Japan’s greatest scourge -- and infrequent defender -- will take on the anime medium later this year when the first-ever “Godzilla” anime film hits Japan. Polygon Pictures announced the film on Thursday, and followed-up today with a preliminary voice actor cast list and concept art (below).
The announced Japanese language voice actors are Yuuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Mamoru Miyano, Junichi Suwabe, Kana Hanazawa and Tomokazu Sugita. The as-yet-named film is directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita, and is penned by Gen Urobochi, the writer of the 2013 dystopian anime series “Psycho-Pass.”
“Godzilla” is the 32nd film in the franchise, and the 30th Godzilla film produced by Toho. Little else is known about the animated film right now, but more information will be released at a stage show set to take place at the AnimeJapan convention on March 26, 2017, which will include a panel with the six confirmed voice actors.
The Japanese “Godzilla” film franchise dates to 1954 with the release of the original “Godzilla,” a politically charged film with an anti-nuclear message. In the intervening 63 years, the “Godzilla” film series has become progressively more action-based, shedding its political core.
The most recent installment in the series, “Shin Godzilla,” brought back the series’ original political focus and managed a healthy box office return, netting over $76 million worldwide and becoming the second highest grossing domestic film in Japan last year.