Why The Ending of GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER Does Not Work: Anime Abstract

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The trilogy of anime films has come to and end with Godzilla: The Planet Eater and it’s ending leaves something to be desired. After you have enjoyed enough Manga and Anime you are able to read between the lines and can see a detail or two another may have missed. Through this and other detailed evidence you are able to piece together what really happened in a particular series. This results in an abstract idea, a thought which doesn’t have a physical existence but can be speculated. Welcome to Anime Abstract.

SPOILERS FOR THE GODZILLA ANIME TRILOGY AND CODE GEASS R2

The ending for Godzilla: Planet Eater tied up the series in a less than satisfactory manner. There are a lot of parts which didn’t work but for the sake of time, this article will focus on one particular aspect: Haruo as a tragic hero.

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Time for a short recap. After breaking Ghidorah’s connection to the other realm, Godzilla is able to defeat him. As Metphies, the priest calling to Ghidorah dies, he informs Haruo of Ghidorah’s return thanks to the hatred Haruo has in his heart. As a sense of peace spreads through the land, Haruo is informed by one of the scientists they will be able to use the Vulture weapon to reclaim the technology they lost. This causes Haruo to hear Metphies voice, as if to show once they have technology, Haruo will simply use it to try and kill Godzilla. This will once again summon Ghidorah with his hatred. Unable to accept his as a possible future, Haruo pilotes the Vulture into a suicide run on Godzilla.

The ending tries to address the theme of “Carrying Hatred” but deals with it in a poor and unsatisfactory way. Compare it to a series which used the theme in a more proper manner: Code Geass R2. At the end of the series, Lelouch Le Britannia had shifted gears from being a revolutionary to being a dictator. After he is killed by Zero, it is revealed this was Lelouch’s intention all along. By becoming a dictator he was “Carrying Hatred” of the entire world on his shoulders and with his death the source of everyone’s hostility would be gone. A chance for peaceful talks would be possible.

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In Godzilla: Planet Eater, this isn’t the way the theme is used at all. Unlike Lelouch, who is carrying the world’s hatred as a dictator, Haruo is shown to carry the last of the world’s hatred for Godzilla. Everyone else in this new era sees Godzilla only as a part of life and do not hate him as bitterly as Haruo does. Following the words of Metphies, who insists hatred will call Ghidorah, Haruo deduces death is the only way to remove this element from the world. This action ferments him as being a tragic hero and emphasizes how the ending just doesn’t work at all.

It all boils down to the message of the film not being beneficial or enjoyable. Though Haruo had not earned the happy ending of being with Maina and having a child with her this scenario still took place. It also could have resulted in a much better ending for the film trilogy. If Haruo was shown educating his child on the importance of forgiveness and letting go of hatred, a much more enjoyable ending would have been obtained. Sure it wouldn’t have saved the entire series but at least it would have redeemed a character the audience had followed for three films. Instead he decided to selfishly go off and die instead of trying to deal with his emotions and be a better person because of it. The film leaves a bitter taste in your mouth and makes you wish for rewrite to achieve some level of entertainment from Godzilla’s first foray in Anime.

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What do you think the ending of Godzilla: Planet Eater? Leave a comment below and let us know.

By Anthony Wendel

Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peaks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.

3 comments

  1. I think it’s can be better if the Godzilla trilogy keep on going with part 4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10 and part 4 is when the child is born and so on I think it will be cool if it keeps going and I will always watch it again and again and again and again until I die.

  2. I think you hit the nail on the head with Haruo having to learn how to deal with his anger and teaching the eradication of anger instead of sacrificing himself. Sure, his death brought the end of his hatred for Godzilla, but it would have shown at least some growth on his end to learn to forgive and to teach others, his family included, that hate is not something to hold on to. His sacrifice seemed petty, but his last look seemed to show that he understood that he would never be able to change on his own, so he was shown to be the reluctant sacrifice to make hatred for Godzilla go away. The ending seemed a little short and rushed, but there really was no other way to save it seeing as they put so much emphasis on Haruo being the crux of it all for humanity, the Exif, and the Bilusaludo. Him going away means the cycle is closed for now and humanity can move on, for now. The films were great, but I wanted to see more Kaiju battles! Either way, it was great to see this side of Godzilla instead of the always on fights and more the concept of who Godzilla represents and the impact on the human psyche. Great article!

  3. I disagree. There were so many references to the metaphysical Messiah that it should be impossible to miss that Haruo simply believed his own hype. He was guided by Metphies to believe he was something special, and it didn’t even faze him much that he was to aid in being the conduit for Ghidrah. He kind of liked the struggle. He liked the conflict. He didn’t even buy into his parental memories, or his future as a father. Instead, he wanted to continue the fight, go out in a blaze of glory, be known for what he did.
    Contrast with Godzilla, who is the manifestation of all striving towards prosperity, the target of the Buddha, if you will. Ghidrah is portrayed (I would say wrongly) as the natural enemy of that striving. In fact, Godzilla is portrayed as the PROTECTOR of Earth, because it was Ghidrah who destroyed Earth, not Godzilla. Godzilla merely re-adapted Earth for life, simple as it were. Haruo did not want that. Haruo was actually the enemy of Earth, the conduit for Ghidrah, the enemy of the protector.
    Now, if you watch to the very end, after the credits, there will be, must be, more anime, involving Mothra.

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