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Sunrise Inc.
Kabushiki kaisha
Industry Animation studio and production enterprise
Founded September 1972; 43 years ago (1972-09)
Headquarters Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Takayuki Yoshii
(Chairman and CEO)
Kenji Uchida
Number of employees
Parent Bandai Namco Holdings
Subsidiaries Sunrise Music Publishing
Sunrise Interactive
Bandai Namco Pictures
Footnotes / references

Sunrise Inc. (株式会社サンライズ Kabushiki-gaisha Sanraizu?) is a Japanese animation studio and production enterprise. It is a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings. Its former name was Nippon Sunrise, and prior to that, Sunrise Studios.[3] Its headquarters is located in Suginami, Tokyo.[4]

Among Japan's largest and most famous studios, Sunrise is renowned for several critically lauded and popular original anime series, such as Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Space Runaway Ideon, Armored Trooper Votoms, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Future GPX Cyber Formula, Crush Gear Turbo, The Vision of Escaflowne, Witch Hunter Robin, My-HiME, My-Otome, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Tiger & Bunny, as well as its numerous adaptations of acclaimed light novels including Dirty Pair, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere and Accel World, and manga such as City Hunter, InuYasha, Outlaw Star, Yakitate!! Japan, Planetes, Keroro Gunso, Gin Tama and several others.

Many of Sunrise's original anime include similar themes, including mecha, masked identities, and fluid animation. Anime created by Sunrise that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize are Mobile Suit Gundam in 1979 and the first half of 1980, Space Runaway Ideon in the second half of 1980, Crusher Joe (co-production with Studio Nue) in 1983, Dirty Pair in 1985, Future GPX Cyber Formula in 1991, Gundam SEED in 2002, Gundam SEED Destiny in 2004 and 2005, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion in 2006 and 2007 and Code Geass R2 in 2008.


According to an interview with members of Sunrise the studio was founded by former members of Mushi Production in 1972, under the name Sunrise Studio, Limited (有限会社サンライズスタジオ Yugen-kaisha Sanraizu Sutajio?). Rather than having production of anime revolve around a single creator, as was the case for Mushi, which was headed by Osamu Tezuka, Sunrise decided that production should focus around the producers, a strategy that continues to this date. The market for mainstream anime, such as manga adaptations, sports shows, and adaptations of popular children's stories, was dominated by existing company, and as such, Sunrise decided to focus on robot anime, which were known to be more difficult to animate, but could be used as promotion to sell toys. Sunrise's specialization on robot anime continues to this date.[5]

Sunrise has been involved in many popular and acclaimed anime television series, including Mobile Suit Gundam (and all its various spinoffs and sequels since 1979), the Mashin Eiyūden Wataru series (1988–1997), the Yūsha series (1990–1997), the Eldran series (1991–1993) which has now become part of the Yūsha series since the Takara Tomy merger, and the Crest of the Stars series (1999–2001). They produced the apocalyptic Space Runaway Ideon in 1980.

They have co-produced a number of series with Toei Company, including Majokko Tickle (from episode 16 onwards, episodes 1-15 were produced by Neo Media Production) and the Robot Romance Trilogy which Toei Company had Sunrise animate for them on their behalf; Chōdenji Robo Combattler V (1976), Chōdenji Machine Voltes V (1977), Tōshō Daimos (1978), and Cyborg 009 (1979) that was a co-production with Toei's animation division Toei Animation. Sunrise is especially known for their mecha anime series (including Gundam) such as Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3 (1978), Fang of the Sun Dougram (1981), the Armored Trooper Votoms and Aura Battler Dunbine series (1983), Blue Comet SPT Layzner (1985), Patlabor (1989), The Vision of Escaflowne (1996), The Big O (1999/2003), Overman King Gainer (2002), Zegapain (2007), Code Geass (2006/2008), Tiger & Bunny (2011), and Valvrave the Liberator (2013). They even worked alongside Tsuburaya Productions to animate the anime The Ultraman (1979).

Sunrise has produced a variety of non-mecha works as well, including Crusher Joe (1983), Dirty Pair (1985), Mister Ajikko (1987), Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (1988), Obatarian (1990), Cowboy Bebop (1998), Infinite Ryvius (1999), Seraphim Call (1999), InuYasha (2000), s-CRY-ed (2001), Crush Gear Turbo (2001-2003), Yakitate!! Japan (2004), Kekkaishi (2006), Freedom Project (2006), Daily Lives of High School Boys (2012) and Aikatsu! (2012). On January 16, 2014, they received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film for Possessions, making their studio, Studio Ghibli and Robot Communications the only major anime studios nominated for an Academy Award.


As the company kept growing several sub-divisions (called studios themselves) were created. Some of them housed key members which left Sunrise to found their own animation companies.[6]

Studio 1[edit]

The original studio created with Sunrise's foundation in 1972. Notable works include Mobile Suit Gundam, Space Runaway Ideon, Armored Trooper Votoms, Patlabor, and InuYasha. It was also the studio responsible for various later Gundam installments: Wing, X, Turn A, Unicorn, and most recently, Reconguista in G.

Studio 2[edit]

Created circa 1974-75. First started creativity in 1975. Some of its key members left the company to found studio Bones in 1998. Notable works include Aura Battler Dunbine, Planetes and some installments of Gundam: including Zeta, ZZ, Char's Counterattack, F91, and G. It also worked in The Vision of Escaflowne and Cowboy Bebop, each having a film adaptation in co-production with Bones. The studio is currently involved in Tribe Cool Crew production.

Studio 3[edit]

Created in 1975. First started creativity in 1976. Early works include Blue Comet SPT Layzner and City Hunter. It is also responsible for many Gundam installments, including 0083, Victory, 08th MS Team, and many recent TV series of the franchise: SEED Destiny, 00, AGE, Build Fighters and Build Fighters Try.

Studio 4[edit]

The original Studio 4 was created in 1979. It's notable works include The Ultraman. The studio fell inactive after 1987. The current Studio 4 started as support for Studio 2, and was formerly known as "Studio Iogi" (井荻スタジオ) (named after the pseudonym of longtime Sunrise director Yoshiyuki Tomino), the studio worked on its first major work in 2001 with s-CRY-ed. Its other notable works include Code Geass, Planetes and Dirty Pair.

Studio 5[edit]

Also created in 1979. One of its producers was Mikihiro Iwata, one of the founders of A-1 Pictures. Notable works include Crest of the Stars, the InuYasha movies, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Aikatsu!, Good Luck Girl!, Gin Tama, Mobile Suit SD Gundam, Operation start OsX and the Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. OVA.

Studio 6[edit]

Created in 1983. First started creativity in 1997. Notable works include The Big O, Sgt. Frog, and Tiger & Bunny. Some of its members had left to found Studio Bridge in the 2000s.

Studio 7[edit]

Created in 1985. First started creativity in 1987. Its first work was in the American cartoon series The Centurions. Also noted for Sacred Seven, s-CRY-ed and the Brave series. Some members of it left to form the studio Manglobe in 2002.

Studio 8[edit]

Established around 1995, it is notable for works including My-HiME, Buddy Complex, Idolmaster: Xenoglossia, The Girl Who Leapt Through Space, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Accel World and Love Live!.

Studio 9[edit]

The Sister Studio of Studio 7. Established in 1996, First started creativity in 1997. Notable works include Gasaraki, Infinite Ryvius, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Argento Soma and Battle Spirits.

Studio 10[edit]

The Sister Studio of Studio 5. Established around 1996. Notable works include Outlaw Star, Dinosaur King and Phi Brain: Puzzle of God.

Studio 11[edit]

The Sister Studio of Studio 8. The most recent studio established in 2009. Worked in Kurokami and the recent SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors series.

Sunrise D.I.D[edit]

This is Sunrise’s in-house CGI production studio. They often lend their hand creating CGI assets for many of Sunrise’s shows, most notably, Tiger & Bunny, Gundam MS Igloo and Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

Nerima Studio[edit]

Formerly known as Ogikubo Studio (荻窪スタジオ) or Sunrise Emotion, it is best known for the Freedom Project, Valvrave the Liberator, the King of Thorn anime film and Cross Ange.[7]

List of works[edit]


  • Chief Joker (ハゼドン) (October 1972–March 1973) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Fuji TV) (Studio 1)
  • Zero Tester (ゼロテスター) (October 1973–December 1974) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Fuji TV) (Studio 1)
  • Space Battleship Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト) (October 1974–March 1975) (In association with Academy Productions) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 1)[citation needed]
  • La Seine no Hoshi (ラ・セーヌの星) (April 1975–December 1975) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Fuji TV) (Studio 2)
  • Brave Raideen (勇者ライディーン) (April 1975–March 1976) (TV animation) (in association with Tohokushinsha and Asahi News Agency) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 1)
  • Kum-Kum (わんぱく大昔クムクム) (October 1975–March 1976) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TBS) (Studio 1)
  • Chōdenji Robo Combattler V (超電磁ロボ コン・バトラーV) (April 1976–May 1977) (In association with Toei Company) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 1)
  • Gowappa 5 Gōdam (ゴワッパー5ゴーダム) (April 1976–December 1976) (In association with Tatsunoko Productions) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 1)
  • Dinosaur Expedition Born Free (恐竜探険隊ボーンフリー) (October 1976–March 1977) (In association with Tsuburaya Productions) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 1)
  • Robot Child Beeton (ろぼっ子ビートン) (October 1976–September 1977) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TBS) (Studio 3)
  • Chōdenji Machine Voltes V (超電磁マシーン ボルテスV) (June 1977–March 1978) (In association with Toei Company) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Invincible Super Man Zambot 3 (無敵超人ザンボット3) (October 1977–March 1978) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 3)
  • Majokko Tickle (魔女っ子チックル) (March 1978–January 1979) (In association with Toei Company, Neomedia and Kaze Pro) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Tōshō Daimos (闘将ダイモス) (April 1978–January 1979) (In association with Toei Company) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3 (無敵鋼人ダイターン3) (June 1978–March 1979) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 1)
  • Cyborg 009 (サイボーグ009) (March 1979–March 1980) (In association with Toei Company) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 3)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam (機動戦士ガンダム) (April 1979–January 1980) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 1)
  • The Ultraman (ザ☆ウルトラマン) (April 1979–March 1980) (In association with Tsuburaya Productions) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TBS) (Studio 4)
  • Scientific Adventure Team Tansar 5 (科学冒険隊タンサー5) (July 1979–March 1980) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 5)


  • Invincible Robo Trider G7 (無敵ロボトライダーG7) (February 1980–January 1981) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Space Runaway Ideon (伝説巨神イデオン) (May 1980–January 1981) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 1)
  • Strongest Robo Daiohja (最強ロボ ダイオージャ) (January 1981–January 1982) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam (Movie) (劇場版機動戦士ガンダム) (February 1981) (Anime film) (Studio 4)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Soldiers of Sorrow (機動戦士ガンダム 哀・戦士) (July 1981) (Anime film) (Studio 4)
  • Fang of the Sun Dougram (太陽の牙ダグラム) (October 1981–March 1983) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 1)
  • Urusei Yatsura (うる星やつら) (October 1981–March 1986) (Production by Pierrot, Studio Deen and Kitty Films, Sunrise has distribution and production rights after Kitty Films stopped making anime) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Fuji TV) (Studio 1)[citation needed]
  • Combat Mecha Xabungle (戦闘メカ ザブングル) (February 1982–January 1983) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space (機動戦士ガンダム めぐりあい宇宙) (March 1982) (Anime film) (Studio 3)
  • White Fang (白い牙 ホワイトファング物語) (May 1982) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • The Ideon: A Contact (伝説巨神イデオン 接触篇 THE IDEON: A CONTACT) (July 1982) (Anime film) (Studio 3)
  • The Ideon; Be Invoked (伝説巨神イデオン 発動篇 THE IDEON: Be INVOKED) (July 1982) (Anime film) (Studio 3)
  • Aura Battler Dunbine (聖戦士ダンバイン) (February 1983–January 1984) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Crusher Joe (クラッシャージョウ) (March 1983) (Anime film) (Studio 4)
  • Armored Trooper Votoms (装甲騎兵ボトムズ) (April 1983–March 1984) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 1)
  • Document Dougram (ドキュメント 太陽の牙ダグラム) (July 1983) (Anime film) (Studio 1)
  • Choro-Q Dougram (チョロQダグラム) (July 1983) (Anime film) (Studio 1)
  • Xabungle Graffiti (ザブングル グラフィティ) (July 1983) (Anime film) (Studio 2)
  • Round Vernian Vifam (銀河漂流バイファム) (October 1983–September 1984) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TBS) (Studio 3)
  • Heavy Metal L-Gaim (重戦機エルガイム) (February 1984–February 1985) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Giant Gorg (巨神ゴーグ) (April 1984–September 1984) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 4)
  • VIFAM: News from Kachua (銀河漂流バイファム カチュアからの便り) (October 1984) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • Panzer World Galient (機甲界ガリアン) (October 1984–March 1985) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 1)
  • Choriki Robo Galatt (超力ロボ ガラット) (October 1984–April 1985) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 3)
  • VIFAM: The Gathered 13 (銀河漂流バイファム 集まった13人) (December 1984) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • VIFAM: The Missing 12 (銀河漂流バイファム 消えた12人) (February 1985) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) (March 1985–February 1986) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Magical Rouge Lipstick (魔法のルージュ りっぷ☆すてぃっく) (July 1985) (co-production with Studio Zagart) (OVA) (Studio 1)[citation needed]
  • Dirty Pair (ダーティペア) (July 1985–December 1985) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 4)
  • VOTOMS: The Last Red Shoulder (装甲騎兵ボトムズ ザ・ラストレッドショルダー) (August 1985) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • VIFAM: Kate's Memory (銀河漂流バイファム ケイトの記憶) (September 1985) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • Blue Comet SPT Layzner (蒼き流星SPTレイズナー) (October 1985–June 1986) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 3)
  • Dirty Pair: Affair of Nolandia (ダーティペアの大勝負 ノーランディアの謎) (December 1985) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • GALIENT: Chapter of Ground (機甲界ガリアン 大地の章) (January 1986) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • GALIENT: Chapter of Sky (機甲界ガリアン 天空の章) (March 1986) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • Arion (アリオン) (March 1986) (Anime film) (Studio 1)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (機動戦士ガンダムΖΖ) (March 1986–January 1987) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • VOTOMS: Big Battle (装甲騎兵ボトムズ ビッグバトル) (July 1986) (OVA) (Studio 4)
  • GALIENT: Chapter of Iron (機甲界ガリアン 鉄の紋章) (August 1986) (OVA) (Studio 4)
  • LAYZNER: Eiji 1996 (蒼き流星SPTレイズナー エイジ1996) (August 1986) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • LAYZNER: Le Caine 1999 (蒼き流星SPTレイズナー ル・カイン1999) (September 1986) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • LAYZNER: Engraved 2000 (蒼き流星SPTレイズナー 刻印2000) (October 1986) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • L-GAIM: Pentagona Window + Lady Gablae (重戦機エルガイム ペンタゴナ ウインドゥ+レディ ギャブレー) (November 1986) (OVA) (Studio 2)
  • L-GAIM: Farewell My Lovely + Pentagona Dolls (重戦機エルガイム フェアウェル マイ ラブリー+ペンタゴナ ドールズ) (January 1987) (OVA) (Studio 2)
  • Dirty Pair: From Lovely Angels with Love (ダーティペア ラブリーエンジェルより愛をこめて) (January 1987) (OVA) (Studio 4)
  • DOUGRAM vs ROUND-FACER (January 1987) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • Metal Armor Dragonar (機甲戦記ドラグナー) (February 1987–January 1988) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 7)
  • L-GAIM: Fullmetal Soldier (重戦機エルガイム フルメタル・ソルジャー) (March 1987) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • Bats & Terry (バツ&テリー) (March 1987) (Anime film) (Studio 3)
  • Dirty Pair: Project Eden (劇場版ダーティペア) (March 1987) (Anime film) (Studio 1)
  • City Hunter (シティーハンター) (April 1987–March 1988) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 3)
  • Dead Heat (デッドヒート) (July 1987) (OVA) (Studio 2)
  • Mister Ajikko (ミスター味っ子) (October 1987–September 1989) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 7)
  • Original Dirty Pair (ダーティペア'88) (December 1987–April 1988) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • VOTOMS: Roots of Ambition (装甲騎兵ボトムズ 野望のルーツ) (February 1988) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • New Story of Aura Battler DUNBINE (February 1988–August 1988) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (機動戦士ガンダム 逆襲のシャア) (March 1988) (In association with GAINAX) (Anime film) (Studio 2)
  • Mobile Suit SD Gundam (劇場版機動戦士SDガンダム) (March 1988) (Anime film) (Studio 5)
  • Mashin Hero Wataru (魔神英雄伝ワタル) (April 1988–March 1989) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 7)
  • Ronin Warriors (鎧伝サムライトルーパー) (April 1988–March 1989) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • City Hunter 2 (シティーハンター2) (April 1988–July 1989) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 3)
  • Mobile Suit SD Gundam (機動戦士SDガンダム) (May 1988–August 1991) (OVA) (Studio 5 & Studio 3)
  • Starship Troopers (宇宙の戦士) (October 1988–December 1988) (OVA) (Studio 5)
  • Armor Hunter Mellowlink (機甲猟兵メロウリンク) (November 1988–April 1989) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • Crusher Joe: The Ice Prison (クラッシャージョウ 氷結監獄の罠) (February 1989) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • The Five Star Stories (ファイブスター物語) (March 1989) (Anime film) (Studio 2)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (機動戦士ガンダム0080 ポケットの中の戦争) (March 1989–August 1989) (OVA) (Studio 5)
  • Jushin Liger (獣神ライガー) (March 1989–January 1990) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Ronin Warriors Gaiden (鎧伝サムライトルーパー外伝) (April 1989–June 1989) (OVA) (Studio 2)
  • Madō King Granzort (魔動王グランゾート) (April 1989–March 1990) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 7)
  • Crusher Joe: The Ultimate Weapon: Ash (クラッシャージョウ 最終兵器アッシュ) (June 1989) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • City Hunter: 357 Magnum (シティーハンター 愛と宿命のマグナム) (June 1989) (Anime film) (Studio 3)
  • Mobile Suit SD Gundam's Counterattack (機動戦士SDガンダムの逆襲・武者ガンダム参上) (July 1989) (Anime film) (Studio 5)
  • Gunhed (ガンヘッド) (July 1989) (Anime film)
  • Shin Mashin Hero Wataru (真魔神英雄伝ワタル) (August 1989–September 1989) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • City Hunter 3 (シティーハンター3) (October 1989–January 1990) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 3)
  • Ronin Warriors: Legend of the Inferno Armor (鎧伝サムライトルーパー 輝煌帝伝説) (October 1989–January 1990) (OVA) (Studio 2)
  • Mobile Police Patlabor (機動警察パトレイバー) (October 1989–September 1990) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 1)
  • Assemble Insert (アッセンブル・インサート) (December 1989–February 1990) (OVA) (Studio 1)


  • Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy (ダーティペア 謀略の005便) (January 1990) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • Brave Exkaiser (勇者エクスカイザー) (February 1990–January 1991) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 7)
  • Mashin Hero Wataru 2 (魔神英雄伝ワタル2) (March 1990–March 1991) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 7)
  • SD Gundam Gaiden (機動戦士SDガンダム SDガンダム外伝) (March 1990–March 1991) (OVA) (Studio 5)
  • Obatarian (オバタリアン) (April 1990) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • City Hunter: Bay City Wars (シティーハンター ベイシティウォーズ) (August 1990) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy (シティーハンター 百万ドルの陰謀) (August 1990) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • GRANZORT: The Final Magical Battle (魔動王グランゾート 最後のマジカル大戦) (August 1990–September 1990) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • Patlabor: The New Files (機動警察パトレイバー THE NEW OVA) (November 1990–April 1992) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird (太陽の勇者ファイバード) (February 1991–February 1992) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 7)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (機動戦士ガンダムF91) (March 1991) (Anime film) (Studio 2)
  • Mobile Suit SD Gundam Scramble (武者・騎士・コマンド SDガンダム緊急出撃) (March 1991–August 1991) (OVA) (Studio 5)
  • Ronin Warriors MESSAGE (鎧伝サムライトルーパー MESSAGE) (March 1991–August 1991) (OVA) (Studio 2)
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula (新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラ) (March 1991–December 1991) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 7)
  • City Hunter '91 (シティーハンター'91) (April 1991–October 1991) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 3)
  • Armored Police Metal Jack (機甲警察メタルジャック) (April 1991–December 1991) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 7)
  • Matchless Raijin-Oh (絶対無敵ライジンオー) (April 1991–March 1992) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 5)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (機動戦士ガンダム0083 STARDUST MEMORY) (May 1991–September 1992) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • Mama is a 4th Grader (ママは小学4年生) (January 1992–December 1992) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 2)
  • The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn (伝説の勇者ダ・ガーン) (February 1992–January 1993) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 7)
  • GRANZORT: The Mado Stone (魔動王グランゾート 冒険編) (March 1992–June 1992) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger (元気爆発ガンバルガー) (April 1992–February 1993) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 5)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Last Blitz of Zeon (機動戦士ガンダム0083 ジオンの残光) (August 1992) (Anime film) (Studio 3)
  • Raijin-Oh FINAL (ライジンオーFINAL) (September 1992–February 1993) (OVA) (Studio 5)
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula 11 (新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラ11) (November 1992–June 1993) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • The Brave Express Might Gaine (勇者特急マイトガイン) (January 1993–January 1994) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 7)
  • Mobile Suit SD Gundam Festival (機動戦士SDガンダムまつり) (March 1993) (Anime film) (Studio 3 & Studio 1)
  • Nekketsu Saikyō Go-Saurer (熱血最強ゴウザウラー) (March 1993–February 1994) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 5)
  • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam (機動戦士Vガンダム) (April 1993–March 1994) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 3)
  • Iron Leaguer (疾風!アイアンリーガー) (April 1993–March 1994) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 3)
  • Mashin Hero Wataru: The Endless Story (魔神英雄伝ワタル 終わりなき時の物語) (October 1993–February 1994) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • Brave Police J-Decker (勇者警察ジェイデッカー) (February 1994–January 1995) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 7)
  • Dirty Pair Flash (ダーティペアFLASH) (February 1994–April 1996) (OVA) (Studio 2 & Studio 5)
  • VOTOMS: Shining Heresy (装甲騎兵ボトムズ 赫奕たる異端) (March 1994–December 1994) (OVA) (Studio 5)
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula ZERO (新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラZERO) (April 1994–February 1995) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • Haō Taikei Ryū Knight (覇王大系リューナイト) (April 1994–March 1995) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 1)
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam (機動武闘伝Gガンダム) (April 1994–March 1995) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 2)
  • Ryū Knight: Adeu's Legend (覇王大系リューナイト アデュー・レジェンド) (July 1994–May 1996) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • Iron Leaguer: Under of The Banner of Silver Light (疾風!アイアンリーガー 銀光の旗の下に) (November 1994–April 1995) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • The Brave of Gold Goldran (黄金勇者ゴルドラン) (February 1995–January 1996) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 7)
  • Wild Knights Gulkeeva (獣戦士ガルキーバ) (April 1995–September 1995) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 3)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (新機動戦記ガンダムW) (April 1995–March 1996) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 1)
  • City Hunter: The Secret Service (シティーハンター ザ・シークレット・サービス) (January 1996) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊) (January 1996–July 1999) (OVA) (Studio 3)
  • Brave Command Dagwon (勇者指令ダグオン) (February 1996–January 1997) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 7)
  • The Silent Service (沈黙の艦隊) (March 1996–January 1998) (OVA) (Studio 3 (VOYAGE.01 (March 1996)) → Studio 9 (VOYAGE.02 & VOYAGE.03 (September 1997–January 1998))
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula EARLYDAYS RENEWAL (新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラEARLYDAYS RENEWAL) (April 1996–June 1996) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • The Vision of Escaflowne (天空のエスカフローネ) (April 1996–September 1996) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 3)
  • Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor (新機動戦記ガンダムW オペレーション・メテオ) (April 1996–October 1996) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • After War Gundam X (機動新世紀ガンダムX) (April 1996–December 1996) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 1)
  • Ganbarist! Shun (ガンバリスト!駿) (July 1996–March 1997) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Nippon TV) (Studio 5)
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula SAGA (新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラSAGA) (August 1996–July 1997) (OVA) (Studio 10)
  • Raideen the Superior (超者ライディーン) (October 1996–June 1997) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 8)
  • Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (新機動戦記ガンダムW ENDLESS WALTZ) (January 1997–July 1997) (OVA) (Studio 1)
  • The King of Braves GaoGaiGar (勇者王ガオガイガー) (February 1997–January 1998) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Asahi) (Studio 7)
  • City Hunter: Good-Bye My Sweetheart (シティーハンター グッド・バイ・マイ・スイート・ハート) (April 1997) (OVA) (Studio 6)
  • DAGWON: The Boy with Crystal Eyes (勇者指令ダグオン 水晶の瞳の少年) (October 1997–December 1997) (OVA) (Studio 7)
  • Ultra Mashin Hero Wataru (超魔神英雄伝ワタル) (October 1997–September 1998) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 6)
  • Outlaw Star (星方武侠アウトロースター) (January 1998–June 1998) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 10)
  • Round Vernian Vifam 13 (銀河漂流バイファム13) (March 1998–October 1998) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TBS) (Studio 3)
  • Sentimental Journey (センチメンタルジャーニー) (April 1998–July 1998) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 6)
  • Brain Powerd (ブレンパワード) (April 1998–November 1998) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: WOWOW) (Studio 1)
  • DT Eightron (DTエイトロン) (April 1998–November 1998) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Fuji TV) (Studio 5)
  • Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz -Special Edition- (新機動戦記ガンダムW ENDLESS WALTZ 特別篇) (August 1998) (Anime film) (Studio 1)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team: Miller's Report (機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊 ミラーズ・リポート) (August 1998) (Anime film) (Studio 3)
  • GUNDAM Mission to the Rise (August 1998) (OVA) (Sunrise D.I.D)
  • Gasaraki (ガサラキ) (October 1998–March 1999) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 9)
  • Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ) (October 1998–April 1999) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: WOWOW) (Studio 2)
  • Dinozaurs (ダイノゾーン) (December 1998) (OVA) (Sunrise D.I.D)
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula SIN (新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラSIN) (December 1998–March 2000) (OVA) (Studio 10)
  • Crest of the Stars (星界の紋章) (January 1999–March 1999) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: WOWOW) (Studio 5)
  • Z-Mind (思春期美少女合体ロボ ジーマイン) (February 1999–July 1999) (OVA) (Studio 8)
  • City Hunter: Death of the Vicious Criminal Ryo Saeba (シティーハンター 緊急生中継!?凶悪犯冴羽獠の最期) (April 1999) (OVA) (Studio 8)
  • Angel Links (星方天使エンジェルリンクス) (April 1999–June 1999) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: WOWOW) (Studio 10)
  • Betterman (ベターマン) (April 1999–September 1999) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 7)
  • Aesop World (イソップワールド) (April 1999–December 1999) (OVA) (Studio 5)
  • Turn A Gundam (∀ガンダム) (April 1999–March 2000) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: Fuji TV) (Studio 1)
  • Firefighter! Daigo of Fire Company M (め組の大吾) (July 1999) (Anime film) (Studio 5)
  • Seraphim Call (セラフィムコール) (October 1999–December 1999) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 8)
  • The Big O (THEビッグオー) (October 1999–January 2000) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: WOWOW) (Studio 6)
  • Infinite Ryvius (無限のリヴァイアス) (October 1999–March 2000) (TV animation) (Broadcaster: TV Tokyo) (Studio 9)



Foreign productions[edit]

(These projects had Sunrise animate various different episodes and movies for each of these productions)

Video Games[edit]

Animation studios started by former Sunrise animators[edit]

International distribution[edit]

In the past, any anime that was originally produced by Sunrise, Inc. and Bandai and licensed by Bandai Visual in Japan was licensed and distributed in the United States by Bandai Entertainment and in Europe by Beez Entertainment. However, as of 2012, both companies have shut down. In the North American regions, distributors such as Funimation, Viz Media, Sentai Filmworks and NIS America have licensed Sunrise properties, as well as some Sunrise/Aniplex properties by Aniplex of America. In Europe, companies such as Anime Limited and Manga Entertainment in the UK and Kazé in France have begun to rescue former titles once distributed by Beez as well as other Sunrise titles. In Australia, like most anime that is released there, Sunrise productions are released by Madman Entertainment. At Anime Boston 2013, Sunrise confirmed that they themselves will begin licensing anime in North America, and are in talks with companies like Sentai, Funimation, and Viz to distribute their titles onto DVD and Blu-ray.[8] In addition, Right Stuf has signed a deal to distribute and re-release Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn on DVD in North America.[9] In 2014, the deal expanded towards releasing all of the Gundam that had been previously licensed by Bandai Entertainment (Mobile Suit Gundam, Turn A Gundam), as well as several works that have not been released in North America (Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ), beginning in 2015.[10]


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  2. ^ "SUNRISE INTERNATIONAL Information". Retrieved 2006-02-06. 
  3. ^ Animage Editorial Staff (August 1987). "Arata na michi o mosakusuru orijinaru robotto anime no sōhonzan" 新たな道を模索するオリジナルロボットアニメの総本山 [The main office searches for a fresh original robot anime]. Animage (in Japanese). Vol. 110. pp. 60–65. 
  4. ^ "Company Outline." Sunrise. Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
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  7. ^ a b "2014年  10月 原画". Retrieved 2015-02-13. 
  8. ^ "Funimation, Sentai in Talks Over Former Bandai Titles". Anime News Network. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Right Stuf to Release Gundam UC on DVD". Anime News Network. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sunrise Partners with Right Stuf to Release Gundam Franchise Stateside". Anime News Network. 2014-10-11. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 

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