Girls und Panzer, Kantai Collection, the upcoming Gate–the current crop of military anime are an ugly reminder of how far the industry has declined. No, I’m not talking about the left wing claim that cartoons are raising a generation of war mongers, or the cynical notion that anything will sell as long as it has cute girls and guns. What’s most disturbing is the lack of animators who can actually draw the hardware being fetishized. Need a tank, fighter jet or battleship? Better call a CG artist, because nearly everyone with the skills to put precision parts to paper has vanished into sakuga history.
Fujita Yukihisa is one such forgotten hero, an unsung great who could handle moe just as well as mecha. Throughout the 80s he was the face of model kit maker Tamiya where his family-friendly mascots, Moko-chan and rabbit companion Rabi-kun, waved to consumers from packages as if to say, “Don’t be afraid, modeling is FUN and EASY. Give it a try!” Build-it-yourself RC cars and Gundam kits were hot with kids–why not also sell them on something with real firepower?
If Moko-chan and Rabi-kun look too cute to be hawking military armament, that’s sort of the point. Their smiles gave a soft edge to hardware that the typical airbrushed box art lacked. They were even wholesome enough for Comic BomBom, a mecha-centric monthly manga anthology, where they indoctrinated their early elementary readers on the basics of the hobby.
I don’t know if Fujita himself could rebuild an engine block but he could certainly draw a diagram that told you how. His illustrations show a technical understanding of how things work, what parts move and why–the soul of modeling. So it’s no surprise to see him credited as a mechanical designer on classic films and OVAs like Char’s Counterattack, Riding Bean and…Relic Armor Legaciam? Well, they can’t all be blockbusters.
His most important contribution to fan culture is also his most obscure–1984’s Awake, a four-minute short that welcomed visitors to sci-fi convention Tokusatsu Taikai with animation from Asari Yoshitoo (Space Family Carlvinson), Morino Usagi, Toyoshima U-saku and other artists like himself who dominated the dojinshi scene only to vanish along with the VHS market.
It’s not clear what happened to Fujita. Both he and his aesthetics were left behind when the OVA business packed up and anime migrated to the late-night broadcast model in the mid-90s. Soon after Pokemon exploded onto the scene and kids became too busy trying to catch ‘em all than to bother building kits. With models no longer selling, anime needed a new product to advertise and bishojo scale figures fit the bill. The audience that bought into pre-assembled collectibles grew into the current generation of animators who couldn’t draw their way out an armed conflict if their lives depended on it.
I’ve managed to track down some of Fujita’s work from a time before CG graphics or consumption tax. The following pages showcase that mix of cartoony cuteness, cold steel and slapstick humor that makes 80s anime fascinating years after the fact. According to Japanese bloggers Fujita still runs a booth at Wonder Festival, the bi-annual figure trade show. If you run into him amidst the garage kit faithful and soft vinyl hustlers do me a favor and ask, “Where the hell are you now that we need you the most?”
Source: Ceiling Gallery
Tamiya is proud to be able to offer a number of high quality product lines, including our popular 1/14 scale R/C Truck Series. It gives us great pleasure to announce that our 1/14 scale R/C model of the Mercedes-Benz Actros 3363 6×4 GigaSpace (Item 56548) has received the prestigious Truckmodell-Star award for 2016. The award is given by major German hobby industry publisher VTH (which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year), and bears the name of its popular Truckmodell magazine, a prestigious German language publication on all things R/C truck-related. The award, which is pictured beside, is the latest accolade for the Series, and we look forward to announcing many more in the future.
Published in 2000, it attracted enthusiastic support from plastic model fan “Tamiya model all work visual version”. Enlarged edition to me was must for fans of the series, all with box picture in a color photograph of the existing scale model is published. This year of 2016 to be a founding 70 years, the most recent version of this enlarged edition plus the sold model in the previous version after 15 years. Impressiveness of the finished product is published in color, in addition to the description of each model, and pick up some of the products, product introduction page of “Tamiya news” of the sale at that time was also recorded. Volume 3 is a ship and airplane models Hen. Japanese fighter, Zero Fighter and Shiden, night fighter moonlight, from such hundred equation headquarters reconnaissance aircraft, Spitfire, Mustang, Corsair, mosquito, the countries of the masterpiece machine also mustering such Shutorumobiku. 1/48 propeller action series propeller turns a built-in small motors was also introduced. Ship model battleship Yamato, aviation cruiser best, from Japan ship, such as a special type submarines Italy -400, British battleship Nelson, the United States battleship New Jersey, such as the German battleship Bismarck, big size is 1/350 scale of force, and in sailing was reproduced in the state, “water line” series, including the users had to introduce. Also, significantly revamped the contents page of the wooden model, which became the cornerstone of Tamiya establishment. The end of a book was also recorded special interview article of Shunsaku Tamiya chairman. Size: B5-size 257 × 182mm From item number about 600 points all 254 pages
64403 Tamiya RC Guidebook Vol.7
It is issued by Tamiya RC guidebook Vol.7 was posted with carefully selected major RC model of Tamiya. Buggy not anywhere to run, action full of running is fun comical model, high-speed running is attractive touring car and formula car, of the finished model trailer trucks and tank of big size is impressive, and ran right out of the box to enjoy XB such as, once published a major RC model of Tamiya. New product of attention that has been presented at the 2016 May of Hobby Show was also posted. QR code also popular print. If the jump in Tamiya home page using a smart phone or mobile phone, you can also enjoy the RC of the moving image. Others, in addition to introduce the compact RC car “Star unit series” running on batteries on the second page, explained in detail the running technique of RC buggy dynamic driving performance can enjoy the RC Start guide. Of course, the introduction of chassis-specific parts for the performance up, such as the guidance of the participants race, even pages that now serves as a reference of the fans to start the RC enhancement. At the end of the whole country and hobby shops, it was also guided Tamiya RC circuit. All color A4 size, hearty all 38
Published in 2000, it attracted enthusiastic support from plastic model fan “Tamiya model all work visual version”. Enlarged edition to me was must for fans of the series, all with box picture in a color photograph of the existing scale model is published. This year of 2016 to be a founding 70 years, the most recent version of this enlarged edition plus the sold model in the previous version after 15 years. Impressiveness of the finished product is published in color, in addition to the description of each model, and pick up some of the products, also posted product introduction page of “Tamiya news” of the sale at that time. Volume 2 cars and bikes Hen. Honda and Ferrari, Lotus, including the F1 machine such as McLaren, skyline, stock car-based GT cars such as the Fairlady, such as the super car such as Porsche and Lamborghini, yearning of the car model lineup. Bike also equipped a wide range from the racer model to be active in the circuit up to a commercial model that attracted attention. In addition, some people became addicted to boyhood many “slot racing car” series and, such as the further back in “automatic drive” model, it can also be traced genealogy of play plastic model. Size: B5-size 257 × 182mm From item number about 700 points all 256 pages
Nation’s largest scale model hobby event “55th Shizuoka Hobby Show”. Exhibition in one fell swoop the new product to be launched by the summer in the Tamiya booth. This time, the new product of the attention in each genre is jostling! . You can see carefully at the venue of the new products before the launch. Of course, also welcome questions and requests to the description staff! Others, looking forward to shopping in uniform are a variety of products and goods “sales corner”. “Tamiya Open House” of popular every year is also held at the same time. 2 days of do our hobby in the fresh green of Shizuoka, please come all together your family!