Gundam Info, the official Gundam portal website, has released the designs for the pre-order bonus items included with home video release of Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash. In addition to a new illustration sheet by concept artist and character designer Pablo Uchida, pre-orders from different Japanese retailers rewards buyers with an exclusive item.
Bandai Namco Arts, the anime/music production and distribution subsidiary of Bandai Namco Group, previously announced the home video release of Hathaway’s Flash would be November 26, 2021 with two Blu-ray editions, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.
Pre-orders with Amazon Japan will include a roundtable discussion for Hathaway’s Flash with Gundam actors Kensho Ono(Hathaway Noa), Reina Ueda(Gigi Andalucia) Daisuke Sakaguchi(Uso Ewan), and Tomokazu Seki(Domon Kasshu).
First in a trilogy of anime films helmed by director Shukou Murase, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash or Hathaway is the official sequel to the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack movie. The project was announced in November 2018 to celebrate the Gundam 40th anniversary, adapting the Yoshiyuki Tomino-penned novel series of the same name. The novels were originally released from 1989 to 1990, as a follow-up to Tomino’s Char’s Counterattack: Beltorchika’s Children novel, published by Kadokawa’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint.
Opening to Japanese theaters June 11 the Hathaway film has earned record box office sales with 2.2 billion yen in revenue, with over 1.07 million tickets sold, becoming the second highest grossing Gundam film. Hathaway sits behind the 1982 Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space as the highest earning film in the Gundam franchise, sitting at 2.3 billion yen in box office revenue.
As of June 2021, producer Naohiro Ogata confirmed the second installment was in production, tentatively titled, Sun of Bright (also read as “Son”). Producer Ogata addressed there would be changes from the novel’s 2nd volume as Yoshiyuki Tomino previously expressed his reservations to Ogata about adapting it. The story is said expand on rival Gundam pilot Lane Aim’s role in the film series and show more of Gigi Andalucia’s perspective.
Source: Gundam Info