An Interview with Mari Iijima (SDC 2018)

Singer song writer, pianist and actress Mari Iijima, who lent her voice to the role of Minmay in the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross, attended Super Dimension Convention this year as a very special guest and performed to a packed hall. With the line for autographs afterwards reaching out of the lobby and well into the courtyard, we were unable to catch up during the con itself, however she was gracious enough to agree to the following interview afterwards.
(Photos by Nago Wk & Channel Chin, used below with permission)

SpeakerPODcast Ep.116 – Super Dimension Convention 2018

THE event for Macross fans outside of Japan, Super Dimension Convention was held in Torrance, California on September 15 this year and was a resounding success thanks to the tireless work of dedicated staff and fellow fans.

We sit down in the aftermath of the con to discuss how it all went. Oh, and also Redman, Penguins, and VF-X. With special guests Frank from Georgia and Dylan the cat. It’s the next best thing to being there!

(On a side note, we accidentally recorded this episode with the window open. Sorry for any extra ambient noise.)

Wings of Honneamise Exhibit

Hachioji City Yume Museum is currently holding an exhibit dedicated to the 1987 debut animated film from Gainax, the Wings of Honneamise. Titled “Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise – A Creative Path to the SF Animation Film“, the exhibit covers all aspects of the film, from pre-production notes and materials, to character and mechanical designs, across a whopping 4 rooms – 3 exhibition rooms and 1 screening room for the film which is played several times each day.

The exhibit runs from September 14 through to November 11, 2018 and photography is permitted. The following is a gallery of photos we took at the exhibit but is far from comprehensive, so if you are in Japan while it’s still on, be sure to check it out!

SpeakerPODcast Ep.115 – No Betray! No Stop!

We’re at ground zero as an all-new Macross Delta theatrical anime and the first Crossover Live in 6 years are announced! What exactly happened? Why does Roid have a food truck? Which near-encounter with a Macross celebrity made Cassie speechless? Why won’t Tony smile? What is Tim’s relationship with marsupials? And what exactly happened in “the Pit”?

Come and join us in the aftermath of all the excitement for our full report and breakdown of the announcements and the Walkure Premium Live 2018.

DORO OFF VIII

The 8th DORO OFF model exhibit was held on September 22-23 in its usual location in Asakusabashi, Tokyo.

As usual, the exhibit showcased primarily science fiction based models and dioramas by enthusiast builders. Yamato once again received considerable representation this year, second only to Star Wars. The showpiece of the exhibit, however, wasn’t anime related at all – a life-sized “breathing” mannequin with a Face-hugger from the movie Alien was quite possibly the most impressive original item on display, looking all the more realistic when organizers turned down the lights and pulled the curtains closed during set periods of the day.