One of the biggest anime makers in all of Japan. If you are thinking "Real Robot
", you probably mean Sunrise's production. Between decades-spanning Gundam
franchise and one-shot gems like Vision of Escaflowne
and Code Geass
, Sunrise has long since cemented its reputation of one of the Humongous Mecha
market trend makers. Also, being a subsidiary of Bandai Entertainment
(since 1994), many of its works (the ones involving Humongous Mecha
, of course) end up in Super Robot Wars
sooner or later.
Several of Sunrise's original series credit "Hajime Yatate
" as their original creator; that's a collective pseudonym for Sunrise and its animation staff. Yatate is depicted as an actual person in Gundam Sousei
, a comedy loosely
depicting the making of the original Mobile Suit Gundam
. Apparently he's a loudmouth who wears a cowboy hat everywhere. Who knew?Studio DEEN
, Studio BONES
, and Manglobe
were formed by former Sunrise staff members.
They also animated eight episodes of Batman The Animated SeriesList
to mixed results. Eventually they become one of the two animation studios, along with AKOM
, to be taken off the series. Nevertheless, Sunrise later createdThe Big O
, a Batman
-influenced project with a considerably more positive reception in the West.
Sunrise were also responsible for an aborted attempt to create an Americanized Gundam series, known as Doozy Bots, long before dubbing any of the actual anime. Though nothing was made beyond a rather hilariously misguided pilot
For the Academy Award
-winning, classic 1927 silent film, see Sunrise
Responsible for the following original series:
Sunrise also adapted the following into anime versions:
Aside from Batman, Sunrise also worked on the following American Cartoons:
Other Anime Sunrise has worked on include:
Tropes associated with Sunrise:
- Animation Bump: Used often to the point where their animation is referred to as "Sunrise Smooth" to many (unfortunately, it sacrifices consistency).
- Ass Kicking Pose: Called the Brave Perspective in Japan due to recurring use, the pose is performed by Sword Pointing a BFS diagonally upwards in extreme foreshortening. Also known as the Sunrise Stance much like the Gaina Stance, it has become referenced endlessly even in professional works.
- Conspicuous CG: Whenever they use CG, generally speaking, but the examples include shows like Code Geass, recent Gundam series and Keroro Gunsou...ESPECIALLY Keroro Gunsou. This is largely due to trying to make the models photo-realistic and cartoonish at the same time, with varying degrees of success. Nevertheless, integration has admittedly improved over the years.
- This ends up being extremely noticeable in Love Live!, where every single dance routine ends up using CG as much as, if not more than the normal art.
- Humongous Mecha: The Kings of this trope, at least in the Real Robot genre (though Toei Animation was one of the originators).
- Mascot: While they don't have an official one, one could argue that the RX-78 Gundam, Haro or Keroro might count.
- Merchandise Driven: The Entire Gundam Franchise is built around this trope (The sales of the models actually saved it). Some of their other shows also fall into this category.
- Tiger & Bunny is both an inverted and played-straight example. The show sells incredible amounts of merchandise (It all sold out in X seconds). It's also about corporate-sponsored superheroes - real corporations, mind you - so the show is driven by the merchandise.
- Off Model: This occurs from time to time in several of their anime, especially in the original Gundam series and its sequels or spin-offs.
- A similar issue the company has become to be noted for is the fact that some of their characters are often given fatter-than-usual fingers in certain scenes (aptly nicknamed "Sausage Fingers").
- Kevin Altieri praised Sunrise's contribution to the Batman episode "The Cat and the Claw, Part One" by saying "They blew so many other simpler things, and this they pulled off!" in reference to a difficult sequencenote . Sums up their reputation for this trope quite well.
- Also mentioned in the same article, Altieri talks about how they struggled with Poison Ivy in "Eternal Youth"note . It further mentions that one scene in "Pretty Poison"note had to be re-animated in America.