For the most part, I agree with you...but I can understand why people are more triggered by G14.
In that movie, when you DO finally see Godzilla, it teases you with a "nope, not yet". That's what got people pissed. It was that, and waiting for the fight at the end. However, the fight at the end gets interrupted quite often.
Now personally, I was fine with it. I felt satisfied by the end of the movie because I liked the ending because I was interested in how they were gonna get the bomb outta the city.
But yeah. Screentime argument is bullshit, imo. And James, I was dissappointed that he didn't like the American movie, because in many ways, its exactly the Godzilla HE thinks of: big green monster that saves the day and is badass. Shin Godzilla was overtly Japanese, though. I'm surprised how many American fans liked it. It is more an artistic breakdwn about what makes Godzilla....godzilla! It breaks all the rules, but makes it work. But then again...it's also the most different Godzilla film ever.
In the end, I think it's just that Shin Godzilla was ABOUT Godzilla existing all of a sudden, and what does Japan, nay the world do? Heck, I think one of the slogans in Japan was Fiction meets Reality or something like that. It was an entirely strange and unique take oriented on Godzilla itself. The US film was not, but a film with Godzilla as a cast member (or a guest star in a way) as he rises at the end of the story as a hero.
It's the type of films they are, not screentime.