It's really remarkable how much the franchise has bounced back since the Millennium Series.
Twelve years ago, Godzilla: Final Wars was a box office bomb and the third consecutive entry to see diminishing ticket sales as Hollywood releases dominated the Japanese market. Now, Shin Godzilla is currently the second-biggest movie released in Japan in 2016 ahead of every Hollywood import. We already have confirmation that Toho will follow it up next year with the first-ever animated Godzilla movie.
This time ten years ago, Classic Media was getting ready to make their Godzilla Raids Again and Mothra vs. Godzilla DVDs available through their now defunct Godzilla On DVD website ahead of their April 2007 retail release. Now we've got every Heisei and Millennium entry on dual-language BRD in North America plus several of the Showa films.
Oh, and a decade ago, we were all amused by Yoshimitsu Banno's ongoing efforts to get "Godzilla 3-D To The Max" produced in the United States. Nothing about that project made it seem like it would ever happen, from the proposed plot that had Godzilla flying again and winking at the camera to the bizarre pitch that it was supposed to be just 40 minutes long. Flash forward several years to an era when movie studios are hungry for established brand properties that can be adapted to film, and after Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight got all of Hollywood chasing IMAX ticket premiums and James Cameron's Avatar set the same trend with 3-D, and it ended up being the perfect environment for Banno to bring Godzilla to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. While the finished 2014 film certainly isn't the same thing Banno was pitching in 2005, I don't think anybody back then could have guessed that his efforts would eventually turn into Godzilla's triumphant Hollywood comeback 16 years after GINO. Far from being doomed to infamy and no sequels, the newly established Hollywood Godzilla series is being groomed into a full-fledged cinematic universe, one shared with King Kong and classic Toho monsters!
I've watched a lot of Godzilla movies recently before and after the release of Shin Godzilla but I suppose I'll pick out another one tonight to commemorate the day.