Toho Animation’s Godzilla anime series continues to dazzle with its animation and sound design. Sadly if you didn’t not like this first entry into the anime series you will absolutely HATE Godzilla City On The Edge Of Battle.
CotEoB is all build up with little pay off and only the promise of a better sequel. The human survivors from the first film run into aboriginal tribe who may or may not be worshipping an egg containing Mothra.
Haruo Sakaki, the “hero”of the original film, is rescued by a native girl named Miana and has his wounds treated with a strange powder. She belongs to an indigenous tribe called the “Houtua”, surviving descendants of humans. The Houtua recover Haruo’s surviving team and hold them for questioning. Miana and her twin sister Maina use telepathy to communicate with their guests to understand their reasons for burning their lands.
After the Houtua realize the group was after Godzilla, the twins inform Haruo that their god was destroyed by Godzilla and left behind an egg. With an understanding that Haruo is waging war against Godzilla and not the Houtua, they are released, but the twins accompany them as both protective guides and observers. The group is attacked by a swarm of wormlike creatures, but they are able to fight them off with the twins’ help. During the fight, Haruo and his team realizes that the twins’ arrowheads are laced with “nanometal”, a remnant of Mechagodzilla.
However, don’t get too excited, despite a name drop, Mechagodzilla never makes an appearance. At least not in the form we are used to seeing. Haruo and his team fail to kill Godzilla due to infighting amongst themselves. Godzilla is once again hardly in the film. When he is the giant lizard is a slow lumbering thing that never seems threatening or imposing.
The bonus scene promises a showdown between Godzilla and Ghidorah, his long time arch-nemesis from the Toho films. With that said, CotEoB fails to improve on the first film. Instead it takes two leaps back and falls way short of expectations.
HipZOMJoint gives Godzilla City On The Edge Of Battle a weak 2 out of 10.