The Planet Eater Review

With the final movie in the animated series, Godzilla: The Planet Eater. Godzilla: The Planet Eater is the 34th movie in the Godzilla franchise. The movie was directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita, with the screenplay written by Gen Urobuchi. The film was released to theaters in Japan on November 9, 2018, and released worldwide on Netflix on January 9, 2019.

Following the destruction of Mechagodzilla City, Martin Lazzari and another soldier are seen monitoring Godzilla and confirming that he was alive. The crew on the Aratrum is then seen watching the final moments of Mechagodzilla, debating over the Bilusaludo commanding it and criticizing Hauro Sakaki as a traitor, with a fight breaking out between the humans and the Bilusaludo.

Hauro and Martin are then seen tending to Yuko Tani, who is in a coma due to nanometal. Metphies then enters the room, saying that Yuko’s circumstances are a punishment for her sins, and also saying that Hauro survived as a gift from grace. Later, Martin reveals to Hauro that he was able to recover a Vulture, but is unable to reboot, due to it being locked from the destruction of Mechagodzilla City.

Later, Martin pulls Hauro aside during Metphies religious teachings, telling him that it was not a miracle that he survived, but due to the Houtua’s medical powers. Hauro, then pulls Metphies aside and tells him about the Houtua’s medical powers. However, Metphies knows about this and explains he is only saying this because he is trying to unite everyone for a future battle against Godzilla.

Returning to the Aratrum, the Bilusaludo begin to revolt against the crew taking the engine room by force, and turning off the power to the living quarters. Back on Earth, Martin begins to make a plan to calm down situations on the Aratrum, by making Hauro escape, with the aid of Maina. Endurph and Metphies then begin to speak with each other telepathically, with Metphies saying that he needs more time to prepare the offering. Miana would then intervene, sensing the Exif’s telepathy, with her asking what his intentions are. Metphies then threatens Miana by saying that she will be a sacrifice. She then attempts to flee, but is then restrained by Metphies, and is being forced to watch the vision of Ghidorah.

Hauro then meets Metphies, who offers him soup. Metphies then asks Hauro, what would Godzilla be without people. After a few moments, Metphies answers his own question. After this Hauro leans closer to the pot and sees Miana submerged in it, and then wakes up from the nightmare. Hauro is then urged to find Maina’s sister and starts to search for Metphies.

At Metphie’s altar, he speaks to his followers about his devotion, and so does Endurph on the Aratrum. Both say that it is impossible for humanity to defeat Godzilla. A chant then begins that only God can kill him. Ghidorah then starts to appear as a shadow from the chants and kills of Metphies followers one by one. Ghidorah then starts to manifest out in space, with the crew of the Aratrum trying to get the Bilusaludo to turn the power back on. Ghidorah then wraps around the Aratrum, with the crew doing their best to restore power. However, the ship is destroyed by Ghidorah, with no remains of the ship or crew being found.

After the explosion from the Aratrum, Godzilla wakes up and starts to walk towards the Houtua’s watchtowers. Martin and Hauro then try to get communications to the Aratrum requesting a response, with no answer. Martin then points out that three massive storms are starting to collect mass, and Hauro then goes off to look for Metphies and Miana. Ghidorah then appears and makes his first move against Godzilla. Godzilla then fires his atomic breath at Ghidorah, however, Ghidorah takes no damage with the atomic shot going through him.

Hauro then stumbles across Metphies, who replaced his right eye for an Exif insignia-laced eye. Metphies then puts Hauro through a trance, telling him to side with Ghidorah. Martin comes to the conclusion that Ghidorah is from a different universe, and is using someone to see Godzilla. Hearing this from his communications device, Hauro breaks the trance and tries to stop Metphies from destroying Earth. Methpies is then killed by Hauro when he grabs his laced eye, shattering it. Godzilla fires his atomic breath at the three golden dragons, destroying their portals and killing them off one by one as they blindly retreat.

After the battle, Miana is reunited with Maina, with the twins telling Hauro about their god, Mothra. Huaro returns to Yuko, who is still in a coma, taking her hand and weeping. Later, Martin comes in and tells Hauro that the Vulture is now operational. After this, Hauro takes Yuko, and flies the Vulture into Godzilla, with Godzilla destroying the Vulture by shooting his atomic breath. The remaining parts of the human resistance then start to mingle with the Houtua tribe, with the last minutes of the movie going over humanity living in peace with Godzilla, with a sound from Mothra ending the movie.

Godzilla: The Planet Eater was a better movie than the first movie Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, but falls short to the second movie Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle.  The characters were mainly the same, however, Martin was able to get more screen time than he did in the last two movies. What kept the movie grabbing the viewers, was that Hauro was battling a fight between himself and staying true to religion. However, Hauro became a better character, by relating to the audience, more than in the previous movies. The weak point of the movie would be where Hauro has a nightmare, seeing Miana in the pot while talking with Metphies. The main strong point of the movie would be the Godzilla and Ghidorah fight, with Hauro and Metphies also fighting each other. Overall I would give Godzilla: The Planet Eater, a four out of five stars.