The 3D/2D fusion, Godzilla Singular Point is set to premiere in the United States this June while the first episode has reportedly already premiered in Japan. I want to make it clear upfront that I am still very excited to see this new anime adaptation of the beloved kaiju… that being said, I cannot understand what they did to my boy, Rodan!
For those who are not familiar, Rodan is a classic kaiju from the Japenese monsterverse making his debut way back in his 1956 solo film. He later premiered alongside Godzilla in 1964’s, Ghidora, Three-Headed Monster.
Rodan is a kaiju based on the prehistoric Pteranodon which more or less is exactly what the animated Netflix version is. Despite the fantastic accuracy to the actual creature, the kaiju history of Rodan is something way more impressive. This guy is supposed to be a BEAST of the sky with a tremendous build and consuming wings.
If we take a look at 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, we got an interpretation of the beast where he came out of a VOLCANO and flew the skies with lava wings…LAVA WINGS!
The trailer seems to depict a sworm of Rodan’s devestating Japan like locusts and it’s just…fine. I am personally a very big fan of the modern interpretation of the IP in recent film releases. The success of Godzilla vs. Kong gives me hope that more projects could blossom down the line and hopefully this anime series can get non-believers interested as well. However, derp-bird might not cut it.
Fortunately, the trailer also introduces other Godzilla classics such as Anguirus, Titanosaureus, and Manda. Lastly, my nerd heart sped up to see the presence of the mecha, Jet Jaguar, after a forty year absence from the franchise! Other big names such as King Kong are set to appear in the series as well.
Fortunately, the design for Godzilla himself look excellent while the human characters, just as in live-action, annoy the living daylights out of me. Will we ever get a kaiju project that takes the bold risk of featuring only kaiju? One can dream.