GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE Debuts Worldwide on Netflix July 18th
Today, as part of their NETFLIX❤ANIME panel at Anime Expo, Netflix announced that Toho and Polygon Pictures’ anime film GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA 決戦機動増殖都市, Gojira Kessen Kidoo Zooshoku Toshi, 2018) will launch worldwide (excluding Japan) on Netflix on July 18, 2018. Netflix will be offering the movie with Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian audio tracks and optional English, Spanish, French, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese subtitles just two months after it opened theatrically in Japan.
CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE is the second chapter in the 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, released in Japan on November 3, 2017 and worldwide by Netflix this past January 18.
The “Anigoji” trilogy is an epic re-imagining of the Godzilla world, 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. GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE pits humans and robots against the biggest Godzilla ever seen in an interplanetary struggle to the death as Haruo Sakaki and his companions make contact with the indigenous Houtua tribe and set out for the old Mechagodzilla facility in the hopes of defeating the King of the Monsters.
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…
A Netflix Film
Part 2: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE
Streaming Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (Worldwide)
Production Year: 2018
Genres: Action & Adventure, Anime, Adult Animation, Anime Action, Anime Features, Anime Sci-Fi, Japanese Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Running Time: 101 Minutes
Directors: Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita
Executive Producers: Yoshihiro Furusawa, Akito Takahashi
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)
Japanese Voice Cast
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
English Dub Staff
Directors: Laura Post, Shannon Wilson
Production Manager: Mary Kay De Guzman
ADR Engineers: Ally Hustings, Erik Karsen Puhm, Tony McVann
Dubbing Studio: Post Haste Digital
English Voice Cast
Haruo Sakaki: Chris Niosi
Metphies: Lucien Dodge
Yuko Tani: Cristina Vee
Martin Lazzari: Edward Bosco
Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu: Taylor Henry
Rilu-Elu Belu-be: Rich Brown
Production Company: Toho Co., Ltd.
Production Studio: Polygon Pictures
Distributor: Toho (Japan), Netflix (Worldwide)
© 2018 TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 “GODZILLA” Film Partners. All Rights Reserved.
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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
- GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE Press Notes From Toho