Well we all suspected this announcement was coming after Toho bought the url godzilla-anime.com but we didn't expect it so soon. Not much is known at this time but we did get the full creative team announced today and a teaser image.
The teased next project from writer Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Thunderbolt Fantasy) has been revealed as none other than a Godzilla anime film. The feature is currently in the works for a 2017 theatrical premiere, with animation production by Knights of Sidonia studio Polygon Pictures. The film is being directed by Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan movies, Knights of Sidonia) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Blame!, Ajin chief director), and the teaser image below accompanied the reveal.
I haven't even heard of half of those Anime but the one that sticks out is Knights of Sidonia. Knights is a giant mecha Anime which has gotten rave reviews from basically eveyone I know and it is a very unique scifi universe. It's been on my Netflix watch queue for awhile now but with this announcement it just got bumped up to the "I need to watch this status." Since the film is being doen by the same studio (Polygon Pictures) I'm betting that we may be able to gleam some stylistic info from Knights of Sidonia.
There are of course a couple of super interesting things of note in the teaser image. First would be the fact that the title of the film is Godzilla, not Gojira. I'm not sure if that specifically means anything but it is odd that a japanese animated film woulduse the american name for the creature. Obviously the most glaring thing is that it looks like the film will be taking place in some sort of futuristic setting and may even be set on a different planet (the people coming out of the ship seem to be wearing some sort of spacesuit). Definitely a different kind of setting for anything Godzilla related.
Are you excited for Godzilla's first anime outing? What do you think the use of Godzilla's american name in the title means? Godzilla releases in Japanese theaters in 2017.