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Sunrise Academic Certification Course

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bygiffica
Jul 03 2023, 12:50 AM | Updated Jul 3, 2023 9:50 PM
The intent of this stack is to provide a complete history of Sunrise animation in a single course, meant to fit inside the framework of a 3 credit class with an expectation of 90 hours of out-of-class material over the period of a 15 week semester.

Adaptions of manga, or novels will be mostly excluded unless the creators themselves worked at Sunrise like in the case of Dunbine, or Arion. This means extremely notable, and historically important series, such as Cyborg 009, Ultraman, City Hunter, Inuyasha, Planetes, Sgt. Frog, and Gintama will all be excluded, despite the critical artistic contribution of this works on Sunrise's style. A truly dedicated academic would, at the minimum, watch some of the City Hunter, Inuyasha, Sgt Frog and Gintama side content since they were incredibly important on influencing Sunrise studio direction.

This course would ideally be taken alongside a thrice per week hour long lecture, breaking down the lineage of Sunrise's works, and how they influenced one another to build what we have today. As a result, there may be a series you feel is critical, or exceptionally great, but it will be excluded in favor of discussing the series role and relationship to the studio due to the limitations watching long form weekly series made for weekly broadcast. Sunrise is unique in that many of their major series have movies, or OVAs that summarize or recap the main franchise to give viewers a soft entry to understanding the work. However, there are of course serious works like Giant Gorg, Vifam, Pazer World Galient, Ronin Warriors, Jushin Liger, the entirety of the critically influencial Brave Series, most alternative Gundam series (which would be left to their own "Gundam" course), Garasaki, Infinite Ryvius, s-CRY-ed, Big O, Tiger & Bunny or even Love, Live! that would be discussed in class even if they aren't going to be watched.

This is a developing experiment, so please contact me if you have any suggestions, or questions.
Kidou Senshi Gundam I
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Week 1 Class 1

Kidou Senshi Gundam II: Ai Senshi-hen

Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow

Kidou Senshi Gundam II: Ai Senshi-hen
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Week 1 Class 2

Kidou Senshi Gundam III: Meguriai Sora-hen

Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space

Kidou Senshi Gundam III: Meguriai Sora-hen
Movie, 1982, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Week 1 Class 3
Densetsu Kyojin Ideon: Sesshoku-hen
Movie, 1982, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Week 2 Class 1
Densetsu Kyojin Ideon: Hatsudou-hen
Movie, 1982, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Week 2 Class 2

Seisenshi Dunbine

Aura Battler Dunbine

Seisenshi Dunbine
TV, 1983, 49 eps Me:- Author:9
Week 2 Class 3 Watch if you have the time, but it adds +20% more, or about 20 hours. I might personally edit a recap. Extra Credit.
Seisenshi Dunbine Memorial
Special, 1988, 3 eps Me:- Author:-
This appears to be unavailable online, but should be watched as a quicker version of Dunbine.

Crusher Joe

Crusher Joe: The Movie

Crusher Joe
Movie, 1983, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Week 3 Class 1
Document Taiyou no Kiba Dagram
Movie, 1983, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Week 3 Class 2
Xabungle Graffiti
Movie, 1983, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Week 3 Class 3

Kidou Senshi Zeta Gundam

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

Kidou Senshi Zeta Gundam
TV, 1985, 50 eps Me:- Author:10
Watch the full series, or the movies if you are lazy

Kidou Senshi Z Gundam I: Hoshi wo Tsugu Mono

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation - Heir to the Stars

Kidou Senshi Z Gundam I: Hoshi wo Tsugu Mono
Movie, 2005, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 4 Class 1

Kidou Senshi Z Gundam II: Koibito-tachi

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation II - Lovers

Kidou Senshi Z Gundam II: Koibito-tachi
Movie, 2005, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 4 Class 2

Kidou Senshi Z Gundam III: Hoshi no Kodou wa Ai

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation III - Love Is the Pulse of the Stars

Kidou Senshi Z Gundam III: Hoshi no Kodou wa Ai
Movie, 2006, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 4 Class 3

Soukou Kihei Votoms Recaps

Armored Trooper Votoms Recaps

Soukou Kihei Votoms Recaps
OVA, 1986, 4 eps Me:- Author:-
Week 5 Class 1+2

Soukou Kihei Votoms: The Last Red Shoulder

Armored Trooper Votoms: The Last Red Shoulder

Soukou Kihei Votoms: The Last Red Shoulder
OVA, 1985, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 5 Class 3

Soukou Kihei Votoms: Big Battle

Armored Trooper Votoms: Big Battle

Soukou Kihei Votoms: Big Battle
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 5 Class 3
Arion
Movie, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Week 6 Class 1
Aoki Ryuusei SPT Layzner OVA
OVA, 1986, 3 eps Me:- Author:-
Week 6 Class 2+3
Juusenki L-Gaim I: Pentagona Window + Lady Gavlet
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:3
Week 7 Class 1
Juusenki L-Gaim II: Farewell My Lovely + Pentagona Dolls
OVA, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:2
Week 7 Class 1
Juusenki L-Gaim III: Full Metal Soldier
OVA, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Week 7 Class 2

Dirty Pair: The Movie

Dirty Pair: Project Eden

Dirty Pair: The Movie
Movie, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 7 Class 3
Seisenshi Dunbine OVA
OVA, 1988, 3 eps Me:- Author:-
Week 8 Class 1

Uchuu no Senshi

Starship Troopers

Uchuu no Senshi
OVA, 1988, 6 eps Me:- Author:-
Week 8 Class 2

Soukou Kihei Votoms: Red Shoulder Document - Yabou no Roots

Armored Trooper Votoms: Red Shoulder Document - Roots of Treachery

Soukou Kihei Votoms: Red Shoulder Document - Yabou no Roots
OVA, 1988, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 8 Class 3
Kikou Ryohei Mellowlink
OVA, 1988, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Week 9 Class 1+2

Crusher Joe OVA

Crusher Joe: The OVAs

Crusher Joe OVA
OVA, 1989, 2 eps Me:- Author:-
Week 9 Class 3

Kidou Senshi Gundam 0080: Pocket no Naka no Sensou

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

Kidou Senshi Gundam 0080: Pocket no Naka no Sensou
OVA, 1989, 6 eps Me:- Author:8
Week 10 Class 1

Kidou Senshi Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

Kidou Senshi Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
OVA, 1991, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
Series preferable, but the movie is for the lazy and essentially acceptable.

Kidou Senshi Gundam 0083: Zeon no Zankou

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow Of Zeon

Kidou Senshi Gundam 0083: Zeon no Zankou
Movie, 1992, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 10 Class 2

Soukou Kihei Votoms: Kakuyaku taru Itan

Armored Trooper Votoms: Brilliantly Shining Heresy

Soukou Kihei Votoms: Kakuyaku taru Itan
OVA, 1994, 5 eps Me:- Author:-
Week 10 Class 3

Kidou Butouden G Gundam

Mobile Fighter G Gundam

Kidou Butouden G Gundam
TV, 1994, 49 eps Me:- Author:-
Optional and historically important (+20% longer, 20 hours) Extra Credit.
Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing
TV, 1995, 49 eps Me:- Author:-
Optional and historically important, watch if you have the time (+20% longer, 20 hours) Extra Credit.
Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Tokubetsu-hen
Movie, 1998, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Optional and historically important, watch if you have the time. Extra Credit.

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Dai 08 MS Shoutai

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Dai 08 MS Shoutai
OVA, 1996, 12 eps Me:- Author:7
Week 11 Class 1+2
Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star
TV, 1998, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
One of Sunrise's best series, and quite an important one, but takes about 10 hours extra to watch, or a week and a day worth of class time, so we will be forced to skip this one. Extra Credit.
Cowboy Bebop
TV, 1998, 26 eps Me:- Author:10
Week 11 Class 3, Week 12 Class 1+2 Lynchpin in Sunrise's animation history and arguably the most important directional shift in animation ever created. A culmination of decades of Sunrise's work that requires an entire week dedicated to watching.
Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira
Movie, 2001, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
Week 12 Class 3

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
TV, 2006, 25 eps Me:- Author:8
Another critical work in Sunrise's history, but an extremely long series. As a result, the OVA summary version will "technically" be placed here, but the full series is a much watch, and the extra time should be dedicated to watching.

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch Special Edition - Black Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Special Edition - Black Rebellion

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch Special Edition - Black Rebellion
OVA, 2008, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 13 Class 1

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2
TV, 2008, 25 eps Me:- Author:8
Realistically, in 30-50 years it is highly unlikely anyone has the time, or cares enough, to watch all 50 episodes, and thus the summaries are essentially sufficient to understand Sunrise even if they aren't the preferred way to consume Code Geass.

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Special Edition - Zero Requiem

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Special Edition - Zero Requiem

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Special Edition - Zero Requiem
OVA, 2009, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 13 Class 2
Soukou Kihei Votoms: Pailsen Files
OVA, 2007, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Yet again another series that is a tad to long to watch, but preferable to the summary movie. However, to save time the movie can be watched instead unless one particularly enjoys Votoms.
Soukou Kihei Votoms: Pailsen Files Movie
Movie, 2009, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Week 13 Class 3

Kidou Senshi Gundam: The Origin

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin

Kidou Senshi Gundam: The Origin
OVA, 2015, 6 eps Me:- Author:10
Week 14 Class 1+2+3

Kidou Senshi Gundam Thunderbolt

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt

Kidou Senshi Gundam Thunderbolt
ONA, 2015, 4 eps Me:- Author:8
Week 15 Class 1

Kidou Senshi Gundam Thunderbolt 2nd Season

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt 2nd Season

Kidou Senshi Gundam Thunderbolt 2nd Season
ONA, 2017, 4 eps Me:- Author:8
Week 15 Class 2

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima

Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima
Movie, 2022, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Week 15 Class 3

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo
TV, 2022, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Extra Credit, and the future of Sunrise.

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