Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (2012)
Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (巨神兵東京に現わる is a Kyoshinhei Tōkyō ni Arawaru)2012 tokusatsu kaiju short film directed by Shinji Higuchi and written by Hideaki Anno, with special effects supervised by Katsuro Onoue and VFX supervised by Atsuki Sato. Funded by Studio Ghibli and produced by the Special Effects Laboratory and khara, it is Ghibli's first live-action project. Based partially on both Hayao Miyazaki's 1982 manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and the 1984 Topcraft film adaptation, it depicts an alternate version of the Seven Days of Fire in which the titular God Warriors wipe out human civilization in the present day. Originally, the film was made as a demonstration of practical effects for the "Hideaki Anno's Tokusatsu Museum: Craftsmanship of the Showa and Heisei Eras Seen Through Miniatures" exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, which opened on July 10, 2012. An extended version entitled Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo: Theatrical Edition (巨神兵東京に現わる 劇場版 was given a Japanese theatrical run beginning November 17 of that year, playing before Anno's Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Kyoshinhei Tōkyō ni Arawaru: Gekijō-ban)
During an average day in Tokyo, the narrator is shocked by the arrival of her brother, who has been away at college. He tells her that a great disaster is coming and the city will be destroyed tomorrow. She exclaims that it is just a rumor being spread around the Internet, but her sibling insists. He explains that before every disaster there is an omen or warning that precedes it. The narrator becomes frightened and believes the person in front of her to be an imposter. He tells her that he is the omen and that she should carefully decide how to react to this event before vanishing before her.
Meanwhile, glowing spores have descended upon Tokyo, eventually coalescing to form an enormous being that hovers above the city. The narrator explains that gods are not only creators, but also destroyers, which is why humans worship them. The giant being begins aimlessly walking through Tokyo as the city's inhabitants look on. Suddenly, it stops and its mouth opens to reveal a device that unleashes a horrifying beam that ravages Tokyo, destroying the entire city and leaving a mushroom cloud in its wake.
The narrator explains that the world has a set life span and that, if it were up to humans, life would be prolonged indefinitely. Despite its inhabitants' objections, the Earth itself called upon the God Warrior to initiate the Seven Days of Fire which will end the planet's existence. She believes that if the Earth took seven days to create, it will take just as long to destroy it.
As the entire legion of God Warriors descend upon the ruins of Tokyo, the narrator says that she will forego what the gods have planned and is awaiting what will remain after they have destroyed Earth.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Shinji Higuchi
- Associate director Katsuro Onoue
- Written by Hideaki Anno
- Giant God Warrior created by Hayao Miyazaki
- Executive producers Hideaki Anno, Toshio Suzuki
- Produced by Takeshi Kobayashi
- Associate producers Nobuo Kawakami, Makoto Hashida, Ikki Todoroki
- Technical producer Tetsuo Oya
- Music by Taisei Iwasaki
- Cinematography by Keizo Suzuki, Keiichi Sakurai
- Edited by Atsuki Sato; Hidemi Ri (theatrical)
- Production design by Toshio Miike, Masato Inatsuki
- 1st assistant director Kensei Nakayama
- Special effects supervisor Katsuro Onoue
- Visual effects supervisor Atsuki Sato
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Megumi Hayashibara as narrator (voice)
- Main article: Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo/Gallery.
- A model of a broken Tokyo Tower from the Heisei Gamera trilogy was considered for reuse in this film. The model was ultimately displayed at the theaters where the film was released.
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