We will see a "future version" of Davao in the next Gundam anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway. It will be released in July and is the latest canonical installment in the series.
ICYDK, Toshiyuki Tomino's iconic Gundam first came out in 1979 and has since branched out to toys, games, and more shows and movies.
Just like in the previous anime and movies, the Earth Federation Space Force (EFSF) keeps the planet in check from hostile enemies called spacenoids by deploying giant robots called Mobile Suits, which are piloted by humans. Hathaway takes place 12 years after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack and is the first film in a trilogy based on Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash—a series of light novels written by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino from 1989 to 1990.
“The first episode is about Davao in the Philippines as the main stage, so I went location hunting and took a lot of VTRs (video tape recordings) and photos with the directors,” said series producer Naohiro Ogata during a streamed interview translated by Gigazine.net.
“Based on a travel book I saw at the National Library for Hathaway, I took note of famous places, but the shore where I walked is far away, so I have to go to the locals to understand the geographical relationship,” said Ogata.
It is not the first time Gundam was set in the Philippines. In the manga series Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt, creator Yasuo Ohtagaki depicted Taal Volcano as the base of a powerful cult, with a fortress deep inside the famous volcano.
In episode one of Hathaway, terrorists hijack a plane carrying Federation officials, but are apprehended by two of the passengers, Hathaway Noa and Federation officer Kenneth Sleg. The plane lands in Davao, where Sleg is supposed to pilot a Mobile Suit. Unknown to Sleg, the target he was assigned to bring down is Noa, son of the legendary Bright Noa, who was one of the highest-ranking officers of the Federation.
This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.
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