As Sunrise gears up for the release of the long-awaited Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash anime film in just one week away on May 21, official Gundam-apparel brand STRICT-G is now selling an entire collection of Hathaway’s Flash clothing items. As the Tokyo Odaiba store is temporarily closed due to Japan’s state of emergency,, and available for pre-order on Premium Bandai.
• STRICT-G Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash Big T-Shirt with Pocket
This shirt comes in two versions, one with a full color teaser visual(Black) and concept key visual(White), illustrated by character designer Pablo Uchida. Price: 5,830 yen
Premium Bandai links: Black teaser visual, White concept key visual
• STRICT-G Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash T-Shirt
There are two types of t-shirts: the black Mafty logo version, which features the logo of the Anti-Earth Federation Movement Mafty led by Hathaway, along with one of the film’s taglines in English “Ruin or Salvation,” and the green Pumpkin head version, which features the Pumpkin head hijacker, who hijacked Haunzen Flight 356 using the Mafty name. Price: 4,180 yen.
Premium Bandai links: Mafty logo version, Pumpkin head version
• STRICT-G Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash Foil Gradation T-shirt
There are two types of T-shirts in total: A black Xi Gundam version and white Penelope version, with graphic designs expressed through foil printing and gradients. Price: 5,280 yen.
Premium Bandai links: Xi Gundam version, Penelope version
• STRICT-G Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash Ripstop Jacket Mafty
This is a well-balanced windproof, water-repellent, and lightweight jacket made of soft textured ripstop material, inspired by the Anti-Federation Movement, Mafty. Price: 8,580 yen
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• STRICT-G Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash Sports Towel
This sports towel features a full-color design, and comes in two versions: Teaser visual and Concept key visual by Pablo Uchida. Price: 3,300 yen
Premium Bandai links: teaser visual version, key visual version
• STRICT-G Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash Mascot Pouch Pumpkin
This is a plush mascot pouch of the pumpkin head hijacker who called himself Mafty and caused the hijacking of Haunzen Fligjt 356, with a zippered pocket on the back for coins and other small items. Price: 2,200 yen
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• STRICT-G Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash Mascot Keychain Pumpkin
The mascot key chain comes with a ball chain to attach it to various items. Price: 1,320 yen
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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 film is set to be released May 21, 2021 after nearly a year of COVID-19 related delays. The film project serves as the second entry in Sunrise’s U.C. NexT 0100 Project following Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative. 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
- 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.
The Blu-ray for the film will be released simultaneously with the premiere at all participating theaters in Japan. The upcoming Gundam film will have standard and limited edition versions priced at 5,000 yen and 12,000 yen respectively.