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WATCH: Netflix releases first ‘Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’ trailer

WATCH: Netflix releases first ‘Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’ trailer

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The first part of Gundam’s newest movie trilogy will hit Netflix on July 1

Netflix released the first trailer for Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway, the first part of Gundam’s newest movie trilogy, on June 11. The movie will hit Netflix on July 1.

The minute-long trailer looks to expound on the events that take place after the 1988 animated film, Char’s Counterattack. It sees Hathaway Noa on the run from the now corrupt Earth Federation Space Forces. There are also glimpses of blood-pumping mecha fights, a short cameo of the beloved character, Char Aznable, and a first look at the RX-105 Ξ Gundam (pronounced as the Ksi Gundam).

The story takes place 12 years after the second Neo-Zeon War. With the Neo Zeon movement going back into the fold of the Earth Federation, all of humanity is now under the rule of one government. Peace is quickly disrupted as the terrorist group named Mafty, led by Hathaway Noa, who changed his name to Mafty Navue Erin.

The group is retaliating against the federation for its treatment of its citizens who live in space (spacenoids), as Mafty fights for the rights of all spacenoids with the help of the Ksi Gundam.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway is part one of a trilogy of novels written by series creator Yoshiyuki Tomino. It will be directed by Shukou Murase (Ergo Proxy, Gangsta) and its script will be written by Yasuyuki Mutou (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn). Its cast members include notable voice actors such as Kenshiro Ono (Giorno Giovanna), Junichi Suwabe (Yami Sukehiro), and Kenjiro Tsuda (Nanami Kento), just to name a few.

The film is also part of Sunrise Productions’ UC NEXT 0100 project, which aims to wrap up Gundam’s most famous timeline, the Universal Century. 

Apart from that, Netflix also plans to release several Gundam films such as Char’s Counterattack and the original Mobile Suit Gundam compilation films. The streaming giant is also set to produce a live-action adaptation to be directed by Kong: Skull Island’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts. – with reports from Adrian Soriano/Rappler.com

Adrian Soriano is a Rappler intern.