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Bandai Namco Pictures to be Split from Animation Studio Sunrise

by arsonal
Feb 12, 2015 6:30 PM | 50 Comments
As part of Bandai Namco Holdings' 3-year roadmap through March 2018, the company announced on Thursday it will spin off a new production company, Bandai Namco Pictures, from the animation studio Sunrise. The new company will be established in April 2015 and headed by current Sunrise chief executive Yasuo Miyagawa.

This move is part of plans by Bandai Namco to strengthen its capacity in generating intellectual property (IP), focusing on the creation of IP products and services. Sunrise, along with Bandai Visual, will continue to be responsible for the Mobile Suit Gundam series. Meanwhile, Bandai Namco Pictures will focus on content such as Aikatsu! which are oriented toward families and children.

Bandai Namco has made aggressive plans to expand its production business overseas. It will also strengthen its live event production (including live viewings and video content) and sales of related goods.

Source: Bandai Namco Holdings press release

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IntroverTurtle said:
zenith_kim94 said:
So they're treating Gintama as a family/children-oriented show. Hmm. Not sure how to feel about this.
It always has been IIRC.

Really? Gintama isn't suitable for youngsters, though.

Apr 16, 2015 5:03 PM by zenith_kim94

Unyilkdr said:
zenith_kim94 said:
So they're treating Gintama as a family/children-oriented show. Hmm. Not sure how to feel about this.

i hope they still adapted shinigami, shogun assasination, and shinsengumi ribbelion arc perfectly, even after splited studio and aired in golden time.

why wouldn't they? the staff is more or less the same, if something would change from this it would be the art/animation

Apr 15, 2015 5:06 PM by ThEoNePugNA

zenith_kim94 said:
So they're treating Gintama as a family/children-oriented show. Hmm. Not sure how to feel about this.
It always has been IIRC.

Apr 15, 2015 2:46 PM by IntroverTurtle

zenith_kim94 said:
So they're treating Gintama as a family/children-oriented show. Hmm. Not sure how to feel about this.

i hope they still adapted shinigami, shogun assasination, and shinsengumi ribbelion arc perfectly, even after splited studio and aired in golden time.

Apr 15, 2015 2:35 PM by Kuma

So they're treating Gintama as a family/children-oriented show. Hmm. Not sure how to feel about this.

Apr 15, 2015 5:12 AM by zenith_kim94

so, this studio that actualy made gintama2015, is that mean gintama 2015 really different from another series? but their quality are good too.

Apr 11, 2015 6:52 AM by Kuma

thedarkplayer said:
NotJizzyHitler said:
one of these days i will look past the shitty art and read it.
I loved the art

http://www.oocities.org/gundam_crossbone/mothervanguard.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/qd0Vv4j.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3flh5Tc.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Xl3k1s2.jpg
wait what the fuck thats suppossed to be seabook? That looks nothing like him at all. Besides my problem with the art was it became super hard to figure out what is going on in battle scenes among alot of really undetailed pages making it super hard to read, crossbone is one of thoe cases where its art makes it actually hard to read, the victory gundam side story which has the same artist was exactly like this too

Feb 23, 2015 2:55 PM by JizzyHitler

NotJizzyHitler said:
thedarkplayer said:
This means only one thing:
Crossbone Gundam: the Animation



T_T
Still believing
one of these days i will look past the shitty art and read it.
I loved the art

http://www.oocities.org/gundam_crossbone/mothervanguard.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/qd0Vv4j.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3flh5Tc.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Xl3k1s2.jpg

Feb 20, 2015 9:37 AM by thedarkplayer

thedarkplayer said:
This means only one thing:
Crossbone Gundam: the Animation



T_T
Still believing


banner of the titans anime

Feb 20, 2015 9:33 AM by DateYutaka

thedarkplayer said:
This means only one thing:
Crossbone Gundam: the Animation



T_T
Still believing
one of these days i will look past the shitty art and read it.

Feb 20, 2015 9:31 AM by JizzyHitler

This means only one thing:
Crossbone Gundam: the Animation



T_T
Still believing

Feb 20, 2015 9:28 AM by thedarkplayer

yakami95 said:
I only want Code Geass. the rest does not interest me in this moment


Fixed.

Feb 20, 2015 8:13 AM by MayorMcsandvich

I only wait THE IDOLM@STER. the rest does not interest me in this moment

Feb 16, 2015 7:36 AM by yakami95

JizzyHitler said:
Fullmetal89 said:


I think shows like Gundam Age and Build Fighters were pushed more by Bandai than Sunrise. That's just conjecture on my part but I feel it was just there to appeal to a younger generation and for selling gunpla.

I'm saying that because Bandai and Sunrise split they will definitely have more time and resources for Gundam and hopefully do more shows like Unicorn and older Gundams. Instead of reinventing the series for a new generation.
im cool with this, plus bandai is suppossedly one of the huge reasons there was alot of executive meddling in alot of gundams, like i know sunrise too has some pretty shady shit with its higher ups but from the sounds of it bandai was the worst offender cause they gave so little of a shit about making a good show in favor of marketing merch (victory gundam first 5 episodes case and point)


Yeah this is why I'm pretty excited for the split. It could be the best thing to happen to Sunrise in a long time.

Paulo27 said:
How can you say that when you haven't watched it yourself? Holy shit, I will never understand why people fanboy this series so much aside from wanting to go against the current.


It's currently airing, and I've been watching it. I'm not updating my list till it's over.....

Feb 16, 2015 6:52 AM by FullmetalCarrot

Fullmetal89 said:
VyseLegendaire said:


Lol man. You guys crack me up. Cross Ange has to be one of the ugliest abominations to ever disgrace anime. Its shocking they managed to sell even one disc…. oh lawd Bandai what lows will you not stoop to?


What I find amazing is the amount of haters this series has garnered. I suspect more than half of the people that loathe Cross Ange haven't actually seen it. It is no where near as bad as a lot of people on MAL say it is.
How can you say that when you haven't watched it yourself? Holy shit, I will never understand why people fanboy this series so much aside from wanting to go against the current.

Feb 16, 2015 6:33 AM by Paulo27

Fullmetal89 said:
MaskTai87 said:


Why would you think this would happen?

If anything doesn't it just mean they have more resources for Gundam in general?


I think shows like Gundam Age and Build Fighters were pushed more by Bandai than Sunrise. That's just conjecture on my part but I feel it was just there to appeal to a younger generation and for selling gunpla.

I'm saying that because Bandai and Sunrise split they will definitely have more time and resources for Gundam and hopefully do more shows like Unicorn and older Gundams. Instead of reinventing the series for a new generation.
im cool with this, plus bandai is suppossedly one of the huge reasons there was alot of executive meddling in alot of gundams, like i know sunrise too has some pretty shady shit with its higher ups but from the sounds of it bandai was the worst offender cause they gave so little of a shit about making a good show in favor of marketing merch (victory gundam first 5 episodes case and point)

Feb 15, 2015 8:39 PM by JizzyHitler

VyseLegendaire said:
ichii_1 said:

I agree, maybe a 2nd season too XD



Lol man. You guys crack me up. Cross Ange has to be one of the ugliest abominations to ever disgrace anime. Its shocking they managed to sell even one disc…. oh lawd Bandai what lows will you not stoop to?


What I find amazing is the amount of haters this series has garnered. I suspect more than half of the people that loathe Cross Ange haven't actually seen it. It is no where near as bad as a lot of people on MAL say it is.

Feb 14, 2015 6:18 PM by FullmetalCarrot

ichii_1 said:
Paulo27 said:
So much profit they can't keep it all in one place, if they can make amazing shows like Cross Ange every season it's no wonder they can't, cross ange 4 life.

I agree, maybe a 2nd season too XD



Lol man. You guys crack me up. Cross Ange has to be one of the ugliest abominations to ever disgrace anime. Its shocking they managed to sell even one disc…. oh lawd Bandai what lows will you not stoop to?

Feb 14, 2015 4:22 PM by VyseLegendaire

Kaioshin_Sama said:
arsonal said:
I don't think IDOLM@STER is under this umbrella of Bandai Namco. However, Love Live! was what came to my mind when they alluded to the live viewings, especially with their recent concert.


Idolmaster is a Bandai Namco Games property. They created the franchise. Its literally the first name you see in the new animes first episode credits.quote=Hoppy]
YorozuyaGinSan said:
Did Accel World get good bd sales or give an adequate boost to novel sales?


No


That's not really accurate. The anime was a solid 8-9K seller that i recall with the first volume actually passing the 10K mark and the year it came out the LN sold over a million copies. The only reason there's no new Accel World already is in the OP. Its Sunrise and they'd rather focus on developing their own IPs which is a luxury not available to most studios adapting LNs and mainly doing contract work. Plus when you have Love Live which is like the hottest IP out there right now and you own it there's almost no incentive to stop and do a job for another company that benefits your end less. Sad reality cause I'd love more Accel World too.

Sunrise also did Horizon on The Middle of Nowhere which by the second season was pretty mucha 20K seller and then they just kind of stopped doing LN adaptations for the same reason as above. They pretty much stopped doing adaptations period though around the same time Gintama is going to be the first in a while that I know of.[/quote]

Yea. It sold well enough to warrant a second season, and the author himself said he's interested in doing one, the problem was with Sunrise having zero time on there hands for that project.

Feb 13, 2015 5:00 PM by Jonesy974

The only Sunrise series I care about is Gintama. As long as Gintama is save, I'm ok with everything they do.

Feb 13, 2015 10:48 AM by VonSchiller

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