Godzilla has been given a futuristic anime reboot in one of Netflix‘s newest titles, Godzilla: Monster Planet, taking Gojira back to his monstrous original roots.
The feature length anime, Planet Of The Monsters, is the first episode in a trilogy which sees a humanity return to Earth 20,000 years after a mass evacuation due to Godzilla and its lust for destruction.
Rather than bringing out the gigantic weaponised monster as an antihero saving our race from destruction, the film sets up the most famous Kaiju as the ‘avatar of destruction’ who has taken over the planet; returning the franchise (sort of) to its roots back in the 1954 film.
Stepping away from the much-beloved Godzilla canon in Japan – which has been set in contemporary times – the Monster Planet trilogy takes viewers into the future.
The hour and a half offering for part one of the trilogy introduces Haruo, a captain in the now space-faring and slowly dwindling human race, who have taken to the stars with two alien races.
Rather than the tried-and-tested formula that much of Godzilla canon has stuck to, which sees the monster show up unexpectedly and threaten a city, the premise of the anime is that humanity are invading the Kaijus territory in a desperate last bid to stave off extinction.
The monster itself is a part of the planet, and like many of the other Kaiju now inhabiting the new Earth, it has some sort of almost symbiotic relationship with the flora and fauna.
That said the film is breath-taking in its animation, and video game fans will recognise the cell-shading technique used by Polygon Pictures, as it shares similarities with the animation in Street Fighter V and Resident Evil 5.
There are two more instalments to come so fans should be prepared for some Hobbit like cliff-hanging/abrupt endings.
Godzilla Monster Planet part one/Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters is now available to stream on Netflix.
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