The new Godzilla Anime trilogy has just wrapped up on Netflix with the release of Godzilla The Planet Eater. There’s a lot to unpack from the third and final movie and throughout this article I will be breaking down everything that you need to know about Godzilla: The Planet Eater.
There will of course be heavy spoilers here, so if you don’t want to know anything in regards to the trilogies ending, then I highly suggest that you turn off now.
For everyone else, I’m Deffinition and welcome to the channel where I ruin it so you don’t have to.
Godzilla: The Planet Eater: Ending Explained
Unlike most films featuring the Leviathan Godzilla, The Planet Eater isn’t so straightforward. We pick up with our heroes attempting to integrate with the Houtua culture after the defeat of Ghidorah. They eventually adopt the tribal dress that the group wear and have discard their weapons allowing for them almost seem happy despite their failure to kill Godzilla.
Of course, this simple life isn’t exactly, especially when Martin Lazzari discovers that the nanotech in Yuko’s brain-dead body could hold the key to reactivating the Mecha suit piloted in the fight over Mechagodzilla City.
This worries Haruo however, who is now pretty much in charge of the human survivors, as he realises that with access to this technology, humanity would likely once again come close to destroying itself. He realises that humans will be cursed to repeat the past and with the advanced technology, ultimately create their own destruction.
This forces him to destroy all of the remaining Mechagodzilla technology and hope that humanity will adopt the Houtua culture as this is the only way to keep the peace.
Godzilla: The Planet Eater Ending
Using the Mechagodzilla suit he takes Godzilla on face to face in the hopes that the giant monster will destroy all traces of the technology. This is where the film takes a rather internal and psychological turn that may catch some viewers off guard. Instead of ejecting, Haruo doesn’t because he fears that the hatred that he carries could be a weapon that too ends up destroying humanity.
The Houtua don’t really carry hate in their heart, they carry the philosophy that Living Is Winning and that Dying is losing. They just accept things the way that they are and understand that Godzilla is as much a force of nature as the tides and wind. Haruo fears that the hate that he feels inside for Godzilla directly contradicts his teachings and therefore he is a danger to his own people just as much as Godzilla is.
Juxtaposing their beliefs, Haruo realises that Dying is actually winning and that by letting Godzilla destroy the technology he is enabling Godzilla, The Destroyer Of Human Civilisation, to actually be the one that saves it. It’s a breathtaking, introspective turn that really shows just how cerebral and well thought out the film is and is something I absolutely loved.
Godzilla: The Planet Eater Post Credits Scene Explained
In the post-credits scene for the film we see that due to the actions of Haruo, the Houtua are still alive and that humans have joined their tribe. However, they have a new ritual. We see an Effigy of the Mecha suit in which Haruo died with children throwing knots into the burning fire that surrounds the reminder. This represents that they may be free of fear for the coming year which also ties into what Haruo did. Through the fire of Godzilla, he was able to take the fears of the future and burn them, allowing freedom to continue.
Obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on the film and if you took anything different from it or if there was something that I missed out. There is a lot to take from the movie and make sure to let me know in the comments below.