AnimeJapan, a popular annual anime consumer showcase, is holding its first in-person event after two years of COVID-19 related cancellations. In 2021, an online event was held instead. AnimeJapan 2022’s theme will be “Cue! and the event aims to push forward with the feeling of making a new start. The 2022 event will take place at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan from March 26 to March 29, 2022.
The expo recently released the event’s key visual featuring various anime characters such as: Osomatsu Matsuno from Mr.Osomatsu(Pierrot), Bojji from Ranking of Kings(Wit Studio), Conan Edogawa from Detective Conan(TMS Entertainment), Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045(Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts), Hiroshi Odokawa from ODD TAXI(OLM and P.I.C.S.), and the RX-78-02 Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island(Sunrise). The characters featured will appear on exclusive event merchandise.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island is also listed as one of the content exhibitions for the event.
Announced during the 2nd Gundam Conference on September 2021, Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island is a new anime film directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the character designer and chief animation director of the 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam series, as well as chief director of the 2015-2018 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin OVA series. The film will be a new perspective on the fifteenth episode of the same name from the 0079 series. The tagline for the new film is “Gundam, rising again—“ and is set to release early Summer 2022.
In the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam series, “Cucuruz Doan’s Island” sees protagonist Amuro Ray meeting Principality of Zeon deserter Cucuruz Doan. Stricken with guilt over his actions in a past battle involving killing civilians, Doan has secluded himself on an island in the Pacific swearing to protect the same children orphaned by that battle.
- Planning and Production: Sunrise
- Original Story: Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino
- Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
- Assistant Director: Ka Hee Im
- Screenplay: Toshizo Nemoto
- Character Design: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Atsushi Tamura, Tsukasa Kotobuki
- Mechanical Design: Kunio Okawara, Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane
- Art Director: Yuji Kaneko
- Color Design: Nagisa Abe
- Director of Photography: Takeshi Katsurayama, Ryo Iijima
- CGI Directing: Shuhei Morita
- CGI Director: Abe Morihito
- Editing: Kazuhiro Nii
- Sound Director: Sadayoshi Fujino
- Music: Takayuki Hattori