Toho has announced a new anime series for Godzilla, being produced by Toho while being created by anime studios bones and Orange. Set to debut worldwide in 2021, on Tokyo MX in Japan and on Netflix worldwide, the upcoming series is around the corner. The show won’t be Godzilla’s first foray into animation, although this is noted to be an all new and original series on the character. This article acts as a news roundup for the new series, titled Godzilla Singular Point.
January 4, 2021
Toho has begun a slow roll out of images related to the show. These are human characters studies, which have been pushed out through Twitter. Lower resolution versions exist on the Godzilla Singular Point website. Before beginning with those, though, they kicked it off by a better look at the new design by Eiji Yamamori for Godzilla in the show:
Once more the show’s red motif goes through, while the protruding side tooth, seen briefly in the trailer, is visible in the design.
In addition, below are the 16 character profile images released that are done by Kazue Kato. Of note is that the first character, Mei Kamino, has two prominent designs featured. Also worth noting that four of the characters feature jackets that have a Jet Jaguar-like design on their backs. These four characters are, from left to right: Yun Arikawa, Haberu Kato, Goro Otaki and Satomi Kanahara.
As an interesting point, all of the characters that were originally shown off on October 6th are represented here… except one. He’s an individual with scraggly hair and in a business suit, located between Kamino Mei and Yun Arikawa in the reveal.
December 9, 2020
The official Japanese site has updated. They now list the cast of human, or at least non-monster cast as is the case with Pero the dog and Jung the AI, characters related to the show. Each listing has a profile picture and states the voice actor involved. For the first nine the voice actor also reflects on their work for the series. For example, the first profile is listed as this, translated from Japanese to English:
Kamino Mei played by Yume Miyamoto
“I am very honored to be involved in the Godzilla franchise, which is loved by many people the world over. I was young and hadn’t experienced Godzilla movies before 2000, but since I decided to be involved in this series I have seen all of the Godzilla films. It was an immersive experience, and now love Godzilla. Looking at this “Godzilla SP”, the number of Godzilla fans will increase even more just like with me, and it is a work that is still exciting for everyone who already loves Godzilla! I am happy to be able to bring this to you. Stay tuned for the broadcast.” – Yume Miyamoto
After the first nine characters an additional nine are listed, although these only with the character name, profile image and voice actor credit. They don’t feature a quote from the actor. All 18 can be seen here.
Likely a surprise to everyone, Toho has released a trailer already for the upcoming Godzilla Singular Point.
The trailer starts off with brassy music that feels like it’s channeling composer Akira Ifukube‘s early work, during the late 1950’s in the kaiju genre, before transitioning to a more modern flavor. During the action of the trailer there appears to be a number of familiar faces that show up. These include what is likely Rodan, Anguirus, Jet Jaguar, Gabara, Titanosaurus and possibly Manda although all that is seen is a view from the arms. Numerous Pteranodons also are featured, possibly hinting at or actually being Rodan. All of the monsters appear to be widely redesigned to appear more dinosaur-like and less humanoid.
In addition, a new poster, seen below, was released.
October 6, 2020
The press push has started for the new series. This includes both a press release, announcing the distribution deal with Netflix, and a Japanese website. Some of the crew behind the series was also revealed. This includes Atsushi Takahashi as director, whose past work includes directing Blue Exorcist and assistant directing Spirited Away (2001). Writing will be overseen by novelist Toh Enjoe, making their cinematic debate. Music will be handled by Kan Sawada, who did work on the Doraemon and Yowamushi Pedal franchises.
The press reveal also included a rough sketch of the King of the Monsters, seen above. This was done by Eiji Yamamori, who is in charge of “monster design” for the series, and has done key animation work for titles like Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and Tales from Earthsea (2006).
In addition 17 character designs were contributed by author and artist Kazue Kat0, best known for her work on the Blue Exorcist series. These concepts are seen above.
Godzilla Singular Point is set to debut on Tokyo MX on April 2021. There is currently no date for the release on Netflix, other than sometime in 2021.
The original, English press release for the announcement is found below.
GODZILLA RETURNS TO NETFLIX IN NEW ANIME SERIES GODZILLA SINGULAR POINT
Studio bones and Orange team up for a new series coming to Netflix in 2021
Netflix announces an all new original anime series Godzilla Singular Point featuring a brand new cast and original story set to premiere globally on Netflix in 2021.
- Following the success of Godzilla anime films, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle and Godzilla: The Planet Eater comes an all new original anime series from director Atsushi Takahashi (Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi).
- Anime studio bones (My Hero Academia) in partnership with studio Orange, (Beastars, Land of the Lustrous) will produce the series combining hand-drawn and CG animation styles.
- In addition to director Takahashi, the creative team includes Kan Sawada, composer for countless Doraemon films and series such as Yowamushi Pedal, Japanese science-fiction novelist Toh Enjoe making his TV debut as editor and writer for the series, Kazue Kato creator of Blue Exorcist and the hit comic currently serialized in Jump Square will serve as the character designer, and animator Eiji Yamamori from Studio Ghibli films including Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and The Wind Rises will do the Kaiju design.
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Founded in 1932, Toho Co., Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.
bones was founded by Sunrise staff members Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Ousaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto in October 1998. The company’s name was originally inspired by the idea “to create animations with bones” and it continues to produce high quality visual works today. bones is renown for its dynamic animated action sequences such as robot animations which continue to attract fans around the world. They are considered one of the most notable anime studios in the world today. They have produced numerous titles, including My Hero Academia, Psalms of Planets Eureka seveN and Netflix’s original anime series Carole & Tuesday.
Established in 2004 and founded by famed CG animator Eiji Inomoto, Orange is a Japanese animation studio based in Musashino, Tokyo that specializes in the production of 3DCG animation. The studio is known for its exaggerated 3D and directing style, which differs from the traditional movement often found in CG works. In 2017, the studio produced Land of the Lustrous. In 2018 Orange released Monster Strike The Movie 2 Sora no Kanata to theaters. Orange has led Marui Group’s original animation Sobae and the IDOLiSH7 Music Video. In 2019 they launched their first Netflix original anime series Beastars globally.