AniGoji

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ShinGoji
AniGoji
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Monster Design
AniGoji in GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters
AniGoji
Type Animation

Nicknames AnimeGoji

Portrayed by Animation
Used in GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle, GODZILLA: The Planet Eater
For history, abilities, and stats regarding the anime incarnations of Godzilla, see Godzilla Filius and Godzilla Earth

The AniGoji (アニゴジ,   AniGoji) is the Godzilla design used in the 2017 Godzilla film, GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters and its 2018 sequels, GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle and GODZILLA: The Planet Eater.

Name

AniGoji's name comes from anime (アニメ) and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ).

Development

Godzilla concept art

Trees were decided upon as the motif for the anime Godzilla's design after the key concept for this Godzilla was determined to be that it was the "peak of the evolution of life." According to co-director Kobun Shizuno, there were several reasons for this, including the fact that trees are currently the largest and most widespread organisms on Earth, that they are capable of living for thousands of years - "basically only requiring light and water" to survive, and that trees' hard and fibrous body tissues protected them while also supporting their enormous mass and volume. Moreover, actual trees possess trace elements in their biology and generate electrons when performing photosynthesis, allowing for a plant-based Godzilla to use powerful electromagnetic waves. "We expanded from the idea of if a plant had undergone super-evolution due to its cellular structure perhaps containing metallic elements, and its whole body became a power generator as a result," Shizuno explained. "I heard that at the top of the evolution of the Earth are actually plants. [sic] And in this 'planet of the monsters,' I thought Godzilla would be like a huge 'world tree' at the center of its unique environment."[1]

The anime Godzilla's design process was as follows: co-director Hiroyuki Seshita first drew concept sketches to determine the silhouette of the body and created variations of the face, especially the profile, based on different animals. After that, modeling director Mitsunori Kataama organized several interpretations, from which virtual maquettes were sculpted. Eiji Kawada designed the texture and color for Godzilla, reflecting the setting by adding accumulated moss, fine scratches and dirt. Finally, the CG model was rigged and readied for animation.[1]

Sculpting a 3D model for Godzilla
AniGoji is described as taking the basic, recognizable silhouette of Godzilla and combining it with the unique traits decided for the character for the anime works. Inspired by Kongōrikishi statues, the muscular element to Godzilla's appearance is meant to express its power as well as invoke the hugeness of trees, its status as the apex life form on Earth, and a deity-like presence. Rather than aiming for something anatomically accurate, this Godzilla is simply meant to be imposing.[1]

When drawing head profile concepts for Godzilla, features such as curls of hair, horns, Varan-like fins, and lower jaw spikes were sketched out for verification, though they were all dropped in favor of simple chin spikes for Godzilla Earth only.[2] The monster's deity-like blue eyes are meant to convey intelligence, "such as that of a philosopher."[1]

In the shaping of CG model maquettes for Godzilla, a process similar to molding with clay was used, where a general shape outline was defined first, and details were gradually added in.[1] Coloring of the model. Moss is featured in some concept maquettes' coloration, located in the back, the upper part of the dorsal fins, and "other places where the body doesn't rub" against other surfaces.

Detail

At first glance, the AniGoji generally resembles the LegendaryGoji design, with a bulky body, a thick and short neck, large arms, jagged triangular dorsal plates, and a crocodile-like head with a relatively longer snout. The design's dorsal plates are larger than the LegendaryGoji's, and more closely resemble the traditional maple leaf-shaped plates of past Godzilla designs. AniGoji has bluish green skin with a rough texture reminiscent of tree bark covering the entirety of his body. He has a very robust musculature, with his muscles visible through his skin and pronounced abdominal and pectoral muscles on his chest. His legs are long and slim compared to the LegendaryGoji's pillar-like legs, while his feet are elongated and possess four claws, as do his hands. AniGoji's tail has a ridged underside, and ends with a pointed spear-like tip.

The AniGoji design is used to depict both Godzilla Filius, a 50 meter subspecies derived from the cells of the original Godzilla, and Godzilla Earth, the original Godzilla which grows to a height of over 300 meters following his 20,000 year reign over the Earth's ecosystem. Godzilla Filius looks nearly identical to Godzilla Earth when he first appeared in 2030, with the exception of lacking the patch of spikes on the underside of his chin which resembles a beard.

Gallery

Production

GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters

GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle

Screenshots

GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters

GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle

Merchandise

Toys

Trading Cards

References

This is a list of references for AniGoji. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters Theater Program. Toho. pp. 28-29. November 17, 2017.
  2. Godzilla head concept art

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oh my,i love this design,is the perfect godzilla to me,OH MY,I LOVE THIS DESIGN SO MUNCH,I WANT KISS THIS MONSTER
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i think Godzilla Earth in the end of City on the Edge of Battle turns into Burning Godzilla Earth. It is basicaly the same way as sen in Godzilla vs Destoroayah.
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Gojira2014

4 months ago
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i honestly have to ask, if godzilla being a plant wasn't going to benefit in this movie, then why is he a plant? i'm open to the idea, but there not doing anything with it...

also , he would look better with horns on his head.
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Chainsaw Gigan

3 months ago
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well plants live longer than us, are older than us, and are perfect lifeforms to live for 1,000's of years.
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Chainsaw Gigan

8 months ago
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and for the X-Plus Godzilla Earth "Boy Godzilla Has Really Let Himself Go! (X> / XD)"
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Joseph A Yamoah Jr

10 months ago
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Cool!
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SkullIsland

13 months ago
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I think this page should be renamed to AniGoji since a lot of official media refers to the design with that name.

https://twit...263990231040
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The King of the Monsters

13 months ago
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"AniGoji" is mainly used to refer to the film itself and not the Godzilla incarnation or design, however Japanese fans have taken to calling the Godzilla "AniGoji." Most official media call the Godzilla incarnation "Anime Godzilla" or just "Godzilla 2017," however there was one recent tweet from the official anime twitter that did call a statue of this Godzilla "a statue of AniGoji."
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GojiFan2002

16 months ago
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I do not know why the directors relied on the G14 design to create this design. When the movie comes out we will know.
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CdrWikizilla

16 months ago
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Wow now that we have more images I have to say that I like this design much more now. Not a LegendaryGoji clone after all
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ThePsychoBear

16 months ago
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FerroBioGoji
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Titanollante

16 months ago
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He's green! He's the second green Godzilla to appear in a movie!
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Kaiju4EVER

16 months ago
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Actually he's the third: the first one was the Godzilla from Godzilla 2000, and the second was the Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.
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Green Blob Thing

16 months ago
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I think Titan was referring to the designs rather than the incarnations.
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GojiFan2002

16 months ago
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Although there were already 2 green Godzillas, the one of Hanna Barbera and Marvel, but they do not count, since these are not canon.
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Green Blob Thing

16 months ago
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They're just as canon as any movie incarnation of Godzilla. Like with the Showa, Heisei and Millennium incarnations of Godzilla, they exist in their own continuity.
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CdrWikizilla

16 months ago
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I'm not sure it's actually green the color seems to vary with the images but it would fit with the new origin.
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MosuFan2004

13 months ago
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Actually he's the third because KingGoji and MireGoji are both green, too.
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Green Blob Thing

13 months ago
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KingGoji is not green. This isn't green.
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ItsDestoroyah

13 months ago
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Why are we still talking about this
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Les

13 months ago
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This hasn't been talked about in 21 days.
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Green Blob Thing

16 months ago
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Now that we have better images of him, people can finally stop saying that they just rehashed the Legendary design. This Godzilla design looks awesome and I actually like the new origin they've given him.
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Indominus Rex 2016

16 months ago
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He kindda looks like a combination of Legendary and Heisei to me...
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SkullIsland

17 months ago
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This designs hunched posture reminds me of the GMK Godzilla.
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Predator65

17 months ago
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He looks more like the Heisei Godzilla in the trailer. But his dorsal plates look like the MireGoji's dorsal plates
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Green Blob Thing

17 months ago
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He looks like a blend of all the different eras of Godzilla except for the Showa era. I'm actually happy they've done that. They've took the best from all eras.
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GallantStreak

18 months ago
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Oh dear lord, they're making it even bigger than ShinGoji? How long is this competition going to go on?
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KargosKul

17 months ago
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same, it feels dumb to keep making Godzilla bigger and bigger, leave that to King Ghidorah or something.
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Green Blob Thing

17 months ago
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One day, Godzilla will be so big that the Earth will only be the size of his knee.
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Kaiju4EVER

18 months ago
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Instead of a more traditional and yet unique design, they basically plagiarized LegendaryGoji and slightly edited it.
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Green Blob Thing

18 months ago
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Eh, it's not the first time Godzilla has resembled a past design. Quite a few Godzilla designs have been designed to resemble ShodaiGoji and all of the Heisei designs looked very similar with minor differences. Personally, I think this design is a great choice for the anime movie. This Godzilla is meant to be the ruler of Earth's ecosystem, so it makes sense that Godzilla would look more like LegendaryGoji, a tough Godzilla, than something like MegaroGoji, a kid-friendly Godzilla that teams up with giant robots to fight insects from Seatopia.
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Mikezilla23

18 months ago
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You took the words out of my mouth.
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CdrWikizilla

18 months ago
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MegaroGoji would curb-tail slide LegendaryGoji. lol. anyways yeah I think it's way too similar to LegendaryGoji. The other similar suit designs made sense because more often then not they were in the same continuity. and of course a few were based of ShodaiGoji, he was the first after all. However this film shares absolutely no continuity the MonsterVerse, and it's animated so the similarities wouldn't be the fault of cost to make a suit like with the 2000 and Megaguirus designs. They could have done something more unique than this. As I have mentioned before, there will hopefully be more differences once we get in color images of the design but for now, I am a bit dissapointed.
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Lamango

18 months ago
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How the hell do you plagiarize a designed approved by Toho in a Toho made anime?
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Green Blob Thing

18 months ago
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Can't wait for the dumb thoughtless fan theories claiming this is actually LegendaryGoji but 20,000 years in the future.
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CdrWikizilla

18 months ago
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lol ikr. Plus the design will probably fuel that.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

18 months ago
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For what it's worth, the movie's Twitter tags most of its posts with #AniGoji.
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Titanollante

18 months ago
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It's just a shortening like RejeGoji for LegendaryGoji.
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Les

18 months ago
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Coolio
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Titanollante

18 months ago
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Neato