Eager to follow up the success of Shin Godzilla (2016), which has surpassed ¥3.3 billion at the Japanese box office, Toho has announced an animated trilogy on the King of the Monsters. With the first hitting in 2017, and two sequels to follow in 2018, there is a lot to cover on the productions. This article works as a news roundup for the Godzilla Anime trilogy, which are being created by Toho and Polygon Pictures.
January 9th 2019 update
The final chapter in the Anime Godzilla trilogy, Godzilla: The Planet Eater (2018), is now available on Netflix. Currently, there has not been any word on whether or not the movies will see DVD or Blu-ray releases outside of Japan.
October 10th 2018 update
A trailer for the final film in the Anime Godzilla trilogy, Godzilla: The Planet Eater, has been released. Running at around 97 seconds, the trailer heavily features the summoning of the enigmatic King Ghidorah in a long-awaited monster battle with Godzilla Earth. The trailer also announces how advanced tickets will come with a special “Gundam X Godzilla” collaboration item.
September 14th 2018 update
The official Anime Godzilla website has released a brand-new poster and plot details for Godzilla: The Planet Eater. The news section also confirms the return of the artist XAI, who will be releasing the theme song for the movie titled “live and die”.
SOME STORY SPOILERS AHEAD — The king of destruction, Godzilla, and the god of the void, King Ghidorah, will clash in the final chapter of the animated Godzilla trilogy. In the previous movie, Haruo abandoned his only chance of defeating Godzilla Earth, killing Galu-Gu and witnessing the end of Mechagodzilla City. However, his childhood friend Yuko fell into a brain dead coma due to the forced nanometalization of her body by the Bilusaludo. With their hopes dashed and a sense of defeat spreading among the humans, Metphies, the commander of the priestly alien race Exif, declares Haruo’s survival of the battle a “miracle” and draws in a greater following – this outcome secretly being the “ultimate goal” of the Exif. The Houtua twins Miana and Maina remain wary of Metphies while Haruo deals with his own personal struggles, as the super-dimensional battle between Godzilla Earth and King Ghidorah begins.
The poster for the upcoming movie can be seen below.
July 31st 2018 update
A new teaser trailer for the final entry in the series is now live. Posted by Toho Animation, the trailer is noteworthy for listing an English title as well for the upcoming movie: “Godzilla: The Planet Eater”.
July 7th 2018 update
Nearly a month after its screening in France, multiple news outlets including Deadline are now reporting that “Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle” is set to launch on Netflix starting July 18th, with the movie’s Twitter account also confirming this news. The date was announced by Netflix during their panel at Anime Expo 2018.
June 14th 2018 update
Although the lead was somewhat buried, it’s been announced that the next entry in the Anime trilogy, “Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle”, is set to be screened by Netflix in the United States later this week, allowing critics to see the movie early to review it. This is presumed to be anytime from June 14th-16th. [note: this report earlier said released, but it appears the earlier article was mistaken]
April 20th 2018 update
A trailer for the second film in the Anime Godzilla trilogy, “Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle”, has been released. The movie sees a theatrical release in Japan in a little under a month on May 18th. Running at around 96 seconds, the trailer shows off brief scenes of the survivors of the first movie, as well as a look at the winged power suits named “Vulture”. The trailer also announces how advanced tickets will come with a special “Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle VS. Pacific Rim: Uprising” collaboration item.
November 22nd 2017 update
With the first Anime Godzilla film in theaters, promotion has already begun for the movie’s sequel and the second entry in the trilogy. Called “GODZILLA 決戦機動増殖都市” (GODZILLA Kessen Kido Zoshoku Toshi) in Japanese, the title roughly translates to “Godzilla: City Mobilized for the Decisive Battle”. Toho has already started touting the movie to theaters, which opens in May of 2018. The includes the release of a poster and available theater promo material, listed on their site here. Found on the site is mention that it includes a “Mechagodzilla Clear File” promo, which clarifies that the creature on the poster is Mechagodzilla.
The poster for the upcoming movie can be seen below.
August 26th 2017 update
A longer, 75 second trailer has been released for the upcoming animated Godzilla film.
This trailer shows a clearer view of Godzilla, and also once more uses the Showa series roar for the titular creature. To help promote the upcoming movie, Toho has also started to truck around large statues of the new Godzilla. One of these is seen below.
Although the creature has the general outline of the one from the American Godzilla (2014), the face and texture of the beast is totally different. In the case of the latter, the monster has an almost root-like exposed muscle system. Its dorsal fins are also unique, almost leaf-like in their appearance as well. In addition, a new poster was also released for the title, seen below.
July 7th 2017 update
A short, 30 second trailer for the film has been released. It ends with a shot of Godzilla, and uses the roar from the 1960’s and 1970’s version of Godzilla from the Showa series.
While the King of the Monsters is shown during the trailer, it also briefly showcases a new monster as well. This is the creature Servum, who was also revealed on the Twitter account the day the trailer broke.
June 20th 2017 update
Although late to the party, another poster has been released for the animated movie. This one shows off Godzilla, in the first look at the design of the character for the animated title.
March 26th 2017 update
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:
March 14th 2017 update
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.
March 9th 2017 update
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.
August 19th 2016
As Shin Godzilla (2016) continues to be a smash at the box office, an anime movie based on Godzilla has been announced. 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