– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Godzilla is having something of a resurgence in the mainstream. In the past couple years, there have been a couple live-action films — one from America, and one from Japan. Additionally, we have a sequel on the way to Gareth Edwards’ version, as well as a new animated film from Toho Animation. Today, we’re here to take a look at what the animated film, Godzilla: Monster Planet has to offer.

The film come from the mind of famous screenwriter Gen Urobuchi, who anime fans will recognize as the scribe behind such hits as Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Expelled From Paradise, and Psycho-Pass. The writer is well known for going big with his ideas. He hits big, but also tends to miss big as well.

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.

So they’ve opted to go this route for Godzilla: Monster Planet. How does it fare? Based on this trailer, quite poorly. While we can’t speak for the quality of the story, the character models are generic, the movement stiff, and the overall look is incredibly distracting. It honestly looks more like a video game than a movie, and to those already predisposed to dislike anime, this likely won’t help a whole lot. Even worse, that one shot of Godzilla is stiff and horrible.

I’m a fan of these filmmakers, but I really wish they had gone the more traditional route with their animation this time around. Let’s hope that Urobuchi’s script will be enough to make up for it.

But that’s just my opinion? What do you think of this latest trailer? Let us know your thoughts 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.