GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER Debuts Worldwide on Netflix January 9th
Toho and Polygon Pictures’ anime film GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER (GODZILLA 星を喰う者, Gojira Hoshi wo Kuu Mono, 2018) will launch worldwide (excluding Japan) on Netflix on January 9, 2019. 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 in Japanese cinemas.
THE PLANET EATER is the final 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 Kaijū Wakusei), was the first-ever 3DCG animation in Godzilla franchise history, released theatrically in Japan on November 3, 2017 and worldwide by Netflix on January 18, 2018. Chapter 2, GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA 決戦機動増殖都市, Gojira Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi) was released in Japan on May 18, 2018 and worldwide by Netflix on July 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: THE PLANET EATER pits humans and aliens against the biggest Godzilla ever seen in an interplanetary struggle to the death. With the earth alliance weakened and infighting consuming humanity’s survivors, Haruo Sakaki weighs working with the alien Exif. The Exif give him a choice: side with their death cult in summoning a monster to destroy the world — or side with Godzilla.
A door opens and a golden seal shatters a star…
In the early 21st century, Mankind lost the battle for planet Earth to Godzilla, and has taken to the stars aboard the migrant ship, Aratrum, in search of a new home. Unfortunately, the search ends in vain, forcing them and their alien allies back to Earth. But, due to a distortion in space-time caused by the long-distance sub-space jump, 20,000 years have passed in their absence, and the Earth is a wholly different place.
The planet’s flora and fauna now embody and serve Godzilla. Earth is a monster’s planet, ruled by the largest Godzilla ever at 300 meters in height… Godzilla Earth.
The human protagonist, Captain Haruo Sakaki, yearns to defeat Godzilla and retake the planet for mankind. There, he meets the Houtua tribe, aboriginal descendants of the human race. The Houtua twin sisters, Maina and Miana, lead him to the skeletal remains of Mechagodzilla, an old anti-Godzilla weapon, which to everyone’s surprise is still alive in the form of self-generating nanometal. Taken from the Mechagodzilla debris, the nanometals have gradually been rebuilding a “Mechagodzilla City,” a potential weapon capable of destroying Godzilla Earth.
As the strategy develops, a rift forms between the humans and the Bilusaludo, one of two alien races that had joined the humans on their exodus from Earth. Their leader, Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu, believes that the secret to defeating Godzilla lies in the use of superhuman powers — namely, the nanometal integration — but Haruo resists, fearing that in defeating monsters, they must not become monsters themselves. Haruo ultimately uses his means for defeating Godzilla Earth to destroy the Mechagodzilla city so as to prevent nanometal assimilation, killing Galu-gu. However, his childhood friend, Yuko Tani, has been absorbed by the nanometal integration and fallen into a coma.
Once again, the human race is lost. Metphies, the archbishop of the religious Exif alien race, marvels that Haruo once again survived the battle with Godzilla. He espouses that Haruo’s life is a “miracle”, and begins to attract a stronger following to the Exif faith. The aliens have secretly harbored this outcome as their ultimate goal. Miana and Maina issue warnings against Metphies, while Haruo begins to question mankind’s next move.
With no means for defeating Godzilla Earth, mankind watches as King Ghidorah, clad in a golden light, descends on the planet. The heavens and earth shake once again as the war moves to a higher dimension.
What is Godzilla, exactly? Does mankind stand a chance? Is there a future vision in Haruo’s eyes? Find out in the finale, when it all becomes clear…
A Netflix Film
Part 3: THE PLANET EATER
Streaming Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 (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: 91 Minutes
Directors: Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita
Executive Producers: Yoshihiro Furusawa, Akito Takahashi
Producer: Takashi Yoshizawa
Original Story: Gen Urobuchi (Nitroplus)
Screenplay: Gen Urobuchi
Series Composition: Gen Urobuchi, Sadayuki Murai
Character Design: Yusuke Kozaki
Assistant Directors: Naohiro “Tady” Yoshihira, Hiroaki Ando
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: “live and die” 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
Maina: Reina Ueda
Miana: Ari Ozawa
Eliott Leland: Daisuke Ono
Unberto Mori: Kenyu Horiuchi
Halu-Elu Dolu-do: Kazuya Nakai
Endurph: Kazuhiro Yamaji
Josh Emerson: Kanehira Yamamoto
Takeshi J. Hamamoto: Kanehira Yamamoto
Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu: Junichi Suwabe
Rilu-Elu Belu-be: Kenta Miyake
Haruka Sakaki: Saori Hayami
Akira Sakaki: Kenichi Suzumura
Daichi Tani: Tomisaburo Horikoshi
English Dub Staff
Artistic Director: Tyler Rhoads
Adapter: Rachelle Heger
Production Manager: Mary Kay De Guzman
Production Coordinator: Kristine de los Santos
ADR Engineer: Manuele Pepe
Dubbing Studio: Post Haste Digital
English Voice Cast
Haruo Sakaki: Chris Niosi
Metphies: Lucien Dodge
Yuko Tani: Cristina Vee
Martin Lazzari: Edward Bosco
Adam Bindewald: Robbie Daymond
Maina: Kendall Gimbi
Miana: Rachelle Heger
Eliott Leland: Danny Boston
Unberto Mori: Keith Silverstein
Halu-Elu Dolu-do: Doug Stone
Endurph: Joe Ochman
Josh Emerson: Bill Rogers
Takeshi J. Hamamoto: Paul St. Peter
Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu: Taylor Henry
Rilu-Elu Belu-be: Rich Brown
Haruka Sakaki: Laura Post
Akira Sakaki: Danny Boston
Daichi Tani: Paul St. Peter
Flame Priestess: Laura Post
Controller A: Laura Post
Controller B: Rachelle Heger
Soldier A: Danny Boston
Soldier C: Danny Boston
Child A: Laura Post
Child B: Kendall Gimbi
Child C: Cristina Vee
Child D: Kristine de los Santos
Children: Laura Post
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 the 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
- GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE Debuts Worldwide on Netflix July 18th
- GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE English Dub Credits
- GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER Press Notes, Trailer and Pics From Toho
- GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER — Updated English Dub Credits List