It has been 16 years since we have seen Gamera in Gamera: The Brave. Due to the movie's underperformance, there was a long uncertainty of whether Gamera would ever get another feature film especially after the teaser preview from New York Comic Con 2016. With Pacific Rim, the Monsterverse series, a new Toho Godzilla movie, and Ultraman galore, it really seemed like KADOKAWA DAIEI would never give Gamera a chance to shine again especially during this newly invigorated era that spurred for the kaiju genre. That is until last night (at the time of writing).
In a surprise reveal, a new Gamera project called Gamera Rebirth is in the works at Netflix and aims to be released world wide.
Shusuke Kaneko, director of the Heisei trilogy movies (Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera II: Attack of Legion, and Gamera III: Revenge of Iris), confirms he will be overlooking the progress of the project. His statement quotes, "When I came up with my own idea for Reiwa Gamera and made a proposal, KADOKAWA has already started a new project, and its content that makes me think that's what happened, so I can expect this too. With that in mind, I would like to support the team from the position of a baseball commentator who has experience as a manager of the Gamera team until they win the championship and pitch again."
Two teaser posters were followed up after the reveal of Gamera: Rebirth. The first poster is a full body silhouette of Gamera's new design that is very reminiscent of his design from Gamera III. Even the green glow in his eye and plastron similarly to Godzilla in the Monsterverse when he is charging up to use his atomic breath. The second teaser poster is a close up of the monster's eye, which shows some set of trees in the reflection of the eye.
Lastly, Tamashii Nations revealed that during an exhibition event from November 18–20 they will be passing out flyers that look like newspaper clipping of Gamera. It is very possible we will get our first official look at the monster's new design in action figure form. We will see if more information is revealed when the time comes.
Until more information develops or we get a new trailer, there is no info on whether this project is an anime series or a movie nor any info on the story. If I were to bet, however, it could most likely be an anime. Every Godzilla, Ultraman, Pacific Rim, and the upcoming Skull Island series on Netflix always happened to be an anime. So it would not be a surprise if the next set of information on Gamera: Rebirth happened to be an anime, as well. Either way, Gamera is back and just in time!
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