Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Review

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Review
Source: Toho Animation Youtube Video『GODZILLA 決戦機動増殖都市』予告②

Six months ago, I wrote a post about the pros & cons of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. Now let’s do it again for Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, shall we?

The Pros

With the exception of Fist of the Blue Sky Re:Genesis, you can see the CGI improving in every Polygon Pictures production. It’s damn impressive at this point. Thank god they’re not doing another Fist of the Blue….Oh, godd*mnit!

The Vultures (which I correctly speculated were not MechaGodzilla) were super cool. As a kid who grew up watching Gundam Wing, I loved the Wing Zero-esque designs. They were a great addition to the story and showed off how far Polygon Pictures’ CGI chops have come.

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Review
(Source (L , R): Toho Animation Trailer, Amazon.com)

And you know, they did a phenomenal job at world building for the Houtua tribe. The first movie left me wanting answers about the tribe, and the second movie delivered in spades. Plus the nanometal toxicity was a pretty cool plot device for the Earth.

And lastly, the stinger. There is a stinger at the end that sets up the third part beautifully. It would have been even better if the promotional poster didn’t spoil it SIX MONTHS AGO! I’m not linking to it because I’m not evil.

But SPOILERS are coming. Go see the movie and then come back for the rest of this post.

The Cons

Yeah, we’re here already.

You know, when the stinger in the first movie, the official poster, and the trailer all tease MechaGodzilla, you would expect MechaGodzilla to be in the movie. Have you seen the toy? Because the image below perfectly indicates how much MechaGodzilla moved. What an unbelievable tease.

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Review
God, this looked awesome! Where the hell was it?

Also, Mothra’s not in the movie, which isn’t as huge of a disappointment as you’d think. Mothra, or some winged insect/animal, does appear to be the god the Houtua are praying to. And they did keep mentioning an egg during the movie; so we’ll just say my fingers are crossed for the third movie.

And did I complain about Godzilla not moving much last movie? Because that Godzilla did laps around this guy.  With how startlingly fast they could animate the Vultures, Godzilla’s lethargic pace is silly.

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Review
Source: Toho Animation Trailer

Lastly, the problem with having stated logical beings like The Bilusaludo is when they act illogically, they look pointless. Let’s recap their final actions, shall we? They fuse with the fortress to improve its defenses—this apparently allows them to transcend human thought and make logical decisions faster. The first thing they do is remove the camouflage from the fortress—Godzilla finds them literally 8 seconds later. Godzilla attacks and wipes out an important weapon for the entire battle. Great work, Bilusaludo.

So despite major improvements in CGI and superb world-building, the lack of monsters was felt yet again.

I’m pretty disappointed in this venture. The third and final movie appears promising though, let’s hope it isn’t another waste of time.

5.5/10

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