On New Years’ Eve here in Japan, we got to see a special preview cut of the first episode of upcoming anime Macross Delta. It has things we’ve come to expect—like transforming fighter planes—and things we haven’t—namely magical girls.
Hey! There’s a new Macross anime. It’s called Macross Delta. There are things you expect—such as Valkyries—but some bits look kind of unusual. You know, like the castle and the fancy outfits.
In the anime Macross, Valkyries are fighter craft that can turn into mecha. Forget the transforming bit for a moment, because some Macross superfans just wanted to see if they could build RC Valkyries and get them airborn.
Sorry, Tobey Maguire. Despite having been attached to the project (at Warner Bros.) for what feels like forever, Variety reports today that Sony have now picked up the rights to the classic animated series, and are getting serious about making not just one Robotech movie, but lots of them.
The Mainichi Shimbun is reporting that Japan plans to create a "space force" within its existing Self Defence Force, hoping to have it operational by 2019. Took them long enough.
Today at Anime Expo 2014, Harmony Gold announced their plans to bring back classic 80s anime Robotech via Kickstarter.
Hang on and wait for the music.
These illustrations of Link and Zelda were done by Haruhiko Mikimoto. You may not know him by name, but if you've ever seen Macross, you'll know his work.
Japanese model builder むむむノ53 has ripped a veritech fighter straight out of Macross/Robotech and brought it into the real world, cel-shading and all.
OK, so it's not that secret, but in this, a week where Bryan Cranston's final performance as Walter White has been the talk of the internet, it's as good a time as any to look back on a time when he was...doing voice-over work for anime.
When I was a kid, I had a poster of an F-14 Tomcat hanging on my wall. It was my favorite airplane. Then I watched Robotech and saw my favorite plane transform into a giant robot as well. I dreamed about flying one. Now, two decades later, Oculus Rift has helped me get as close to this dream as I'll likely ever get.
The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum - located in Takarazuka, home to this goodness - has been running an exhibit lately that would have made my inner seven year-old's brain explode.
Robotech (or, specifically, Macross) games have a chequered past. Some have been OK! Others terrible. Some have even been pretty good, though you wouldn't know it, since the best ones (on PS2 and PSP) have never been officially been released outside Japan.
Builder daikoncat is the genius behind this LEGO piece that, were it released commercially in the 1980s, would have been the only toy a boy would have ever needed.
The last six years have been a great time to be a Macross gamer. There have been three full PSP titles and an additional three short PS3 games as Blu-ray extras as well. And now, thanks to the success of these six games comes the franchise's first full PS3 game, Macross 30.
The last six years have been a real renaissance for the Macross franchise in Japan. There has been an incredibly popular anime series, three movies, and seven games. The latest in the series is the incredibly ambitious Macross 30, a game that combines 30 years of Macross characters and lore into a new and original…
Macross 30: Voices Across the Galaxy is a title celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Macross series and is a crossover title between the five major Macross series: Macross, Macross Plus, Macross Zero, Macross 7, and Macross Frontier.
Over this last year, the Macross series has been celebrating its 30th anniversary with concerts, movies, and even a new PlayStation 3 game.
Besides mecha anime, video games also feature some of the most awesomely-designed armoured fighting vehicles. Japanese games—mostly shooters—tend to dominate this field (sorry MechWarrior), so narrowing down our selection to Japenese mecha was an obvious decision from the beginning.
2013 is only 1/12th over. With 11 months left and new console news on the horizon, Weekly Famitsu asked its readers what games they were looking forward to for this year. Here's a list of the top 30 anticipated upcoming games for 2013 (note: All publishers and release dates are for Japanese release versions):