The new Gundam movie Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (unrelated to Ann Hathaway) has been rescheduled to May 7th, 2021 because, do I even have to say it: Covid! Of course it’s Covid. What hasn’t Covid delayed at this point. If I ever start an article with the words “Delayed” or “Rescheduled” just assume it’s because of goddamn Covid.
Real quick: potential seizure warning for the trailer due to its extreme flashing lights and general all over the place editing.
You know what my favorite part of that trailer is? The fact that there is only seven seconds of good mech content in it. Because that’s what I want in a mech movie. Not mechs evidently. I’m being harsh. Good news is I didn’t see any CG in it.
The movie itself is a sequel to Char’s Counterattack, at least following the original novels it should be. It is also the first in a three part series of movies, all of which are based on the novels of the same name. This movie is part of the Universe Series, which is the main timeline I believe. I don’t know a ton about Gundam because there is just so much content to sift through. But evidently the whole Universe Series is a turn off for some people, so that’s there for them.
The movie is being done by Studio Sunrise, who is known for making Gundam, Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny, Gundam again, more Gundam, and Cowboy Bebop. It is being directed by Shuko Murase, known for his work on Gundam and Yasuyuki Muto, who is known for his work on Gundam. I feel like the amount of times I’ve said the word Gundam in this article is driving me insane.
In other news, they are evidently going back to designs more similar those presented in the novels, which I think is pretty neat. In addition they will be changing up the voice acting cast and character designs, so I am unsure of who the VA cast will end up being. There are some concerns that this movie will simply be another cash grab, which there is no real evidence of. What I saw in the trailer, between flashes of light and rapid transitions, looked good. Real good. There is some real heart and soul being put into this.
As I mentioned above this is based on the Hathaway’s Flash novels written by Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the original Gundam series. The novels ran from 1989 to 1990 and focus on one Hathaway Noa, son of Bright Noa. The novel series deals with the aftermath of Char’s Counterattack which evidently had a wild ending. Speaking of endings, the original Hathaway novels had a pretty memorable ending from what I hear, so there are concerns over if the studio will stick to the original script. Currently there has not been any press release concerning this information, but my guess would be that they are most likely going to stick to it.
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