Anime studio Sunrise and their long-time film production/distribution partner Shochiku are enjoying the blockbuster success of their latest Universal Century anime film, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash.
Releasing June 11 in Japan, the movie has grossed 1.8 billion yen at the box office in its sixth week, earning 1,850,500,500 yen in revenue with 910,965 tickets sold. Not only is Hathaway’s Flash the first Gundam entry to exceed one billion yen in box office revenue since the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack, the film is nearing the overall Gundam box office record held by Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space (1982), currently sitting at 2.3 billion yen.
In the film’s first week, 53,674 Blu-ray copies were sold at 215 theaters, including 34,222 copies for the limited edition and 19,452 copies for the regular edition. In twenty-four days, the Blu-ray has sold 90,683 copies, with 52,989 units for the limited edition and 37,694 for the regular edition in theaters alone.
For the 8th to 11th weeks of the film’s release, the studio has outlined the admission gifts that will be distributed at participating theaters.
8th week: Friday, July 30th – pablo uchida design works, an A5 size concept art and design booklet with 28 pages.
9th week: Friday, August 6 – Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash frame film
10th week: Friday, August 13 – Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash storyboard collection
(Type A (contains cut0174-0233), Type B (contains cut0950-1011), 2 types randomly distributed)
11th week: Friday, August 20th – Pablo Uchida’s newly drawn illustration clear file
Elusive to anime productions, Pablo Uchida serves as character designer and concept artist for Hathaway’s Flash. As an artist known for his realism, Uchida aids in director Shukou Murase’s “live action” approach to the Hathaway film. Producer Naohiro Ogata lauded him as the “successor” to famed illustrator Noriyoshi Ohrai.
While the film is screening in Japan, streaming giant Netflix released the film internationally July 1. The film is dubbed with eight language options and thirty subtitled language options, available to 190 countries worldwide.
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 Aim
- Toru Furuya as Amuro Ray
- Maria Kawamura as Quess Paraya
- Nozomu Sasaki as Gass H. Huguest
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Gawman Nobile
- Yui 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.