More than 10 years after the last Japanese version of Godzilla movie, finally, Toho studio has released their new movie! After Toho made their last film, Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004, they had decided to stop making new one. So, there was no new Japanese Godzilla film in more than 10 years, but thanks to American version of Godzilla movie, Godzilla (2014), interest in Godzilla of people in and outside Japan has again increased, and Toho decided to make new Japanese version! The Godzilla Street was built in Tokyo, and Godzilla Resurgence has been released!!
People love Godzilla (2014), it’s obviously much better than the ugly fish eating reptile in Godzilla 2000…and closer to the original Japanese series. But still, to huge Godzilla’s fans, Hollywood version of Godzilla never be the same like the original Japanese versions. The fans have been missing the Japanese Godzilla so long, and now finally we can enjoy the new Godzilla film with the excitement that we can watch Japanese versions more in the future.
However, I’d better tell you that you can enjoy Godzilla Resurgence even more if you are also a fan of the anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Because there are simply many features of Evangelion in Godzilla Resurgence!
Oh, before I talk about the features, here are Godzilla and Evangelion crossover figures (image from http://tamashii.jp). Click these pictures if you want to see the full images.
The toy company, Tamashii Nations has leased them for celebrating the new Godzilla film which has features of Evangelion.
The Japanese Title, ‘Shin Gojira’, Why ‘Shin’?
The Japanese title of the Godzilla Resurgence is ‘Shin Gojira (Godzilla) (シンゴジラ)’. ‘Shin（シン）’, in Japanese, can mean ‘new’ or ‘God.’ If we consider the meaning of English movie title Godzilla Resurgence, and think like ‘resurgence’ corresponds to ‘Shin,’ the meaning of ‘shin’ is closer to ‘new’. Though, to Japanese people, the title, ‘Shin Gojira’ can sound like both ‘new’ and ‘God,’ and it gives the Godzilla more fearful and sacred image to them.
One theory of reason why ‘shin’ is used for the new movie (not only because the movie is new Japanese Godzilla film) is the main director of the film. Hideaki Anno, the main director of Godzilla Resurgence is also known as an author, animater, and director of Neon Genesis Evangelion, one of world famous Japanese animes. The Japanese title of unreleased Evangelion movie, Rebuild of Evangelion (Evangelion: 3.0+1.0) is ‘Shin Evangelion（シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版: ||).’ Many people think ‘Shin’ of ‘Shin Gojira’ was from that.
Right, Hideaki Anno, the Director. He directed Evangelion!
As Hideaki Anno is the legendary director in Japan, Toho asked him to direct Godzilla Resurgence hoping that he could revive their Godzilla film (maybe Toho didn’t want anymore failure like their last movie, Godzilla: Final Wars which was so awful to me). When Anno was asked to direct the new film, initially he rejected the request because of his depression from the last Evangelion movie, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, but as co-director and his friend Shinji Higuchi persuaded, he accepted Toho request.
For your information, co-director, Shinjui Higuchi is also the main director of movie, Attack on Titan
The Atomic Rays of the Shin Godzilla
Shin Godzilla was designed by Mahiro Maeda. He also designed 2 angels (gigantic creatures from the space) in Neon Genesis Evangelion and helped Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli animate Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind when Anno drew the monster robot, Kyoshinhei for the movie (Kyoshinhei also shows up Anno’s Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo). If Shin Godzilla’s Atomic rays from its back are somehow familiar to you, and you feel like you saw them from somewhere, probably that is Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind or Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Destructive Rays from the back of Kyoshinhei in Nausicaa movie are very similar to those of Shin Godzilla. And in Evangelion 3.0, before the main movie starts, Kyoshinhei shows up in the movie and destroys the world with the rays.
The Music Is Familiar, Too?
Godzilla Resurgence music composer, Shiro Sagisu also composed background music for Neon Genesis Evangelion and Attack on Titan movie. During Godzilla Resurgence in theater, I suddenly heard music sounded familiar, I and my friend look each other and whispered, ‘that is Evangelion!’ it was very exciting moment to me as a fan of both Godzilla and Evangelion.
Kayoko Ann Patterson and Asuka Langley Soryu
Many people say that Kayoko Ann Patterson (Satomi Ishihara), US’s special ambassador is similar to Asuka Langley Soryu in Evangelion in terms of personality and background. Asuka is a little bossy Japanese American girl who speaks fluent German. Kayoko is also a Japanese American who speak English fluently, enjoys telling people what to do, and wants to be a leader.
A fun fact is that Satomi Ishihara who played Kayoko is also a commercial model for English school in Japan named AEON . This might be a reason for casting her for Kayoko?