Netflix Japan have announced Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei), will be available on the service starting 17th January 2018 in multiple dub and subtitle languages worldwide.
This is the first film in a new trilogy from animation studio Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia), writer Gen Urobuchi (Fate/Zero) and co-directed by both Koubun Shizuno (Knights of Sidonia) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin: Demi-Human). Planet of the Monsters was theatrically released in Japan last year on 17th November 2017. This will also be the 32nd Godzilla film in the franchise, the 30th produced by TOHO, and the first to be animated.
The planet is beset by the emergence of colossal creatures that roam the earth, and king among them is “Godzilla”. For a half a century, these beasts engage in ferocious battle with each other and mankind. But humans, unable to compete, prepare for exile from their home planet. In the year 2048, a select few humans are chosen by the central government’s artificial intelligence infrastructure to set out on an interstellar emigration vessel, the Aratrum, on an 11.9-lightyear journey for the planet Tau-e in the Cetus constellation. But when they arrive after 20 years of space travel, the remnants of mankind find the environmental conditions on Tau-e to be much different than expected, and basically uninhabitable by humans.
One youth on board the emigration vessel, Haruo, had seen his parents killed by Godzilla before his eyes when he was only 4 years old. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but returning to Earth to defeat Godzilla. With the doors to emigration now closed, Haruo and other crew spearhead a “return to Earth” decision despite severely attenuated and hazardous conditions on board for such a long trip back.
Somehow, the Aratrum makes the return journey in one piece, but the home they return to has become an alien planet. 20,000 years have elapsed, and a new ecosystem has emerged with Godzilla atop the food chain. Can mankind take back its native planet? Will Haruo get his revenge?
The second film in the trilogy is scheduled for Japanese theaters in May 2018 with the third and final film currently not yet specified.
The trilogy features a lot of well-known Japanese VAs including Mamoru Miyano (Steins;Gate), Takahiro Sakurai (Code Geass), Kana Hanazawa (Monogatari), Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan), Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama), Junichi Suwabe (My Hero Academia), Daisuke Ono (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure) and many more voicing the film’s characters.
For the past couple of months TOHO have released a couple trailers for the film which can view here:
Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters starts streaming on 17th January 2018.
You can find out what other titles will be exclusive to Netflix in our recent round-up article which you can view here.
Plot Synposis source via ANN, Screenshots source via Godzilla’s main website, Videos source via TOHO