Film / Shin Godzilla

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A god incarnate. A city doomed.note 

"Godzilla. Truly a god incarnate."
Kayoco Anne Patterson

Shin Godzilla (Shin-Gojira in Japan), also known as Godzilla Resurgence in some territories, is a 2016 kaiju tokusatsu film, the 31st entry in the Godzilla franchise and the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho. Announced in December 2014 as a Continuity Reboot made in response to the success of the 2014 American Godzilla movie, it was released on July 29, 2016. In March 2015, it was announced that Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame and Shinji Higuchi of the Heisei Gamera trilogy would be co-directing, with Anno writing the script and Higuchi in charge of special effects.

The film's premise is thus: When the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line mysteriously floods and collapses, Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Rando Yaguchi, is convinced that the incident was caused by a living creature, but his claims are shrugged off by the Prime Minister, who assumes the accident was caused by a natural disaster... but when a long massive tail surfaces from the Bay, the possibility of a giant monster becomes a reality.

The film's Japanese title is a multiple entendre that can be read as "New Godzilla", "Pure Godzilla", "True Godzilla", or "God Godzilla". It stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Yutaka Takenouchi as government officials, and Satomi Ishihara as an American agent. The film's incarnation of Godzilla is a hybrid of computer graphics and practical special effects, and is the biggest version yet, standing 118 meters tall, and takes design cues from the original 1954 film.

Unlike Toho's other Godzilla films, this one ignores the original 1954 film completely, with it being the first time Godzilla appears in Japan.

Following the film's release, it was announced that it would get a limited theatrical run in 100 territories worldwide in late 2016, and that Funimation (yes, you read it right) has the license to dub the film for North America. Funimation also announced the film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 1st of 2017.

Due to the film's tremendous success in Japan, plans for a sequel are being discussed, though Anno will most likely not return to direct due to his commitment to finishing the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series and contracts with Legendary means it would have to wait until after the release of Godzilla vs. Kong. The movie would be followed by a feature-length anime movie set in its own continuity.


Shin Godzilla contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Villainy: After decades of being portrayed as more of an Anti-Hero, this film does a great job in reminding the audience that Godzilla is indeed a rampaging monster who kills millions of people and destroys cites.
  • An Aesop: "'Doing what you will' doesn't come easy in this country."
  • Agent Mulder: Rando is the only Cabinet member to dare believe that a monster caused the Aqua-Line collapse. At first, Reality Ensues and he gets ridiculed for it. Then, the creature's tail shows up.
  • America Saves the Day: Downplayed from a Japanese perspective. Even as it becomes clear Godzilla poses a threat to the entire Earth, any attempts spearheaded by countries outside Japan fail and make things worse. The US (who accidentally created Godzilla and covered up its existence until it attacked) are the only one able to injure Godzilla, but this just makes it much more destructive. The UN then decide to resort to nuclear weapons, which would destroy more than Godzilla had and has the obvious potential to go very, very wrong, making the rest of the film a Race Against the Clock. Ultimately the best solution comes from the Japanese-led task force made to deal with Godzilla in the first place, but they end up needing a lot of support from outside countriesIn total .
  • Antagonist Title: As a nod to the film that started it all, the title character is the sole Big Bad.
  • Anyone Can Die: The first half of the film shows that anyone can kick the bucket due to the carelessness of the government. And speaking of which, this is the first time in a Godzilla movie where the Prime Minister as a character die in the film, along with the rest of the Cabinet. Rando, his aide, and his mentor are the only Cabinet members to survive.
  • Arc Words: "Do what you will", the Dying Message of Goro Maki found in the beginning of the film. Maki, hating the usage of nuclear technology, left behind the notes and data that, if properly interpreted and used, had the potential to neutralize Godzilla. Come the end of the film, humanity's only options left for stopping Godzilla were between Yaguchi's coagulant and nuking it, a prospect considered horrifying by many characters due to Japan's history with atomic weapons. Thus Maki's words take on a whole new meaning.
  • Attack Its Weakpoint: Something that's actually tried, but ultimately to no effect. The JSDF's attempts of attacking Godzilla focus attacks on its head and legs, but nothing comes of it.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Toho has made clear their intentions to one-up Legendary's incarnation of Godzilla, stating that their version will be even bigger (specifically, it will be 118.5 meters tall, 10 meters taller than Legendary's incarnation and 18.5 meters taller than Toho's previous biggest Godzilla).
  • A-Team Firing: Averted throughout the movie, most notable in the first battle scene against Godzilla where everything, from machine gun fire to heavy artillery, manages to hit Godzilla with pin-point accuracy, though this being a Godzilla film, it doesn't do much good.
  • April Fools' Day: Toho decided to use this to help promote the movie. How? By announcing a crossover movie between Godzilla and Neon Genesis Evangelion (which makes sense, as Hideaki Anno directed the latter). While it obviously turned out too good to be true, Toho is at least selling tickets with special artwork featuring both Godzilla and EVA Unit-01 and merchandising mashing up the two properties such as Godzilla versions of the NERV logo, Heisei Godzilla in Unit-01's colors, and action figures of the Millennium Mechagodzilla painted in the colors of EVA-01 and EVA-02.
    • For 2017, Toho announced a special Godzilla smartphone: A large figurine of Kamata-kun with a phone embedded in its belly.
  • Badass Bureaucrat:
    • Rando Yaguchi, the Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, is ultimately put in charge of finding a way to stop Godzilla, and he succeeds by pumping Godzilla full of a coagulant.
    • Kayoko Ann Patterson, the American government's liaison, supports the research group our protagonist leads from the get-go, and later severely jeopardizes her chances of becoming president by stalling the American/UN nuclear strike for as long as she can.
  • Beam Spam: Godzilla is capable of not only firing his Atomic Breath from his mouth, but from a vestigial mouth at the tip of his tail... and can shoot multiple beams from his back.
  • Behemoth Battle: Averted for the first time since the 1985 film, being more of a reboot, ignoring the events of all other films.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The movie ends with Godzilla being defeated by a chemical substance that greatly lowers his body temperature and completely freezes him solid. Unfortunately, it's left ambiguous whether he is truly dead or in suspended animation, and if he is to reawaken, the US government will have no option but to nuke Tokyo... and if that happens, it probably won't do a thing due to Godzilla feeding on radiation. Furthermore, even if Godzilla really is dead, it is implied that one of the creatures frozen while escaping from his tail may very well thaw off and mutate into a whole new Godzilla.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: It is discovered that chunks of flesh blown off Godzilla retain the main body's ability to rapidly regenerate, leading to concerns that they can grow into new Godzillas. At the end of the film, several emaciated Godzilla-like creatures are shown petrified while in the process of fissioning from Godzilla's tail.
    • Early designs show Godzilla budding a second, nearly full-sized Godzilla from his back. Although this doesn't happen in the film itself, there's no sign that this would be impossible
  • Body Horror: This film uniquely depicts Godzilla as a horrifically deformed mutant. He has a very emaciated frame with patches of exposed blood-red flesh and tumors over his body, small, shriveled, vestigial-looking arms, and a second head growing out of his tail. The film also ends on the image of several skeletal humanoid-looking Godzilla creatures petrified while emerging from the tip of the frozen Godzilla's tail.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Kayoko Ann Patterson (Satomi Ishihara), the American envoy to Japan, is half-Japanese. Her loyalty primarily lies to the American government, even if she's facilitating things like searching for Goro Maki's research or as a go-between for the Japanese and American governments, and is more blunt and casual than the other Japanese characters - even asking Yaguchi if they can talk without honorifics or politeness, as she's unused to the levels of politeness common with Japan - but reasserts she won't let the Americans nuke her grandparents' country again, and is one of the reasons why the United Nations stalls their nuclear strike.
  • Breath Weapon: Godzilla, of course, has his Atomic Breath. At first, Godzilla bends over and vomits a thick, noxious cloud of dark purple fallout, which then becomes a torrent of flames that incinerates several square miles of Tokyo at once. Godzilla then learns to focus it into a narrow, bright purple beam capable of slicing through anything in its path. Later on, Godzilla freely uses both the atomic fire and the plasma beam at will, but steadily loses the latter ability as his internal reactor starts shutting down. The different "settings" of the atomic breath is possibly a reference to the different presentations of it, with the older Showa-films depicting it as a stream of fire while the later films, such as Godzilla Final Wars, depicting it as a long-range beam.
  • The Cameo: The film features numerous cameos from a variety of Japanese actors, celebrities and even animators with Mamoru Oshii and Hayao Miyazaki (appearing as a scientist).
    • Hideaki Anno himself appears in a very quick cameo as a bus driver.
  • Central Theme: Personal Tragedy. One man's tragedy can affect the lives of others and not just himself. In fact, Goro Maki' tragedy started the entire plot of the film.
  • Continuity Reboot: This is an actual complete reboot that doesn't connect with the first film, as previous movies have.
  • Creepily Long Arms: Inverted. This Godzilla has arms that are rather thin and short, even withered. This prevents Godzilla from being portrayed using a conventional suit.
  • Crossover:
    • As part of the marketing for the film, a crossover film with Neon Genesis Evangelion was teased as an April Fools joke. However, an image featuring Unit-01 and Shin-Godzilla standing back-to-back was featured on the official website (before being moved to its own website), alongside Godzilla-themed renditions of NERV's emblem. As part of the crossover promotion, S.H.MonsterArts produced models of Kiryu painted in Unit-01's and Unit-02's colors, Heisei Godzilla in Unit-01's colours, and a grotesque fusion of Godzilla and Unit-01, among other merchandise.
    • Besides the Godzilla/Evangelion merchandising, a crossover special between Shin Godzilla and Crayon Shin-chan aired in July, 2016.
  • Darker and Edgier: Shinji Higuchi has stated the tone of the film is supposed to take cues from real world disasters, such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2011 Tsunami and Earthquake that struck Japan (along with the subsequent Fukushima nuclear plant disaster). In many ways, this film is one of the darkest installments in the Godzilla franchise since the original film.
  • Daylight Horror: Unlike the original Godzilla and The Return of Godzilla, the majority of Godzilla's attacks are during daylight hours. Only one scene is set at night, to highlight the intensity of its rays.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: As befitting a Hideaki Anno work, Shin Godzilla deconstructs several aspects of Godzilla and Kaiju films in general:
    • The film takes an extensive look at how the Japanese government would actually struggle to deal with a Kaiju. Dealing with the sudden appearance of what could be a large, unidentified monster? That's nuts, it's probably just a chemical accident. Want to stop the monster before it can cause significant damage to the general area? Enjoy having to run through a series of Obstructive Bureaucrats before you can actually do anything. Think the JSDF can do anything about dealing with the monster? Careful, an evacuating citizen could get in the way and get killed while the creature is actually vulnerable. Want to call for the good ol' USA to save you? Sure, enjoy the substantial collateral damage that they'll bring. Think nukes are the solution to killing the monster when everything else has failed? Yeah, that'll really go over well with the people of Japan.
    • Next, the film gives us a horrifically realistic depiction of a giant monster created by nuclear radiation. With various physical deformities (see Body Horror above) similar to those of a radiation burn victim and how he appears to be in a constant state of pain, this Godzilla is what an enormous creature that's been exposed to large amounts of radiation would actually look like.
    • Godzilla's Atomic Breath is deconstructed as well. In previous films Godzilla has used it repeatedly with no visible drawbacks. In this film though, using it (and his other beam attacks) drains him so much that he goes dormant and spends the next 15 days recharging his energy. And unlike previous films, it's shown irradiating the area, requiring decontamination efforts.
    • We also see Godzilla's regenerative abilities taken to their logical conclusion. Blown off pieces of Godzilla are shown to continue regenerating independent of Godzilla himself, and the scientists speculate that they will eventually regenerate into more Godzillas, making Godzilla an even bigger threat than he already was. This also addresses for the first time (in any of the Japanese films) how Godzilla reproduces, as whenever Godzilla had a "son" in the previous films, said "son" hatched from an egg that just sort of appeared with no explanation (and no indication that it even came from Godzilla).
    • Even Godzilla's name is deconstructed. Specifically the fact that it's different in Japan and America, something that's never been acknowledged in any of the Japanese films. The monster was first named in America, the English name "Godzilla" being given as a code name. The "God" part was inspired by the Japanese word "Gojira", meaning "God incarnate" (giving the name an in-universe meaning for the first time), referring to a violent god. It's from this that the Japanese start calling the monster "Gojira".
    • As mentioned under Adaptational Villainy, the film serves as a reminder that Godzilla, whether intentionally or not, is an inherently destructive creature; and effectively a living nuclear weapon. Because of him cities are destroyed, people are killed, and those that survive are left homeless and exposed to residual radiation from his Atomic Breath.
    • The Return of Godzilla was that last film that showed us what the international response to Godzilla would be, which involved other countries wanting to use nuclear weapons to stop him and the Prime Minister being against it note . The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not mentioned and neither America or Russia are portrayed as particularly antagonistic. Shin Godzilla once again gives us an idea of what the international response to Godzilla would be today, only this time, America is depicted as a subtly antagonistic force, closer reflecting the actual sentiments of many Japanese people. And once again, the international powers (lead by America) want to stop Godzilla by nuking him. Only this time, we get a more visceral depiction of how much the Japanese people are against it, and the underlying reasons why are directly acknowledged instead of left in the subtext.
  • Democracy Is Flawed: The Japanese government is utterly incapable of doing anything to halt Godzilla's rampage, with a significant focus being placed on harshly critiquing the bureaucratic process and Japan's dependency on the United States and United Nations. Worse, their evacuation procedures are not enough to prevent thousands of deaths by the rampaging beast.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: One translation of the title is God Godzilla (the reason for which is listed under "Double Meaning Title"). Looks like Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi took a page from Akira Toriyama...
  • Desolation Shot: Inevitable, given what kind of creature Godzilla is.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Whereas the original film was an allegory of the then-recent Lucky Dragon No. 5 incident (and obviously by extension, the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki), this movie is an allegory for the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster that happened in 2011. The anti-nuclear weapons moral is still preserved in this film, however.
  • Double-Meaning Title: "Shin" can be written using different kanji characters, and thus can mean literally anything from "progress", to "humility", "advance", "gentleman", "heart", or even "belief", to name a few. The three meanings emphasized by Anno are "new", "true", and "god".
  • Dissonant Serenity: During a scene where the government officials are forced to evacuate after a US airstrike is launched in the area, Hiromi can be seen in the background calmly walking out of the room.
  • Eagleland: Zigzagged.
    • Godzilla was ultimately created by American nuclear waste dumped off the shores of Japan, but the film makes it clear that the Japanese had a major hand in it.
    • The original scientist who had been studying Godzilla had his work censored by the American government to cover up the waste dumping, but Japanese academia laughed him out of scientific circles, and the government didn't give his wife adequate care for radiation sickness, leading to her death.
    • The American government begins its bombing run on Godzilla early, forcing evacuations to speed up and head underground instead of out of the city as originally planned, but it's clear the timetable was moved up due to the extreme threat Godzilla posed. American forces also destroy or take precious samples needed for the splinter group of researchers, but the former was at least justifiable, as the Japanese forces were also purging any leftover remains on sight, due to the biohazard and stench.
    • Finally, the United Nations - mostly led by the Americans - issue an ultimatum to nuke Godzilla with the highest-megaton bomb they have, obliterating Godzilla... and Tokyo and its environs, along with the possibility Godzilla might just reform and use the resulting fallout to get even angrier, and it's both stated it's a coverup to erase the mistake the Americans caused in the first place, and out of sheer desperation when estimations from the UN show a possibility Godzilla will go international (after Godzilla has already wiped half of Tokyo out). The American officials on-the-ground in Japan lament that the UN's timetable (two weeks) isn't enough to fully evacuate a massive city when the Japanese government is in shambles and resources are already tapped out, and when the research team successfully stalls the UN's timetable, the American military helps the operation by sending in a drone fleet to distract Godzilla and sending Marines and other ground forces to help the GSDF.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Godzilla himself. He is a living nuclear reactor as well as a rapidly-metamorphosing unstable biomass.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The final shot of the movie shows petrified humanoid creatures growing off of Godzilla's tail, indicating that this is only the beginning of the threat of Godzilla. The movie also makes it clear that the United Nations will deploy its plan to nuke Godzilla—and, by proxy, Tokyo and the surrounding cities—once he starts moving.
  • Enfant Terrible: Even as an infant, Godzilla was a fatal nightmare for Japan even when all he could do was roam around densely populated areas, shake his neck around so that the blood will come out and stop irritating him, and basically grow.
  • Expy:
    • To a certain extent, Hiromi and Kayako have similarities to Evangelion's Rei and Asuka.
    • Goro Maki's origins in this film is similar to another misanthropic scientist of the franchise: Shinji Mafune of Terror of Mechagodzilla. The only difference is that Maki was driven by despair after the death of his wife, and left significant information about Godzilla while Mafune hates humanity so much, he joined forces with the Black Hole aliens to destroy humanity. Their significant discovery, at the time, were ground-breaking, but were flatly ignored. Thus their cynicism.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: The new US poster takes off his eye, giving this effect.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: After Godzilla's first arrival in Tokyo, the Yaguchi team are reading Twitter posts about rising radiation levels. Look for the post from bakashinji, who uses Asuka as an avatar.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Godzilla's Atomic Breath can be focused into a purple laser beam that fires from his mouth. Not only that, but it also shoots from the mouth on the tip of his tail, and it only gets worse when they find out that Godzilla can fire a barrage of beams from his spines.
  • From Bad to Worse: During the battle where Godzilla first uses its Breath Weapon, the US bombers aren't the only things dropped by his spine beams—there were helicopters, holding most of the Japanese government officials in them, as well.
  • Ghost Ship: A derelict yacht in Tokyo Bay is a major location in the film. It belonged to Goro Maki, a zoologist who had been researching mutations as a result of nuclear waste being dumped into the ocean by the Americans. He had discovered Godzilla in its larval form decades ago, but was shunned and mocked by Japanese academia and had his work censured by the American government and committed suicide, leaving his research to be discovered by Yaguchi's team.
  • Godzilla Threshold: After a good, good chunk of Tokyo is absolutely destroyed and irradiated, taking a majority of the Japanese government out with it, the United Nations - headed by the Americans - all resolve to nuke Godzilla with the largest megaton bomb they have. Obviously, the Japanese have a big issue with this. It's also portrayed neutrally - American personnel make it clear they wouldn't be considering such a destructive action if Godzilla hadn't, y'know, destroyed Greater Tokyo and is threatening to go international.
  • Healing Factor: A staple power of Godzilla's, but with a deadly twist. when the scientists discover Godzilla's cells continue to grow exponentially even detached from his body, it raises the possibility that Godzilla can reproduce asexually. This raises Godzilla from a city destroyer to a potential extinction level threat, with one scientist theorizing a horde of rapidly reproducing Godzillas could destroy the world within months. It's this apocalypse scenario that motivates other nations to press for the use of nuclear weaponry.
  • Hollywood Evolution: Godzilla's Adaptive Ability is often called "evolving", even though evolution only describes changes in a species as a whole and thus couldn't apply to a Single Specimen Species. Bizarrely, one scientist points out that lifeforms normally evolve through generational change, but the term continues to be used regardless.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Averted with the military for the first time. In the previous films (including Godzilla (2014)), the military forces tend to be way too close to the monster they're facing, and they often get smashed or blasted within the monster's reach. In this film, they were a good distance away from Godzilla as he advances. He still defeats them by kicking a bridge in the Tama River battle, but at least they have the sense to retreat when the odds were so against them.
  • Hope Spot: Hooray, the military actually got a good hit on Godzilla! Everything should start getting better, right? Cue the Atomic Breath destroying much of Tokyo's skyline in an instant...and the spine beams taking every bomber and fighter that had been sent and most of Japan's government officials.
  • Huddle Shot: Happens a few times, with the task force crowding around one side of the table.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Ogashira's reaction upon hearing that the United States plans to use a thermonuclear bomb to destroy Godzilla (and all of Tokyo with it).
    Miss Ogashira: "Man is more frightening than Gojira."
  • Infant Immortality: Averted when Godzilla first makes landfall. He tries to stand up using an apartment building, but his weight ended up crushing the building with a family inside.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Right after the Minister makes an announcement to assure the public that Godzilla would not make landfall, reports come in that he has. The Minister even muses that Godzilla made a liar out of him.
  • Irony: Plenty:
    • While discussing about Godzilla and his name, he was called "Godzilla" by the Americans in this film before being called "Gojira". In the previous non-Toho film, the monster was referred as "Gojira" first before being called "Godzilla".
    • Toho made Godzilla 2000 due to negative response to the first American attempt. This film was made out of positive response from Godzilla (2014), considering Toho, Kenpachiro Satsuna, and Haruo Nakajima greatly loved the film. As an added bonus, Satsuna despised the first American film as he stated the monster lacked the spirit.
      • Longtime Godzilla producer Shogo Tomiyama renamed the American character "Zilla", because the American film "Took the 'God' out of Godzilla". In contrast, this film not only has God in the character's American name, the Japanese name is derived from a (fictional) God, and one of the meanings of "Shin" in the title is God.
  • Jitter Cam: While steady-cam footage is used predominantly throughout the movie, this format is also used throughout the movie—specifically, during sequences that show ordinary citizens fleeing from Godzilla.
  • Kill It with Fire: Careful study of Godzilla reveals that he's essentially a living atomic reactor and one of the most feasible (and in the loosest sense of the term, safest) ways of neutralizing him is to overload his capacity to channel energy, burning him out. Unfortunately, given how ineffective conventional bombardments have been on him (a massive aerial raid just puts him into brief stasis to cool himself off), the only weapons capable of forcing him into critical mass are nuclear warheads; an option despised by the Japanese for obvious reasons and attractive to the other countries of the world because at the rate Godzilla is mutating, he may soon be capable of flight, making him an international menace.
  • Kill It with Ice: The other solution humanity comes up with to deal with Godzilla is to essentially freeze him, dousing the fiery core of his being and preventing him from evolving any further. An ideal alternative to the above with the caveat that due to the open conditions of his environment (read: the outside), the only way this plan could ever work on a creature his size is if he were to ingest a lot of the freezing agent.
  • Leitmotif: A theme heard during Godzilla's initial coming ashore in Shinagawa is later reprised as Under a Burning Sky during the Yashiori Strategy at the film's climax.
    • As mentioned prior, variations of the Evangelion franchise's "Decisive Battle" are used multiple times throughout the film as the Anti-Godzilla organization's theme.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: A ton of characters come in and out of the film - starting from a good chunk of the Japanese PM's cabinet, ranging all the way to various researchers hired by Yaguchi, JSDF commanders, grunts, pedestrians recording Godzilla, and even German computer techs far away from Godzilla. The theatrical release of the film helpfully puts subtitles to show who's who (in either Japanese, or triligual in some Asia releases).
  • Lock and Load Montage: Parodied repeatedly. One of the first is shot with the same pacing as an action movie, but instead features assistants setting up a workroom for Yaguchi's team, with shots of them setting up printers, tables, and computers framed in the same manner that would normally be used to cover soldiers picking up weapons and gearing up for battle in any regular action movie. Other scenes are similar to said montage, but instead feature the team scrambling around, reporting by cellphone on their progress on the different parts of the plan to pump Godzilla full of coagulant, all set to the exact kind of soundtrack you'd expect for the straight version of this trope.
  • Mainlining the Monster: The Americans discovered Godzilla long before he hit land, but kept this secret to be the first to benefit from researching its Bizarre Alien Biology (including a new element formed inside its body). As Godzilla is left frozen but intact, many are hoping such discoveries could help fund the reconstruction of Tokyo.
  • Meaningful Name: For the first time ever, "Gojira" actually has a meaning; "God incarnate", according to Odo Island inhabitants.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: This iteration of Godzilla has four forms that he mutates into.
    • The first form, compared to a tadpole, is unseen in the film itself, but is important to the movie's backstory.
    • The second form is a yellow, armless lizard-like creature with pronounced gills.
    • The third form is a red lizard-like creature that stands upright and has greater mobility.
    • The fourth form is pictured above, and it has the greatest amount of screentime out of any of these.
    • The fifth form (as explained in the concept art book) is composed of the numerous humanoid creatures emerging from the tail.
  • Militaries Are Useless: And very stupid. The Japan Self Defense Forces fail to curb Godzilla's rampage as their guns and tanks are ineffective against Godzilla's tough skin and the American air force is guilty of exposing Japan to radiation and fire since their actions of attacking Godzilla with air force bombs only made Godzilla angry by provoking him to counter respond by firing purple lasers and fire. Millions of Japanese refugees are left homeless and exposed to nuclear radiation, so in a way the Americans have screwed Japan over even worse than had they left Godzilla alone.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Godzilla has a massive mouth lined with needle-sharp fangs, evocative of deep-sea fish. Some of them actually grow from the skin outside of his mouth.
  • Multiple Head Case: Close-up photos of the maquette reveal that Godzilla has a grotesquely malformed vestigial head on the tip of his tail. He can fire his Atomic Breath from it as well as his own mouth. Furthermore, the film ends on several skeletal humanoid Godzillas frozen in the midst of emerging from the tail's tip, suggesting that Godzilla reproduces through his tail.
    • Concept art reveals that several designs for Godzilla that were suggested had him with another smaller head (and arm) sprouting from his neck, implying he was some sort of grotesque mutant or undergoing the equivalent of mitosis.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • A promotional poster of Godzilla's footprint shows a trilobite in one of the toes, as a Call-Back to the original 1954 movie. Even the design of Godzilla's head is evocative of concept work for the 1954 film, which originally had a malformed-looking head and tiny eyes and went unused save for promotional shots.
    • The first thing the Prime Minister does is meet with three elderly paleontology and biology experts in suits and glasses. Unlike Drs. Yamane, Shigezawa, or Hayashida, they're absolutely useless, instead spouting off common-sense platitudes that waste the prime minister's time and angers him.
    • Godzilla's second and third forms, the "tadpole" and two-legged lizard-like form, have pronounced gills on each side of his neck, which may be a possible reference to the 2014 remake, whose Godzilla design had gills.
    • Speaking of the remake, this Godzilla also subsists on radiation, and the plan to try and obliterate him is detonate an extremely high-yield nuke on top of him that would cause severe destruction to a major city and its environs, but obliterate Godzilla (but also runs the risk of failing and only giving the target more sustenance), which is also called off in lieu of a suicide mission involving infantry.
    • The reveal of the atomic breath is also done at night, and is shot similarly to the 2014 version. Initially, Godzilla releases a massive firestorm, much like the original film, which then becomes his more iconic beam weapon. Additionally, the shots of Tokyo burning mimic and recreate scenes from the original film as well
    • Goro Maki has been the name of two characters in previous Godzilla continuities: a character in Son of Godzilla, and the main character of The Return of Godzilla. His function here seems like a Shadow Archetype to Dr. Serizawa of the original Gojira - horrified by the destructive potential of WMDs, but instead of using one against Godzilla, the research team speculates he helped awaken Godzilla both both as revenge against the Japanese government and academia for ruining his career and denying his wife aid for radiation sickness, and to test humanity.
    • As in the original film, Godzilla is named after Gojira, the malevolent sea-god of Odo Island, and is speculated to have been sighted around the island before.
    • The sound effects used by the JSDF's weapons and Godzilla's Atomic Breath, as well as many of the explosions and impacts, are taken straight out of the Showa films.
    • The bifurcated jaw Godzilla has harkens to Crustaceous Rex from Godzilla: The Series.
    • Godzilla's metamorphic, adaptational development draws influence from Hedorah and Destoroyah. His evolution from a simple dinosaur-like beast to a truly imposing mutated Kaiju also recalls his origin story shown in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, where he was shown to have evolved from a simple dinosaur known as "Godzillasaurus" after being exposed to nuclear fallout.
    • The probability of further Godzillas coming to life through displaced pieces of the original evokes The War of the Gargantuas.
    • The ending of the movie, in which the JSDF finally pacify Godzilla by trapping him under the rubble of collapsing buildings and using an experimental chemical to freeze his body solid, is a direct reference to the ending of Godzilla Raids Again, in which the military finally stops him by trapping him under an avalanche and freezing him in a block of ice. Notably, it ends with the clear implication that Godzilla will eventually unfreeze himself to wreak more havoc, as he did in Godzilla Raids Again's immediate sequel King Kong vs. Godzilla.
  • Never Trust a Title: The international title (Godzilla: Resurgence) sounds like Revenge of the Sequel, but the film is a Continuity Reboot to before Godzilla had ever been seen before. Presumably, this is part of the reason Funimation changed the title to Shin Godzilla, at Toho's request, when distributing the film to international theaters.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It is heavily implied Godzilla developed his Atomic Breath on the spot as a defensive measure after being wounded by the American bunker-busters. Additionally, if they hadn't convinced the Prime Minister to evacuate during said attack, he and his cabinet would likely have survived, as Godzilla never got near their location.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Godzilla, as usual. All manners of shells and missiles do basically nothing to the big guy. It takes several Massive Ordnance Penetrators to wound him, and it should be noted just how specialized and good at their intended purpose they are. Those weapons can penetrate 50 meters of solid rock, yet only seem to sink themselves a few meters at most into Shin Godzilla's skin.
  • No Endor Holocaust: Brought up at the end of the film, when it's discovered that the radioactive isotopes in Godzilla only have a half-life of twenty days, meaning even the places irradiated the most in his rampage will be safe for habitation in a few short years.
  • Not So Stoic: Every character so far, save Hiromi Ogashira, lost their nerves when the US deciding to use a nuclear bomb on Godzilla. If you know your history class, you know exactly why Note .
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The December 2015 teaser only showed people running from Godzilla without showing Godzilla himself.
  • Nuclear Nasty: Godzilla was empowered by nuclear waste instead of nuclear weapons in this continuity.
  • Nuke 'em: The United Nations comes to the conclusion that the only way to get rid of Godzilla is to throw a nuke at it. Thankfully, Patterson delays their decision long enough to let the people of Japan find another way to stop the monster.
  • No-Sell: Godzilla is completely unfazed by the barrage from tanks, launchers and helicopters. In other words, Godzilla is invincible to most human weaponry. It takes American GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator bombs to injure him, and it's presumed (perhaps incorrectly) that a nuclear weapon could completely kill the creature.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: The vocal tracks in the movie are done in this way. In an unusual twist on this trope, the lyrics are actually in English.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Prime Minister during the initial press conference about Godzilla when he finds out that what he just told the press, that Godzilla couldn't come onto land and survive, was just proven false within seconds of him saying it.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Hiromi Ogashira (Mikako Ichikawa) from the Ministry of Environment, a "lone wolf" who Yaguchi brings on board as a consultant and first figures out that Godzilla is nuclear-powered, has a tired, downcast look for most of the film. This changes in the climax, when she breaks into a big smile.
  • Power Incontinence: Godzilla returns to the ocean several times to prevent his body from overheating.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: After Godzilla first unleashes his Atomic Breath, the effect is so draining that he goes comatose for fifteen days.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Godzilla's focused Atomic Breath is purple/violet rather than blue or red, and is powerful enough to slice through skyscrapers in seconds.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Yaguchi's task force is composed of an assortment of people who are highly skilled in their areas, but who generally lack an adherence to decorum and procedure that would allow them to get ahead in their respective departments. However, because of that, they're the people actually dedicated to getting stuff done.
  • Reality Ensues: Let's be honest: no one would believe that a monster caused the flood. Least of all the Prime Minister of Japan (or, you know, any world leader). The first person to seriously suggest it's a sea monster - even after Japanese social media has been abuzz with it - is curtly told to stop making jokes. In the aftermath, the Japanese government has no idea how to handle a rampaging sea monster because this sort of thing doesn't happen.
    • Oddly played with: It's noted Godzilla's initial form would have crushed itself if it had come on land, and the Japanese government announces it can't come on land as a result. Guess what it does.
    • Unlike previous Godzilla films (including American remakes), attacking Godzilla on-site required approval as long as civilians are not present. In previous films, the military has a bad case of Leeroy Jenkins-level of attacking while major cities are in the middle of evacuating. This is what screwed things over as far as the original film: Godzilla was actively destroying everything and the military was so busy attacking him, 2/3 of Tokyo's population were either dead or dying.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The film's soundtrack incorporates several original Akira Ifukube tracks. Even the sound effects used by the JSDF's weapons and Godzilla's Atomic Breath, as well as many of the explosions and impacts, are taken straight out of the Showa films.
    • These tracks sound like they were taken from Evangelion. Makes sense given the same composer worked for both shows.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: This version of Godzilla is blood-red and jet black, and certainly looks malevolent.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: An in-universe example. As in the original film, Godzilla is named after the malevolent sea-god worshipped by the inhabitants of Odo Island.
  • Revisiting the Roots: Like the 1954 film, this is a Disaster Movie with overtones of Horror.
  • Serial Escalation: The marketing gave quite a bit of focus to Godzilla's height. This Godzilla is the tallest yet, at 118 meters, scooping the title from the 2014 Godzilla, who was 108 meters. Given his similar build and proportions, this makes him roughly thirteen times larger by volume than the 50 meter tall Showa Godzilla.
  • Serkis Folk: For the first time in a Japanese Godzilla film, Godzilla is mostly portrayed through motion capture and CG animation, though a few scenes utilize a massive puppet.
  • Scenery Gorn: Godzilla covers Tokyo entirely in flames by destroying everything with his Atomic Breath.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Godzilla is such an unprecedented situation that no existing protocols can be relied upon. The only government agents able to help are the ones willing to stick their necks out and risk doing something wrong for the sake of doing something right.
    • Discussed: Kayako is talking to Cussley, who presumably her father, that if she refuses to go with America's efforts to nuke Godzilla, she would gravely hurt her chances of becoming President of the United States. Cussley also notes he's supposed to withdraw with the rest of the American personnel, but it's implied he decides to stay.
    • The American military was supposed to withdraw for the bombing of Godzilla, but they instead assist the JSDF with drones and Marines for the final operation.
  • Sequel Hook: The film ends with several frozen humanoid Godzillas emerging from Godzilla's tail, meaning as soon as Godzilla thaws,so will those things.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In addition to the recycled music from previous Godzilla movies, the soundtrack contains references to Shiro Sagisu's work, such as "Decisive Battle" from Neon Genesis Evangelion and "What Can You See In Their Eyes" from Bleach.
    • Speaking of Evangelion, one gets the impression that Ogashira is a live-action expy of Rei Ayanami.
      • Yaguchi's team later get uniforms with the same color scheme as NERV's Bridge Bunnies.
    • Godzilla's focused Atomic Breath is a narrow purple beam that can cut through skyscrapers and sends torrents of molten metal cascading to the ground, much the same as the God Warrior's Breath Weapon in Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind and Anno and Higuchi's short spinoff film Giant God Warrior Appears Over Tokyo. It even manifests as a beam that starts several meters out of his throat, instead of directly coming out of it, much like the God Warrior's.
    • Godzilla's body/colony of organisms is able to mutate, adapt, and produce new materials in response to radiation and energy is the same ability of the titular organism from The Andromeda Strain. Fitting, given that Terminal Dogma was based in part from the book's Wildfire facility.
    • The Art Book shows patch/insignia designs for Operation Yashiori featuring elements from Toei's 60s anime adaptation of the Orochi myth "The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon" such as Susano's flying horse.
    • The scientist's name, Goro Maki, is the name of a reporter from The Return of Godzilla.
  • Square/Cube Law: Invoked when government officials believe the young Godzilla will be unable to support its weight on dry land, only for it to make landfall during a press conference where they insist it can only stay in the water.
  • Tagline: "Japan vs. Godzilla", as seen in katatana in the poster above. An alternate poster uses this tagline as an Alternate Character Reading for kanji translating to "Reality vs. Fiction". Funimation's English-language release uses "A god incarnate. A city doomed.",
  • Take That!: Toho made a few playful ones toward Godzilla (2014) in advertising the film, noting that they needed to make a Godzilla movie free from the influence of foreign studio. It should still be noted that Toho were still big fans of the 2014 film, which would be the primary reason that they chose to revive the franchise.
  • This Cannot Be!: Yasuda initially scoffs at Ogashira's hypothesis of Godzilla running on nuclear fission, only to spook the research team office with a flabbergasted screaming fit when it turns out she's right.
  • Toku: The film's special effects are a combination of tokusatsu puppetry and the best CGI Japan has to offer, similar to the 2015 Attack on Titan film.
  • Ultimate Life Form: Godzilla is several times described as a perfect lifeform far beyond mankind, as the scientists studying him discover he has more DNA information than any other living creature, and may continue evolving.
  • Vast Bureaucracy: The Japanese government is portrayed as extremely slow and inefficient, requiring a meeting to do absolutely anything. Notably, this isn't shown to be the fault of any particular Obstructive Bureaucrat, but a general tendency to do nothing as to save face - several times, the government members get annoyed at the fact they'd have to go through legal channels, waste time on pointless meetings, or have zero experience with, well, a rampaging monster.
  • Villain Song: Who Will Know, a One-Woman Wail/choir piece that accompanies the scene where Godzilla first unleashes his Atomic Breath and spine beams in response to the military getting a good hit in. The song being Godzilla's perspective becomes apparent with the verse "As long as breath comes out my mouth/I may yet stand the slightest chance/A shaft of light is all I need/to cease the darkness killing me."
  • Walking Spoiler: Godzilla's earlier forms were a mystery almost up until the theatrical release.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In both fronts actually:
    • Godzilla once again is depicted as this: He was a simple creature that happened to mutated into a monstrosity we see now, but his Leitmotif Who Will Know heavily implies this further with its lyrics, indicating him being a 110-metered monstrosity was not even his choice to begin with.
    • The film heavily implies Goro Maki as this. He's a simple scientist who found Godzilla in 1956. However circumstances heavily weighted on him, such as his discovery of Godzilla being mocked, shunned, and censored. The final straw was the death of his wife via radiation sickness. The fact that the Godzillalings emerging from Godzilla's tail indicates that he merged with the creature, since the tip of Godzilla's tail has a malformed face with a blue eye.

Alternative Title(s): Godzilla Resurgence

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