Anime Expo 2013
by Bamboo Dong,
Presenters at the Sunrise panel talked about some of their recent productions, inciting excited reactions from the many fans packed into the room. They first started with the Tiger and Bunny TV series, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Viz Media earlier this year, and the film Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning, which launched on Neon Alley yesterday. Next up was the slice-of-life comedy Daily Lives of High School Boys, which will be released in a deluxe boxset by NIS America this August. Other recent productions also profiled by the panelists included Phi Brain: The Puzzle of God, of which the third season has been confirmed, and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere. Both titles can be found from Sentai Filmworks. Following that was the comedy Binbogami ga!, currently available streaming on both Funimation and Hulu. A DVD and Blu-ray release from Funimation is still in the planning stages.
Next up was a rundown of their new shows, starting with Valvrave the Liberator. The second season will be starting in October, and will be simulcast on Crunchyroll and Hulu, similar to the first season, which ran this past spring. Also featured was Gintama: The Final movie, which received its Japanese premiere today, July 6. Following that was Love Live! School idol project, the second series of which will start next spring. The first season is currently available on Crunchyroll, and the Blu-ray release is currently being discussed with NIS America. In more Tiger and Bunny news, the second movie Tiger and Bunny: The Rising will be released theatrically in Japan on February 8, 2014. Sunrise is still talking with Viz regarding releasing the movie stateside. Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, a four-episode long side story, is also currently being released and produced. The second episode will be released theatrically in Japan this September. The four-part series is directed by Kazuki Akane, who is well known for his work directing
After their slate of recent works, they launched into “The World of Gundam,” which summarized the vast Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. Most recently in the franchise was Mobile Suit Gundam UC, the first six episodes of which have already been released. The seventh and final episode will be released next year. Currently, the first six episodes are available on Blu-ray from Right Stuf, but the first four episodes will be available on DVD starting August 20, with the rest to follow. Gundam AGE: Memory of Eden, a condensed version of Gundam AGE, will be release via Gundam.info with English subs. All of the scenes were re-shot in high resolution, as well as some new scenes. For new Gundam series, just announced last week was Gundam Built Fighers. This new TV series will be airing this October in Japan
The panelists also talked about Daisuki.net, the anime streaming website which launched this past May. Currently, the only two Gundam series available are Gundam Seed and Z Gundam, but localization work has begun on Gundam ZZ, which has never previously been released in North America. Gundam ZZ is the follow-up to Z Gundam.
Near the end of the panel, Sunrise also said that they were in the process of talking to both Funimation and Sentai regarding relicensing previous Bandai Entertainment titles. No further details were given, but titles shown in the presentation included Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Witch Hunter Robin, s-CRY-ed, and others.