Godzilla Stomps Back Into Comics In 2021

IDW is bringing Godzilla back into the world of comic books, and much more.

In 2010, IDW announced a partnership with TOHO Studios to make Godzilla comics. This partnership made sense, considering IDW is known for its many high quality licensed titles. The first series starring the radioactive dinosaur was Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. From there, two more ongoings were released, and a number of miniseries. Many monsters from the TOHO library were utilized, from Varan to Gezora. Godzilla: Rage Across Time was the final Godzilla series from IDW back in 2016. Since then, there have been no Godzilla comics aside from Legendary’s Godzilla: Aftershock. Next year, that is all going to change.

IDW and TOHO have announced a “multi-year publishing program” for Godzilla content. Not only is IDW planning new comic books, but also “graphic novels, trade collections, art books, coloring books, journals, tabletop games, and puzzles.” The press release mentions the Godzilla content will be wide-ranging in its audience, from casual fans to core movie watchers. In fact, IDW’s first Godzilla project in 2021 is a five-issue miniseries aimed at kids in the middle school age. It is being written by Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters Ongoing), with art by Dan Schoening and colors by Luis Antonio Delgado. The first issue hits the stands and digital storefront in April, 2021. You can view the full artwork below.

IDW’s commitment to a younger age group is certainly admirable. Thanks to the MonsterVerse, many kids have been introduced to the world of Godzilla. So, when they’re at the comic store (or on ComiXology) looking for all-ages licensed comics like My Little Pony and Sonic the Hedgehog, they have Godzilla to look forward to as well. That appears to just be the tip of the iceberg for fans. If any of IDW’s upcoming comics matches the quality of Half-Century War, or the fun of Rulers of the Earth, we are in for a treat. Then there’s the other array of content. Only Godzilla can compel me to go buy a coloring book.

2021 is a big year for Godzilla. Not only is IDW putting out new stuff, but Godzilla vs. Kong finally releases. Also, Godzilla: Singular Point hits Netflix. So, grab a snack and get ready for the kind of action only the King of the Monsters can deliver.

Source: Press Release

Godzilla Is Getting Exclusive Streetwear From Crunchyroll

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Crunchyroll Love has unveiled a limited edition streetwear collection dedicated to Godzilla.

It’s a good time for Godzilla fans. The franchise has seen a resurgence in recent years thanks to Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse and Shin Godzilla. These films have led to a wealth of new merchandise. Also, Criterion released a prestigious collection of the classic Showa era of Godzilla movies. This November (UPDATE: the film has been delayed) sees the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, a film looking to have plenty of monster destruction. Soon, Godzilla fans will be able to show their appreciation in style.

This week, Crunchyroll announced an exclusive lineup of Godzilla streetwear. The collection is being sold on Crunchyroll Love’s online store. Pre-orders are up at this link. Keep in mind once pre-orders close on June 22, the collection will not be available anymore. Also, it is only available for shipping in the United States and Canada. The collection features t-shirts, long-sleeves, hoodies, and a tote bag. Check them out in the below slideshow.

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It has been such a fantastic experience collaborating with Crunchyroll on the designs seen in the brand-new Godzilla collection, and we’re excited to bring our fans new, everyday ways to celebrate the King of the Monsters,” says Lora Cohn, the Managing Director, International Licensing of Toho International, Inc.

Godzilla fans appear to be in for a treat with this apparel. Who can say no to that cute SD Mothra? Longtime Godzilla fans will recognize the design on the black t-shirt with Godzilla, Mothra, and the Shobijin. It comes from IDW’s second Godzilla ongoing comic book series, issue #6.

Source: Crunchyroll PR

GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER Review – Where did it all go so wrong?

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It should have been epic. The Godzilla anime trilogy should have been a lot of things. The potential was there. In the first film, Planet of the Monsters, Godzilla was established as an unstoppable threat. I remember feeling in awe when he unleashed his iconic roar in the climax of the film. The actual movie wasn’t anything great, but it was decent setup. The potential was there. The sequel’s marketing hinted at a battle between Godzilla and a new Mechagodzilla. City on the Edge of Battle did not feature a Mechagodzilla throwdown, instead rehashing the battle against small machines from the first film.

City on the Edge of Battle had some neat ideas. Mechagodzilla taking over an entire city, and the Bilusaludo willing to become one with it in order to face Godzilla were interesting concepts. The problem is that these things completely took the place of why we watch Godzilla movies. In City on the Edge of Battle, Godzilla doesn’t do anything until after the first hour. That’s a bold move with a movie titled Godzilla, but maybe it could work if the climax was amazing. It wasn’t. At the very least, the poster for The Planet Eater showed Godzilla battling an intriguing new version of King Ghidorah. There is definitely a confrontation, but fans will likely be disappointed. The film itself is kind of bizarre in that it barely even feels about Godzilla at times.

Look, deep themes and meta storylines can be fascinating. Anime is home to many fantastic concepts and themes that Western animation barely touches. So, it’s certainly welcome that a Godzilla film in anime format could touch upon themes, such as what it means to be human, and the will to keep fighting. That sounds interesting, but it only works if the themes don’t overpower the kaiju element. The Planet Eater goes full on in attempting to convey something profound with its protagonist. The film is certainly thought provoking to some extent, but in the end, it got lost in its themes and forgot to be a quality movie. The ending is downbeat and out of left field, reminding everyone that this is the Haruo Sakaki saga with Godzilla just as a guest star. The after credits scene is strange in that it literally has nothing to do with Godzilla.

Now, that’s not to say everything about The Planet Eater is awful. The story, summed up, is about Metphies revealing his plan to Haruo. The Exif plans to bring King Ghidorah, a powerful space monster who the Exif worship as a god, to deliver Earth’s destruction. Haruo is of course against this, but is manipulated by Metphies in mind games. Ghidorah arrives on Earth, and Godzilla is powerless to stop him. With Haruo edging closer and closer to the end, Maina goes to the large egg and summons a familiar moth to go inside Haruo’s mind. With Haruo later back to his senses, it’s time to stop Metphies and Ghidorah’s menace…

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So, one thing that was well done was the build-up to Ghidorah. I got goosebumps when hearing the classic Ghidorah cackle. Ghidorah is treated as a god-like being, and the scene where he arrives and destroys the Aratrum was awe-inspiring. His arrival on Earth was also well done, with the animation being quite good. The encounter between him and Godzilla was, at first, interesting. Godzilla was clearly on the verge of losing, and the overall feel was that of a big climax. The problem is that the way Ghidorah was designed did not allow for a very engaging battle. It was barely even a fight as Godzilla couldn’t even touch Ghidorah until later.

The strange thing is that the film teases viewers with the classic winged Ghidorah look, but we never actually see that in the flesh. An even bigger tease was Mothra. Yes, Mothra does sort of show up – but only as a silhouette who goes inside Haruos mind. That’s her only appearance. Mothra appearing in person to help take out Ghidorah? A team-up with Godzilla, as a reference to their partnership in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Godzilla: Final Wars? Nah, none of that stuff. Instead, the film thinks we’re satisfied by Mothra being a flying shadow.

Some of the dialogue was good. The mind sequences with Haruo and Metphies were interesting, as Haruo was brought lower and lower by Metphies’ elegant vocabulary. Methphies was definitely a highlight of the trilogy, and it was great seeing him go full on calm fanatic in this movie. Haruo isn’t a terrible focus, but at this point we’ve so much of him and so little of Godzilla, that it’s hard to be engaged. It also doesn’t help that the ending was a terrible conclusion to his story.

The Houtua were interesting characters in City on the Edge of Battle, and the twins return here. One of the best sequences was Miana discovering Metphies’ alter to Ghidorah. Meanwhile, her sister, Maina has one notable scene where she goes to the Mothra egg. However, Maina is also given a rather…odd role. Haruo seems to have gotten over Yuko quickly, huh?

At this point, there isn’t too much else to be said about The Planet Eater, and the anime trilogy as a whole. Perhaps people who have never seen a Godzilla film will enjoy these more. The themes can be interesting, but they are sandwiched with dull pacing and little kaiju action. The Planet Eater teases with winged Ghidorah and Mothra, but not much happens there. Ghidorah’s “battle” with Godzilla did have some great moments, like Godzilla snapping one of the head’s jaws. But, it did leave a lot to be desired. The soundtrack was strong overall at the very least, especially when Ghidorah arrived. The Planet Eater attempts to be a deep movie, which is admirable, but in the process loses key things associated with the Godzilla saga.

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All in all, The Planet Eater is a mediocre conclusion to a mediocre trilogy. Throughout the films, there have been great moments and intriguing concepts. But, there is no satisfying endgame. Planet of the Monsters was decent setup, and City on the Edge of Battle was one overly long middle act for The Planet Eater, none of which delivered. Hopefully Godzilla’s journey into anime doesn’t end here.