Godzilla: Singular Point: A New Netflix Series
It’s fair to say that in the last 15 years, Godzilla has had it pretty rough. After the end of the Millenium series (running from 1999 to 2004) with mostly middling box office returns, Toho decided to put the big guy to sleep, this time seemingly permanently.
There would not be another Godzilla movie for a solid 10 years, until the Kaiju Renaissance kicked off in 2013 with the release of the hit blockbuster Pacific Rim. One year after this, the 2014 Godzilla was released to wildly successful box office numbers and a positive critical reception. So naturally the next move was to continue the Godzilla series and the kaiju genre in general. I
n 2016, Shin Godzilla was released to near universal acclaim and became one of the highest grossing Japanese movies in history. In 2017, Kong: Skull Island, a King Kong movie tying into the new Godzilla universe, known as the MonsterVerse was released, followed by Pacific Rim: Uprising and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. There were also a trio of animated movies released from 2017 to 2018 but we don’t talk about those.
Most recently, Godzilla vs. Kong, one of the most highly anticipated movies of the century was released and was highly successful despite being released during a pandemic. But, the most recent Godzilla media in general is a little anime series called Godzilla: Singular Point.
Godzilla: Singular Point was announced late last year, when the hype for Godzilla vs. Kong was well underway. At first the series did not attract much attention but when the trailers dropped, it gained more attention. Now it’s sweeping the fanbase with a cool visual style but it seems to be lacking in a lot of things.
Now, the only way to actually watch Singular Point right now is by either sailing the high seas or using a VPN and subscribing to Netflix Japan. None of those options are available to me so I’m going to base everything off the trailers and information leaked out by the fanbase.
Basically, the plot seems to revolve around Godzilla. Shocking. But he’s brought some other monsters with him, including the famous pterosaur-like creature Rodan and the fan-favorite mecha Jet Jaguar. Some new monsters have also joined the roster, but this is where it gets kind of… shall we say too experimental for its own good. For example, one monster, Salunga clearly borrows heavily from another monster, Gabara, but is not named Gabara for some reason. Why? It doesn’t make sense! As another punch to the face of the fans, other kaiju seem to be repurposed as various “forms” of Godzilla. Fans have no clue about the humans or the plot yet.
Overall? It’s not that great, and while I will watch it when it comes out on Netflix, I don’t think I’m going to be jumping with joy at the prospect of the first true Godzilla anime series.