SHOJI KAWAMORI
河森正治
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SHOJI KAWAMORI 河森正治 THE NEXT

SHOJI KAWAMORI 河森正治 THE NEXT

破壊と破壊と破壊と――創造!
とびきりクールで過激に熱い、
臨界突破ハイブリッドアクションストーリー。

『超時空要塞マクロス』で描いた武器ではなく歌による戦争終結への道程、『マクロスプラス』で描いたAIの暴走とマインドコントロール、『天空のエスカフローネ』で描いた人と運命の関係、『アクエリオン』シリーズで描いた心と体と魂の結びつき、『マクロスF』で描いた集合生命体や地球との感情リンク……。

これらの作品に取り組んだ当時、絵空事だったテーマは、いまやより現実的な姿で実現されつつあります。
人工知能(AI)は日常生活の中に溶け込み、数年後には自動運転車が普通の乗り物に。二足歩行ロボットは珍しくはなく、バイオテクノロジーによる延命も夢物語ではありません。
発達したテクノロジーと人間との境界が曖昧になり、人類の存在意義を揺るがしかねない時代は遠からず訪れます。

果たして人とはなにか――。
喜び、怒り、悲しみ、感動、そして愛。人と機械を分ける「感情」の力とは。

本作で描きたいのは、人が持つ潜在的可能性です。
ある事件をきっかけとして発生した「カンブリア爆発」的生命の急速進化。それは地球全土を巻き込んだ、新たな覇権争いの発端となります。進化の影響は生物という枠組みを超え、あらゆる物質やテクノロジーに波及。人間、機械、バイオテクノロジーといった、多種多様な存在を交えた大進化時代が到来します。

生き残るのは人類か、それとも他の存在か――。

否応なく種の生存競争に巻き込まれた主人公たちは、思想や種族の違いすらも超え、生き残る術を模索します。そんな過酷な時代に生きるからこそ、人間が持つ本当の可能性が見えてくるのではないか。そんな希望を物語に託したいと考えています。

有機物と無機物、光と闇、そして生と死……。
対極にあるもの同士の交わりは、新たな可能性の萌芽を促すもの。最高に「クール」な先端テクノロジーに、人間たちの熱き魂の衝動を掛け合わせ、種の進化と同様、今までにないエンターテイメントの創造にチャレンジします。

2016.6.30 河森正治

Destruction, Destruction, Destruction and—Creation!
Exceptionally cool and intensely hot!
A breaking-the-limit hybrid action story!

The journey to end war using songs instead of weapons which I depicted in “The Super Dimension Fortress MACROSS,” the mind control and AI losing control which I depicted in “MACROSS Plus,” the relation between human and destiny which I depicted in “The Vision of Escaflowne,” the tie between heart, body and soul which I depicted in “Aquarion” series, and the aggregate of life form and the emotional link with the earth which I depicted in “MACROSS Frontier”...

When I worked on these works, the depicted themes were pies in the air, but now they have gradually become realty in realistic shapes.
AI has been widely used in our daily life, and autonomous cars will become more common in a few years. Humanoid robots are not rare anymore, and prolonging life by using biotechnology is no longer a pipe dream.
The boundary between developed technologies and human beings is becoming obscure, and the time when we have to seek the meaning of mankind’s existence is coming before long.

What are Human Beings—?
Joy, Anger, Sorrow, Feeling, and Love. What is the power of “Emotion” that distinguishes human and machines?

What I want to depict in this work is the potential humans have. The rapid biological evolution, just like “Cambrian Explosion,” is caused by one incident. This incident turns into the genesis of a new jostle for supremacy. The influence of the evolution goes beyond biological framework and spreads to various kinds of materials and technologies. The era of massive evolution involving diverse existences, such as human, machines and biotechnologies, is coming.

Who is going to survive? Human, or other existence—

The main characters who are forced to be involved with a war for existence of species grope for ways to survive by crossing the boundaries of differences in ideas and species. Since they live in such a hard time, the real potential humans have might reveal. I want to pin such hope in the story.

Organic compounds and inorganic compounds, light and darkness, life and death… The intersection of two completely opposite elements often prompts signs of new potentials. I am going to challenge to create a piece of entertainment that no one has ever seen by combining the “coolest” forefront technologies and the drive of human’s burning souls, just like how the species evolved.

Shoji Kawamori June 30th, 2016.