The first Godzilla anime movie, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, hit Japan last November, and traveled to the US via Netflix this past January. Yes, we said first, as the anime movies are a trilogy, with the second in the series hitting Japan this May.
The second film, titled Godzilla Kessen Kidou Zoushoku Toshi, is certainly a mouthful and has had a few different translations including "The City Mechanized for the Final Battle" and "Decisive Battle: Mobile Breeder City". We now have an official title for the sequel, via the official anime page's intro page, which has a button to toggle an English translation: Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle.
Here's the trailer:
Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle poster
Here is the English translation from the previously mentioned intro page:
In 2017, Godzilla trampled over new ground with the birth of a three-part, fully animated movie series, GODZILLA (aka. "Anigoji," a portmanteau of "anime" and "gojira").
Chapter 1, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, was the first-ever 3DCG animation in Godzilla franchise history, and the cinematic experience was met with enormous delight and praise when it was released in November 2017. The "Anigoji" trilogy is set some 20,000 years into the future and depicts an Earth that has been ruled by Godzilla. Humanity finds itself on the verge of extinction, and is fighting for its survival.
The film has two directors: Kobun Shizuno, who left nothing on the table in directing his vision for Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters" while also scoring the number one box office smash last year in Japan with his theatrical release of Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter; and Hiroyuki Seshita, another proven talent on the cutting edge of 3D computer graphics who honed his craft with the TV series, Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet 9 ('15), Ajin ('16) and Blame! ('17) and is leaving a captivating mark now on film. The story from its inception as an idea straight through to the completed series comes from the creative mind of Gen Urobuchi, best known for Puella Magi Madoka Magica ('11) and Psycho-Pass ('12), who thoroughly defied viewer expectations with the last scene in Planet of the Monsters, and is certain to bring his powerful storytelling ideas to this next iteration.
The production company is 4-time Emmy award winning Japanese 3DCG animation studio, Polygon Pictures, including "Star Wars: The Clone Wars", and a daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Animated Program last year with Lost in Oz. The dynamic depiction of a mind-blowing battle that unfolds at the base of what was once Mt. Fuji is breathtaking.
Creating a brave new world soundscape with his bold yet delicate film score is Takayuki Hattori, who composed music for Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island ('18). And returning to perform the theme song is recording artist, XAI, first winner of the "Artist" category in the 8th Toho Cinderella Audition, who sings with a diva like power to complement a Godzilla roar that has shaken the Earth for 20,000 years.
This second chapter, City on the Edge of Battle features a return of a perennial favorite in the Godzilla franchise, "Mecha-Godzilla," raised to do battle with a 300-meter-high and largest ever monster, "Godzilla Earth."
By the advent of the 21st century, much of humanity was dead, having been trampled over by a new master, Godzilla. A select few among mankind took to the stars in a spacefaring vessel called the Aratrum in search of "the promised land," the planet Tau-e that could sustain human life. But the migration plan fails, and the remnants of the human race decide to return to Earth. But the distortions in space-time and the distance traveled means that mankind is returning to a completely changed Earth some 20,000 years later. The returnees, led by hero Haruo, prepare to take the fight to Godzilla based on a strategy that has been 20 years in the making. Carried out with the help of two alien species, the Exif and the Bilusaludo, the humans succeed in defeating Godzilla in a costly battle to the death.
But the victory is short-lived. Rising from the depths of the planet is a new breed of monster, dubbed "Godzilla Earth." Evolving for 20,000 years, the creature stands 300 meters high, weighs over 100,000 tons and wields such overwhelmingly destructive power that Haruo and company have no choice but to run for their lives.
Coming to Haruo's rescue, however, is Miana, a member of an aboriginal tribe called the Houtua. They are the first humanoid people the returnees have encountered. Could they descend from humans? "Our tribal god was destroyed by Godzilla. All that we have left are these eggs. Anyone who has tried to fight or resist him has been drowned in fire," the tribespeople say to Haruo, who responds with: "This is our last hope of recovering our home."
Meanwhile, Bilusaludo commander, Galu-gu is elated to discover that the Houtua tribe's arrowheads are made of a nanometal or a self-sustaining metal. It had been developed in the 21st century as an "anti-Godzilla" killer weapon deployed at their decisive battle fought at the foot of Mt. Fuji, but had been destroyed before it could be activated in the form of a "Mecha-Godzilla." The nanometal was its base substance, and proof that the manufacturing plant can still be used.
Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle stomps into Japanese theaters May 18. It will likely smash Netflix here a couple of months later.