Godzilla has been very busy lately Between starring in both American and Japanese films these last couple of years, with his most recent theatrical offering being Godzilla vs. Kong which has not only made box office history but is already rumored to have a sequel in the works.
You’d think the big guy would find some time to take a break – maybe relax in a hot tub of some nuclear waste somewhere – but nope, he’s starring in even more projects.
Godzilla Singular Point being one of them. But what is Godzilla Singular Point, you ask? Why, it’s Godzilla’s latest anime series!
Now hold on, before you scream and cradle yourself in the fetal position as flashbacks of his last anime offering Godzilla: The Planet Eater flood your mind which has been trying to protect you by shielding you from those awful memories, you should at least check out the most recent trailer for Godzilla Singular Point. The tone and art style is totally different from his first anime outing.
For starters, the latest trailer opens with Godzilla’s classic theme from his original 1954 film that made him a pop culture icon, and it just keeps getting better from there. Numerous Kaiju make appearances, including Anguirus, Rodan, and Jet Jaguar. Some quick shots even show what looks like Hedorah, Megalon, Manda, and maybe even Kumonga.
The story takes place in the near future (2030) in the Chiba Prefecture of Tobi City, Japan. Human characters include a researcher named Mei Kamino and her engineer sidekick Yun Arikawa. Along with several allies, they team up to combat the threat posed by Godzilla.
Early on in the series, it’s revealed that Mei studies ancient legends and apparently she comes across a strange signal during an investigation. The signal actually turns out to be a song which awakens monsters around the globe.
It’s unclear whether or not Godzilla is taking on a completely antagonistic role in the new series, or if he’ll have some twinkle of good in him. A lot of it seems to have a GMK vibe though, and some aspects of it seem ripped straight out of a horror film (like an ancient legend mentioned in the anime that suggests centuries ago young women in villages would be fed to Godzilla as a sacrifice to satiate his hunger).
Then again, knowing Toho and its animation team, the anime is likely going to be full of a lot of twists and turns – so Big G might eventually take on an anti-hero role as the story progresses.
Longtime Godzilla fans should be pleased to hear the Godzilla Singular Point sheds additional light on the origins of everyone’s favorite Kaiju.
So far the only downside is that Godzilla Singular Point doesn’t have a definitive international release date yet. It premiered on Netflix Japan on March 25th, but there’s been no word on its localization progress in other markets. Many fans hoped it would receive a simulcast worldwide, but that doesn’t look to be the case so far.
Still, given how interconnected the world is nowadays and how streamlined entertainment is, we probably won’t have to wait long to watch Godzilla Singular Point. An Indonesian trailer for the series has already been released, after all.
And in the meantime, just keep getting a load of that trailer! That animation quality is downright beautiful. Not only for the Kaiju, but the people as well! It’s like a mix between Summer Wars and some retro gritty horror show. Which, oddly enough, blends perfectly well together.
We’ll keep you posted on any further developments as they unfold.