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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Not too long ago, we got our first taste of the upcoming anime Godzilla: Monster Planet in a teaser. The teaser was…underwhelming to say the least. It showed us very little of what to expect, and frankly, I don’t care for the CG visual effects they’re going for in the flick itself.

Of course, you could only judge so much of a film on a 30-second teaser, and I was more than willing to give the film another chance to wow me. Toho recently put out a new one minute and 15 second trailer, and while it didn’t quite wow me, it was a step up from the first one. Admittedly, I’m still no thrilled with the animation style we settled on, and I can’t speak Japanese to save my life, but I do feel like this one shows more of the dark and immense atmosphere of the film. Given my disdain for the animation, I must concede that it’ll likely take me actually watching the film to judge if it’s great.

While the film doesn’t have the animation going for it, it does have the occasionally amazing screenwriter Gen Urobuchi behind the script (who wrote the amazing Puella Magi Madoka Magica series), which is a bit comforting (though we’ll see if this turns out to be more of a dud, like Expelled From Paradise).

Taking the helm are Hiroyuki Seshita and Kobun Shizuno. The former director is perhaps a bit more notable due to his involvement in the Netflix original anime series Ajin: Demi-Human. The reason? CG. Ajin: Demi-Human utilizes CG character models over drawings, and it looks like the filmmakers have opted to go for this aesthetic as well. Urobuchi is no stranger to this look, as his 2015 film Expelled From Paradise also got the CG treatment, to mixed effect.

The synopsis for Godzilla: Monster Planet is below:

The last summer of the 20th Century. That day, the human beings learn that they are not the only ruler of the planet Earth.

The appearance of the giant living creatures “Kaiju’s” and the ultimate existence that destroys all monsters: Godzilla. Through the battle against kaiju’s that lasted for half a century, human beings has experienced continuous defeat, and finally plans to escape from the Earth. And in 2048, only those who were selected by the A.I. managed under the central government boarded the inter-sidereal emigrant spaceship “Aratrum” to head for “Tau Cetus e”, the planet beyond the distance of 11.9 light-year. However, the environmental condition differences between that of the Earth and Tau e, which they finally arrived after 20 years were far beyond the predicted numbers, and was not an environment considered to be habitable by human beings.

The young man on the emigrant ship: Haruo, who saw his parents killed by Godzilla in front of his eyes when he was 4 years old, had only one thing in his mind for 20 years: to return to the Earth and defeat Godzilla. Shut out from the possibility of emigration, as the living environment in the ship deteriorates, the group of “Earth Returnists” led by Haruo became the majority, and determines to head back to Earth through a dangerous long-distance hyperspace navigation. However, the Earth they have returned has already passed the time of 20,000 years, and has become an unknown world with the ecosystem reigned by Godzilla. At the end, will human beings win back the Earth? And what will Haruo see beyond his fate?

What do you think of this full trailer for Godzilla: Monster Planet? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Toho Animation

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.