SHIN GODZILLA Sequel May Have Been Confirmed

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SHIN GODZILLA Sequel May Have Been Confirmed

Take this as a rumor for now, but after months of speculation, a sequel to Shin Godzilla may have been confirmed.

The latest installment in the Japanese monster franchise generated very mixed reactions. I generally enjoyed it, especially the comic notes and the monster rampage sequences, though the bureaucratic angle got tiresome. Still, the idea of a mutating monster was quite appealing.

According to Madman Entertainment, which distributed the film in Australia, director Anno Hideaki made an appearance at a concert performance of the "Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony" in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

Quoting from their report on the evening:

The following text was displayed on the big screen: シンゴジラの次回作及び、シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版: || にご期待下さい。

'Please expect the next installment of Shin Godzilla, and Shin Evangelion Gekijōban:||'

Anno also directed the three previous Evangelion movies. Our own Ard Vijn provided the news tip; in the past, he's seriously questioned whether the planned fourth installment of Evangelion will ever be made.

In any event, this isn't a press release or an official announcement. No other details were made known. Even so, this is encouraging for fans of both series.

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  • Jaguar Hunter

    Well Peter Martin, it's quite obvious that you know next to nothing regarding the meaning and gravitas behind Shin Godzilla.
    To say that "the bureaucratic angle got tiresome" and to refer to the movie as having "comic notes" is insulting to the director to say the least. This film was obviously intended as an emotional and moving reboot meant to feel as horrifying as the original while being updated for the modern age.
    The bureaucracy is intended to mirror Japanese politics as close as possible and is most likely meant to feel frustrating at times when they could've most likely taken out the monster - instead they call off an attack to save two people that may have been in the line of fire.
    Godzilla represents the embodiment of the nuclear age just as much here as he did in 1954 though now he's evolving at an alarming rate while the Japanese struggle to find ways to cope with the ever-changing state this new technology, well, monster. This obviously leaves them facing utter destruction when the monster finally unleashes its atomic breath in its most devastating fashion ever.
    Meanwhile the United States, at the slightest sign of risk to their homeland, are ready to wipe out Tokyo at a moments notice with little regard to their citizens.
    This is as much a political and environmental movie as it is a kaiju film and the reason it has received mixed reviews is because of critics like you who are quick to judge when they really know so little of what its intent was.
    But this is nothing new as the original Gojira 1954 film had to have a superimposed Raymond Burr in it with many important moments cut from the original to "better suit" American audiences.

  • Sylvestre Matuschka

    The official Twitter account of Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara clarified an earlier message regarding the next Godzilla work, explaining that Anno did not state that he is working on the sequel to the Shin Godzilla film, and that the message referred to the upcoming Hollywood Godzilla film sequel and Polygon Pictures' Godzilla anime film.

    http://www.animenewsnetwork...

    Fine by me. I enjoyed Shin Godzilla but think it's best left as a stand alone film.

  • Sylvestre Matuschka

    To quote August Ragone, the go-to source for all things Godzilla....

    BEFORE EVERYONE GOES INSANE & SPREADS THIS MISINFORMATION...
    Unfortunately, Madman's claims of a sequel to "Shin Godzilla" could very
    well be premature. Their error stems from the Japanese text quoted on
    Madman's website is incorrect: シンゴジラの次回作及び、シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版: ||
    にご期待下さい。Which was translated as so:

    "Please expect the next installment of Shin Godzilla, and Shin Evangelion Gekijōban: II".

    Rather, the correct text is: 「ゴジラ」シリーズの次回作及び「シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:||」にご期待ください。Which translates as:

    "Please look forward to the next entry in the 'Godzilla' series and 'Shin · Evangelion Theatrical Version: II'."

    Whether this alludes to Toho's upcoming animated "Godzilla: Monster
    Planet" or a follow-up of Anno's, is not clear. Seeing as "Shin" was a
    big boxoffice hit and garnered some Japanese Academy awards, so it
    wouldn't be surprising. But, the quote does not say this will be a "Shin
    Godzilla" sequel, just that it's the "next entry" in the "Godzilla
    series".

  • Ard Vijn

    So EVANGELION 4.0 gets yet another name-change? Holy crap!

  • Zetobelt

    Not exactly. It's the name on the official site since 2012.
    http://evangelion.co.jp/fin...

    EVANGELION:1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE
    ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序

    EVANGELION:2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE
    ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:破

    EVANGELION:3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO
    ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q

    EVANGELION:3.0+1.0
    シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:||

    The interesting bit here is the final symbol (:||). It's a musical symbol called 'ritornello'. And implies that from the end, the history will 'return' to the beginning to start again.

    So, the movies are not a remake of the series but another iteration from it.

  • Zetobelt

    Only wait for "Shin · Evangelion Theatrical Version: II".
    I'm fine with that!!!

  • Peter Martin

    Ah, thank you for the additional information. A proper translation makes a difference! SHIN GODZILLA itself left the way open for the series to go in a different direction, and of course that's the way the monster movies have gone through the decades.

  • Zetobelt

    > Please expect the next installment of Shin Godzilla, and Shin Evangelion Gekijōban:||
    Ohhhh, yeahhhh.

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