Immersive theatrical screenings and digital distribution for the "Mobile Suit Gundam 00" stage play are also planned
April 07, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Japanese TV premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam, and to celebrate this fact a bunch of new projects promoting the franchise have been announced, including a concert series, live music events, digital distribution for the live-action stage play, and immersive theatrical screenings. The events planned include:
- Mobile Suit Gundam the Movie Cinema Concert: a live ochestra event featuring the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as arranged and conducted by Takayuki Hattori, focusing on the music of the original Mobile Suit Gundam compilation film trilogy. To be held on August 16 - 17, 2019, at the Tokyo Opera City venue in Shinjuku.
- GUNDAM 40th FES."LIVE-BEYOND": a two day live-music event featuring songs from throughout the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. To be held on September 07 - 08, 2019, at the Makuhari Messe Event Hall venue in Chiba.
- GUNDAM "BEYOND the Cinema EXPERIENCE" TOUR: a series of screenings using immersive ULTIRA and 4DX gimmicks to propel audience members into the worlds of various Mobile Suit Gundam series. To be screened at select theaters throughout Japan.
- Digital distribution for the Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Regeneration by Destruction Re:Build stage play. A recording of the February 24, 2019 Osaka performance of the Gundam stage play will be digitally distributed from April 08 - May 07, 2019, via online outlets such as Amazon, Youtube, Gundam Fan Club, Bandai Channel, DMM, d Anime, JCOM, and more.
That's a lot of Gundam, and if a certain recent collaboration is any indicator, there might be even more 40th anniversary celebration projects in the works...
Source: Animate Times
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