First Story Details for Toho's GODZILLA: MONSTER PLANET Anime Movie With New Poster Art
Last year it was announced that Toho was developing a Godzilla anime film for Netflix. As a fan of anime and Godzilla, this is a project I'm really excited about. We now have some new information to share with you regarding the plot, and we have some new concept art thanks to CrunchyRoll.
The anime film will be called Godzilla: Monster Planet, and it will mark Toho's 30th Godzilla movie! This film is also going to tell a story unlike any other Godzilla story we've seen before as it's set 20,000 years in the future and the planet Earth is ruled by Godzilla and other monsters.
The film focuses on a character named Haruo, featured in the poster above, who returns to Earth after the human race leaves it at the turn of the 20th century after Godzilla and other Kaiju beasts rise up and drive them out. Haruo's parents were killed by Godzilla, and he is coming back for revenge. Below, you'll find a rough translation of the synopsis:
The last summer of the 20th century. On that day, the human race realized that they were not the only ruler of the planet earth.
The emergence of gigantic monsters “kaiju” and the ultimate existence that even can 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” which was 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.
A young man named Haruo is on board of the immigrant ship. His parents were killed by Godzilla right front of him when he was 4, since then, he has been thinking about only going back to the earth and killing Godzilla for 20 years. Since there is no hope for immigration to other planets, the “Return to the Earth” group including Haruo becomes the mainstream in the ship as its living condition is getting worse, then they decide to try the long distance hyperspace navigation.
However, 20,000 years have already passed when they finally arrive the earth, and it becomes a totally unknown world dominated by an ecosystem topped by Godzilla. Can the human race take the earth back, and the fate of Haruo will be…?
I've also included some new concept art below showing more of the futuristic design work that's been done for the film.
Godzilla: Monster Planet is set to hit Netflix sometime later this year. The voice cast includes Yuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Tomokazu Sugita, Junichi Suwabe, Kana Hanazawa, and Mamoru Miyano.