GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE Press Notes From Toho
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from their upcoming movie, GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA 決戦機動増殖都市, Gojira Kessen Kidoo Zooshoku Toshi). Featuring animation produced by Polygon Pictures, the second chapter in the anime feature film trilogy will be released nationwide in Japan on May 18 through Toho Animation and Toho’s ODS (Other Digital Stuff) distribution division. Netflix will distribute the movie worldwide later this year.
The following text and images are courtesy of Toho, with additional content from Polygon…
In 2017, Godzilla trampled over new ground with the birth of a three-part, fully animated movie series, GODZILLA (aka “Anigoji,” a portmanteau of “anime” and “gojira”).
Chapter 1, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA 怪獣惑星, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei), was the first-ever 3DCG animation in Godzilla franchise history, and the cinematic experience was met with enormous delight and praise when it was released in November 2017. The “Anigoji” trilogy is set some 20,000 years into the future and depicts an Earth that has been ruled by Godzilla. Humanity finds itself on the verge of extinction, and is fighting for its survival.
The film trilogy has two directors: Kobun Shizuno, who left nothing on the table in directing his vision for GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS while also scoring the number one box office smash last year in Japan with his theatrical release of DETECTIVE CONAN: THE CRIMSON LOVE LETTER (名探偵コナン から紅の恋歌（からくれないのらぶれたー）, Meitantei Konan Kara Kurenai no Renka (Kara Kurenai Nora Buretaa), 2017); and Hiroyuki Seshita, another proven talent on the cutting edge of 3D computer graphics who honed his craft with the TV series, KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: BATTLE FOR PLANET 9 (シドニアの騎士 第九惑星戦役, Shidonia no Kishi Dai-kyuu Wakusei Seneki, 2015), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (亜人, Ajin, 2016) and BLAME! (ブラム, Buramu, 2017) and is leaving a captivating mark now on film. The story from its inception as an idea straight through to the completed series comes from the creative mind of Gen Urobuchi, best known for PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ, Maho Shojo Madoka Magika, 2011) and PSYCHO-PASS (サイコパス, Saiko Pasu, 2012-2013), who thoroughly defied viewer expectations with the last scene in PLANET OF THE MONSTERS, and is certain to bring his powerful storytelling ideas to this next iteration, GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE.
The production company is the Japanese 3DCG animation studio, Polygon Pictures. Polygon is a 4-time Emmy award winner for projects including STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, and a daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program last year with LOST IN OZ. For GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE, their dynamic depiction of a mind-blowing battle that unfolds at the base of what was once Mt. Fuji is breathtaking.
Creating a brave new world soundscape with his bold yet delicate film score is Takayuki Hattori, who composed music for GODZILLA 2000 (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム, Gojira Nisen: Mireniamu, 1999) and DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA’S TREASURE ISLAND (映画ドラえもん のび太の宝島, Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Takarajima, 2018). And returning to perform the theme song is recording artist, XAI, first winner of the “Artist” category in the 8th Toho Cinderella Audition, who sings with a diva like power to complement a Godzilla roar that has shaken the Earth for 20,000 years.
This second chapter features the return of a perennial favorite in the Godzilla franchise, “Mecha-Godzilla,” raised to do battle with the largest incarnation ever of the monster, “Godzilla Earth.”
In the early 21st century, the Earth has been ravaged by the monster Godzilla. While the majority of humanity is left behind, a select few escape on the interstellar migrant ship Aratrum, bound for a “promised land”, the potentially habitable planet Tau Ceti e. However this migration plan fails, and the remnants of the human race must return to Earth.
Due to a distortion in space-time caused by the long-distance sub-space jump, the survivors return to a vastly changed Earth 20,000 years in the future. On this Earth, Haruo Sakaki and his comrades execute the “Anti-Godzilla Tactics” strategy he has been concocting over the past 20 years during their exile that will take the fight to Godzilla. Using the combined forces of the remaining humans, Exifs and Bilusaludians — humanity’s alien allies — they manage to defeat Godzilla in a desperate and costly battle to the death.
However, their moment of celebration is fleeting, as the original Godzilla Earth stirs from deep underground. Having continued to grow for 20,000 years, he has evolved into a colossus: 300 meters tall and weighing over 1 million tons. Before the overwhelming destructive power of this immortal giant, Haruo and the other survivors are scattered as they flee for their lives.
Haruo is saved by Miana, a young woman from an aboriginal tribe called the Houtua, who seem to be the descendants of those left behind on Earth millennia ago. The Houtua are the first humanoids that the survivors have found on Earth since their return. Haruo also learns that Miana has a twin sister, Maina.
The Houtua tell him that their god was also destroyed by Godzilla, and that only its egg remains. All those who challenge or attempt to resist Godzilla will be washed away in a sea of flame. In response to this, Haruo is determined: this is their final chance to wrest the Earth back from Godzilla!
Meanwhile, the Bilusaludian commander, Galu-Gu, realizes that the Houtua’s weapons are made from nanometal, an autonomous “smart metal”. This is the same substance used in the development of an anti-Godzilla superweapon in a facility at the foot of Mt. Fuji back in the 21st century, but which was destroyed by Godzilla just before the weapon could be brought online in the form of a “Mecha-Godzilla.” This is proof, however, that the facility still exists and may be made operational again…
CHARACTER AND CAST PROFILES
■ Haruo Sakaki
Classification: Human / Japanese
Haruo Sakaki’s parents were killed during one of Godzilla’s attacks, and he has held a strong hatred in his heart for the monster ever since. Haruo is highly intelligent and has a slim but athletic body.
Voice Actor: Mamoru Miyano
Mamoru Miyano was born June 8, 1983 in Saitama Prefecture. His major works include the anime DEATH NOTE (as Light Yagami), MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 (Setsuna F. Seiei), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (Kei Nagai), THE BOY AND THE BEAST (Ichirohiko), KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS (Biba Amatori), THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Gilthunder), UTA NO PRINCE-SAMA MAJI LOVE (Tokiya Ichinose) and YURI!!! ON ICE (Jean-Jacques Leroy). He has been the voice of Ultraman Zero since the character’s introduction in MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY THE MOVIE (大怪獣バトル ウルトラ銀河伝説 THE MOVIE, Daikaiju Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu THE MOVIE, 2009), and also played the lead character Newt Scamander in the Japanese dub of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016).
Miyano has appeared as Prince Ismir in the stage production “Crest of the Royal Family” (王家の紋章, Ooke no Monshoo). A talented singer, he has released 16 singles and 5 albums to date.
Class: Civilian Priest and Lieutenant Colonel
An Exif alien, Metphies is an archbishop in the religious class of his race, and an ally of Haruo. He is a moral being who respects others, and is known for his soft smile and gentle tone. The Exifs are a long-lived race, and Metphies has an appearance equivalent to a 25 year-old human.
Voice Actor: Takahiro Sakurai
Takahiro Sakurai was born June 13, 1974 in Aichi prefecture. His main works include CODE GEASS: LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION (voice of Suzaku Kururug), BAKEMONOGATARI (Meme Oshino), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (Yu Tosaki), BLAME! (Killy), ANOHANA: THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY (Atsumu Matsuyuki), PSYCHO-PASS (Makijima Seijiro), ACE OF DIAMOND (Kazuya Miyuki), KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA (Norio Kunato), MR. OSOMATSU (Osomatsu) and GENOCIDAL ORGAN (John Paul).
■ Yuko Tani
Classification: Human / Japanese
Yuko is a childhood friend of Haruo, who grew up with him following the death of his parents. Her slim and delicate form belies her heightened physical ability. Yuko is also skilled in the design and remodeling of weapons.
Voice Actor: Kana Hanazawa
Kana Hanazawa was born in Tokyo on February 25, 1989. Her voice works include STEINS; GATE (as Mayuri Shiina), PSYCHO-PASS (Akane Tsunemori), THE GARDEN OF WORDS (Yukari Yukino), TOKYO GHOUL (Rize Kamishiro), BLAME! (Cibo), ORANGE (Naho Takamiya) and MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION (Hinata Kawamoto).
In 2012 she made her debut as a singer and has released 11 singles and 4 albums.
■ Martin Lazzari
Classification: Human / Italian-American
Martin Lazzari is an environmental biologist; an eternal optimistic personality with a scholarly sense of curiosity. His talents allow him to quickly analyze and discover the truth behind the altered global ecosystem.
Voice Actor: Tomokazu Sugita
Tomokazu “Freedom” Sugita was born October 11, 1980 in Saitama Prefecture. His credits include the anime GINTAMA (as the voice of Gintoki Sakata), CLASSICALOID (Beethoven), BATTLE SPIRITS DOUBLE DRIVE (Toshio Mogami), MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION (Tatsuyuki Misumi), HAND SHAKERS (Hibiki), MONSTER HUNTER STORIES: RIDE ON (Reverto), JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE (Joseph Joestar), POCO’S UDON WORLD (Shinobu Nakajima) and DRIFTERS (Count Saint-Germi) plus the video game METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER (Kazuhira Miller). He provided the voices of Ultraman Ginga and Dark Lugiel in ULTRAMAN GINGA (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga, 2013) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S (ウルトラマンギンガＳ, Urutoraman Ginga S, 2014), and also plays the lead character Walter O’Brien in the Japanese dub of the American television series SCORPION (2014-).
■ Adam Bindewald
Classification: Human / German
Adam Bindewald is one of the young officers following Haruo. Even-tempered and cheerful, he serves as a landing hovercraft pilot.
Voice Actor: Yuki Kaji
Born September 3, 1985, Yuki Kaji hails from Tokyo. His anime voice credits include ATTACK ON TITAN (in the role of Eren Yeager), THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Meliodus), DIVE!! (Tomoki Sakai), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (Shinya Nakamura), BLUE SPRING RIDE (Kou Mabuchi), YO-KAI WATCH (Fuyunyan), MY HERO ACADEMIA (Shoto Todoroki), BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA (Konekomaru Miwa) and THE HEROIC LEGEND OF ARSLAN (Hilmes). He is also the voice of Christian “Crispo” Powers in the Japanese dub of 100 THINGS TO DO BEFORE SCHOOL (2014-2016).
■ Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu
Class: Colonel / Technical Officer
Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu is a member of the Bilusaludo race. The alien resembles a 35 year-old human in splendid physical condition and is a superior engineer, with a mind for science and rationalism.
Voice Actor: Junichi Suwabe
Junichi Suwabe was born in Tokyo on March 29, 1972. His major works include the anime THE PRINCE OF TENNIS (as Keigo Atobe), FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] (Archer), KUROKO’S BASKETBALL (Daiki Aomine), UTA NO PRINCE-SAMA (Ren Jinguji), YURI!!! ON ICE (Viktor Nikiforov and Makkachin), SPACE DANDY (Dandy), NODAME CANTABILE (Toru Kikuchi), BLACK BUTLER (Undertaker), NATSUME’S BOOK OF FRIENDS (Seiji Matoba), MY HERO ACADEMIA (Shota Aizawa) and THE ECCENTRIC FAMILY (Yaichiro Shimogamo). He has also done voice work for Toei’s Super Sentai and Kamen Rider franchises, including narration for the series KAMEN RIDER EX-AID (仮面ライダーエグゼイド, Kamen Raidaa Eguzeido, 2016-2017).
Voice Actor: Reina Ueda
Reina Ueda was born in Toyama Prefecture on January 17, 1994. Her major works include the anime HANAYAMATA (in the role of Sekiya), HARMONY (Miach Mihie), BAKUON!! (Hane Sakura), MINAMI KAMAKURA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS CYCLING CLUB (Hiromi Maiharu), SAKURA QUEST (Shiori Shinomiya), RECOVERY OF AN MMO JUNKIE (Lily), RECORD OF GRANCREST WAR (Aishela), MARCHEN MADCHEN (Arthur Pendragon) and the upcoming SSSS. GRIDMAN (Akane Shinjo). In addition, she won a 9th Seiyu Award for Best New Actress Award in 2015.
Voice Actor: Ari Ozawa
Ari Ozawa was born August 10, 1992 in Tokyo. Her key anime voice credits include MONTHLY GIRLS’ NOZAKI-KUN (as Chiyo Sakura), MONSTER MUSUME (Papi), POP IN Q (Asahi Omichi), BUBUKI BURANKI (Kogane Asabuki), ID-0 (Fa-Loser), LAND OF THE LUSTROUS (Benitoite) and CALIGULA (Naruko Morita).
■ Rilu-Elu Belu-be
Class: Major / Military Instructor
A veteran soldier, Rilu-Elu Belu-be serves as a military instructor for Haruo. He has a appearance equivalent to a 35 year-old human.
Voice Actor: Kenta Miyake
Kenta Miyake was born August 23, 1977 in Okinawa Prefecture. He has provided voices for anime and foreign productions, including the BEYBLADE: METAL FUSION series (as Benkei Hanawa), JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: STARDUST CRUSADERS (Muhammad Avdol), THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE series (Gordon), TIME BOKAN 24 (Suzukkir), MY HERO ACADEMIA (All Might), THOR (Thor) and THE MUSKETEERS (Porthos).
■ Unberto Mori
Classification: Human / Italian
Unberto Mori is the captain of the immigration ship Aratrum and serves as a representative of the human race in the Earth Union. He was one of the soldiers who fought against Godzilla and was defeated before mankind fled Earth in 2048.
Voice Actor: Kenyu Horiuchi
Kenyu Horiuchi was born July 30, 1957 in Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture. He is a veteran voice actor with anime credits such as JOKER GAME (as Yuki), ONIHEI (Hasegawa Heizo) and GARO: DIVINE FLAME (German Luis); live action Japanese productions including ULTRAMAN STORY (Ultraman) and the Japanese dubs of American movies and shows like CRIMINAL MINDS BEYOND BORDERS (Jack Garrett), GODZILLA: THE SERIES (Nick Tatopoulos), ZOOLANDER (Derek Zoolander), THE KING’S SPEECH (King George) and WORLD WAR Z (Gerry Lane).
■ Halu-Elu Dolu-do
The chief of the Bilusaludo has an appearance equivalent to a 40 year-old human. Regardless of the situation, Halu-Elu Dolu-do doesn’t give into his emotions, instead looking at things with a sober and skeptical eye.
Voice Actor: Kazuya Nakai
Kazuya Nakai was born on November 25, 1967 in Hyogo Prefecture. His voice credits include the anime ONE PIECE (as Roronoa Zoro), GINTAMA (Toshiro Hijikata), SENGOKU BASARA (Masamune Date), BLOOD BLOCKADE BATTLEFRONT (Zapp Renfro), GOD EATER (Soma Schicksal), JOKER GAME (Fukumoto) and THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (Seitaro Higuchi); plus live action productions like ULTRAMAN MAX (Ultraman Max) and KYURANGER (Okami Blue).
Class: Civilian Priest and Lieutenant General
Endurph is a cardinal in the Exifs cult, a moderate cleric who acts as the chieftain of his race. He has a physical appearance equivalent to a 50 year-old human.
Voice Actor: Kazuhiro Yamaji
Kazuhiro Yamaji was born June 4, 1954 in Mie Prefecture. His voice credits include anime like PSYCHO-PASS (Joji Saiga), ONE-PUNCH MAN (Silver Fang) and 91 DAYS (Vincent Vanetti) and the Japanese dubs of STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE (Darth Maul), TRANSPORTER (Frank Martin) and RAY (Ray Charles). He also has acted in numerous live action films and television shows.
■ Kobun Shizuno
“We’re looking forward to bringing a spectacular entertainment experience for both existing fans of Godzilla and people new to the franchise. Please stay tuned.”
Kobun Shizuno was born in 1972 and has worked at Golden Creative (Beijing) and kry Inc. He began directing in 2004 with the TV anime DETECTIVE CONAN (名探偵コナン, Meitantei Konan), and was selected as supervising director for the 2005 American animated series G.I. JOE SIGMA 6.
Has also worked in directorial roles on EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版: 序, Evangerion Shin Gekijoo-ban: Jo, 2007), FIST OF THE NORTH STAR: THE LEGENDS OF THE TRUE SAVIOR: LEGEND OF TOKI (真救世主伝説 北斗の拳 トキ伝, Shin Kyuuseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken Toki Den, 2009), NEGIMA! MASTER NEGI MAGIC: ANOTHER WORLD (魔法先生ネギま！もうひとつの世界, Mahoo Sensei Negima: Mo Hitotsu no Sekai, 2009-2010), the TV series KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA, and the DETECTIVE CONAN series of feature films (2011-2017).
■ Hiroyuki Seshita
“I’m thrilled to collaborate with two very talented colleagues, Mr. Gen Urobuchi and Director Kobun Shizuno to bring to life a unique vision of a universal human drama set in an epic world.”
Hiroyuki Seshita was born in 1967 and joined Links in 1989. He worked as a CG director/designer in various fields of CG/VFX including feature films such as KAPPA (河童, 1994) and PARASITE EVE (パラサイト・イブ, Parasaito Ibu, 1997), and TV commercials, game cinematics, etc.
In 1997, Seshita left for the USA to join Square USA and worked as Art Director on FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN (2001). In 2000, he returned to Japan to join Square (now Square Enix) and worked as a designer/VFX supervisor on cinematics for games such as FINAL FANTASY X (2001), FINAL FANTASY XI (2002), KINGDOM HEARTS (2002), FINAL FANTASY X-2 (2003) and others. He joined Casio Entertainment in 2004 and worked as VFX Director on Hitoshi Matsumoto’s films BIG MAN JAPAN (大日本人, Dai Nipponjin, 2007) and SYMBOL (しんぼる, Shinboru, 2009).
In 2010, Seshita joined Polygon Pictures and has since worked as a director on KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA, KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: BATTLE FOR PLANET NINE, AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN and BLAME!
■ Gen Urobuchi
“I am very honored to join this Godzilla project as one of its Japanese creators. I’m grateful for all the support and really excited to be bringing this content to fans worldwide.”
Gen Urobuchi was born in 1972. He is a scenario writer / novelist who works for Nitroplus. He won “Best Scriptwriter” from the Tokyo Anime Award for his work on the TV anime PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA.
He has written screenplays of various anime, including PSYCHO-PASS, GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET (翠星のガルガンティア, Suisei no Garugantia, 2013) and EXPELLED FROM PARADISE (楽園追放 -Expelled From Paradise-, Rakuen Tsuihoo -Expelled From Paradise-, 2014). He also developed the story and wrote screenplays for the television series KAMEN RIDER GAIM (仮面ライダー鎧武（ガイム）, Kamen Raidaa Gaimu, 2013-2014) and was script supervisor on the film KAMEN RIDER GAIM: GREAT SOCCER BATTLE! GOLDEN FRUITS CUP! (劇場版 仮面ライダー鎧武 サッカー大決戦！黄金の果実争奪杯！, Gekijooban Kamen Raidaa Gaimu Sakkaa Daisakusen! Kogane no Kajitsu Soodatsu-hai!, 2014).
As a new challenge, Urobuchi created and wrote screenplays for the martial arts puppet television series THUNDERBOLT FANTASY (Thunderbolt Fantasy 東離劍遊紀, Sandaaboruto Fantajii Tooriken Yuuki, 2016).
■ Takayuki Hattori
“18 years after GODZILLA 2000, I am glad to be back in the world of the new Godzilla which was opened by SHIN GODZILLA. This is the first animated film in the history of Godzilla, and I am excited to be able to take on the challenge while at the same time I feel it is a very big mission. I think this will be a Godzilla movie that you can’t possibly imagine. I expressed in music my own feelings about the characters and the overwhelming presence of Godzilla created by the two directors, Mr. Shizuno and Mr. Seshita.”
After graduating from the Conservatoire de Paris and returning to Japan in 1988, Takayuki Hattori arranged albums and concerts for a wide range of artists from pop (Masaharu Fukuyama, Ringo Sheena, Masayoshi Yamazaki, JAM Project, etc) to classical (Yumiko Samejima, etc). He also created music for numerous TV dramas, including KING’S RESTAURANT (王様のレストラン, 1995), SUZURAN (NHK連続テレビ小説・すずらん, NHK Renzoku Terebi Shoosetsu Suzuran, 1999), HERO (2001), SHINSENGUMI! (新選組!, 2004), NODAME CANTABILE (のだめカンタービレ, Nodame Kantaabire, 2006) and THE FAMILY (華麗なる一族, Kareinaru Ichizoku, 2007). Since becoming a film composer, he has won three Outstanding Achievement in Music awards — for KURA (蔵, 1995), ABDUCTION (誘拐, Yukai, 1997) and WELCOME BACK, MR. McDONALD (ラヂオの時間, Radjionojikan, 1997) — from the Japan Academy Prize.
His credits include the stage musical “The Orchestra Pit” (オケピ！, Okepi!, 2003), commissioned by Bunkamura, the main theme for TBS’ THE WORLD HERITAGE (THE世界遺産, THE Seikaiisan, 2008), music director for the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the NHK educational program HOOK BOOK ROW (フックブックロー, Fukkubukkuro, 2011-16) and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN (機動戦士ガンダム THE ORIGIN, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu THE ORIGIN, 2015). . In addition, he is active as a composer for commercials and video games.
A veteran of the Godzilla franchise, Hattori previously composed the scores for Toho’s GODZILLA VS SPACEGODZILLA (ゴジラVSスペースゴジラ, Gojira Tai Supeesugojira, 1994) and GODZILLA 2000.
Japanese Release Date: Friday, May 18 2018 (Nationwide Roadshow)
US Release Date: TBA
Haruo Sakaki: Mamoru Miyano
Metphies: Takahiro Sakurai
Yuko Tani: Kana Hanazawa
Martin Lazzari: Tomokazu Sugita
Adam Bindewald: Yuki Kaji
Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu: Junichi Suwabe
Maina: Reina Ueda
Miana: Ari Ozawa
Rilu-Elu Belu-be: Kenta Miyake
Unberto Mori: Kenyu Horiuchi
Halu-Elu Dolu-do: Kazuya Nakai
Endurph: Kazuhiro Yamaji
Directors: Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita
Executive Producer: Yoshihiro Furusawa
Producer: Takashi Yoshizawa
Original Story: Gen Urobuchi (Nitroplus)
Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai, Tetsuya Yamada, Gen Urobuchi
Series Composition: Gen Urobuchi, Sadayuki Murai
Character Design: Yusuke Kozaki
Assistant Director: Hiroaki Ando
Technical Director: Naohiro “Tady” Yoshihira
Production Design: Naoya Tanaka, Ferdinando Patulli
CG Character Design: Yuki Moriyama
Modeling Director: Mitsunori Kataama
Art Director: Yukihiro Shibutani
Color Design: Hironori Nochi
Sound Director: Satoshi Motoyama
Music: Takayuki Hattori
Theme Song: “The Sky Falls” by XAI (TOHO Animation RECORDS)
Production Company: Toho Co., Ltd.
Production Studio: Polygon Pictures
Distributor: Toho Animation (Japan), Netflix (Worldwide)
International Sales: Toho
© 2018 TOHO CO., LTD.
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.
For more information on Anigoji Trilogy, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Press Notes From Toho
- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Update
- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – More Large Pics from Toho
- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Now Streaming Worldwide on Netflix