|“||Why have we become so miserable? Was it inevitable? A justified punishment? No. The reason we're suffering is because we lost to that bastard. We didn't fight to the end, but gave up and ran away.||„|
— Haruo, speaking to Metphies.
Mamoru Miyano (Japanese)
Haruo Sakaki (ハルオ・サカキ役?) is the main protagonist of the 2017 Godzilla film, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, and its 2018 sequels, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, and Godzilla: The Planet Eater.
Haruo holds the appearance of a young man, possessing a pale complexion. His eyes are a light shade of brown, and his hair is a dark grayish blue. His body build is average.
Haruo is initially depicted as reckless in the film's intro, willing to put the Aratrum's entire population at risk over his idea that the Central Committee was seemingly willing to kill the elderly for the sake of resource conservation.
His reckless nature was shown again when he attempted to kamikaze Godzilla Filius with his hovercraft to activate its shielding, before being stopped by Eliott Leland's actions. He would later be saddened by Eliott's subsequent death and would acknowledge how Leland gave up his own life for the information that'd lead to Godzilla's defeat.
Haruo was also shown as revenge driven over Godzilla's actions, as they killed his parents. His drive for revenge changed during the film's events, where his want to stop Godzilla extends past himself, as he shifts to wanting to stop Godzilla for the sake of humanity, and all they lost, over just his own personal gain.
In spite of his recklessness and revenge driven natures, Haruo also showed compassion and care for his allies, and even in dangerous operations, tried to ensure their safety. This was prevalent when Haruo ordered the pilots of diversionary landing craft to abandon ship provided they were targeted by Godzilla. This would later be seen again as Haruo would attempt to distract Godzilla Earth so others could escape.
Neither Haruo and Godzilla Earth and Filius share a literal relationship, however, Haruo has a clear disdain for the monsters, repeatedly referring to both as "bastards". He also made the initial attack on Filius, clearly vengeful in his actions. Upon Godzilla Earth's awakening in the ending of Planet of the Monsters, Haruo intended to make an attack on the monster once more, to distract it, and when this failed, vowed to kill it.
During City on the Edge of Battle, Haruo acknowledged that his obsession with Godzilla seemingly hinged on a grudge, and regretted bringing others into the fray over it. In addition, as the Bilusaludo forced nanometal to assimilate him and his friend, Yuko, his priorities would shift, and he'd put his friends ahead of Godzilla, opting to stop the nanometal himself rather than take the chance to kill Godzilla. He did this under the notion of wanting to stop Godzilla as a human, rather than becoming the very thing they were attempting to stop.
Metphies and Haruo share a pretty close friendship, with Metphies showing a clear adoration of Haruo's determination in wanting to defeat Godzilla. Haruo would initially dismiss this as overestimation on Metphies' part.
The two also began the film having a debate on the merits of Haruo's efforts in utilizing stolen data given to him by Metphies, and while the two disagreed on humanity's ability to defeat Godzilla, there wasn't inherent hostility present. A large contrast to Eliott and Haruo's disagreement later on, which would result in a physical scuffle.
Haruo and Metphies would develop their friendship to a point where Metphies entrusted Haruo with the name of a terrifying monster lurking somewhere in space, a name the Exif did not say carelessly, as they felt the word had that much strength.
Haruo and Eliott share a brief conversation as landing craft initially make their way to the Earth's surface. At one point Haruo remarks that Leland is just like he was when he was a kid, implying the two share a long history, however, this is never explored.
Later, upon Eliott's plan to retreat, Haruo becomes physically confrontational in anger, calling Elliot a coward.
In spite of their rocky relationship, Haruo would remember Eliott in a brief flashback pertaining to the people who got him to where he was, shortly before making the choice to destroy Mechagodzilla City's control station.
Yuko shares a basic relationship with Haruo, and the two briefly interacted in the film. Yuko was shown having a hard time calling Haruo by his name over his rank. The two were also the few to discuss whether or not the explosion of the landing ship containing the elderly was truly an accident. While Haruo became more angry at the idea it was truly a malicious action, Yuko seemed skeptical about the scenario.
In City on the Edge of Battle, the relationship between Haruo and Yuko would be furthered, with Yuko showing much more loyalty to Haruo due to his determination. Haruo would later promise her they'd win the fight against Godzilla, so he could show her Earth as it once was, and Yuko would kiss him for a brief time.
Their relationship meant enough to Haruo that he was willing to not only kill his friends and allies to save her, but also destroy Mechagodzilla and the nanometal making it up, the only known hope of stopping Godzilla. This would be in vain ultimately, and Haruo was visibly distraught upon seeing her comatose.
Haruo's relationship with Miana was basic, and the two would barely personally interact past saying each other's names. Haruo would, however, jump in between her and his allies to avoid one of them shooting her during their first reuniting.
Additionally, Haruo, alongside Martin would be one of the few to interact with the two on his own accord, speaking with her to tell them of their mission, with the duo sharing information on how they saw Mechagodzilla City as poison.
Haruo is introduced, having confined himself to a ship with explosives on board, demanding to leave Tau-e, and abandon the emigration project, immediately. He threatens to detonate the explosives on board, provided the crew doesn't listen, as the planet's uninhabitable, and people will be killed by attempting to live on it.
He accuses the Committee of coercing the elderly into accepting the plan, with the motive of reducing the population on board, and thus those the crew needs to take care of, given dwindling supplies. Haruo broadcasts the conversation on an open channel, allowing everyone, including Yuko Tani to overhear the exchange. Haruo then states he'll give a one hour period for the ship to change course, before detonating the explosives present.
Daichi Tani then messages Haruo, demanding he stops what he's doing, insisting the volunteers of the operation made the choice on their own accord, rather than being coerced, as they, the elderly, felt they were at their limit for waiting, even if the younger generation present may be able to withstand it. He then attempts to reassure the distraught Haruo, and states he'd much rather die with his feet planted on the ground, on any planet.
Haruo is then incarcerated, and the landing craft proceeds out of the Aratrum as planned. As the ship enters the atmosphere of the planet, it suddenly blows up, killing everyone on board, and leaving Haruo screaming in anguish.
The film then flashbacks to events before the present day, when Haruo was a child. As he watches craft departing from the docks nearby, he asks where his mother and father are. He's told they'll catch up soon, and is pointed to the arrival buses, which are on a nearby road. Godzilla then suddenly arrives, with everyone panicking, causing Haruo to drop his dog tag, which has a flower engraved in it.
Haruo then watches as Godzilla destroys the nearby ships at the docks, with the massive explosion destroying everything nearby, including the buses transporting his parents. He's then seen on the Aratrum, departing the planet, which he describes as its own hell, compared to the Godzilla-ruled Earth.
Haruo then wakes up, obviously disturbed, with Metphies by his side, who questions him on a potential nightmare. Metphies then speaks up on how its his job to listen to prisoner confessions, and gives Haruo a data chip possessing information Haruo wants. Haruo speaks up on whether or not Metphies could get into trouble for giving him said data, to which the latter speaks up about admiring his enthusiasm. Metphies then retorts, and questions Haruo on why he wants the data. Haruo begins to go on about how humanity's suffering was caused by Godzilla, and expresses a distaste for running from the monster instead of fighting.
Metphies speaks, saying they had no way to fight the monster, with Haruo stating he'll prove that wrong, with the right strategy. Metphies in turn, finds it curious that Haruo, in spite of all the trauma he and his generation endured at the hands of the monster, wants to seemingly see the creature again, and leaves him in his cell. He takes the data Haruo had been tinkering with, with him, data on Godzilla's hypothetical weaknesses, and thus begins spreading it through the ship anonymously.
Later on, Haruo is released, following confirmation of Godzilla's survival on Earth, and the talks of dealing with him as put forth by Metphies and the once anonymous thesis. Haruo briefs the crew on what Godzilla's capable of, biologically, bringing up its shield system, and its electromagnetic pulse functions, and potential counters. The plan involves locating and destroying the amplifying organ of Godzilla's shield, before using either a close range assault, or the use of EMP probes which would result in self-destruction by destroying Godzilla from within. Said operation would require around 600 people. The operation's ruled out by one crew member, before, humorously preparations are made to land on the surface.
Eliott Leland gives a rousing speech, before being spoken to by Haruo, who inquires why it felt like he wanted to pick a fight with the Committee. Leland speaks on how a new hero would rise if they defeated Godzilla, to which Haruo speaks on how Eliott's just like he was as a kid. Shortly after, Metphies reassures Haruo's nervousness with hoping all goes to plan by stating all will be okay as long as they have a hero to guide them. When Haruo asks if he's a Leland sympathizer, Metphies states he put his hope in Haruo, not Eliott.
Once they arrive on the planet, Haruo is paired with Yuko Tani for a scouting mission, and the two, alongside a small group which includes Martin Lazzari, venture around the surrounding areas. Yuko and Haruo speak for a brief time, where Haruo states that he doesn't believe the Committee was corrupt to send elderly people to their deaths, knowingly, and states that they must fight Godzilla to reclaim the dignity they lost in running from him.
Haruo later encounters the remnants of past civilizations on the planet and is overcome with emotions, seeing that the planet didn't forget them in spite of their absence. He would then return with the group following the surprise Servum attack. Once the attack pushed Leland into wanting to retreat, Haruo became aggressive, pushing him against a wall and calling him a coward. Metphies then went on to break down the new plan, piece by piece, which showed it was already almost identical to Haruo's older plan, and still involved a trek through Godzilla's territory. Eliott simply told Metphies they would take no action to draw out Godzilla.
The crew would later board one of the salvageable landing crafts, and begin the flight across Godzilla's territory, attempting to move quickly to avoid detection. However, Godzilla would arise shortly after and the ensuing panic would cause the already unstable landing craft to stall and crash. Haruo would then be relieved of his cuffs by Metphies, and rush to the vehicle bay, before mounting a hovercraft and exiting the crashed craft, moving to attack Godzilla to learn how its shields work. Once small arms fire does nothing to spark the shield's activation, Haruo attempts to kamikaze the craft into Godzilla, only for Leland to rain artillery fire down on Godzilla's back, providing the information at the cost of his life, as Godzilla fires a beam at Leland's vehicle, obliterating it.
Haruo then organizes a plan to defeat and destroy Godzilla, utilizing a hovercraft squad distraction, and the use of the remaining landing craft's bombs to quicken the pace of the conflict by diverting Godzilla's path with the use of a bombing run. Eventually, Godzilla's lured into the trap, and strategically placed explosives collapse the canyon walls around the monster, and bury him to his head in rock.
After utilizing artillery to destroy Godzilla's dorsal plates, Haruo utilized his power suit to bury an EMP probe in the monster's hide, before artillery kept firing to ensure Godzilla's regeneration couldn't rebuild his dorsal plates, and allow his shield to recharge. Yuko and the rest of the power suit squad then join in the fight and help Haruo secure their own EMP probes in Godzilla's hide, which burrow into the monster's skin, cause the electromagnetic waves within the monster to become erratic, which in turn destroys him, causing him to violently explode.
The next morning, Haruo and Martin speak on the defeat of Godzilla, with the latter stating he didn't think the defeated monster was the original, hypothesizing it was an offspring of the original. While Haruo's apprehensive, he's content with the knowledge that they have an effective counter against Godzilla, provided another one rises again.
Shortly afterwards, earthquakes rock the region, and the original Godzilla awakens, blindsiding the remainder of Haruo's forces, and destroying some evacuating vehicles. Haruo attempts to stay behind to distract the monster, but an attack from Godzilla incapacitates Haruo, who then blacks out shortly after.
Haruo was eventually taken under the wing of a native human female from the planet.
Following Godzilla's attack, and Haruo's slip into unconsciousness, he woke up in a hut, covered in glowing powder. After checking his comms and donning his suit once again, he attempts to exit the hut, only to stumble into the same girl who saved him, startling her and causing her to dash off. Haruo follows her out of the area and into the surrounding forest, attempting to catch her, but realizes that if he chases her, she'll just keep running. Subsequently, he stops and begins trying to relocate his friends.
After some searching, he stumbles upon a swamp, which he wanders into. The girl, stuttering out a warning gets Haruo's attention, and despite his confusion, she helps him out of the swamp. The two try to communicate, with the girl stumbling on Haruo's name, before she runs off after a high-pitched noise occurs. Haruo runs after her and later stumbles into the remnants of a group of his friends, before stepping between Miana and them to avoid further conflict. As more Houtua surround the group, the group stands down and follows them.
Following this, Haruo would meet up with Martin and Galu-gu, alongside more from a separate group of survivors in the Houtua's encampment. The two groups would question the Houtua's intentions, with Haruo pondering where Metphies was, as he was nowhere to be found. Maina would then arrive, and the group would be lead to a large chamber, where Miana and Maina would act as conduits for telepathic communications.
Haruo would act as the primary speaker for the remnants of their group, defending their actions, apologizing for inadvertently attacking the twins, and stating their intent to defeat Godzilla, much to the surprise of the Houtua around them. The twins simultaneously express how they feel the group is non-hostile to them, but how they will not be able to defeat Godzilla, stating their past god had been defeated, leaving only an egg. Shortly thereafter, the group is let go.
As the group trudged back to their meeting place within the Houtua caves, Martin would speak to Galu-gu and Haruo on both Godzilla, and the Houtua. This involved the former's supreme dominance on the planet, resulting in wildlife mimicry, and the latter's surprising amount of culture, despite their primitive appearance. Later, Marco would confront Haruo, stating he was the reason they got into their predicament in the first place. Belu-be would be the first to speak up for Haruo, and while Adam would be doubtful they could stop Godzilla, the Bilusaludo stated they would eventually come up with a plan, much like that used against the prior Godzilla, regardless of size.
The group would later fully leave the Houtua's quarters, but not before speaking to the two twins, thanking them and the chief for their hospitality. The duo would request they come along, much to the Bilusaludo's skepticism, but Haruo would agree, with the group venturing into the nearby forest in search of a landing ship.
As the trek into the forest progressed, Haruo would make the distinction between the twins, figuring out Maina tends to frown, compared to her sister. As the two groups interacted, Yuko would end up ensnared in the swamp vines Haruo had seen earlier. Rushing to her aid, Haruo, his friends, and the Houtua would kill the worm and flying-type Servum that descended upon them, with Metphies arriving shortly afterwards.
As everyone regroups by a landing craft, Metphies sends out an SOS to the Aratrum, and Haruo then speaks to the survivors, explaining that the Bilusaludo have a plan to win, involving nanometal obtained from the corpse of Mechagodzilla, once thought lost. Haruo's words rouse all but three survivors, who end up flying back to the Aratrum, and with the twins as their guide, Haruo and those remaining on the ground follow them to the source of the nanometal.
Martin and Haruo would speak up on the Houtua, with the former bringing up the idea that the race had some genetic relation to Godzilla. However, a signal would be detected shortly after, with the group finding an exit from the cave system they were in. Arriving outside, the group was beset upon by Servum, who were quickly put down by large, nanometallic spires, revealing that the nanometal's source came from a massive city complex: Mechagodzilla City.
Before entering the city, Haruo would thank the twins once more, who would deem the location sinister, and poison, much to the confusion of Metphies, before leaving. Once the group journeyed into the city, Haruo would come upon the corpses of multiple Houtua, consumed by nanometal, much to the surprise of everyone, before moving into a large chamber containing the physical body of Mechagodzilla with everyone else. Belu-be would activate it, and rebuild the command structure out of the city's nanometal.
Later that night, Haruo would explain the plan to defeat Godzilla, alongside Galu-gu. The reveal of the Vulture then occurs, with its use being that of a provoking method, to lure Godzilla into a nanometal laced deathtrap made from the city. With the plan, being a retread of the one to kill Filius, now explained, Haruo would take part in a Vulture's test run, with Yuko piloting the first mech.
Following the successful test, Haruo and Yuko would talk, personally, and Yuko would express her desire to follow Haruo wherever he goes, due to what he's taught her. The conversation ends as Haruo's racked with a brief chest pain, before he ends up sitting alone. Martin later speaks with Haruo on the effects of the nanometal, which is having negative effects on the city's soldiers, specifically those who're healed by the Houtua's powder. When questioned on if he was alright, Haruo affirms he is, and strides off to meet Metphies.
Metphies, having made a cave-based workshop outside of the city, talks with Haruo. Both speak on their skepticism of the nanometal, before Haruo questions Metphies on the fate of his home planet. The latter confirms it was destroyed by monsters as well, and he shares the name of the monster responsible with Haruo: Ghidorah.
After this, Haruo meets back up with Yuko, and the two speak on the Bilusaludo and the Exif. When Haruo appears aloof, Yuko questions him on it, and Haruo states that he isn't lost, and is dead set on stopping Godzilla. Here, he also promises that Yuko will see Earth as it once was, once their mission's complete. Yuko then kisses Haruo, and the two walk back to the city's interior.
Godzilla then awakens once more, and Haruo meets up with the two Bilusaludo on the city's preparation for a battle. Galu-gu informs Haruo on the Vulture's capabilities and the newly developed EMP harpoon, before Adam Bindewald storms in, frantically shouting about the nanometal's seemingly "crazed" state, as it's assimilated some Bilusaludo. Galu-gu assures them all is fine, and Haruo states that this is unforgivable. Galu-gu then asks Haruo if he wishes to win against Godzilla, and when Haruo presses Galu-gu on the potential intent to give rise to a new figurative Godzilla, the latter states that he sees Godzilla as an achievement, and the lack of control over it as the true failure. As the spat grows in intensity, Yuko stands up for the Bilusaludo, stating the assimilation with nanometal is voluntary, and not forced.
As the gas generated by the city dissipates to force energy to fortification creation, Godzilla begins to march on the city, and Haruo orders everyone to prepare for battle. Following a heat ray attack on the city, Haruo, Yuko, and Belu-be all take up the Vultures in order to distract Godzilla. A large engagement then takes place, with the three managing to lure Godzilla into a trap, leading to the monster's incapacitated state by the harpoon's overload, however, the lack of an explosion and generation of a heat bubble in its place stumps everyone involved.
It's determined that Godzilla is attacking the city by generating heat, and the three Vultures then begin to resume their attack on Godzilla, attempting to get it to shoot another heat ray for a successful overload. When this fails, the now assimilated Galu-gu forces Haruo and Yuko into being overtaken by the nanometal. When Haruo angrily confronts the two, Belu-be simply states that he feels Haruo of all people should understand why they did it, given he hates Godzilla as much as they do.
Metphies then contacts Haruo, who discovers he's immune to the nanometal. The former states that the nanometal's being controlled by Galu-gu in a control station that's highlighted to Haruo's HUD, and that stopping it will stop its encroachment on not only Yuko, but the rest of the planet. When the Bilusaludo and Metphies debate the merits of either decision, Godzilla's shield begins to recharge, showing resuming activity.
Haruo, opting to take Metphies' side, descends to Galu-gu's position, Yuko in tow, and orders him to stop the nanometal, stating that in stopping Godzilla, they shouldn't lose their humanity and become the very thing they intend to destroy. Galu-gu retorts by stating that stopping Godzilla is now outside of the realm of a mere human's accomplishment, and orders him to steel his resolve, to stop Godzilla and be a part of something bigger than himself.
After a moment of hesitation and reflection, Haruo aims his Vulture's weaponry at Galu-gu, and in spite of Belu-be's pleads to stop, begins to open fire, killing Galu-gu, Belu-be, and destroying Mechagodzilla. Haruo then flies off with Yuko as Godzilla begins to burn the remnants of the city to the ground, and lets out a distraught scream of despair as Yuko seemingly perishes from the nanometal.
Haruo will play a role in the finale to the anime Godzilla trilogy.
- Haruo was named after Haruo Nakajima, the original Godzilla suit actor who portrayed the character from 1954 to 1972.
List of appearances
- Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (First appearance)
- Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle
- Godzilla: The Planet Eater