The movie industry produced many movies in 2016 that became a hit in the Japanese box office. Many of them are related to anime. Animated movies and live-action movies based on anime such as Kimi no Na wa, Koe no Katachi and Chihayafuru have become popular.
And then there is Shin Godzilla – the king of Japan’s monster movies. Thanks to Shin Godzilla’s popularity, the first animated Godzilla movie, GODZILLA, will be released in 2017.
The movie is getting lots of attention, and one reason is the fact that it’s the studio behind it is Polygon Pictures, the world-famous production company that worked Knights of Sidonia and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Before the movie hits the theaters, there are three points we need to make about it.
Point 1: This is the first animated movie in Godzilla’s history
There are many Godzilla movies: 29 in Japan and 2 in the United States.
Hideoka Anno, best known for his role in creating Neon Genesis Evangelion, was the person behind directing, editing, and writing the story of Shin Godzilla. He gained a lot of praise for the movie’s political aspects and surprising story development. He created a new Godzilla boom.
GODZILLA will be released in 2017 as the first animated movie in Godzilla history. There have been animated television shows in the past, including GODZILLA by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Godzilla : The Series, which was the sequel to the Godzilla movie released in 1998. However, this new Godzilla movie will be the first completely CG animated movie about the monster made in Japan.
TOHO has only produced live-action Godzilla films until now. This animated Godzilla is a new challenge. TOHO has been lately showing various ways to express their new version of Godzilla as a way to earn new fans and expand their brand. It’s in their best interest to create something amazing and memorable, and TOHO has both the experience and the resources to achieve that.
Maybe we’ll be able to worship this new Godzilla more than Shin Godzilla.
Point 2 : Gen Urobuchi will write the scenario
GODZILLA’s original story and scenario will be handled by Gen Urobuchi. He originally worked on adult game scenarios, but has recently started writing anime scenarios as well. His work on Puella Magi Madoka Magica propelled him to worldwide fame.
His works are famous for being dark and sometimes he adds violence without a second thought. If one thinks of the works of Gen Urobuchi, the first impression they get is that of a gloomy atmosphere.
In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, he showed a darker side to the cute character Ume Aoki. He shocked Japanese anime fans with how many characters die in the story. This unpredictability became a topic of discussion and the work became such a hit that it was followed by multiple movies.
He will surely try to break the Godzilla tropes. The question is… how?
Point 3 : Polygon Pictures will handle the animation
Polygon Pictures is a 3DCG production company that is active not only in Japan, but all over the world. It has handled Tron: Uprising, and Star Wars: Clone Wars among others and has received many anime awards. In Japan, it became famous through Knights of Sidonia and Ajin. It can handle anything from light action to hard violence and impressive mecha battles.
In Japan, Polygon Pictures entered the Japanese TV animation world with Knights of Sidonia. The movie mainly used hand-drawn 2D animation and for that reason it received a high amount of praise.
Their expressive techniques, found in the impressive yet speedy battle scene, as well as the lively expressions of the characters shook anime fans who felt the arrival of a new era of Japanese animation. Ajin, on the other hand, was mainly a human drama. Even though it didn’t have mecha like Sidonia, its violent battle scenes became a hot topic.
Polygon Pictures manages to produce worlds that maintain a Japanese anime atmosphere while being 3DCG.
Will they be able to combine tradition and modern technology to give Godzilla the animate movie it deserves?
Even though the movie says ‘animation, it is actually 3DCG. With a world-renowned company handling the visuals and an unpredictable scenario writer penning the story, it’s hard to imagine how this movie will turn out.
With Shin Godzilla setting the pace of this new era for the King of Monsters, will the animated movie keep up and brake more established tropes? We just have to wait and see.