2nd Godzilla Anime Film Teases Mechagodzilla Before May Debut
The official website for the Godzilla anime film trilogy revealed a new visual, title, and May 2018 opening for the second film. The second film is titled Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (Godzilla: The City Mechanized for the Final Battle). The visual teases Mechagodzilla, the ultimate anti-Godzilla weapon secretly developed by humans in previous Godzilla films.
The same visual appears in teaser posters and visuals at participating theaters starting this Friday. While supplies last, the same theaters are also selling advance ticket vouchers and MoviTicke Cards with bonus “Mechagodzilla clear file” folders, all adorned with the same visual.
The first film, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Godzilla: Kaij? Wakusei), opened in Japan on Friday. It will stream globally on the Netflix service this year.
The official website describes the first film’s story:
The planet is beset by the emergence of colossal creatures that roam the earth, and king among them is “Godzilla”. For a half a century, these beasts engage in ferocious battle with each other and mankind. But humans, unable to compete, prepare for exile from their home planet. In the year 2048, a select few humans are chosen by the central government’s artificial intelligence infrastructure to set out on an interstellar emigration vessel, the Aratrum, on an 11.9-lightyear journey for the planet Tau-e in the Cetus constellation. But when they arrive after 20 years of space travel, the remnants of mankind find the environmental conditions on Tau-e to be much different than expected, and basically uninhabitable by humans.
One youth on board the emigration vessel, Haruo, had seen his parents killed by Godzilla before his eyes when he was only 4 years old. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but returning to Earth to defeat Godzilla. With the doors to emigration now closed, Haruo and other crew spearhead a “return to Earth” decision despite severely attenuated and hazardous conditions on board for such a long trip back.
Somehow, the Aratrum makes the return journey in one piece, but the home they return to has become an alien planet. 20,000 years have elapsed, and a new ecosystem has emerged with Godzilla atop the food chain. Can mankind take back its native planet? Will Haruo get his revenge?
The films star:
Takahiro Sakurai as Metphies, the Exif alien who understands Haruo well
Kana Hanazawa as the heroine Yuko Tani, who grew up with Haruo after he was orphaned
Tomokazu Sugita as Martin Lazzari, an optimistic environmental biologist working with the military
Yuuki Kaji as Adam Bindewald, a young landing ship pilot who respects Haruo
Junichi Suwabe as Mulu-Elu Galu-gu, a Bilsard alien
Daisuke Ono as Eliott Leland, Haruo’s superior officer and military commander
Kenta Miyake as Rilu-Elu Belu-be, a Bilsard alien veteran soldier and Haruo’s instructor
Kenyuu Horiuchi as Unberto Mori, emigrant spaceship Aratrum captain
Kazuya Nakai as Halu-Elu Dolu-do, a Bilsard alien patriarch riding Aratrum
Kazuhiro Yamaji as Endurph, an Exif alien riding Aratrum
The new kaijū “Servum” also appears in the film.
Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare and other Detective Conan movies, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Kenshirô, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin, Knights of Sidonia) are directing the films at Polygon Pictures. Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass) of Nitroplus is credited with the story concept and screenplay. Urobuchi is also responsible for series composition with Y?suke Kozaki.
Hiroyuki Morita is serving as assistant director, and Naohiro Yoshihira (“Tady”) is the technical director. Naoya Tanaka and Ferdinando Patulli are production designers, and Yuki Moriyama is designing the characters in CG. Mitsunori Kataama is the model director. Yukihiro Shibutani is the art director, and Hironori Nochi is the color key artist. Satoshi Motoyama is the sound director. XAI performed the first film’s theme song “White Out.” Boom Boom Satellites bassist Masayuki Nakano produced the song. The song marks XAI’s major debut after winning the the first ever Artist Award at the TOHO Cinderella audition in November 2016.
The film also received a prequel novel on October 25, supervised by Gen Urobuchi.