Gundam Studio and Japanese automakers come together for new racing anime


The first trailer drops for Hi-Drivers, a new racing anime that sees studio Sunrise teaming up with popular Japanese car brands like Nissan and Honda.

Sunrise, the animation studio behind the Mobile Suit Gundam multimedia franchise, and Bandai Namco are teaming up with several Japanese automakers to create an all-new racing anime, Hi-Drivers.

A trailer was released, giving viewers a glimpse of the show’s many drivers and their specialty cars. It also confirms that Honda, Subaru, Toyota and Nissan all contribute to Hi-Drivers and that more details about the format, story, and creative team will be revealed at the AnimeJapan Expo in late March.

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Although little information about Hi-Drivers is unknown at this point, a few cast members have been confirmed. Yuri Ise (Irina: the vampire cosmonaut), Junichi Suwabe (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba), Jun Fukuyama (How a realistic hero rebuilt the kingdom), Hayato Dojima (The Prince’s Genie’s Guide to Getting a Nation Out of Debt) and Hiroyuki Yoshino (my hero academia) are lending their voices to the anime and will be making appearances at the AnimeJapan Expo.

Hi-Drivers isn’t the only upcoming anime project for Sunrise. The second seasons of Amain Warrior on the Frontier and Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club should be released in April. Amain Warrior is an original mecha series that sees a young boy named Amō Shiiba try to change the course of history for an occupied Japan with the help of a rogue AI and an abandoned giant robot, and Nijigasaki High School Idol Club is an entry in the Love Live! multimedia franchise that follows a group of teen idols who compete against each other but also work together to maintain their school club. Additionally, the latest anime series from the Gundam franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch of Mercuryis set to debut in October.

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On top of that, Sunrise Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island will be released in Japan on June 3. The film expands on the 15th episode of the original Gundam series, and its cast includes several popular and experienced voice actors like Toru Furuya (A piece) as protagonist Amuro Ray, Toshio Furukawa (The attack of the Titans) as Kai Shiden and Ken Narita (Inuyasha) as Bright Noa.

Sunrise is also teaming up with Legendary Pictures to produce live-action Gundam movie. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) is signed to direct, and veteran comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan is writing the screenplay.

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Source: YouTube, via Crunchyroll

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