Godzilla is hot, hot, hot right now! Hotter than his atomic breath.
In 2014, the King of the Monsters returned in a big way (pun intended) in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, the official start of the MonsterVerse. Last year saw the release of Shin Godzilla, the latest Japanese entry in their storied franchise dating back to 1954. And there's more Godzilla to come, both in the MonsterVerse's Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and Godzilla Vs Kong, as well as a new anime film set for release on Nextflix. Said anime film is now officially titled Godzilla: Kaiju Wajusei, which translates to Godzilla: Monster Planet.
I don't speak or read Japanese, but the Anime News Network reports the poster reads, "We will definitely take back this 'Planet.'"
Here's the synopsis from the official website:
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?
Wowzers. That's quite the unconventional take on Godzilla! Future Godzilla. I like it. The film is written by Gen Uronuchi and directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita. It is worth noting that Urobuchi wrote Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a pretty amazing anime show and three-part film series.
Is there such thing as too much Godzilla? Are you getting monster fatigue after Kong: Skull Island? Or is Godzilla: Monster Planet your ultimate plan to tide you over for further movies in the MonsterVerse? Comment below!