BANDAI SPIRITS announced today on May 2 that its plastic model kit series inspired by Sunrise's Mobile Suit Gundam anime franchise, commonly called as "Gunpla" in Japan, has shipped more than 500 million units in total in 39 years since its launch in July 1980. Hit the jump for more details.
Luminary Tears (known in Japan as Mahou no Lumitear), a short form web anime based on the cute toy line from Bandai Candy, is making the jump from Youtube to Japanese airwaves, because the entire 10 episode series will broadcast as part of the "Chara Suta" corner of TV Tokyo's Oha Suta children's variety TV program. Hit the jump to learn more.
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. Hit the jump to learn more.
Cuteness is freed from the bonds of gravity in "Gundam vs. Hello Kitty", a strange new collaboration that celebrates the 40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam and the 45th anniversary of Sanrio's Hello Kitty mascot character with a "showdown project" that pits both franchises against one another online and in real life. Hit the jump to learn more.
BANDAI SPIRITS has started accepting preorders for a 1/1 scale replica of Sheer Heart Attack, the second bomb used by Yoshikage Kira's stand Killer Queen in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable on Bandai's official online store Premium Bandai. See how it works in a PV narrated by the character's anime VA Toshiyuki Morikawa after the jump.
In commemoration of the One Piece TV anime's 20th anniversary, Bandai's official online store Premium Bandai today starts accepting pre-orders for "One Piece 20th Memorial Collection," a set of accessories inspired by the memories of the Straw Hat Pirates members, for March 2019 release in Japan. Check out the details of the special memorial items after the jump!
Some new information is now available for the latest series in Battle Spirits, a TV anime franchise based on the card-battle game by Bandai and Sunrise: the principal staff have been revealed, and it has been confirmed that the new anime will be the third work set in the same continuity as 2009's Battle Spirits: Shonen Gekiha Dan and 2010's Battle Spirits: Brave. Hit the jump to learn more.
Bandai's official online store Premium Bandai today starts accepting preorders for "MiMiCHeRi Aikatsu! fashion check! Set," a set of five character figures from the Aikatsu! idol anime franchise: Ichigo, Aoi, Ran, Otome, and Yurika. This is the first item from the company's newly-launched deformed posable figure line "MiMiCHeRi." Check out the details of the cute figures after the jump!
As reported several times, Premium Bandai has been releasing PC cushions inspired by characters from popular anime/manga series, including Osomatsu-san, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Kemono Friends, and many others. The line's latest featured character is Luna, the protagonist Usagi's black guardian cat in the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series. Check out the details of the cute item after the jump!
BANDAI SPIRITS' Collectors Division has started accepting pre-orders for a refined version figure of Tetsujin 28-go, the main robot from Mitsuteru Yokoyama's classic manga of the same name in the mid-1950s. "Soul of Chogokin GX-24R Tetsujin 28-go" is based on the original "GX-24" version released in 2004 and newly includes a speaker that can play the iconic TV anime theme song. Hit the jump for more details.