Godzilla Anime Film Trilogy's Project Promo Video Shows Concept Art, Interviews Staff
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TOHO Animation began streaming a "project PV" on Friday for the Godzilla anime film trilogy. The video features concept art for the project, and also features interviews with (in order in the video): executive producer Yoshihiro Furusawa, director Kobun Shizuno, director Hiroyuki Seshita, scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi, voice actor Mamoru Miyano (Haruo), and voice actress Kana Hanazawa (Yuko).
The films star:
Mamoru Miyano as Haruo Sakaki, the protagonist
Takahiro Sakurai plays Metphies, the Exif alien who understands Haruo well
Kana Hanazawa plays the heroine Yuko Tani, who grew up with Haruo after he was orphaned
Tomokazu Sugita plays Martin Lazzari, an optimistic environmental biologist working with the military
Yuuki Kaji plays Adam Bindewald, a young landing ship pilot who respects Haruo
Junichi Suwabe plays Mulu-Elu Galu-gu, a Bilsard alien
The full title of the first film is Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei (Godzilla: Monster Planet). The official website describes the story:
The last summer of the 20th Century. That day, the human beings learn that they are not the only ruler of the planet Earth.
The appearance of the giant living creatures “Kaiju's” and the ultimate existence that destroys all monsters: Godzilla. Through the battle against kaiju's that lasted for half a century, human beings has experienced continuous defeat, and finally plans to escape from the Earth. And in 2048, only those who were selected by the A.I. managed under the central government boarded the inter-sidereal emigrant spaceship “Aratrum” to head for “Tau Cetus e”, the planet beyond the distance of 11.9 light-year. However, the environmental condition differences between that of the Earth and Tau e, which they finally arrived after 20 years were far beyond the predicted numbers, and was not an environment considered to be habitable by human beings.
The young man on the emigrant ship: Haruo, who saw his parents killed by Godzilla in front of his eyes when he was 4 years old, had only one thing in his mind for 20 years: to return to the Earth and defeat Godzilla. Shut out from the possibility of emigration, as the living environment in the ship deteriorates, the group of “Earth Returnists” led by Haruo became the majority, and determines to head back to Earth through a dangerous long-distance hyperspace navigation. However, the Earth they have returned has already passed the time of 20,000 years, and has become an unknown world with the ecosystem reigned by Godzilla.
At the end, will human beings win back the Earth? And what will Haruo see beyond his fate?
The tagline on the above poster reads "We will definitely take back this 'Planet'."
Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare and other Detective Conan movies, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Kenshirô, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin, Knights of Sidonia) are directing the films at Polygon Pictures. Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass) of Nitroplus is credited with the story concept and screenplay. Urobuchi is also responsible for series composition with Yūsuke Kozaki.
Hiroyuki Morita is serving as assistant director, and Naohiro Yoshihira ("Tady") is the technical director. Naoya Tanaka and Ferdinando Patulli are production designers, and Yuki Moriyama is designing the characters in CG. Mitsunori Kataama is the model director. Yukihiro Shibutani is the art director, and Hironori Nochi is the color key artist. Satoshi Motoyama is the sound director.
The trilogy is the first anime film project in the Godzilla franchise.
Toho's newest Godzilla film, Shin Godzilla (known as Godzilla: Resurgence in Southeast Asia and other distribution territories), opened in Japan on July 29. Funimation screened the film in North America in October.