Godzilla Anime Movie Announced for 2017

Godzilla Anime Animated Movie 2017
(Photo: Polygon Pictures)

Godzilla has made a worldwide cultural resurgence, thanks to a rebooted Hollywood movie franchise, an upcoming crossover film with King Kong, and even a new film from the original Godzilla movie studio, Toho, that's actually titled Godzilla: Resurgence. We can add animation to the new wave of Godzilla properties, as a Godzilla anime has been announced for 2017 release.

The film will be written by Gen Urobuchi and directed by Kobun Shizuno, and will be animated by Polygon Studios, the company behind the Transformers Prime series. An official title for the film has not been released yet, but an official website is now live.

From the concept art included above, it looks as though the premise for the film will be some kind of explorer team reaching some unknown pocket of the planet (Monster Island?) and having to encounter the beast(s) that live there. Pretty much the standard Kaiju flick formula (If it ain't broke...)

The animated format will give the filmmakers a lot more room to bring additional monsters from the Godzilla universe to life, and hopefully fans will get to see a few of their favorites featured in the film (Mothra FTW!). It being an anime movie, we can also get rougher and bloodier with the monster action, so fans should have a fair amount of anticipation to see Godzilla (and Co.) truly wreck some sh*t.

Godzilla Anime Monster Island
(Photo: Toho)

Meanwhile, Toho's Japanese live-action film Godzilla: Resurgence is already killing it at the Japanese box office, while Hollywood's Godzilla reboot sequel is still moving ahead for March 2019 release (without director Gareth Edwards); Godzilla vs. King Kong will arrive in summer 2020. All in all, it's a good time to be a Godzilla fan.

Look for the Godzilla anime in 2017 (and imported for US audiences sometime after that).