The upcoming ‘Project G.G.’ by PlatinumGames.
With the news that the next original project from PlatinumGames is on its way, people outside of Japan have latched onto some weird ideas about the origins behind this game. Well, it’s time to set the record straight on that.
Specifically, the people over at Engadget referred to Project G.G. as a game where “Ant Man meets Godzilla”, which is a weird analysis to make considering the cultural background of PlatinumGames as a studio.
Viewtiful Joe is a good place to start, as its whole premise was based around tokusatsu heroes from shows such as Kamen Rider, with the tagline “Henshin-A-Go-Go, baby!” being an obvious reference to that.
In that Ultraman, in the original incarnation, has to grow in size to fight off giant alien monsters called kaiju.
These kinds of shows were hugely influential on Kamiya’s generation and even before that too, with mecha designers and artists like Yutaka Izubuchi citing it as one of their major creative inspirations.
So when something like Project G.G. appears, it’s worth looking farther afield than Marvel related characters and Godzilla, otherwise you’ll just get the wrong end of a very large kaiju shaped stick.
Read my Forbes blog here.