Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash
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Cover of the first novel.
機動戦士ガンダム 閃光のハサウェイ
(Kidō Senshi Gandamu: Senkō no Hasauei)
GenreMecha, military science fiction
Light novel
Written byYoshiyuki Tomino
Illustrated byHaruhiko Mikimoto, Moriki Yasuhiro
Published byKadokawa Shoten
ImprintKadokawa Sneaker Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runFebruary 1, 1989April 1, 1990
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written bySabishi Uroaki
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineGundam Ace
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 26, 2020 – present
Anime film series
Directed byShūkō Murase
Written byYasuyuki Muto
Music byHiroyuki Sawano
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
Sunrise
Netflix (streaming)
Released June 11, 2021 – present
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash (機動戦士ガンダム 閃光のハサウェイ, Kidō Senshi Gandamu: Senkō no Hasauei) also known as Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway, is a series of novels created and written by Yoshiyuki Tomino. Officially part of the Gundam metaseries, it was first published by Kadokawa Shoten under the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko label from February 1, 1989 to April 1, 1990 with a total of three volumes. The story revolves around Hathaway Noa, who now goes by the name Mufti Nabiyy Erin, as he starts a terrorist group to stop the abuses of the Earth Federation. The novel is notable for being the only semi-canonical Gundam work by Tomino. A three-part theatrical film adaptation was formally announced by Sunrise as part of the "UC NexT 0100" project.[1] The first film was released on June 11, 2021.

Plot[edit]

U.C.105, twelve years after the Second Neo Zeon War,[note 1] the Earth Federation accepts the Republic of Zeon back in the fold. However, over the next few years, the Federation's greed and distrust of spacenoids leads them to form "Man Hunter" units to forcefully deport underprivileged or undesirable civilians around the world to the space colonies. A terrorist organization called Mafty is led by Bright Noah's son Hathaway Noa. Hathaway, who now goes by the name Mafty Navue Erin, is still haunted by his past actions regarding the death of Quess Paraya and reflecting upon the actions and beliefs of Char and Amuro. He started his terrorist actions against the Federation and its high officials as an act of revenge, using the new prototype unit, the RX-105 Ξ Gundam. In response, Kenneth Sleg of the Earth Federation Space Forces assembles the Circe Unit, led by Lane Aim piloting the RX-104FF Penelope in order to stop Mafty.

Characters[edit]

Hathaway Noa (Mafty Navue Erin) (ハサウェイ・ノア(マフティー・ナビーユ・エリン), Hasawei Noa (Mafutī Nabīyu Erin))
Voiced by: Kensho Ono[2]
Gigi Andalucia (ギギ・アンダルシア, Gigi Andarushia)
Voiced by: Reina Ueda[2]
Kenneth Sleg (ケネス・スレッグ, Kenesu Sureggu)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[2]
Lane Aim (レーン・エイム, Rēn Eimu)
Voiced by: Soma Saito[3]
Gahman Nobil (ガウマン・ノビル, Gauman Nobiru)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[4]
Emerelda Zubin (エメラルダ・ズービン, Emeraruda Zūbin)
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa[4]
Raymond Cain (レイモンド・ケイン, Reimondo Kein)
Voiced by: Fukushi Ochiai[4]
Iram Masam (イラム・マサム, Iramu Masamu)
Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi[4]
Mihesher Hence (ミヘッシャ・ヘンス, Mihessha Hensu)
Voiced by: Misako Matsuoka[4]
Kenji Mitsuda (ミツダ・ケンジ, Mitsuda Kenji)
Voiced by: Chiharu Sawashiro[4]
Mace Flower (メイス・フラゥワー, Meisu Furauwā)
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki[4]
Hundley Yeoksam (ハンドリー・ヨクサン, Handorī Yokusan)
Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera[4]

Media[edit]

Novel[edit]

Hathaway's Flash was first conceived by Yoshiyuki Tomino in 1988 following the production of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack film. However, the novel is meant more as a sequel to the novel Beltorchika's Children, the second/third novel version of Char's Counterattack. Moriki Yasuhiro provided the mobile suit designs while character illustrator Haruhiko Mikimoto joined the project as character designer. The first novel of the series was released on February 1, 1989, the second on March 1, 1990 and the third and final one released on April 1, 1990. All three novels were released under the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko label.

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 February 1, 19894-04-410131-0
2 March 1, 19904-04-410132-9
3 April 1, 19904-04-410133-7

Films[edit]

A 3-part film adaptation by Sunrise was first teased back in April 2018 upon the unveiling of Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative.[5] The film was later formally announced during the Gundam 40th Anniversary press conference in November of the same year.[6][7][8][9] The first film was originally scheduled to released on July 23, 2020,[10] but it was delayed to May 7, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11][12] The film was delayed again to May 21, 2021.[13] A third delay was announced on May 17, with a new date not set at the time.[14] The film was finally released on June 11, 2021 in theaters in Japan and China.[15][16] Netflix obtained streaming rights for the first film, which is scheduled for a release on July 1, 2021 in select territories.[17][18] The films are directed by Shūkō Murase, with Yasuyuki Mutou writing scripts. Alexandros performs the film's main theme "Senkou" (閃光, "Flash").[19] Hiroyuki Sawano composed the music for all three movies.[20]

Yoshiyuki Tomino stated on interview that "30 years after I wrote those novels, they are finally being adapted into film. As the author, I am so happy". He also noted that "The real world hasn't progressed, and may even have regressed. Because of all the Gundam fans who gave this story the chance to reemerge, its themes can pierce through society today."[21]

Film list[edit]

No. Title Original release date
1"Hathaway's Flash"
Japan June 11, 2021 (2021-06-11)

Mainland China June 11, 2021 (2021-06-11) (Shanghai International Film Festival[16])

Netflix: July 1, 2021 (2021-07-01)[18]

Video games[edit]

Hathaway's Flash first appeared in the SD Gundam G Generation series of games by Bandai starting with SD Gundam G Generation F. The series later made its Super Robot Wars debut in Super Robot Wars V in 2017.

Merchandise[edit]

The titular character mecha (Ξ Gundam) was released as part of Bandai's Gundam Fix Figuration line of toys starting in 2005. The title later got its own Gunpla debut, with the BB Seishi No.386 Ξ Gundam in December 2013, the High Grade Universal Century Gustav Karl in February 2019, which were released under the Gundam Unicorn line, the High Grade Universal Century Penelope, released in November 2019, the High Grade Universal Century Messer Type F01, released in July 2020 and the High Grade Universal Century Ξ Gundam, released in April 2021.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nine and eight years respectively after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative in the theatrical film adaptation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam". GIGAZINE. 2018-04-20. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  2. ^ a b c "Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film Casts Kensho Ono, Rena Ueda, Junichi Suwabe". Anime News Network. March 24, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Gundam: Hathaway Film's 1st Full Trailer Unveils More Cast, 4D & Dolby Cinema Screenings". Anime News Network. January 19, 2021. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Loo, Egan (February 16, 2021). "Gundam: Hathaway Film Unveils 8 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  5. ^ "Gundam: Hathaway Film Trilogy, Overseas Gundam UC2 Drama Teased".
  6. ^ "「機動戦士ガンダム40周年プロジェクト」始動!5作品の展開決定&LUNA SEAによるテーマ曲発表!". GUNDAM.INFO. 2018-11-21. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  7. ^ "Gundam: Hathaway's Flash Film Trilogy Slated to Start 'Next Winter'".
  8. ^ "'Gundam' Teases Release Window For New Movie Trilogy".
  9. ^ "Teaser Site for Gundam: Hathaway's Flash Trilogy Film Announces "Next Winter" Release".
  10. ^ "Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film Project's English-Subtitled Teaser Reveals July 23 Opening".
  11. ^ "Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film Delayed Due to COVID-19". Anime News Network. June 4, 2020. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "Gundam: Hathaway Film Rescheduled for May 7 After COVID-19 Delay". Anime News Network. November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  13. ^ "Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film, 2nd Kakegurui Live-Action Film Both Reveal Delays". Anime News Network. April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  14. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 17, 2021). "Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film Delayed Again Due to COVID-19". Anime News Network.
  15. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2021-06-01/gundam-hathaway-anime-film-rescheduled-for-june-11/.173467
  16. ^ a b "The 24th Shanghai International Film Festival Schedule". Shanghai International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2021-06-04.
  17. ^ Mateo, Alex (June 10, 2021). "Netflix to Exclusively Stream Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  18. ^ a b "Netflix Anime Movie 'Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway': Coming to Netflix in July 2021". What’s on Netflix. Archived from the original on 2021-06-13.
  19. ^ "[Alexandros] to release 'Gundam' movie theme song".
  20. ^ "Gundam: Hathaway's Flash Anime Film Trilogy's Trailer Reveals Staff".
  21. ^ "Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Comments on Upcoming Gundam: Hathaway's Flash Film Trilogy".

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Preceded by
Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise
Gundam metaseries (production order)
2021 - ongoing
Succeeded by
SD Gundam World Heroes
Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative
Universal Century
U.C. 0105
Succeeded by
Mobile Suit Gundam F91