The Gundam franchise has a lot of independent storylines, some of which are more popular than others. While SEED and Iron Blooded Orphans take up most of the attention, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash storyline often gets overlooked.
What started as a series of novels back in 1989 received a film adaptation this summer and is on its way to breaking all records set by the previous Gundam movies.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash anime film has earned over 2.2 billion yen(around 19.5 million USD) at the Japanese box office as of October 10, 2021.
This is the first Gundam film since 1988’s Char’s Counterattack film to hit the 1 billion yen mark. It is also on its way to beat the 1982’s Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space’s record for the highest grossing Gundam film with 2.3 billion yen in revenue.
The story revolves around Hathaway Noa, the son of an officer of the Earth Federation Forces. He leads a rebellion against the corrupt Earth Federation government who has accelerated Earth’s pollution, and started to forcibly exile citizens to outer space.
He carries out severe acts of terrorism and several assassinations of high-ranking officials but is forced to question his ways when he meets an officer of the Federation forces.
This is probably the only adaptation of a story from the Universal Century Timeline, which has received a good adaptation in terms of production quality. Being the first in the trilogy, this is a great starting point for people who want to get into Gundam.
The Gundam series is a science fiction anime created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise, featuring huge robots, known as “Gundam.”
The series changes its setting in each part, ranging from Earth to far-off planets. All the shows have their own story, and some of them take place in an alternative universe.
In every story, Gundam has unique purposes. Sometimes it’s a deadly war weapon, sometimes a beautiful art or sometimes even an outdated technology.