The official Gundam portal website Gundam Info reports that the Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash Blu-ray sales have already exceeded 53,000 copies.
Released to theaters last Friday June 11, 2021 in Japan, Hathaway’s Flash began screening at 215 theaters and Blu-ray editions were sold at the venues. A total of 53,674 copies were sold at all 215 theaters, including 34,222 copies for the limited edition and 19,452 copies for the regular edition. The Blu-ray sales have far surpassed the 6,772 copies of Mobile Suit Gundam The ORIGIN: VI Rise of the Red Comet in 2018 and the 19,998 copies of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 7 Over the Rainbow in 2014.
The limited edition is priced at 12,000 yen and will include:
- Volume 1 of Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash by Yoshiyuki Tomino and cover illustration by Haruhiko Mikimoto
- Audiobook CD for Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash novel volume 1/6 discs/407 minutes
- Original soundtrack CD by Hiroyuki Sawano
- Special bonus disc
- GUNDAM FAN GATHERING – “Hathaway’s Flash” Heirs to GUNDAM-.
- GUNPLA EXPO 2020 “Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash” Special Stage
- Hiroyuki Sawano / Project【emU】”MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UNICORN” suite
- Special booklet (16 pages)
- Video extras
- Trailer / Special report video 1 / Special report video 2 / Teaser PV / Trailer 1
- Audio commentary
- First half: Kensho Ono (Hathaway Noa), Reina Ueda (Gigi Andalucia), Junichi Suwabe (Kenneth Sleg)
- Second half: Kensho Ono (Hathaway Noa), Souma Saito (Lane Aime), Naohiro Ogata (Sunrise Producer)
- Newly drawn sleeve case by Pablo Uchida
- Main BD: 100 minutes (95 minutes of the main story + 5 minutes of video extras) + Special BD: 171 minutes
- BD: Dolby Atmos, Linear PCM (Stereo) / AVC / BD50G / 16:9 <1080p High Definition
- Special BD: Linear PCM (Stereo) / AVC / BD50G / 16:9 <1080i High Definition
- Japanese, English, French, Korean, Thai, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan and Hong Kong), and Simplified Chinese subtitles
The standard edition is priced at 5,000 yen and will include:
- Special booklet (16 pages)
- Video extras
- Trailer / Special Report 1 / Special Report 2 / Teaser PV / Trailer 1
- Audio commentary
- Newly drawn sleeve case by Pablo Uchidaa
- Main BD: 100 minutes (95 minutes of main story + 5 minutes of video extras)
- Same specs as the Limited Edition.
After three COVID-19 related delays, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash enjoyed an 190 million yen opening day, marking a 337% increase from Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative’s debut in 2018. The momentum continued Saturday and Sunday earning an additional 330,656,900 yen, totaling 523,943,800 yen in box office revenue with 1,537,939 yen per screen and 259,074 attendees, ranking first in the Japanese weekend box office against fierce competition like Hideaki Anno’s Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time and Warner Bros. Pictures’sRurouni Kenshin: The Beginning.
With a great start, the staff behind Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway Flash confidently projects the film will surpass Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space as the highest grossing in the Gundam franchise, exceeding 2.3 billion yen.
First in a trilogy of anime films helmed by 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.
The year is U.C. 0105. Twelve years have passed since the end of the second Neo Zeon War (Char’s Rebellion). Even after “the Axis Shock,” which seemed to indicate the future of humanity and the Universal Century, the world is still in a chaotic situation where intermittent military conflicts continue to break out. The Earth Federation government is more corrupt than ever, and its leadership has not only accelerated Earth’s pollution, but also implemented an inhuman “Man Hunting” policy in which civilians are forcibly exiled to outer space.
The anti-Federation government organization “Mafty,” led by someone called “Mafty Navue Erin,” has taken a stand against the corruption of the Earth Sphere. Mafty carries out fierce acts of terrorism, assassinating high officials of the Federation government one after another, but it gains a certain level of support from the populace who are growing more opposed to the Federation government.
The person who calls himself “Mafty” and leads this organization is Hathaway Noa, the son of Bright Noa, an officer of the Earth Federation Forces who once participated in the One Year War. Hathaway himself joined the forces trying to stop Char’s Rebellion. With firsthand knowledge of the ideals and ideologies of Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, he has become a warrior following in their footsteps, and plans to clear a path forward through armed resistance. His destiny, however, is drastically altered as he encounters the Federation Forces officer Kenneth Sleg and a mysterious young beauty named Gigi Andalucia.
- Kensho Ono as Hathaway Noa
- Junichi Suwabe as Kenneth Sleg
- Reina Ueda as Gigi Andalucia
- Soma Saito as Lane Aime
- Toru Furuya as Amuro Ray
- Nozomu Sasaki as Gass H. Huguest
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Gawman Nobile
- Yuki Ishikawa as Emeralda Zubin
- Fukushi Ochiai as Raymond Cain
- Shunsuke Takeuchi as Iram Masam
- Misato Matsuoka as Mihessia Hence
- Chiharu Sawashiro as Kenji Mitsuda
- Atsumi Tanezaki as Mace Flower
- Koichi Yamadera as Hundley Yeoksan
Ergo Proxy and Genocidal Organ’s Shukou Murase is directing the film project, with scripts by Yasuyuki Mutou. Pablo Uchida, Shigeki Kuhara, and Naoyuki Onda serve as the character designers for the films. Hiroyuki Sawano returns from Mobile Suit Gundam entries Unicorn and Narrative as music composer, with rock-band [Alexandros] performing its theme song “Senkou”. The films’ mechanical design team consists of Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane, Nobuhiko Genba, and Seiichi Nakatani.
Source: Gundam Info