BlacktimusPrime wrote:I just earlier today rewatched this one, and one thing really stood out to me - the lead character is not as likeable as I remembered. While Katagiri is cold-blooded, trying to kill a monster that's been terrorizing your nation for decades is definitely the right thing to do; human life is infinitely more precious than scientific advances.
I think you're misinterpreting Shinoda's character and his goals.
Katagiri: "And in the meantime, he just levels Tokyo."
Shinoda: "Of course not, that's why I created the network. He must be contained, I realize that."
Shinoda's research into Godzilla is what allows him to predict where he will show up and how to mitigate the damage. He learns at the beginning of the movie that shutting down nuclear reactors isn't enough to keep Godzilla from coming ashore, and tries to warn Katagiri.
Both are looking to keep Godzilla from causing further damage. Their methods are simply different.