Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM Elevates Franchise with Record-Breaking Box Office Triumph and Heartfelt Emotional Celebrations

1.9 billion Yen in 10 days!

The "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM" movie has ignited the Japanese box office with an astounding display of sustained popularity. In just ten days, the movie has sold 1.12 million tickets and raked in a total of 1,965,922,900 yen (about US$13.25 million). This accomplishment confirms the movie's enormous appeal and establishes it as an undeniable box office hit. The movie is currently playing in 353 theaters in Japan. On February 9, it will expand its cinematic experience with 4DX, MX4D, and Dolby Cinema screenings, promising viewers an even more immersive cinematic experience.

The film, which premiered on January 26, is not just for Japanese audiences; screenings are planned in 56 nations and territories, demonstrating a global anticipation that matches its local success. Amidst the hype and excitement, a special event was staged on February 4th at the Shinjuku Piccadilly in Tokyo to commemorate the birthday of Lacus Clyne, a significant character from the "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED" series. The event, billed the "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM Lacus Clyne Birthday Commemoration Stage Greeting," became an emotional highlight when director Mitsuo Fukuda surprised Rie Tanaka, the voice actor behind Lacus Clyne, to tears.

Fukuda was surprised to receive a sincere letter from Tanaka, congratulating her for her two decades of hard work in bringing Lacus Clyne to fruition. In his letter, Fukuda praised Tanaka's contribution to the character's depth and emotional resonance, stating that her performance made Lacus a fan favorite. He reminisced on Tanaka's early engagement in the "Gundam SEED" series, reflecting on the profound themes of meets and partings that have dominated both their professional path and the series' narrative arcs.

Fukuda personally presented Tanaka and fellow voice actor Hiro Shimono with bouquets of flowers as a sign of profound thanks, adding to the poignancy of the occasion. This gesture of goodwill highlighted the deep bonds developed over the years of working on the "Gundam SEED" series. Tanaka, deeply moved by the gesture and Fukuda's words, acknowledged her gratitude and revealed details about her personal involvement in the part and the series as a whole.

Fukuda's appreciation for Tanaka and Shimono, as well as his acknowledgement of the difficulties and emotional depths reached during the dubbing process, demonstrated the deep influence that "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED" and its characters have had on both the show's producers and its audience. The fact that "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM" is still enthralling people on a global scale is evidence of both the series' lasting influence and the sincere commitment of its cast and crew.


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