GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II
Aka "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla"
Despite not getting theatrical or even video releases in the U.S. (until many years later) Toho was on a role making a Godzilla movie ever year in the early 90s by successfully “remaking” sequels from the original run of the franchise. This “remaking” was running into problems with titles as many of these sequels in the “Heisei Era" of the franchise had similar or even the same titles of the films that came over a decade before. This explains the odd title “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II” as at first glance this title makes it look like a direct follow-up to the 1974 film “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla”… which it is obviously not. It was released in Japan as simply “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla” but American audiences would no doubt get it confused with the original film so it was re-christened “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II” to differentiate it but this new title even brings on problems of its own. It’s confusing, I know, but don’t let this titling mess detour one from seeing this entertaining entry into the franchise (the twentieth overall) as Toho reinvents one of Godzilla’s most badass villains.
Written By Eric Reifschneider