Viewing: Second or Third
Director: Masaaki Tezuka
So, I'd seen this one before, and as near as I can tell, it's a favorite of the Millennium Era (spoiler, y'all. I kind of dig all eras for their own reasons). And that's not a bad take. The suit in this one is pretty rad and toyetic, Godzilla is in "unstoppable natural force" mode, and the story is just absolutely bananas in the best way. And, man, so much monster-fighting.
Our story - Mothra and a pair of Faeries (is there any other kind from Infant Island?), show up to tell one of their old contacts from the original Mothra movie that Mothra wants the JXSDF to return 1954 Godzilla's bones to the ocean. Where are 1954 Godzilla's bones? Inside of MechaGodzilla. Why? REASONS. Apparently that's what they used as the support structure.
So, yes - (a) the Godzilla you've known since Godzilla Raids Again is NOT OG Godzilla (which makes sense since he's very dead at the end of the first film. And (b) there are mystical forces at play that want those bones in the ocean, and those forces talk to the Faeries and Mothra.
Of course there's a very earnest and hard working mechanic who met Mothra who, by day, is on the flight crew for MechaGodzilla. There's a bunch of other characters, but I'll be honest - they kind of don't really matter. This is about Current Godzilla wanting to fight the bones of his counterpart, Mothra showing up and self-sacrificing, and MechaGodzilla being haunted. It is a ride.
I won't hard sell you on this movie - it's part of a series and I didn't mean to watch it. But we pulled together a last-minute watch party and I intended to watch Godzilla versus Astro Monster, but apparently that got pulled from Prime on Nov. 1 and I panicked.
If you're going to panic, there are worse movies to decide to watch.