Monday, November 16, 2009
Kamiigusa: Sunrise Studios
The Sunrise animation studio has a small building just east of the Kamiigusa train station. To get here, take the Seibu-Shinjuku line out 10 stops from Takadanobaba to Kamiigusa. Go out the one exit from the station, and take a short jog to the right. Follow the tracks back east towards Takadanobaba 1 block, past the building with the Gundam painting on the shutters, and Sunrise will be at the corner on the left.
You'll see the posters advertising some of their shows on the front of the building and on the windows to the entrance alcove. There's a plaque with the Gundam profile next to the door.
Inside the alcove is a small collection of figures and items from the different shows (Keroro Gunso, Gundam), two Gundam models about 1.5 meters tall each, and a pair of TVs. Only one TV was on, and it was showing ads for Inuyasha in a loop.
The lobby is unmanned, but there's a camera surveying the space. The door leading into the building itself has a security lock and the building isn't open to casual visitors. Still, if you're here to see the Gundam statue at the station, then you might as well make the short stroll to the Sunrise building. After that, you could either try striking out northwest to Ouizumi Gakuen and Toei Studios (from the west side of the station pick up 444 and go north to 25, west to 8, and then take 8 north to Ouizumi Gakuen). Or take the train one station east to Iogo, then walk south along 311 to 4, and double back west on 4 a ways to get to the Suginami Animation Museum.