Japanese production company Toho is teasing us with information over its planned Godzilla trilogy -- following the first animated Godzilla movie -- Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei (Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters) – that opened in Japan today.
Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts: According to AnimeNewsNetwork, the second movie will be titled Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (Godzilla: The City Mechanized for the Final Battle) and will re-introduce Mechagodzilla, the ultimate anti-Godzilla weapon secretly developed by humans.
The mechanical beast was first seen in the 1974 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. In that incarnation, Mechagodzilla was actually an extraterrestrial villain – but in later iterations, it's depicted as a man-made weapon designed to defend Japan from Godzilla. Either way, the supervillain has always been a mechanical doppelgänger and archenemy of the main monster himself.
Set in the year 2048, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters depicts a world that is beset by the emergence of colossal creatures that roam the earth, and king among them is Godzilla. When a space team set off on a doomed mission to find a solution, they return to Earth only to find that somehow 20,000 years have elapsed and a new ecosystem has been put in place with Godzilla at the top. Sounds like a job for Mechagodzilla, if you ask us.
The original Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla was considered such a success when it arrived in 1974 that the character was revived in 1975's Terror of Mechagodzilla. The second iteration had the added subplot of Mechagodzilla being cybernetically connected to a young woman – which is something that would definitely be interesting to explore this time around.
It was then brought back again for Toho’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II in 1993, where – after being mobilized by the Japan Self-Defense Forces – it had yet another monster tussle (this time out at sea).
It is certainly going to be an epic battle to look out for in the anime sequel.
Godzilla: The City Mechanized for the Final Battle is set to be released in Japan in May 2018 and later streamed in North America on Netflix alongside Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters.
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