I find it kind of strange that almost all Godzilla fans hate the 1998 American movie, yet love the animated series that followed it.
It sure is! But there’s a perfectly good explanation for it.
The funny thing about Godzilla the Series is that it does a MUUUUCH better job at honoring the original Godzilla movies than the ‘98 film.
For starters, Zilla Jr. (as the fans have officially dubbed him) is a hero, rather than a villain. Each episode of the series, he battles various monsters, mutations, robots, aliens, and other varied daikaiju.
This fits perfectly in the whole “Godzilla vs. XXX” mentality of the Showa era Godzilla films (read: half of all the movies). Not to mention that the monster designs were pretty freaking cool.
They even did their own version of MechaGodzilla!
Secondly, and I don’t think I can stress this point enough, but they gave Godzilla his freaking atomic fire breath.
They even periodically make jokes and references to the movies from time to time, and it’s just great.
Beyond that, the show is actually just a lot of fun. The jokes are really well-written and delivered, the voice-acting is surprisingly good, and while the characters tend to be kind of two-dimensional, they’re all likeable and impressively diverse for its time.
And did I mention how deliciously '90s the show is? Like, there’s no question as to what era it came out in.
Also, it helps to remind yourself that this guy
Is supposed to be this guy
Finally, Zilla Jr. is like a giant fire-breathing, monster-stomping puppy
And if you don’t think that’s absolutely adorable, then get the hell off of my blog.
Godzilla made Princess Celestia his new waifu! He’s the newest pony prince who loves to hang around Canterlot Castle! His fire breath lights the candelabras, and he makes sure to tidy up the bathroom and organize all the books in the library!