
Oct 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that rea...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Macross Week


I love it like you wouldn't believe
Oct 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of my favorite anime of all time, Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Full of action, robots, romance, and humanity, Macross was a space opera tour de force. One of the things that rea...
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Macross 30 is a game, and the other Macross birthday gift


This shizz is older than me
Oct 04
// Josh Tolentino
In case you didn't see the post directly below this one, Macross is now three decades old. The big three-oh is without a doubt something to celebrate, and they're going all-out, up to the point of sweet videogames! The game ...
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Happy Birthday Macross!


I can't believe it's been 30 years
Oct 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Wow, 30 years. That's a long run for the little Super Dimension Space Fortress that could. I can honestly say there really isn't much that's stuck with me my whole life quite like the Macross series. Like many people, I was f...
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Celebrate three decades of Macross with Macross FB7


B-but what 'bout my star?
Sep 24
// Josh Tolentino
Sometimes it's hard to believe that Macross is just about thirty years old now. It wasn't a terribly long time ago that I thought that it was all still Robotech. Bandai knows that, and instead of going back to the ...
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Macross: The Musicalture is ready to launch


Get your dancing shoes ready!
Sep 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
The 30th Anniversary of Macross has definitely been a busy year. With tons of exciting merchandise, remasters, and fun games --the series is going as string as ever! Just hearing the 30th anniversary part sure make...
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A Daily Dose of Music: The Classics


We decide what matters
Sep 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
After a brief break, The Daily Dose returns in full swing! This week your favorite Japanator editors break down the videos they consider classics. As twisted as some of these choices may be, these are the tracks we go back t...
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Animazement '12: Ichiro Itano Talks about past, future


Aug 06
// Jeff Chuang
Digging one up from the archive, here is the panel Q&A session from Animazement 2012 back in late May. Director Ichiro Itano is an anime industry veteran who got his start under the wings of the likes of Noboru Ishiguro a...
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Macross makes its way to Android and iOS devices


Jul 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
You know how I feel. Any Macross news is great Macross news. Namco Bandai is bringing their free to play rails shooter, Macross SP Cross de Culture, over to eager gamers, with their title currently being available to Android...
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Robotech fan film begins to take shape


Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Still waiting in dread for the potential of a Hollywood Robotech remake? Well, some talented Spanish speaking "fans" have gotten together on a project that they are calling Robotech: Valkyrie Project, and you might want to m...
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Sheryl Nome will teach you some Macross History


Jun 25
// Hiroko Yamamura
Macross fans like me have a lost to celebrate over the next couple months, as the series is celebrating its 30th anniversary in a big way, with lots of special releases, events, and goodies to buy. This Friday, Toky...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


May 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
Ok, this one isn't really all that old school, but all this May'n action made me listen to this song all day today. I present to you a live performance of LION with Megumi Nakajima. There's no hiding my love for Macross, I e...
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Life-size Macross VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie on display


May 01
// Michelle Rodanes
Didn't you know? Life-size Gundam replicas are so last year, Super Dimension Fortress Macross Variable Fighters are now all the rage. This magnificent 1/1 scale VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie --in GERWALK mode-, is currently being s...
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There she is, Miss Macross 30th


Apr 05
// Josh Totman
For the upcoming 30th anniversary of Macross, Joysound Karaoke is holding a contest in search of the next Ranka Lee or Lynn Minmay. The contest will be broken down to two categories: Singer and Actress. All you...
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Macross DLC invades Ace Combat: Assault Horizon


Mar 14
// Bob Muir
It's been 30 years since Super Dimension Fortress Macross first aired on Japanese TV, which can only mean one thing: it's time for 30th anniversary tie-ins! Among the nostalgic items you can purchase is a bit of DLC for Namco...
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May'n announces a world tour!


Feb 18
// Chris Walden
The brain diving diva May'n has announced via her website that she will be holding a world tour. The tour will be known as 'Rock Your Beats', though she has yet to announce dates or locations.  She did, however, announce...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


Feb 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
Oh Mari Iijiima, every time I hear your voice I get so freaking emotional. Let me state this now. If Macross Flashback 2012 doesn't get those nostalgic vibes going for you, we just can't ever be friends. The OVA ser...
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A Daily Dose of Music: May'n


Oct 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Today's Dose comes from our favorite galatic fairy, May'n (May Nakabayashi). Most of you are probably most familiar with her voice work as Sheryl Nome from the Macross Frontier anime series. Unfortunately the clip I...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


Sep 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Hey guys, so I thought to add a bit of variety I would get a bit selfish here, and post some of my personal favorite anime and j-pop classics. Does that sound ok with you? I now declare Thursdays officially Old Scho...
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Macross Frontier: Wings of Goodbye comes with goodies


Aug 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Most of the time I find the price of Japanese Blu-Rays a bit hard to swallow, especially when they tend to release TV episodes one at a time. However, When the companies go out of their way to add a bit more value t...

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