Defenseless City manga, Act 3

Story by Hiroshi Yamaguchi Art by Fumiaki Shibata Read Act 1 here Read Act 2 here Originally published in Cyber Comix Vol. 39 (Bandai, February 1992) To preserve better reproduction quality, these pages were scanned from the collected edition. Customized aircraft can fly across battlefield at speeds in excess of...

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Wave plamodel catalog

These are all injection-molded plastic model kits created and sold by Wave. See more photos at the Wave website here. 1/24 scale models Brutishdog Marshydog Scopedog Red Shoulder Custom Dog Carrier Scopedog Turbo Custom (various releases) Scopedog Turbo Custom, The Last Red Shoulder variants Chirico version Muza version Baiman version...

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Wave garage kit catalog

All the garage kits shown here are 1/24 scale resin models released by Wave after 2000. To see their pre-2000 releases, click here Find more photos of these kits at Wave’s website here. Scopedog 21C (based on a revised official design to modernize the unit) Scopedog update parts set Marshydog...

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Wave Corporation interview

Of the many companies that have created Votoms products in the decades since 1983, no one has produced more models than Wave Corporation. They started out as a small garage kit manufacturer working in tandem with Lark Hobby Shop to make their first Votoms resin kits in 1985. By 1989,...

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Bandai model kits, 2007-2008

To understand what a big deal it was for Bandai to get involved with Armored Trooper Votoms, it’s necessary to know some anime geneology. Back in the early 80s, when the SF mecha boom was at its peak, two major companies backed anime production: Bandai and Takara. There were also...

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Character figure catalog

Plastic model kits were the original fuel in the Votoms engine. That’s what got the show made in the first place, the prospect of turning cool 2D mecha designs into cool 3D mecha plamo. But it’s a sign of true popularity when the characters in a show make that same...

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Votoms IRL

In case you didn’t know already, it is my pleasure to inform you that you share a planet with not just one, but TWO life-size Scopedogs. That’s one of the nice things about the original design; it’s small enough to actually build at full scale (a bit under 14 feet...

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Deathshadow Rising #1 extras

To welcome new readers, Robert and I teamed up to create a 7-page backup feature that introduced everyone to the world of Captain Harlock. Click here to read it in a PDF. Villain lineup I had it in mind to include some Leiji Matsumoto art samples in the article, but...

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Digital games

Even if you’re not a gamer, the playable elements in Votoms assert themselves almost immediately with mecha designed for street-level combat, not to mention the Battling arena. In fact, Battling was such a killer app that analog games based on the concept appeared while the anime series was still on...

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Defenseless City manga, Act 1

Welcome to the opening salvo of a unique manga from the Votoms library. One reason for its uniqueness is that it’s a spinoff of a spinoff, featuring Kiek Karadyne (from Armor Hunter Merowlink) as the main character. Another is that it was written by Hiroshi Yamaguchi, who contributed scripts to...

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Grab-bag art gallery

Moriyasu Taniguchi (animation director) Moriyasu Taniguchi (animation director) Unknown Masami Watanabe Aibo Tanaka Aibo Tanaka Yoshiyuki Takani Yoshiyuki Takani Yoshiyuki Takani Yoshiyuki Takani Yoshiyuki Takani Hidetaka Tenjin Hidetaka Tenjin Hidetaka Tenjin Hidetaka Tenjin Hidetaka Tenjin Hidetaka Tenjin Hidetaka Tenjin Hidetaka Tenjin Jun-ichi Nakamura Jun-ichi Nakamura Hiroyuki Hataike Toru Yoshida Takahito...

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