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Shin Gojira by BLARGEN69 Shin Gojira by BLARGEN69

A God incarnate. A city doomed



I finally got to watch Shin Gojira in theaters earlier this week.......
IT WAS EVERYTHING I'VE DREAMED OF and so much more. Seriously, I am beyond happy with how it turned out, and think it's easily one of the best in the series now in my eyes. Bless you Anno for breathing new life into things and bringing one my most franchises back from a ten year grave. You surpassed expectation.

First off I can't praise him enough for finding such a unique spin on things. I feared from the get-go that ShinGoji was going to feel very derivative and possibly bland if it took the route '84 did and just went back to the basics of the military and Japan vs Godzilla and finding a way to defeat him, you know the formula. It seemed that's Toho's way of playing it safe when rebooting ever. When we finally saw the new design my hopes were raised, and I knew Anno was doing something really different, but I still worried it might not be enough especially after Edwards started the American reboot with a VS film. But I couldn't have been more wrong, Anno's revision and re-imagining of Godizilla in this is just insanely creative and downright horrifying. There were multiple times I found myself cursing aloud or my mouth agape at each surprise he threw at us, and turning things upside down making his Godzilla completely disinct. The build-up to seeing it emerge from the bay and river was crazy well done and finally seeing that outrageously adorable fetal chicken tadpole... THING shambling down the street is easily cemented as one of my favorite scenes ever in a Godzilla film, it hits such a perfect chord of balancing humor and horror. Not just with the appearance of the first form juvenile Godzilla, but the way it's directed too, with the Prime Minister's speech and surprise then cut to creature. And that right there leads me to what I love the most about the movie and what surprised me the most.

I didn't expect to laugh as much as I did!!! Obviously I mean with not at. Maybe it's because I have such a morbid and dark sense of humor but watching the Japanese Government fail repeatedly at even the simplest tasks and their pure incompetence in all levels to deal with a constantly escalating situation was hilarious, and i know it had to be intentional. That one moment when so much of the government as well as the PM have been murdered in the Tokyo attack that the Department of Agricultural Affairs became the highest power in the country had me on the floor. I think the biggest congrats to Anno's handling of the movie should go the human component regardless of how amazingly he directed all the action and Godzilla scenes because even the best Godzilla movie can become a slog if you have boring human characters. But he made probably one of the best. It was such a fresh and creative way to structure a Godzilla movie and I can't believe it's taken over six decades to do it. We've seen military incompetence countless times but seeing the inner workings of the government fighting amongst themselves through red tape is a whole new level. That component alone is what made it one of my new favorites. The special team that builds themselves up to research and combat him too was a perfect party. There really wasn't a single boring character in the film, which is a big achievement.

And wow, I know I said already how he brought horror to Godzilla again, but I really can't believe how much he did so. It goes well beyond just making the suit look like a shambling zombie, but in what it can do I was legitimately freaked out at multiple times. The military offensive against him was probably the best I've ever seen a film showcase how impossibly indestructible Godzilla is. And how hopeless we are against him, it was such a neat idea, seeing every single possible military option sans nukes thrown at him in one scene because after that the sense of hopelessness is just cemented perfectly and you legitimately ask yourself repeatedly, wtf can they do at this point. Even when nukes are brought in by the United Nations, I just found myself asking no one is even thinking that it feeding off nuclear energy might just make it stronger through this option?? Probably because they knew themselves that's a possibility and didn't want to even think about it so kept quiet to maintain optimism. And holy crap that first usage of the atomic breath was just, insane. I don't think a kaiju's ever shown it's innate power at such a destructive level since the flashback in Gamera 3. That entire Tokyo attack was just haunting.

That ending too, like god dang. I honestly don't think there's a single real flaw I have with the film outside of a few questionable cgi shots (that train jfc) but that's probably entirely budgetary so I can't fault it. Aside from that, the only real issues i have with the film are minor complaints about what I personally wish they'd done, but they don't affect that quality of the film at all. For example I was in the camp that thought he was going to be the reanimated corpse of the original '54 Godzilla that reconstituted itself through further nuclear activity and absorbing oceanic bio-mass, I'm sad that it wasn't, especially since it would only further highlight the government's incompetence in the situation if they already have dealt with Godzilla before and yet are still entirely useless against him. But it's fine, nothing's lost really making it it's own timeline.

And in regards to that timeline, I'm beyond excited to see what Toho does next. It's a GOOD time to be a kaiju fan I tell you, like wow. Two continuities now between American and Japanese Godzilla films?? The kind of thing I dreamed of as a kid is now a reality, not to mention other films from others eries on the horizon. I'm just so happy. And especially more-so because I legitimately have no idea what will come next from Toho at least. I personally don't think Shin Gojira will get a direct sequel at all, I know I've seen some people say that the ending is a cliffhanger but I myself saw it as an illustrative metaphor, being if Godzilla in this film is a constantly evolving God of Destruction, and it's final form it takes is that of mankind?? Well what does that say about us.. Creepy, and nihilistic, despite the presence of optimism for a future even if shortlived, that's what makes Godzilla Godzilla, and Anno really knew what he was doing here.

Thanks again for that, and thank you as well Funimation for putting out a sub into theaters, I was worried we wouldn't get one at all and if we did I'd have to wait a year or more, you guys are real life savers and fast workers too. If any of you guys are reading this and found my thoughts interesting and haven't seen it yet GO RIGHT NOW!!! Check to see if your local theaters are showing because it will still be screening until the 18th, there's still time! I hope you love it as much as I have.

At the very least... GO SEE IT JUST FOR THAT BABY GODZILLA because he's the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life!!
AKLDMLASDKL I NEED A PLUSH SO BAD

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Fil-360Lio Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Derping face lol
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ShinGallon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017
This is fantastic in every way.
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ANGERYNeo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017
i would like to see it with the final form only

overall it's a nicedrawing
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017   General Artist
I'm definitely gonna draw just final Shin Goji by itself sometime soon, I love that movie too much haha!
Thanks!
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ANGERYNeo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
cant wait.
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ManaSpurt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still need to get around to watching this. :[

Still loving your style, those facial expressions are the best.lol
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
wow cute!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016   General Artist
Thanks so much!!!
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
you're very welcome!
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome and funny picture XD
And interesting opinion, too.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016   General Artist
Thank you so much!!! XD And thank you as well for reading the description, I always worry no one does haha it means a lot to me!
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yourwelcome :D
I know the feeling XD
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thelonelotl Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Their derp eyes only made them look hilarious rather than terrifying, I bet anyone trying to stop them would get too distracted by it.

I love how the biggest Gojira looks like he's smiling.
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Stormbringer900 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Awesome.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016   General Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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Unkownbrony52 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
I love his dopy face.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016   General Artist
Thanks XD
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Unkownbrony52 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Your welcome. He reminds me of those things from ren and stimpy.
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Dollwoman Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this cracked out Godzilla. xD
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016   General Artist
RIGHT. It's honestly the perfect way to improve ANY design, just slap some googly eyes on em.
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Predatorslayer03 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Your art style is awesome!!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016   General Artist
Thanks so much man!! I appreciate it!~
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Muscle-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
Hmmm.. guess I'm in the minority when I say I'm not a huge fan of this Godzilla. True,it makes him more horrendous but he was lacking...well, humanity. What I mean is, this Godzilla didn't have any kind of 'personality'. He just lumbers along without any hint of intelligence, intent or goal. From the very first '54 version, I would always feel a tinge of pity for the monster. I did not feel any such emotion when this version was ultimately defeated. Not to mention, I was left wondering, "So what do they do with him now? Make him into a planter?"
I rather hope this will be a stand alone story with any future films using a more ummm... uncooked?... Godzilla.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016   General Artist
That's what I love about my interpretation of the ending actually, he was completely bereft of personality emotion and anything past basic instinct until the final closing shot, in which it finally begins to resemble humanity. The juxtaposition of cold instinct turning into personable emotion-driven humans as a final form for a force of destruction is a neat take. It is a funny thought though thinking what that giant popsicle will have done to it, are they gonna just pump it with more freezing stuff monthly?? WHAT WILL THEY DO WHEN THEY SEE THE TAIL MUTATING, and will America just be like 'OOOPS IT"S THAWING TURN THE NUKE BOMBERS AROUND!" happy ending ?!?!.... xD

I don't want him to be recycled either though for future stories, we need a new Godzilla. I doubt they could even use this thing again anyways, especially if they want to pursue VS films in the future which let's be honest, will happen soon, they can't live off solo Godzilla films. And despite how incredibly powerful this new Godzilla was he's pretty useless if put up against any other considerable threat, since he'd go into stasis after fifteen minutes of fighting and be immobile for weeks. Not to mention, he's so stiff, I can't see that thing fighting at all. XD
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Muscle-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016
Yeah, no way can I see Shin G taking on any of past kaiju or some new critter. True, his beams (oral, dorsal fin and tail) were all devestating to the extreme, but I can't see them ending a fight with just one blast.
Btw, I DID like the way they re-cycled the old music.
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ranasan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist
WE MUST HAVE AN EEL GOJI PLUSH!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016   General Artist
Honestly I'm angry that it doesn't exist yet! How could they not foresee how many people would find it downright adorable!!! I've got a big Biollante plush though so if she can get one I believe in you tiny baby!!
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WTFJOSH96 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
derp godzilla XD
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016   General Artist
Who would have thought that derp design approach could be genuinely creepy in motion XD
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LRW0077 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shin Godzilla is a continder for my favorite Godzilla film of all time! And that's saying something! Every about it from its human characters, to the music, to the humor was all amazing! HECK! Even the political stuff was amazing!

Amazing job my friend!
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ToonHolt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016   General Artist
Thanks man! And thanks for watching!!
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ToonHolt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np
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AzakaChi-RD-17 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist
I love your style on the new Godzilla.  The googly eyes kill me!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016   General Artist
Thank you so much!!! He was a difficult design to simplify, I'm glad you like it. AND RIGHT, the googly eyes are adorable I seriously want all the merchandise of that baby form they give us!!! XD He was too adorable.
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hooksnfangs Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL these goofy looking eyes make them look so cute!
I should really check out that film some time 
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016   General Artist
Right?? XD And the best part is, that's not artistic liberties or me trying to be funny that's actually how the suit looks in this movie straight-up googly eyes on the most horrifying looking Godzilla design to date and it's ADORABLE... ASKDMLASD The movie's great!
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White-Rose-Brian Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016   Digital Artist
Wait, is that what the fully evolved Godzilla's tail looks like? Anyway, I will meet with a friend tomorrow afternoon to see it then type and post my impression online. Anyway, this is nice work.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016   General Artist
You'll see for yourself soon!!! I took a few artistic liberties with that tail honestly, like, tried to kinda make it look like a penis to make it more uncomfortable to look at and Giger-esque ahaha. I really hope you enjoy the movie!!! It's outstanding, instantly one of the best in the series in my eyes now. Anno could not have done a better job bringing the series back.
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ZantChan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016   General Artist
!!!!
So cool!
I love their faces!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016   General Artist
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!! The face is my favorite part of this new Godzilla, I didn't really exaggerate it with my drawing they actually have googly eyes in the movie and it's SO CUTE! x'D ASKMDLaskD
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