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Shōji Kawamori (河森 正治 Kawamori Shōji?, born February 20, 1960), is a renowned Japanese anime creator, screenwriter and designer, having created or co-created such notable series as The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Vision of Escaflowne, Earth Girl Arjuna, Genesis of Aquarion, Macross 7, and Macross Frontier. He is currently executive director at the animation studio Satelight. He is also an accomplished mecha designer — projects featuring his designs range from 1983's Crusher Joe to 2005's Eureka Seven. His projects are usually noted to contain strong themes of love, war, spirituality or mysticism, and ecological concern. He attended Keio University in the same years as Macross screenwriter Hiroshi Ōnogi and character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto. He occasionally used the alias Eiji Kurokawa (黒河影次 Kurokawa Eiji) early in his career when he started as a member of Studio Nue.

In 2001, he brought his mecha design talent to real-life projects when he designed a variant of the Sony AIBO robotic dog, the ERS-220. [1] He also helped to design various toys for the Takara toyline Diaclone in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, many of which were later incorporated into Hasbro's Transformers toyline. Kawamori created the original Transformers: Generation 1 Optimus Prime ("Convoy") toy design. Over 20 years later, he returned to Transformers by designing both the Hybrid Style Convoy and the Masterpiece version of Starscream for Takara.



Note: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers, Again is the only animated Macross project in which Kawamori had no involvement.

Other anime

Movie (not anime)

  • Gunhed - Mechanical Design

Video games

  • Armored Core: Project Phantasma - Mechanic Designer
  • Armored Core: Master of Arena - Mechanic Designer
  • Armored Core 2 - Mechanic Concept Designer
  • Armored Core 2: Another Age - Mechanic Concept Designer
  • Armored Core 3 - Mechanic Concept Designer
  • Silent Line: Armored Core - Guest Designer
  • Armored Core: Nexus - Mechanic Concept Designer
  • Armored Core: for Answer - Mechanic Concept Designer
  • Eureka Seven vol.1: The New Wave - Main Mechanical Designer
  • Eureka Seven vol.2: The New Vision - Main Mechanical Designer
  • Omega Boost - Mechanical Design Advisor, Supervisor, Mechanical/Costume Designer, Opening/Ending Movie Director
  • Tech Romancer Mechanical Design, Original Concept

External links

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