Godzilla: Planet Eater, the third and final film in the animated experiment that is Toho’s giant monster trilogy is nearly here. And its first imagery insists that we’ll get some action with one of the atomic lizard’s most fearsome foes, the great King Ghidorah. But it wouldn’t be the G-trilogy without some unique spin on the classics, so we’ll not be going in expecting the same three-headed space dragon we’ve known for decades.

The anime three-parter’s first installment stomped across Japanese cinema screens and international streaming monitors to a mixed array of reactions, ranging from “I loved it”, hailing Godzilla: Planet of Monsters as a fresh visionary take, to “I hate it”, dismissing it as a failure in concept and execution, and a whole gamut of emotions somewhere between the extremes. The next enormous footprint along the kaiju series’ path, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, may have done little to change views one way or the other with the average fan who had already set their opinions on the project. Now, we come to the last, wrapping up scribe Urobuchi Gen’s epic struggle for Earth and its harrowed inhabitants, and it’s all on Planet Eater’s shoulders to bring us a satisfying conclusion.

Toho Animation and Polygon Pictures have released their first promotional material for the film, and a dramatic finish seems to be in store for our protagonists, including an unconscious Haruo lying in the arms of the enigmatic alien Metphies as the golden serpent Ghidorah literally tangles with Godzilla. How much the poster image will reflect the actual plot development of the film remains to be seen.

20,000 years into the future, the Earth is ruled by Godzilla. Pitted against him are the straggling remnants of the human race. The final chapter, GODZILLA:The Planet Eater, finds the Mechagodzilla city, the peak of scientific evolution and mankind’s best hope, burned to cinders. Godzilla Earth reigns supreme but he has one more challenge: the winged creature, KING GHIDORAH.

Godzilla: Planet Eater takes a bite out of Japanese theaters on November 8, 2018 followed shortly by an international rollout on Netflix.


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