Shōji Kawamori is an anime legend. From co-creating the “Macross” universe to creating several of the original Transformers: G1 toy designs to his current role as an executive director of the animation studio Satelight, his contribution to this community has been profound and significant.
In the spirit of #AnimeAugust, we caught up with this infamous mecha designer to discuss his fond appreciation of the anime genre and his unique contribution to future and past iconic franchises. Watch as Shōji Kawamori describes the future of the Macross Universe and more in our exclusive interview with him.
Are you a fan of Kawamori-san’s work? Have a Shoji Anime Marathon Weekend by watching one of the TV Shows and films he’s worked on below:
- Macross Plus
- Eureka 7 AO
- Ghost in the Shell
- Glass Fleet
Read the full transcript of our interview with Mr. Shōji Kawamori:
Sony Entertainment Network: What are your thoughts regarding Macross’ 30th anniversary?
Shōji Kawamori: Macross is something that I have been working on since I was a student. 30 years has passed since the beginning, which counts for more than half of my life. I am really happy that Macross has been enjoyed not only by Japanese fans but also many fans overseas. Macross consists of three main components: music, songs against the wars of transforming robots and triangle relationships. Macross’ success today would never have been achieved without my staffs’ hard work and other supporters.
SEN: What’s next for the Macross universe?
SJ: I have several ideas for the next Macross project, which won’t be limited to TV and movies. For example, last year, we did some musical performances in Japan and would like to explore different types of media. I’m also considering some different series that are focused mainly on mecha features, music, or a love triangle.
SEN: What originally inspired you to become a mecha designer as well as an anime creator?
SJ: I first became interested in mecha design and animation through discovery of NASA’s space programs, Apollo programs, and vehicles like spaceships, airplanes, cars, and the Thunderbird. In addition, my painter friends at my middle school inspired me as well.
SEN: What did you enjoy the most about working with Hajime Katoki-san in Stardust Memory?
SJ: Well, as for Katoki-san his work consists of creating mechanical parts, while I enjoy working on gimmicks and transforming parts. I’ve known Katoki-san since he became a professional and every time we work together I enjoy it.
SEN: Which of your next major projects are you most excited about?
SJ: I just finished working for a TV series called AKB 0048 about 3 months ago. The next project I’m working on is one of the “Fool” projects titled “Nobunaga The Fool”, which will debut as a stage performance. In “Nobunaga the Fool”, Japanese and Western historical military commanders and warriors such as Jeanne d’Arc battle against each other in a futuristic world.
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