c/o Tochiro, as usual This event was supposed to be the celebratory event for the final release of Macross F. Kanno herself was not there, but I suppose it would be surprising if they didn’t mention her at all. I will quote the part which I think is most relevant to this community.
Please note that I unspoilered this post, so it might be a spoiler, though I think it’s not much of one.
Where music was concerned, Kawamori said that he really liked ‘Hoshi Kira’ – the closing song (the first of two credit roll songs) from the final scene of Wings of Farewell. Actually, he had originally planned to end the movie with ‘Anata no Oto’ (which would be a good fit as well as far as lyrics are concerned, even though it’s quite different from Hoshi Kira in terms of tempo).
Then, at one of the ‘Merry Christmas Without You’ Christmas concerts, Yoko Kanno had approached him saying that she had come up with a new song – she had a rough cut, non-vocal version with her for him to listen to on the spot and he was completely taken with the song from the first time he heard it.