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Shoji Kawamori Expo (河森正治EXPO Kawamori Shōji Ekisupo?) is a commemorative exhibit dedicated to Shōji Kawamori, held from May 31 to June 23, 2019 at the Tokyo Dome City Gallery. The exhibit celebrates the 40th anniversary of his professional debut, from Gunhed to Aquarion, and everything in between.

OverviewEdit

Shōji Kawamori, the "vision creator" who worked on the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross television series, its spinoffs, Aquarion, Eureka Seven, Last Hope (Unit Pandora) and many others, celebrated his 40th anniversary since his professional debut with the retrospective exhibition Shoji Kawamori Expo held from May 31 to June 23, 2019 at the Tokyo Dome City Gallery AaMo (Gallery Armo). The event not only had mecha and character figures from his respective works over the decades, but hundreds of design drawings, storyboards and idea notes and even new visuals developed specifically for the dome-shaped screens in the venue.

The general admission ticket preorder sale price was 1,800 yen and 2,000 yen when purchased at the venue itself. The admission ticket for the K-40 theater cost 2,200 Yen to preorder and 2,400 Yen when bought there.

DisplayEdit

The main pavilion featured giant statues of giant mechanical units from Macross, Aquarion EVOL and Eureka Seven. Character figures of Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee were also on a special table display that recreated the stage from "Universal Bunny". Several VF-1 Valkyrie's mid-transformation were also on display. Exhibition. Kawamori remarked, "We were particular about things like the movement of the wing-flap."

At the center of the main pavilion, is the Aquarion performing its special move, the infinite fist (Mugen Panchi) made from combining several old plastic model boxes. Kawamori wanted something unique for the exhibition. When asked how long it took to make, Kawamori laughed and said, "When I was working on the materials, I thought of using a large number of plastic models," He was adamant to have the exhibit include this "infinite fist".

Also on display are photo spots for visitors where they can take a photo in a panel that imitates the "Itano Circus", which is a technique pioneered by Ichirō Itano where missiles fly around dynamically. A number of vehicles from Kamowari's Cyber ​​Formula were also on dispay in a mini-racing circuit. A tower of Macross also mimicked the Tower of Babel.

Inspiration PavillionEdit

Several other areas displayed Kawamori's older work on Cowboy Bebop, Gundam 0083, Devil May Cry 5 (he worked on the game's weapons), and lesser known TV work and Studio Nue materials. The exhibit had an "Inspiration Pavilion" which recreated Kawamori's work area and things from his childhood that would later inspire his work.

"I used to play with harmless rocket firework on the beach with my friends a lot back in the day. The firework's movement at that time was a great source of inspiration for Macross. I saw it in the scene first drawn by Ichirō Itano (back when he worked on the original Mobile Suit Gundam), and met him when working on Crusher Joe. We shared the same history when I told him how I was so excited playing with rocket fireworks when I invited him to work on Macross (laughs)."

"I proudly displayed an old collaborative manga I created with Fujihiko Hosono (who would later become a cartoonist) and Haruhiko Mikimoto, the character design of the first Macross." "The variable powered suit that appeared in it is the original Valkyrie, which I'm somewhat proud (laughs), but because I made the joint manga in 1978, I was making manga which had powered suits fight one another before Gundam! So, if I was born a few years later, I could have done something (laughs)."

Future PavillionEdit

The "Future Pavilion" includes projects Kawamori is currently on, as well as the special movie he made for the dome theater. It has been dubbed "the area where you can create the future with all the fans".

Kawamori stated, "I wanted to do it (a film for the dome theater) for about thirty years now. If it was a two-dimensional screen, it would be limited by the screen size, and it will merely become" a feeling of looking objectively... If it is projected in a dome, you can not see the whole thing at one time. Content that brings together and empowers one another... I hope you'll see it many times and make new discoveries,". "We will continue to try to make things more realistic, such as more dome images and even VR on a more realistic scale," he concluded.

Event InfoEdit

  • Period: May 31 (Friday) to June 23, 2019 (Sunday)
  • Opening time: 10:00 to 20:00 (final entry 19:30)
    • Monday until 19:00 (final entry 18:30)
    • May 31, 2019 (Fri) is open at 13:00
  • Venue: Tokyo Dome City Gallery AaMo (Gallery Armo)
  • Organizer: Satelight
  • Special Sponsor: SANKYO Co., Ltd.
  • Sponsors: Netei News Japan / Bandai Namco Arts Co., Ltd. / MBS
  • Supported by: TOKYO MX

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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
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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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