To celebrate the release of Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash to home video, the official Sunrise Gundam portal website Gundam Info recently held a poll in their “Gundam Census” series asking netizens which line from the film was their favorite.
The poll had 1,209 votes with the line “The grim reaper won’t come when you’re ready for him, Hathaway” topping the poll with 31.5%. As Hathaway Noa sits in the Xi Gundam preparing for the upcoming confrontation with Lane Aim’s fearsome Penelope, the line was spoken by Hathaway’s ghostly vision of Amuro Ray, portrayed by Amuro’s original actor Toru Furuya. Furuya previously expressed his surprise to being cast in the film as Amuro did not appear in the original novel series.
Portrayed by the popular Kenjiro Tsuda, Gawman Nobile’s “You show him, Mafty” wins second place with 18.8% of the votes. Gawman confidently says this line after Hathaway rescues him from being held hostage by Lane Aim in the last act of the film.
The poll’s third place winner at 17.7% is main female protagonist Gigi Andalucia’s line “Do it! They’re fakes!”. Portrayed by Reina Ueda, the line was spoken in the first act of the film when Hathaway is directly confronted by the “pumpkin head” fake Mafty hijacker aboard Haunzen Flight 356, urging him to begin his counterattack against the group.
The other results as followed:
- “But please remember that you can kill people with words.” by Hathaway Noa- 8.6%
- “Stop screaming. It gets on my nerves!” by Pumpkin Head fake Mafty hijacker- 5.4%
- “The way Mafty does things isn’t right.” by Gigi Andalucia- 4.5%
- “I’m Noa. Hathaway Noa.” by Hathaway Noa- 4.4%
- “All humanity can’t live on Earth together.” by Hathaway Noa- 3.6%
- “I didn’t wait for you out of mercy, you imitation Gundam!” by Lane Aim- 3.1%
- “And I’ll be the one to take his head.” by Kenneth Sleg 2.3%
Announced by Bandai Namco Arts, the anime/music production and distribution subsidiary of Bandai Namco Group, home video release of Hathaway’s Flash will be November 26, 2021 with two Blu-ray editions, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. In addition to a new illustration sheet by concept artist and character designer Pablo Uchida, pre-orders from specific Japanese retailers reward buyers with an exclusive item.
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, published by Kadokawa’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint.
Opening to Japanese theaters June 11 the Hathaway film has earned record box office sales with 2.2 billion yen in revenue, with over 1.07 million tickets sold, becoming the second highest grossing Gundam film. Hathaway sits behind the 1982 Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space as the highest earning film in the Gundam franchise, sitting at 2.3 billion yen in box office revenue.
As of June 2021, producer Naohiro Ogata confirmed the second installment was in production, tentatively titled, Sun of Bright (also read as “Son”). Producer Ogata addressed there would be changes from the novel’s 2nd volume as Yoshiyuki Tomino previously expressed his reservations to Ogata about adapting it. The story is said expand on rival Gundam pilot Lane Aim’s role in the film series and show more of Gigi Andalucia’s perspective.
The year is U.C. 0105. Twelve years have passed since the end of the second Neo Zeon War (Char’s Rebellion). The anti-Earth Federation Movement “Mafty,” 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 movement is led by Hathaway Noa, under the name “Mafty Navue Erin”, the son of Bright Noa, a famous officer of the Earth Federation Forces who once participated in the One Year War. With firsthand knowledge of the ideals and ideologies of Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, he has become a warrior following in their footsteps. 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
- 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
- Nozomu Sasaki as Gass H. Huguest
- Toru Furuya as Amuro Ray
- Maria Kawamura as Quess Paraya
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 the theme song “Senkou”. The films’ mechanical design team consists of Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane, Nobuhiko Genba, and Seiichi Nakatani.
Source: Gundam Info