Gainax's 2001 Mahoromatic and 2004 Shaft collaboration This Ugly Yet Beautiful World are slated to be collected in new Japanese Blu-ray set, schedule for June 23rd. Looking ahead to these releases, the studio has previewed their new cover art by shared character designer/animation director Kazuhiro Takamura . Get a look after the jump.
The Fukushima-based branch of Gainax Studios has created an animated short film entitled Masamune Date-nicle, which is designed to raise awareness for Date City in Fukushima Prefecture, the ancestral home of the Date clan, by chronicling the youthful adventures of samurai warlord Date Masamune. Hit the jump to learn more.
Acclaimed anime production company Gainax, known for Neon Genesis Evangelion and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, has opened its first vegetable store that specializes in high sugar content fruit tomatoes and juice products on the first floor of the Kitano Koubou no Machi (Kitano Meister Garden) in Kobe-city, Hyogo Prefecture. Hit the jump for more details.
This March, Gainax is bringing Gurren Lagann mobile. They've launched an Anime @ Gainax mobile site for the 2007 mech anime, offering visitors on mobile devices using Japanese wireless providers free digital wallpapers. Additionally the series is crossing over with mobile games, including military tactics game Daisenryaku Web and Freezing Vibration: Wings of Stigmata. Get a look after the jump.
If you have a strong memory, you might recall that a young woman appears in live-action parts of the FLCL ending. That was Yukiko Motoya, who also voiced drama club writer Aya Sawada in the KareKano: His and Her Circumstances anime. The Gainax bit-player went on to a successful career as a playwright/theater producer, satirist, radio DJ, magazine columnist and novelist. This year, she's sharing the prestigious Akutagawa Award. More after the jump.
Gainax's Fukushima-based animation studio is working on a project for Fukushima Prefecture entitled Mirai e no tegami - Kono michi no tochū kara ("Letter to the Future - Midway Along the Path") which will highlight the area's recovery efforts since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Hit the jump to learn more.
It is with a heavy heart that I report that the new Gurren Lagann project on which Crunchyroll previously reported appears indeed to be a set of sleek new pachinko machines, to be installed in pachinko halls in Japan beginning in February of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.