Amidst a summer of live-action comic book adaptations, Netflix is expanding its library of animated features with Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle set to premier on July 18.
Similar to other films in the Kaiju (Japanese for “strange beast”) genre, the film features humans and robots against the biggest Godzilla to ever be seen in an interplanetary struggle for survival.
Produced by Toho Animation and animated by Polygon Pictures, it is the 33rd film in the Godzilla franchise, the 31st Toho-produced film in the series and the second entry in the anime trilogy after Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters.
Following the events of Planet of the Monsters, Haruo Sakaki is rescued by Miana, a girl belonging to an indigenous tribe called the “Houtua,” descendants of the humans left behind. The Houtua tell Haruo that their god was destroyed by Godzilla and left behind eggs. Meanwhile Galu Gu, the leader of the Bilusaludo, discovers that the Houtua’s spears are sourced from the “nanometal” used to build Mechagodzilla, long thought to have been destroyed at the foot of Mount Fuji in the 21st Century.
Co-directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita, City on the Edge of Battle was announced in a second post-credit scene in the theatrical release of the original film. This revealed the sequel’s Japanese title, Gojira: Kessen Kido Zoshoku Toshi, which featured a poster of Mechagodzilla and the follow up’s 2018 release date.
Returning to compose the soundtrack, it marks Takayuki Hattori’s fourth Godzilla film score. XAI will also return to perform the film’s theme song The Sky Falls.
City on the Edge of Battle was given a theatrical release in Japan on May 18 and will be premier worldwide on Netflix.
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