The official Sunrise Gundam portal website Gundam Info recently held a poll in their “Gundam Census” series asking netizens which Gundam topic from 2021 was the most impressive.
With 2,117 total votes, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash topped the poll with 45.2%.
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, 2021 the Hathaway film has earned record box office sales with 2.2 billion yen in revenue, with over 1.08 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 grossing film in the Gundam franchise, which earned 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 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED theatrical film announcement comes in 2nd place in the poll with 22.3%.
GUNDAM SEED PROJECT ignited was announced May 2021 as a multifaceted project celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series in 2022. The projects included the installation of the life-sized Freedom Gundam statue at LaLaport Shanghai Jingqiao, an anime short directed by Mitsuo Fukuda to commemorate the statue, the development of a new video game based on the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series, the manga serialization of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ECLIPSE, and lastly the announcement of a Mobile Suit Gundam SEED theatrical film sequel to the TV series directed by Mitsuo Fukuda.
Gundam Reconguista in G III: Legacy from Space is the third place winner at 12.4%
Legacy from Space marks the third entry in Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Gundam Reconguista in G compilation film series, which released July 2021 to Japanese theaters. The film series retelling was announced in November 2018 as a part of the Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Project. The compilations were to include new scenes and newly recorded dialogue.
The other results as followed:
- Mobile Suit Gundam AGE 10th anniversary- 6.2%
- Gundam Breaker Battlogue– 3.8%
- Life-sized Freedom Gundam statue- 2.9%
- “Meiji Almond Chocolate” Collaboration- 2.4%
- SD Gundam World Heroes– 2.1%
- The official Gundam Channel on YouTube exceeding 1 million subscribers- 1.5%
- Gundam Build Real– 1.2%
Source: Gundam Info