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Sunrise company logo.

Sunrise Inc. (株式会社サンライズ Kabushiki-gaisha Sanraizu?) is a Japanese animation studio and production enterprise. It is a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings. Its former name was Nippon Sunrise, and prior to that, Sunrise Studios.[1] Its headquarters is located in Suginami, Tokyo.[2]


Among Japan's largest and most famous studios, Sunrise is renowned for several critically lauded and popular original anime series, such as Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, The Vision of Escaflowne, Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon, as well as its numerous adaptations of acclaimed light novels including Dirty Pair, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere and Accel World, and manga such as City Hunter, InuYasha, Outlaw Star, and several others.

Most of their works are mostly original titles created in-house by their creative staffs that went into a collective pseudonym called Hajime Yatate. They also previously operated a now defunct video game studio of their own named Sunrise Interactive. Sunrise also launched their own light novel publication titled Yatate Bunko Imprint on September 30, 2016 aimed to publish new original titles and also to supplemment their already existing franchises with new materials.[3]

Anime created by Sunrise that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize are Mobile Suit Gundam in 1979 and the first half of 1980, Space Runaway Ideon in the second half of 1980, Crusher Joe (co-production with Studio Nue) in 1983, Dirty Pair in 1985, Future GPX Cyber Formula in 1991, Gundam SEED in 2002, Gundam SEED Destiny in 2004 and 2005, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion in 2006 and 2007 and Code Geass R2 in 2008, thus making Sunrise as the studio that won the most number of Animage Awards.


  1. Animage Editorial Staff (August 1987). "Arata na michi o mosakusuru orijinaru robotto anime no sōhonzan" 新たな道を模索するオリジナルロボットアニメの総本山 [The main office searches for a fresh original robot anime]. Animage (in Japanese). Vol. 110. pp. 60–65.
  2. SUNRISE INTERNATIONAL Information Company Outline
  3. Sunrise Launches "Yatate Bunko" Light Novel Imprint