Gundam Studio, Japanese Car Manufacturers Come Together for New Racing Anime

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

A teaser 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 are all contributing to Hi-Drivers and that more details about the format, story and creative team will be revealed at the AnimeJapan expo in late March.

While 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 Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom), Hayato Dojima (The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising 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 at the Borderline and Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club are set to premiere 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 teenage idols who compete against each other but also work together to maintain their school club. Moreover, the latest anime series in the Gundam franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, is scheduled to debut in October.

On top of that, Sunrise's Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island will be released in Japan on June 3. The movie expands on the 15th episode of the original Gundam series, and its cast features multiple popular and experienced voice actors like Toru Furuya (One Piece) as protagonist Amuro Ray, Toshio Furukawa (Attack on Titan) as Kai Shiden and Ken Narita (Inuyasha) as Bright Noa.

Sunrise is also teaming up with Legendary Pictures to produce a live-action Gundam film. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) is signed on to direct and veteran comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan is penning the script.

Source: YouTube, via Crunchyroll 

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