The official YouTube channel for the Godzilla franchise began streaming a video on Wednesday, and it reveals that the new short "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" ("Gojira vs. Hedorah") will debut on November 3 on the official YouTube channel starting at around 6:15 p.m. JST as part of the online Godzilla Fes 2021 event.
"Godzilla vs. Hedorah" is the second installment in the "Gojira Gojira Fes ni Arawaru" tokusatsu (special effects) series. The first installment debuted at Godzilla Fes 2020 last November. Kazuhiro Nakagawa, who directed the first installment, is also directing this short. Painter Akiko Nakayama is in charge of the short's opening and ending videos.
The short commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original Godzilla vs. Hedorah film, which opened in 1971.
The Godzilla vs. Kong film has earned over US$100 million in the United States, where it opened on March 31. The movie earned US$48.5 million in its first five days in the U.S. The film opened internationally on March 26 in territories where the HBO Max streaming service is not available. The film opened in Japan on July 2, delayed from its original May 14 opening. The film earned 464 million yen (about US$4.18 million) and topped the Japanese box office in its opening weekend.
The Godzilla Singular Point anime series debuted in Japan on March 25. Every episode premiered on Netflix in Japan first before its television broadcast. Netflix debuted the anime outside of Japan on June 24.
Netflix previously debuted a Godzilla anime film trilogy between November 2017 and November 2018.
Sources: Godzilla franchise's YouTube channel, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web