Godzilla is one of my favorite franchises. I grew up with the original Toho films as a kid when they showed re-runs on our local channel on weekends. The American 2014 remake is a personal favorite, as it highlighted just how massive of a titan he truly was. Netflix has also been investing in the franchise, as they released the Planet of the Monsters film trilogy. Well, it looks like 2021 will be adding one more anime in the Godzilla franchise titled Godzilla: Singular Point. The series announcement also includes our first look at the characters and new Godzilla design.
Next year, the king returns. Godzilla: Singular Point is an original anime series featuring character designs by Blue Exorcist’s Kazue Kato and a new Godzilla design from legendary Ghibli animator Eiji Yamamori. pic.twitter.com/7LLJVN2W8m
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) October 6, 2020
Not going to lie, this looks fantastic. Character designer Kazue Kato is well-known for his manga Blue Exorcist and he has a very unique style that really makes the characters stand out. Eiji Yamamori, who is well-known for his work as a Ghibli animator, also reveals a very unique and detailed design for the iconic lizard. it will be interesting to see if they stick to this level of detail once they animate him. I am in general happy that they seem to be sticking to a 2D animation style, as the before-mentioned trilogy was made with a very stiff 3D animation.
The concept of a series based around Godzilla is actually nothing new. The first attempt at an American film had an animated spin-off that ran for three seasons. We even got an animated series by Hanna-Barbera that was produced together with Toho back in 1978. It will be interesting to see how they balance the characters and monster action. Of course, we will hopefully see some of the iconic monsters fight Godzilla like King Ghidorah, Destroyah, Biollante, or Hedorah. They have enough material to run for a few seasons. Hopefully, we get a trailer reveal that teases the giant in action in the coming months.