The SpeakerPODcast Crew were fortunate enough to be able to check out the cafe on opening day and will be covering it in-depth in a future podcast. While the majority of items on display were things that we had seen before, what really struck us was the amount of space and respect given to the original the original Macross (although much of the art and items on display were actually from DYRL). The cafe was literally split 50/50 between Macross Frontier and the original, with themed food and drinks dedicated to each. This is quite possibly the closest thing we will ever get to a dedicated SDF Macross collaboration cafe.
The Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, is currently holding an exhibit to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Macross and 10th anniversary of Macross Frontier. Titled “Macross: The Art 1982-2018“, the exhibit includes sections dedicated to each animated entry in the franchise (yes, including Macross 2), Macross the First, and a selection of Macross Frontier artwork and sketches. It also contains a large VF-31 and YF-29 in Battroid form, as well as collaboration art (Macross characters rendered in a “Tezuka” style, and a Frontier piece by Risa Ebata inspired by the world-famous Takarazuka Revue.
Several cafes and restaurants around the museum are holding collaborations with the exhibit, offering Macross-themed foods (Pineapple cake, anyone?) and collectible coasters.
While photos were not permitted throughout the majority of the exhibit, the following is a gallery taken around the museum itself as well as a few specific areas that did permit photography.
Passionate Oshare Macross Delta, the latest in the long series of Macross-themes pop-up shops, opened at the Shinjuku Marui Annex department store on August 25th and will run until September 10.
Despite there being no special guests or autograph sessions scheduled, this Oshare Macross has proven to be extremely popular (as mentioned on the SpeakerPODcast) with some items selling out on day 1 and nearly all items having sold out within its first 5 days of operation.
The following are some pics that the we managed to get on day 2 (we were unable to get in on opening day) while some of the merchandise was still in stock.
This may well be the longest, most info-packed podcast we have ever done – but it certainly wasn’t planned that way!
We start off on a rather somber note this episode, as the Crew shares their thoughts on the recent passing of Unsho Ishizuka. Then it’s time for a “quick” news and event catchup before discussing the Macross panel at Anime Expo 2018 that Adrian and Mike helped out at.
Waiting for the premiere of Good Job at Akihabara.