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NYCC 2014: Sunrise Strikes New Deal for "Gundam" Franchise in the U.S. (Updated)

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At its official panel at New York Comic Con Saturday afternoon, Japanese animation studio Sunrise, Inc had a major announcement in store for American fans of its long-lived Mobile Suit Gundam mecha anime franchise. Sunrise has reached a deal to once again distribute its Gundam animation on home video in the United States, in partnership […]

Anime Limited Licenses 'Gundam Reconguista in G' For UK & Republic of Ireland

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Scottish based anime licensor Anime Limited have this evening announced they have obtained UK rights to Gundam Reconguista in G, original creator Yoshiyuki Tomino’s series for the franchise’s 35th anniversary. The announcement (which follows a similar one by Madman’s Anime Lab for Australia/New Zealand and Wakanim for France) includes simulcast and home media rights, with […]

A First Look at "Gundam Reconguista in G"

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This year is the 35th anniversary of Gundam, Japan’s storied robot anime franchise, and a livestreamed event in Japan began promotion for the occasion in earnest ahead of the start of the AnimeJapan trade fair on March 22nd. A trio of animated works were spotlighted at the event, one being seventh and final chapter of […]

Review: "Good Luck Girl" - Feelin' Lucky, Anime Fan?

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The term “born lucky” has been around for a long time, so it’s kind of amazing no anime series has attempted to take the term and run with it to its natural conclusion: that being born lucky will somehow decide the fate of the world. Finally, one anime has, and that is Good Luck Girl! Good […]

Otakon 2013: FUNimation Announces "Cowboy BeBop" on Blu-ray and More

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At its industry panel late Saturday afternoon, FUNimation Entertainment brought Sunrise’s Masayuki Ozaki on stage to make further announcements on titles FUNimation will be distributing from the studio. Chief among the announcements was a trailer announcing director Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy BeBop, which will be rereleased digitally and on Blu-ray in 2014. The series recently received […]

Otakon 2013: Numerous Sunrise Anime Licensed by FUNimation, Sentai Filmworks (Updated)

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During studio Sunrise’s industry panel at Otakon 2013 Saturday afternoon, the studio’s Masayuki Ozaki announced that many Sunrise anime previously distributed by the now-defunct Bandai Entertainment have been picked up for home video release by anime distributors FUNimation Entertainment and Sentai Filmworks. Ozaki confirmed that the following animation from Sunrise would be released by Sentai […]

Anime Boston 2013: Sunrise Official Panel Report

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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 […]

NYCC 2012: Sunrise Anime Panel Report

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On Friday afternoon, a gathering of talent from Sunrise Animation Studios gathered at New York Comic Con to give anime fans a sample of current and upcoming projects. In attendance were Masayuki Ozaki, director of Sunrise; Akane Hagino, manager of the international sales department; Kazuhiko Tamura, producer of Tiger and Bunny; Dai Otsuka, who does […]

Review: "Gasaraki" Still Holds Up Over A Decade Later

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I’ve said before on toonzone that I think that 1998 may be Sunrise animation’s finest single year. Whether it was it was the pair of wild west space adventures in Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star, or the unusually good ren-ai game adaptation in Sentimental Journey, Sunrise was simply on fire. Part of that amazing run […]

Otakon 2012: Toonzone Interviews Voice Director and Actor Michael Sinterniklaas

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A veteran of the voice acting business, Michael Sinterniklaas has distinguished himself as an actor, ADR director and script writer. In the year 2000 he founded the recording studio NYAV Post, which has produced English dubs for a wide variety of animation such as The Venture Bros, Robotomy, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, Huntik: Secrets […]

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