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Evangelion Mini-Gallery

In the lead up to the release of the 4th and final entry in the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, on March 8, Kinokuniya’s main Shinjuku store held a mini-gallery of art reprints from January 16 to February 14.
Featuring a small selection of art, including both well-known as well as more niche pieces, and shelves upon shelves of merchandise, the gallery actually allowed photographs. Due to the lighting in the store, it was a little difficult to get decent pictures with all the reflections , but the following is a sample of what visitors to the gallery experienced. Enjoy!

SPEAKERPODCAST EP.141 – Interesting Times

To say that the last month has been an interesting one for Macross fans would be an understatement.
This episode of the SpeakerPODcast, we visit an Animage & Ghibli exhibit and discover what could possibly be some unused layouts from the original SDF Macross, watch the Draken 3 get discussed on national television, listen to an alternate version of what happened to Sheryl after the Wings of Farewell as read by Aya “Sheryl Nome” Endo and Megumi “Ranka Lee” Nakajima themselves, see Sheryl and Ranka “return” in a previously shelved Wings of Farewell music video, catch up on all the latest news and announcements and, yes, discuss a particular press release that everyone’s been talking about.

Escaflowne Popup Shop

From April 3 through to April 18, Hakaba no Garou in Nakano held an Escaflowne Popup Shop.
While smaller than many of the other popup shops they’ve done in the past (occupying the lesser-utilized left-hand side of the store, it shared event billing with a manga popup shop that was being held at the same time), seeing anything new for Escaflowne is a rarity, so some of the SpeakerPodcast Crew made sure to check it out while they could and take a few pics.
(We would’ve never known about it if not for Adrian, but that’s a story for the next podcast!)

Oshare Macross 10 Popup Shop

It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since the first Oshare Macross popup shop was held back during the hype surrounding the theatrical release of Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell in 2011, but 10 years later here we are with Oshare Macross 10.
Held at Shinjuku Marui Annex (the original branch that the first Oshare Macross was held at no longer exists), Oshare Macross 10 was held from February 11 – 28 and unlike its predecessors had different issues deal with thanks to the current pandemic. In fact, of the 900 fans that lined up on opening day, approx. 150 didn’t even make it into the store.
The SpeakerPODcast Crew were, fortunately, among the lucky ones and will be covering the experience in our next podcast. In the meantime however, here are a few pics from inside the shop.