Godzilla: Planet of Monsters. Finally a Godzilla Anime

Godzilla: Planet of Monsters

This might have been an anime movie that slipped under your radar or it was one you casually saw browsing Netflix. Either way, it had its global release on January 18, 2018.

The plot of the movie is your usual Godzilla style of plot, with giant monsters and whatnots. However, this particular movie is after the earth has been terrorized by countless Kaiju and humanity is on the brink of destruction. Deciding that humanity can’t defeat Godzilla, they flee the planet in search of a new home. Things end up looking grim for them in space so humanity heads back to earth in a last ditch effort to take back their home from Godzilla. To their shock, they find out thousands of years have passed then they originally expected, an earth relative to their 20. The planet’s landscape hasn’t changed much but the plants and creatures on it have. With this movie being the first of three the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger,  but none the less it does set things up for what’s to come.

The plot for this movie does start off with a bit a bang but then fizzled out rather quickly. It does then explode with action at the very end. This being the very last scene, that cliffhanger, was probably the best part of the movie along with the opening narration. I’m not sure if it was just this movie or if it’s because I’ve seen so many Godzilla movies before, but the last fight towards the end of the movie didn’t pack as much of a ‘wow’ punch as I would have liked. It just seemed a bit plain… That probably let me down the most with this movie, but the thing that made it hard to watch was the CG.

As you may know from some of our reviews we really don’t like CG. We can understand why it needs to be used in some scenes for certain anime because of restrictions in a drawing aspect and to do with budgets. However, we really don’t like it when a movie or series uses it as its main animation. The finish on it is never as smooth or nicely done (especially with movement) as traditional anime styles. With time CG will get to a point where it isn’t as much of an eyesore as it has been, and this movie is taking a step in the right direction for that. The overall look for isn’t as bad as some of the other CG series we have watched in the past. But, still points all look smooth with nice detail however it still has the janky movement CG is known for. Most of this janky movement coming from the characters themselves.

The characters in this movie were nothing to write home about. From what we saw of them there wasn’t much to them in terms of depth. Even the main character had a pretty shallow feel to him. Wanting to take back his home from Godzilla and that’s kind of it. All the other characters just seem to be there for narrative purposes and don’t leave much of a lasting impression. Unlike that originally Godzilla roar.

The soundtrack and effects used throughout the movie are consistently good and what Godzilla movie wouldn’t be complete without that original roar. Hearing the first roar is always a highlight in any Godzilla movie and they seemed to know that for this one. In the opening narration having the perfect opportunity to use the soundbite but instead teasing Godzilla’s roaring without any sound. This made the actual roar towards the end of the movie all the more satisfying.

Overall this wasn’t a terrible movie and we did enjoy it. An anime Godzilla has been needed for a while and although we’re disappointed it was done with CG at least it wasn’t the worst CG we’ve seen. With it actually showing improvements. The second movie is due to come out in May 2018 which is only 4 months after this one’s release.

So we look forward to the next one in hope that there is more focus on the fight scenes having flair and the characters getting some personality and depth to them.

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