The King of the Monsters never stays out of the public consciousness for long, if at all. Between starring in 2014’s “Godzilla” and 2016’s “Shin Godzilla,” the city-stomping giant monster is still going strong after six decades. And this fall, for the first time ever, Godzilla will headline his own anime, streaming worldwide on Netflix.
While many of the details have been a mystery, Polygon Pictures has now pulled back the curtain, revealing the anime’s full title, “Godzilla: Kaiju Wakusei” (“Godzilla: Monster Planet”), a targeted November theatrical release in Japan, a poster, and a synopsis:
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 have experienced continuous defeat, and finally plan 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?
Clearly, with humans seeking life on other planets and the King of the Monsters laying claim to Earth, this will be a Godzilla movie unlike anything we’ve seen before. This version of Godzilla differs greatly from his friendlier iterations, with the monster more like a force of nature, moved by primal instinct and a threat to all.
The film’s voice acting cast includes Yuki Kaji (“Attack on Titan,” “AJIN: Demi-Human”), Takahiro Sakurai (“AJIN: Demi-Human,” “BLAME!”), Tomokazu Sugita (“Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker,” “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”), Junichi Suwabe (“Nodame Cantabile,” “Prince of Tennis”), Kana Hanazawa (“BLAME!,” “Psycho-Pass”) and Mamoru Miyano (“AJIN: Demi-Human,” “The Seven Deadly Sins”).
Netflix will stream “Godzilla: Monster Planet” in more than 190 countries. The film is the latest anime acquisition by the streaming giant, which has steadily been bolstering its original anime programming with series like “AJIN: Demi-Human” and “Cyborg 009: Call of Justice.”
Debuting in theaters in Japan this year, the “Godzilla” anime is directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita, and stars Yuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Mamoru Miyano, Junichi Suwabe, Kana Hanazawa and Tomokazu Sugita.
(via Anime News Network)