Original Hathaway Noa Actor Nozomu Sasaki to Narrate Hathaway’s Flash Audiobook

As Sunrise gears up for the premiere of the long-awaited Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash film, earlier today more details were released about the film’s accompanying Blu-ray set.

A part of the limited edition version will be a six disc audiobook for volume 1 of the Hathaway’s Flash novel narrated by Nozomu Sasaki, the original voice actor for protagonist Hathaway Noa. Sasaki voiced Hathaway in the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack film. He gained further acclaim with voicing popular hot blooded characters such as Tetsuo Shima in the classic 1988 Akira film, Yusuke Urameshi from the 1992 Yu Yu Hakusho series, and Mihael Keehl(Mello) in the 2006 Death Note series. Sasaki also lent his voice to After War Gundam X(1996) as the antagonistic Olba Frost.

Sasaki reprised his role as Hathaway in video games featuring the older Hathaway’s Flash version of the character. However, the role was recasted with Kensho Ono for the anime film trilogy following Gundam producer Naohiro Ogata announcing a “renewal” of the main cast, designs, music and other elements in March 2020.

The Blu-rays for the Hathaway film will be released simultaneously with the theatrical release date of May 21, 2021 at all participating theaters in Japan. The upcoming Gundam film will have standard and limited edition versions.

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
  • Specs
    • 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
  • Specs
    • Main BD: 100 minutes (95 minutes of main story + 5 minutes of video extras)
    • Same specs as the Limited Edition.


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’sShukou 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. The films’ mechanical design team consists of Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane, Nobuhiko Genba, and Seiichi Nakatani.

Source: Official website

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