Titanoterror98 wrote:Would you guys blame me if I said I lost all enthusiasm for these movies?
No, I don´t blame you for not having enthusiasm for these films, Titano. I´m in the same boat as you. I´m far more excited about KOTM and GVK to even care about the anime stuff. The leaks about Planet Eater don´t help, and altough Rodan´s review about the film made me slightly more optismistic about it, it still din´t changed my mind about the story. I will still watch the film, because is a Godzilla film, but I will watch it with very low expectations.
The interviews with Seshita and Urobuchi din´t help either, specially the restrictions that Toho put into the trilogy. I get that they wanted no "pro wrestling" fights like in the 70s Showa films and that they wanted to make the films like 1954 or Shin, but the characters are nowhere near as developed and deep as Serizawa or Emiko, nor as likeable and engaging as Rando or Kayoko, and the serious tone and style trying to be like ´54 dosen´t work like they would have wanted to, and instead of making a dark, compelling, emotional story that could compete with some of the best films in the franchise, they ended up making probably the most joyless, self-serious, pretentious Godzilla story as possible as they can make.
Heck, as you mentioned, even G14 had some interisting, sympathetic characters, and altough Ford is not as interisting as the characters shown in ´54 or Shin, at least he is a pretty good self-inser character that the audience can use to be engaged about what´s going on in the film (plus, he has some character moments like that scene with Elle on the phone).
When it comes to the monster stuff, they don´t need to move and fight like the Showa incarnations, but it feels like they watched the Heisei fights and they decided to make the stiff and beam-spaming elements into a even more extreme level by making them do literally nothing for the most part. Godzilla Earth might be the tallest and most powerful incarnation of the character, but by doing that, they made him probably the most boring incarnation of the character.
Shin might have not that much of a personality either, but everything around him is engaging and well-done, plus he was portrayed as an natural disaster, so it makes sense that he dosen´t have a personality. On the other hand, given that the trilogy is about Haruo trying to kill Godzilla, Godzilla Earth dosen´t seem to answer him with reciprocation, there´s not a sense of hatred between both, is kinda like an ex-boyfriend angrily trying to make his ex-girlfriend jealous by showing her the many girls that he managed to make them fall in love for him, only to be answered with a silent treatment for his ex, like she dosen´t give a skreeonk about that. Even the other threatening Godzilla like 54 or GMK feel more alive and have more personality than Godzilla Earth (or Fillius) does.
If G98 made Godzilla way too weak, the anime trilogy made him way too strong. Just because you made X character to be as OP as skreeonk dosen´t made you an compelling character instantly (same with Dragon Ball Super, just because they made Goku very OP dosen´t make up for the fact they ruined his character in that show). The 1998 animated series, Millenium films and G14 showed that you can make good, hand-to-hand fights without needing to be as over the top as some of the Showa fights in the 70s.
I can forgive the monster action being lackluster if the human story is good, but given that we have no one we can sympathize or enjoy, both parts end up being very mediocre. I really find it ironic that the American animated series based on an film that hated it source material is still the best animated adaptation of the character, and it is still better than the anime films. It is really a shame.
There´s some good stuff, though. The ending of POTM with Godzilla Earth´s appearance was great, the songs and music are really good, Metphies is an interisting character, the themes that they have are interisting, the animation can be good at points, and the novels are amazing, is just that the bad stuff surpasses the good stuff that this trilogy has.
Sorry for the long rant. I really wanted to like these films, I really do. The concepts about it are fascinating, many of the themes that they want to tackle I found them very interisting, I like that they seem to be inspired by Lovecraft mythology, and that article about Planet Eater´s ending sounds great.... on paper
. That sums up this trilogy, the films have brilliant ideas on paper, but the execution is very poor, not using the medium to its fullest potential, and not using these ideas to the maximum. It is pretty much wasted potential. I´m not even mad, I´m just sad by the fact that Toho instead of seeing anime Godzilla films as something amazing with potential, they saw these films as nothing more than just profit and filler before KOTM comes out, with the films looking like they were made with little to no enthusiasm so far. These films should be better, just because they are different and have interesting themes dosen´t make them automatically good. Mixing Godzilla with anime shouldn´t be hard, the animation is potential without limits yet they are wasting the potential that animated medium can offer.
I just hope that the next time they do an anime film or series about Godzilla, they take notes about what worked and what din´t work with this trilogy to make the anime someone like Godzilla and company deserves.
Now I have become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds- J. Robert Oppenheimer.