Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway has earned more than two billion yen (~US$18,259,700) since its Japanese theatrical release on June 11. The movie previously passed the one billion yen mark in June, making it the first Gundam movie in 33 years to do so.
The highest-grossing Gundam movie thus far remains the 1982 compilation movie Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space, which earned around 23 billion yen (~US$209,986,550).
Announced in 2018 as part of the Gundam series’ 40th Anniversary Project and the first in a trilogy, Hathaway is based on a trilogy of books penned by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino in the late 80s and early 90s. Set after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack, the story centers on Hathaway Noa, the son of Londo Bell commander Bright Noa, who has become the leader of an anti-Earth Federation organization called Mafty.
Hathaway was originally meant to premiere in July 2020 but suffered several COVID-related delays. The movie was released internationally via Netflix on July 1.
Anime Trending’s two-writer review for the film had unanimous praise for the production values and ground-level focus, but had split opinions on the story.
The release date for Hathaway‘s sequel is currently unknown. Producer Naohiro Ogata said in June that the team is working hard on it and wished to release it quickly. He also mentioned that the team wanted to go to Australia for location scouting, but that it was difficult.
Source: Mantan Web