Streamed Collaboration Music Video of Gundam SEED FREEDOM Anime Film
The official YouTube portal for Takanori Nishikawa, also known by his stage moniker T.M. Revolution, has kicked off the streaming of a collaborative music video on Friday. This video is a part of the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed FREEDOM anime movie and spotlights Nishikawa’s thematic song “Freedom” which was developed with the assistance of producer Tetsuya Komuro aka t.komuro.
As of the last count on Thursday, the anime film has seen a whopping 1.32 million tickets being sold and has so far gathered a revenue of 2.12 billion yen (around US$14.2 million).
The film raked in 1,065,983,130 yen (approx. US$7.20 million) from the sale of 634,182 tickets only within the initial three days of its release. This feat has set new records for the Gundam franchise’s highest three-day opening in terms of box office earnings and is also the largest opening weekend for any film for this year in Japan. It dominated Japan’s box office in its debut weekend.
The film premiered in Japan on January 26 and there are plans underway for it to be screened in 56 different countries and territories around the globe.
Currently, the 1982 sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space, holds the record for the highest Japanese box office revenue ever achieved in the Gundam franchise, which came to a total of around 2.3 billion yen (US$15.5 million considering the current exchange rate).
Mitsuo Fukuda, the director of Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, helmed the filming at Bandai Namco Filmworks. He was also a co-scriptwriter for the movie, collaborating with his late wife Chiaki Morosawa and Liu Goto. The responsibility of character designing was taken up by Hisashi Hirai, who is associated with the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed.
The film’s thematic song “Freedom” was performed by Takanori Nishikawa aka T.M. Revolution, who partnered with producer Tetsuya Komuro for this project. See-Saw, a duo who had not released new music in two decades, made a comeback to the franchise to perform the movie’s ending song titled “Sarigiwa no Romantics” or “Romantics Upon Parting”.
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