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?
I wish I could enjoy this movie in its entirety, but alas, that's only the last 30 minutes of it. For all it's elaborate setup, it's still a simple, cheesy kaiju movie. Have the monster appear out of nowhere, cause carnage and destruction, work out a solution, proceed to the cheesy action. It's a shame such a simple sequence of events had to be made convoluted mostly because the screenplay had to fill the alloted 1:30h hour mark for a full on movie to be released in theaters.
The story is the worst of this show. Gen Urobuchi could never make exposition dumps natural or compelling
in any way. So the 1st whole hour is just a grueling trudge through pointless politicking and technobabble all alluding to the final fight and the character of our MC. It is blatant, obvious and patronizing, on top of being needlessly convoluted. Godzilla attacks! Gasp! Let's have 2 alien races come and not-save-us-by-making-mecha-godzilla, cuz we need to throw that reference in, all to have us start in the setting of spaaaace! What the fuck does space have to do with my kaiju apocalypse?! The movie agrees and has us go back to Earth... 1000 years post-Godzilla cuz spacetime continuum. Except it's 10 000 years once we see the Earth, except it's 20 000 years after we examine the carbon contents of the plants. So all this setup was to just get us into a jungled up foggy ass Earth to face Godzilla, and dinosaurs while we're at it! All the talk about living in a ship, wandering through space, that's just to fill time, we're on Earth, so everything's fine right? It's not like you'll be facing those same issues when plant leaves are harder than your pocket knife and shatters it on impact. There's no point to it all, it doesn't ground itself for the super serious tone it goes for, and doesn't really explore the despair it mentions.
Characters, as usual, make the story in anime. Except when they don't, when we have a rebellious MC that starts out with a suicide bomber threat because he cares for his grandpa, only to obsess over Godzilla's murder for the rest of the runtime. Very consistent, deep character writing indeed. Metphies, the "alien" companion gets a special mention as being the plot device that enables the MC to be batshit crazy without consequences and be reprimanded again, on top of blatantly stating in metaphor what's about to happen, the worst kind of foreshadowing, when you're too lazy to allude it and just outright state it. He also doubles as a mouthpiece preaching not-Christianity like a crazed priest, who worships *drumroll* God(zilla) - The King of Monsters!
The rest of the cast are your usual military hardasses and politicking council members who don't do jackshit, but get to expodump it anyway. The rival that screws the MC, gets it wrong and redeems himself. Add a stock waifu, and bam, a whole cast of colorful characters which you will instantly forget once you're done watching!
Polygon Pictures have been infamous for their shoddy CG Netflix shows, but this time, they actually improved their model rigging and it doesn't feel like animations are played in 15 FPS. Movement is just smooth enough to feel natural from the characters. The grimy aesthetic isn't bad when it works, but those are rare few moments. The shadows are too heavy, too high on contrast, the metalic scratches don't seem natural at all, the background art which they use seems unpolished and blurry in order for the CG to fit in easier. And despite all that the directing is competent enough to make use of 3DCG action framing that makes things feel tense and exciting. A shame that even the director's professional work couldn't make up for Urobuchi's amateur approach to exposition and setup. And something important for Kaiju fans- Godzilla is but ugly and the crew knew it, the shots were skewing away from the rough model, deliberately avoiding to show it off. It's very disappointing to see how the studio is taking 1 step forward, yet 2 steps back into the pit of "CG trash".
Sound design just doesn't really match what you'd imagine is bullets hitting metal-like objects. There's no real satisfying crunch to the explosions, just a loud noise. Again it falls down to the serious presentation of the show falling flat on its face, As all the the inappropriate OST used for key battle scenes, it really takes you out of the experience, trying to piece together what it's conveying with techno chip music when it's been using ambiance and orchestra for the most part. Shows that live off spectacle alone can get away with shoddy SFX if they get it right, and even when it does, it's immediately undermined by another sound effect that just doesn't seem to fit or make sense, because the audio director also didn't have a good idea of what the scenario was supposed to be.
The only enjoyment I got from the movie is the Godzilla fight obviously. It's so cheesy, and it very much feels like a video game boss raid. Controlling the movements, the timings, positioning, distracting aka aggro control, now THAT is some fun stuff to any gamer to observe. Virtual tactics applied in a movie. On top of the visual spectacle, the movie redeemed itself on that front, as an in-the-moment spectacle joyride. Only to end on a cliffhanger with a cynical message that hold no water or meaning due to the empty setup up to the Godzilla encounter.
So yes, this is a pretty awful movie when you watch it with any modicum of standards, be it for narrative or visuals. It doesn't even work as a cheesy spectacle action flick due to the grueling 1 hour exposition setup before the actual Godzilla scene. It was torturous to watch, and I didn't even get a proper reward for getting to the end, I only got another preaching lecture to hype up the next movie, as this is now a trilogy... yay...
Overall, this movie was great, though it could have went deeper into the backstory of the main character, other than "i hate all the titans, i will kill them" type of attitude.
My enjoyment of the film was pretty fulfilled, i waited and received what i expected, nothing too fabulous, but at the same time it wasn`t unsatisfying to watch.
so as i would say, this movie gets a clean 7.5, though out if 10, even though i
marked it a seven
Art: the few Godzilla scenes there blew me way, though it was mainly because of the feeling of size coming off of him
Sound: The sound was very expertly done, with all the bass used during Godzilla`s dub-step cannon attack, tiss wonderful
Characters: the characters where very lacking, though they had enough action with these characters to make them stick out more.
Overall the movie is a enjoyable film, nothing too crazy.
After both critical and commercial success of Shin Godzilla, the bar of expectations for the new Godzilla installment was raised so high, it seemed impossible to make a new live-action film that could compete with Hideaki Anno's masterpiece. Well, Toho found the perfect way out and called the banners to make something out of the box, to make this trilogy of anime films featuring Godzilla.
Instead of trying to beat Shin, Toho initiates friendship and creativity. While Shin Godzilla remains the best live-action Godzilla movie up to date, Kaijuu Wakusei has managed to offer something so fresh and original that you can't even try to compare
it with Shin. They're just different, yet so similar because of this desire of making something new, unique and breath-taking.
While judging this film, it's important to understand that it is only the first part of the trilogy and for the first one, it was very-very good.
Kaijuu Wakusei puts a lot of effort into creating this very rich and interesting universe, where humans have left Earth for 20,000 years and now they must retake it from this new food-chain of monsters with Godzilla on top. I really want to learn more about this world, all the different races that helped (?) Earth, about different areas of our planet and how they were changed/affected, about this new religion brought in by alien races... there is just so much to learn.
Other than the universe, story and characters are good, but only that. But again, I wouldn't judge it too harsh since there are still two movies to come. And I did like every twist the story offered, so there's that.
I also enjoyed how information-heavy the first 50 minutes are. The anime certainly feels like a Godzilla movie with a lot of strategic thinking involved and with this simple feeling of team's success, not just one man. Even, tough, there is only one man in charge, the victory (can I call it that?...) is earned by everyone and it's not just one man's show.
Story is not the strongest, but it is pretty good.
The art in this movie is just brilliant. It has this very interesting style that makes certain scenes look very realistic without disrupting the beauty of drawn anime. There is some occasional delay of frames, which does stick out and also the characters (due to the style and helmets design) can be hard to recognize, but these are minor flaws.
Speaking of helmets, I do like the space suits they wear, those look quite nice.
Everything looks simply stunning: Kaiju, machinery, the world. It was simply a treat to watch. Godzilla's offspring look is a great mix between the originality of Shin Godzilla and the older Godzillas and currently I am not sure which one (2017 or Shin) is my favorite, they are both that good.
Art deserves a solid 9.5. If only the characters were a bit more unique looking, it would be a 10.
This is another area where this anime truly shines. Voice-over (especially Haruo's) is great, original soundtrack is almost great and the song of the movie "Xai - White Out" is just a blast, so good. I especially want to point out the sound effects, they were brilliant. If the ending scene with vibrations (for a moment I thought those were real vibrations in my headphones), with all the explosions and huuugee Godzilla entering the screen is not a masterpiece, I don't know what can be. No virtual reality can ever beat the immersive feelings you can get with the right sound and that scene proved it. I still have shaky hands remembering it. Brilliant.
One complaint, tough. Because of the trailer, I hyped myself to hear the ending song ("White Out") during one of the battles; instead there was original soundtrack. Good tune, but I feel like including this song would have made the scene even better. Not a bummer since the mentioned song plays in credits.
I've developed a little bit of affection towards a few characters and I do like Haruo already. He reminds me of Eren from Attack on Titan with his determination to kill Gojira, but Haruo certainly needs more development.
I liked Leland, but then he... well, died right after I started caring about him. Maybe there will be some sort of flash-back? I hope so because he's actually pretty interesting. Other than him and Haruo, none of the characters really shined, but there are still two movies coming, so that's alright.
Even, tough, this movie seems to be more action-oriented, it's not. With its first hour it really gave me that feeling of Shin Godzilla where you feel excited and enjoyed even, tough, we're not really doing anything except talking about ways to defeat the monster. I really liked that. Then the movie dives into this very immersive action and I liked it a lot as well. First few action scenes (with the flying kaiju) felt very brief, but everything after was great. So, I enjoyed both tactical and action part.
I definitely can say that I've had a lot of fun with this film. I cannot wait to explore this universe with the next two movies, to see Mechagodzilla and to, of course, fight the biggest Godzilla ever. It's very surprising how I am not upset because there is so much that is labeled "later" and how I am happy with what I did get with this movie.
Godzilla is in his glory once again. Hideaki Anno rebooted the whole franchise with his Shin Godzilla and this anime is the very first outcome of Shin's success. There is so much good stuff to come (2 sequels for the anime and 2020's King Kong vs. Godzilla crossover), so again, Godzilla's future is safe for, at least, 3 years with more to look forward to. If only Hideaki Anno could finish up Evangelion's 4th film and maybe - just maybe - start making the anime or live-action crossover of Godzilla and Evangelion...
Well, those are just dreams. In reality, there is already this amazing anime with two more parts to come with the 2nd coming out as soon as May 2018 (around 4 months!)
Kaijuu Wakusei is a proud installment in Godzilla's franchise.
Amazing movie. I love Godzilla movies and I love Sci-fi and mecha.
This is great in terms of a movie but since it is a movie things will be rushed. I feel that this would've been better split into episodes. But everything felt really rushed. The story progressed way too fast to be really enjoyable. If this were made episodically then I'm sure the rushed feeling wouldn't be there but would throw something off. If it were made into a series of movies like the Break Blade series then there would be enough time for everything without the feeling of being rushed.
I believe there
could've been more in terms of background information and substance it felt a bit lacking but with what it had I believe that the story was adequate enough not to be too troubled by it.
Art and Animation: 9
3D art and animation brought a new style to Godzilla. Big fan of Knights of Sidonia they both have the same off white textures and scratch patterns. I didn't even need to see the full trailer to know that this was made by Polygon Pictures. I know 3D art can be a downer for some but its still well worth the watch.
Music fit the scenes very well, bringing, more excitement every time. Great soundtrack selections.
There could've been more character development but then again there are restraints on time since it is a movie so all development has to be condensed or rushed. There's no building of a viewer-character connection or feelings for any of the characters. A characters death that I'm sure if a connection was developed would've brought some emotion didn't because of insufficient character development. I will personally say that if this movie wasn't pressed on time duration, character development would've been significantly better.
If it wasn't for the rushed feeling, I believe that I would've enjoyed this more. But It is still a very enjoyable show with its great animation and soundtracks.