Woo boy, I've got a lot to unpack: Ghidorah's full-body concept art, the interview, and the leaked plot. I'll just start by saying that I'm going to avoid discussing the plot until it comes on Netflix and I see it for myself cause' I don't want any spoilers on here either. I will say however, that what I did read made it feel like a logical conclusion to the story but it didn't change my feelings on the series--which is what everyone else seems to be saying anyways, so no spoilers from there.
Ghidorah's full body design has got me conflicted. On one hand, I think it's a good look for a totally alien Ghidorah--it's strange, it's threatening, it fits the aesthetic of the trilogy, it's inspired yet familiar. *inhales* BUT I don't think it makes a lot of sense given its presence in the film. When I first saw Ghidorah in the posters and trailers, I thought it was going to be a completely abstract take where Ghidorah's entire body consisted of either A) a never ending serpentine body made of Ghidorah's heads perpetually braiding themselves together, or B) three heads connected by impossibly long necks to the mysterious light we see in the void. Either one would have felt fitting for such an eldritch take on the King of Terror, and would have been right up there with
an oil refinery with turrets a city made from Mechagodzilla's parts, in my honest opinion. Then whenever I compare the Ghidorah we see in the film and the one we see in the concept art, it doesn't gel together in my mind. I think what they were trying to convey just how huge this Ghidorah is, but all I can think of is Ghidorah sticking its heads into a bunch of holes while its body just helplessly flaps in place in the void.
As for the interview and commentary, well, all I can say is that clears up a lot of their intentions. I can't get give the directors and Urobochi a very hard time for making the choices that they did--they were given their orders from Toho and did their best to fulfill them, and I still respect them for attempting a new take on the Godzilla mythos. *inhaling intensifies* BuuUuut, I still don't agree with how they executed their ideas, or even Toho's demands. For instance, I still don't think that they succeded at creating a very engaging cast of characters like 1954. Trying to compare a brilliant but mentally and physically scared war veteran to another aggro seinen protagonist, for instance, is a heck of a strech; Yuuko still pales in comparison to other kaiju movie heroines AND exemplifies all that is wrong with women in anime; Metaphies is still one of the exceptions as he is still both a good villain with an interesting character and motives (basically he's still best evil alien boyfriend); Maina and Miana are still inspired takes on the Mothra twins but still like any defining qualities outside their designs or love affair with Haruto; as for all the other supporting characers, they still feel too shallow in personality and generic in design to make an impact on me. Not mention, there's not a lot of moral complexity in the stoy either since, aside from themes like sacrificing one's humanity for revenge, the films' conflict sadly boils down to the "KAIJU AND ALIENS BAD! HUMANS GOOD!" schtick. And I'm still annoyed that they put so much work into the designs and backstories of the kaiju, yet they still feel so inactive. I sympathize with Toho's efforts to get back to Godzilla's darker roots, but I believe that in some ways they went too far. Or at the very least, picked the wrong place to do it. Like everyone else is saying, there are so many things they could do in the world of animation and the decided to tell the most ponderous, stiff-looking story they could. In some ways, it almost feels like a "careful what you wish for situation" where, after so many people clamoring for a darker and edgier and deeper Godzilla story, we're stuck with what feels like an increasingly joyless philosophy class. Lastly, I just want to say that as much as I admire Toho trying to broaden Godzilla's fanbase, especially with women, they could have done better. I honestly don't everything about what Japanese want to see in their entertainment, but I still believe the best way to draw them in is better representation, and sisters, you're not going to see a very flattering reflection in Yuko or the twins.
Anyways, that was it. I'm Titanoterror98, thanks for coming to my TED talk.
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