Sunrise Inc. is the Japanese animation studio responsible for several iconic anime, including Mobile Suit Gundam and its various spin-offs. Originally, the company had its operation based in over twenty locations, but recently they announced that Sunrise is consolidating their corporation into one building in Ogikubo in Japan. As a tribute to Gundam, they are naming their building “White Base.” The building will also feature decor Gundam and other anime properties they have produced.
The company also released some images of their new headquarters:
Sunrise is calling their new corporate headquarters "White Base." pic.twitter.com/mjaQ5S2uJk
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Crunchyroll reports, “The first Sunrise department will be moving in on October 25, with different departments, animation studios (including the different Sunrise ones, Namco Bandai Pictures, and Sunrise Beyond), and production houses trickling into the building between then and June 2022. Sunrise Beyond is set to be the last anime studio moving into White Base in January, while Sunrise Music is scheduled to move in sometime in June 2022.”
They continue, “White Base is situated only a short walk from Ogikubo Station, making it easier on all the Sunrise employees who will now be communicating to the building every day.”
According to the White Base Wikipedia page, the base “At the outbreak of the One Year War, the Dreadnought-oriented Earth Federation was caught completely by surprise when the Principality of Zeon deployed the agile mobile suits against their fleets. The Federation military quickly realized that they would also need mobile suits if they were to have any chance of victory, and instituted the famed Project V in order to develop a mass-production mobile suit design.”
Wikipedia adds, “The Federation also realized that their existing line of space warships — mostly the cannon-heavy Magellan-class battleships, Salamis-class cruisers, and the unarmed Columbus-class transporters — are severely lacking in mobile suit transport and support capacity, and thus desperately in need of designs capable of mobile warfare. A new revolutionary warship class exclusively designed for MS combat and support was born — the Pegasus-class assault carrier. One of the first Pegasus-class ships to enter active service was the White Base.”
Aside from Gundam, Sunrise has produced Cowboy Bebop, Space Runaway Ideon, Armored Trooper Votoms, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Future GPX Cyber Formula, Crush Gear Turbo, The Vision of Escaflowne, and several others.