Just four weeks after its release in Japanese theaters, the first film in the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash (Kidou Senshi Gundam: Senkou no Hathaway) film project has exceeded 1.5 billion yen (over 13.52 million yen). dollars) in accumulated earnings at the box office, through more than 779,032 tickets sold.
As anticipated, this figure exceeds the 1.38 billion yen (over $12.48 million) earned by the 1981 film Mobile Suit Gundam: Soldiers of Sorrow in Japan, making Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash the third most successful film in the franchise.
On the other hand, the most successful film of the franchise is Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space, the third part of a compilation project of the original series, which accumulated 2.3 billion yen (more than 20 million dollars). The film opened in Japanese theaters on June 11 after being delayed three times. A global premiere was held on the Netflix platform on July 1, with dubbing in eight languages and subtitles in thirty languages.
- Shukou Murase (Ergo Proxy, Gangsta., Witch Hunter Robin, Genocidal Organ) is in charge of project management at Sunrise Studios.
- Yasuyuki Mutou (Basilisk, Kidou Senshi Gundam Unicorn RE: 0096, Deadman Wonderland) is in charge of writing the scripts.
- Hiroyuki Sawano (Shingeki no Kyojin, Kidou Senshi Gundam NT) is composing the soundtrack.
Mobile Suit Gundam Synopsis: Hathaway’s Flash
In Hathaway’s Flash, Hathaway Noa, still haunted by his past actions (not to mention the spirit of the late Newtype Quess Paraya), joins a terrorist organization called Mafty and takes the false name “Mafty Navue Erin”. The organization is fighting a terrorist campaign against the government of the Federation of Earth, and they eventually manage to acquire the powerful prototype “Ξ Gundam”, of which Hathaway becomes a pilot. Using the “Ξ Gundam,” Mafty aims to attack a meeting of top Federation cabinet officials in Adelaide, Australia, to force them to vote against a provision that would strengthen the Federation’s already considerable powers.
As a point to note, this novel focuses on a version of the events narrated in the novelized form of Char’s Counterattack creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, rather than its version as an animated feature film, and as such, discrepancies can be found between the animated work and this novel, making it a semi-canonical UC timeline, rather than an official canon.