You know what’s really weird? As a Godzilla fan since childhood, I’ve often had to wait years for anything Godzilla-related. Years! Of course, I got that godawful Roland Emmerich Godzilla movie back in the ‘90s (Even though it does have its defenders), but for the most part, I’ve had to rely on old flicks and a few movies coming out of Japan which were brought stateside. But, this year, not only did I get the epic Godzilla Vs. Kong, but I’m also getting Godzilla Singular Point on Netflix coming in June. I mean, does it get any better than this?
I hope not, because I don’t think I could get any more excited without my head exploding, Scanners style. Netflix has been killing it lately when it comes to anime. They have that excellent Castlevania show, which isn’t technically anime since it’s not from Japan, but you know what I mean. It's inspired by anime. Then you have the actual anime like Full Metal Alchemist and Naruto. I mean, honestly, outside of Crunchyroll, you really can’t get any better with anime than Netflix, which is just one reason why I’m pumped for Godzilla Singular Point. And, here are five more!
It Looks A Lot More Engaging Than The Three Animated Godzilla Movies We Got On Netflix
Okay, so remember when I just said that the anime on Netflix has been on point lately? Well … Let me tell you about the three Godzilla anime movies that came out on Netflix not too long ago. Known as the Reiwa era (Which also includes the excellent Shin Godzilla as well as Godzilla Singular Point), this is the current phase of Godzilla from Toho that doesn’t factor into the MonsterVerse.
Instead, we got one live action movie so far (Shin Godzilla), and three anime flicks—Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, and Godzilla: The Planet Eater. While I wanted to like all of them (and do kind of like Planet of the Monsters), even I, a hardcore Godzilla fan, have to admit that they all kind of suck. They’re just so slow and boring and not where I want to see the next era of Godzilla heading. But Godzilla Singular Point looks full of fun and excitement, and it also appears to include some of my favorite characters from the Gozilla roster. Speaking of which…
Jet Jaguar Looks To Be Taking Center Stage!
If you get me started talking about Godzilla, then I will eventually end up talking about Jet Jaguar. He made his one, and only, starring appearance in Godzilla Vs. Megalon. Jet Jaguar was actually created for a contest Toho put on back in the ‘70s. A child sent in the winning entry, and Toho was going to put him in his own solo adventure until they realized that nobody would watch that movie. So, they decided to include Godzilla in that story, and thus, Jet Jaguar was born.
He’s been a fan favorite ever since, but has only ever also appeared in video games and in the Japanese TV show, Godzilla Island. But, we’ve pretty much been denied any Jet Jaguar love in the states. Until now, that is, since Jet Jaguar appears to play a major role in Godzilla Singular Point. It looks like we’ll also be getting some more obscure Godzilla baddies like Titanosaurus, Anguirus, Gabera, and hey, even good old Rodan seems to be making an appearance. Did I happen to mention that I’m really excited for this new show?
The Animation Is Stunning
The three Godzilla anime movies that came out were visually interesting, but a bit too dreary for my taste. Polygon Pictures animated the films, and they’d done great stuff like Transformers Prime and Tron Uprising in the past, so they definitely had a distinct, cool look. But I wasn’t too fond of Godzilla’s appearance, and I especially didn’t like how King Ghidorah looked in Godzilla: The Planet Eater. No, thank you.
However, the animation in Singular Point looks so vivid and alive. It’s going to be done by two Japanese studios Bones and Orange. Bones, in particular, is known for working on series such as Fullmetal Alchemist and Soul Eater, and character designs will be handled by Kazue Kato, who created the manga, Blue Exorcist. The monster designs, on the other hand, are being handled by Eiji Yamamori, who once worked for Studio Ghibli. So, has what we've seen so far looked pretty good? You’re darn tootin’, it has.
I’m not a huge fan of the Legendary Godzilla if I’m being completely honest. I know Godzilla has been a hero or an antihero more often than he’s been a villain over his many years, but I really just love villain Godzilla, which we’ve seen in the original film, Godzilla 1985, and Shin Godzilla.
It looks like the Godzilla we’re getting in Godzilla Singular Point is just that. A villain! I really love Extinction Level Event Godzilla, and I’m hoping that the threat feels as real as it can with Singular Point. Because I like my Godzilla big and bad.
It Will Be Our First Godzilla TV Series Based On The Japanese Godzilla Since The ‘70s
Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that Godzilla Singular Point will be our very first Godzilla TV series based on the Japanese version since the ‘70s. Let me explain. Hanna-Barbera made a Godzilla cartoon that lasted for two seasons back in 1978, but that show is, you know, not great. Just check out this intro in case you don’t believe me. Besides, Godzilla looks more like a dinosaur than the King of all Monsters, and with the inclusion of the very lame, Godzoooooky, it’s not the best representation of our big boy G.
Then, we had the American Godzilla cartoon, which, I must say, was much better than the movie. That said, I, and many other fans, don’t really consider that to even be Godzilla. That’s just Zilla to us. So, Godzilla Singular Point really represents the badass Godzilla we love from Japan, but in a format that is hopefully cooler than the one that we got with Godzooky. Here’s hoping, at least.
Godzilla Singular Point looks to be a damn good time, but again, it’s coming in June. So, why not binge watch some of the best shows on Netflix, while you wait? Come on. You know you want to.