After 12 years in storage (or on Monster Island) a Japanese Godzilla is roaring again. Toho film studios has revived the world’s favorite atomic-breathed monster in “Shin Godzilla,” which is set for nationwide release today.

However, a lot has changed since the big guy last tromped through Japan in Ryuhei Kitamura’s widely panned box-office flop, “Godzilla: Final Wars” (2004). For one thing, Gareth Edwards’ 2014 “Godzilla,” a Hollywood-produced CGI hit that earned $529 million worldwide and paid homage to the Japanese franchise (though without the series’ classic practical effects), revived fan interest in Toho’s signature character. Japan, where the film made a solid ¥3.2 billion, was no exception.

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