JUNNA Rock You Tour 2018 Report

The following concert report was sent in to us by Osaka-based Macross fan Howard Browning.

I was lucky enough to see JUNNA in Osaka on her first solo tour last year, so when it was announced she’d be back this April, I jumped at the chance. My luck held out in the ticket lottery and so on the 22nd I was lined up in front of Namba Hatch waiting to get in.

Namba Hatch is a much bigger venue than Osaka Big Cat where she played her first shows. She played two shows at Big Cat compared to one show at the Hatch, but it’s a step up. While Big Cat was hidden away in a mall, the Hatch is an Osaka landmark with it’s octagonal hall perched on top of a 3 story building.

Cobra 40th Anniversary Store

The Hakaba no Garo Gallery is holding a Cobra 40th Anniversary “Exhibit” from June 1 to 19 at Nakano Broadway. Unlike the J9 Exhibit previously held at the same venue, this exhibit is more of a pop up shop, meaning there was far less art on display but a whole lots more merchandise.

Heres some pics!

SpeakerPODcast Ep.108 – Spudger not included

It was supposed to be a quiet Sunday morning podcast but then we kinda news-jacked ourselves from the future and well… it’s complicated, okay?

What’s not complicated is the sheer amount of cool anime stuff that’s been happening recently! We visit the Cowboy Bebop cafe, watch Macross Delta Passionate Walkure in MX4D, hear a bunch of Macross 2 songs performed live in concert, discuss Sentinel’s new Mospeada Ride Armor and go to not one, but two Shoji Kawamori talkshows to hear all about the creation of Passionate Walkure and the designing of the Armored VF-31 – that’s right, it’s double the Kawamori this episode of the SpeakerPODcast!

Good Smile Gallery & Mega Hobby Expo 2018

On Saturday, May 26th-27th, Goodsmile Company held a small exhibit in Akihabara showcasing upcoming products – among them Max Factory’s upcoming 1:20 Scale VF-1 in Gerwalk and Fighter mode, meaning that the SpeakerPODcast Crew was on the scene!

It just so happened that on the same weekend, Megahouse was holding their bi-annual showcase in the area as well. The following is some select pictures we took at both events.

Cowboy Bebop Cafe

Calling all Space Cowboys!

The Goodsmile x Animate Cafe is holding 2 pop-up cafes to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cowboy Bebop. The cafe’s are located in Akihabara and Osaka and will be open from May 15 to June 10.

The following is a selection of photos the SpeakerPODcast Crew took when we dropped by to check the cafe out on June 19. Full impressions will be included in an upcoming podcast.