Godzilla: Monster Planet Images and Key Art Show Off Sci-Fi Feel

Toho’s Godzilla anime (titled Godzilla: Kaiju Wakusei (Monster Planet) in Japan)has released new promo images and posters with a distinctly sci-fi feel, although there’s still no look at the big guy himself. Check out the images in the gallery below! The 30th Godzilla film to be produced by Toho Pictures is set to air on Netflix after its it’s initial Japanese theatrical run in November 2017. Here’s the synopsis (via crunchyroll):

The last summer of the 20th century. On that day, the human race realized that they were not the only ruler of the planet earth.

The emergence of gigantic monsters “kaiju” and the ultimate existence that even can destroy the kaijus, Godzilla. After half-century of the war against the kaijus, the human race repeatedly defeated and decided to escape from the earth. Then finally in the year 2048, only people who were chosen by the artificial intelligence under the control of the central government went on board the interstellar immigrant ship Aratrum and left for the “Cetus: Planet Tau e” which was 11.9 light years away from the earth. But the environmental condition difference between the earth and Tau e, which took 20 years to reach, was far exceeded the predicted value, and there was no way to survive for the human race.

A young man named Haruo is on board of the immigrant ship. His parents were killed by Godzilla right front of him when he was 4, since then, he has been thinking about only going back to the earth and killing Godzilla for 20 years. Since there is no hope for immigration to other planets, the “Return to the Earth” group including Haruo becomes the mainstream in the ship as its living condition is getting worse, then they decide to try the long distance hyperspace navigation.

However, 20,000 years have already passed when they finally arrive the earth, and it becomes a totally unknown world dominated by an ecosystem topped by Godzilla. Can the human race take the earth back, and the fate of Haruo will be…?

Godzilla: Monster Planet is animated by Polygon Pictures, who also did Knights of Sidonia. The director of that film, Kobun Shizuno, will partner up with AJIN: Demi-Human director Hiroyuki Shshita for the film. Gen Urobuchi, writer of Psycho-Pass, wrote the script.

The anime is the latest Godzilla film to hit theaters after Gareth Edwards’ (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) version in 2014 and Shin Godzilla from Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi in 2016. The upcoming sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, will hit theaters in 2019 and stars Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga.