Via Newtype USA: Shoji Kawamori (January 2003)

Shoji Kawamori talks about the different Macross series and his inspiration for then-new Macross Zero.

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Via Anime Insider: Shoji Kawamori (December 2004)

Shoji Kawamori talks about the largest number of projects he ever worked on at once (17!) and the difference between doing comedy versus drama. He also names The Spring of Kenji (aka Spring and Chaos/Kenji no Haru) as his favorite among his many works. Coincidentally, studio Satelight’s work on that project was how he became involved with them.

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Via Animag: Shoji Kawamori & Haruhiko Mikimoto on Macross (1990, Issue 11)

This Animag article, in addition to providing a contemporary view of the Macross franchise, features a couple of neat anecdotes about Shoji Kawamori having to choose between Macross and college, redrafting the script of DYRL, and reacting to the voice acting in Robotech.

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Via Newtype USA: [inside] Satelight (September 2003)

Along with an understanding of the broader context of the subject, the most vital ingredient to good anime coverage is a reliable source. So when US journalists actually interview people on the production side in Japan, it’s generally worth noting unless the interview consists entirely of fluff. This is the first of what will (hopefully) be several posts over the next couple of weeks archiving articles from Newtype USA’s [inside] series of articles written by Amos Wong. It contains statements from President Michiaki Sato and Director Kazuki Akane on how the studio went from subcontractor to full-time anime studio and how they handled the increased demand for female casts in the millennial anime boom.

Note: Pictures are scans of the article made on my crappy scanner, which cover the article text but not the entire page. Apologies for that. I have also transcribed the article after the jump to make for easier reading (though I probably won’t be doing so for other articles due to the time involved). Also note that each part of the article is a two-page spread, so page 19 comes before 18, 21 before 20, 23 before 22, and 25 before 24.

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Sell Me in 20 Minutes: Tonari no Seki-kun, Noragami, Nobunagun, and Nobunaga the Fool

Up to this point, this season is batting a thousand in my book; everything I’ve watched up to this point has merited at least 2 more episodes on my own more or less arbitrary scale.* In many ways, it’s already fulfilled its “five fun shows with a genre spread” quota and is already looking for bonus points. The first of which will be coming from Sunday’s lineup, which included a slightly-larger-than-bite-size comedy, a mid-major occult show, and a pair of shows, one original and one via Comic Earth Star, drawing from Japan’s most famous general. All of them were varying degrees of promising, so I’m pretty set for the weekend this Winter.

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