Following recent developments, the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway anime film has been delayed again.
The official website for the franchise revealed that Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) is delayed once more due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the state of emergency declared in nine prefectures.
WHY THE DELAY?
Some major cities are still under the state of emergency and following priority measures due to high COVID-19 infection rates, including areas like Tokyo and Kyoto. Consequently, this puts some limitations on theater viewings and if the Gundam Hathaway movie was to show now, then box office revenue would most likely take a hit.
This is the third delay that the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway anime film will be experiencing. This time around, the film has no new specified opening date, however, the film’s staff will eventually reveal a new release date.
Initially, the anime film was meant to debut in July 2020 but was forced out of that date due to COVID-19. The pandemic pushed the Gundam title to May 7, 2021, then to May 21. And now, Hathaway is being removed from the film schedule entirely as the pandemic continues to rage through Asia.
ABOUT THE ANIME FILM
Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway will play in 214 theaters which is a franchise-record high. Some theaters will screen the film in 4D and Dolby Cinema, starting on opening day.
Dolby Cinemas will also screen the first 15 minutes and 53 seconds of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack before the film.
The film is described thus:
U.C. 0105 – twelve years after the Second Neo Zeon War, the peace on Earth and its colonies is disrupted by “Mafty”, a terrorist organization bent on preventing the Earth Federation from privatizing the Earth to the privileged. Leading Mafty is Hathaway Noa, son of celebrated Federation Captain Bright Noa and pilot of the experimental RX-105 Ξ Gundam.
There are also reports that Mobile Suit Gundam will be getting a live-action adaptation of its anime. For now, we will keep you updated when a release date is confirmed.
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