"Godzilla is the son of the atomic bomb. He is a nightmare created out of the darkness of the human soul. He is the sacred beast of the apocalypse."
- Tomoyuki Tanaka
Somehow, I feel like I've kind of dropped the ball on giving my initial impressions on some of the latest kaiju-related news. Why? Because Godzilla's back........again. Toho is releasing a new Godzilla film on July 29th in Japan. Hopefully this film will get a release in the US soon because the trailer looks awesome. Godzilla's new design, based on what I've seen so far, looks amazing. It looks exactly like it would perfectly fit Tomoyuki Tanaka's famous quote. Hopefully this will mean that the story will mark the return of the dark tone established in the original 1954 classic. As far as other points to bring up concerning the new Godzilla, I'd hate to sound like I'm quoting line for line from James Rolfe. So I think its best to leave you with this video, which sums everything up about the new flick. www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCCDQT…
Now lets talk about the other thing about this piece- Evangelion. It would be an understatement to say that Neon Genesis Evangelion
is one of the grand staples of anime. In fact, IGN listed it as #10 in their Top 100 Animated TV Series list. Time to give my thoughts on the series. When I first saw it, I wasn't exactly a fan (in fact, I used to call the praise for it to be complete and utter bullocks). But, years later I decided to rewatch it and I've got to say- I was wrong. It indeed deserved the praise. The Angel designs are amazing (each one of them looks like a tokusatsu-inspired nightmare) and the Evas are probably some of the most unique pieces of machinery I'd ever seen in a mecha anime. The thing that caused me not to like it back then was Shinji Ikari (probably because I got used to tough as nails pilots like Ryoma Nagare, Domon Kasshu, and Roger Smith). But, years later I began to understand his character. He wasn't meant to be like those pilots- he was meant to be human (and boy was he messed up). The story was great....until you get to the absolutely awful ending of the last two episodes. I have no answers whatsoever- what exactly are the Angels? What are the Evas? Why did the show's ending go from being a series with each episode being a different chapter for the story to just becoming randomness thrown at the screen? Supposedly The End of Evangelion
was meant to clarify this up, but unfortunately I cannot get ahold of a copy due to it being long out of print (Funimation needs to get to re-releasing the series and the movies so I can see whether or not it answered my questions. LOL) so I have absolutely no opinions on it. Some people may have been bothered by the religious imagery, but honestly speaking as a fan of something like Mechanical Violator Hakaider,
I wasn't bothered by it at all. If the series bothers you in that regard, I recommend as a good alternative The Big O
(which I've already showcased on deviantart before kaijuwithnoname.deviantart.com…
). I will say that so far, despite the improved visuals and the introduction of a new character, the Rebuild of Evangelion
films are for the most part a rehash of the original show. Its a good way to get new people caught up on the franchise, but feels pointless to people who have watched the original. I have yet to see Evangelion 3.33- You Can (Not) Redo
, so once again- no opinions from me.
Now why am I having Godzilla roaming around in what appears to be the universe of Evangelion? Well, its because Hideaki Anno (the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion
) and Gainax co-founder Shinji Higuchi (who also was the special effects supervisor for the Gamera trilogy) are co-directing Godzilla: Resurgence.
Evangelion had a completely dark, depressing atmosphere and if Anno could make Godzilla as grim as the Angels were, I think that we've got a good film on our hands. Overall, I hope you enjoy this piece.
Godzilla- copyright Toho Co. Ltd.
Evangelion- copyright Gainax, Tatsunoko Production, TXN (TV Tokyo)