Bandai Namco Arts Invests in Yamato Rights Holder's New Anime Company studioMOTHER

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Studio's 1st project is Yamato 2202 compilation film

Bandai Namco Arts announced on Tuesday that it has invested in studioMOTHER, a new animation studio by Space Battleship Yamato license holder Voyager Holdings.

Voyager Holdings founded studioMOTHER in May. The company will produce and plan anime productions. Bandai Namco Arts' investment is part of the company's plans for the creation of "hit content," and is intended to bolster production on the Space Battleship Yamato franchise.

The studio's first project is the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi Sōshū-hen (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love Compilation; tentative title) film, which will compile the 26-episode Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 television anime into a film that will debut in 2020.

The sequel anime Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2205: A New Journey) will premiere in fall 2020.

Xebec produced or co-produced the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and Space Battleship Yamato 2202 projects. IG Port, the parent company of several anime studios including Production I.G and Wit Studio, transferred most of the production operations of its Xebec production studio to Sunrise on April 1. Sunrise, a Bandai Namco Group company, established the new company Sunrise Beyond at Xebec's address on March 1.

Sources: PR Times, The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

Disclosure: Bandai Namco Arts Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. Bandai Namco Rights Marketing Inc., another wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings Inc., is a non-controlling, minority shareholder in Anime News Network Inc.

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