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Kobunsha’s YouTube Video Gives Sneak Peak at Macross “Valkyries Third Sortie”

11 Sep

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

This latest YouTube video released two days ago by Japanese publishing company Kobunsha (owned by the Kodansha Group) reveals some of the pages from Hidetaka Tenjin’s upcoming art book Valkyries Third Sortie. It is the third volume in the series of illustrations from the world of Macross. Tenjin’s first volume in the series, Valkyries, was published by Kobunsha in 2005.

Valkyries Third Sortie will retail for ¥4,298 which is currently $42 US, $55 Canadian, or £32 GB (excluding taxes). According to Kobunsha, the book will be available September 16, 2016 through good book importers everywhere.


Source(s): Gwyn Campbell and the Vintage Anime Fans Facebook group.

Video Source(s): kobunshaswd さんのチャンネル.

Macross 7 Voice Actress and Singer Sakurai Tomo Retires

1 Sep

SAK_TOMO_SakuraiBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

It was announced Thursday Japan time on Sakurai Tomo’s official website, “Tomofull”, that the speaking voice of Macross 7‘s Mylene Jenius will retire from voice acting. As quoted from her website:




Tomo has been voice acting for Japanese animation and radio plays for over 3 decades. Her official website will no longer be updated as of September 1st.

Tomo has voiced such characters as Hinowa in the Gintama series, Misao Makimachi in Rurouni Kenshin, Doll Licca in Super Doll Licca-Chan, and Mylene Flare Jenius in the Macross 7 animated projects.

Tomo has also enjoyed a successful solo career as a pop idol singer. Her works can be found on several major labels including Pony Canyon, Warner Music Japan, Pioneer, and Victor. Originally part of the Lemon Angel pop idol unit, Tomo released her first solo album T-mode in 1995 followed by two live concerts Tomo ’96 Live and Tomo Natsu ’99 Summer Special Stage (recorded August 21 during her Akasaka Blitz Tokyo concert). Tomo has released 4 singles and 16 albums over the course of her career.

Source(s): Gwyn Campbell, Vintage Anime Fans Facebook group, “Tomofull” Sakurai Tomo’s official website, Buzzap, and morningberryz48 WordPress site.

[Torrance, CA] MacrossWorld 2016 is Here!

26 Jul

MacrossOriginalBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

MacrossWorld’s official Facebook page has announced the return of MacrossWorld in 2016. This event will be held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Centre in Torrance, California on Saturday, October 15th. There will be cosplay performances, an amazing dealer’s room, special guests, and lower registration prices. There will also be tasty Japanese comfort food available from the Okamoto Kitchen food truck.

No official invitations have gone out yet for this event but that hasn’t stopped voice actors Brett Weaver and Richard Epcar from expressing interest in attending.

We’ll keep you posted.


To learn more about the event visit MacrossWorld’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Macrossworld/.

To visit MacrossWorld’s Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/1641746736153220/.

To purchase tickets to the event visit https://mwcon.ticketleap.com/mwcon2016/dates/Oct-15-2016_at_1100AM

Source(s): Vintage Anime Fans Facebook group, Donald Yee, and MacrossWorld Facebook page.

Macross Delta Full Album “Walkure Attack!” Announced

14 May

By James Robert Shaw
(The Wind up Geek)

Thousands of people have contracted Macross fever after attending today’s Walküre Mini Live event at the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza in Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki. The event was free and 2000 lucky fans came away with post meet and greet tickets (which could be purchased with the CD single) on top of the experience of the 4 song performance that Walküre gave right from the Rufa Hiroba Grand Stage. But the best part of the day was the announcement of Walküre’s full length album titled “Walküre Attack!” to be released July 6th of this year. The CD will contain a total of 12 songs from the Macross Delta animated series and will retail for around ¥2,900 plus tax. Buyers will also have the option to purchase a limited edition CD/DVD combo at around ¥3,500 plus tax. The accompanying DVD will contain the music video of Delta’s opening song “Ichido dake no Koi nara” (一度だけの恋なら).


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Bouquet of Flowers Honours Arihiro Hase’s Birthday

22 Apr

HikaruIchijyo2By James “I am Lame” Shaw
(The Wind up Geek)

At last year’s Macross World Convention in Torrance, California, it was learned Japanese voice actress Run Sasaki (Vanessa; The Super Dimension Fortress Macross) was collecting donations from North American fans for a worthy cause. Her intent was to present a bouquet of flowers to the mother of her former co-star, Arihiro Hase (Hikaru Ichijyo). Hase who joined the cast of Macross at the young age of 17 took his own life at the age of 31 by leaping from his 7th floor apartment on the morning of July 30, 1996. Sasaki chose April 22nd (Japan time) for the flower presentation because of its significance. It is the birthday of Hase who would’ve been 51 years old.

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