“Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack” — The Music that Defines the Film

“Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack” — The Music that Defines the Film

"Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack," released on March 12, 1988, by Shochiku, is a theatrical anime film in the Gundam series directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino. Set in Universal Century 0093, the film portrays the final showdown between iconic Gundam characters Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, continuing their story 14 years after the original "Mobile Suit Gundam" TV series. This film holds the distinction of being the first Gundam movie created as an original theatrical release, rather than a compilation of TV episodes.

At the time of its release, the film's tagline was "In U.C. 0093, you will witness the tears of the finale," and it was shown alongside "Mobile Suit SD Gundam." The film achieved significant box office success, grossing 1.13 billion yen and drawing over 1.03 million viewers. It also saw a successful DVD release, shipping 300,000 copies. In 2019, the film was re-released in 4DX as part of the "Gundam Video New Experience TOUR," and in 2021, it was specially screened in Dolby Cinema, underscoring its enduring significance in the Gundam saga and bringing the epic story of Amuro and Char to a grand conclusion.

Theme Song for "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack"


Released on March 5, 1988, TM NETWORK's thirteenth single, "BEYOND THE TIME" was developed after extensive discussions with Gundam's director Yoshiyuki Tomino. Composer Tetsuya Komuro aimed to encapsulate the complex emotions of Amuro and Char in music. Lyricist Mitsuko Komuro crafted the lyrics to reflect themes of human sin, battle, and personal love. To alter the vocal ambiance, lead singer Takashi Utsunomiya took on the challenge of singing in a lower key than usual.

TM NETWORK is a prominent Japanese pop band that rose to fame in the mid-1980s. Comprising Tetsuya Komuro, Takashi Utsunomiya, and Naoto Kine, the group is known for their fusion of rock, pop, and electronic music, often incorporating synthesizers and energetic beats in their sound. Tetsuya Komuro, the band's leader and main composer, has been influential in shaping the sound of Japanese pop music by bringing modern production techniques and a global sound to the Japanese market.

TM NETWORK gained international attention for their song "BEYOND THE TIME (Beyond the Moebius Universe)," which was used as the theme song for the anime film "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack." This connection brought their music into the international anime and pop culture scene, highlighting their ability to blend catchy melodies with complex themes. The band's music is characterized by catchy hooks, intricate arrangements, and a futuristic sound that resonates well beyond Japan's borders.

Soundtrack for "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack"

Trailer for "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack"