November 15, 2020 at 12:16 am #3389
The First ‘Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash’ Movie Has Had Its Release Delayed Until Next Year
What with the whole COVID-19 situation affecting pretty much all anime productions at the moment, the release of Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash has been understandably delayed until May next year.
The original release date for the first movie in this trilogy was meant to be this July, but due to circumstances obviously beyond the production’s control, that date has been postponed until May next year.
Set after the events of Char’s Counterattack, Unicorn, and Narrative, Hathaway’s Flash deals with the resurgence of anti-Federation sentiment and the involvement of one Hathaway Noa, son of esteemed battleship captain Bright Noa.
The original novels for Hathaway’s Flash were written at the end of the 80s by Yoshiyuki Tomino. Featuring character designs by Haruhiko Mikimoto and uniquely distinctive mecha designs by Moriki Yasuhiro, the novels ended up developing a suitably large fanbase.
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So much so, that in recent years the mecha from Hathaway’s Flash, namely the Xi Gundam and the Penelope, have been featured in numerous games and received some impressive toys too.
From the recently released Gundam Extreme Versus Maxiboost ON and Super Robot Wars V, the Hathaway’s Flash mecha are really quite prevalent.
So this new movie trilogy has a lot to live up to and it seems that the movie version of the Xi Gundam will be closer to the novel design (shown above), rather than the updated iteration penned by Hajime Katoki.
While the new version of the Xi Gundam retains more of the classic elements from Moriki Yasuhiro’s design, the coloring is generally whiter, as the main body lacks the blue armor of the original version. This may be down to it being an initial prototype in the first movie and the coloring may change later on. We will just have to wait and see.
Anyway, the first Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash movie will be released on May 7 next year in Japan and will very likely come Westward shortly after that.
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