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February 20, 1960|
Toyama City, Japan
|Other names||Eiji Kurokawa|
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Shoji Kawamori was born in Toyama, Japan in 1960. Later in his youth he attended Keio University in the late seventies and in the same years as Macross screenwriter Hiroshi Ōnogi and character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto, where they became friends and founded a Mobile Suit Gundam fan club called "Gunsight One", a name the group would use years later during the development of the fictional world of the Macross series.
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 teenage intern at 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 several anime series such as The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Vision of Escaflowne, Earth Maiden Arjuna, Genesis of Aquarion, Macross 7, Macross Frontier, and Macross Delta. 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.
Shoji Kawamori is also a visual artist and a 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 Sony AIBO robotic dog, the ERS-220. Kawamori also helped to design various toys for the Takara toyline Diaclone in the early 1980s, many of which were later incorporated into Hasbro's Transformers toyline.
During the 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.
- The Super Dimension Fortress Macross - Original Series Concept Creator, Production Supervisor, Mechanical Designer
- Macross: Do You Remember Love? - Movie Concept Creator, Director, Mechanical Designer, Series Script Supervisor, Movie Story
- The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 - Executive Director, Compilation, Mechanical Designer
- Macross Plus - Creator, Executive Director, Writer, Mechanical Design
- Macross 7 - Creator, Writer, Supervisor, Mechanical Designer
- Macross Dynamite 7 - Creator, Series Script Supervisor, Mechanical Designer, Ending Photography
- Macross Zero - Creator, Director, Writer, Mechanical Designer
- Macross Frontier - Creator, Supervising Director, Story Composition, Mechanical Designer
- Macross FB 7: Ore no Uta o Kike! - Original Creator, Valkyrie Design
- Macross Delta - Creator, Main Director, Writer, Valkyrie Mechanical Designer
Note: Macross II is the only animated Macross project in which Kawamori had no involvement.
- Space Battleship Yamato series - Spaceship Mechanical Design (Uncredited)
- Future GPX Cyber Formula - Machine Design
- Future GPX Cyber Formula SIN - Machine Design
- The Vision of Escaflowne - Original Creator, Series Script Supervisor
- Spring and Chaos - Director, Screenplay
- Earth Maiden Arjuna - Original Creator, Director, Series Script Supervisor
- The Family's Defensive Alliance - Original Creator, Series Planner
- Genesis of Aquarion - Original Creator, Director, Series Script Supervisor, Aquarion Design
- Genesis of Aquarion (OVA) - Director, Series Composition, Original Creator
- Aquarion Evol - Original Creator, Director, Series Script Supervisor, Aquarion Design
- Patlabor: The Movie - Mechanical Design (Credited as Masaharu Kawamori)
- Patlabor 2: The Movie - Mechanical Design (Credited as Masaharu Kawamori)
- WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 - Mechanical Design
- Eureka Seven - Main Mechanic Design
- Eureka Seven: AO - Nirvash Design
- Engage Planet Kiss Dum - Main Mechanical Design
- Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula - Mechanical designer (Junova-VIII)
- Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory - Designed the RX-78GP01 "Zephyranthes" and the RX-78GP02A "Physalis" Gundams
- Ulysses 31 - Mechanical Design
- Dangaioh - Mechanical Design, key animation
- Ghost in the Shell - Mechanical Design
- Basquash! - Original Concept, Project Director
- Outlaw Star - Designed the ship XGP15A-II
- Tōshō Daimos - Guest Mechanical Designer
- Gordian Warrior - Guest Mechanical Designer
- Golden Warrior Gold Lightan - Guest Mechanical Designer
- Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu - Original Creator
- AKB0048 - Original Creator, Director, Mechanical Design
- Ani*Kuri15 - Director (ep. 4)
- Cowboy Bebop - Script (ep. 18), Stage Setting Cooperation
- Glass Fleet - Mechanical Design
- M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane - Mechanical Design
- Nobunaga the Fool - Original Creator
- Jūshinki Pandora - Original Creator
- Noein - Storyboard (ep. 20)
- RahXephon - Storyboard (ep. 9)
- Techno Police 21C - Action Choreography Assistance and Mechanical Design
- The Ultraman - Mechanical Design
- Gunhed - Mechanical Design
- Ace Combat Assault Horizon - Guest Designer
- Armored Core - Mechanic Designer
- 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
- Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy - Supervisor, Mechanical Designer, Animated Sequences Director
- Daemon X Machina - Mechanic Designer
- Thunderbirds are Go!/Thunderbirds are Go (2015 CG/Miniature Hybrid TV Series) - Designer for International Rescue Covert Ops Craft Thunderbird S (Thunderbird Shadow) piloted by Tanusha "Kayo" Kyrano
- "Translation & Cultural Notes". The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Liner Notes. AnimEigo. 2001-12-21. Archived from the original on 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
According to the liner notes of the AnimEigo DVD release of the Macross TV series Gunsight One was also the fanzine title of the Gundam fan club that creator Shoji Kawamori, character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto, and writer Hiroshi Oonogi (members number 1, 2, and 3 of said club) founded while they were students at Keio University in Japan...
- Hara, Yoshiko (2001-08-11). "Sony robot goes to pieces for owners". EE Times. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
- "Shoji Kawamori: The Man, the Myth, the Mecha". Anime Jump. Archived from the original on 6 November 2007.