AIC Ad: New Megazone 23, Pretty Sammy Projects in the Works
posted on by Egan Loo
A wall advertising for the Japanese crowdfunding platform Campfire and art seller Manga Art lists several "projects in the works" from the anime production company AIC: "a brand-new project in the Megazone 23 franchise, a Megazone 23 remake, a Pretty Sammy sequel, and others." The advertising in Tokyo's Akihabara district this week has the tagline, "AIC animates the projects you think of!"
Megazone 23 began with a 1985 motorcycle robot anime that popularized the original video animation (OVA) market. The late anime director Noboru Ishiguro (Space Battleship Yamato, The Legend of the Galactic Heroes) collaborated with his Macross and Orguss character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto (Gunbuster, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress), mechanical designer Shinji Aramaki (Genesis Climber Mospeada, Bubblegum Crisis, Appleseed films' director), and other veterans of robot mecha anime. There have since been two sequel OVA projects in 1986 and 1989.
Aplix IP Holdings announced in January 2014 that it transferred all of the stock of its animation subsidiary Anime International Company (AIC) to Toru Miura, AIC's current representative director and Aplix's company director. Aplix sold the 8,000 shares for 8,000 yen (about US$77) total.
AIC then confirmed in June 2014 that it is working on the Tenchi Muyo! anime series Ai: Tenchi Muyo! The studio's website and Twitter account have not been updated since October 2014, the month Ai: Tenchi Muyo! premiered. However, the fourth Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki original video anime project has since launched this past November. Pretty Sammy is a spinoff of Tenchi Muyo!
Miura established the studio that would become AIC on July 15, 1982, and the studio co-produced Megazone 23 in 1985. The company has since been involved in more than 200 anime titles, including AD Police, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie, Ai no Kusabi, Ah! My Goddess, Tenchi Muyo!, ToHeart - Remember my memories, Solty Rei, Special A, Heaven's Lost Property, and Oreimo.
More recently AIC produced Wandering Son, Persona 4, Humanity Has Declined, Date A Live, and Persona 3 the Movie #1 Spring of Birth. AIC has a number of sub-studios within itself: AIC Digital, AIC Spirits, AIC ASTA, AIC PLUS+, AIC Frontier, and AIC Takarazuka.
Thanks to Adrian Lozano for the news tip