During the Anime Expo 2016 event in Los Angeles, California, it was revealed that Macross and Aquarion series creator, Shoji Kawamori, is planning to make a new anime project. The new anime project is called “THE NEXT’, and the anime’s official YouTube page has revealed a brand new teaser PV, which was also shown during Anime Expo.

Here is how the series was intoduced:

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.


THE NEXT is expected to air between 2017 – 2018, with 26 half-hour episodes. They revealed that they will be releasing the anime globally, with Xiamen Skyloong Media being part of the new anime’s production.

Aside from Macross, Kawamori is also responsible for creating Aquarion, AKB0048, Arjuna, The Vision of Escaflowne, Basquash!, and Nobunaga The Fool, and has contributed to many other mecha anime, like Mobile Police Patlabor and Eureka Seven. He has also contributed in the designs of several Transformers for Takara Tomy/ Hasbro.

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