Japan Reacts to the Godzilla Trailer

Finally! The world gets its first trailer for Hollywood's upcoming Godzilla film. What did you think? You might have an opinion. I might. Japan definitely does.


Internet users on Japan's largest bulletin board 2ch have chimed in with their opinions regarding the teaser. This isn't the first time Japanese net users have given their two cents for the new 'Zilla. Earlier this fall, 2ch commenters also chimed in on art for the film.

Below, you can see selected 2ch quotes from two threads (here and here) on the trailer. I tried to pull a good mix of quotes from various commenters, showing the range of reactions in Japan. Embedded links were added for clarification.

"I can look forward to this more than that tuna-eating Godzilla from before."

"This seems good. Along with Pacific Rim, it really seems that more than the Japanese film industry, the American movie industry is in full swing with kaiju movies."

"This looks like a rental."

"Just looking at the poster gives it that Godzilla feeling of the original."

"Is this CG? A man in a suit?"

"I cracked up when I saw Ken Watanabe was in another Hollywood film. But I thought it looked pretty interesting."

"A Godzilla without tokusatsu effects is not Godzilla."

"This isn't another pseudo-lizard, is it?"

"Godzilla is huge."

"Don't you wonder why there are skydivers?"

"Jean Reno, sadness."

"There were complaints about the lizard Godzilla, but I think America doing America's interpretation is fine."

"Put Mothra in it."

"Why is there a Godzilla movie now?"

"I wonder what Ken Watanabe's role is."

"I saw the previous Hollywood version, and it was somewhat interesting. I'll probably go see this."


"The last one felt like Jurassic Park. This one seems like Cloverfield."

"But it eats tuna, right?"

"Woah, Godzilla looks like Godzilla."

"They'll probably say Godzilla was created from Fukushima's radioactive effects."

"Personally, I liked the previous lizard Godzilla. But I didn't have much love for Godzilla in the first place..."

"I'm looking forward to this. I'm just happy to see a new Godzilla movie. Japan ain't making them."

"Gipsy Danger is huge. Godzilla wouldn't win."

"Hollywood's lapdog: Ken Watanabe."

"This seems kinda interesting. But who's the director?"

"This is nothing but the typical Yankee notion that Godzilla is a cruel destroyer."

"I guess they're paying to use Godzilla's likeness."

"It appears once again, the U.S. military is going to kill it at the end."

"Since Godzilla looks like Godzilla, I can look forward to this."

"This stinks of Cloverfield."

"As usual, I haven't seen it, so I can't say anything."

Previously, director Gareth Edwards promised our colleagues at io9 that his film will stay true to the Japanese original—something that Ken Watanabe also promised in a recent interview.

And in case you missed it, here are io9's impressions of this summer's Godzilla footage.



新ハリウッド版ゴジラの予告編が出たけど、どうよ?? [2ch]

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