Godzilla Takes on the Mobile Game World with Three Brand New Games for iOS and Android
TOKYO, March 25, 2020 – TOHO Games, the game division of Toho Co., Ltd. today announces the 2021 worldwide release of three free-to-play Godzilla mobile games: "Run Godzilla", "Godzilla Destruction", and "Godzilla Battle Line". "Run Godzilla" will be released worldwide (excluding Japan) on March 25, 2021. The pre-registration campaigns for "Godzilla Destruction" and "Godzilla Battle Line" will begin on the same day. In anticipation of these three exciting new games, key visuals and a promo video has been unveiled.
“Toho has been deeply involved with the production process for all three games since the early planning stages,” said Keiji Ota, Director and Chief Godzilla Officer at Toho. “All the staff involved in the project have worked together to keep alive the spirit of the Godzilla series, while also creating a ‘new Godzilla’ specially for the mobile game world. Whether you play on your way to work or school, or during your time off, we hope these games will help you feel closer to Godzilla in your everyday life.”
You can visit the Twitter accounts of the Godzilla Games to pre-register and view exclusive content. Fans who pre-register via Twitter or Facebook will receive special game-related gifts through their social media account, the first of which is a social media profile pic.
“The Godzilla universe is beloved by people all over the world, regardless of age or nationality,” said Ota. “For all of Godzilla's fans, we at Toho will continue to venture into new territory to build and expand the Godzilla universe. Stand by for even more destruction!”
Godzilla’s global reach is set to expand even further this year alongside the release of the new Hollywood movie "Godzilla vs. Kong" (in US theaters and on HBO MAX on March 31, and in Japanese theaters on May 14) and upcoming anime TV series "Godzilla Singular Point".
Ota added, “The year 2021 will see the broadcast of the anime TV series "Godzilla Singular Point" and the release of the Hollywood blockbuster movie "Godzilla vs. Kong". Among all the excitement, the Godzilla brand is taking another major, monster-sized step forward by releasing three new mobile games worldwide.”
Additional details on “Godzilla Run,” “Godzilla Destruction” and “Godzilla Battle Line” can be found below.
A bizarre casual game where you raise Godzilla.
This is an idle game in which Godzilla and Kaiju become stronger while you're away. In the village, the sun rises and sets day after day. What you must remember is that Godzilla, Kaiju, and the villagers have only a limited amount of time. One day, they will say goodbye. Raise Godzilla and Kaiju well, so they are ready to say goodbye when that time comes. Don't worry! You can look back on the Godzilla you've raised even after they're gone. Pass on their abilities to the next generation and raise even stronger Godzilla and Kaiju!
Become Godzilla and crush cities underfoot! Step inside the monstrous body of the legendary Godzilla and terrorize all corners of the world! Destroy cities across the globe in this exciting and easy to play game!
Pre-registration steps for “Godzilla Destruction”:
(1) Follow the official Twitter: @GZ_destruction
(2) Follow the official Facebook: @GZ_destruction
Godzilla Battle Line
Take on the world! 3-minute monster all-star battles! All the popular monsters and weapons from the Godzilla series are ready for battle! Build your own team of the strongest monsters and fight against players from all over the world in real time! Get ready for fun but intense 3-minute battles!
Pre-registration steps for “Godzilla Battle Line”:
(1) Follow the official Twitter: @Gz_battleline
(2) Follow the official Facebook: @Gz.battleline
Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful live action and animated content including motion pictures, television and theater. Founded in 1932, Toho remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include Toho Cinemas, the highest grossing exhibition company in Japan, and Toho International, Inc., a U.S. established incorporated company that manages and commercializes Toho’s intellectual property portfolio. To learn more about Toho, visit: www.toho.co.jp/en/ .
Last year was the first Atami Vs. Godzilla event, now the 2020 event is in full swing, this years event seems slightly toned down from last year due to the pandemic but is still interesting it takes place at Atami Castle location of the famous battle between King Kong and Godzilla. Like year there are a number of events happening these include stamp rallies, sales locations, photo ops, special exhibition panel, and more.
With the stamps you have to go to different locations to get the stamps located in and around Atami Castle, there are also special trading cards that people can receive there are sixteen in all, eight available from November 1st till the 30th, and a second eight from Dec 1st till Dec 31st, the fronts have various images from Godzilla films while the backs when put together create the Atami Vs. Godzilla promo art (each set of eight makes the same image from the back). There are photo ops also place around the castle, a two meter tall Godzilla 1962 standee will be on the second floor of the castle, while six other standees will be around the castle. The special event will take place on the second floor of the castle (no details were listed), at multiple times. There will also be event merchandise like t-shirts, and more, plus over twenty five Movie Monster Series figures. Check out some of the items below.
As many have seen 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for kaiju fans despite there being question marks on the release of Godzilla Vs. Kong. It's been Netflix to the rescue with not one but at least three major kaiju related series, Godzilla Singular Point, Pacific Rim: The Black, and the Ultraman Anime second season.
Godzilla Singular Point looks to bring a different style series than what the previous anime films were, and there will be many new takes on classic kaiju along with what looks to be a totally new storyline. Some of the classic kaiju include what appear to be Anguirus, Jet Jaguar, and possible Rodan, Titanosaurus, Gabara, and more, along with a redesigned version of Godzilla (of course), all which appear in the recently released trailer. The official release date looks to possible be April 2021 per some of the released material. Check out our previous article here.
To go along with that we have finally got word of the long awaited Pacific Rim anime series, Pacific Rim: Black (note the Netflix Japanese anime page seems to give the name "The Dark Continent" or "The Continent Of Darkness" which maybe the Japanese title), not much info was given on this series yet other than a synopsis “Long ago, humanity defeated the Kaiju. Now, they’re evacuating Australia. Join a pair of siblings and their battered, long-abandoned Jaegar as they battle across a continent of danger.” and two screen shots, more as it is announced.
But if that isn't enough we know there's the second season of the Ultraman Anime series coming, while not much info has been given a teaser trailer did feature the announcement of Ultraman Taro, plus the return of a number of characters from season one. More on this as we get it.
Check out the Godzilla Singular Point trailer and images, Ultraman season two teaser, and Pacific Rim: Black images below.
GODZILLA TAKES JELLY BEAN FORM IN “FALL GUYS: ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT” STARTING NOVEMBER 3
The Kaiju Crossover Arrives in Time for Godzilla Day and Japan’s Godzilla Festival Online 2020
London, October 27, 2020 – Ahead of Godzilla Day and the widely attended Godzilla Festival in Japan, Mediatonic and Toho Co., Ltd. are helping fans celebrate the King of the Monsters by bringing the fan-favorite kaiju to gamers everywhere in Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Beginning November 3, through a limited time only, fans will have the opportunity to use the all-new Godzilla skin available to players for 10 Crowns total. Featuring Godzilla’s trademark features such as its three rows of dorsal fins, the character has been designed to fit right into the Fall Guys world, including different colors depending on what the game calls for. Fall Guys is available now on PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam.
With millions of copies sold, the wildly popular Fall Guys multiplayer game flings hordes of contestants together online in a mad dash through round after round of escalating chaos until one victor remains. The Godzilla crossover comes just after the game’s season 2 release, which introduced new medieval-themed games, costumes and features.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Mediatonic on this Godzilla costume. With only two months since launch and boasting millions of players worldwide, ‘Fall Guys’ presents such an exciting opportunity for Godzilla fans everywhere,” said Lora Cohn, Managing Director, Toho International, Inc. “Now, players will get to celebrate Godzilla Day in such a unique way by putting on the Godzilla suit and stomping their way to victory!"
"There are many parallels to be drawn between the mighty Godzilla and an average Fall Guy; they are both fiercely competitive, they battle on an international stage with incredibly high stakes, they always get back up after being knocked down, and according to worrying reports from our social media channels, they are both much taller than you'd expect,” said Jeff Tanton, VP of Creative, Mediatonic. “We are proud and deeply honoured to share the stage with the greatest Kaiju - and if anyone is still struggling to get a crown with this costume, though it may sound primitive and un-scientific, we recommend that through the fairies, they could perhaps ask Infant Island for help?"
On November 3, 1954, Godzilla made its first appearance in Toho’s “Godzilla,” a classic monster movie widely regarded as a masterpiece. The date is officially Godzilla’s birthday, with a Godzilla Festival held in Japan each year to celebrate. In 2019, the festival gathered over 20,000 visitors, and this year’s event will be held virtually where even more fans are expected to tune-in.
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Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful live action and animated content including motion pictures, television and theater. Founded in 1932, Toho remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include Toho Cinemas, the highest grossing exhibition company in Japan, and Toho International, Inc., a U.S. established incorporated company that manages and commercializes Toho’s intellectual property portfolio. To learn more about Toho, visit: www.toho.co.jp/en/.
Mediatonic is an independent game developer which delights in connecting people through original, mass-multiplayer game experiences and breaking the mold with weird and wonderful games across every platform. Recent titles include critically acclaimed 90s Hollywood whodunnit Murder by Numbers and of course, rollicking massively multiplayer party game, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
GODZILLA RETURNS TO NETFLIX IN NEW ANIME SERIES GODZILLA SINGULAR POINT
Studio bones and Orange team up for a new series coming to Netflix in 2021
Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
Founded in 1932, Toho Co., Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.
bones was founded by Sunrise staff members Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Ousaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto in October 1998. The company's name was originally inspired by the idea "to create animations with bones" and it continues to produce high quality visual works today. bones is renown for its dynamic animated action sequences such as robot animations which continue to attract fans around the world. They are considered one of the most notable anime studios in the world today. They have produced numerous titles, including My Hero Academia, Psalms of Planets Eureka seveN and Netflix’s original anime series Carole & Tuesday.
Established in 2004 and founded by famed CG animator Eiji Inomoto, Orange is a Japanese animation studio based in Musashino, Tokyo that specializes in the production of 3DCG animation. The studio is known for its exaggerated 3D and directing style, which differs from the traditional movement often found in CG works. In 2017, the studio produced Land of the Lustrous. In 2018 Orange released Monster Strike The Movie 2 Sora no Kanata to theaters. Orange has led Marui Group's original animation Sobae and the IDOLiSH7 Music Video. In 2019 they launched their first Netflix original anime series Beastars globally.
Nijigen Nomori Co., Ltd. is open the world's first life size Godzilla attraction, that allows you to zip line into Godzilla's mouth, on Oct 10th. There will be a special short film as well as special merchandise to go along with the event. The length of the attraction is 120 meters (nearly 400 feet), and it goes along with the first ever Godzilla museum there as well, but it is more than just a zip line ride you have to complete a mission using a special gun to stop Godzilla's growth and dodge attacks from Godzilla cells, all which sounds very cool. The special merchandise announced with this includes tote bags, shirts, cell phone cases, bags, glasses, notebooks, and much, much more (all listed on a special Twitter page, some images below).
There will be two events that will be happening soon both involve the famous scene from King Kong Vs. Godzilla where they destroy Atami Castle. The first event is Atami Vs. Godzilla (from Little Monsters) it will feature a 2 meter tall Godzilla, collectible stamps, other displays and merchandise for Godzilla. The event takes place the whole month of November at Lasuka Atami, directly connected to Atami Station, also at Atami Castle will be the 2 meter statue and a panel exhibition “Godzilla and Landmark Exhibition" on the 2nd floor, that will be including unpublished photos.
In addition to that event the Atami Kaiju Film Festival will take place November 22nd to the 24th, it will feature an event poster designed by Yuji Kaida, and will include the films King Kong Vs. Godzilla (Toho, 1962), Ultraman Episode 11: Ramenbo from Space (1966 broadcast, Tsuburaya Productions), National Independent Monster Film Championship [Atami Masterpiece Selection] "Mechanical Ninja Complete Edition" (2018/15 min), "Mutainless Night Neckless Monster" (2018/30 min), "Dragon Saur Battle Zone" (2018/3 minutes), “Vividman V” (2018/18 minutes) (+5 minutes of making), “Women Weapons 701 (Joheiki Seven Owan)” (2017/5 minutes), “UNFIX Special Edition” (2018/20 minutes); Cat Planning (2018, Director: Jun Awazu), Deep Sea Monster Raiga vs. Lava Beast Ohga (2019, Director: Shinhei Hayashiya), and Sagiri no Kuni (2019, Director: Daisuke Sato).
There will be live music as well on November 23rd, “Godzilla Legend Atami Absolute Defense Live”, that will feature singers, dancer, and musicians. Screening Venue (for the films): International Tourism College Atami School 13-4 Chuocho, Atami City; Venue (for music): Atami Geisha Banban Kabenjo 17-13 Chuo-cho, Atami City.
Godzilla Expo 2019 History of Godzilla through photos In OIOI has been announced and will take place at three locations from Oct 21st to Jan 13 in Japan. Check out the info below on this event from Marui Group (translated from Japanese).
Update: A number of items that will be for sale have been added to the site for this (link below), they include clear files, key chains, picture boards, t-shirts, pass cases, pen, jacket, hat, phone stands, mint tins, and snack boxes (with snacks of course).
An exhibition where you can experience the history of Godzilla with photos! Godzilla EXPO 2019 ~ The history of Godzilla in photos ~ in OIOI Look back on the history of Godzilla with precious photos and props!
Yurakucho Marui, Namba Marui and Hakata Marui will hold "Godzilla EXPO 2019-History of Godzilla in Photos-in OIOI"!
Exhibit precious photos of the template that became the basis of the suit of the 1954 movie "Godzilla" with large panels and explanations. You can look back on the movie “Godzilla” and the process until the character is born, along with precious photos. In addition to photos, we will exhibit valuable props.
Also, Toho and ALPHABOAT will display a panel of works drawn by creators who won a prize in the first audition project “Godzilla” of the “GEMSTONE” human resource discovery and audition project using YouTube.
Mr. Shuhei Yamaguchi, Mr. YELLOW JUNKIE / kyo → ko and Mr. Ken Konami have newly drawn the first Godzilla under the theme of "Godzilla 65th Anniversary"!
In addition, Gemstone creators newly created Godzilla under the three themes of Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka where "Godzilla EXPO" will be held this time (images below). We welcome customers with three different key visuals at each venue!
Of course, goods using illustrations drawn will also be sold at the venue!
We look forward to your visit! !
Holding period: Monday, October 21-Monday, November 4
Holding place: 8F Event space
Opening hours: 11 : 00-21 : 00 (Sundays / holidays are 10: 30-20: 30) )
exhibition admission: Adults 300 yen / elementary school less than free
and Hakata Marui-
held period: November 9 (Saturday) to November 20 (Wed.)
Venue: 2F event space
Opening hours: 10 am to 21 pm
exhibition Admission fee: Free
Holding period: December 28 (Sat)
-January 13 (Mon) Holding place: 7F Event space
Business hours: 11 :00-20 :30 (Sundays and holidays are 11:00) -20:00)
Exhibition entrance fee: Free
There will also be a catalog of photos from the exhibition (price: 1,818 yen (tax included price: 2,000 yen)). (Bottom pic)
Link to Marui Group site.
Comet TV Sci-fi Network has announced a Godzilla Marathon on September 2nd, Labor Day. All the films are Showa era with it starting with Godzilla, King Of The Monsters (1956) and ending with Gojira (Godzilla 1954 (technically on the 3rd)). This maybe to help promote the Godzilla Showa set coming from Criterion. A bonus of sorts is at 3:30 am Sept 2 before this starts there will be the Destroy the Dam episode from Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (season 1, episode 17). Check out the list below, all times are Eastern time.
10:00am - GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS! (1956)
12:00pm - INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER (1965)
2:00pm - SON OF GODZILLA (1967)
4:00pm - DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968)
6:00pm - GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973)
8:00pm - GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974)
10:00pm - TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975)
12:00am - WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1965)
2:00am - GOJIRA (1954)
Order link (Citerion): https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/2648-godzilla-the-showa-era-films-1954-1975
FILMS IN THIS SET
Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels. A thrilling, tactile spectacle that continues to be a cult phenomenon, the original, 1954 Japanese version is presented here, along with Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the 1956 "Americanized" version.
New cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Audio commentary for both movies by film historian David Kalat
New interviews with actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima and special effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube
Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects, introduced by special effects director Koichi Kawakita and special effects photographer Motoyoshi Tomioka
New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato
The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay featuring historian Greg Pflugfelder describing the tragic fate of the fishing vessel Daigo Fukuryu Maru, a real-life event that inspired Godzilla
Trailers for Godzilla and Godzilla, King of the Monsters
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic J. Hoberman
Godzilla Raids Again
Toho Studios followed the enormous success of the original Godzilla with this sequel, efficiently directed by Motoyoshi Oda as a straight-ahead monsters-on-the-loose drama. An underrated standout among the Showa Godzilla films, Godzilla Raids Again introduces the monster-versus-monster format that would dominate the remainder of the series, pitting Godzilla against the ferocious, spiny Anguirus as the kaiju wreak havoc in the streets of Osaka in a series of elaborate set pieces that succeed in upping the ante for destruction.
New cover illustration by Katsuya Terada
Black & White
King Kong vs. Godzilla
After his first two cinematic rampages, Godzilla was revived as an adversary for the Hollywood import King Kong. When Kong is discovered on a remote island by a publicity-hungry pharmaceutical company, the giant ape is set on a collision course with Godzilla, and Japan braces for a double dose of devastation. Both the Japanese-release version and the U.S.-release cut (the latter presented here) were rousing hits, cementing Godzilla’s status as a series-worthy star.
New cover illustration by Arthur Adams
United States, Japan
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Godzilla faces off against the benevolent insect monster-god Mothra in this clash of the titans, a crossover battle between two of Toho Studios’ most popular monsters—the last in which Godzilla would figure as a malevolent villain rather than a fearsome hero. Mothra vs. Godzilla marks a creative high point in the Godzilla series, with pointed social commentary from director Ishiro Honda, a masterful score by Akira Ifukube, and astonishing special-effects work by Eiji Tsuburaya.
New cover illustration by Angela Rizza
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
After laying waste to an alien civilization on Venus, the three-headed, lightning-emitting space monster Ghidorah brings its insatiable thirst for destruction to Earth, where fierce foes Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra must join forces in order to deal with the unprecedented threat. An electrifying screen debut for Godzilla’s archenemy Ghidorah, this film also marks a turning point for the series, as the first time the King of the Monsters acts to protect the planet.
New cover illustration by Monarobot
Invasion of Astro-Monster
Aliens from Planet X make an irresistible offer to the people of Earth: let them borrow Godzilla and Rodan to help defeat King Ghidorah, and in return they will provide a cure for all known human disease. But the aliens’ duplicity is soon revealed, as they deploy all three monsters in their quest to conquer Earth. This retro romp, featuring American star Nick Adams, stands as a high point in the Showa Godzilla series.
New cover illustration by Benjamin Marra
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
The first Godzilla film directed by Jun Fukuda, who would go on to direct four more, is fast-paced and light in tone, and builds to a riveting race-against-time finale. On a secluded island in the South Seas, a group of castaways stumble upon a paramilitary organization whose nefarious nuclear activities threaten the world at large—and set the stage for kaiju clashes involving Godzilla, Mothra, and the giant crustacean Ebirah.
New cover illustration by Simon Gane
Son of Godzilla
In director Jun Fukuda’s second Godzilla outing, secret weather-control experiments create a radioactive storm and Godzilla must rescue monster hatchling Minilla from the giant mutant insects that result. Featuring a buoyant score by Masaru Sato and impressive wirework by special-effects director Sadamasa Arikawa, Son of Godzilla is lively, comic, and timely in its addressing of contemporary anxiety about worldwide food shortages.
New cover illustration by Robert Goodin
Destroy All Monsters
The original Godzilla team of director Ishiro Honda, special-effects supervisor Eiji Tsuburaya, and composer Akira Ifukube reunited for this kaiju extravaganza, which features no fewer than eleven monsters. Set in the remote future of 1999, when the people of Earth have achieved world peace by confining destructive creatures to Monsterland (until an alien race intervenes), Destroy All Monsters mounts a thrilling display of innovative action sequences and memorable images that have made it a favorite for generations of viewers.
New cover illustration by Sophie Campbell
All Monsters Attack
Director Ishiro Honda returned again for the first Godzilla movie expressly for children. Economizing by reusing effects shots from other films in the series, All Monster Attack tells the story of Ichiro, a lonely latchkey kid who finds solace in his dreams of befriending Minilla, the titular progeny of Son of Godzilla, whose parent is also often absent. In this thoughtful, human-scale story, boy and monster learn together what it means to grow up.
New cover illustration by Jorge Coelho
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Intended to address the crisis levels of pollution in postwar Japan, Godzilla vs. Hedorah finds the King of the Monsters fighting an alien life form that arrives on Earth and steadily grows by feeding on industrial waste. Director Yoshimitsu Banno infuses the film with equal parts ecological horror, humorous monster antics, and sixties psychedelia straight out of San Francisco, making for a truly unique—and divisive—entry in the series.
New cover illustration by Geof Darrow
Godzilla vs. Gigan
An alien invasion prompts a tag-team battle between Godzilla and Anguirus, the planet protectors, and King Ghidorah and the new monster Gigan, a cyborg with scythe-like claws, an abdominal buzz saw, winglike back fins, and pincerlike mandibles. In this action-packed film, which veers from the sublime to the ridiculous, the cockroachlike aliens—disguised as humans—use Gigan and King Ghidorah as weapons of conquest in their plot to take over a contaminated Earth.
New cover illustration by Becky Cloonan
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Nuclear testing unleashes mayhem on the undersea kingdom of Seatopia, causing a series of environmental disasters that nearly wipes out Rokuro, the schoolboy protagonist at the center of this film. To exact revenge, Seatopia unleashes Megalon, a gigantic beetle with the ability to fire ray beams and napalm bombs. Meanwhile, Rokuro’s brother creates Jet Jaguar, a flying robot with a built-in moral compass. The inevitable matchup of Godzilla and Jet Jaguar versus Megalon and Gigan decides the world’s fate.
New cover illustration by Ronald Wimberly
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla’s evil twin Mechagodzilla first reared its head in this Jun Fukuda–directed film. A robot designed by aliens to conquer Earth, the enduringly popular villain has since been resurrected by Toho Studios several times. With the help of earnest direction, spectacular pyrotechnics, and guest appearances by veteran genre actors, this film recaptures the feel of the sixties Godzilla movies.
New cover illustration by Takashi Okazaki
Terror of Mechagodzilla
In Godzilla’s last gasp of the Showa era, aliens retrieve Mechagodzilla’s remains and rebuild it with the aid of an unhinged biologist (a scenery-chewing Akihiko Hirata), in hopes of defeating Godzilla for possession of planet Earth. This film marked the return of director Ishiro Honda, who had retired years earlier, disheartened by the increasingly kid-friendly approach of the series. For this final entry, Honda steers the King of the Monsters back into grim territory, interweaving an alien-invasion plot with a tale of tragic romance.
New cover illustration by Chris Wisnia