Hiroyuki Sawano Releases Music Video for Gigi Andalucia’s Theme G1×2

The official Gundam YouTube channel, Gundam Channel, is now streaming a music video for “G1×2”, by composer Hiroyuki Sawano.

The track is a nostalgic, easy listening tune reminiscent of the 1980s, composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who also plays the piano, with Makoto Fujisaki as the drummer, Toshino Tanabe on bass, and guitar by Harutoshi Ito. The music video itself features clips of the behind the scenes making process played alongside the track.

Clever word-play for “Gigi”, the groovy piece is featured during the first act of the Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash anime film, as protagonists Hathaway Noa and Gigi Andalucia become more acquainted with an “intimate” limousine ride to her upscale Tasaday Hotel room.

Gigi Andalucia stars as the female protagonist of the Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash film trilogy, portrayed by Reina Ueda. Disillusioned by jaded adult society, she is characterized as alluring, mysterious and highly perceptive, with a large financial backing. 

Opening to 215 theaters across Japan on June 11, 2021, the inaugural entry to Shukou Murase’s Hathaway’s Flash trilogy has quickly become a blockbuster hit earning 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. 

As of Hathaway’s fourth week, it has exceeded 1.5 billion yen in total box office receipts, earning 1,583,779,400 yen in 24 days from June 11 to July 5, with 779,032 tickets sold, the marking the first time a Gundam entry has exceeded 1 billion yen in 33 years since the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack.

In twenty-four days, the Blu-ray has already sold 90,683 copies, with 52,989 units for the limited edition and 37,694 for the regular edition in theaters. 

While the film is screening in Japan, streaming giant Netflix announced they were exclusively releasing the Hathaway film July 1 internationally during their “Geeked Week” event. The film is dubbed with eight language options and thirty subtitled language options, available to 190 countries worldwide. 

Billed as the official sequel to Char’s Counterattack, the Hathaway film 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.

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