GUNDAM PREMIERE & CONCERT 2017-11-11T23:28:27+00:00



Anime NYC and SUNRISE Inc. are excited to present the US premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower, the second film in the Gundam Thunderbolt series, together with a live concert featuring the music of Gundam Thunderbolt led by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi!

SUNRISE’s Gundam Thunderbolt premiere and concert will take place within Anime NYC on Sunday, November 19th and will be free for all Anime NYC attendees.

For loyal Gundam fans, a limited Premium Package is available now for $75 (SOLD OUT), offering reserved premiere and concert seats, a private autograph session, exclusive print, and original Japanese Gundam Thunderbolt soundtrack CD.


Purchase a Gundam Thunderbolt soundtrack from Kinokuniya Bookstore (536) any time during the weekend or during the Gundam Thunderbolt concert to receive an autograph ticket to meet Naruyoshi Kikuchi! Then bring your autograph ticket and soundtrack to his signing.

Signing times…
Saturday at 11:30 AM
Sunday at 2:30 PM

CD 1 – $45

LP – $67

CD 2 – $45


Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is a sci-fi story grounded in the warfare of today and uniquely brought to life by the music of Naruyoshi Kikuchi. One of Japan’s greatest jazz composers and musicians, Mr. Kikuchi is acclaimed at home in Japan and around the world, and no stranger to anime, he’s also the composer of the Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine soundtrack and his saxophone can be heard in the music of Cowboy Bebop.

Mr. Kikuchi will appear at Anime NYC as an Official Guest, leading and performing in the Gundam Thunderbolt series concert, as well as speaking on panels and signing autographs.

The Mobile Suit Gundam saga from SUNRISE is one of the most prolific titles in the history of Japanese animation. It spans over 35 years and more than 50 television series and movies, and Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is the latest entry into this universe. Based on the Gundam Thunderbolt manga by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower continues the story of rival pilots Daryl Lorenz and Io Fleming. With their battlefield now on Earth, they each face a new enemy.

The Gundam Thunderbolt manga is published in the US by VIZ Media, and the first Gundam Thunderbolt film, December Sky, is available now on Blu-ray from Right Stuf. Bluefin, the official American distributor of many anime and pop culture brands including Bandai’s Gundam collectibles and model kits, will also be appearing at Anime NYC with a number of Gundam Thunderbolt model kits for sale.


Meet the man behind Gundam Thunderbolt’s sound!

Naruyoshi Kikuchi

Naruyoshi Kikuchi was born in 1963. He is a musician, writer, lecturer, and producer. He also plays the saxophone. In 2011, he signed on with Impulse! Records, becoming the first non-American to do so. Since 2013 he’s been a label producer within Sony Music, creating the label TABOO, and one of his accolades includes the debut album of actress Rinko Kikuchi. During his career, he’s released over 20 albums, and no stranger to anime, Kikuchi performed the saxophone on the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack and composed the music for Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. His brother is Hideyuki Kikuchi, the writer of Demon City Shinjuku and Vampire Hunter D.


Meet the talented women and men performing with Naruyoshi Kikuchi at Anime NYC!

I.C.I aka Ai Ichikawa

Born in Kanagawa, Japan, Ichikawa started playing piano and violin at the age of five. After she graduated Keio University, she went to Berklee College in Boston. While studying in Berklee, she started singing jazz professionally at bars and restaurants. She first worked with Naruyoshi Kikuchi when he asked her to be a background singer for his first hip-hop album. During this project, Kikuchi dubbed her “I.C.I”, giving Ichikawa her rap name. I.C.I aka Ai Ichikawa both wrote lyrics for and sings in the Thunderbolt soundtrack, and she’s now making her first original album with Naruyoshi Kikuchi as producer.

Ai Kuwabara

Kuwabara graduated from the Senzoku College of Music, majoring in Jazz Piano. She’s released five albums to date and received numerous awards including Jazz Japan’s Album of the Year and Japan Time’s Best Album of the First Half Year. Kuwabara has actively performed in and out of Japan, including the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition in Switzerland, Tokyo Jazz at the Tokyo International Forum, and more. In 2017, she collaborated with Steve Gadd and Will Lee to produce her new album. The trio also toured Japan.

Akira Yamada

Yamada’s been familiar with music since a young age and started his career when he graduated from high school. With Takeshi Inosan, Tamaya Honda, and Gene Jackson as his mentors, Yamada began playing professionally at the age of 18, and he’s now a drummer who actively plays across many different music scenes.

Tree Palmedo

Tree is a Boston/New York-based trumpeter, composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. After falling in love with jazz in high school in Portland, OR, he attended the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program, where he released the album Origins with the Downbeat Award-winning Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Tree attended Harvard and graduated cum laude with a degree in English, then completed a Master’s in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory. His contemporary jazz quartet project Earprint received four stars in Downbeat and was named #1 debut album on the NPR Jazz Critic’s Poll. He’s shared stages with Vijay Iyer, Ezra Weiss, Greg Tardy, Anthony Wilson, and more.

Yoshie Sakamoto

Born in Tokyo, Sakamoto is a natural professional singer whose skill is highly acclaimed across Japan and as far away as at events in Nashville and Oklahoma. She’s a standout in the bluegrass music scene with her charming voice. In 2013, she released a country album called Someday.

Yunior Terry

Regarded as one of NYC’s most sought after bass players, Yunior Terry is recognized for his big sound, versatility, and contagious rhythm. As the youngest son of one of Cuba’s most gifted musical families, Los Terry’s, he followed tradition and began his musical training at age seven, graduating in 1994 from the prestigious National School of Art in Havana with a double major in Violin and Bass. Soon after graduation he joined the National Philharmonic Orchestra, performing works of European and Cuban composers at the Havana National Theater. In 1998, Terry moved to California to attend the California Institute of Arts where he received his B.A. with Honors. Terry now leads his own band, Son de Altura, created to innovate as well as preserve the legacy of Cuban music.