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Director: Atsushi Takahashi
Runtime: 325 minutes
Availability: Streaming exclusively on Netflix worldwide
Various strangers are brought together after they all hear a mysterious song, while it just seems to be a strange coincidence, strange dinosaur-like creatures called “Rodan” start appearing, which triggers the arrival of the Catastrophe that is Godzilla. Will humanity be able to come together to stop Godzilla?
I Loved This Version of “Godzilla”, Even if He Looks Weird!
I will happily admit I am the most casual Godzilla fan since the only real exposure I have to Japan’s giant Kaiju is the Godzilla (2014) Monsterverse American movies and Gen Urobuchi’s Godzilla Planet of Monsters movie trilogy, so I’m the least qualified to say whether this is a Godzilla masterpiece or not. I have seen a lot of Godzilla YouTubers love it, so if you are a diehard Godzilla fan you might want to turn to the Godzilla fanbase for their opinions of whether this is good as a Godzilla story.
For me, I’ll be reviewing this primarily as an anime with my limited Godzilla knowledge and whether I enjoyed the story or not.
I will admit Godzilla looks weird when I look at his design, but I got used to it after a while.
Godzilla as a character in the Legendary Monsterverse is an anti-heroic creature that protects humanity as a byproduct of him fighting other monsters, in Godzilla: Singular Point, Godzilla is a walking, world-ending disaster that is more villainous, but it still makes him interesting, even if he’s just there to be the “final boss” for the main characters to fight.
No matter what interpretation people give Godzilla, he’s still entertaining to watch.
I Loved the Human Characters in the Anime!
Various Godzilla media always have the issue of having uninteresting human characters that we have to watch when we’re just waiting for the big fights to break out between Godzilla and whatever monstrous opponent he happens to be fighting.
The human characters tend to be there to give exposition and if they’re well-written we’ll care about them. I enjoyed the human characters and I enjoyed seeing them figure out what was going on and why Godzilla is there.
I enjoyed the human characters in Godzilla: Singular Point because they were interesting characters and what they were doing kept me invested in the plot so I didn’t mind seeing them since I’m only here for Godzilla.
Godzilla Singular Point | Official Trailer | Netflix Anime
The Animation Looks Nice but Takes Getting Used To
The animation for Godzilla: Singular Point uses two animation studios to do animation for the anime. Studio Bones does the 2D animation while Studio Orange does the 3D animation for the Kaiju and Jet Jaguar in the anime.
Now the 3D does look a little weird and it does take some getting used to. But overall, it does look really good. Especially since I’ve watched a lot of weird-looking 3D anime but the 3D animation in Godzilla: Singular Point looks pretty good, it just takes time to get used to it.
The 2D animation by Studio Bones looks fantastic! I like the character designs and every one is unique and memorable when it comes to their character designs.
Overall, the animation looks great and I enjoyed the visuals. Godzilla: Singular Point is a fun anime both in storytelling and is a visually entertaining anime that I enjoyed and I’m looking forward to season 2!
Audio and Subtitles
Japanese (audio description)
The English Dub Is Fantastic!
The English dub for Godzilla: Singular Point is really good. They brought together a solid voice cast of voice actors that I enjoy listening to and they all did a great job.
Erika Harlacher is really fun as Mei Kamino. She brought her character to life and made Mei fun and interesting to listen to and made her character interesting and it is nice to hear her explain all the science fiction technobabble to the audience.
Kira Buckland voiced the A.I. Jung/Jet Jaguar and I loved her voice work in the anime. She did a great job in the role of the famous character even though this incarnation is a robot rather than a space traveler. She was great, especially in episode 13 for the big moment of the anime.
Johnny Yong Bosch is great as Yun Arikawa. I have always enjoyed his voice work and he is great in this anime. He did a great job in his role and I have always enjoyed the characters he’s played. He was a lot of fun and he did voice Yun in a way that conveyed how smart Yun is while still being relatable to the audience.
Keith Silverstein voiced Gorō Ōtaki and he did a great job. He was entertaining and funny and his character was a unique addition to the cast that I liked. He sounded like he was having a lot of fun, and his creation Jet Jaguar was essential to the plot so he’s also an important character. Keith gave a fantastic performance that was entertaining.
The A.I. Pelops- 2 is voiced by Cassandra Lee Morris and she did a great job. I love hearing her voice work and she always voices fun and interesting characters. She kept me invested and entertained with her voice acting and did a great job in this anime.
The English dub cast is solid and a lot of fun to listen to. I can’t complain about it and you should be able to enjoy the series in both English and Japanese so just pick your language preference and have fun watching the anime.
BiSH / in case... [MUSiC ViDEO (アニメ ver.)]／『ゴジラ S.P＜シンギュラポイント＞』オープニングテーマ
The Soundtrack Is Good
Kan Sawada’s soundtrack is very nice. I liked the music used in the series; it is well done and fits the emotional moments of the series. The soundtrack also uses the Toho Godzilla movie soundtrack for when Godzilla appears because it’s the music cue that everyone associates with Godzilla, which is a nice touch because his new designs are really weird if you’re not familiar with Godzilla like me.
The opening song "in case..." by BiSH is also fantastic. It got me hyped up to see every episode when it would play. The ending song is "Aoi" (Blue) by Polkadot Stingray and I enjoyed the ending song too, although Netflix always skips the ending.
The music is good and the soundtrack fits the series. It’s a nice addition to the interesting story that I enjoyed a lot.
The Hard Science Fiction in the Story Can Throw off Viewers
This iteration of Godzilla and the universe he inhabits paints him as a walking catastrophe, which he has been for many versions of the kaiju. But this version of Godzilla is heavily rooted in hard science fiction, rather than just being a giant metaphor for the atom bomb. This series does expect you to have seen the original 1954 movie because it is based on that story.
There’s also a lot of science fiction thrown into this version that I found to be very entertaining because I love science fiction.
The science-fiction aspects of the anime confuse some of the viewers but it requires you to pay attention to the dialogue because a lot of it is very plot-focused. It can be confusing the viewers that aren’t paying close attention to the dialogue.
Some people don’t like the science fiction aspect of the story but that’s understandable, hard science fiction wasn’t something the audience expected out of a Godzilla anime.
“Godzilla: Singular Point” Is a Unique and Refreshing Take On "Godzilla"
I have very limited experience when it comes to the Godzilla franchise since I have only watched the Legendary Pictures version of Godzilla, the Godzilla anime movie trilogy on Netflix, and this anime, also on Netflix.
I enjoyed Godzilla: Singular Point far more than the Godzilla anime trilogy. The Godzilla anime movie trilogy wasn’t that impressive, despite having a great writer, Gen Urobuchi on the staff, none of the humans in the anime trilogy were particularly interesting and there wasn’t any depth to them.
There is depth to the characters of Godzilla: Singular Point and they are interesting and go on their journeys throughout the anime. It’s refreshing to see many likable human characters in this anime and it made Godzilla: Singular Point enjoyable to watch.
Seeing Godzilla is always fun, even if this version of him looks weird. It’s still an enjoyable anime and I hope to see more from this universe and may our great Kaiju return for more catastrophes and adventures for our heroes!
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Great story, characters, and world-building
The hard science fiction might confuse the audience
Nice 2D and 3D animation
Godzlla's design looks weird
Great English dub
My Grade: B
Godzilla: Singular Point (2021) is a fun and entertaining anime for both longtime fans of the Godzilla franchise or newcomers alike. It’s an enjoyable anime that has a fun hook that gets you interested in the story. There are entertaining characters and a lot of crazy twists and if you like hard science fiction you will feel right at home.
I enjoyed the anime a lot, and while I’m not the big diehard Godzilla fan I still enjoyed the anime and I’m looking forward to more. It’s a nice fresh take on Godzilla that most fans will enjoy, especially if you love Godzilla since they have Easter eggs and shoutouts to his long history in both Japan and the U.S.
It’s just a really fun time that you can go into even if you have only a little exposure to Godzilla or are a longtime fan. I enjoyed the series a lot and I can’t wait for more.
If you’re a diehard Godzilla fan you’ll probably be picking up the blu-ray. If you’re a casual fan like me you’ll be fine to just stream it on Netflix. Make sure to support the official release because Netflix does look at metrics to see if they want to renew anime or TV shows for more seasons.
I enjoyed Godzilla: Singular Point and I hope to see more. Give it a shot in English or Japanese and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
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