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Godzilla Anime Trilogy Directors Respond to Backlash

Godzilla Anime Trilogy Directors Respond to Backlash

So far Polygon's Godzilla anime trilogy has been a divisive experience for fans. Although the upcoming Godzilla: The Planet Eater is enjoying some good early buzz, the former film, City on the Edge of Battle, came under fire for failing to deliver MechaGodzilla as advertised. The movie had some great ideas comparing religion with technological assimilation, but the characters and story development left much to be desired.

However, co-directors Hiroyuki Seshita and Kobun Shizuno stick to their guns, enjoying the criticism. They confirm the divisiveness was intentional. “We welcome getting bashed by the traditionalists,” said Seshita, an avid Godzilla fan. “That proves more than anything we succeeded in creating something different.”

“I’m not a Godzilla expert," Shizuno added. "And so I simply made a film I thought would be enjoyable.”

You can read more of their comments on their anime trilogy here.

Godzilla: The Planet Eater will continue the exploration of faith and religion in the face of the apocalypse, but it's also considered a more action packed entry in the trilogy. The movie opens in Japan on November 3rd, 2018 -- Godzilla's 64th Anniversary.

The film stars the voice talents of Mamoru Miyano (Mobile Suit Gundam 00Ultraman Zero: The Movie), Takahiro Sakurai (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans), Kana Hanazawa (.hack//Quantum), Yuki Kaji (Attack on Titan), Tomokazu Sugita (Attack on Titan), Junichi Suwabe (Space Dandy), Kenta Miyake (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn), Kenyu Horiuchi (BleachOne Piece), Kazuhiro Yamaji (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Kazuya Nakai (Dragon Ball Super) and Ari Ozawa (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun). The film is directed by Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare) & Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia) from a screenplay by Gen Urobuchi (Kamen Rider Gaim).

The film's prequels, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters and
Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle are currently streaming on Netflix worldwide.
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This article was written By G. H. (Gman) and published on 2018-10-31 06:18:15

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5 Fan responses to Godzilla Anime Trilogy Directors Respond to Backlash

TheGMan123

Oct-31-2018 5:29 PM

It's refreshing to see the filmmakers take the criticisms in stride and give some of their own thoughts on the state of things.

R Zilla

Oct-31-2018 5:51 PM

These films are average but you got to remember there trying something new we have never seen this before in a Godzilla Movie Checkout My achannel for a video about later this week

Im Durp

Nov-01-2018 12:08 PM

I hate this trend directors try to pass of criticism as though being different alone deserves some call for applause. Intentional divisiveness? That's a ludicrous statement.

godzilla3580

Nov-01-2018 2:01 PM

Yea, I agree with Durp, just the fact that something is different isn't enough. It's very possible for a film to be different and still go well with the fanbase. I think the fact that so many Godzilla fans are just "meh" about their movies is more telling than anything.

Xenotaris

Nov-18-2018 4:04 PM

@Im Durp @godzilla3580

I agree as well

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