GAMERA REBIRTH announced for Netflix, and we have a sneak peek

Giant monster fans, rejoice! After more than a decade away from our screens, none other than Gamera is back for another round of kaiju-sized shenanigans, all thanks to the folks at Netflix. While details remain almost completely elusive for now, the streaming service has announced a “new job” called Gamera: Renaissance. Before we get into speculation territory, let’s see what we know, starting with this short teaser that was released alongside the announcement.

Shusuke Kaneko is directing the project, which currently has no attached cast or synopsis. But hey, it’s more Gamera! We also have a poster, which you can see below. The only official thing that has appeared online is a statement from Kaneko, which reads as follows:

“When I proposed my own concept for Gamera in the Reiwa era, Kadokawa was already working on a new project. The content seemed to make sense to me, so I also have high expectations for this project. So as an experienced baseball commentator as Gamera’s team manager, I will continue to root for him until he wins the championship and takes the plate again.”

Now, let’s speculate a bit. First of all, this definitely feels more like a movie than a series to me. Gamera, dating back to its debut in 1965 Gamera, the giant monster, has been a staple of cinematic kaiju. Heck, she’s appeared in enough movies for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys to put together a whole box of episodes in which they talked about the filmography of the monster. And yes, I am a proud owner of said box. I’m digressing

The timing feels right since we haven’t had a movie starring the monster since 2006. Gamera the Brave. To quote Staind, it’s been a while. Now, based on what I see in the teaser and the poster, I think it will be somewhat animated. Again, it’s most likely a movie. Live action seems a lot less likely, given Netflix’s history with this sort of thing. A comparison, for my money, would be 2017 Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters anime film, which was followed by two sequels, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Y Godzilla: The Planet Eater. Why not do something similar with the Gamera franchise?

Whatever the case may be, the so-called friend to all the kids is finally making a comeback in the streaming era. And I, for one, am here for more flying, fire-breathing, giant turtle action, any way I can get it.

Gamera: Renaissance does not yet have a set release date.

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