The latest in the ongoing series of Macross pop-up shops, “Oshare Macross Gaiden: Macross Boys” is being held at Shinjuku Marui Annex Department Store from February 8 through to February 25.
While the majority of the popup shops over the past couple of years have focused on Walkure (with a couple of Fortier-themed ones, albeit primarily over in the Kyoto/Osaka area), this one focuses on the male characters of the Macross franchise, although Shin, Hikaru, Hibiki, Basara, Gamlin, Michael and Hayate are conspicuously absent from the lineup. Maybe there’s room for a Macross Boys sequel? Only time will tell. For now, here are our pics from the current shop. Enjoy!
Wonder Festival 2019 Winter was held, as it usually is, at Makuhari Messe on Sunday, February 10.
The following gallery is a mix of commercial products and garage kits with a smattering of cosplay, starting with products from Arcadia and overall Macross-related products, then mecha-anime related kits and toys, finishing up with miscellaneous (but cool!) stuff. We’ll be going into more details regarding the show on an upcoming podcast episode. Enjoy!
The event space at the Akihabara Radio Kaikan held a small exhibit and charity auction for Street Fighter 2 recently. Running for a little over 2 weeks, from Jan.11-27, the event space showcased original design documents and art from the game, as well as a selection of merchandise from the 90’s. The following pics were taken by both the SpeakerPODcast Crew and podcast guest Tony, who actually went on auction day to see first hand how much some of the original pieces of art went for.
Ikebukuro Marui Department Store has just opened an exhibit celebrating Patlabor’s 30th Anniversary. The exhibit is scheduled to run until December 24, however the SpeakerPODcast Crew dropped by on Friday night to check it out before the weekend crowds hit (the crowds today are apparently pretty crazy).
The exhibit covers all major entries in the Patlabor franchise with the exception of 2014’s live action “The Next Generation”. While much of the display includes art that has been available in various books before, this is the first time many of the originals have been displayed. It was also nice to see the designs from 2016’s 8-minute “Patlabor Reboot” short getting some attention – the only time they’ve been seen anywhere outside the booklet that came with the bluray set.
Unfortunately, with the exception of a new key visual illustration, there was was no news on the much teased “Patlabor EZY”, although the exhibit booklet lists it as coming in “2020?” so hopefully information will start to drop sometime next year.
In the meantime, enjoy the pics!
For an all-too-brief 9-day period between November 12-20, Seibu Ikebukuro Department Store hosted an exhibit of the works of Kazuhiro Fujita. Known primarily outside of Japan for Ushio & Tora, which received an all-new tv anime adaptation in 2015-2016, Fujita is celebrating his 30th anniversary as a manga artist and a new animated adaptation of Karakuri Circus started airing on Japanese tv in October.
Fortunately photographs were permitted at the exhibit however even on the second last day, the crowds were large enough to make actually taking them difficult in many cases. The lighting didn’t particularly help all that much either. Having said that, the following gallery are the pics that we did manage to get. It focuses more on the Ushio & Tora section of the exhibit with a smattering of pics from the other sections, including the wall-sized mural that Kazuhiro Fujita painted just for the exhibit. Enjoy!