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Kenji Yasuda (安田 賢司 Yasuda Kenji), born in 1972, is the director for both Macross Δ and its theatrical adaptation, Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre. He works on Studio Fantasia, a Japanese animation and production company founded on October 12, 1983 by Tomohisa Iizuka, then an employee of Tsuchida Production, as its CEO. In November 16, 2016, the company filed for bankruptcy. Fantasia often works in cooperation with other studios in story production, and their past credits include Macross Plus.

Yasudo himself joined the company in 1995 to work on the OVA Megami Paradise, and later worked storyboarding many others over the years, eventually working with Shōji Kawamori on Macross Δ and its spinoffs.

According to Anime News Network, his favorite anime include Akira, Ashita no Joe 2, Cyber City Oedo 808 and Goku Midnight Eye. He his a big fan of director Osamu Dezaki.

Macross ∆Edit

AppointmentEdit

During an interview on Bandai Creators Selection, Yasudo explains how was appointed director of the television series, Macross Δ:

"I got the call quite early on, back when people were saying “(Shōji) Kawamori is starting a new Macross series,” back when he still hadn’t decided on the direction it would take. At first, it was going to be something like a ‘club activities’ story, with a competition involving air combat…"

When discussing the "war" aspect of Macross, he said it was natural for the franchise, even going so far as to explain who their new foe should be:

"(Line producer) Eguchi Kouhei and I talked him out of it, like “It’s better to have an adversary, don’t you think?” (laughs). Because Macross F had those bugs, the Vajra, as enemies, we figured that “this time, the opponents should also be people,” and the Aerial Knights were born from that. We also chatted about how interesting it would be if the adversaries had their own singer, and so the story slowly took form.

When we were close to solidifying the foundations of the characters, we had Toshizo Nemoto come on board as series composer, and set about filling them out completely. Then we had something of a camp where we set out the entire series, and kept adding more and more detail until it all materialised, until it felt complete... That said, this is Kawamori’s way of creating something—it’s quite unique in that he usually hasn’t decided for certain what will happen next (laughs)."

Expanding the UniverseEdit

One of Yasuda's goal was to expand the Macross Universe is truly meaningful ways, as he understood how much the overall "lord" of the franchise meant to fans,

"The history is all connected, such that the chronology has become quite a considerable beast. During the script meetings, Ukyō Kodachi joined us as a record keeper, following-up on everything in terms of the settings... There are fans who are fascinated by even the smallest detail about the mechs of previous series—that in itself tells you how interesting ‘a franchise that has history’ is."

Besides wanting to expand on series elements such the the Protoculture, he wanted to keep the story focused on the young protagonists and punch things up with a flash battle sequence. He also had to find a way to justify humans fighting against one another in this series, stating:

"We felt that there was no getting around that. Of course, it’s something that we struggled with. It was my own selfish desire that had me saying “It’s better to have an adversary,” but as a result, I’ve had to come face-to-face with the fact that “this is what it means to be fighting against other people.”

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Credits
Companies
Artdink | Artland | Atelier Musa | Atelier Platz | Bandai Visual | BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment | Big West | FlyingDog | SANKYO | Satelight | Studio Nue | Tatsunoko Production | Victor Entertainment
Musicians / Singers
Akino Arai | Haruka Chisuga | Melody Chubak | Mika Doi | Yoshiki Fukuyama | Kuniaki Haishima | JUNNA | Kentarō Haneda | Mari Iijima | Chie Kajiura | Hiroko Kasahara | Kazuhiko Kato | Yoko Kanno | Mina Kubota | Ami Koshimizu | May'n | Megumi Nakajima | Nozomi Nishida | Minori Suzuki | Maaya Sakamoto | Saeko Suzuki | Nao Tōyama | TOMISIRO | Kiyono Yasuno
Voice Actors
Arihiro Hase | Shô Hayami | Mika Doi | Eri Takeda | Akira Kamiya | Run Sasaki | Nobutoshi Canna | Tomo Sakurai | Aya Endo | Ami Koshimizu | Yuuma Uchida | KENN | Asami Seto | Akiko Nakagawa
Directors
Tetsurō Amino | Noboru Ishiguro | Ichirō Itano | Shōji Kawamori | Yasuhito Kikuchi | Shinichirō Watanabe | Kenji Yasuda
Mechanical Designers
Kazumi Fujita | Shōji Kawamori | Studio Nue | Kazutaka Miyatake | Shigeru Morita | Koichi Ohata | Kunio Okawara | Hidetaka Tenjin
Character Designers
Risa Ebata | Katsumi Enami | Majiro | Hirotaka Marufuji | Haruhiko Mikimoto
Other Staff
Masahiro Chiba | Tsuneyuki Enomoto | Ukyō Kodachi | Akira Inoue | Iso Mitsuo | Koji Morimoto | Toshizo Nemoto | Noriyoshi Ohrai | Hiroshi Ônogi | Thomas Romain | Yoshiyuki Takani | Sukehiro Tomita
TV Series Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again | Macross 7 | Macross Frontier | Macross Δ
Events Unification Wars | Space War I | Sharon Apple Incident | Protodeviln War | Vajra War
Movies The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? | Macross Plus Movie Edition | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie | Macross Frontier Movie: The False Songstress | Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye | Macross FB7 Galaxy Flow Soul: Listen to My Song! | Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre | Macross Δ Movie: Absolute Live
OVA The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 | Macross Plus | Macross 7: Encore | Macross 7 the Movie: The Galaxy's Calling Me! | Macross Dynamite 7 | Macross Zero
Books Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences | My Fair Minmay | Macross Ace | Macross Dynamite 7: Mylene Beat | Shōji Kawamori Macross Design Works | Macross Chronicle | Macross 7: Trash | Macross Plus: TAC Name | Macross The Ride | Macross 7th Chord | Super Dimension Fortress Macross The First | Macross F ~Secret Visions~ | Macross Δ Manga | Macross Δ Gaiden: Macross E | Macross Δ: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shiro Kishi | Macross Δ: Ginga wo Michibiku Utahime | Variable Master File | Macross Δ: Girl of Al Shahal
Video Games Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Famicom) | Super Spacefortress Macross | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross 2036 | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Eternal Love Song | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II (Arcade) | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Remember Me | Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Love Stories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader Complete Pack | Macross Plus (Arcade) | Macross Digital Mission VF-X | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (Game) | Macross VF-X2 | Macross 7 -Shake the Heart of the Galaxy- | Macross Plus Game Edition | Macross M3 | The Super Dimension Macross: Aiuchi Typing Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Macross Ace Frontier | Macross Triangle Frontier | Macross Ultimate Frontier | CR Fever Super Dimension Fortress Macross | My Boyfriend is a Pilot 2012 | Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy | Macross Card Fighter | Pachislot Macross Frontier | Macross Δ Scramble | Uta Macross Sma-Pho De-Culture | P Fever Macross Δ
ONA / Short Film All That VF - Macross 25th Anniversary Air Show | Macross 7 Plus | Macross Fufonfia | Delta Mini-Theater
Concerts Macross One Night Stand | Mylene Night | Macross 25th Anniversary Live: Minmay meets Fire Bomber | Macross Crossover Live A.D. 2009x45x49 | Macross Crossover Live 30 | Fire Bomber 2014 Basara Explosion | ANIME SYMPHONY JAPAN PREMIUM CONCERT MACROSS 35th × Macross F 10th Anniversary | Macross Crossover Live 2019
Drama / Character Album The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. III MISS D.J. | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. IV Distantly Fading Memories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. V Rhapsody In Love | Macross 7 Docking Festival | Macross 7 CD Cinema 1: Mellow Heart Beat | Macross 7 CD Cinema 2: Melodious Illusion | Macross 7 CD Cinema 3: Galaxy Song Battle | Macross Generation | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Inside Story~Macross Classic | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra1 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra2 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra3 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra4
Others Macross 15th Anniversary | Macross 30th Anniversary Project | Macross: The Museum | Macross The Musicalture | Macross: The Museum ver.2.Δ | Macross Modelers | Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo SkyTree | Macross: The Art 1982-2018 | Macross Bakuon Film Festival | Macross Boys | All Macross Big Voting | Macross Won’t Stop | Shoji Kawamori Expo
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