The resurgence of all things kaiju related has me very excited. As such, I was pretty happy when a new Godzilla film, even though it’s animated, was coming out. Today, thanks to some sleuthing from Crunchy Roll, we finally get some actual details on the story. Godzilla: Monster Planet (as it’s now called) will take place several THOUSAND years into the future, where Earth has become entirely dominated by monsters.
The last summer of the 20th century. On that day, the human race realized that they were not the only ruler of the planet earth.
The emergence of gigantic monsters “kaiju” and the ultimate existence that even can destroy the kaijus, Godzilla. After half-century of the war against the kaijus, the human race repeatedly defeated and decided to escape from the earth. Then finally in the year 2048, only people who were chosen by the artificial intelligence under the control of the central government went on board the interstellar immigrant ship Aratrum and left for the “Cetus: Planet Tau e” which was 11.9 light years away from the earth. But the environmental condition difference between the earth and Tau e, which took 20 years to reach, was far exceeded the predicted value, and there was no way to survive for the human race.
A young man named Haruo is on board of the immigrant ship. His parents were killed by Godzilla right front of him when he was 4, since then, he has been thinking about only going back to the earth and killing Godzilla for 20 years. Since there is no hope for immigration to other planets, the “Return to the Earth” group including Haruo becomes the mainstream in the ship as its living condition is getting worse, then they decide to try the long distance hyperspace navigation.
However, 20,000 years have already passed when they finally arrive the earth, and it becomes a totally unknown world dominated by an ecosystem topped by Godzilla. Can the human race take the earth back, and the fate of Haruo will be…?
It’s a decidely different premise, but one that seems well-suited to exploring in the animated spectrum…I mean, it seems like a hard story to sell in live-action, but anime allows for more experimenting in this stuff. Either way, I’m intrigued and eager tos see how it all plays out. The poster is pretty decent too, though I was hoping to see the monster himself. Oh well.
Godzilla: Monster Planet will land in Japan sometime in the Fall, with Netflix showing it here in the West sometime soon after (presumably).