Godzilla is one of the most enduring pop culture creations to come from Japan. He's been around for more than 50 years, destroying cities and putting the smackdown on any other kaiju that dares to get in his face. He's been depicted as everything from a nuclear horror to a child-friendly hero. To say that Godzilla is as recognizable as other pop culture figures like Batman or Mickey Mouse isn't an exaggeration.
The 2014 Hollywood reboot of the Godzilla made enough cash and impressed enough people to kickstart yet another "shared universe" that is all the rage these days. Kong: Skull Island is due out next year and after that Godzilla 2 will see crash into cinema's in 2019 and a year after that, Godzilla and Kong will meet up for a behemoth beatdown in the aptly titled Godzilla vs King Kong. Hollywood isn't the only one jumping on the G-train. Godzilla's home, Toho Studio's, is releasing their first Godzilla film since 2004's Godzilla Final Wars. Check out the trailer for Godzilla Resurgence below:
As a Godzilla fan, I've always wondered why he's never shown up in anime before. I mean, it seems like such an obvious thing to do that I'm genuinely shocked we don't have multiple incarnations of the King of Monsters in animated form already. American productions have made two Godzilla cartoons already, so it's always been a mystery as to why a Japanese studio never took the opportunity make a definitive animated Godzilla. Life has a funny of surprising me, as it was just announced that a Godzilla anime film is currently in production. Not many details are known at this time and the only image we have so far is this vague but intriguing concept art:
Looks rather futuristic doesn't it? Does this Godzilla film take place in the future? Or does it take place in space? That's not as far fetched as it sounds, as the Big G has already had a space adventure back in the day with Godzilla vs Monster Zero. Any speculation at this point is just that. But it's always fun to let your imagination run away with the possibilities of a new, exciting and mysterious project.
With Godzilla enjoying a cultural renaissance in Hollywood as well as Japan, now is the perfect time to take advantage of his increase in relevance. The film is slated to be released sometime next year and I think it's safe to say all Godzilla fans are frothing at the mouth for more details about this film and about how unique seeing Godzilla finally realized in Japanese animation could be. It's a great time to be a Godzilla fan.