Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle

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Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKobun Shizuno
Hiroyuki Seshita
Produced byTakashi Yoshizawa
Written byGen Urobuchi
StarringMamoru Miyano
Takahiro Sakurai
Tomokazu Sugita
Yuki Kaji
Junichi Suwabe
Music byTakayuki Hattori
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18) (Japan)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle[2] (GODZILLA 決戦機動増殖都市, Gojira: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi, also known as Godzilla Part 2: City on the Edge of Battle)[3] is a 2018 Japanese computer-animated science fiction kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced by Toho Animation and animated by Polygon Pictures, in association with Netflix. It is the 33rd film in the Godzilla franchise, the 31st Godzilla film produced by Toho, and the second entry in the anime trilogy. It is a sequel to Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters and is co-directed by Kōbun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita. The film was released theatrically in Japan on May 18, 2018 and released worldwide on Netflix on July 18, 2018.

Plot[edit]

Following the events of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, the Aratrum is unable to contact Haruo and the rest after their encounter with the original Godzilla. The Captain orders that if drones do not find survivors by forty-eight hours, the Aratrum will withdraw from Earth.

Haruo Sakaki is rescued by a native girl named Miana and has his wounds treated with a strange powder. She belongs to an indigenous tribe called the "Houtua", surviving descendants of humans. The Houtua recover Haruo's surviving team and hold them for questioning. Miana and her twin sister Maina use telepathy to communicate with their guests to understand their reasons for burning their lands.

After the Houtua realize the group was after Godzilla, the twins inform Haruo that their god was destroyed by Godzilla and left behind an egg. With an understanding that Haruo is waging war against Godzilla and not the Houtua, they are released, but the twins accompany them as both protective guides and observers. The group is attacked by a swarm of wormlike creatures, but they are able to fight them off with the twins' help. During the fight, Galu-Gu realizes that the twins' arrowheads are laced with "nanometal", a remnant of Mechagodzilla. They are then attacked by a pack of Servums, but Metphies arrives with some other survivors and drives them off.

Galu-Gu explains that the nanotechnology that built Mechagodzilla somehow survived and in the past 20,000 years, it has steadily self-replicated and expanded itself. With this fact, the Bilusaludo tell Haruo and the rest that they can win against Godzilla with the nanometal, which prompts Haruo and the rest of the crew to remain on Earth and continue the original plan to defeat Godzilla. They manage to make contact with the Aratrum, which takes the few crew members who wished to leave and agrees to stay in orbit. Tracing the source of an energy signature they detected, they discover the nano-materials have rebuilt the former facility that held Mechagodzilla, which Galu-Gu dubs as "Mechagodzilla City".

The twins part ways, but warn Haruo that the nanometal is toxic; the Bilusaludo assure the group that the technology is harmless to them. The team soon discovers that even though Mechagodzilla was destroyed, half of its head survived and has reconstructed and expanded the original facility it was held in. Galu-Gu manages to gain access to Mechagodzilla's surviving brain and has it build all necessary materials for them to use in order to trap Godzilla within the city, then cover it with nanometal, before finishing it off with EMP harpoons. While overseeing the construction, Yuko confesses her feelings for Haruo and kisses him.

Godzilla awakens and quickly advances on the city, which forces Galu-Gu to sacrifice the city's defenses in order to divert power to finish building the harpoon. Haruo, Yuko, and Belu-be battle Godzilla with aerial Vulture suits in order to slow it down. The trio managed to hold Godzilla long enough for the city to complete its construction and proceed to lure Godzilla into the trap. Godzilla survives the attack and overheats the facility. Galu-Gu refuses to lose and decides to fuse with the nanometal.

While the remaining Bilusaludo embrace the fusion, the humans are appalled by it and escape the city. The three Vultures begin to fuse with their pilots, against Yuko's will. To Galu-Gu's bewilderment, the nanometal seems to have no effect on Haruo and fails to assimilate him. Metphies warns Haruo that if it is not stopped, Mechagodzilla City will consume the entire planet. Galu-Gu argues that in order to defeat Godzilla, they must become greater than humanity. Haruo is conflicted, but ultimately chooses to win the battle with his humanity intact. He destroys the command center, along with Galu-Gu, which deactivates the nanometal but sets Godzilla free, who proceeds to destroy the city. Haruo tends to Yuko, who is unable to wake from her comatose state, while the surviving humans hide in a cave with Metphies as everything burns around them.

In a post-credits scene that flashes back to an earlier scene, Metphies explains to Haruo that a monster, more powerful than Godzilla, destroyed his planet, and reveals that the monster's name is "Ghidorah".

Voice cast[edit]

Characters Japanese[2] English[3][4]
Haruo Sakaki Mamoru Miyano Chris Niosi
Metphies Takahiro Sakurai Lucien Dodge
Yuko Tani Kana Hanazawa Cristina Vee
Martin Lazzari Tomokazu Sugita Edward Bosco
Adam Bindewald Yuki Kaji Robbie Daymond
Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu Junichi Suwabe Taylor Henry
Maina Reina Ueda Kendall Gimbi
Miana Ari Ozawa Rachelle Heger
Rilu-Elu Belu-be Kenta Miyake Rich Brown
Unberto Mori Kenyu Horiuchi
Halu-Elu Dolu-do Kazuya Nakai Doug Stone
Endurph Kazuhiro Yamaji Joe Ochman

Production[edit]

The second installment in the anime trilogy was announced in a second post-credits scene in the theatrical release of the film revealing the film's Japanese title, poster featuring Mechagodzilla and the film's 2018 release date. The film's Japanese title was revealed as Gojira: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (translations varied from Godzilla: Battle Mobile Breeding City to Godzilla: The City Mechanized for the Final Battle),[5][6] while the English title was later revealed as Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle.[7] In March 2018, the film's official website revealed a new poster, plot details, and that singer XAI would return to perform the film's theme song The Sky Falls.[8] The English dub was produced by Post Haste Digital.[4]

Music[edit]

Takayuki Hattori returned to compose the soundtrack, marking it his fourth Godzilla film score. XAI also returned to perform the film's theme song The Sky Falls. On his work on the film, Hattori stated:

"18 years after Godzilla 2000, I am glad to be back in the world of the new Godzilla which was opened by Shin Godzilla. This is the first animated film in the history of Godzilla, and I am excited to be able to take on the challenge while at the same time I feel it is a very big mission. I think this will be a Godzilla movie that you can’t possibly imagine. I expressed in music my own feelings about the characters and the overwhelming presence of Godzilla created by the two directors, Mr. Shizuno and Mr. Seshita." - Takayuki Hattori, Toho Press Notes[2]

Release[edit]

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle was given a theatrical release in Japan on May 18, 2018[5] and released worldwide on Netflix on July 18, 2018.[9]

Box office[edit]

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle was released in 158 theaters in Japan and reached eighth place at the box office.[10] The film earned ¥100 million on its first week.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Naoya Fujita from IGN gave the film a 4.5 rating, indicating a "bad" rating, stating, "Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle takes some promising ingredients, but cooks them into an unpalatable meal. We never really understand what the protagonists are fighting for, and there's not even a satisfying scene of urban destruction (a Godzilla staple). It fails both emotionally and viscerally."[12] James Grebey from Inverse called the film "bleakly pointless", stating the film is "extremely self-serious, depressing and fairly light on fun" and called the film "the biggest bummer in Godzilla’s filmography."[13]

James Perkins from HeyUGuys gave the film 3 stars out of 5, stating the film is "neither the best or worst iteration of the Godzilla franchise but is most definitely made with the intention of trying something new but adding a heavy sci-fi and futuristic element to the famous monster."[14] Jeff Pawlak from Geekiverse awarded the film 5.5 out of 10, feeling that the film had "great ideas" with an "interesting setting" but felt the CG animation was "ugly as ever", felt the film lacked complex characters and action, stating "City on the Edge of Battle completely mishandles the pass from Planet of the Monsters, failing to adequately explore the worthwhile worldbuilding it introduces, or that its predecessor introduced."[15]

Sequel[edit]

In May 2018, a teaser poster was released for the third and final film in the anime trilogy, titled Godzilla: The Planet Eater. The poster also hints at the appearance of King Ghidorah, whose name is spoken within the movie, and revealed the film is scheduled for a November 9, 2018 release.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ゴジラ決戦機動増殖都市
  2. ^ a b c "Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Press Notes From Toho". SciFi Japan. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Debuts Worldwide on Netflix July 18th". SciFi Japan. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Aiken, Keith (July 11, 2018). "Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle English Dub Credits". SciFi Japan. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Schilling, Mark (November 16, 2017). "Toho to Make Second and Third 'Godzilla' Animation Movies". Variety. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "2nd Godzilla Anime Film Teases Mechagodzilla Before May Debut". Anime News Network. November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Anime Film Reveals Story, Visual, XAI Theme Song". Anime News Network. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Chapman, Paul (March 19, 2018). "Mechagodzilla Launches in New "Godzilla" Anime Film Key Visual". Crunchyroll. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (July 5, 2018). "Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Coming to Netflix Very, Very Soon". Dread Central. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Pineda, Rafael (May 22, 2018). "Godzilla Opens at #8, Detective Conan Stays at #1". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  11. ^ 『アニゴジ2』興行収入は?最新ランキングや動員数は?
  12. ^ Fujita, Naoya (July 17, 2018). "Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Review". IGN. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  13. ^ Grebey, James (July 19, 2018). "'Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle' Is the Most Depressing Godzilla Film". Inverse. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  14. ^ Perkins, James (July 23, 2018). "Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Review". HeyUGuys. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  15. ^ Pawlak, Jeff (July 23, 2018). "Godzilla: City On The Edge of Battle Review". Geekiverse. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  16. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (May 17, 2018). "Posters Suggests Ghidorah Coming to Godzilla Anime". Dread Central. Retrieved May 18, 2018.

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