On Why Music Matters in Macross: Past, Present & Future

ArtStation - Super Dimension Fortress Macross logo for 3D animation, George  EdwardBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

After catching the livestream of Macross Delta Tactical Sound Unit—1st LIVE in Zepp—Walküre Attack! last month, I was curious. How has the music of this fond anime franchise fared over the years? Mari Iijima defined everything that is the sound of the 90s series, and maintained it! The talents who would take over in the sequels adapted to the times and generally honour this singer’s original legacy. From Sharon Apple to Sheryl Nome, the sound has changed. It sometimes transcend pop and become something that we can equate to Lady Gaga’s shows in our world.

This concert shows why music is important to this franchise’s success. The nature of these performances plays on a musical theory I believe is at the core of the series. Boethius is a Roman philosopher who once said music can be broken up to three components. They are musica mundana (a universal appeal), musica humana (the internal sound heard by the human body) and musica quae (the harmonies projected by singers and instrumentalists).

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Flying Dog Confirms First Haruka Chisuga Live Concert!

HarukaChisugaBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Flying Dog, the record label owned by Japan’s Victor Entertainment, have confirmed Haruka Chisuga’s debut live concert “First Try!” The concert will take place at the Shibuya Duo Music Exchange in Tokyo July 9th and will be in support of Chisuga’s 1st full album “Try!”

Chisuga is both a singer and a voice actress who found fame in 2012 by winning the Miss Macross 30 contest. Chisuga earned the role of Mina Forte in the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) game Macross 30: Voices Across the Galaxy. The game would commemorate 30 years of Shoji Kawamori’s Macross franchise. The game featured every animated series of the franchise up to that point. Chisuga continued her success by performing in the animated series of Aquarion Logos (Kokone Kikogami), Owari no Seraph (Mikaela Hyakuya), and Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (Sylvia Lyyneheym).

Haruka Chisuga’s debut full album, “Try!”, will be released June 22, 2016. “First Try!” will be performed Saturday, July 9th. Doors open at 4pm. Curtain is at 5pm.


Source(s): Gwyn Campbell and the Macross Fans- US Facebook group.

Video Source(s): Flying Dog.

AnimeJapan 2016: Macross Delta News and New Merchandise

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

MacrossDeltaPromoAnimeJapan 2016 (formerly known as the Tokyo International Anime Fair) is happening at Tokyo Big Sight in the Ariake District. And you will probably hear a few good things come out of the con this year. The event runs March 25-27 (the 25th is for registered members of industry and media only). So far day one has provided some interesting information according to Macross Delta fans. Delta Mechanical Designer Shōji Kawamori has confirmed that the Delta character Mirage is the daughter of Miranda Jenius, Max and Milia Fallyna Jenius’ 6th daughter.

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Animage’s Latest Issue has Macross Delta Surprise

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

AnimageFeb2016The Macross Delta (MD) hype train left the station and it’s full speed ahead as Animage, Japan’s monthly anime and entertainment magazine, will include a MD spread for their February, 2016 issue.

The cover will prominently display Macross idols from the series. From left to right are Kaname Buccaneer, Mikumo Guynemer, Freyja Wion, Makina Nakajima, and Reina Prowler.

On New Year’s Eve in Japan, a preview of Delta was broadcast for people at home to see. Macross played against more traditional programs like No-Laughing Detective Batsu, Kohaku Uta Gassen, and Yukutoshi Kurutoshi. But the rest of Macross Delta will not be broadcast until April of this year.

L to R: Kaname Buccaneer, Mikumo Guynemer, Freyja Wion, Makina Nakajima, and Reina Prowler
L to R: Kaname Buccaneer, Mikumo Guynemer, Freyja Wion, Makina Nakajima, and Reina Prowler

Written by Shōji Kawamori and Toshizo Nemoto, Macross Delta is set in 2067, eight years after Macross Frontier’s 2nd movie. The story focuses on Walküre, a team of talented idols and their protectors the Delta Squadron, as they battle against the Var Syndrome, a mysterious entity that is consuming the galaxy. But in their struggle both must also battle the Aerial Knights, a group of Valkyrie pilots from the Kingdom of Wind.

Source(s): Yande.re, Macross Fans- US, and pinoi78 (YouTube video).

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