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Shoji Kawamori


Shoji Kawamori

Shōji Kawamori
Anime creator and mechanical designer Shōji Kawamori in his studio, in May 2011
Born (1960-02-20) February 20, 1960 (age 54)
Toyama City, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Other names Eiji Kurokawa,
Occupation Anime creator
Mecha designer
Employer Satelight
Known for The Super Dimension Fortress Macross
The Vision of Escaflowne

Shōji Kawamori (河森 正治 Kawamori Shōji?, born February 20, 1960) is a Japanese anime creator, screenwriter and mechanical designer.

Personal Life

Shoji Kawamori was born in Toyama, Japan in 1960. He attended Keio University in the same years as Macross screenwriter Hiroshi Ōnogi and character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto, where they had a Mobile Suit Gundam fan club called "Gunsight One", a name they would use years later as part of the Macross series.[1]

Anime Creation and Production

Shoji Kawamori occasionally used the alias Eiji Kurokawa (黒河影次 Kurokawa Eiji) early in his anime career when he started as a teenager intern member of Studio Nue and worked as assistant artist and animator there during the late seventies and early eighties. Later on his career Kawamori created or co-created the concepts which served as basis for such notable anime series as The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Vision of Escaflowne, Earth Maiden Arjuna, Genesis of Aquarion, Macross 7, and Macross Frontier. His projects are usually noted to contain strong themes of love, war, spirituality or mysticism, and ecological concern. Kawamori is currently executive director at the animation studio Satelight.

Mechanical Design

Shoji Kawamori is also an accomplished mecha designer — projects featuring his designs range from 1983's Crusher Joe to 2005's Eureka Seven. Also, each and every variable fighter from the official Macross series continuity has been designed by him.

In 2001, he brought his mecha design talent to real-life projects when he designed a variant of the Transformers toyline.

During the late seventies and early eighties Shoji Kawamori helped to create several of the original Transformers: Generation 1 toy designs. Among them the first Optimus Prime ("Convoy") toy design, Prowl, Bluestreak, Smokescreen, Ironhide and Ratchet. Over 20 years later, he returned to Transformers by designing both the Hybrid Style Convoy and the Masterpiece version of Starscream for Takara.



Note: Macross II is the only animated Macross project in which Kawamori had no involvement.

Other anime

Movie (live action)

Video games


External links

  • Shoji Kawamori Official site (Satelight)
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
  • Macross Compendium
  • Gears Online

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