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Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
Godzilla Planet of the Monsters - Official poster clear

Foreign title(s):

Gojira Kaijū Wakusei

General Information

Directed by:

Kobun Shizuno
Hiroyuki Seshita

Produced by:

Polygon Pictures
Production company

Written by:

Gen Urobuchi

Music by:

Takayuki Hattori

Production Information

Distributed by:

Toho Company Ltd.

Release date:

November 17, 2017
Early 2018

Running time:

89 minutes[1]


Film Chronology


Shin Godzilla




Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (GODZILLA怪獣惑星,   Gojira Kaijū Wakusei?), also known as Godzilla: Monster Planet, is a Japanese animated tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd. and Polygon Pictures. It is the 32nd film in the Godzilla series and the first animated film in the franchise.

It was released to Japanese theaters on November 17, 2017, and will be streamed on Netflix worldwide at a later date following said release.[2]

The film was directed by Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita, with a screenplay written by Gen Urobuchi. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters takes place in the far future, with humans returning to a Godzilla dominated planet Earth, having initially tried to escape it to little success.

This film is to be followed by two sequels, being the first in a planned trilogy[3], with the first sequel set for release in 2018.[4]


Ever since it was first released as a feature film in 1954, “Godzilla” has come to be a colossal cultural icon loved by millions around the world. The 2016 release of “SHIN GODZILLA”, directed by Hideaki Anno, reinvigorated the franchise, bringing a completely novel and realistic depiction of the iconic monster story, which earned 82.5 million dollars at the box-office and captured the imagination of new and old fans alike. Now in 2017, “Godzilla” continues to surprise everyone along a new evolutionary path as a feature-length animated film.

“GODZILLA” the animated movie takes the franchise into the uncharted territory of a future world in which Godzilla has dominated the earth for the past 20,000 years with mankind as diaspora, culminating in a fateful final confrontation.

Directing is Kobun Shizuno whose theatrical realize of “Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare” last year grossed 63.3 million dollars, the highest attendance ever for that famed franchise. He is joined by another proven talent on the cutting edge of computer graphics, Hiroyuki Seshita, as director and executive director of recently-topical anime including “Knights of Sidonia” ('14) and “Ajin” ('16) Penning both the story and screenplay is Gen Urobuchi of “PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA” ('11) and “Psycho-Pass” ('12), a writer known to his large and loyal fan base as a master of meticulous and unpredictable storytelling laced with powerful ideas. Finally, handling the production is 3-consecutive Emmy award winning Japanese 3DCG animation studio, Polygon Pictures, which produced “Knights of Sidonia” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” on U.S. television earning Outstanding Special Class Animated Program at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Prepare for the earth-shattering roar of a brand new “GODZILLA”, unlike anything heard or seen before.

— Official site description of the film.[5]


On August 18, 2016, Toho announced that an animated Godzilla film is currently in the works for a 2017 theatrical premiere, with Gen Urobuchi as the writer, and Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita as the directors.[6]

On January 19, 2017, six members of the film's main voice cast were revealed, alongside a piece of concept art with what appears to be a duo of unknown mechs and human soldiers walking through a forest.[7] Alongside this announcement was that of the film's scheduled stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 on March 26, 2017.

On February 24, 2017, more concept art for the film was revealed via the film's twitter, showing a vehicle that looks oddly like the Super X from the Heisei era of Godzilla movies.[8]

March 6 yielded more fruit when another concept image was posted on the Godzilla anime's official Twitter once more. This time, the piece depicts two people in heavy duty suits walking through a foggy forest full of spiny trees.[9]

On March 13, it was announced that the film will release on Netflix later in the year, following a theatrical release in Japan.[10]

More concept art for the film was revealed on the 16th and 22nd, respectively.[11][12]

On the 22nd, a promotional flyer was given out to the buyers of the Shin Godzilla Blu-ray release in Japan, which revealed the film's full title of Godzilla: Monster Planet.

On the 24th, an official description for the anime was revealed via the film's official site, shown below. Alongside this was news of the film's release date, which has been slated for November, 2017.[13]

On the 31st, a featurette for the film was revealed. It possessed interviews with voice actors, some previews into the development of the film, including the creation and rendering of models within the film. It was filmed and subtitled entirely in Japanese.

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Godzilla Planet of the Monsters - Featurette

On June 12, 2017, a promotional poster for the film was revealed, this time featuring the titular monster himself. The design of the creature was shown to be very reminiscent of the recent 2014 design for the monster.[14]

On July 6, a thirty second teaser trailer for the film was revealed. Short snippets of the film preview included shots of the protagonist, Haruo Sakaki, the main cast, a new kaiju, and a brief shot of Godzilla, shrouded in dust, somewhat reminiscent of the 2012 Comic-Con trailer for the 2014 Godzilla film.

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Godzilla Monster Planet - Trailer 1

At a later date, it was announced that S.H. MonsterArts would be producing a figure of the 2017 Godzilla incarnation for the film, and a sample image of a figure prototype was released at the time of the announcement.

On July 30, 2017, a press release was pushed out by Toho, and was also documented by Scifi Japan. It revealed the film's English title of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, and once again confirmed the film to be launching on Netflix, with a tentative release gap of late 2017, to early 2018. Alongside this press release also came a plethora of high quality images from the film.[15]

On August 11, it was revealed that a two meter tall statue of the Planet of the Monsters Godzilla incarnation was being constructed, presumably for promotion of the film.[16][17]

A new trailer for the film dropped on August 15, and featured many new shots of Godzilla himself, the human operations against him, and also featured much more in the way of plot based dialogue. The trailer, much like Shin Godzilla's, was released in a full version, which was one minute, fifteen seconds in length, and a shortened version, which was only thirty seconds in length.

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Godzilla Planet of the Monsters - Trailer 2

On August 19, the finalized statue of the film's incarnation of Godzilla was revealed to the public after a tease of it presence on August 11. It's roughly two meters tall, and stands in Kawasaki.

On August 21, it was announced that advanced ticket sales would go online for SevenNet. Purchasing a ticket would grant the buyer with a Movie Monster series Godzilla figure, with a blueish, nearly opaque color.[18]

In addition, an acrylic diorama could also be obtained with the purchase of tickets.

October 2 yielded interesting fruit when the announcement of a novelization for the film was announced via the film's official site. It will be titled Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse, and will be a prequel to the film, detailing the events that occurred leading up to the film.[19]

On October 4, 2017, the announcement of the film's theme song, "White Out", was unveiled, alongside the song's lead vocalist, Sonoko Aoyama. This piece would later be used for the film's third trailer.[20]

On October 6, a collaboration poster for Planet of the Monsters and Toho Cinemas in Ueno was revealed.[21]

A day later, on the 7th, the site was updated with an "Investigation" tab. This contains the film's timeline of events and encounters before the film.[22]

On October 12, the composer for the film,Takayuki Hattori, was announced. Artwork for the film's soundtrack was also revealed. With this announcement, this will be the third Godzilla film scored by Takayuki Hattori, the first being Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla in 1994, and the second being Godzilla 2000: Millennium in 1999.[23]

On October 23, 2017 a new trailer for the film dropped. It featured much more of the titular monster, and even revealed its atomic breath design, for the film. The trailer had a tease of the aforementioned "White Out" musical track accompanying it.

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Godzilla Planet of the Monsters - Trailer 3

On November 14, 2017, a small amount of TV spots were uploaded and released to the general public.


The final summer of the 20th century… when mankind learns it is no longer the sole ruler of planet Earth.

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.

On 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 withatop the food chain.

Can mankind take back its native planet? Will Haruo get his revenge?

— Story introduction[5]


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.


Lists include monsters and machines mentioned in Monster Apocalypse, the official prequel novelization to the film, as they share continuity, and have been mentioned in promotional material for the film.



  • Moguera
  • Super X series
  • Gotengo
  • Markalite FAHP
  • Gun-Head

Box office

Planet of the Monsters debuted across 158 screens, and earned $919,000 with 71,200 admissions. It's estimated to go on to earn around $5,000,000 by the time its theatrical run completes.[24]

Critical reception

Critical reception for the film has been generally positive, with Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku providing a review of the film. He praised the film's depiction of the Aratrum, stating that the ship's depiction as bleak was atypical, but well done, right down to how resources were managed.

Dialogue was also praised, sounding appropriately like jargon, while remaining in focus and keeping the plot straightforward and brisk. However, this seemingly came at the cost of character development, which was noted to be sparse outside of Haruo Sakaki. In addition, character designs were criticized as generally uninspired. It was stated that the film could've used a longer run time to add onto characters that were underdeveloped.

The film's entire final act was praised in addition, with the set pieces, cinematography, and military tech design being brought out as the major pluses for the segment of the film. However, criticisms were aimed at how the lack of character development resulted in muted emotional impact when supporting cast members died.

Overall, Brian stated the overall experience was good in spite of the flaws, and that it certainly proved that Godzilla could work as an anime.[25]


Main article: Godzilla (2018 film).

On March 25, at the Animation Film Godzilla Special Stage event at AnimeJapan 2017, it was announced that Monster Planet is the first in a planned trilogy of animated Godzilla films.[3]

The first sequel to the film was announced on November 17, 2017, with a release date aimed for May, 2018.[4]


  • This will be the first Godzilla film to not be a live-action film.
  • This is the second Godzilla movie to have two directors. One director has had a background in the Godzilla films, having directed two films, one being Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla.
  • The subtitle of this film is based on a 1994 Godzilla simulator title, Monster Planet of Godzilla, which screened only at a Tokyo theme park called Sanrio Puroland.
  • The phrase firstly released in August, 2017 "Who will be extinct, man or Godzilla?" (「滅びるのは、人か、ゴジラか。」,   Horobirunowa Hitoka Gojiraka?) is akin to "Who will be extinct, mankind or the Legion?" (「滅びるのは、人類か、レギオンか。」,   Horobirunowa Jinruika Regionka??) used in Gamera 2 (1996).

External links


  1. @GormaruIsland (November 7, 2017). GODZILLA MONSTER PLANET Runtime Surfaces, "GODZILLA 2017" 20,000 Year Pre-Timeskip Height and Weight Revealed. Facebook. Retrieved November 16, 2017
  2. Gilyadov, Alex (March 13, 2017). NETFLIX TO AIR ORIGINAL ANIME MOVIE, GODZILLA IGN. Retrieved June 17, 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 (March 25, 2017). Godzilla Anime Is Film Trilogy Starring Mamoru Miyano Anime News Network. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  4. 4.0 4.1 (November 17, 2017). News: 11.17.17 アニメゴジラ第二章タイトルが緊急発表! Godzilla Anime. Retrieved November 16, 2017
  5. 5.0 5.1 (March 24, 2017). INTRO/STORY Godzilla Anime. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  6. Ragone, August (August 18, 2016). TOHO GEARS UP FIRST "GODZILLA" ANIME MOVIE From the Makers of "Gargantia" & "Sidonia" Blogspot. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  7. (January 19, 2017). Gen Urobuchi's Godzilla Anime Film Reveals 6 Main Cast Members, Concept Art Image Anime News Network. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  8. @GODZILLA_ANIME (February 24, 2017). 【AJ2017まであと30日】3/25(土)、26(日)開催の「AnimeJapan 2017」に『GODZILLA』は26日のREDステージで登場!ステージ上で初解禁される情報もご用意。COUNTDOWN企画として、新規コンセプトアートを解禁します!#anigodzi Twitter. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  9. @GODZILLA_ANIME (March 6, 2017).【AJ2017まであと20日】「AnimeJapan 2017」REDステージ(3/26)に『GODZILLA』は登場! 本日は初期イメージラフスケッチをお見せします。数々の名作で美術監督を務めてきた本作のプロダクションデザイナーが企画初期に描いたものです。#anigodzi Twitter. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  10. Whitbrook, James (March 13, 2017). Godzilla's First Anime Movie Is Coming to Netflix Gizmodo. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  11. @GODZILLA_ANIME (March 16, 2017).【AJ2017まであと10日】いよいよ新情報発表まで10日を切りました!カウントダウン企画第3弾は再び「コンセプトアート」です。アニメジャパンまで少しづつ映画の世界観をお伝えしていきます。引き続き、劇場公開映画『GODZILLA』の新着情報をお楽しみに!#anigodzi Twitter. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  12. @GODZILLA_ANIME (March 22, 2017).【AJ2017まであと5日】いよいよ新情報発表まで5日を切りました!カウントダウン企画第4弾の「コンセプトアート」です。TOHO animationブース(東6ホール:J82)ではキービジュアルの大型バナー展示や本編登場の巨大メカニックの再現展示も!!#anigodzi Twitter. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  13. (March 24, 2017). News: 2017.03.24 Godzilla Anime. Retrieved May 5, 2017
  14. @GODZILLA_ANIME (June 12, 2017). 『シン・ゴジラ』から”アニメゴジラ”へ。アニメーション映画『GODZILLA 怪獣惑星』のゴジラビジュアル(一部)がついに解禁!二万年の進化を果たした歴代最大のゴジラ、ここに誕生!!。「絶望は進化する」というフレーズと共に、そこに存在するゴジラ、圧巻です。#アニゴジ Twitter. Retrieved June 12, 2017
  15. (July 30, 2017). GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Press Notes From Toho SciFi Japan. Retrieved July 31, 2017
  16. @GormaruIsland (August 11, 2017). An official 2 Meter GODZILLA (Monster Planet/Planet of the Monsters) Statue is currently in the works. Facebook. Retrieved August 13, 2017
  17. @GODZILLA_ANIME (August 11, 2017). 本日はとある場所に来ています。なんと現在『GODZILLA 怪獣惑星』に登場する2Mゴジラ立像を制作中なんです!そして片塰造形監督による色彩チェック中。アニメゴジラの全貌にご期待ください!!#アニゴジ Twitter. Retrieved August 13, 2017
  18. (August 21, 2017). News: 2017.8.21 - セブンネット限定でオリジナルグッズ付前売り券の発売決定! Godzilla Anime. Retrieved October 27, 2017
  19. (October 2, 2017). News: 2017.10.02 - アニゴジ初のノベライズ決定!『GODZILLA 怪獣黙示録』10/25(水)に発売!! Godzilla Anime. Retrieved October 27, 2017
  20. (October 4, 2017). News: 2017.10.04 - アニゴジ主題歌決定!!稀代の才能を持つ新人女性ヴォーカル、XAIが異例の大抜擢!! Godzilla Anime. Retrieved October 27, 2017
  21. (October 4, 2017). News: 2017.10.06 - アニゴジ、上野に上陸! Godzilla Anime. Retrieved October 27, 2017
  22. (October 7, 2017). INVESTIGATION REPORT Godzilla Anime. Retrieved October 27, 2017
  23. (October 12, 2017). News: 2017.10.12 - アニゴジ音楽担当は「HERO」「真田丸」の服部隆之に決定! Godzilla Anime. Retrieved October 27, 2017
  24. Schilling, Mark (November 20, 2017). Japan Box Office: ‘It’ Climbs to Number One in Third Weekend Variety. Retrieved November 21, 2017
  25. Ashcraft, Brian (November 17, 2017). The New Anime Godzilla Movie Is Pretty Good Kotaku. Retrieved November 21, 2017
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