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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Godzilla 2 director Michael Dougherty may be hard at work creating the next big chapter in the MonsterVerse that will eventually lead to a clash with King Kong, but they’re not the only ones taking advantage of the decades old monster. Its home island of Japan is also hard at work on their own anime take on the character.

Directors Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita have a more post-apocalyptic take on the property. This one takes place 20,000-plus years in the future. In this new take, humans return to Earth to find that the planet has been taken over by Godzilla.

Toho Animation just released a trailer for the Netflix film, Godzilla: Monster Planet, and while it’s not in English, it is an interesting watch nonetheless. From an animation standpoint, this film is a bit of a disappointment. It’s become popular in recent years for animators to resort to 3D animation, and as a result, they often look more like video games than films. Such is the case with Godzilla: Monster Planet.

That being said, this is a cool concept, Plus, with the script being in the hands of the occasionally-amazing Gen Urobuchi of Puella Magi Madoka Magica fame, there still is still a chance this could be a winner.

Below is the official synopsis for Godzilla: Monster Planet:

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 “Kaijus” and the ultimate existence that destroys all monsters: Godzilla. Through the battle against kaijus that lasted for half a century, human beings have experienced continuous defeat, and finally plan 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?

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SOURCE: Toho Animation

  • Mad Barchetta

    As an old anime hound (starting with the Americanized series of Gatchaman and Space Battleship Yamato), and while I will always think of the original hand-drawn work that started it all, I don’t mind the newer CGI styles coming out. Between things like Knights of Sidonia and R.W.B.Y., animation styles have understandably developed in new and different directions. No, they’re not the same, but that’s ok, because they are just different visions. It’s when CGI is used SOLEY for the purpose of making animation easier and cheaper that I find it objectionable.

    In these cases, I believe it’s all in the service of creativity and I think that’s a good thing.

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.