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Sunrise Plans for Gundam Anime's 30th Anniversary (Updated)

posted on 2008-12-31 15:20 EST
Events, products promised; creator Tomino, studio head Uchida offer thoughts

Sunrise has launched a website on New Year's Day to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gundam robot war anime franchise. The first Gundam series premiered in Japan on April 7, 1979. The anniversary website promises to commemorate the occasion with events and new products. Gundam creator and director Yoshiyuki Tomino provides his perspective on the anniversary, as does the newly promoted Sunrise president and Gundam producer, Kenji Uchida.

On the 10th anniversary of Gundam, the Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket video series and the "All That Gundam" event anime special debuted in 1989. For the 15th anniversary, Mobile Fighter G Gundam (the first Gundam anime set in a different timeline from the original Gundam series) premiered on Japanese airwaves. Sunrise marked the Gundam's 20th anniversary with its Big Bang Project, which consisted of Tomino's Turn A Gundam television series, the live-action G-Saviour television special, and the theatrical versions of the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz and Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team series. The 25th anniversary ushered in the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam movie trilogy, the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny sequel, and the Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War computer-graphics project.

Image © Sotsu, Sunrise

Update: More information on the earlier Gundam anniversaries added.


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