Call it the one time I'll say "I wanted the theater experience for a movie" over the past two years. Besides, I'm not someone who goes to a theater for the consession stand, so I'd only be spending the dime for the ticket and seat. It's how I won the "Sat through Avengers Endgame AND Rise of Skywalker without needing a bathroom break" achievement. Why I'd be going solo is the only people I would see it with live in Loganville and Augusta Georgia, and Turlock California. So.. yeah. Even so, they've given me their log-in for Netflix a few times on occassion, and I have the big screen TV to watch it on. That's pretty much my point for personal preference I addressed above, but you also hit the lingering concern I've had on the longevity of the franchise outside of the target audience. I always had this impression Gundam wouldn't be for the general moviegoer who see "big robots fighting in space!" without the context of the Human Drama that drives it. This would risk promoting it in the US by the "based on an anime about robots, so it must be FOR KIDS" mentality, only to find out in the first space battle what a LOLTomino is. Remember Rambo 4, how it was advertised as another shlocky Sly Stallone bandana blowout, and ended up being so... visceral. I'm not saying the franchise is going to tank as a whole from one movie's projected poor performance, Gundam will survive with its core audiences as it always has. On the merchandising front, which is the "key to success" in some franchises, Bandai's toy aisle footprint is shrinking in the US and Gundam would be a fiscal hand grenade AGAIN. We all saw firsthand what the original US Gundam Boom was like, and how it mostly didn't succeed. Sure the franchise piqued the interest of some, and brought others into the hobby, but it didn't have the impact they were hoping for. Granted things seem differently in different places, but living in south Georgia, the only place I see Gundam Universe figures in a store are on the backwall of Target (next to the Funko Pops and adult-age toys by NECA) or buried in the "collectibles" shelves randomly at Walmart. Models are extremely rare in my part of the world too even with some showing up at Hobby Lobby or Gamestop. Gundam always means Gunpla, and with the limited exposure to that, a US demographic based primarily on selling action figure collections wouldn't appreciate it. In any case... with this decision by Sunrise/Legendary, we can can safely say the only Gundams that will ever appear in a movie theater are the Unicorn's cameo in Pacific Rim Uprising and the RX-78-2's theatrical debut in Ready Player One, and ... ..G-Saviour! Seriously, its hangar is hidden in an abandoned movie theather.