It’s been awesome seeing the “King of The Monsters” make an admirable (international) comeback on silver screens! With Godzilla 2014 and Shin Godzilla covering the bases for theatrical releases, it was a pleasant surprise to have a Godzilla anime make its way onto Netflix soon after Toho’s amazing Shin Godzilla hit theaters.
Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters is one of the official Toho Godzilla installments, contributing to the series by telling the story of a future earth (20,000 years forward) conquered by Godzilla, and a last ditch effort by a group of off-Earth-humans attempting to fight the kaiju to reclaim their home.
Recently, the Godzilla anime website and Godzilla Movies website posted the official movie poster, and provided an update from Toho on the Planet of the Monsters sequel. While the film’s titles have circulated via speculation, the anime’s website has confirmed that the official English title for the film is Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle.
The poster–in conjunction with confirmation via the anime’s website–confirms almost all of the characters from the first installment of the anime series. A menacing Mecha-Godzilla looming behind the King of the Monsters (the first scene in Planet of the Monsters), will be featured in “chapter 2” of the series. As for the plot of the new Godzilla, the anime’s synopsis is detailed as:
Humanity’s desperate battle to reclaim the Earth from Godzilla continues. The key to defeating the King of the Monsters may be Mechagodzilla, a robotic weapon thought to have been lost nearly 20,000 years ago.
In the previous two Godzilla movies, the kaiju was seen primarily destroying the environment (save for the last few minutes of Legendary’s 2014 film with the M.U.T.O.). Even the recent anime did not feature combat between other kaiju. It’s genuinely exciting to see an official Toho film promising combat between Godzilla and another gigantic monster of some sort.
While Mecha-Godzilla was teased in the first installment, we’ve still yet to see a full body image of the “new” model; however, considering the grave tone of the poster, and how menacing the automata’s stare is, fans can probably assume this new mechanical kaiju will pose an enormous threat to Godzilla. Toho’s Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle will premiere in Japanese theaters May 18th of this year.
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