(Mostly) On-topic Anime Expo News ...

Well, according to this press release, one of the two latest announced guests at Anime Expo just so happens to be one Noburo Ishiguro, the head of Artland studio.

Why should you care?

Because he was the chief director of Super Dimension Fortress Macross, which as you know is the anime that was adapted into the first generation of ROBOTECH. He was, by all accounts, the head creative individual in the production of that program -- certainly its production was a synthesis of ideas from all involved, especially current Macross caretaker Shoji Kawamori and famed character designer-turned-manga artist Haruhiko Mikimoto, but Ishiguro was very much a driving force behind the program.

So that's pretty cool.

Also appearing, according to the same press release, is former Malice Mizer frontman Mana, who my sister is dressed as here.

Why should you care about that?

No reason. Just thought that was kinda funny.


  • He was, by all accounts, the head creative individual in the production of that program

    Well, not by all accounts. He was essentially to Macross what Irvin Kershner was to Empire Strikes Back: the experienced director brought in to shepherd a project originally created by another party. He was no more the main driving force of Macross than he was the main driving force of Space Battleship Yamato or the 1980s Astroboy. He was the director with creative input on both of those also, but the initial creators (Leiji Matsumoto & Yoshinobu Nishizaki, Tezuka Production) held sway.

    That doesn't take away from the fact that this man directed for five of the most influential science fiction anime franchises ever (Yamato, Astroboy, Macross, Megazone 23, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes). People should hear his stories in the animation trenches.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19 June, 2006 23:33  

  • What does it say when the FIRST person I go to comment about Mana and Ishiguro is your journal?

    I almost wish I could go to AX now just to see how he looks in person. *laughs*

    By Anonymous Tolarin, at 20 June, 2006 01:19  

  • anon: Yeah, that probably came out wrong. What I meant was that he was the top guy in the production who wasn't a "suit" -- not the "visionary," but certainly the person most in charge of keeping the production running on the creative end.

    Tol: Who else do you know who's likely to mention both? Although, man, it's like I said to my sister about that press release, "It's like one for you and one for me." What a weird press release.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 20 June, 2006 14:49  

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