Monsters of Man is a 2020 Japanese anime film directed by Toho and written by Yuichiro Nagashima. Six doctors must battle for their lives against a monster that has taken up residence in the small town of Manbijo. The lone doctor with a powerful gun struggles against the beast using his wits and his own fighting skills, while the others are left to protect the townspeople from the beast's many attack methods. In the midst of all this the one man who understands what is happening is given the chance to stop the Monster by himself. With the help of a newly discovered machine called the Dragonoid, he is able to turn the tide of battle in his favor.
Monsters of Man is different from most other Japanese anime films because it doesn't have a strong storyline. Instead, the story is told through the daily interactions between six main characters, which take place in the city of Manbijo. The film is paced very slowly so it can be enjoyed over a long period of time. The slow pace also allows the viewer to enjoy the visual treats offered by Nagashima's unique style of filmmaking.
One of the highlights of the movie is the story of the lead character Masahito Chiaki. An average boy who lives in the city of Manbijo, he always longs to have a dragonfly-like experimental robot named G-Power. The only problem is that the city is going to start manufacturing robotic creatures in a few years so there won't be any more new inventions. As a result, Chiaki is deeply disappointed and tries to get in touch with the Chinese government but soon realizes that his ability to speak Chinese is not high enough to talk about the subject matter and he is sent to Japan to work as a translator for the newly established robotics company.
Meanwhile, a Chinese scientist named Huang Xiaoming gets lured into Manbijo and soon the two become good friends. Soon they realize that they are actually enemies and Huang wants revenge. Meanwhile, a powerful and mysterious Chinese organized crime boss makes life even more difficult for the two Japanese scientists. Eventually the robotic android G-Power develops the need to create more new soldiers for the Japanese army and thus begins an international tournament to find the most promising teams. In the process the movie M Monsters of Man battles corruption at its worst and discovers itself amidst a backdrop of greed and violence.
Much like the novel itself the film has some beautiful set design. This includes some terrific animation sequences where the characters travel around the city and take part in different locales. It also includes some wonderful special effects including the great sword fights and one of the most memorable scenes involves the android fighting a huge monster and winning. The special effects work is especially impressive on screen when the giant robotic monster attacks the city of Manbijo. It is also worth mentioning the acting performances of the Los Angeles duo of Jordy D'Angelo and Edward Ensworth as the evil robots.
Monsters of Man is certainly going to be a blockbuster hit when it comes out in theaters in late summer of 2020. It already has a slew of positive reviews from movie critics and people across the globe. It is expected to be a highly advertised and successful feature film directed by Jake Nevins and starring D'Angelo, Michael Caine, Edward Ensworth, and Jordy D'Angelo. The cast also includes Ed Harris, Kevin Dunn, Christopher Walken, and Mark Linn-Baker. It's a good bet that this gem will receive an award-winning rating at theboxoffice when it opens in Los Angeles and New York City in just a few weeks of schedule.