The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum exhibits a 1:1 VF-1 cockpit (Robotech)

Posted: 2013/07/29 in 100% Geek, Tabletop games
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Everyone heard of Robotech a.k.a. the Macross Saga ( Studio Nue – Artland – Tatsunoko Production ) – a japanese mecha sci-fi anime that is set to happen in a near future ( 2059 ) where we use crashed alien starship technology to fight out invading extra-terrestrials ( spoilers ends here, more available on wikipedia. )

There was video games and even table-top RPGs in the Macross universe at some point.

Well, the Macross Saga is 30 years old now. (already?)

And to celebrate, The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum ( Takarazuka, Hyōgo, Japan ) has a Macross: the museum exhibition.

The exhibition includes 1:1 replicas of the animated visuals, including  a Veritech Fighter cockpit visitors can sit in!

Awesomness like this can only be topped by interactive versions of the cockpits, such as the Mechwarrior simulators available at BattleTech centers. ( Although they focus on the inside, leaving the outside somewhat meh. )

Oddly enough, MechWarrior / BattleTech ( originally FASA Corporation, now WizKids ) – which is mainly a game ( and some expanded universe novels ) -NOT- an animated series – was the most direct competitor to the Macross (sub)products. Note the RoboTech/BattleTech similarity (and confusion) in naming conventions?

Regardless, anyone around Takarazuka during the exhibition might want to pay Tezuka Osamu Museum a visit. The Macross exhibit is on the 2nd floor of the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum and runs until September.

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