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Anime Boston 2013: Sunrise Official Panel Report

Sunrise Japan came to Anime Boston for the first time this year and gave a presentation on some of their upcoming projects and made several announcements.  They announced the launch of Daisuki-a joint project between themselves, Aniplex, Toei and Toms.  They also announced that multiple titles formerly held by Bandai Entertainment USA are currently being licensed to FUNimation and Sentai Filmworks, but no specific titles have been finalized yet.

They showed trailers for both their licensed for America products as well as some of their unlicensed properties.  Among the licensed properties we saw Daily Lives of High School Boys-a domestic comedy series being released by NIS America on August 6th; Phi-Brain: Puzzle of God, a shonen-style action/puzzle series set in high school whose first 13 episodes are currently available through Sentai Filmworks; Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere season 2-an original mecha series by Sunrise coming soon from Sentai Filmworks; LoveLive-School Idol Project-currently available at Crunchyroll.com and licensed by NIS America though there is no release date yet; and Binbogami ga!-a shoujo comedy currently streaming at FUNimation.com and Hulu.com.

Sunrise also showed trailers for several unlicensed properties inclusing Battle Spirits-Sword Eyes-a children’s adventure show based on a card game; AKIKATSU!-an shoujo show; Gintama the Final Movie-a side story theatrical release coming out in Japan on July 6th; Tiger & Bunny: The Rising- a new theatrical movie coming out on February 8th, 2014 with no US license yet (though they are talking to VIZ Media); and Code Geass: Akito the Exiled- a four-episode continuation that is coming out slowly in Japan due to production delays, with episode 2 coming this summer.  They also discussed the next round of Gundam releases, with Gundam Unicorn coming out through Right Stuf on August 20th 2013.

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