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Who will survive? Humanity? Or Godzilla?

So, you showed yourself at last. Since we saw each other, it has been 20 years for us, and 20,000 for you. It's been a long time. Oh King of Destruction.

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters is a 2017 post-apocalyptic Kaiju anime film based on the Godzilla series produced by Toho and animated by Polygon Studios. It is the first anime adaptation of the title character (or at least second); and the fourth Godzilla animation since Godzilla: The Series and is written by Gen Urobuchi (Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass) and co-directed by Kōbun Shizuno, the director of the Case Closed films, with character designs by Fire Emblem and No More Heroes artist Yusuke Kozaki. The soundtrack is composed by Takayuki Hattori, who has two Godzilla films under his belt, these being Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla and Godzilla 2000.

The film stars Mamoru Miyano, Kana Hanazawa, Takahiro Sakurai, Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Ono, Jun'ichi Suwabe, and Yuki Kaji.

When Godzilla and a legion of monsters emerged towards the end of the 20th century and drove humanity off of Earth after a 50 year war, the new planet that humanity was hoping to settle on turned out to be inhospitable. A faction wanting to return to Earth and take out Godzilla, led by a young man named Haruo, ends up taking political control and engages on a mission to return to Earth and kill Godzilla... only to emerge 20,000 years later, where Earth is overgrown and Godzilla reigns supreme.

After the success of Shin Godzilla, Toho on their Twitter announced an anime film was in the works; it was released in Japan on November 17, 2017. To avert a No Export for You, Toho released the movie on Netflix on January 17th 2018, two months after the film's theatrical debut. The film is the first in a trilogy, the second, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, was released in May 2018. The third film, Godzilla: The Planet Eater, was released November 9, 2018 in Japan and was released worldwide on Netflix on January 9, 2019.

A manga adaptation was released in March 2018, which features expanded content.

The official site is here. Teaser, trailer 1, trailer 2.

Includes examples of:

  • Actually a Doombot: Crossing over with Cruel Twist Ending, it turns out the Godzilla they defeated was merely the offspring of the original, which is now several times larger and even more powerful. It also happens to be royally pissed off.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Godzilla Earth's origin is plant-based instead of being a prehistoric saurian.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Not only did Godzilla get depicted as a villain like Shin Godzilla, but Godzilla's offspring gets this sort of treatment in contrast to original incarnations like Minilla and Godzilla Junior.
  • Admiring the Abomination: As Godzilla towers over the humans, Metphies delivers a sinister sermon hailing it as a god of death and destruction.
  • After the End: The film is set several thousand years after Godzilla has driven humans off the Earth in a Homeworld Evacuation and has killed the other kaiju and conquered the planet for himself. An initial estimate of 10,000 years is given before a more accurate assessment of approximately 20,000 years is provided.
  • Alien Invasion:
    • Invoked in a discussion between Metphies and Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu regarding their respective species' possible motives for trying to help kill Godzilla prior to Earth's evacuation. Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu posits that the Exifs intended to conquer Earth by brainwashing the humans into following their religion, and Metphies replies that the Bilusalodo would have used Mecha-Godzilla as a weapon against the humans once Godzilla was dead.
    • Metphies posits to Haruo that Godzilla is an extraterrestrial entity, stating the Exifs have seen civilizations wiped out by similar kaiju and view them as divine punishment from their god.
  • All for Nothing: The humans spent the entire movie fighting off monsters and Godzilla at great cost to themselves, and so when they defeat Godzilla Fillius, the real one appears and effortlessly defeats them without even trying.
  • All There in the Manual: A timeline of the Kaiju Wars was released as early promotional material and a prequel novel Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse further elaborates on this world's history and includes many more kaiju.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The Exifs and Bilusaludo. In a dialogue between Metphies and Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu, both seem to coyly acknowledge the other's 'hypothetical' supposition that their respective people were planning to take over the world after dealing with Godzilla, but these plans were derailed by their failure to stop the monster. After they were forced to evacuate alongside humanity, however, they've seemingly been nothing but helpful towards the humans and each other. Metphies himself gives off this vibe since a few of his more sinister comments imply he was manipulating Haruo in order to deliver the remnants of humanity to Godzilla and prevent them from escaping what he sees as their divine punishment.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Metphies gives off this vibe regarding Haruo, since he's taking an interest in helping him and his goals and touches Haruo inappropriately at one point.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Haruo, though extensive researches over old data logs, is able to understand Godzilla's natural defenses and strategizes how to kill it. While they work with Fillius, it's very debatable how well they would work on Godzilla himself.
  • Behemoth Battle: As in Shin Godzilla, averted. The conflict in this film is strictly humans vs. monsters.
  • Big Bad: Godzilla is this, as he led his monsters to conquer Earth and destroy mankind.
  • The Bus Came Back: Early backstory materials show that the kaiju invasion in the 21st century included Kamacuras, Anguirus, Rodan, Hedorah, Dagahra, Dogora, and Orga, though it remains to be seen if they will be shown in the film itself. The prequel novel includes appearances from about a dozen more.
  • The Cameo: Many other Toho kaiju show up in the flashbacks, but in the present day only Godzilla and his "offspring" show up.
  • Central Theme: Revenge. The whole film explores this theme and it shows exactly how bad it is. Haruo and Godzilla actively seeks vengeance, but guess who actually succeeds in it? Haruo, at times, verges on having a Ahab-like obsession with killing Godzilla, beyond all reason and sanity. His own anger and obsession with revenge proved to be his downfall as he was completely unaware the Godzilla he hated so much is nearly invincible, but annihilates his army without trying.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: The humans succeed in killing Godzilla, only to learn that it wasn't the Big G himself, but one of his children. The real Godzilla proceeds to awaken and go on a Papa Wolf rampage that destroys the majority of the army and leaves Haruo buried in rubble. Then The Stinger happens.
  • Curbstomp Battle: The film does not pull any punches on why Godzilla's name means "God Incarnate". In the flashback to the Monster Apocalypse he is shown decimating several cities, wiping out both humans and his fellow kaiju indiscriminately, and he tanks 150 nukes. When he finally shows up in the film itself, six times the size he was during the flashback, he has the humans fleeing in terror. Unlike the last time, he devastates Haruo's army in a matter of two moves, rendering Haruo and possibly Metphies as the only survivors of his assault.
  • Darker and Edgier: By and far the darkest incarnation of the Godzilla franchise, outdoing even Shin Godzilla. Considering the writer behind being Urobutcher, this isn't too surprising.
  • Death by Origin Story: Haruo's parents were killed by Godzilla when he attacked the evacuation site. Yuko's grandfather, who also took Haruo in after he was orphaned, was on the shuttle that exploded during the failed Tau'e colonization.
  • Death World:
    • Tau Ceti e — the planet the humans were hoping to settle — turns out to be completely inhospitable. It is covered in massive hurricanes, and the shuttle carrying the elderly colonists was torn to shreds the moment it entered the atmosphere.
    • Due to Godzilla winning and terraforming the Earth's biosphere, the planet has become this to humanity when they return after 20,000 years. The air itself is unbreathable. The plants — which are offshoots of Godzilla — have become hard enough to break a knife and with razor sharp leaves, and release metallic pollen that messes with radio communication and long-range sensors. That's not even getting into Flying-Type Servum — dragon-like creatures that are offshoots of Godzilla and can shred armored vehicles with their claws — let alone Godzilla himself. The planet has literally evolved to kill humans.
  • Defiant to the End: The Latin American translation changes Leland's Profane Last Words from "to Hell with this planet" to (roughly) "Fuck you, monster!".
  • Determinator: Haruo is obsessed with killing Godzilla, twice taking nearly suicidal actions to achieve that goal. It's this trait that makes Metphies so interested in him.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: After they finally manage to defeat Godzilla, Martin Lazzari discusses the possibility that this may not have been the only specimen of Godzilla on the planet, given its uncanny similarity to the original specimen despite everything else on the planet evolving, to which Haruo replies at least they know they can defeat it. Cue the real Godzilla waking up...
  • The Dreaded: Like always, Godzilla is regarded as the greatest threat mankind has ever faced.
  • Driven to Suicide: Some human survivors went insane due to despair and killed themselves after being in space for so long, fuelling Haruo's rage against Godzilla.
  • Epic Fail: The Bilusaludo constructed Mechagodzilla to take on the real deal, and when it was time to unveil it, they couldn't even turn it on.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Haruo is introduced holed up the cockpit of a shuttle with a bomb attached to him, loudly demanding he speak to the higher ups about a colonization plan that he thinks is an attempt to lessen the mouths to feed on.
  • Expy:
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the beginning, the movie firmly established that Godzilla is a No-Nonsense Nemesis, destroying anyone and anything he encounters immediately. Once the humans return to Earth, the humans had to be careful just in case Godzilla shows up. And indeed he does, but note that he did not attack immediately. He only attacked when he was provoked by Haruo. This is one of the signs that it's a different Godzilla. And indeed, the Godzilla that Haruo defeats is an offspring of the original, and once he shows up, he attacks the humans immediately.
    • One of the natives appears on the background, keeping a lookout on the landing party, about halfway through the movie.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Almost all of the kaiju that appear in the film aside from Godzilla himself, thanks to only appearing in a brief newspaper crawl.
    • Many of the reports and plans displayed on the holographic screens later on are extremely detailed and have actual text, but only appear for very short periods.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: The Big G himself is strongly implied to be this, attacking and utterly destroying humans and monsters alike.
    Metphies: He is the punishing iron hammer for the arrogant. For the species who pronounce themselves as lords of creation, a divine avenger will pay them a visit.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: The reason for the mass kaiju invasion or Godzilla's animosity with humankind is never explained, but it is enough that Godzilla will not let any human in sight leave the planet alive.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Averted with Godzilla Fillius. With careful planning and a good strategy, the protagonists are able to kill it. Seemingly played straight with the real Big G, who is many times larger and more powerful.
  • Giant Flyer: The flying variant of the Servum are multi-eyed, pterosaur-ish kaiju that share 97% of their genome with Godzilla.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The real Godzilla. After most of humanity escaped Earth, Godzilla's presence affects the environment, both flora and fauna. Godzilla Fillius is active after the original goes dormant for 20,000 years. Once he wakes up, the humans have a reason to be terrified of him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Leland personally attacks Godzilla in one of the mecha-walkers midway through the film, buying time for the other forces to escape while also revealing the location of Godzilla's shield-generating organ, and pays for it with a personal blast from the kaiju's atomic breath. Later in the film, Haruo tries to do this by using one of the Mini-Mecha to jump onto Godzilla's back, knowing that the artillery cannons will probably kill him alongside the monster. He ends up disengaging in time to avoid being blown up.
  • Homeworld Evacuation: To a limited extent. Only those chosen by a governing A.I. left on the colonization mission. And horribly deconstructed in Haruo's narration which he calls a hell worse then Godzilla. Due to the lack of space, resources, and energy, everyone is cold, hungry and miserable in their ship. It's only been 20 years but they still haven't found a planet they can colonize and it's gotten to the point that going back to Earth might be the only way to survive.
  • Hope Spot: Due to Haruo's plan and daring, they were able to kill Godzilla...'s child. And then the real one wakes up.
  • Hostile Terraforming:
    • Godzilla has inflicted this on the Earth's biosphere in the centuries since humanity's Homeworld Evacuation, as described under Death World. Ironically given that Godzilla is suggested to be Gaia's Vengeance against the human race, Nature has now been transformed to serve the needs of this new master, instead of reverting to a 'pristine' state.
    • The landing party do their own small version by carpet-bombing the forest with thermobaric bombs in order to clear a landing site. Brings a whole new meaning to Coming in Hot!
  • Human Aliens: Humanity's evacuation of the Earth was assisted by two alien races: The Exifs and the Bilusaludo. The one thing that really sets them apart from humanity is a slower rate of aging.
  • Idiot Ball: Haruo carries this as soon as the ship arrives back on Earth, due to his Revenge Before Reason. Once the drones pick up Godzilla Fillius, instead of doing the sensible thing and settling on the part of the planet least inhabited by monsters, he decides to take the fight to where Godzilla is. This results in several losses of life due to the Servum and Godzilla's attacks. And once Godzilla Fillius is killed, the REAL Godzilla shows himself and kills seemingly everybody but Haruo.
  • Inconsistent Spelling: Official spellings of one alien species' name include "Bilusaludo", "Bilsaldians", and "Bilsards".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he's not a Jerkass by any means, Leland does make a point that due to changed conditions on Earth, they're practically sitting ducks after the Servum attack their outpost. Even if they did find Godzilla, they would all be dead before they would even find find him.
  • Killed Offscreen: All the kaiju introduced in the opening were killed by Godzilla at some point in the last few thousand years.
  • Kill the Poor: On top of the colonization attempt of Tau'e at the beginning being a Suicide Mission in and of itself (which is why Haruo was protesting as hard as he does — all of the volunteers are people who have become 'useless' for the ship, such as the elderly), it is not unsubtly implied that the administrators deliberately set off a bomb in the shuttle just to be sure.
  • Lethally Stupid: Haruo survives but his selfish and severely ill-advised actions and choices to bring the fight to Godzilla instead of leaving well enough alone lead to the death of every single member of the landing party which amounted to hundreds, if not thousands of people.
  • Mini-Mecha: The human forces utilize these in two flavors: artillery-focused walkers with multiple pilots that are essentially tanks on legs, and more traditional single-pilot suits intended for close combat.
  • Moby Schtick: Replace "Moby Dick" with "Godzilla" and add the Trauma Conga Line of a Homeworld Evacuation that was botched in the long run and you have Haruo's mentality in a nutshell. This is a pretty regular mindset in the Godzilla franchise.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Upon returning to Earth as a last resort to save the surviving people onboard the ship, Godzilla is detected on the planet. Rather than just leave him in peace and simply land on another part of the planet and allow the people to recolonize and live in harmony on their original home planet, Haruo extremely stupidly decides to take the battle to Godzilla for the sole reason of avenging his parents and forcing humanity off the planet. Less than a half hour on Earth, the landing party is attacked and ambushed by black spikey flying Rodan-like creatures which kill dozens of people and injure dozens more. Upon reaching Godzilla, Haruo orders everyone to attack the creature even though it paid them no heed. In the eventually successful effort of killing Godzilla, dozens more people are killed... only for the REAL Godzilla to make itself known, upon which it promptly eradicates the surviving people and machinery to avenge it's freshly-killed offspring. Haruo got literally everyone but himself, and possibly Metphies, killed just because he wanted some revenge.
    • Haruo's army made the mistake of fleeing while they were still frantic, to the point some used airships. The absolute panic not only caught Godzilla's attention, it annihilates them without even trying.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Godzilla took 150 nukes head on (which did a pretty nice number to the Midwest) and wasn't harmed. This is explained due to Godzilla and Godzilla Fillius having a natural energy barrier.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Godzilla Fillius. While he shoots down a probe, the reason why he attacks the humans was because he was provoked by Haruo. He would have simply left the humans alone as he doesn't appear to have the same animosity as he (actually his father) displayed millennia ago. However, thanks to Haruo, he attacks the humans' assault on him out of self-defense. When the real Godzilla shows up, he appears to be anything but non-malicious.
  • No-Sell: Godzilla is unfazed by having 150 nuclear bombs dropped on him due to his electromagnetic energy barrier.
  • Not So Invincible After All: In the film, the humans manage to kill Godzilla Fillius after significant casualties, but on the assumption that they were fighting the real thing. The real Godzilla shows up not long after and promptly curbstomps the entire army in ten seconds flat.
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone's reaction when the real Godzilla wakes up and is ridiculously more powerful then the Godzilla Fillius, they nearly died to kill.
  • Papa Wolf: Godzilla will not let anyone escape. Especially not the humans who killed his offspring.
  • Planimal: This incarnation of Godzilla evolved from plant life and looks like a tree-person version of Legendary Godzilla. Further highlighting this is that both the flora and the fauna of Earth — revealed to be offshoots of him — share his physical traits (being biomechanical) and some of his abilities.
  • Profane Last Words: "To Hell with this planet", courtesy of Leland, before getting blown away with an Atomic Breath.
  • Razor Wind: Godzilla's tail whip attack destroys a mountain and appears to generate tornado-force winds that destroy every surviving human besides Haruo.
  • Reclaimed by Nature: A scene has the exploration team encountering the ruins of several buildings that, thanks to Godzilla's Hostile Terraforming, had become giant hedges which allowed them to keep their shape even after several thousand years.
  • Regional Redecoration: What was once East Asia is shown to have experienced this after 20,000 years of Godzilla ruling and terraforming the Earth in humanity's absence.
  • Revenge: The main theme of the film. It goes to point out exactly how bad it is and how far it will go.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Haruo is driven by rage and indignation at humanity's loss of Earth to the kaiju, especially Godzilla — who he is driven by a Captain Ahab-level obsession to destroy. Part of this is understandable due him witnessing his parents die in one of Godzilla's attacks at a young age; spending 20 years living aboard the Aratrum in increasingly despair-ridden conditions, an increasingly severe lack of resources, and "endless days suffering from hunger, thirst, and cold"; and watching his foster grandfather be sacrificed in order to reduce the number of mouths the ship has to feed. Haruo claims he wants to fight against Godzilla to take the Earth back for humanity, and to renew humanity's hope and pride in itself despite their decreasing numbers, because he's convinced there's simply nowhere else to go. This is also his biggest flaw, as his determination for revenge leads him to make dozens of poorly-thought-out choices that cause him to not only put himself and countless others in danger through his recklessness, but which lead to his downfall and several deaths that could have easily been avoided; not to mention the deaths of thousands of people at the hands of an enraged Godzilla after Haruo's army attacked and eventually killed his offspring, thinking it was him.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: It's repeatedly theorized that Godzilla might have somehow reproduced, with Martin surmising that the Godzilla they defeated is the original's descendant and there might be others around. He has no idea how accurate he was with that statement but was wrong that the original is dead.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Godzilla completely obliterating Haruo's army and all surviving humans after they killed Godzilla Fillius who was his son.
  • Robeast: The Bilusaludo helped build a mecha patterned after Godzilla — fittingly called Mecha-Godzilla — with the intent of using it to kill Godzilla and then turning it on humanity to conquer Earth for themselves. Unfortunately for them, Mecha-Godzilla was unable to be activated and was left abandoned on Earth when Godzilla attacked the facility where it was being stored. 20 000 years later, it's still buried in the ruins and — as it will play a big role in the sequel — is still in operational condition.
  • Run or Die: Haruo's orders after the real Godzilla wakes up.
  • Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink: Besides Godzilla there are two alien species working with humanity who have access to Faster-Than-Light Travel and mechas.
  • The Scourge of God: Metphies believes Godzilla is this as the Exifs have seen many civilization on different planets being destroyed by creatures like Godzilla.
  • Sinister Minister:
    • The Exifs originally intended to conquer Earth via evangelism, and the prequel novel reveals that their intervention helped humanity survive the crushing loss of faith incurred during the Monster Apocalypse. One character converted to the Exifs' religion even speculates that the Exifs visited Earth in the distant past and that various religions — Judaism in particular — originated as an attempt by the ancient humans at emulating the Exifs' religion.
    • While outwardly a fairly mellow person with a wry sense of humour, Metphies makes a number of comments that imply he was manipulating Haruo's desire for revenge in order to deliver the remnants of humanity to Godzilla — who he and implicitly the other Exifs view as an instrument of divine punishment.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: In a Crapsack World where kaiju runs rampant and especially Godzilla's reign on Earth, it's easy to see why Haruo sees it that way. The film makes a point that due to Godzilla's influence on Earth, it's practically a Death World where flora and fauna thrive. And then there's the kicker that Godzilla grew 300 meters and was sleeping for centuries.
  • The Stinger: Haruo wakes up in an unfamiliar bed and finds himself being tended to by a masked, pink-haired woman, who takes off her mask and reveals herself to be human. Cut to black.
  • Sole Survivor: The fate of the other characters are unknown aside from Metphies, but Haruo survives.
  • Super-Scream: The real Godzilla's roars are so powerful that he can destroy ships with it.
  • Tail Slap: The original Godzilla is so massive that a single swing of his tail creates a shockwave that destroys a fleet of ships.
  • That's No Moon: The "mountain" near the location where they ambush and kill Godzilla Fillus is actually Godzilla!
  • There Is Another: The Godzilla that Haruo defeats is not the Godzilla that drove humanity away. The real one was dormant for 20,000 years.
  • Time Dilation: The humans that evacuated Earth (and those who returned) use experimental hyperdrives. Relativistic physics made them age a whole lot slower—what has been twenty years for the remnants of humanity has been 20,000 for Earth, resulting in a radically different ecosystem.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The real Godzilla was about as powerful as Godzilla Fillius 20,000 years ago and since then has gotten much stronger.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Played Straight with everyone but Haruo who just blindly agreed to go along with the death wish plan of their leader who clearly does not have his head on straight, even more egregious so that not one person objects and suggests that they get the hell out even after the sudden attack by the Servum. To be fair, the film establishes that life in space hasn't been particularly kind to humanity, even if they haven't been spacefarers for as long as either the Exifs or the Bilusaludo. Every attempt to colonize other moons or planets has ended in disaster, and resources are dwindling, so even if they did retreat, they'd only buy themselves a few months of survival at best. There's also the fact that Metphies may have manipulated Haruo and his forces into essentially getting themselves killed via Godzilla Fillius, or the real Godzilla himself. Nonetheless, that no one thought to come up with possibly successful alternatives even AFTER Metphies' endorsement of the plan still qualifies.
  • Tranquil Fury: The real Godzilla bellows after waking up after Haruo and his army defeats Godzilla Fillius. When he sees the humans, he sends a power breath that destroys most of the humans' fleet and sends a tail whip that can slice and destroy a mountain. Truly a God incarnate...
  • Uncertain Doom: The fate of Adam and other named characters aside from Haruo (who is explicitly shown surviving) and Yuko (who managed to escape and is present in the poster for the sequel, all but confirming her survival) after the real Godzilla attacks are unknown. The synopsis for the sequel reveals that Mulu-elu Galu-gu survives.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The plan presented by Haruo and the other strategists of the expedition see an awful lot of casualties and obstacles such as the mini-Godzilla monsters, but it still goes exactly as described and works exactly as projected. So it's not really much of a surprise when it turns out that the Godzilla the expedition killed is Godzilla's child and the real Godzilla is so much Stronger with Age that the resulting Curb-Stomp Battle when he wakes up full of Papa Wolf rage is not even charitably describable as a "battle".
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Inverted. The strategy that the protagonist invented to defeat Godzilla, was thought for the Godzilla of 20,000 years ago. Unfortunately for humans, Godzilla has become much more powerful at that time. So it would be a case of Hero Forgot To Level Grind.
  • Villain World: The story is set in a world where the kaiju basically won and humanity had no choice but to flee the planet. Now, 20,000 years later humanity returns to find a world firmly under their control.
  • Wham Line: There is more than one Godzilla.
  • Wham Shot:
  • You Killed My Father: Haruo's hatred of Godzilla happened is because the latter killed his parents when they were in an escape shuttle. The feeling is now officially mutual after Haruo kills Godzilla Fillius, AKA the son of Godzilla.

Alternative Title(s): Godzilla, Godzilla 2017, Godzilla Monster Planet