Cinemas around the world are slowly recovering after having been closed for so long due to the Coronavirus pandemic thanks to premieres such as Godzilla vs Kong, a film that is breaking box office records during the pandemic, reaping a box office collection of more than 122 million dollars.
In a recent interview for Polygon, Adam Wingard, director of Godzilla vs Kong has claimed to be inspired by the anime at the time of making the film (something that is a bit curious if we consider that he is the director of the infamous Netflix adaptation of Death Note). For this he has drank from classic animes such as Akira, Robotech or Macross Plus, especially the latter.
Directed by Shoji kawamori (Last Hope, Project Omega) and Shinichirô Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo), the anime Macross Plus It was made in 1994 as an OVA and its plot is set in the year 2040, where two old friends turned bitter rivals are selected as pilots of two programs that compete to develop their own experimental transforming fighter jets.
The sequence that Wingard cites as direct inspiration in the Godzilla vs. Kong It is seen in the first aircraft carrier fight of the film, and the shooting of the Hollow Earth hovercraft during the midpoint of the film, is called “Itano Circus”. The Itano Circus is a visual trope in the anime, seen in any scene where a small, unique character or object is shown trying to outrun a swarm of incoming projectiles, often illustrated as a strip of lasers or missile trails. , launching in unison.
Were you aware of this inspiration from classic Godzilla vs Kong anime series?