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Japan - 55 years old
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Rare treats


2017 / 110m - Japan
Sci-fi, Animation
Blame! poster

It's far edgier than I imagined it to be. They left Nihei's appeal and style intact, the action sequences are brutal and the mega structure looks as cool as it does in the manga.

Godzilla: Monster Planet

Gojira: Kaiju Wakusei
2017 / 89m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
Godzilla: Monster Planet poster

If you're an anime and/or sci-fi fan and you're up for a little Gojira action mixed with hardcore sci-fi, this is by far the best entry in the franchise so far. Bring on the sequels.

The good stuff

Godzilla: The Planet Eater

Gojira: Hoshi Wo Ku Mono
2018 / 91m - Japan
Godzilla: The Planet Eater poster

A worthy finale to the trilogy. Low on action, but that shouldn't come as a surprise to those who've seen the previous films (a must). Instead Planet Eater takes a more philosophical route, while still delivering some monumental visuals. It's a most welcome addition to the Gojira franchise, though true fans will beg to differ.

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle

Gojira: Kessen Kido Zoshoku Toshi
2018 / 101m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle poster

Middle part in the animated trilogy. There's quite a lot of downtime before the actual battle with Gojira starts, but Seshita and Shizuno know how to build up the a sprawling finale. The animation is amazing, the scifi elements thorough and Gojira is absolutely menacing. Can't wait for part 3.

Solid pieces

Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars

Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi
2021 / 110m - Japan
Animation, Sci-fi
Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars poster

I'm a huge Tsutomu Nihei fan, but his Knights of Sidonia never quite pulled me in. I skipped the series even when I had easy access, and never really bothered with the manga. Maybe it's because it's one of his lighter/more commercial works, but when I heard Seshita was doing a film, I was willing to give it a go.

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The setup reminded me of Gunbuster, though a bit more intricate and not as focused on the school part. The film revolves around a group of trained clones, who pilot heavy mechas against a race of space aliens. Humankind is aiming to colonize a planet, but the aliens aren't having it.

The animation quality is not up there with Seshita's more recent films, and the film's TV roots are a bit too apparent. There are still some very cool designs (the aliens in particular), and the plot won't disappoint sci-fi fans, it's just that I was hoping for more, after the Godzilla and Blame! films.