Reiwa era

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The Reiwa era (令和,   Reiwa), or Reiwa period (令和時代,   Reiwa jidai), is the current political era of Japan which began in 2019 following the abdication of Emperor Akihito and the ascension of Naruhito. Media produced during this era, such as that of the Godzilla series, may be identified as the Reiwa series (令和シリーズ,   Reiwa shirīzu) of their respective franchises. In the case of Godzilla, the only films currently categorized in this era are Shin Godzilla and the GODZILLA anime trilogy, which were included retroactively despite being produced during the Heisei era — the first film to be produced in the true Reiwa era of Japan was actually Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Like the Millennium series before it, the films of the Reiwa era do not share one continuity. The time span of the Reiwa era overlaps with Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse, but they are considered distinct series because they are produced by different studios.

Toho first identified the aforementioned films as the "Reiwa series" at its Godzilla booth during San Diego Comic-Con in 2019,[1] with this classification reiterated in the 2022 official informational book Godzilla: The Official Guide to the King of the Monsters.[2] In 2021, a new Godzilla anime series was announced entitled Godzilla Singular Point, the first Godzilla television series to be produced in over 20 years.

Films[edit | edit source]

Shin Godzilla[edit | edit source]

In 2004, Toho announced that Godzilla Final Wars, the sixth and final entry in the Millennium series, would be the last Godzilla film for a period of at least 10 years. In 2014, the American studio Legendary Pictures produced Godzilla, which would kick off the studio's MonsterVerse series of films. Toho in the meantime had begun pre-production on its next Godzilla film, and hired Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to write and direct the film. Following the financial success of Legendary's film, Toho formally announced production of its new film. Shin Godzilla was released in 2016, and was a considerable critical and financial success. Whether or not a sequel to Shin Godzilla or another live-action Toho Godzilla film will be released in the near future remains to be seen. However, the terms of Toho's contract with Legendary dictate that they cannot produce another live-action Godzilla film until after Godzilla vs. Kong is released in 2020.[3] Toho's Chief Godzilla Officer, Keiji Ota, has stated that the company has no plans for a Shin Godzilla 2 but instead has considered creating a new fictional world capable of sustaining multiple new films in the future, in addition to continuing to push the franchise's visibility internationally.[4]

GODZILLA anime trilogy[edit | edit source]

Following the release of Shin Godzilla, Toho Animation announced that it would be partnering with animation studio Polygon Pictures to produce the first-ever animated Godzilla film, tentatively scheduled for a 2017 theatrical release in Japan. In March 2017, Toho revealed the film's title, GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, and that it would be the first entry in a trilogy of anime Godzilla films. GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters was released to Japanese theaters in November 2017. The second entry was released in May 2018, followed by the third film which was released in November 2018. All three films became available to stream internationally on Netflix exactly two months after their Japanese theatrical premieres.

Short films[edit | edit source]

Future installments[edit | edit source]

In an interview with Hidden Remote published on July 27, 2019, Toho's Head of Project Development, Akito Takahashi, stated that while he had no specific plans to share about the future of the Godzilla series after Godzilla vs. Kong, Toho had not ruled out co-productions with Legendary Pictures or new animated projects.[5]

Television[edit | edit source]

In 2020, Toho announced a new animated series starring Godzilla titled Godzilla Singular Point which is set to stream on Netflix after airing on Japanese television in 2021.

Other media[edit | edit source]

Officially licensed tie-in media for the Reiwa Godzilla films has been released.

Books[edit | edit source]

Video games[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Monsters introduced[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Reiwa series is the first series of Godzilla films to include a fully-animated Godzilla film.
  • The Reiwa series and the MonsterVerse mark the first-ever instance of two series of Godzilla films running concurrently.
    • Such a scenario could have occurred in the early 2000s, when Toho was producing the Millennium series films while TriStar Pictures considered various Godzilla-related projects of its own, had TriStar not elected to simply let its rights revert back to Toho.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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