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Hideaki Anno’s Macross Movie Production Comic

As an up-and-coming young animator, Hideaki Anno worked on big animated films like Nausicaä and Macross: Do You Remember Love? For a brief time in 1984, he had…

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Bandai’s Brain Bank Media: B-Club

At the tail end of the gunpla boom, Bandai’s enthusiast publishing and garage kit division, B-Club, unleashed a monthly magazine and dozens of garage kits on a modeling…

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Fewture’s Full-Size Zeiram Prop Kits

Keita Amemiya’s Zeiram series inspired plenty of garage kits, but none were quite as fascinating as a series of life-sized relicas based on props actually used in the…

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Two Factory: A Translated Interview with Kow Yokoyama and Makoto Kobayashi

In 1988, Kow Yokoyama and Makoto Kobayashi stood atop the artist and model making scene. Their illustrations and model work appeared in anime, magazines, video games, and a…

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Kabukicho Wars: The Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 Plan & Design Document

Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 was one of the unsung heroes of the OVA boom. Presented here for the first time is an early design document outlining the OVA’s…

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No Utopias: Gerard O’Neill, Gundam, and the Illusion of Space Colonization

War in the Pocket provides perhaps the most pointed critique of space colonization within the larger Gundam canon. Directly in conversation with Gerald O’Neill’s The High Frontier, 0080…

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No Utopias: Gerard O’Neill, Gundam, and the Illusion of Space Colonization

War in the Pocket provides perhaps the most pointed critique of space colonization within the larger Gundam canon. Directly in conversation with Gerald O’Neill’s The High Frontier, 0080…

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The Filming Models of Koichi Ohata’s Genocyber

Unearthed via the DVD-ROM features of an ancient US Manga Corps digital video disc, we speculate on the provenance of the models used for filming on Genocyber.

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The Filming Models of Koichi Ohata’s Genocyber

Unearthed via the DVD-ROM features of an ancient US Manga Corps digital video disc, we speculate on the provenance of the models used for filming on Genocyber.

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The Mobile Suit Machinations of Kazuhisa Kondo, A Translated Interview

Originally published nearly three decades ago in the manual of a PC-98 strategy game, this interview with Kazuhisa Kondo sheds light on his unique approach to portraying mobile…

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The Mobile Suit Machinations of Kazuhisa Kondo, A Translated Interview

Originally published nearly three decades ago in the manual of a PC-98 strategy game, this interview with Kazuhisa Kondo sheds light on his unique approach to portraying mobile…

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Hobby Japan’s Experimental Otaku Subculture Magazine Mark 1

Way back in 1985, Hobby Japan (the biggest name in hobby magazines) attempted to diversify with an all-new periodical focused on the broad spectrum of otaku subculture. The…

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Hobby Japan’s Experimental Otaku Subculture Magazine Mark 1

Way back in 1985, Hobby Japan (the biggest name in hobby magazines) attempted to diversify with an all-new periodical focused on the broad spectrum of otaku subculture. The…

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Towards a Historiography of Gundam’s One Year War

Gundam could be considered reader-hostile considering the lengths it makes fans go to in order to reach its stories.

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Towards a Historiography of Gundam’s One Year War

Gundam could be considered reader-hostile considering the lengths it makes fans go to in order to reach its stories.

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Dropping In: The Connection Between Appleseed DATABOOK and Who Dares, Wins

While a majority of American comic book creators through the 1990s were content with stacking tubes to create weapons and conjure vehicles with childlike reality, mangaka such as…

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Dropping In: The Connection Between Appleseed DATABOOK and Who Dares, Wins

While a majority of American comic book creators through the 1990s were content with stacking tubes to create weapons and conjure vehicles with childlike reality, mangaka such as…

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Hebī Metaru: The Musical References of Mamoru Nagano

Musical in-jokes and allusions run deep in the works of mecha maestro Mamoru Nagano.

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Hebī Metaru: The Musical References of Mamoru Nagano

Musical in-jokes and allusions run deep in the works of mecha maestro Mamoru Nagano.

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Unlucky Clover: The Story of Gundam’s Ill-Fated Toy Sponsorship

Like all good giant robot shows, Mobile Suit Gundam had a proper toy sponsor. Unfortunately, the brightly colored metallic toys were utterly at odds with the show’s more…

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Unlucky Clover: The Story of Gundam’s Ill-Fated Toy Sponsorship

Like all good giant robot shows, Mobile Suit Gundam had a proper toy sponsor. Unfortunately, the brightly colored metallic toys were utterly at odds with the show’s more…

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The KVLTWORX Artist Oil Weathering Tutorial

Welcome to the second part of our KVLTWORX painting tutorial. The first part covered using lacquer paints and in this installment, we’ll be using oil and enamel paints…

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The KVLTWORX Artist Oil Weathering Tutorial

Welcome to the second part of our KVLTWORX painting tutorial. The first part covered using lacquer paints and in this installment, we’ll be using oil and enamel paints…

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Moé for Moai

The Emotion logo was created in 1983 — around the same time moai statues made a surreal appearance as spacefaring, laser-vomiting opponents in shooting game series Gradius. Just…

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The KVLTWORX Lacquer Hand Painting Tutorial, Part 1

The first part of a how-to series on painting with lacquer paints in a weathered, Maschinen Krieger style.

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Of Rough-and-Tumble Women and Unfinished Films: Shoji Kawamori’s Maimu

In the years after Macross, Shoji Kawamori and Haruhiko Mikimoto collaborated again on a film about a young girl and her bicycle.

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Of Rough-and-Tumble Women and Unfinished Films: Shoji Kawamori’s Maimu

In the years after Macross, Shoji Kawamori and Haruhiko Mikimoto collaborated again on a film about a young girl and her bicycle.

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A Hero Never Dies – The Enduring Themes of GoShogun: The Time Etranger

A look back at the film sequel to a giant robot parody TV show that defies expectations.

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A Hero Never Dies – The Enduring Themes of GoShogun: The Time Etranger

A look back at the film sequel to a giant robot parody TV show that defies expectations.

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The Book of Otaku Insects: 1980s Fandom Trapped in the Web of Loathing

A tongue-in-cheek taxonomical breakdown of otaku fandom circa 1985 from the pages of Monthly OUT.

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The Book of Otaku Insects: 1980s Fandom Trapped in the Web of Loathing

A tongue-in-cheek taxonomical breakdown of otaku fandom circa 1985 from the pages of Monthly OUT.

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Visual Horror Magazine V-Zone

The rise of video in the 1980s inspired plenty of new magazines dedicated to specific genres -- particularly horror. Originally positioned as an otaku "jack-of-all-trades" magazine, V-Zone soon…

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Visual Horror Magazine V-Zone

The rise of video in the 1980s inspired plenty of new magazines dedicated to specific genres -- particularly horror. Originally positioned as an otaku "jack-of-all-trades" magazine, V-Zone soon…

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Kow Yokoyama’s Sci-Fi Plastic Model Classroom

From the pages of SF Magazine circa 1985, a short interview with legendary illustrator and model maker Kow Yokoyama (Maschinen Krieger, Venus Wars).

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Kow Yokoyama’s Sci-Fi Plastic Model Classroom

From the pages of SF Magazine circa 1985, a short interview with legendary illustrator and model maker Kow Yokoyama (Maschinen Krieger, Venus Wars).

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Goldorak Go! Early Anime Fandom in Côte D’Ivoire

People often think of the countries in Africa as not having much in the way of anything, a stereotype that doesn't reflect a much more complicated truth. This…

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Goldorak Go! Early Anime Fandom in Côte D’Ivoire

People often think of the countries in Africa as not having much in the way of anything, a stereotype that doesn't reflect a much more complicated truth. This…

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Skies, Planes, and Macross Plus: A Shoji Kawamori Interview

The first volume of Macross Plus was released on August 25, 1994. To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of the most iconic OVAs of the 1990s, we're…

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Skies, Planes, and Macross Plus: A Shoji Kawamori Interview

The first volume of Macross Plus was released on August 25, 1994. To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of the most iconic OVAs of the 1990s, we're…

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The Resin Punks Never Left

The spirit of the '80s garage kit boom lives on today via companies like Max Factory, Kotobukiya, and Wave.

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The Resin Punks Never Left

The spirit of the '80s garage kit boom lives on today via companies like Max Factory, Kotobukiya, and Wave.

ZIMMERIT – Anime | Manga | Garage Kits | Doujinshi

Fly Me to M-78: The Evangelion-Ultraman Connection

When discussing Evangelion, Western fandom ignores the fact that its esteemed auteur, Hideaki Anno, is a total goddamn dork for tokusatsu. Specifically, Ultraman.

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Fly Me to M-78: The Evangelion-Ultraman Connection

When discussing Evangelion, Western fandom ignores the fact that its esteemed auteur, Hideaki Anno, is a total goddamn dork for tokusatsu. Specifically, Ultraman.

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An Introduction to the Volks Super Dollfie

As the story goes, the idea behind the Super Dollfie came when Volks’ head sculptor created a large, realistic, ball-jointed doll as a present for his wife. The…

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An Introduction to the Volks Super Dollfie

As the story goes, the idea behind the Super Dollfie came when Volks’ head sculptor created a large, realistic, ball-jointed doll as a present for his wife. The…

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Support Zimmerit.moe!

While this site has long been a labor of love with some serious support from generous fans, should you feel inclined, there are a few ways you can…

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Mach Vision: A Bubble Era Arcade Game from Sega, Nissan, and Makoto Kobayashi

In the Japanese economic bubble of the late ‘80s, seemingly anything was possible. That’s why it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that Nissan, Sega, and Makoto Kobayashi collaborated…

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Maschinen Krieger Tamagawa Meet 2018 Report

A first-hand report (with plenty of photos!) about the Ma.K Tamagawa Meeting, an annual gathering of Maschinen Krieger fans and modelers.

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