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Godzilla Singular Point Review 2021 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew
Stars: Yume Miyamoto, Shoya Ishige, Yôhei Azakami
Godzilla SP has started of as a great example of how to take the main concepts of a famous franchise and both adapting them to a new medium, while similtaneously creating something new with it’s own identity.
What Godzilla SP does is striking a balance between the japanese historical identity, and the popcultural identity and manages to mix these. Historically Godzilla has been a reflection of the trauma of disaster, of the atomic bombs and in Shin Godzilla the trauma of the tsunami at Fukushima. Godzilla SP has not gone there as of the first 4 episodes, but instead picks at multiple threads, things like traditional art and myth, mecha and technofetishism, post-war remnants, traditional martial arts, AI and so on. It will be very interesting to see where it goes from here.
That’s good and all, but how is it as an anime? I’d say it is very good. I really appreciate that it has a high pace; the writing is great imo, it manages to be sharp and concise. Sometimes the dialogue can go by just a little too fast – but I like that breakneck pace. It makes the anime exciting and the episodes feel longer. Especially in situations of danger – it manages to keep the tension high. One of its weaknesses is that it doesn’t quite feel scary enough. Even though the tension is well managed, there is little sense of danger as of yet.
What I like the most is the writing, it’s the nerdy kind of writing that appeals to a trivia nut as me. I love one scene (spoiler for episode 3) were one character has to distract a monster from some people in danger, knowing the mosters are attracted by certain radiofrequencies he has to macguyver a solution using a pet-bottle and an archery bow. The solution isn’t realistic, but it makes sense and I love it! (end spoiler)
The main characters are two nerds, but they’re not your typical stereotypical annoying nerds, these are misfits because they are laser-focused and thus are somewhat detached from everyday life. I recognize myself in them, and I think they feel believable, albeit not realistic. The rest of the cast are varied and I can’t say that there is any character I dislike. I even found myself loving the really serious business-like kohai at the radio institute.
Music and voice acting is great. The Soundtrack was a pleasant surprise, I think it is really well scored and powerful.
Animation and art is top notch. I love the use of colours, it’s very effective and vibrant without becoming cartoonish. It has maroon linework wich looks great and makes the image feel a lot warmer. Character design and aesthetics are well done the characters all look great and some really goofy. They have a lot of CGI, but the processing of it uses some techniques that makes it blend almost seamlessly into the non-cgi animation. It looks really good.
All in all, this is a very entertaining, well-produced anime, with spot-on writing that definitly could be one of the best animes this season, or maybe even year.