SpeakerPODcast Ep.110 – A Dog & Tony Show

Just who the hell IS Tony?

You’ve heard his voice on the podcast before, but this episode we thought we’d give him a chance to tell his Macross story.

Growing up with one foot in the US, one in Taiwan, and another in Japan, this strange 3-legged creature has a unique history with the franchise and its fandom.

We also report back from a Kazutaka Miyatake talkshow where we got to ask the designer of the SDF-1 and the Yamato about his work on Macross Delta. Oh, he also had some Gundam and Blue Submarine No.6 tales to tell too.

We were recording in a new venue with new software this episode. Hopefully the sound quality didn’t suffer too much as a result but, as always, if you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, get in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter.

Miyatake was heavily inspired by Cambodia’s Angkor Wat when designing the Protoculture ship Sigur Berrentz.

Totoro Cream Puffs

Fans of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s works who visit Tokyo often mistakenly think that the Ghibli Museum is the only Ghibli-related attraction in the area (well, at least until the proposed Studio Ghibli theme park opens in 2022).

They’re wrong. Tucked away near Setagaya-Daita station is Shiro-hige’s Cream Puff Factory – a whimsical bakery/coffee shop that makes Totoro cream puffs. The shop itself sports a variety of Ghibli-themed decor and sells both Totoro-themes cookies and cream puffs. The cream puffs come in a variety of flavors, from custard to strawberry to matcha, although the flavors available vary depending on the month and more popular flavors often sell out by midday, especially on weekends.

Devilman Crybaby Exhibit

Hakaba no Garo Gallery is at it again! This year alone they have already held mini exhibits/pop-up stores for J9 and Cobra and Go Nagai’s Devilman was next on their list of classic anime/manga properties to cover. Actually, the mini exhibit this time was technically for the more recent Devilman Crybaby – but apart from a wall of screenshots and character design sheets, most of the items on display and on sale focused more on the classic, Go Nagai version of the titular character.

Haruhiko Mikimoto Character Works

To commemorate the release of “Haruhiko Mikimoto’s Character Works” – a 248 page volume covering much of his character design and illustration work on shows such as Gunbuster, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Gundam, Megazone and, of course, Macross – a brief exhibit of some of the art and layouts from the book was held in an underground walkway in Yokohama.

SpeakerPODcast Ep.109 – Yamato 2202 Ch.5: Purgatory

Chapter 5 of Yamato 2202 (episodes 15-18) is out and Tim Eldred joins us to catch up on the latest news, merchandise and controversy, before walking through every element in detail and help us put the dots together.
Does Chapter 5 deliver on promises that previous episodes hinted at? Join us to find out!

Despite the controversy that the unveiling of the “Galaxy” has caused among some sectors of the fan community, it actually isn’t a new design at all.