I watched this again in English and Japanese (within a 3 month gap). Minya sounds like garbage in the Japanese version and sounds way better in the America. Ichiro sounds ridiculous in the American vresion, but actually does a pretty good job acting in the Japanese version even if he's yelling his lines the entire movie.
I really like the music in this film. The American intro is great with the funky music, but the Japanese one of quirky seeing that Ichrio is singing the opening. The battle scene soundtracks are great...actually I can't think of one musical cue that I dislike.
This is a movie about Ichiro, NOT Godzilla. This movie is highly effective in what it's setting out to do. I think it was a great follow-up to Destroy All Monsters considering they went gang-busters on the previous film, but there was still an appetite for Godzilla in a younger audience...it makes business sense. It also served as a benchmark to the audience that said: Okay, Godzilla is now a kids franchise. I don't hate it for that.
Sure this movie is a clip show, and that is annoying. I still don't like Minya as a character.
BUT: This movie is so damn damn fun/uplifting while still having this undercurrent of urban blight Japan. I simply cannot hate this movie. There are certainly other Godzilla movies that try to play it 'straight' and fail to hit the mark or the writing holds it back....I tend to dislike those films a lot more. This film has comparably better writing than say, something like Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla or Godzilla X Megaguirus.
I really think that the majority of fans simply go, "This is a kids movie and clip show!" without properly framing the movie in the era it was made and the audience it was going after. I think it moved up a couple notches in my over-all ranking last night.
As a Godzilla movie it still falls in the bottom 1/3 grouping overall, as an Ichiro movie, it's number 1.