A few days after Toho stated that their upcoming Godzilla film will be shown in over 100 countries worldwide, Shin Godzilla has finally been secured for a North American release. Funimation announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con that they have licensed Shin Godzilla and will be releasing the film into select North American theaters later this year. It’s fantastic news that American fans will get the chance to see Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno’s take on the King of the Monsters on the big screen, just a few months after it’s Japanese release. I expect Funimation to treat Shin Godzilla similarly to their release of Shinji Higuchi’s Attack on Titan films from last year. So far Funimation has not announced whether or not Shin Godzilla will be subtitled or dubbed, nor do we know just how many theaters will show the film. All of this information is forthcoming and I’ll update Teatime with all the details as they become available
A Japanese Godzilla film hasn’t gotten a wide theatrical release in the United States since Godzilla 2000 and the American edition of that film came with missing footage and a terrible dub. After the debacle of Funimation’s release of Evangelion 3.0, I hope that they treat Shin Godzilla with the respect that it deserves. For right now though, Funimation has really come through for American Godzilla fans by working hard to acquire the rights to Shin Godzilla and getting it into theaters so soon after it’s Japanese release.
Another interesting note is that Funimation and Toho have totally dropped the old international title for Anno and Higuchi’s new Godzilla film (Godzilla Resurgence) and are just referring to it by it’s true name: ‘Shin Godzilla‘.