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Anime Limited Will Distribute Japanese Blu-ray of Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Pre-orders start on Monday; stock is expected to arrive in mid-December

Anime Limited is listing a Japanese import Limited Blu-ray edition of the film Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway. The Blu-ray is not produced by Anime Limited, but by Bandai Namco Arts in Japan.

The disc's price is £99.99. Pre-orders will open on Monday September 13 at 5 p.m., and they will close on Monday October 11 at 5 p.m. Stock is expected to arrive in mid-December 2021.

Only the main feature will be subtitled in English; the other extras will be in Japanese only.

The extras are subject to change, but the provisional extras are:

A 16-page booklet; a CD of the soundtrack by Hiroyuki Sawano; two A3 posters; a set of 21 photos; and a flyer with a special illustration. There will also be an audio commentary on the film.

There will also be a bonus disc. This will have a video of a fan event held in Tokyo on March 24 2021, with the main cast members, and live voice acting of some extracts from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack.

The disc also has a video of a GUNPLA EXPO event held on November 12, 2020, and a video of a live performance by Hiroyuki Sawano of his Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn score.

Customers who pre-order from the AllTheAnime site will receive a set of 21 duplicate sheets of key animation drawings from scenes featuring the character Gigi Andalucia,

Customers who pre-order before October 11 will additionally receive an A4 illustration sheet drawn by Pablo Uchida, the film's Character Designer.

Anime Limited describes the film's story:

"The corrupt Earth Federation government has not only accelerated Earth's pollution, but also implemented an inhuman 'Man Hunting' policy in which civilians are forcibly exiled to outer space.

"The Anti-Earth Federation Movement 'Mafty' has begun its resistance by carrying out fierce acts of assassinating high officials of the Federation government. Its leader is called 'Mafty Navue Erin,' and his true identity is Hathaway, the son of Bright Noa, a Federation Forces captain who once participated in the One Year War.

"Hathaway is trying to clear a path as a warrior upholding the wills, ideals and ideologies of Amuro Ray and Char Aznable. His destiny, however, is drastically altered as he encounters the Federation Forces captain Kenneth Sleg and a mysterious young beauty named Gigi Andalucia."

Yoshiyuki Tomino, the creator of the first Gundam series and several of the later projects, wrote the three-volume Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway (Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash or alternately, Mobile Suit Gundam: Flash's Hathaway) novel series from 1989 to 1990. The novel series is set in the year UC0105 and centres on Hathaway Noa, who appeared in the 1988 film Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack as the son of the influential Earth Federation ship captain Bright Noa. (Char's Counterattack is set in the year UC 0093.) The novel series deals with the aftermath of Char's Counterattack's climatic finale.

Shukou Murase (Ergo Proxy, Gangsta., Witch Hunter Robin, Genocidal Organ) directed the film project, and Yasuyuki Mutou (Basilisk, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096, Deadman Wonderland) wrote the script. Pablo Uchida, Naoyuki Onda, and Shigeki Kuhara adapted Haruhiko Mikimoto's original character designs for animation. Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane, Seiichi Nakatani, and Nobuhiko Genba adapted Yasuhiro Moriki's mechanical designs for animation. Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, Mobile Suit Gundam UC) composed the music, and [Alexandros] performed the theme song

The film played in 214 cinemas in Japan, a franchise-record high.

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