Godzilla Anime Trilogy - News Roundup
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|Date:||8/19/2016 (Updated: 3/25/2017)|
Eager to follow up the success of Godzilla Resurgence (2016), which has just surpassed ¥3.3 billion at the Japanese box office, Toho has announced an animated movie on the King of the Monsters simply titled Godzilla.
The project is being directed by Kobun Shizuno with animation by Polygon Pictures, both of which worked on Knights of Sidonia. Writing duties are being handled by Gen Urobuchi while Hiroyuki Seshita will join Shizuno in directing the production. The film is currently slated for a 2017 release.
Toho has launched an official site for the upcoming movie as well: godzilla-anime.com
Update (3/9/2017): The movie's Twitter account has been slowly publishing concept art related to the project, showing the alien and futuristic settings of the movie. That concept art is found below.
In addition, the movie's primary voice cast was revealed, which are led by Yuki Kaji, who has done voice work for the Pokémon movies and Beserk Golden Age, who is joined by Takahiro Sakurai, Tomokazu Sugita, Junichi Suwabe, Kana Hanazawa, and Mamoru Miyano.
Update (3/14/2017): It has been announced that, worldwide, the upcoming Godzilla anime will be released through a joint venture with Toho and Netflix. The announcement mentions a theatrical release, presumably just in Japan, before being distributed later in 2017 over Netflix.
As of this moment, a release date for the movie in Japanese theaters is still not specified. In fact, it's the only 2017 movie on Toho's lineup without a release date. The main website for the movie has been updated, though, with the addition of a "In association with NETFLIX" notification in the lower right corner.
To go along with a news, a new poster has also been released. This one is directly related to the new agreement, showing the anime title alongside a "TOHO animation" and NETFLIX logo.
Update (3/26/2017): The upcoming Godzilla anime movie has just become an upcoming trilogy of films.
At Anime Japan 2017 in Tokyo, which was partially sponsored by Toho under the listing of "Godzilla Store", a "Animation Film Godzilla Special Stage" keynote was provided. The biggest bombshell was the that this project now encompasses three movies. However, a lot of details were given on the first film, now known as "GODZILLA: 怪獣惑星", which roughly translates as Godzilla: Monster Planet (Godzilla: Kaiju Wakusei).
News from the keynote is currently flooding the movie's Twitter account , such as the inclusion of a new poster seen below. Their website has also been updated to add a lot more details about the movie. This includes the following plot synopsis, shockingly was listed in English as well as the following:
"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?"
The synopsis mentions a few details, including the idea of multiple monsters. However, it seems to indicate they might have perished before the events of the movie, given the both cryptic and exciting for fans due to the wording nod that Godzilla "destroys all monsters". The synopsis also highlights Haruo Sakaki, the lead who will be played by Mamoru Miyano.
The revealed cast, which were given English names as well, include the following, from left to right:
· Haruo Sakaki - 24 years old - Japanese - Captain (played by Mamoru Miyano)
· Metphies - 50 years old - Exif alien - Lieutenant Colonel and civilian priest (played by Takahiro Sakurai)
· Yuko Tani - 19 years old - Japanese - Sergeant Major (played by Kana Hanazawa)
· Martin Lazzari - 34 years old - Italian - Environmental biologist (played by Tomokazu Sugita)
· Adam Bindewald - 21 years old - German - Ensign (played by Yuuki Kaji)
· Mulu-Elu Galu-gu - 60 years old - Bilsard alien - Lieutenant Colonel and technology officer (played by Junichi Suwabe)
The first movie has been given a release frame of November of 2017. Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita are directing the movie, while Gen Urobuchi is scripting the movie. Naohiro Yoshihira is the movie's technical director, and Hiroyuki Morita will act as an assistant director. Production design will be handled by Naoya Tanaka and Ferdinando Patulli, with the exception of CF character design which will be managed by Yuki Moriyama. Yukihiro Shibutani is the art director on the project, and Hironori Nochi is the color key artist. Model direction will be managed by Mitsunori Kataama and sound direction will be handled by Satoshi Motoyama.
In addition, below is some more concept art that was released on the Twitter account: