Thirty years after the release of the original novels by Yoshiyuki Tomino, finally lands at the cinema (in Japan) and on Netflix (in our country and in the rest of the world) the animated adaptation of Hathaway’s Flash, the official follow-up to the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack – or rather, of Beltorchika’s Children, the novel that tells the story of the Char’s Rebellion, with the well-known Hi-Nu Gundam is Nightingale which replace the main units of the two protagonists. The alternative events narrated in Tomino’s novel, in fact, push the young son of Bright Noa to a radical change of course in one’s life, which will lead precisely to the events of Hathway’s Flash, hence this first feature film Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway is drawn.
Theoretically, we are therefore not dealing with the sequel to the 1988 film, but with its alternative version. However, this small but important detail is not explained in any way in this first film. The only possibility is that the triggering events are justified differently in one of the two sequels that will complete the trilogy. Closed this parenthesis, we come to talk to you about the film itself. Landed with many problems in Japanese cinemas last June 11, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway arrives exclusively for Italy on Netflix with Italian subtitles and, unlike the other production of the saga arrived on the same platform, Iron-Blooded Orphans, with a good quality dubbing in our language.
- Original title: Kidō Senshi Gandamu: Senkō no Hasauei
- English title: Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway
- Japanese release: June 11, 2021
- Italian release: July 1, 2021
- Platform: Netflix
- Home video version: not announced
- Kind: Sci-Fi, Mecha
- Number of episodes: film trilogy
- Duration: 1 hour and 36 minutes
- Animation studio: Sunrise
- Adapted from: novel series
- Tongue: Japanese, Italian (dubbing and subtitles)
We reviewed Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway via Netflix streaming platform.
Sons of art
Set inUniversal Century year 0105, the film directed by Shūkō Murase sees for protagonist Hathaway Noa, now twenty-five years old son of the famous commander of the White Base in One Year War. The events of the film begin aboard the aircraft that houses some of the most important ministers of the Earth Federation, among which are hidden Hathaway and two central figures for the events of the trilogy: the splendid and mysterious girl who responds to the name of Gigi Andalucia (pronounced with the guttural) and the military of the federation Kenneth Sleg. The flight destined for the city of Hong Kong will be hijacked by a group of masked terrorists who claim to be affiliated with the organization called Mafty. In this historical period, in fact, the ideals of Char Aznable were collected by the one who is considered his reincarnation (yet another), Mafty Navue Erin. Its ultimate purpose is to transfer the entire human race into space to preserve the planet Earth in the time necessary for its renewal.
Somehow, however, the terrorists end up shooting some of the passengers in cold blood and, due to their actions that betray a certain insecurity, Gigi realizes that in reality they may not really be Mafty exponents, but imposters. Helped by Kenneth, Hathaway manages to thwart the attack and save himself and everyone present. He will decide to collaborate with the Federation to shed light on recent events, ending up running into Gigi again who will force him, in spite of himself, to share a luxurious suite in a hotel in the city where they made the emergency landing.
The triangle, more psychological than love, that will involve Hathaway, Gigi and Kenneth will be the basis of the events of the entire film, which will see the participation of other supporting actors such as the very young driver of Penelope Gundam, Lane Aim, as well as the members of Mafty’s armed forces, which, however, are not yet characterized in a sufficiently deep way, since the film focuses mainly on introducing us to the three main characters.
Dating in the dark
The pacing of this new film is much more relaxed and pleasant to follow than many other films in the Gundam universe, even the same Char’s Counterattack. The succession of events does not seem a sequence of actions in fast forward and each dialogue takes the right timing to allow us viewers to fully understand it. In this only film currently available, however, we have somehow just an introduction to what awaits us in the future, and even the fights between Mobile Suit are less predominant than many other productions of Sunrise, Unicorn primarily. And it must also be said that, strangely, the mechas are not particularly highlighted compared to the latter and the previous film, Gundam NT, as many of the scenes will show them dark over the city’s night skies, with very few exceptions. It almost seems that they wanted to keep the focus on the characters and on the construction of the political framework after the events narrated in the previous productions. The only thing that leaves us with a bad taste is precisely the fact that we will have to wait a long time before we know how Hathaway’s events will go on on the big screen.
Visually speaking, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway it is really impressive and pleasant to see, with fluid animations that mix traditional designs and CGI – this time widely used not only for mediums, but also for landscapes and human characters. I particularly enjoyed photography and settings, well-kept and particularly suggestive scenarios that are the background to well-characterized and recognizable personalities. The character design follows the original style of Haruhiko Mikimoto but revisits all the characters in a modern key, starting with the protagonist himself who seems more “cool” and more mature than the original illustrations, and ending with Gigi, made more captivating for modern times and more femme fatale compared to what is also seen in video games where it appeared. The most different from the original is Kenneth, totally revisited from the aesthetic point of view and the playboy attitude he flaunts on every possible occasion. In the Italian dub, the federal commander is played by a very good Maurizio Merluzzo, which stands out in an excellent way the characterization.
A rather satisfying dubbing, which can be listened to with pleasure, but which is betrayed by an adaptation that once again perseveres in wanting to keep the pronunciation “girellara” of the name of the series and the protagonist mecha. As Netflix, I would have taken the opportunity to break this chain of adaptations dictated by 80s nostalgia starting to pronounce Gundam in the correct way, as is done in all other languages of the world. Another aspect that I did not particularly appreciate was the soundtrack, which although it has well-known and high-sounding names such as Hiroyuki Sawano he ALEXANDROS for the main theme, it consists of quite anonymous pieces that unfortunately fail to leave their mark. We are a long way from the memorable musical tracks that accompanied the classic series and feature films, and closer to the “modern” UC trend shaped starting from Gundam Unicorn, with which it seems to want to build a new way of presenting the events of the main timeline of the saga.
Who do we recommend Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway to?
Gundam fans, especially those who love the original vein set in the Universal Century, they may feel quite satisfied with the first film by Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway, but they will have to see it with the knowledge that they will remain dry on the most beautiful. Those who love mecha clashes more than dialogue between characters and “on foot” action scenes may be disappointed, because the few scenes they see in action Jegan, Gustav Karl, Messer, Xi Gundam is Penelope they will see them somewhat in the background compared to, for example, the recent one Gundam UC. Those who intend to approach Mobile Suit Gundam starting from this film they would do better to think about it more than once, because it is a new piece for a timeline of over forty years of animation works, and they would do better to watch it after the two trilogies of the First series is Z Gundam and al Char’s counterattack, already available on Netflix and Prime Video.
- Visually satisfying
- Good dubbing and Italian adaptation
- Fewer commercials for Gunpla, more mature and narratively valid
- Vaguely anonymous and forgettable soundtrack
- Not a good starting point for newcomers
- It’s just the beginning of the story
- Gundam is still mispronounced
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway
A good starting point for the Hathaway saga
After the credits and the frame that follows them (because it is not a post-credit scene), what this first film by Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway is a head full of questions and storylines left open for the next episodes, as well as a fair amount of hype to know how things will go on. However, judging by the hour and a half that we were able to enjoy in this July, we could find ourselves in front of the best narrated film trilogy of the entire saga, which puts the fights a little in the background to concentrate on writing with the right narrative rhythm. the complex relationship that will bind the three protagonists. To criticize the choice not to explain the reasons for Hathaway Noa in relation to the events of the Char’s Counterattack I would at least wait for the second film to be released, because I honestly don’t think this trilogy is intended to serve as a sequel to the novels of Beltorchika’s Children as said at the beginning, but who somehow want to be able to find a trick to reconnect in a sufficiently sensible way to the 1988 film. Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway to those who have watched at least the first series and Char’s Counterattack, better if they also know each other Z Gundam and in general all the events preceding the year UC 0105 in which Hathaway is set. Anyone who wants to approach the Gundam saga starting from this episode will find it difficult to understand the historical and political framework and the motivations that push the characters, Mafty in the first place, to act.