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The anime studio Sunrise has announced on Wednesday that it will hold the world premiere of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn anime series on February 6 in Hong Kong. The preview screening will feature the director Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Harutoshi Fukui (the author of the original Gundam Unicorn novels), and "special Hong Kong guest Ekin Cheng." Application for tickets will be available in the following magazines and newspapers: Ani-Wave, Milk Magazine, Face Magazine, TVB Weekly, Ezone, Game 2000, G-Zone, PC Game Weekly, Gamania.com, CoCo, HK Walker, Apple Daily, Singtao Daily, and HKET.
The first anime episode, "Unicorn no Hi" (The Day of the Unicorn), will start a two-week "premiere review" run in theaters in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sapporo on February 20. Also on February 20, Sony Computer Entertainment will begin distributing the anime on its online PlayStation Store for its PlayStation 3 and PSP consoles in Japan.
Bandai Visual Japan will distribute the first Japanese/English Blu-ray volume of Gundam Unicorn from the Amazon website exclusively for two months starting on March 12. In addition, the Bandai Channel website will offer the first Mobile Suit Gundam series, Mobile Suit Z Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 for free streaming in North America exclusively on Anime News Network, Crunchyroll, and YouTube. More Gundam series will be added later after the first streams are launched on February 1.
The Gundam Unicorn anime adapts Fukui's 10 novel volumes of the same name, which are set in the same Universal Century (UC) timeline as Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise's first Gundam science-fiction television anime series and its sequels. Bandai Visual's first Blu-ray Disc volume for the series will have a simultaneous international release with Japanese and English dubbing, as well as Japanese, English, French, Spanish, and Chinese subtitles. The first of six DVD volumes will ship on the same day with Japanese dubbing as well as Japanese and English subtitles.
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