As Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury has completed its first season, the TV edition of the hit anime film, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash will be assuming its 5pm time slot on MBS and TBS‘s Nichigo anime block.
Along with a short preview for the upcoming miniseries, the title of its first episode has been revealed, “Landing Ground”. The name is directly pulled from the title of chapter 6, volume 1 of the original novel series, written by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Initially announced in September 2022 a part of Bandai Namco‘s GUNDAM NEXT FUTURE initiative, TV editions of Universal Century works will broadcast from January to March 2023 in Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury‘s time slot. According to Bandai Namco, these TV Editions will help introduce the Universal Century to new fans who are experiencing the Gundam series the first time through the Witch from Mercury.
The GUNDAM NEXT FUTURE x Nichigo schedule is as followed:
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway Flash TV Edition (4 episodes)
January 15 , January 22, January 29, and February 5, 2023
- Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt TV Edition (3 episodes)
February 12, February 19, and February 26, 2023
- Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative TV Edition (4 episodes)
March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, 2023
- Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch of Mercury Season 2 begins in April 2023
First in a trilogy of anime films helmed by director 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.
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.
Opening to Japanese theaters June 11, 2021 the Hathaway film has earned record box office sales with 2.21 billion yen in revenue, with over 1.08 million tickets sold, becoming the second highest grossing Gundam film. As of June 2021, producer Naohiro Ogata confirmed the second installment was in production, tentatively titled, Sun of Bright.
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.