For the first time in the Millennium series, there is a direct sequel to a previous entry within the same series. Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) is the 27th entry in the long-running series and follows up after the events in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002). Godzilla has been wounded and last seen heading out to sea. Mechagodzilla aka Kiryu is badly damaged and the Absolute Zero cannon is destroyed. Everyone knows that Godzilla will return, so the plan is to quickly repair Mechagodzilla and be prepared.
Yumiko Shaku returns briefly as Akane Yashiro, adding some continuity prior to her character’s departure to the United States. Akira Nakao also returns as Prime Minister Hayato Igarashi. Repairs on Mechagodzilla are moving along slowly. The project is being rushed and some are fearful that it will be sent into battle unprepared. The Shobjin twin fairies appear to Professor Chujo (played by Hiroshi Koizumi, nicely reprising his role from the original Mothra in 1961) and warn him that Godzilla will return because of the bones inside Mechagodzilla. Mothra will defend Japan but only if the bones are returned to sea and laid to rest. Otherwise, Mothra will join the new Godzilla and destroy Japan. When Kamoebas (a giant turtle from Space Amoeba) is found washed ashore on a beach with claw marks, it’s determined that Godzilla is returning. Soon, Godzilla does just that and Mothra is there to stop Godzilla for now. Soon, the repaired Mechagodzilla joins the action but Godzilla reigns supreme in the first battle.
After Mothra is killed, larvae arrive from Infant Island and, after Mechagodzilla is repaired, round two is under way. After Mechagodzilla spears Godzilla’s chest with a drill, the larvae wrap him up in a cocoon. Mechagodzilla grabs the cocooned Godzilla and heads out to sea. The Prime Minister wants Godzilla destroyed but this is viewed as a compromise. With both at the bottom of the sea, Godzilla is apparently destroyed but so is Mechagodzilla. As has become customary in the Millenium series, a post-credit gives an indication that Godzilla may return. This time, we see a container marked as Kaiju DNA and an experiment is underway. Could we be seeing the birth of yet another Godzilla?
As stated previously, Mechagodzilla has never been one of my favorite characters. However, as presented in the Millennium series, I actually enjoy it and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. serves as a great sequel. With the same director, Masaaki Tezuka, and producer, Shogo Tomiyama, the two movies feel like one long adventure. The great sound track of Michiru Oshima is present in both as well, adding to the continuity. These two movies further my opinion that the Millennium series is much more enjoyable than the previous Heisei series. Godzilla has a great look and mobility and Mothra has never looked better.