On Tuesday, the Gundam.info portal site announced that the anime film Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (Kid Senshi Gundam: Senk no Hathaway) will now be released on June 11. The film had already been postponed three times. The film was supposed to debut in Japan on July 23; however, it was postponed because COVID-19.
The film was initially pushed back from May 7 to May 21, and then again last month owing to Japan’s ongoing state of emergency. The existing state of emergency will be in effect until June 20.
About Gundam Hathaway and some spoilers. So… You have been warned.
Gundam Hathaway begins 12 years after the events of Char’s Counterattack in U.C. 105. Mafty, a new terror group, has begun assassinating alleged corrupt Federation leaders. The justification for this is that the wealthy are amassing assets and resources without any control.
In addition, the Federation has grown pompous, lazy, and hostile. Poorer people are sent to the colonies, leaving the wealthy to enjoy life on Earth. Naturally, rising inequality and greed have resulted in a disgruntled citizenry. This is where Mafty has entered the picture, steadily gaining traction because of an uptick in their terrorist attacks aimed at rebalancing the situation.
Although some of the night-time animation is dark, this should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the work of the film’s director, Shukou Murase. Since works like Ergo Proxy and the film Genocidal Organ demonstrate, this isn’t a new strategy for him.
A message from the team of Gundam Hathaway and more details
The trilogy is adapted on Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Senkou no Hathaway / Hathaway’s Flash book, which was released by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko for three volumes between 1989 and 1990. While the novel was written as a spinoff to Tomino’s 1988 novel Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack – Beltorchika Children (based on his rejected first draft for the 1988 film Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack), Sunrise producer Naohiro Ogata claims that the highly anticipated anime will be made as a sequel to the Char’s Counterattack anime film.
Throughout the year 2020, Gundam had numerous setbacks, the most significant of which was the postponement of its participation in the Tokyo Summer Olympics and the G-Satellite. Even though the Olympic plans were shelved along with the event, the franchise was able to assist in the emergence of the “Walking Gundam,” a statue the scale of a mobile suit that can move under its own power and still does so today.