Updated: 11:37 PM CST 4/17/2021
Edit: The 15 minute preview is now available as a standalone video, here.
A part of Sunrise’s “Road to UC 0105” YouTube campaign, the anime studio is streaming the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack film on their official Gundam YouTube channel, Gundam Channel. Included at the end of Char’s Counterattack is the first 15 minutes of the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash.
To promote the release of the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash(or Hathaway) film, “Road to UC 0105” began January 1, 2021 as a campaign for Gundam Channel to exceed 1.05 million subscribers, in reference to the film’s setting “U.C. 0105”.
Beginning with Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN: Advent of the Red Comet, the channel set to stream various Universal Century Gundam works for each subscription milestone, Mobile Suit Gundam film trilogy at 790,000, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket at 800,000, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory at 830,000, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation at 870,000, and Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack at 930,000, with a “Coming Soon!” when the channel finally reaches 1.05 million. Currently the channel sits at approximately 999,000 subscribers as of this reporting.
As Gundam Channel is primarily tailored to Japanese audiences the film is streamed exclusively to Japanese regions without English or any foreign language subtitles. The stream will only be available from April 17, 2021 (Sat) 21: 00 until April 18 (Sun) 20:59 JST.
First in a trilogy of anime films, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash, or Hathaway is scheduled for a May 7, 2021 release date, serving as the official sequel to Char’s Counterattack. 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, published by Kadokawa’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint.
The film project serves as the second entry in Sunrise’s U.C. NexT 0100 Project following Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative. The first entry of the trilogy was initially set for a July 23, 2020 release date, but was delayed due to coronavirus COVID-19.
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. The films’ mechanical design team consists of Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane, Nobuhiko Genba, and Seiichi Nakatani.
Source: Gundam Channel