Neil Baumgardner (
Tue, 28 Sep 1999 09:37:03 -0400

Egan Loo wrote:

> In the Macross series, the reaction weapons and power technology were
> *never* described as fusion -- and for good reason. ^^ There was never any
> mention of what powered "reaction weaponry" onscreen. Even offscreen,
> great care was taken to indirectly distance the Overtechnology-derived
> "thermonuclear reaction systems" of Macross from the current fusion and
> fission theories, technologies, and especially weapons. By the 2040s in
> Macross, the reaction weaponry were pair-annihilation-based, removing even
> the thermonuclear reference.
> Why the reluctance to describe reaction systems? Why not simply call
> reaction weapons just modern-day fusion H-bombs and be done with it? Neil
> Nadelman (Macross Plus translator) asked Macross co-creator Shouji
> Kawamori, and the reason he gave was taboo. Because of the literal and
> figurative fallout from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukuryu Maru, it was
> taboo to mention modern nuclear weapons on Japanese television --
> especially in a positive manner or if the protagonists are using them. This
> taboo is similar to American television's reluctance to use another
> "N-word" because of that word's deep-set cultural overtones.
> Neil then asked why the creators now write about pair-annihilation weapons
> -- after all, pair-annihilation weaponry are even more devastating than
> your typical nuclear weapon. Kawamori said that since they don't exist
> yet, there aren't protestors at the TV stations. ^^

    Wow, Egan, I didnt know you were on this list. Thanks for the info, I didnt

    realize the difference. Incidentally, I was surprised I didnt run into you
again when
    Mikimoto was at Katsucon earlier this year.

    Neil Baumgardner

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