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Gundam SEED FREEDOM Anime Film Sets Record for Franchise at Japanese Box Office

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This past weekend saw the debut of the Gundam SEED FREEDOM anime film, and it definitely left its mark. The film managed to pull in 1.06 billion yen (about US$7.20 million) in its first three days on the back of 634,182 tickets sold. This easily put the film at the top of the Japanese box office, and not only was it the highest three-day opening for the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, it also marked the biggest opening weekend for any film released in Japan so far this year.

Prior to this, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway sat at the top for the overall Gundam franchise with 523,943,800 yen and 259,074 tickets sold in its opening weekend, and it also went on to be the first Gundam film to cross the billion yen mark since the Char’s Counterattack in 1988. Hathaway would end with 2.23 billion yen.

Gundam SEED FREEDOM continues the story of the second TV anime, Gundam Seed Destiny, with Mitsuo Fukuda directing once again alongside other returning staff members.

Here’s how Gundam.info describes the story of Gundam SEED FREEDOM:

C.E. (Cosmic Era). An era in which there are human beings called Coordinators, born with superior physical and mental abilities thanks to genetic modification, and humans called Naturals who are born naturally. With their respective existence at stake, the ideological clash between Coordinators and Naturals escalated into war using armed force.

Along the way, the Destiny Plan was proposed, which would forcibly assign a role to each individual and create a world free of competition. But amid the fighting, this Destiny Plan was rejected in order to protect humanity’s aspirations and future freedom.

Via Anime News Network