Anime Studio SUNRISE to Split into Two Companies

Bandai Namco Group, the conglomerate owner of legendary anime studio Sunrise, announced on February 12th that it will split off the studio into two companies. The new company, to be called Bandai Namco Pictures, will focus on properties aimed at children and families. This includes, according to Anime News Network, existing anime such as Aikatsu! as well as new, original content.

The remaining Sunrise will expand its business targeting the anime fan/otaku audience, continuing its cooperation with anime planning/entertainment company Bandai Visual. The new Bandai Namco Pictures will have about 10 million yen ($80,000) in startup capital and will be run by Sunrise Representative Director and President Yasuo Miyagawa.

Operating since 1972, Sunrise is best known as the creator of the iconic Gundam franchise as well as series like Cowboy Bebop, Trigun and Valrave the Liberator. The company announced last October at New York Comic-Con that it has partnered with anime distributor Right Stuf to rerelease prior Gundam series as well as release titles new to America.


Source: Anime News Network

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A lifetime of reading comics and watching television has left Tom with an inexhaustible supply of pop culture knowledge from the obvious to the obscure. Rather than keep it all in his brain for use at parties, Tom turned to writing a few years ago to help him share that knowledge with as many people as are remotely interested. Tom writes for several websites including The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, Loser City and others. For even further rambling, follow him on Twitter @tomtificate.

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3 Comments on “Anime Studio SUNRISE to Split into Two Companies”

  1. 02/13/2015 at 5:07 PM #

    Reblogged this on The Mind of the Hybrid One and commented:
    An interesting read from Another Castle about Sunrise being split into 2 companies. Not my own but still a good piece of anime news to know about.

  2. 02/13/2015 at 5:10 PM #

    Thanks Mark! Yeah, it’ll definitely be interesting to see what this split leads to.

  3. 02/19/2015 at 10:25 PM #

    Reblogged this on Rice Cakes.

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