GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Update
Godzilla of GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS shows his face!! The true form of Godzilla is finally revealed! Powerful battle scenes also revealed to the public! Visuals and preview trailer released!!
Toho Co., Ltd. and Polygon Pictures have released some updates for their upcoming anime film, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA 怪獣惑星, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei) featuring the new poster art, details on additions to the voice cast, another batch of high-res images, and two edits of the latest theatrical trailer.
Produced by Polygon Pictures and Toho Animation, the first-ever high quality anime of the iconic monster roars onto screens in Japan this November 17th from Toho, and worldwide exclusively on Netflix in late 2017/early 2018.
The following text and images are courtesy of Toho and Polygon Pictures. For MUCH more on GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS, be sure to check out the film’s press notes here on SciFi Japan!
Poster visuals have also been released! Godzilla’s face and form are revealed!
Up until now we have only seen Godzilla’s silhouette. This time, we see an enormous Godzilla in the background and the main characters, Haruo, Metphies, Yuko, and Galu-Gu confronting him. Just as the catch copy states “Who will perish — Humans or Godzilla?” this visual shows the opening of an ultimate battle to the death between Godzilla, the god-like being enshrined in Earth after 20,000 years, and the human race who stands against him.
NEW PREVIEW TRAILERS
75 and 30 second preview trailers have also been released!
The longer preview trailer is being shown in [Japanese] cinemas starting from Friday, 18th August! The full picture of the story which was not shown in the trailer released last month is now brought to light. The trailer shows bombing runs that reduce the ground to ashes, and air battles with hover troops in their attempt to face off against Godzilla in a frontal attack. It is a battle to the death between the human race and Godzilla!
The preview trailer starts with a monologue by the main protagonist, Haruo (played by Mamoru Miyano) –“In the last summer of the 20th century, the human race realized for the first time that they are not the only rulers of the planet Earth.”
20,000 years have passed on Earth when the human race returns, and the world has changed to one in which Godzilla is at the top of the ecosystem. Seeing Haruo burning with desire to avenge his parents who were killed by Godzilla, Metphies (played by Takahiro Sakurai) warns him calmly –“He will not let humanity get away.” That “he” which Metphies refers to is the “master” of Earth after 20,000 years, and we see his expression and his form moving for the first time in this preview trailer!
This power-packed preview trailer shows the start of this fated battle between the human race and Godzilla.
Godzilla is the largest life form ever recorded and possesses unique body tissue integrated with metal-like muscle fibers, which can generate a strong electromagnetic charge, to support his massive weight. The end result of natural selection on Earth, he originated from plant-based life and has gone on to survive 20,000 long years as a super-evolved living organism.
The final summer of the 20th century… when mankind learns it is no longer the sole ruler of planet Earth.
The planet is beset by the emergence of colossal creatures that roam the Earth, and king among them is “Godzilla”. For a half a century, these beasts engage in ferocious battle with each other and mankind. Ultimately humanity, unable to compete, prepares for exile from its home planet. In the year 2048, a select few humans are chosen by the central government’s artificial intelligence to set out on an interstellar emigration vessel, the Aratrum, on an 11.9-light-year journey for the planet Tau Ceti e. But when they arrive after 20 years of space travel, the remnants of mankind find the environmental conditions on Tau-e to be much worse than expected, and uninhabitable by humans.
On board the vessel is a young man, Haruo. When he was four years old, he saw his parents killed by Godzilla before his eyes, and in the 20 years since he has thought about nothing but returning to Earth and defeating Godzilla. With their chance for escape to another world closed, and living conditions on the ship deteriorating, Haruo spearheads a movement to return to Earth despite the dangers of such a long return trip.
Somehow, the Aratrum makes the return journey in one piece, but the home they return to has become an alien planet. 20,000 years have elapsed, and a new ecosystem has emerged with Godzilla at its apex. Can mankind take back its native planet? Will Haruo get his revenge?
ADDITIONAL CAST AND CHARACTERS ANNOUNCED
A new round of additional cast and characters have been announced! From popular voice performers who have been active in many megahit anime to talented actors who are best known for their roles in dubbed foreign films, a dream-team voice cast has been realized!
The main protagonist, Haruo (Mamoru Miyano), was 4 years old when his parents were killed by Godzilla, and has thought of nothing but returning to Earth to defeat Godzilla for 20 years ever since. Haruo’s senior officer and commander of the Earth landing operation is Eliott Leland, played by Daisuke Ono (Juushimatsu Matsuno in MR. OSOMATSU).
Rilu-Elu Belu-Be, a veteran military officer from the Bilsaldian alien race, and mentor in military matters to Hauro and his teammates, will be played by Kenta Miyake (All Might in MY HERO ACADEMIA). The captain of the Aratrum, the migrant ship which Haruo lives aboard, Unberto Mori, will be played by Kenyu Horiuchi (Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki in JOKER GAME). Other residents of this ship are Endurph, the chief of the Xilien alien race, and Halu-Elu Dolu-Do, leader of the Bilsaldians, played by Kazuhiro Yamaji (Darth Maul in STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE) and Kazuya Nakai (Roronoa Zoro in ONE PIECE).
Together with the already-announced cast: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Sugita, Yuki Kaji, Junichi Suwabe, this is the realization of a dream voice cast!
LIMITED ADVANCE TICKET BONUS REVEALED
Special advance tickets will go on sale at cinemas nationwide this weekend from Friday, August 18th! A special metallic clear file folder designed with the visual of Godzilla used in the teaser poster on a metallic silver background will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis as a limited theatrical bonus!
The number of special advance tickets is limited and the sale will end when all the stock has been sold, so grab them while they last! (Advance ticket price: 1,400 yen)
About Toho Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.
About Polygon Pictures
Founded in July 1983, PPI is one of the largest digital animation studios in Japan and produces cutting-edge entertainment content in keeping with their mission to “do what no other has done, in unparalleled quality, for all the world to see and enjoy.” Including their Malaysian subsidiary studio, Silver Ant PPI Sdn. Bhd., and visual software development company, J Cube Inc., they have brought together over 400 creators from around the world. Together as the Polygon Family, they devote their days to producing digital content for all types of media.
Polygon’s notable works include TRANSFORMERS PRIME and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (both Daytime Emmy award winners), Tron: Uprising (Annie award winner), KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA (Director: Kobun Shizuno), RONJA, THE ROBBER’S DAUGHTER (Director: Goro Miyazaki), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (Supervising Director: Hiroyuki Seshita, Director: Hiroaki Ando) and more. By fusing unrivaled technical and production planning know-how with the internationally recognized quality of Japanese animation, PPI aims to become a leading company in the content business.
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For more information on GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: