The Godzilla Anime Movie Sounds Like A Totally Wild Sci-Fi Epic

The first animated entry into the Japanese Godzilla canon is going buck wild, it seems. We already had hints that it wasn't just going to be your standard kaiju movie thanks to the out-of-this-world concept art, but a newly revealed synopsis teases just how out there the movie is going to get.

Image: Poster Art via Toho

The new synopsis, as well as the extended name for the movie — Godzilla: Monster Planet — reveal that the film will be set on (and off) an Earth where Godzilla and army of Kaiju took over the planet at the end of the 20th century, forcing humanity to find a new home in the stars. According to a (very) roughly translated version of the synopsis, things don't go too well for humankind from there:

The emergence of gigantic monsters "kaiju" and the ultimate creation that can even destroy the kaijus, Godzilla. After half-century of the war against the kaijus, the human race repeatedly defeated and decided to escape from the Earth. Then finally in the year 2048, only people who were chosen by the artificial intelligence under the control of the central government went on board the interstellar immigrant ship Aratrum and left for the "Cetus: Planet Tau E", 11.9 light years away from the earth. But the environmental condition difference between the earth and Tau E, which took 20 years to reach, was far exceeded the predicted value, and there was no way to survive for the human race.

The movie will follow a young man named Haruo, who wants revenge against Godzilla for killing his parents back on Earth, as he joins the attempt made by the remnants of humanity to head back to Earth and take it back from Godzilla and his Kaiju hordes. Except they discover that the return trip has taken them 20,000 years — so the Earth they come back to isn't just wildly overgrown, it's turned into a monster-laden ecosystem where Godzilla rules the roost from the top of the food chain.

Suddenly that "Monster Planet" subtitle becomes much more obvious, doesn't it? Still, it's really cool to see Toho really push the boat out to do something wild with Godzilla's first major foray into animation in Japan. You probably wouldn't see a live-action Godzilla with a premise as out there as this one!

Godzilla: Monster Planet will release theatrically in Japan this November, and come worldwide later this year on Netflix.



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    Watching it again, it doesn't even appear to be an advertisement.

    NVM its about a documentary that is anti Isil, it just doesn't convey that well in the trailer.

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    You probably wouldn't see a live-action Godzilla with a premise as out there as this one!

    I can say that most of the Godzilla films are way more out there than premise of this film sounds.
    (Which sounds awesome anyway)

      I know, I'd totally watch a movie with that idea.

      It's also a lot less 'out there' than getting Bryan Cranston in your movie and killing him after the opening act.

      Yeah. I mean this sounds cool but isn't Mecha Godzilla like 50 now? Wild sci-fi and Godzilla are pretty old friends at this point.

      Yeh I remember watching one (forget the name) where there were these time travelers from the future that wanted to destroy Japan using a big three headed monster, but luckily Godzilla was around to save the day!

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