Godzilla but Upsized: Godzilla: Kaijuu Wakusei

The Godzilla craze is hereeee…

I have been a sincere fan of Godzilla since childhood and I will rewatch all the old Godzilla movies made by the Japanese back then.

At first I was pretty hesitant to watch the 2014 American made one, but with Toho actively involved with the production, I lowered my guard and enjoyed it inside out. I really can’t wait for next year for the next movie. The trailer looks pretty damn dope.

Anno’s Godzilla on the other hand wasn’t really as great as I first watched it. I think that movie was WAY too political, even though it did it’s job to be as realistic as possible. Not really much action, too much monologue, too much talking.

But we are not here for to talk about the live action movies, but the anime ones instead. So far we have 2 movies in, and I will write them separately.

I marathoned both movies in one night, and I have to say, it’s pretty lit. I would say Urobutcher made me want to watch the films.

Storyline is pretty nice. Even though it’s very Urobutcher-style, but it’s rather unpredictable. I love the desperation and apocalyptic setting the movie is trying to set, it feels like Rakuen Tsuihou but more… dark.

But comparing to his previous works, this one isn’t really all that dark, but maybe because it’s still in its introductory phase, so things are rather toned down and slow.

For an 88min film, I would say they had used the time wisely, they made full use of the amount of time they had to do a proper introduction and also did enough action for me to stay put on my seat.

For an Urobutcher work, it’s pretty well made, I wasn’t expecting such a story for Godzilla, like to the scale that the Earth can be on the brink of destruction. The pacing is rather slow, but it’s still worth the watch.

 

Polygon Pictures in charge of the animations, using 3DCGI like Seikasuru Kado, Rakuen Tsuihou etc etc, still not a fan of the style, but I think I can somewhat appreciate how they rendered Godzilla into such a behemoth which I think it won’t do justice if they used 2D drawings. Character designs were decent. Colors are vivid and crisp, fitting the dark atmosphere that the movie is trying to convey.

Music did give the movie a boost in seriousness and it’s fitting.

Cast list is pretty great. Miyano Mamoru, Sakurai Takahiro, Sugita Tomokazu, Suwabe Junichi, Miyake Kenta, Hanazawa Kana, Kaji Yuki, Ono Daisuke, Kazuya Nakai, Yamaji Kazuhiro.

They pretty much did their jobs, was surprised about HanaKana being in the list. Her voice does sound a bit too gentle even though she did try to make her character sound more powerful.

Scores:

Story: 8/10

Art: 8/10

Music: 8/10

VAs: 8.5/10

Recommended? Yeah sure. I would say for those who love Godzilla can try this one, it’s near flawless for me.

2nd movie review will be out in a few days if I can find time to write.

 

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