This is what I
would've done with COTEOB. First a brief review:
I thought it was kinda... okay. It was certainly a little bit better than its predecessor but only because it was a hundred+ minutes long as opposed to two minutes short of ninety minutes while giving Haruo a smidge of character development. However, that being said, I think there was still a lot to be improved on and, while I did get some chills at the end credit scene, I still saw the namedrop coming from a mile away. I mean, really, a monster who goes around destroying planets and has a power level higher than Godzilla? Who else would it be but
Now that we got that out of the way, here's how I would've done the second in the Anime Godzilla trilogy.
1. Expand on the Houtua: You'd think, the way they were advertised, the Houtua would've been given more things to do, especially since the end credit scene of Planet of the Monsters hinted at a major role for Miana. However, in the end, they were only plot devices meant to reunite the survivors of Godzilla Earth's attack and bring them to MechaGodzilla City. I would've liked to see more of their culture and maybe focus on the relationship between Miana and Maina as sisters and how they interact with each other. Also, expand on the Houtua's relationship with the yet to be born Mothra Junior.
2. Give Godzilla More Things To Do: For a film with a longer running time than its predecessor, Godzilla has the least amount of screen time than any
of the previous movies of the franchise. For anyone who complained about how little screen time he had in the 2014 film, at least he was in that movie for a good fifteen minutes. Godzilla Earth doesn't do much aside from sleep until the third act of the movie and most of his screen time revolves around him walking from point A to point B while counterattacking a few times against Haruo, Yuko, and Belu-Be before finally destroying MechaGodzilla City. At least give him more things to do like maybe he's hunting the survivors of his attack and he's using the Servum as his eyes and ears. Also, the movie forgets that Godzilla Earth has an energized tail swipe which he could've used to wipe out MechaGodzilla City without wandering into the trap point.
3. ACTUALLY INVOLVE MECHAGODZILLA IN THE FINAL BATTLE
: I'm kinda borrowing this from
's videos regarding the Animeverse. MechaGodzilla should've been utilized in the final battle. And, I don't wanna hear, "Oh, but we've seen Godzilla fight MechaGodzilla in the past, let this be different". Okay, ummm, here's the thing; yes, Godzilla has fought MechaGodzilla multiple times in the franchise... but EACH FIGHT IS UNIQUE IN ITS OWN WAY. This was also a squandered opportunity to see a Goji vs. Mecha-G fight in animation
. Here's how I would've done the climax:
There is a vote held among the Earth Returnists loyal to Haruo to rebuild and remodify MechaGodzilla using the vast amount of Nanometal in the vicinity. The vote is a majority win with the only one opposing the plan being Metphies who holds doubts about it working since it failed to activate during the Battle of Mt. Fuji but Haruo tells him it's worth a shot and reminds him MechaGodzilla was designed as the Earth Union's last ditch weapon against Godzilla and the Kaiju for a reason. Metphies reluctantly steps down but still holds his doubts on whether or not it will actually work. However, they soon realize that, as soon as they start repairs on MechaGodzilla, it'll give away their position to Godzilla who will no doubt attempt to destroy it. So, as to supply a diversion, the three remaining Power Suits are upgraded into the airborne Vultures who will fly around Godzilla and get his attention until Mecha-G 2.0 is ready for deployment. The reconstruction of MechaGodzilla is underway, which, as theorized, gets Godzilla's attention and he starts headed their way. Haruo, Yuko, and Belu-Be fly out in the Vultures (just like in the movie except this time it's merely for interception and an attempt to keep him away from MechaGodzilla City for as long as it takes. At first, it seems to be going their way... until Godzilla showcases a shocking display of intelligence and figures out they're just trying to distract him before continuing to advance, ignoring their attacks. However, luckily for them, their diversion seems to have paid off as MechaGodzilla 2.0 is finished, active, and sent into battle. From there, we get a clash Godzilla and his mechanized doppelganger. At first, Godzilla and the machine are evenly matched, until MechaGodzilla eventually impales him with its Nanometal Lance. For a while, it seems as though Godzilla is dead... until he manages to turn the tables on the robot by using his Tail Shockwave to cut the machine in two and finishing it off with his Spiral Fire Beam while all Haruo and the Earth Returnists can do is watch in horror and despair as a machine meant to be humanity's last hope against Godzilla is destroyed right in front of their eyes while Metphies just watches, content that his theory MechaGodzilla would fail was confirmed.