GODZILLA: The Planet Eater (2018)
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Bow down and worship the golden demise (黄金の終焉を伏して拝むがいい)
GODZILLA: The Planet Eater (ＧＯＤＺＩＬＬＡ 星を喰う者 Gojira Hoshi o Kū Mono) is an upcoming anime science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Animation and animated by Polygon Pictures, and the third entry in a trilogy of animated Godzilla films. After making its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on November 3, 2018, it will be released to Japanese theaters on November 9 and will become available to stream worldwide via Netflix in early 2019.
"A door opens and a golden seal shatters a star...
In the early 21st century, Mankind lost the battle for planet Earth to Godzilla, and has taken to the stars aboard the migrant ship, Aratrum, in search of a new home. Unfortunately, the search ends in vain, forcing them and their alien allies back to Earth. But, due to a distortion in space-time caused by the long-distance sub-space jump, 20,000 years have passed in their absence, and the Earth is a wholly different place.
The planet's flora and fauna now embody and serve Godzilla. Earth is a monster's planet, ruled by the largest Godzilla ever at 300 meters in height… Godzilla Earth.
The human protagonist, Captain Haruo Sakaki, yearns to defeat Godzilla and retake the planet for mankind. There, he meets the Houtua tribe, aboriginal descendants of the human race. The Houtua twin sisters, Maina and Miana, lead him to the skeletal remains of Mechagodzilla, an old anti-Godzilla weapon, which to everyone's surprise is still alive in the form of self-generating nanometal. Taken from the Mechagodzilla debris, the nanometals have gradually been rebuilding a “Mechagodzilla City,” a potential weapon capable of destroying Godzilla Earth.
As the strategy develops, a rift forms between the humans and the Bilusaludo, one of two alien races that had joined the humans on their exodus from Earth. Their leader, Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu, believes that the secret to defeating Godzilla lies in the use of superhuman powers — namely, the nanometal integration — but Haruo resists, fearing that in defeating monsters, they must not become monsters themselves. Haruo ultimately uses his means for defeating Godzilla Earth to destroy the Mechagodzilla city so as to prevent nanometal assimilation, killing Galu-gu. However, his childhood friend, Yuko Tani, has been absorbed by the nanometal integration and fallen into a coma.
Once again, the human race is lost. Metphies, the archbishop of the religious Exif alien race, marvels that Haruo once again survived the battle with Godzilla. He espouses that Haruo's life is a “miracle”, and begins to attract a stronger following to the Exif faith. The aliens have secretly harbored this outcome as their ultimate goal. Miana and Maina issue warnings against Metphies, while Haruo begins to question mankind's next move.
With no means for defeating Godzilla Earth, mankind watches as King Ghidorah, clad in a golden light, descends on the planet. The heavens and earth shake once again as the war moves to a higher dimension.
What is Godzilla, exactly? Does mankind stand a chance? Is there a future vision in Haruo's eyes? Find out in the finale, when it all becomes clear..."
The Japanese title and release date for the third entry in the AniGoji trilogy were revealed on May 18, 2018, via promotional pamphlets distributed during the Japanese theatrical release of the second entry, GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle. The front of the pamphlet depicts three intertwined glowing dragon-like necks and heads, clearly representing Ghidorah. The back of the pamphlet features an Exif symbol glowing like the dragon heads on the front, along with a tagline that roughly translates to "Bow down and worship the golden demise." On May 28, Toho and Polygon officially announced the film and released the teaser poster online. The official website stated that the film would be the "final chapter" of the saga and would reveal the meaning of the name "Ghidorah" spoken by Metphies. It also promised that the film would finally feature a monster showdown. On August 1, a brief 15-second teaser for the film was uploaded to the TOHO animation YouTube channel, featuring a clip of Godzilla Earth from the end of the previous film and narration from Metphies before showing the teaser image of Ghidorah, while his roar can be heard. The teaser also revealed the film's English title as GODZILLA: The Planet Eater.
It was announced on September 12 that GODZILLA: The Planet Eater would be making its premiere as the closing film of the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival on November 3, 2018, the 64th anniversary of the release of the original Godzilla. A new screenshot of protagonist Haruo Sakaki from the film was also released, along with a brief description of the story, stating that the film would feature Godzilla Earth facing off against Ghidorah. On September 14, the official poster was revealed for the film, depicting Godzilla Earth locked in battle with Ghidorah while Metphies cradles Haruo's seemingly lifeless body in his arms. The official website for the film was updated, providing both Japanese and English story descriptions for the film as well as updated cast and staff lists. It was also announced that singer XAI would be returning to perform the theme song for the film, "live and die."
On September 20, Toho released 13 new screenshots from the film, most of which were previously included in a short brochure for the film distributed in Toho's cinemas. It also revealed some more details on Ghidorah, explaining that he has destroyed thousands of planets since destroying the Exif home planet of Exifcalus 100,000 years ago, and is worshiped by the Exif as the "Golden King." On September 25, it was announced that a world premiere event would be held for the film on November 3, which is now certified as the national holiday Godzilla Day in Japan, as it premieres at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Directors Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita and voice actors Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Reina Ueda, and Ari Ozawa will all be in attendance at the premiere. On October 8, an artwork collaboration between GODZILLA: The Planet Eater and Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative was announced. Like the previous collaboration between GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle and Pacific Rim Uprising, the artwork for this collaboration is illustrated by mecha artist Hidetaka Tenjin. The first official trailer for the film was uploaded to the TOHO animation YouTube channel on October 10.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita
- Written by Gen Urobuchi
- Produced by Takashi Yoshizawa
- Executive Producers Yoshihiro Furusawa, Akito Takahashi
- Music by Takayuki Hattori
- Assistant Directors Naohiro "Tady" Yoshihira, Hiroaki Ando
- Original Character Design by Yusuke Kozaki
- Production Design by Naoya Tanaka, Fernando Patulli
- CG Character Design by Yuki Moriyama
- Modeling Director Kazunori Kazumasa
- Art Director Yukihiro Shibutani
- Color Key Art Hironori Nochi
- Sound Director Satoshi Motoyama
- Theme Song "live and die" Performed by XAI
- Composed and Arranged by Masayuki Nakano
- Lyrics by XAI
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Mamoru Miyano as Captain Haruo Sakaki
- Takahiro Sakurai as Colonel Metphies
- Kana Hanazawa as Sergeant Yuko Tani
- Tomokazu Sugita as Major Martin Lazzari
- Yuki Kaji as Lieutenant Adam Bindewald
- Reina Ueda as Maina
- Ari Ozawa as Miana
- Daisuke Ono as Colonel Eliott Leland
- Kenyu Horiuchi as Admiral Unberto Mori
- Kazuya Nakai as Chieftain Halu-Elu Dolu-Do
- Kazuhiro Yamaji as Lieutenant General Endurph
- Saori Hayami as Haruka Sakaki
- Kenichi Suzumura as Akira Sakaki
- Kanehira Yamamoto as Deputy Director Takeshi J. Hamamoto
Weapons, Vehicles, and Races
- Main article: Godzilla: The Planet Eater/Gallery.
- Main article: Godzilla: The Planet Eater (Soundtrack).
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- Japan - November 3, 2018 (world premiere); November 9, 2018 (nationwide)
Like the previous two entries in the GODZILLA anime trilogy, GODZILLA: The Planet Eater will become available to stream worldwide via Netflix sometime after its Japanese theatrical release. Right now, its streaming date is listed only as "early 2019." For reference, both of the previous films became available to stream exactly two months after their Japanese theatrical release dates.
- This film marks the first onscreen appearance of King Ghidorah in nearly two decades, as he last appeared in 2001's Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. The character's next onscreen appearance will come only six months later in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It is also the first Godzilla film to depict King Ghidorah as a space monster since Godzilla vs. Gigan in 1972.
- GODZILLA: The Planet Eater is only the second Godzilla film to be released in the same year as the previous entry in the series, coming out six months after the theatrical release of GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster was released theatrically in December of 1964, while Mothra vs. Godzilla was released in April of that same year.
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