Netflix Announces Release Date for 'Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway'

Netflix has secured exclusive streaming rights to Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway, the newest addition to the legendary anime mecha franchise. This film will be the first of three movies that will adapt Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash, a novel written by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino. “After Char’s rebellion, Hathaway Noa leads an insurgency against Earth Federation, but meeting an enemy officer and a mysterious woman alters his fate,” reads the film description.

In an interview, Yoshiyuki Tomino expressed his excitement for the upcoming film stating “30 years after I wrote those novels, they are finally being adapted into film. As the author, I am so happy.” Tomino reflected on the general feelings of regression and hopelessness felt by fans who grew up watching Gundam. He expressed wishes for the themes in his film to pierce through society today and share a hopeful message in the new series thus passing the baton to the next generation who will pioneer the future.”The production staff are getting younger, and the viewers who take in their work are even younger than that. I believe that this young generation will one day pave the way for a reformation of humanity – for Newtypes,” he says.

The film was initially scheduled to release last July, but was delayed three times due to the COVID-19 pandemic when multiple states of emergency were declared in Japan. The movie which is set to premiere June 11 in Japan will begin streaming on Netflix July 1, 2021.

For more on Gundam, watch the opening ceremony for Shanghai’s life-size Freedom Gundam.
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