Godzillla Allie and Enemy Statistics

Written by Barney Buckley

E-Mail Address: bbuckley@triad.rr.com

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Hedorah

“Don’t lose your courage. One place where there is no pollutions in our hearts. Come on now. All of us. Our message is loud and strong. We’re going to send it up higher.”

By Yukio, the use of movement leader, in AIP’s release of Godzilla versus the smog monster

Well at all of the characters in the Showa series Hedorah is the most interesting one of them all. I have watched Godzilla movies from 1954 to the present and I have the entire collection on DVD as well as I took them and ripped into my hard drive so I can watch them on my flatscreen TV. The main reason why I like Godzilla versus the smog monster is just the monster’s extremely tall and to me uniquely designed his eyes they really stand out while the detail. His head one he’s discharging smog on to Godzilla’s head opens up and starts glowing red. The suit itself has very unique colors is a fantastic looking suit in my eyes. The movie itself I like it because it is set in the 70s and it has a very psychedelic feel to it. What a lot of you grew up in this era knows what it’s all about.

So I can appreciate this era. Well anyway another thing that I like about Hedorah is his 3 separate stages of growing. He is an alien that crashes down into the ocean from outer space and consumes the pollution causing him to grow into a tadpole and exist. And then he grows into a flying form as well as a crawling form before going into his final huge form. These are the reasons why I like Hedorah and also want to mention that the reason I created this webpage is because I was upset with the movie Godzilla final wars it did not showing off of Hedorah, so I said to myself if you’re not going to show him I will so I created this page to put it out there so people can see it because I think the doors one articles monsters out there. Clearly it on my favorite monster is it goes like this Godzilla, Hedorah, Mechagodzilla 1974 and 1975, and Gigan these are my favorite from the Showa series. In the Heisei Series it is Godzilla 1985 this is my favorite of all the suits, Destroyer, Biollante, and King Ghidorah. In the Shinsei Series in this order Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, and in Godzilla final wars my all-time favorite would have to be Gigan, Monster X and that’s it.

  •     Director: Yoshimitsu Banno
  •     Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  •     Japanese Release Date: July 24, 1971, released by the Toho Motion Picture Company. Running Time 85 minutes.
  •     US Release Date: July 1972, released by American International Pictures. Running Time 85 minutes.
  •     Taglines: “Don’t lose your courage. One place where there is no pollutions in our hearts. Come on now. All of us. Our message is loud and strong. We’re going to send it up higher.” “Our Environment Is Doomed!”
  •     Alternative Titles: Godzilla versus the Smog Monster, Godzilla versus Hedorah

SYNOPSIS

A Marine biologist Dr. Yano is in treatment a fisherman brings him a strange saltwater tadpole. Then on television news, Dr.Yano see the gigantic version of that same tadpole sink a ship. The scientist takes his young son Kenny on a diving expedition in the area where the creature was found. While underwater, Dr.Yano is attacked by the monster tadpole, as his young son Ken is attacked on shore. Both are lucky enough to survive. Now scarred by the attack, Dr.Yano explains to the press that the creature is a living mineral made it from industrial waste. Each piece-or tadpole-has a life of its own. When combined, the creature becomes a single, huge, and dangerous entity called Hedorah, the smog monster.

The smog monster mutates in different forms. A flying disc-shaped form that spews poisonous asset in the air and one flies over people they instantly die. Another form would consume pollution from smokestacks. As a group of teenagers staging a Woodstock-like it go-Festival at the base of Mount Fuji Hedorah attacks. The teams are saved by the timely arrival of Godzilla. The battle between the monsters is a draw, and the military arrives with weapons to use against Hedorah. The combined might of humanity and Godzilla finally destroys Hedorah. But is the threat gone forever?

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE MOVIE

First I would like to say am going to point out the good points about this movie 1st Hedorah obviously a fantastic costume. The eyes that are extremely red I think Google local with details the yellow and hints of green. When Hedorah is taking a ship on Godzilla I don’t mean that in a bad way but he does do that his head expands and starts glowing red pretty damn awesome. His height and the color scheme of the suits really does stand out and especially the many stages of Hedorah another plus. Another thing I like about this movie is the storyline it sends a message that we are polluting way too much and I sent my share of redeeming slow down or not but it doesn’t seem as bad as it is oversized publicly known.

Another plus about this movie is the psychedelic theme because this movie was made in 1971 inch, straight out of the 60s you can still see the hints of the 60s especially in the disco it has squishy blood screen in the background I think that’s cool you have the female who sings the song “Save the Earth” she’s wearing psychedelic outfit that you don’t see today it would be nice though show off the shape of those women LOL. They didn’t like about the movie is affected tried to destroy Hedorah I’m just joking around. The negative parts that I didn’t really like and do not the worst things about it is that crazy Woodstock seen, but it is what is it was what they did that time. People were free they are not today we’re locked into some serious crap. Not much else I can say is really bad about the movie because it is my all-time favorite one of the Showa series with the exception of the original of course that was cool because I like everything about that movie it’s background of the prompts the Godzilla suit everything.

HEDORAH THE SMOG MONSTER STATISTICS

Water Form

    Length: 0.1 millimeters-20 meters

    Mass: Unknown

    Powers/Weapons: Can fire acidic mud; adept swimmer; body has a corrosive effect; extraordinary jumper; increases in toxicity as it consumes more pollution; able to join with other Hedorahs to change its form and size; immune to radiation and the effects of Godzilla’s Atomic Ray

    First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Land Form

  •     Height: 30 meters
  •     Mass: Unknown
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight; can fire acidic mud; adept swimmer; body has a corrosive effect; extraordinary jumper; increases in toxicity as it consumes more pollution; able to join with other Hedorahs to change its form and size; immune to radiation and the effects of Godzilla’s Atomic Ray
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Flying Form

  •     Length: 40 meters
  •     Mass: Unknown
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight at mach 1; can fire Crimson energy beams from the top of its eyes that will create toxic smoke after hitting their target; releases sulfuric acid mist when it flies; body has a corrosive effect; increases in toxicity as it consumes more pollution; able to join with other Hedorahs to change its form and size; immune to radiation and the effects of Godzilla’s Atomic Ray; can change back and forth from final for
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Final Form

  •     Height: 60 meters
  •     Mass: 52,800 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Can fire Crimson energy beams from the top of its eyes that will create toxic smoke after hitting their target; body has a corrosive effect; extraordinary jumper; able to discharge vast quantities of sludge; increases in toxicity as it consumes more pollution; able to join with other Hedorahs to change its form and size; immune to radiation and the effects of Godzilla’s Atomic Ray; can change back and forth from flying form
  •     Weakness: Can die from dehydration
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Hedorah Millennium Form

  •     Height: 394 Feet Tall
  •     Weight: 70,000 Tons
  •     Powers: None
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
  •     Fight Record: Wins 0, Losses 1, Ties 0

Descriptions

King Kong, Anguirus, Mothra, and Rodan are representative of Godzilla’s early foes: basic no-frills monsters who rely on horns, claws, and teeth in battle. But the 1970s ushered in a new style of monster, radical in design and often sporting an arsenal of garish ray beams and other fantastic weapons. Leading the pack of more elaborate monsters is Hedorah, aka the Smog Monster, a mobile sludge pile created when an alien spore from space combined with Earth’s overpowering industrial waste. Uke Mothra, Hedorah is a transforming monster, beginning life as a multitude of tiny, tadpole like creatures swimming in polluted water throughout the oceans.

Two by two, the tadpoles meet and unite, growing ever larger until they evolve into a gigantic form that moves onto the land in search of more concentrated forms of pollution. Hedorah’s next incarnation is a flying form, soaring across Japan like a filthy Frisbee, spewing sulfuric acid mist and disintegrating every thing unfortunate enough to be caught in its path. Rnally, the ultimate Hedorah appears as a towering, standing creature, but it is able to transform back into flying form as the need arises .Never before had Godzilla fought a foe with such a variety of weapons at its disposal. In addition to the choking sulfuric smog it spews, Hedorah can fire an explosive crimson ray from the corners of its eyes, spit globs of acidic mud, or suffocate its foe in a lava like flow of liquid muck.

Being comprised of sludge, Hedorah seems invulnerable to conventional attack. Punches go right through with no permanent damage, while Godzilla’s ray is deflected and diminished by the alien mineral content of the Smog Monster’s mass. Hedorah’s only susceptibility is to dehydration-a weakness that allowed human technology to combine with the power of Godzilla to finally bring down the curtain on Hedorah’s reign of terror. 1971 was the beginning of a new era in Godzilla films. Every Godzilla movie after Godzilla vs. Hedorah had foes with some sort of super weapon (i.e. ray, acid, eye beams, etc,) with the exception of Titanosaurus

ORIGINS OF HEDORAH

Godzilla vs Hedorah (also known as Godzilla vs the Smog Monster, and Gojira Tai Hedorah in the original Japanese) is a 1971 film. Part of the Toho studio’s Godzilla series, it was directed by Yoshimitsu Banno with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano.

Hedorah was an alien life form that landed on Earth and began feeding on pollution. Thanks to his toxic nature, as well as his acidic, poisonous body, Hedorah very nearly put an end to Godzilla in their struggle. Godzilla finally put an end to Hedorah by completely drying him out using electrical generators set up by the military and his own radioactive breath. The movie contains several strange impressionistic animated scenes portraying the smog monster at his evil work.

On a side note, this was the first time we see Godzilla fly. He uses his atomic breath as jet propulsion.

Tomoyuki Tanaka, who produced the first 22 Godzilla films was in the hospital while the film was made. Upon recovery and actually seeing the film, it is said that he told the director of the film that he ruined the Godzilla series and that he would never direct at Toho ever again.

This was the eleventh Godzilla film. It is one that has earned its own special niche, due to a listing in the Medved Brothers The Fifty Worst Movies of All Time (1977), as the worst of all Japanese monster movies. Which is not quite the case. Certainly, there have been worse films made. Even worse Godzilla films – the subsequent entries Godzilla vs Gigan/Godzilla on Monster Island (1972) or Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster (1974) are much worse than this, for instance. Japanese monster movies require a necessary state of critical suspension – they make a peculiar kind of sense when viewed not as monster movies but as a kind of pulp fairy-tale. Although by this point, the Godzilla series had become so pitched to juvenile audiences that he can be shown as a toy played with by the film’s token child. And the Godzilla on show is not the best looking of Godzilla’s – its neck for some reason being much longer and scrawnier and absurd-looking, while its appearance comes accompanied by ludicrous mock Spaghetti Western music.

The Hedorah creation has much potential as both metaphor and monster. Pollution had now supplanted the Bomb as the major anxiety in the Japanese national psyche and featured in one way or another in most of the Godzilla films of the 1970s. “As we created it, Hedorah is our punishment,” says one character with typical Japanese monster movie self-flagellation at one point. (Although the American version creates confusion by then throwing in an entirely muddled explanation about Hedorah having arrived from outer space on a meteorite). A dubbed song goes on about pollution: “We have cobalt full of mercury/Too many fumes in our oxygen/All the smog now is choking you and me/Good Lord, where is it going to end ?/… For tomorrow you and me, we’re movin’, movin’ to the Moon now/We know what it’s worth to save the Earth/Come raise your voice.”

The Hedorah monster with its cartoonish orange eyes is too absurd to be taken seriously. Although some of the wild images of it sitting atop chimneys sucking up carbon fumes; or with it like a giant flying oyster, riding on jets, crisping people and buildings beneath it with its acid mist; it dive-bombing and sitting atop cars in a traffic jam with its orange eyes balefully staring, have their moments. The American version has thrown in a series of animation scenes, which illustrate the action but have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the plot.

TRIVIA

    A sequel, set in Africa, was planned. However, G-series producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, who had been hospitalized during the film’s production, was enraged by the film once he saw it, telling director Yoshimitsu Banno that he had ruined the Godzilla series. Tanaka immediately ordered the filming of a more conventional Godzilla movie (Chikyu kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan (1972)). Thus, the “Smog” sequel was never made.

  •     This is the first film in the series since Mosura tai Gojira (1964) to have a strong social message attached to it.
  •     This is the only movie in which Godzilla demonstrates his ability to fly by firing his atomic breath towards the ground and propelling himself backwards
  •     This is the only movie in which Godzilla demonstrates his ability to fly by firing his atomic breath towards the ground and propelling himself backwards.
  •     When Godzilla chases down Hedorah near the end of the film, the director originally shot two different scenes. One had Godzilla chasing Hedorah on foot, the other had Godzilla flying after him. The flying scene was the one used in the final cut of the film, because the director thought a comical scene was needed to lighten up an otherwise dark film.
  •     This was the last Godzilla film to be released by American International Pictures (AIP) and dubbed by Titra Productions. The remaining Godzilla films from this decade were released by Downtown Distribution and/or Cinema Shares, and simply used edited versions of Toho’s international English prints.
  •     This was the first film that featured Kenpachiro Satsuma to wear the Smog Monster suit. Though small in stature, Satsuma was quite strong for his size, and was the only one capable of supporting the 300 pound suit for long periods of time. (Though there were some wire works to help support.) Satsuma then went on to wear the Gigan costume for the next two films. After a break of over 10 years, he would be asked to wear the Godzilla costume for Godzilla 1985, and would continue to wear it through the Heisei series, and retired after Godzilla vs. Destroyah in 1995.
  •     In the scene where a piece of Hedora comes down the stairs of the club during Godzilla and Hedora’s first battle, there is a picture of Martin Luther King hanging on the wall behind it.
  •     One of the films included in “The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)” by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell.

Minya/Minilla/ Minera

Minilla (ミニラ Minira?) is a Kaiju (Japanese giant monster) from the Godzilla series of films and is the first of several young Godzillas. He first appeared in the Showa film Son of Godzilla and also appeared in Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs Gigan and the Millennium film Godzilla: Final Wars.

ORIGINS

The son of the famous Godzilla, Minilla was born on Sogell Island, when his egg was prematurely cracked open by a group of mutant giant praying mantis’ called Kamacuras. Godzilla soon arrived, killed two of the Kamacuras, and rescued Minilla. Godzilla proceeded to train Minilla and defended him against further attacks from the final Kamacuras and the giant spider Kumonga. Godzilla and Minilla were placed in hibernation when a group of scientists completed a weather experiment, resulting in the freezing of their island. The mutant dinosaurs revived when the snow melted, and eventually relocated to Monster Island, as seen via stock footage in Godzilla vs. Gigan.

In Destroy All Monsters (which takes place in 1999), Minilla, Godzilla and many other Earth monsters live on a new island called Monsterland. Together they battled the three-headed space dragon King Ghidorah at Mt. Fuji. They killed Ghidorah and saved planet Earth. After that, Minilla and the other monsters returned to Monsterland.

Godzilla’s exact relationship to Minilla has never been clarified. It is uncertain whether he was of a derelict egg of the same or a similar species or if Godzilla was somehow Minilla’s biological parent; (human character dialogue might suggest that Godzilla had been to Sogell Island prior to the events of Son of Godzilla).

Minilla is the first juvenile Godzilla to be featured in the film series. A later young Godzilla appears as Godzilla Junior during the Heisei series, in the last three films of the Heisei series of Godzilla films.

APPEARANCES

Minilla resembles a smaller, pudgy version of his father. His snout is slightly upturned and his eyes are larger and placed further forward on his head, giving him a more human-like appearance. The dorsal fins on his back are small and unformed, and he also lacks the charcoal grey color of his father. His coloring is a lighter, fleshy grey color.

POWERS AND ABILITIES

Minilla is much friendlier with humans than any of his contemporaries, and once (in All Monsters Attack) appeared in the dreams of a troubled boy in order to give an example of how to deal with bullying and other childhood issues. He is also very playful, enjoying such games as kicking large boulders and jumping over or riding on Godzilla’s tail. While he is usually fearful of other monsters, he occasionally shows courage when defending his human friends, although more often than not he is outmatched by other monsters. The All Monsters Attack appearance is also notable in that it is the only instance of Minilla speaking, which makes sense since he only appears in dreams.

He is most notable for his ability to breathe atomic smoke rings, though he did learn to use a real atomic ray in Son of Godzilla. Minilla also has the ability to communicate with Godzilla over great distances by broadcasting a brainwave pattern over radio frequencies. This ability interferes with other radio transmissions in its vicinity. In All Monsters Attack Minilla is depicted as having the ability to shrink down to human size. This was originally meant to be indicative of the fantasy element of the film, in which Minilla only appears in the dreams of a young boy. This power is depicted again, in the real world, in the Millennium film Godzilla: Final Wars.

Minilla reappeared in a slightly altered form in Godzilla: Final Wars, which, as part of the Millennium series, was not directly connected to any of his previous appearances. His role, however, was unchanged; very human-friendly, especially towards children. He also interceded on behalf of humanity to Godzilla, prompting Godzilla to end his war with the human race. In this film, Minilla is also rather intelligent, knowing how to operate basic human items such as Seatbelts and even a small truck. He can also tell where Godzilla is through an unknown neural link.

MINYA STATISTICS

Minya (Showa)

  • Height: 13-18 meters (43-59 feet)*
  •     Mass: 1 ,800-3,000 metric tons (1 ,980-3,300 tons)*
  •     Place of birth (hatching): Sollgel Island
  •     Diet: Tropical fruit
  •     Powers/weapons: Able to blow radioactive smoke rings, can fire atomic ray from mouth under conditions of extreme duress  (e.g., having tail stomped on)
  •     First appearance: Son of Godzilla (1967)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 8, 9, 10′ 12
  •     Fight record: Wins 3, Losses 2, Ties 1

Minya (Millennium)

  • Height: 1.6-20 meters
  •     Mass: 200 kilograms-5,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Able to blow Radioactive smoke rings; can fire an Atomic Ray after growing to 20 meters
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Descriptions

Range is from birth to full stature. presumably still early-childhood stage. Minilla appears to be the adopted son of Godzilla in the early films of the Godzilla series. The King of the Monsters found Minilla as a newly hatched infant under attack by three Kamacuras. Godzilla came to the little guy’s rescue. and they stayed together from then on. waging father-and-son monster battles when necessary. In Destroy All Monsters (1968). Minilla is present for the climactic battle against King Ghidorah, but mostly keeps a safe distance. Once the golden dragon is down. Minilla helps finish King Ghidorah off by firing a radioactive smoke ring around its middle neck. In All Monsters Attack (1969), Minilla is tormented by the bullying monster Gabara and retreats from two of their encounters. The third time they meet, Minilla uses a clever strategy to gain the upper hand. Of course, these encounters happen only in the dreams of a young Japanese boy, not in the reality of the Toho Universe. Where is Minilla now? By 1999, he will have been captured and, along with nine other giant monsters, confined to the Monster land research center on the Ogasawara Islands, where he will live in peace.

Origins

Ichiro is a highly imaginative, but lonely, boy growing up in urban Tokyo. Every day he comes home to the empty apartment he shares with his railroad worker father and his restaurant hostess mother. His only friends are a toy maker name Shinpei Inami and a little girl named Sachicko. The only other kids that are around is a gang of kids led by a bully named Gabara. To escape his loneliness, Ichiro imagines that he is on Monster Island where he befriends Minya, the son of Godzilla. It is through his daydreams that he watches Godzilla and Minya fight other monsters, including one also named Gabara who is just as bad a bully as the one that is tormenting Ichiro. It is through these daydreams that he learns that it is okay to fight back and face his fears. These lessons also help him to outwit a couple of bumbling bank robbers as well as finally have the guts to stand up to Gabara and his gang.

Baby Godzilla

Godzilla Junior first appeared in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II as an egg. Presuming it to be a Pteranodon egg, a scientific team unearthed it from Adona Island and shipped it to Japan for study. The egg displayed strange psychic properties, even imprinting itself upon the biologist Azusa Gojo, before finally hatching to reveal an infant Godzillasaurus, who is named Baby Godzilla. He was a harmless creature with teeth suitable only for chewing soft plant material. When Godzilla later appeared, having sought out Baby through an unexplained psychic link, Baby left with Godzilla, later settling on Birth Island.

By the time of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Baby, who by now had grown to almost a third of Godzilla’s height; (probably due to exposure to Godzilla’s radiation). Now known as Little Godzilla, he interacted periodically with the human characters for a portion of the film, taking a particular liking to Major Yuki of G-Force and establishing a psychic bond with Miki Saegusa. Little Godzilla was injured and imprisoned in a cage of crystals by SpaceGodzilla upon his arrival to Earth and remained caged until SpaceGodzilla’s defeat by the combined might of Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A.

Little Godzilla continued to grow and is named Godzilla Junior in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. He had reached nearly half Godzilla’s height, and he looked much like his adoptive father; aside from far smaller spines. Junior quickly proved himself to be quite a capable fighter, successfully defeating Destoroyah, though with difficulty. Junior is killed during his second battle against Destoroyah at Haneda Airport, where Godzilla and Destoroyah soon fought. After Godzilla melts down, Junior is revived and grows into a new Godzilla. This version of Junior had a brief cameo appearance from stock footage in the opening credits of Godzilla Final Wars

Unlike his father, Junior has a kind disposition, even when older. Like Minilla, he is more friendly then Godzilla, seen playing with children in Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II and saving Miki from Destroyah.

Baby Godzilla (ベビーゴジラ?, Bebii Gojira) first appeared in the 1993 film Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2. Baby Godzilla’s egg was found on Adonoa Island with a hatched Rodan egg. The Rodan had since looked after the unhatched egg. Godzilla himself looked to have interest in the egg, but Rodan fought Godzilla to protect the egg (and failed). However, scientists took the egg during the fight. Godzilla then went to Japan to get the egg. The egg hatched and much to the scientists’ surprise, it was an infant Godzilla.

Baby Godzilla communicated mentally with several young girls to sing a vocal song (titled “From Miki to Baby”) which unexpectedly revived Rodan from his battle with Godzilla. Baby felt Rodan’s reawakening and panicked, clanging on his cage bars and his new human guardians including Asuza and Miki begged him to calm down. Baby did calm down, but became depressed. When examining the infant, they found out that he had a second brain in his hip. This led the scientists to suspect that Godzilla must have a second brain as well. So they modified MechaGodzilla to attack this weak point.

But Rodan came in his fire form to fight MechaGodzilla and fought well but failed. Godzilla arrived soon after and fought MechaGodzilla, nearly destroying the mech. But the scientists upgraded MechaGodzilla into Super MechaGodzilla and it succeeds to destroying Godzilla’s second brain. Godzilla is killed, but listening to Baby Godzilla’s cry, Fire Rodan gives up his life essence to Godzilla and disappears. A newly revived Godzilla destroys MechaGodzilla with his new Spiral Fire Ray. Baby Godzilla and his new father swim off to sea to find a new home.

BABY GODZILLA

  •     Height: 1.64 meters (5.4 feet)
  •     Length: 3.53 meters (11.6 feet). Mass: 420 kilograms (924 pounds)
  •     Diet: Vegetation; was seen to eat a rose, stem and all
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  •     Powers/weapons: No offensive weapons; can communicate telepathically with Godzilla and Rodan, eyes glow red when afraid
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 20
  •     Fight record: Wins 0, Losses 0

ORIGINS

This third Godzilla is a result of visitors from the future going back in time to alter the past. In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the Futurians think they’re preventing the original creation of Godzilla by teleporting Godzillasaurus to the Bering Sea, safely away from any nuclear retests. But an accident involving a nuclear submarine mutates Godzillasaurus into a Godzilla twice the size of, and far more powerful than, the original .Thus creating a new timeline for Godzilla and within this timeline they created Baby Godzilla, along with Little Godzilla and Junior. Place of birth (hatching): A research center in Kyoto, but the egg containing him was collected on Adonoa Island in the Bering Sea.

Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II (Gojira tai Mekagojira in the original Japanese) is a 1993 film. Part of the Toho studio’s Godzilla series, it was directed by Takao Okawara with special effects by Koichi Kawakita. It was written by Wataru Mimura.

Godzilla fights Mechagodzilla, a giant robotic version of himself. In this series  Mechagodzilla is a human-created robot based on the body of Mecha-King Ghidorah salvaged from the 1991 movie. The movie also features Fire Rodan, an updated version of the original Rodan. This was originally supposed to be the final film of the Heisei era with Godzilla dying at the end.

Baby Godzilla 1998

Baby Godzillas, also known as Baby ‘Zillas, are movie monsters that first appeared in the 1998 Roland Emmerich film Godzilla. The design by Patrick Tatopoulos is that of a hunched bent-over marine iguana. The movie’s incarnation is a re-imaging of the Japanese Baby Godzilla. Possibly inspired by the Japanese Godzilla babies Minilla, Godzooky, and Godzilla Junior. The Baby Godzillas are the offspring of Godzilla (1998).

All known Baby Godzillas were killed by a missile strike to the Madison Square Garden, except for one. He appeared briefly at the end of the 1998 film and later starred in Godzilla: The Series he should originally have starred in the sequel Godzilla 2 and probably in Godzilla 3, but because of the rights to the character expired in 2003 the plans were unfortunately cancelled.

GODZILLA 2 (CANCELLED)

The Baby Godzilla would have made a brief appearance in the beginning of the cancelled sequel to the 1998 film, titled Godzilla 2 during its pre-production stages, before we would have been introduced to the Teen Godzilla, the next stage in the American Godzilla’s lifecycle.

AMERICAN BABY GODZILLA 1998

  •     Official Name-Baby Godzilla
  •     Official Nicknames-Baby ‘Zillas
  •     Species-American Godzilla – Giant, mutated, irradiated sea/marine iguana (or Green Iguana)
  •     Length 2-4 meters
  •     Height   1-2 meters
  •     Weight 200 kg
  •     First Appearance-Godzilla (1998 film)
  •     Latest Appearance-Godzilla: The Series
  •     Created by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Patrick Tatopoulos

ORIGINS

The first Godzilla from French Polynesia was probably also the very first Baby Godzilla, it is yet unknown if it actually was the only one. The first Godzilla asexually laid over two-hundred eggs in Madison Square Garden in New York City, USA.

BEHAVIORS

Baby Godzillas are predatory iguanas and very fast and agile hunters, just like their parent. They are intelligent and can learn new things very easily. Their appearance has some differences from the parent creature. They both live and hunt in groups around the nesting area.

When these Baby Godzilla’s hatched, they fed on fish that their parent had left for them. When they ran out of fish to eat, they began hunting for other sources of food. They also began eating humans who smelled like fish. Sadly all Baby Godzilla’s except one were easily killed by a missile strike from a US Military jet-airplane. It is not yet known how many eggs there were, but it is known that all eggs doesn’t hatch at the exact same time, it is especially proved by the hatching of the last Baby Godzilla at the end of the 1998 film Godzilla.

BREATH

Although Baby Godzilla’s aren’t known to possess any breath weapon like their parent or other adults of its species (this is probably because of the babies being too young and small to use any such an ability), the Baby Godzilla in the video game Godzilla Online is known to have some kind of venom breath weapon called Baby Breath.

Little Godzilla

By 1995, in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Baby Godzilla had grown to 30 meters in height and is now known as Little Godzilla (リトルゴジラ?, Ritoru Gojira). Although the creature is only about one year old, exposure to Godzilla’s radioactivity rapidly increased his size and stunted his natural growth, giving the young monster his bizarre appearance. Little Godzilla also displays the ability to fire a weak energy beam like his father, although this “beam” takes the form of glowing dust or bubbles. (This ability mirrors Minilla’s famous smoke rings from the Showa series). After the events of Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2, both Godzilla and his new “son” arrive on Birth Island in the South Pacific.

While Godzilla remains predominantly underwater off the coast, Birth Island itself becomes Little Godzilla’s permanent home. When a team from Japan’s Counter-Godzilla Center (U.N.G.C.C.) arrives on the island to conduct an experiment in psychically controlling Godzilla (known as Project-T), they encounter Little Godzilla playing about the small, tropical paradise. At one point, the infant monster accidentally sets off a series of tear-gas mines placed along the coast. Later, after the T-Project has been tested on the adult Godzilla, the monster SpaceGodzilla arrives on Earth and lands on Birth Island, right before a terrified Little Godzilla’s eyes. At first the young creature hides in fear, but he soon ventures out and attempts to investigate the strange beast. SpaceGodzilla, however, unleashes his powerful Corona Beam and attacks the young monster heartlessly.

As Little Godzilla attempts to crawl away, his father arrives to defend him. The adult Godzilla, unfortunately, is no match for his cosmic clone, and is soundly defeated. Before departing, SpaceGodzilla telekinetically lifts Little Godzilla from the ground and then imprisons him within a cage of crystal spires. Only after Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. were able to defeat SpaceGodzilla in Fukuoka did the little monster walk free from his crystal prison.

LITTLE GODZILLA

  •     Height: 30 meters (98 feet)
  •     Mass: 8,000 metric tons (8,800 tons)
  •     Place of birth: Grew from Baby Godzilla, first appeared on Birth Island
  •     Powers/weapons: Able to belch radioactive bubbles
  •     Weaknesses: His weakness is due to the fact that he is just a cute kaiju.
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994) r
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 21
  •     Fight record: Wins 0, Losses 1

DESCRIPTION

Little Godzilla, the next stage of growth after Baby Godzilla, is featu! Son in Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994). Attacked by Space Godzilla on Birth Island, Little Godzilla is unable to defend himself. Godzilla intervenes, and Little Godzilla attempts to assist him without much success. He is imprisoned in a crystal cage by Space Godzilla, but is freed when Godzilla finally defeats Space Godzilla. Where is he now? He grew into Godzilla Junior.

ORIGINS

Members of G-Force are assigned to survey Bas Island where the baby Godzillasaurus known as Baby lives. The three soldiers are part of a group known as Project T (Project Telepathy). Project T want to attract the attention of Godzilla in order to use a psychotronic generator on the animal so that ESP specialist Miki Saegusa can control him. Major Akira Yuki of G-Force is dedicated towards eradicating Godzilla in order to avenge the death of his best friend. (Yuki’s friend died during Godzilla’s battle with King Ghidorah.) Yuki begins planting tear gas mines all along the beachhead. Baby comes along and plods through all of the gas mines.

Meanwhile, the Mothra fairies come to Earth to speak with Miki. They warn her that a great space monster is coming to Earth to destroy Godzilla. Miki accepts the responsibility of helping to protect Godzilla.

While all this is occurring, the Japanese defense council learns that a giant space monster destroyed a Nasa satellite. They decide to initiate Project: Moguera in order to combat the new menace. Moguera is Japan’s newest defense system and it is a giant bipedal robot similar in design to Mecha-Godzilla. Moguera flies through space and encounters a crystalline reptile, which will later become known as Space Godzilla. Space Godzilla blasts past Moguera and arrives on Earth. It goes to Bas Island where it attacks Baby. At the same time, Godzilla arrives on Bas Island as well. The G-Force soldiers launch the Project T implant into the back of Godzilla’s neck and Miki is temporarily able to control him. She relinquishes control over Godzilla however when they discover that Space Godzilla is attacking Baby. Godzilla rushes to Baby’s aid and fights off Space Godzilla. Space Godzilla is way too strong however and easily defeats both of the Godzillasaurus.

Back at G-Center, Doctor Chinatsu Gondo offers theories as to Space Godzilla’s origins. She believes that skin cells of Godzilla that had become attached to Mothra may have flaked off of Mothra’s body into outer space. The cells were swallowed by a black hole and pushed out through a white hole. From there, they grew within their own evolutionary system. They assimilated crystal organisms and became exposed to energies from the explosions of stars. The final result became Space Godzilla.

Sometime later, Doctor Susumo Okuba of G-Force is revealed to be a traitor. He is actually working for the Japanese mafia and kidnaps Miki Saegusa. Okuba wants to use Saegusa’s ESP abilities to control Godzilla. G-Force sends in their own special forces to rescue Miki. During the fight, Miki develops telekinetic powers and breaks free of Okuba’s control. The leave the mafia compound and return to G-Center.

Space Godzilla begins rampaging through Tagashima Bay near Fukuoka. He pounds his way along until he reaches Kyushu. Space Godzilla begins creating immense crystal structures that assimilate all of the buildings from the surrounding area. He uses the crystalline structures as lightning rods absorbing ambient electricity needed to power himself. Akira Yuki is assigned to pilot Moguera and attack Space Godzilla. But in mid-flight, Yuki abandons his directive to go and attack Godzilla. The three forces finally come together in one location and begin battling each other.

Space Godzilla readily beats Moguera and Yuki is forced to retreat from the battle. He then concentrates his powers on Godzilla and uses crystalline force fields to deflect Godzilla’s atomic breath. Space Godzilla also has telekinetic powers and he uses them to hurl Godzilla through several buildings. Godzilla eventually comes to realize that Space Godzilla gets his power from the crystal spikes erected all over Kyushu. He begins shredding the crystals with his fire breath and knocks over a huge tower that Space Godzilla had been using as a lightning rod.

Akira Yuki decides to separate Moguera into its two inherent drive systems. Piloting a hover component known as the Star Falcon, he disengages from the main Moguera body and flies back towards the battle. He executes several hit and run maneuvers before returning to Moguera. Moguera decides to re-enter the battle and has since diverted its attentions from Godzilla to Space Godzilla. (For some reason, Yuki is no longer revenge stricken against Godzilla) He launches Moguera’s fists at Space Godzilla shattering the creature’s spiky crystal shoulder guards. He then blasts Moguera’s entire body into a suicide dive against Space Godzilla. Space Godzilla barely survives the attack, and Godzilla finishes.

Godzuky / Godzooky

The world of kaiju is a strange, strange one indeed. Many mysteries exist and haunt the corners of the realm of such a small, wondrous world of ours.

No GODZILLA, as far as science is concerned, ever conceived children or gave birth. Where exactly other Godzillas, such as GODZILLA JUNIOR, came from is still open to debate. What’s even MORE of a head-scratcher, however, is the story of GODZUKI, otherwise known as “Godzilla’s Nephew,” an appropriate nickname, at least.

The small monster has been something of a Sasquatch or Watchuka of the psuedo-field of Monster Hunting, and one of Dr. Quinn Darian’s many subjects. Chasing after various monster hints and tips abord The Calico, Dr. Darian, Captain Carl Majors, her nephew Pete and her assistant Brock had one day come across the small kaiju, stuck in a dead, collapsed reef while researching under water. Freeing it with their mini-sub, Pete dubbed the creature “Godzuki,” but it didn’t stick around for pleasentries. Fleeing the scene, Godzuki did nothing less than take to the air! Flying east, the team followed the smallish kaiju among the islands to the Southern Pacific..and nearly gave up when they became sidetracked by an SOS from the small island called Selga…

GODZOOKY

  •     Species-Infant Godzillasaurus
  •     Nicknames-Godzuki
  •     Height-3.96 meters
  •     Length-6.09 meters
  •     Weight-1 ton
  •     Forms-None
  •     Allies-Godzilla, Calico
  •     Enemies-Godzilla’s Enemies
  •     Relationships-Godzilla (Uncle)
  •     Controlled by-None
  •     Created by-Hanna-Barbera
  •     Can breathe a stream of radioactive fire…on occasion.
  •     Powered flight
  •     Origin is completely unknown.
  •     Able to understand human speech on a limited level.

Many fans wonder if, since Godzilla is Godzooky’s uncle, then Godzilla may have a brother and/or sister, although it never says anything about him having one. Despite this, some fans think his father may have been the original Godzilla. It is more likely, however, that the term “nephew” is used figuratively, with no actual blood relation between the monsters.

Godzilla Junior

Godzilla Junior first appeared in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II as an egg. Presuming it to be a Pteranodon egg, a scientific team unearthed it from Adona Island and shipped it to Japan for study. The egg displayed strange psychic properties, even imprinting itself upon the biologist Azusa Gojo, before finally hatching to reveal an infant Godzillasaurus, who is named Baby Godzilla. He was a harmless creature with teeth suitable only for chewing soft plant material. When Godzilla later appeared, having sought out Baby through an unexplained psychic link, Baby left with Godzilla, later settling on Birth Island.

By the time of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Baby, who by now had grown to almost a third of Godzilla’s height; (probably due to exposure to Godzilla’s radiation). Now known as Little Godzilla, he interacted periodically with the human characters for a portion of the film, taking a particular liking to Major Yuki of G-Force and establishing a psychic bond with Miki Saegusa. Little Godzilla was injured and imprisoned in a cage of crystals by SpaceGodzilla upon his arrival to Earth and remained caged until SpaceGodzilla’s defeat by the combined might of Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A.

Little Godzilla continued to grow and is named Godzilla Junior in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. He had reached nearly half Godzilla’s height, and he looked much like his adoptive father; aside from far smaller spines. Junior quickly proved himself to be quite a capable fighter, successfully defeating Destoroyah, though with difficulty. Junior is killed during his second battle against Destoroyah at Haneda Airport, where Godzilla and Destoroyah soon fought. After Godzilla melts down, Junior is revived and grows into a new Godzilla. This version of Junior had a brief cameo appearance from stock footage in the opening credits of Godzilla Final Wars

Unlike his father, Junior has a kind disposition, even when older. Like Minilla, he is more friendly then Godzilla, seen playing with children in Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II and saving Miki from Destroyah.

GODZILLA JUNIOR

  • Height: 40 meters (131 feet)
  •     Mass: 15,000 metric tons (16,500 tons)
  •     Place of birth: Grew from Little Godzilla, first appeared off the western coast of Japan
  •     Powers/weapons: Can fire a powerful radioactive heat ray from his mouth
  •     Weaknesses: In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Godzilla Junior battles Destoroyah as it changes stages ultimately defeating the monster, but not killing it. When the final-stage Destoroyah appears it is vastly larger and more powerful than Godzilla Junior, and it nearly kills him.
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 22
  •     Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 1

DESCRIPTIONS

After his growth was accelerated to adolescence by absorbing excess radiation in a uranium explosion on Birth Island in 1995, he came to resemble Godzilla much more closely, and was thus renamed Godzilla Junior. In this form he battled and defeated the aggregate incarnation of Destroyah. Later, however, he was nearly killed in a brutal attack by the far larger final stage of the monster. After absorbing the radioactive mist left over from the adult Godzilla’s death, the Little G not only recovered from his nigh fatal injuries, but also grew to full adulthood at Godzilla’s original height in 1954.

ORIGINS

The final film in the Heisei series, Godzilla versus Destroyah attempts to close the circle started with the original film. The film’s underlying theme is science gone awry, and despite this repetitive theme, the film is visually exciting and packed with action.

The film begins with a naturally occurring nuclear meltdown deep in the sea. This meltdown changes Godzilla’s heart, which in essence is a nuclear reactor. Having literally “overdosed” with nuclear power, Godzilla in several days will reach critical mass and explode. In an attempt to stop this, the G-Center seeks out a young man by the name of Kenichi Yamane, the adopted grandson of Dr. Yamane, the paleontologist from the original film.

In the original film, Yamane used an “oxygen destroyer” to finish off Godzilla. It turns out that this device’s residue has affected a prehistoric microorganism, which over time has been evolving into a three-stage creature known as Destroyah. As the Japanese battle Destroyah during its first stage, which consists of several dozen “raptor-like” creatures,” Godzilla continues to melt down. In an effort to slow down the process, the new “Super X3” is used. The latest version of this craft uses only frost-driven weapons.

While all this is going on, psychic Miki Saegusa is joined by another telepath, Meru, in the search for Godzilla Junior, an older version of Little Godzilla. When Destroyah assumes stage two, the two psychics lure Godzilla Junior to Japan in an effort to attract Godzilla (once gain, Miki places Godzilla and his offspring in danger). Destroyah takes out Godzilla Junior and then sets his sights on Godzilla. The two fight it out, and in the end Godzilla triumphs yet again. However, for Godzilla it is too late; he starts to melt down. Fortunately, the Super X3 uses its frost weapons on Godzilla so that the monster does not explode but rather melts away. Fortunately, Godzilla passes on his essence to Godzilla Junior, who literally becomes the new Godzilla.

Although Godzilla “dies” in this movie, he is regenerated in a younger form. This film also serves as a transition point in the series; at the time the Japanese were passing the torch to the Americans, who were making the new installment of Godzilla. Unfortunately, that transition failed miserably, and it once again was up to Toho to create a third series.

Godzilla versus Destroyah is an exciting climax to the series. Although it borrows elements from films such as Jurassic Park (the Destroyah larvae attacking the reporter in the car) and (the Destroyah’s double- jaw configuration), it is rousing adventure at its best. The science is way, way off conventional organic chemistry (oxygen is destroyed, but water remains, when water is made up of oxygen and hydrogen), but the fantasy elements and the Godzilla myth are compelling as ever. The death and resurrection of Godzilla Junior pulls on the heartstrings and the death of the Big G is hard to watch. Destroyah is an interesting creature, with all three stages contributing great action sequences for the film.

Godzillasaurus

The Godzillasaurus is different from other theropods because its posture is more upright like a human, and it drags its tail on the ground, much like older theropod reconstructions. At 12 meters in height, it is much larger than any other theropod species, probably due to its erect posture. It has a smaller head than a real theropod, and has a double-row of teeth, much like a shark.

The Godzillasaurus species is also different from other theropod dinosaurs due to the fact that it contains a second, or “sacral”, brain located in its hip to control lower body functions. As is shown in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2, Godzilla seem to be telepathic, as Baby Godzilla can contact his father. However, it is unknown if an unmutated Godzillasaurus would have this ability.

GODZILLASAURUS

  •     Height: 12 meters (39 feet)
  •     Mass: 60 metric tons (66 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Natural weapons of a dinosaur. Powerful jaws, teeth, and claws that rip and tear, with deadly tail swipes
  •     Weaknesses: Though the Americans commanded superior force they were routed by the rampaging prehistoric creature. Using heavy guns from their offshore flotilla the Americans wounded Godzillasaurus and left him to die. The creature survived however, and later nuclear testing in the area mutated him into the original Godzilla.
  •      In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah renegades from the future attempted to alter history by going back in time. After Godzillasaurus was wounded by the Americans the Futurians teleported Godzillasaurus to the Bering Sea safely away from any nuclear tests.
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991 )
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 18
  •     Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 1

DESCRIPTION

In the original film Godzilla the King of the Monsters was surmised to have been a form of aquatic dinosaur revived and irradiated by H-bomb tests in the Pacific. Later in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Godzilla’s origin were made more explicit by revealing him as a mutated theropod dinosaur dubbed Godzillasaurus. The dinosaur’s presence was first revealed during an American attack on a Japanese garrison on Lagos Island in 1944.

Godzillasaurus was a dinosaur that lived on Lagos Island in the fictional Godzilla series. Godzillasaurus’s only appearance during the series was in 1991 during a WW2 scene in Godzilla vs King Ghidorah. As the Japanese were stationed on Lagos Island the American forces found their cave hide-out and attacked it. The Japanese were being easily defeated until a roar broke out through the forest. The Godzillasaurus (A cross between a T-Rex and Godzilla) attacked the Americans and drove them back to the shores where their fleet of Battleships injured the Dinosaur. The Americans left the island leaving the Japanese soldiers with Godzillasaurus. The Japanese praised the dieing monster as it lay in the forest with wounds and cuts. Unfortunately they had to leave the monster to its fate. The Futurians had come back from the year 2022 to kill Godzilla. To do this they had to make sure the radiation from the H-Bombs experimented on Lagos would not hit Godzillasaurus. They transported it to the Bering Sea. This was a huge mistake. In their attempt to destroy Godzilla they actually created Godzilla. In the 1970s a nuclear submarine was sunk in the Bering Sea. The Godzillasaurus had been gaining energy from Nuclear Waste then, when he destroyed the submarine, he grew to a tremendous size because of all the Nuclear Energy he was able to get from the submarine. After that, in 1984 he attacked Tokyo and the Heisei series began ….

ORIGINS

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) is the 18th installment in the Godzilla series of films. The movie was released theatrically in Japan on December 14, 1991. It was directed by Kazuki Omori and produced by Shogo Tomiyama. The special effects provided by Koichi Kawakita was also another highlight in the credits. This film was considered the most controversial in the series. Mostly noticeable was the World War II sequence. The scene depicted U.S. soldiers being killed by Godzillasaurus on Lagos Island. After the movie’s theatrical release, an American cable news broadcast reported that the film included anti-American sentiments. The time travelers, known as the Futurians, were also discussed due to their Western nationality. Director Kazuki Omori did defend Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah saying that the movie wasn’t meant to be anti-American.

A spaceship appears in Japan, coinciding with Godzilla’s awakening in the ocean. The ship actually turns out to be from the future, inhabited by time travelers who warn Japan of the grave future that it has ahead of them; due to industrialization and nuclear power, Godzilla will reappear and destroy the country for good, or so the Futurians say. A small group of Japanese civilians and military personnel are selected by the Futurians to go back to 1944 and delete Godzilla from history, thus preventing Japan’s bleak future. Godzillasaurus (the dinosaur that would become Godzilla after radiation exposure) was relocated to the Bering Sea by the Futurians. Unbeknownst to the Japanese, however, the Futurians replace Godzillasaurus with three genetically engineered creatures called Dorats, who are exposed to the radiation meant for Godzilla and mutate into the three-headed, dragon-like King Ghidorah, who appears in Japan in the present. It is then that the Futurians’ true malevolent intentions are exposed; King Ghidorah is used as a weapon to destroy Japan.

The present-day Japanese then seek out Godzillasaurus to create a new Godzilla, who is the only force powerful enough to defeat King Ghidorah and the Futurians. However, creating one wasn’t necessary, since Godzilla would not be denied his destiny, and was created anyway, due to a massive nuclear explosion in the Bering Sea. He returned to Japan and defeated Ghidorah, decapitating its middle head, then destroyed the Futurians and their ship. He set out to finish what King Ghidorah started, by stomping across Japan and ravaging it himself. Before he could level Tokyo, a surviving Futurians resurrects King Ghidorah as a robotic android and uses it to subdue Godzilla, dropping him into the ocean, where he rests, for now.

Mothra/Mosura

Mothra ( Mosura) is a kaiju, a type of fictional monster who first appeared in the novel The Luminous Fairies and Mothra by Takehiko Fukunaga. Since her film début in the 1961 film Mothra, she has appeared in several Toho tokusatsu films.

Generally regarded as female by English-speaking audiences, she is a giant lepidopteran with characteristics both of butterflies and of moths. The name “Mothra” is the suffixation of “-ra” (a common last syllable in kaiju names) to “moth”; since the Japanese language does not have dental fricatives, it is approximated “Mosura” in Japanese. In the American dubbing of Mothra vs. Godzilla, Mothra is also referred to as the Thing. She is occasionally an ally to Godzilla but more often than not engages in conflict with the King of Monsters due to the potential threat he represents to Earth and its people.

Since her first film, Mothra has been depicted in various stages of the lepidopteran life cycle: Mothra’s mammoth egg is decoratively colored in blue and yellow waves. The egg hatches into her larva, a massive brown, segmented caterpillar (resembling a silkworm) with glowing blue—sometimes red—eyes. In rare circumstances, twins may emerge from the egg. The caterpillar eventually spins a silken cocoon around itself (the pupa stage), and from this cocoon the imago (adult) Mothra emerges, a gigantic moth-like creature with brightly-colored wings. Mothra’s life cycle—particularly the tendency of an imago’s death to coincide with its larvae hatching—echoes that of the Phoenix, resembling resurrection and suggesting divinity. Despite having wrought destruction worthy of any Toho daikaiju, she is almost always portrayed as a kind and benevolent creature, causing destruction only when acting as protector to her worshippers on Infant Island or to her egg, or as collateral damage while protecting Earth from a greater threat.

Mothra has proven a formidable adversary in combat: in larval form she may use her silken spray to wrap and immobilize an opponent, and has a knack for biting and clinging to foes’ tails. In imago form her powers vary widely from film to film, including very animalistic scratching and dragging, incorporating several bolt and beam weapons in the Heisei era, and often concluding with a poisonous yellow powder (or “scales”) —her last defense.

Mothra is one of the most powerful psychics in the Toho universe. She has had the ability to use this power benevolently, to communicate with humans, or defensively, to destroy her enemies. As suggested earlier, Mothra is assumed to be divine and draws many parallels to the Phoenix, which makes her one of the more powerful kaiju of the Toho universe.

Mothra has become one of Godzilla’s most challenging opponents, having achieved the greatest success rate in battle: She has once overcome Godzilla in imago form, and twice Godzilla has fought her to her death only later to be bested by her newborn larvae. It should be mentioned that Mothra has never beaten Godzilla alone (in her Imago Form). The only victory by an insect(s) over Godzilla were the Mothra twin-larvae in Mothra vs Godzilla in the Showa Era, Imago Mothra and Imago Battra in Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth, in the Heisei series and the twin-larvae and Kiryu (MechaGodzilla) in the Shinsei (aka Millennium) Series.

In the Heisei Era (1984-1995), Mothra gained her own series of films dubbed in America as the “Rebirth of Mothra” series. These movies were not called “Rebirth of” in Japan, but just simply “Mothra” 1, 2 or 3 with a byline title, such as Adventure Under the Sea or Advent of King Ghidorah. These series are not connected to the Showa, Heisei or Shinsei Godzilla movies and are standalone films. The movies start off as the elder and last of her line puts the last of her energy into a new egg. From this egg hatches Mothra Leo.

Mothra Leo is supposedly male, as opposed to the pure female Mothras before (though the English dubbing is inconsistent, going back and forth between “she/her” to “he/him”, even “it”, and therefore its gender is left ambiguous). It also has “ever-increasing energy” which allows it to absorb energy from other sources to become stronger. The 10,000 year-old tree in Rebirth of Mothra allowed Mothra Leo to change into its imago form as “Mothra Leo”, thought to be the most powerful Mothra of all time. Mothra Leo gains several forms throughout the Rebirth trilogy, such as Rainbow Mothra, Aqua Mothra, Armor Mothra, and Eternal Mothra.

In this series Mothra battled three opponents: Death Ghidorah, a flora-destroying horned beast with three heads; Dagahra, a toxic dragon-like sea creature; and finally the infamous King Ghidorah, in both Cretaceous and modern forms who is the fauna-destroying beast.

THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY

On March 17, 1992, as pre- production work was under way on Godzilla V5. Mothra, someone sneaked into Toho’s special effects department and stole one of the two Bio-Goji Godzilla suits that was used in both Biollante and King Ghidorah, and which was slated to be used in the new film as well. A “Godzilla hunt was launched for the stolen costume, valued at about $371,000, and it ended when an elderly woman found it in a bamboo patch in the suburbs about a week later (reported in The Hollywood Reporter, March 26,1992).

While the costume was AWOL, Koichi Kawakita’s staff began work on a new one, cast from the same molds as the Bio-Goji suits. The new costume, called Batto-Goji, is less muscular than the last one but does not deviate much from the standard Kawakita-era Godzilla designs: small head, large body, double rows of teeth, and pronounced dorsal fins cast in heavy plastic (a separate set of dorsal plates, with electric lights installed inside, is used to enhance the glowing of the fins when Godzilla emits his atomic breath). The new suit also has more pronounced fangs jutting from the front corners of its mouth, and as for technological advancements, it was the first suit ever to have the ability to tilt its head backward and forward.

THE UNDERSTANDING OF MOTHRA

Mothra,is a giant, radiation-engendered moth. She is portrayed as a good, but dangerous, moth. It looks innocent as a gigantic egg. But its unseen powers are so great that its worshippers beg The Thing’s indulgence in self-abasing ceremonies.

Mothra is the  Goddess of Infant Island; a small island located in the South Pacific.  She is also the Protector of the Earth as well as the entire Cosmos.  On Infant Island her followers worship and dance to her. Threats like Godzilla and King Ghidora are  usually a pretty common thing for Mothra having to protect the earth from.

Many times, among most modern Earth humans, Mothra is quite unknown, and even more unappreciated.  Although humans may be grateful when Mothra appears to fight off a deadly enemy, they hardly realize the true role the Goddess plays.

Mothra can create windstorms that knock over buildings with her wings, and also has a poison powder that it can release. In Japan, it is called Mosura (pronounced mosura). According to Destroy All Monsters . by 1999, Mothra will have been confined with all his monster friends on the Ogasawara islands.

There are also many caves, steep rocks, and rivers on Infant Island.  Inside the caves and sometimes on the rocks, one can see paintings and carvings depicting symbols and deities.  The long-extinct natives of the island made them, and many refer to their Goddess.  In one cave there is even the religious symbol that represents Mothra chiseled straight through a rock wall so that the light shines in.  This was probably once a powerful holy place.

Now I want you Mothra fans to understand that I will be updating this section of my  website  because it is small and new and not quite finished , so hang in there , thank you.

UNMADE MOTHRA MOVIES

Long ago in ancient China, the vicious monster Bagan stalked the land. The Chinese called Bagan a living god, the feared protector of the small creatures of the forest. However, in present times, Bagan is merely a legend found in an ancient collection of Chinese poetry, where prophecy foretells the return of the vicious monster when evil rulers begin to destroy the land. Soon, however, the prophecy becomes true as global warming causes Bagan’s glacial tomb in the Himalayas to melt away, releasing the ancient kaiju upon mankind, which he wants to destroy. However, as Bagan is freed from his burial place, a gigantic egg is discovered, soon hatching to reveal a Mothra larva, another ancient monster, this one of peace, left behind by an alien civilization to protect the world if Bagan ever returned (new origin). Mothra then transforms into her adult form and battles Bagan, but the ending was never revealed (just try and guess who would’ve won).

MOTHRA VS GIGAMOTH

While Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah was in post-production, the decision was made to use Mothra as Godzilla’s next foe. One of the original concepts for this match up was submitted under the title Godzilla vs. Gigamoth (see Toho SF Special Effects Movie Series Vol. J). Written by SFX director Koichi Kawakita, SFX designer Minoru Yoshida, and Marie Teranuma, and containing a heavy dose of far-out fantasy, psychic powers, and the introduction of an evil Mothra, this story contained a few ideas which survived into Omori’s screenplay for Godzilla vs Mothra. Much like the film which was to succeed it, the story concentrates on Mothra and her “enemy,” with Godzilla playing second fiddle, mostly serving as the focal point for the two adversaries to join forces at the conclusion. The impetus for the story comes from two of Tomoyuki Tanaka’s favorite themes, radiation and pollution, as radioactive waste contaminates the jungle on a South Sea island, causing various mutations to occur.

With the jungle stripped away by profiteers, a typhoon causes serious erosion that uncovers a gigantic egg which tumbles into the sea. While investigating this disaster, a scientist encounters a tiny woman named Mana, merely 20 centimeters tall, who warns him of the disasters that may occur if Mothra hatches from the egg near civilization. When Mothra hatches, not only does the benign caterpillar emerge, but also a hideous mutation Gigamoth, spawned by radioactive exposure. Kawakita’s story gives Godzilla short shrift as far as an entrance scene -the Big G merely senses Gigamoth and shows up spoiling for a fight. Pushing the audience’s suspension of disbelief to the brink, the story has Mana’s psychic and teleportation powers allowing her to teleport inside the insect monsters and direct their actions to a degree. She helps Gigamoth defeat Godzilla, preventing him from attacking a nuclear power plant, but Gigamoth instead absorbs the radiation from the facility, helping fuel its metamorphosis into its grotesque adult form. Borrowing Biollante’s plot device of anti-radiation genetic material, the story has the scientist develop radiation-separation bacteria in hopes of eliminating the mutation foisted upon Gigamoth’s genes by nuclear energy (and curiously unemphasized, to take away Godzilla’s powers as well).

The weapon is fired at Godzilla and Gigamoth during their rematch, and while Godzilla is not affected, Gigamoth falters badly. Mana directs Mothra into the conflict, but Mothra is dealt a fatal blow by Godzilla’s atomic breath. Falling atop Gigamoth’s body, Mothra and Gigamoth merge to form the true Mothra, free of radioactive mutation. The battle between Mothra and Godzilla ends with the typical uncreative resolution monsters fall into the sea and disappear without a trace. But as if this unsatisfactory conclusion were not  enough, the human drama takes a ridiculous turn: the scientist reveals he has fallen in love with Mana. She turns down his advance, telling him that his destiny lies elsewhere. Sure enough, months later the depressed scientist meets a woman who looks like Mana …they fall in love, and Mana’s prophecy is fulfilled. Godzilla VS. Gigamoth provides ample evidence that SFX technicians are much better at visualizing the written word rather than writing themselves.

MOTHRA AND ENEMIES STATISTICS

Original

  •     Length: 60 meters (197 feet)
  •     Wingspan: 250 meters (820 feet)
  •     Mass: 20,000 metric tons (22,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Flight at Mach 3, hurricane winds from wings, poisonous powder

Godzilla Series First Version

  •     Length: 65 meters
  •     Wingspan: 135 meters
  •     Mass: 15,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight at mach 3; hurricane winds from wings; can release a poisonous powder; reproduces asexually
  •     First Appearance: Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  •     Other Appearances: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

Mothra Leo (first Imago form)

  •     Length: 24 meters
  •     Wingspan: 38 meters
  •     Mass: 5900 metric tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Fires beams from antenna, lighting shocks fire from wings, capable of separating into many little Mothra’s. Changes into Rainbow Mothra.
  •     First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Mothra Leo Larva

  •     Length: 25 meters
  •     Mass: 3000 metric tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Web Attack with stinging after shock, Chest Blast, Invisibility
  •     First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Rainbow Mothra

  •     Wingspan: 53 meters(168 ft)
  •     Mass: 10,500 tons
  •     Powers/weapons: Beam pulser, Cross heat laser rainbow, sparkling pile load rainbow, rainbow buster, can transform into Aqua Mothra
  •     Classification: Deity (God-like Kaiju)
  •     First Appearance: Mothra 2
  •     Number of movies starred in: 2
  •     Fight Record: Not Available

Light Speed Mothra

  •     Length: 25 meters
  •     Wingspan: 30 meters
  •     Mass: 5,900 metric tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight, can travel through time, can change into Aqua Mothra, or back to Rainbow Mothra.
  •     First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1998)

Armor Mothra

  •     Height: N/A
  •     Wingspan: 50 meters
  •     Mass: 59,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight at Mach 15.5 (max), Armor cross heat laser, Armor wing cutter, Excel Dash Buster
  •     First Appearance: Mosura 3 (Mothra III)
  •     Battle Record: N/A
  •     Armor Mothra came out of the time capsule created by prehistoric Mothras. This newly reformed Rainbow Mothra donned its armor to battle the regenerated King Ghidora. After Armor Mothra easily chopped Ghidora to bits with the Armor Wing Cutter, she removed the armor to become the final Mothra Leo.

Aqua Mothra

  •     Height: N/A
  •     Body length: 24 meters
  •     Mass: 3, 500 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Beam Pulser, Swim up to 200 knots, Illusion Mirage, Sparking Pile load
  •     Rainbow Mothra transformed into Aqua Mothra to go into the sea and battle Dagarla. Aqua Mothra used the Illusion Mirage to transform into millions of tiny versions of itself that went into Dagarla’s body and destroyed his organs, including those that made the Belam. They then swam out to become Rainbow Mothra once again.

Final Form Mothra/Eternal Mothra

  •     Length: 25 meters
  •     Wingspan: 50 meters
  •     Mass: 5,900 metric tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight, can change into Armor Mothra
  •     First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1998

Kanekos Mothra

  •     Length: 75 meters (243 ft)
  •     Wingspan: unknown
  •     Weight: 15,000 tons
  •     Powers/weapons: Flight at Mach 3, hurricane winds, stinger
  •     Larva Length: unknown
  •     Larva Weight: unknown
  •     Larva powers/weapons: unknown
  •     Classification: Deity (God-Like) Kaiju
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Big Kaiju Battle (2001)
  •     Number of movies starred in: 1 (so far)
  •     Fight Record: N/A

Millennium Mothra

  •     Length: 36 meters
  •     Wingspan: 108 meters
  •     Mass: 12,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight at mach 3; hurricane winds from wings; can release scales from wings that will reflect energy attacks and explosions back on their source; reproduces asexually
  •     Weakness: Scale attack accelerates the decay of her wings
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Prehistoric Mothra Larvas

  • Length: 25 meters(82 ft)
  • Mass: 5,000 tons
  • Powers/weapons: Silk spit *some other weapons but I don’t know them*
  • Classification: Deity (God-like Kaiju)
  • First Appearance: Mothra 3 (1999)
  • Number of movies starred in: 1
  • Fight Record: Not Available

Descriptions

Mothra since her first appearance in 1961 has gone through some slight changes of improvement. Like most insects, Mothra passes through a complete metamorphosis in her lifetime. Hatching from an enormous blue egg, Mothra first appears as a gargantuan and rather ugly caterpillar. Later, the larva encases itself within a silken cocoon, from which ultimately emerges the multicolored winged adult stage. Her looks have change a bit and her mobility towards the Millennium era has improved to almost life abilities.

Origins

This is the only time that Mothra’s island is called Beiru. In her next three appearances, the island’s name changes to Infant Island. Mothra is one of the Toho Company’s kaiju, a large monster that attacks Japan in their series of fantasy monster movies. She first appeared in the film Mothra (Mosura), which appeared in 1961. The name Mothra is made by combining Moth and -ra, but as the Japanese language does not contain a “th” phoneme, it is pronounced Mosura in Japan.

In the series, Mothra is a giant moth; a larval form also appears in the films. Mothra is usually portrayed in the series as relatively benevolent for a giant, destructive monster; her activities are usually directed towards protecting her egg.

In the original movie, Mothra has as allies two tiny women who are twin fairies (played by the Peanuts). These two women, no more than a foot tall, are able to communicate with Mothra to some extent and can pacify the monster by singing a song, the most well-known version of which is actually in Malaysian. In later movies they may be depicted differently; in Rebirth of Mothra they are not twins, and in GMK they are two normal-sized women with no particular relationship to the monster itself, who appear only in a brief cameo. In Larval form, Mothra is equipped with an entangling cocoon spray that can immobilize an opponent. The adult Mothra’s powers vary widely from movie to movie, most often involving some sort of poisonous or super-powered powder shed from its wings and control over at least one element of nature (i.e. wind, lightning etc.). In addition, Mothra’s lifecycle (egg, larva, cocoon, moth, death) is often emphasized in Mothra movies, which suggests a resurrection or reincarnation power similar in effect to Godzilla’s ability to regenerate.

ENEMIES OF MOTHRA

Battra / The Black Moth / Batora

  • Larval Stage
  • Larva length: 90 meters (295 feet)
  • Larva mass: 20,000 metric tons (22,000 tons)

Battra Adult

  • Length: 73 meters (239 feet)
  • Wingspan: 180 meters (590 feet)
  • Mass: 30,000 metric tons (33,000 tons)
  • First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
  • Notable G-Series credits: 19
  • Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 1, Ties 1

Powers and Weapons

Prism beams from eyes, Larva powers/weapons: Prism beams from horn and eyes,

Weaknesses

Battra turns out to be a loyal ally, apparently sacrificing himself to defeat Godzilla. Battra was a dark spirit dawned by the life force of the planet Earth. The darkness had already begun to take a hold on Earth, and Earth, in response to the will of the darkness, had created the monster Battra.

Descriptions

Battra first appears as an energy-spewing, armored caterpillar that breaks out of its resting place under the polar ice caps. Eventually, it transforms into a deadly fighting form- a dark twin to Mothra. Battra fights against environmental threats .In the end of Godzilla vs Mothra, Battra and Mothra form a team to fight Godzilla. .Battra travels by swimming through the ocean and by tunneling through the Earth. In this immature form, Battra unable to fully control its deadly Prism Beams, the rays arching wildly from its eyes and horn.

Mothra and Battra fought fiercely.  Mothra won, and Battra was trapped deep in the Earth.  It was only thousands of years later that a jarring of the Earth’s energy, caused by a meteorite, allowed him to escape his prison.  Again, Mothra defended her planet from the dark spirit, and again, she won.   Battra lay powerless at the bottom of the sea and until another flux in energy happens, he will remain there. That is the basic understanding of how Battra came to be.

Battra (Batora) is a fictional giant, black moth appearing in Godzilla_vs_Mothra. He has a wingspan of 180m and weighs 30,000 tons. Like Mothra, Battra has both larval and adult forms.

Battra was created by Earth’s vital force millions of years ago to destroy the human race. But Mothra, defender of mankind, fought a fierce battle with Battra, and emerged victorious.

Millions of years later, Battra was awoken by a meteorite. Upon metamorphosing from his larval form, he flew to Tokyo to exact his revenge on Mothra. In the heat of the two monsters’ battle, Godzilla appeared. Mothra and Battra temporarily teamed up to combat Godzilla together.

Once Godzilla was defeated in battle, Battra and Mothra carried him out to sea in order to dispose of him once and for all. This was unsuccessful, however, as a still-conscious Godzilla killed Battra while he was being transported.

Origins

A meteor falls down to earth, this causes a collapse for the ecological balance of earth. Godzilla is awakened and the twin moths Battra and Mothra, too. Meanwhile, a thief is won for an expedition with his ex-wife to find Mothra’s eggs. They only discover the Cosmo wins (they are still singing after all this time). They tell that Battra is responsible for the balance. The egg and the Cosmos are brought back to Tokyo, but Godzilla attacks the ship. Suddenly Battra appears and fights against Godzilla, meanwhile Mothra escapes. An underwater eruption spills Godzilla and Battra. The two kidnapped twins call Mothra for help. And she’s there very soon. As a larva, she “walks” through Tokyo to free the Cosmo. Military is fighting against her, but Mothra webs herself into a cocoon. In the meantime Godzilla reappears at Mount Fuji auf and tramples through Tokyo. Battra heads out of the sea, too and flies to Mothra to destroy her. Godzilla’s there, too and a great battle starts. Now we learn that Mothra and Battra are the light and dark side of earth power (humh?). The two moths build a team, they carry the injured Godzilla to the sea and Battra falls into the same ditch as Godzilla. Mothra builds an energy field over the ditch to keep Battra and Godzilla trapped forever. After that she flies back into space leaving a golden shower behind.

Garu – Garu

  • Height: 20 centimeters
  • Length: 55 centimeters
  • Wingspan: 30 centimeters
  • Mass: 59 kilograms

Powers/Weapons: Flight at 1000 kilometers per hour; can fire a beam from its mouth

First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra  1,2,3(1996,1997 ,1998)

Descriptions

This is a creature that is the chariot for Belvera to ride in the movie The Return of Mothra 1,2,3. Garu – Garu has gone through different changes in all the movies. He has transported Belvera to such places as the birth place of Desghidorah, but Fairy Mothra blasted Garu-Garu from the air. Revealing to the twin sisters of light, that the animal was a robot, nothing more than a machine. Belvera continued to tinker with her winged dragon in the last movie, casting a more machine like appearance on the beast while fitting its face with an eyesight of precise accuracy.

Origins

Mothra fights Death Ghidorah but falls at its power, as she was already at the end of her life cycle and was weakened from having laid an egg. Her offspring, Mothra Leo, who was unable to help its mother defeat Death Ghidorah while it was still a caterpillar, cocoons itself at the base of a magical tree and metamorphoses into Mothra Leo. Then, at full strength, Leo confronts and easily defeats Death Ghidorah. After the defeat of the evil space demon, Mothra replaces Death Ghidorahs seal, then uses its magic to restore the destroyed forest.

The ancient monster Dagarla awakens to ravage the environment with poisonous starfish. Created by the people of N’lai K’nai(a part of the mythical continent of Mu) as a method of garbage cleaning gone awry, only Mothra can stop it, though it will need the help of the lost castle of N’lai K’nai itself and the mysterious treasure within.

King Ghidorah returns to earth to feed off of the children. Mothra attempts to fight against him but is not strong enough, to stop him Mothra goes back in time to defeat King Ghidorah the first time he came to feed, which resulted in the extinction of dinosaurs.

Dagarla / Dagahra

  • Body Length: 73 meters
  • Mass: 17,700 tons
  • First Appearance: Mosura II

Descriptions

Dagarla showed up in Japan, terrorizing the waters as it glided over the seas, dropping tons of toxic belam pollution over the ocean. It fought an epic battle with Aqua Mothra until he projected himself into millions of tiny versions of himself, flew into Dagarla and destroyed its Belam making abilities, killing it.

Origins

When a young girl, Shiori, is chased into the forest by a pair of bullies, she encounters a strange, furry creature known as a Gorgo. Other children her age might have taken one look at it and run away (which she does, at first), but Shiori is no ordinary girl. She has been chosen by Gorgo for the courageous spirit which she has yet to realize is within her.

Just as Shiori and those same bullies that had chased her into the forest, whom have now become fast friends, are getting to know Gorgo, they are suddenly attacked by the twisted fairy known as Belvera, claiming that all her dreams will come true once she possesses the Gorgo. But before Belvera can reach it, she is intercepted by her two sisters, the benevolent pair of Moll and Lora, known together as the Alias.

After they escape together, the Alias befriend the children, who learn that Gorgo comes from an ancient civilization known as Mu, which sunk into the ocean over ten-thousand years ago. They are Gorgo’s only hope to stop Belvera when she awakens the destructive giant monster called Dagarla.

Determined to help the furry creature, Shiori leads the others on a quest to find the lost city in hopes of finding the secret treasure that can defeat Dagarla and return peace to the world.

But when Dagarla attacks the ancient city, while the children are trapped inside, the Alias have no hope but to summon Mothra to engage Dagarla in battle.

Their confrontation is fierce, rocking the battlefield with incredible attacks that are slung back and forth, but in the end, Dagarla proves too much for Mothra to handle on her own. Shiori knows that, if she and her friends don’t find the secret treasure soon, Mothra will be destroyed, and perhaps their entire world along with her. Little does she know that the treasure is waiting for her to find it.

Cruteuos King Ghidorah

  • Height: 40 meters (131 ft)
  • Wingspan: 60 meters (197 ft)
  • Weight: 25,000 tons
  • Powers/Weapons: Plasma beams, regeneration, teeth, flight at mach 3
  • Classification: Space Kaiju
  • First Appearance: Mothra 3 (1999)
  • Number of movies starred in: 1
  • Fight Record: Not Available

Grand King Ghidorah

  • Species-Spatial Three Headed Dragon
  • Nicknames-Grand Ghidorah, Cretaceous Ghidorah, King Ghidorah, Grand King Ghidorah
  • Height-60 m
  • Weight- 45 359.237 metric tons (50,000 tons)
  • Allies-None
  • Enemies-Mothra Leo
  • First Appearance-The Rebirth of Mothra Three (1998)
  • Last Appearance-The Rebirth of Mothra Three (1998)
  • Suit Design- RaishuGhido

The Grand King Ghidorah is perhaps the most uniquely designed of all the suits it retraced Dragon like features as well as impressive weapons that no other King Ghidorah has. Even though it stands at 60 m tall is an amazing looking design.

Desighidorah / Death Ghidorah

  • Height: 60 meters
  • Wingspan: 80 meters
  • Mass: 500,000 metric tons
  • Debut Film: Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks
  • Death Ghidorah
  • Body Length: 100 meters
  • Mass: 75,000 tons
  • Wingspan: 80 meters
  • Powers/Weapons: Energy bolts, Breath fire, can absorb energy
  • Weaknesses: Doesn’t seem to like water very much and cant seem to stand up to Mothra’s weapons either.
  • First appearance: Rebirth of Mothra 1 (1996)

In Rebirth of Mothra, a monster called Desghidorah appears and is a black, quadrapedal three headed dragon who could create fire and open fissures into the Earth as well as absorb energy from the planet it was destroying. Mothra defeated it and sealed it away, making the world safe from its evil.

MOTHRA MOVIE SYNOPSIS

Mosura 1961

In waters off Infant Island, a presumably uninhabited site for Rolisican atomic tests, the Genjin maru is caught and run aground in the turbulence of a typhoon. A rescue party following the storm finds four sailors alive and strangely unafflicted with radiation sickness, which they attribute to the juice provided them by island natives. The story is broken by tenacious reporter Senichiro “Bulldog” Fukuda (Sakai) and photographer Michi Hanamura (Kagawa), who infiltrate the hospital examining the survivors.

The Rolisican Embassy responds by co-sponsoring a joint Japanese–Rolisican scientific expedition to Infant Island, led by capitalist Clark Nelson (Ito). Also on the expedition are radiation specialist Dr. Harada (Ken Uehara), linguist Shin’ichi Chūjō (Koizumi), and stowaway reporter Fukuda. There the team discover a vast jungle of mutated flora, a fleeting native tribe, and two minuscule girls (the Peanuts). These “small beauties”, as Fukuda calls them, wish their island to be spared further atomic testing. Acknowledging this message, the team returns and conceals these events from the public.

Nelson, however, returns to the island with a crew of henchmen and abducts the girls, gunning down several natives who try to save them. While Nelson profits off a “Secret Fairies Show” in Tokyo featuring the girls singing, both they and the island natives beseech their god Mothra, a giant egg, for help. Fukuda, Hanamura, and Chūjō communicate with the girls via their telepathic ability; they express conviction that Mothra will come to their aid. Meanwhile, Fukuda’s newspaper has accused Nelson of holding the girls against their will; Nelson denies the charge and files a libel suit against the paper. Meanwhile, the island egg hatches to reveal a gigantic caterpillar, which begins swimming the Pacific Ocean toward Japan. The caterpillar destroys a cruise ship and survives a napalm attack on a beeline path for Tokyo. The Rolisican Embassy, however, defends Nelson’s property rights over the girls, ignoring any connection to the monster.

Mothra finally arrives on the Japanese mainland, impervious to the barrage of weaponry directed at it, ultimately building a cocoon in the ruins of Tokyo Tower. Public feeling turns against Nelson, and he is ordered to release the girls. He flees incognito to Rolisica, where Mothra, newly hatched in an imago form, immediately resumes her search. Police scour New Kirk City for Nelson as Mothra lays waste to the metropolis. Ultimately Nelson is killed in a shootout with police, and the girls are assigned to Chūjō’s care. Observing a religious significance in Mothra’s unique symbol, Chūjō hits upon a novel way to attract Mothra to an airport runway. The girls are returned amid salutations of “sayōnara”, and Mothra flies back to Infant Island.

Rebirth of Mothra 1

Millions of years ago, a titanic terror from another realm arrived to destroy the planet Earth. Named Desghidorah, this three-headed gargoyle was forced to deal with resistance in the form of a species of highly advanced, enormous moths. These monsters were the protectors of the Elias, a race of tiny, humanlike, beings who inhabited the planet. After the ensuing battle, Desghidorah was defeated and sealed within the Earth, although a great deal of life on the planet Earth was lost. Three Elias: Moll, Lora, and Belvera, were all who were left of their once prosperous civilization. Though the benevolence of Moll and Lora was undeterred, Belvera became twisted and vengeful due to the mass extinction of her race. These tiny fairies, along with one final guardian named Mothra, lingered on for thousands of millennia…

In order to preserve her legacy, Mothra gave birth to an enormous egg in 1997; however, she became physically exhausted from the ordeal. Shortly thereafter, a logging company uncovered the subterranean prison of the demonic hydra that had ravaged the Earth so long ago. When the seal that had bound the creature was removed from the area; Moll and Lora fought Belvera for control of the artifact. Belvera prevailed and managed to release Desghidorah from its rocky tomb, in order to exact her warped plans for destruction. Mothra was summoned to halt the detestable dragon, which was absorbing the life out of the environment. She fought a long and difficult battle to repel her ancient adversary, and in response to her declining strength, her young larva prematurely hatched in order to assist his mother. Though his energized silk seemed to turn the tide of battle in the favor of the protectors, Desghidorah sank its teeth deep into the larva (2 of the heads , and Mothra became desperate. She quickly airlifted the young creature to safety, and in order to keep Desghidorah at bay, she lured the beast into a dam. With Desghidorah distracted by a wall of raging water, Mothra carried her offspring to safety. Unfortunately, Mothra’s wounds, age, and exhaustion were ultimately too much. Her strength failed, and she plummeted into the sea below. The crestfallen larva attempted to save his beloved mother, but she sank in the ocean, to no avail. Angered, the young moth created a cocoon and began to change into his imago stage. Desghidorah had to be defeated; his mother’s death couldn’t be in vain.

The last of his kind, Leo was conceived by his aged mother, Mothra, in the twilight years of her life. Focusing all of her remaining energy into birthing his mammoth egg, Mothra settled down to live out her days in peace. However, the evil Elia Belvera, in a plot to destroy what she felt were the “worthless humans,” released the world destroyer, Desghidorah, from his ancient prison.

When the two Elias Moll and Lora learned of this they called in the aged Mothra to battle the armageddon beast. However, when she began to lose, the young Leo stirred, hatching prematurely in an attempt to aid his distressed mother. Born with increasable power, the new Mothra selflessly charged into battle with Desghidorah, confounding the beast by cloaking himself and using powers heretofore never seen by a larval Mothra. For a moment it seemed that the combined might of Leo and Mothra would prevail.

Yet, the battle almost ended in tragedy as Desghidorah, at the urging of Belvera, focused his dread attention solely on the larval Leo. It was only by the intervention of his mother that Leo escaped. However, there was a price to pay, as that final, selfless act of saving her only child drained the last strength from the old Mothra, and she plummeted into the ocean. Try as he might, Leo could not save his mother, and watched helplessly as his only family slowly sunk beneath the icy waves of the ocean. Now the last of his kind, Leo instinctively swam to an isolated island to begin his powerful metamorphosis.(transform) After cocooning himself in the heart of an ancient forest, Leo emerged into his adult form as a swarm of multi-colored butterflies. As the butterflies coalesced into one massive insect, Leo took to the air and headed back towards Desghidorah, righteous furry burning in his wake. Arriving in a hail of energy beams, Leo relentlessly blasted his mother’s murderer, throwing wave upon wave of searing beams and energy blasts at Desghidorah, who could only feebly attempt to defend himself against this, the most powerful Mothra of all time. Drawing upon an ancient legacy, Leo relentlessly assaulted Desghidorah, eventually renewing the seal that bound the world destroyer beneath the soil of the earth.

Yet, his work was not done with the end of the fight. Drawing upon the power of life that filled his very being, Leo restored to balance the blasted region deforested that was during the assault of Desghidorah. His work done for the time being, Leo retreated to his ancestral home and the earth was safe from Desghidorah once again.

Rebirth of Mothra 2

The story begins with Moll and Lora out in a field of flowers watching Mothra fly and commenting on how much he enjoys it. Suddenly a strange wind appears and Moll senses something is happening. Below the ocean something stirs. Two fishermen are out attempting to get a days catch when one of them spots a stranger starfish clinging to the side of the boat. He pokes at it causing the fish to “errupt” with a spray which injures the man.

Nearby Kotani and Nagase are also out fishing when suddenly a “furball” jumps out of the ocean and springs aboard their boat. Kotani pokes it away but the two immediately start a quest to capture the creature.

Shiori arrives home and is sent by her mom out to pick some flowers for a reception. While picking flowers she accidently tugs on the antenna of the “furball” Finding the creature friendly she smuggles him home in her basket. While trying to get home she runs into Koji and Yuji who are angry at her for getting them in trouble. After they catch her they notice the “furball.” However, someone has also noticed it as well. Belvera spies on the children and announces to them that it is Go-Go, a mystical creature of legend. She, on Mecha Garugaru, chases after the children and Go-Go. Only when Moll and Lora arrive on Fairy Mothra does Belvera retreat.

Moll and Lora explain that Go-Go is from the Nilai-Kanai civilization that they too thought was just a myth. They follow the children to school to do research and there Go-Go makes contact with them through Fairy Mothra and the fairies. An ancient and powerful sea monster Dagahra has been resurrected and Go-Go has come looking for help to find the secret treasure which can defeat it. The star fish are products of Dagahra and it must be stopped. The children and the fairies agree to occumpany Go-Go and they set off in a boat.

Meanwhile, Belvera has tricked Kotani and Nagase into helping her catch Go-Go and set off in pursuit of the children.

When the children reach a point in the ocean, Go-Go jumps out and a pyramid is resurrected from the bottom of the ocean. However, they may be too late as Dagahra attacks a nearby Okinawian city. Moll and Lora say they must summon Mothra and the children with Go-Go continue to search.

Mothra arrives and battles Dagahra and appears to be winning but Dagahra tricks Mothra by diving into the ocean. There it creates a typhoon and covers Mothra with the Berum (starfish). Mothra crashes into the roof of the temple. Below Dagahra rests and morphs into a more powerful form.

Shiori is kidnapped by Kotani and Nagase and her friends race off to rescue her. While rescuing her they discover a hidden room deep in the pyramid. There they encounter the princess of Nilai-Kanai who explains that the treasure they have been looking for has been with them all the time. The treasure is Go-Go!

Nagase and Kotani join the kids and they race to the roof to help Mothra. Go-Go sacrifices himself and Mothra becomes Rainbow Mothra. Dagahra tries to stop them but Rainbow Mothra is too powerful and he retreats into the depths of the ocean. Rainbow Mothra morphs into Aqua Mothra and pursues Dagahra to the final battle, which Mothra eventually wins.

Rebirth of Mothra 3

The film starts out on Infant Island with Belvera in an underground temple. Moll and Lora soon enter to discover Belvera stealing the secret power of the Alias triangle, but as Belvera tries to flee on Garu Garu, Fairy knocks two of the three triangles out of her hand. Moll and Lora pick them up and soon discover that the small triangles fit into slots on their swords, increasing their strength. Meanwhile Shota, a local boy and his family are at home eating a meal when their father announces that there is a meteor shower outside. However, in the morning it is discovered that a meteorite has landed in Katsuyama City and a strange dome has appeared, Super Dragon King Ghidorah has also appeared and begins attacking cities and capturing children. Moll and Lora follow Super Dragon King Ghidorah and decide to call Mothra to protect the Earth against him. Mothra soon arrives and after a brief battle, is defeated by the space monster. Knowing that Super Dragon King Ghidorah is far too powerful for her to defeat, Mothra decides that the only way to defeat the three-headed dragon is to travel back in time to when Super Dragon King Ghidorah was young. Moll uses all of her power to help Mothra travel through time and collapses, but before she fades away she begs Shota to enter the dome to find Lora and give her the sword she has.

Mothra makes it back to the past and battles with the younger Super Dragon King Ghidorah, dubbed Cretaceous King Ghidorah, but she is beaten yet again. Meanwhile, Shota finds Lora and Belvera inside the dome and tells them about what has happened to Moll. Lora uses her power to encourage Mothra and in one last attack, Mothra picks up Cretaceous King Ghidorah and throws him into an erupting volcano. In the future, Super Dragon King Ghidorah and the large dome both disappear and it looks like Mothra has triumphed. However, the celebration is a short one for suddenly Super Dragon King Ghidorah reappears in the sky and the scene changes to a shot of Mothra smoldering on a prehistoric landscape. Suddenly, four cretaceous Mothra Larvas appear out of the jungle and start covering Mothra with their webbing. Back in the future, Lora and Belvera discover that the three swords combine to create the power of the Alias triangle, but just then, there is a land slide on a small hill next to them and Armor Mothra appears out of the rubble. This Armor Mothra quickly goes after Super Dragon King Ghidorah and defeats the three-headed dragon with ease, once again saving Japan and Mothra then returns to her home on Infant Island.

Rodan/Radon

Origins

Rodan or Radon, is a fictional giant monster first seen in the (1956) tokusatsu kaiju/science fiction movie, produced by Toho Company Ltd. in Japan. It was the studio’s first color monster movie (Toho’s first color tokusatsu film was Madame White Snake from early the same year). It is one of a series of “giant monster” movies that found an audience outside of Japan (especially in America). The first “giant monster” movies of the 1950s, called kaiju, were filmed as serious horror and adventure stories, before the genre devolved to the level of “kiddy” entertainment in the 1960s and 1970s.

Rodan follows in the footsteps of other Japanese monster movies, such as Godzilla, which involve a giant monster being awoken from an ancient hibernation by human beings. In Rodan, miners digging far into the earth stumble across a clutch of giant caterpillar-like insects, which viciously attack several of the miners and prompt a government investigation into the matter. The giant bugs turn out to be little more than food for two gigantic flying beasts (similar to the Pteranodon, except they are far bigger and far more powerful), who hatch from giant eggs and proceed to terrorize the entire world.

Rodan is notable for its action scenes, which are surprisingly well filmed and still excite audiences today. Unlike most of the Toho monster movies, which featured “action” scenes consisting of roaring monsters lumbering across the landscape at a stupefying slow pace, the battle scenes and monster rampage in Rodan are thrilling, exciting, and fast-paced; it is much easier for the audience to suspend disbelief and accept the low-tech special effects here. The emphasis on action, thrills, and willingness to scare the audience makes Rodan one of the superior films in the kaiju series.

In the original Japanese version this kaiju is called Radon (shortened after the winged birdlike dinosaur “Pteranodon”; pteRAnoDON). While it is commonly believed among fans that due to a translation error the Japanese Radon became Rodan for the “international release”, it is also likely that it was deliberately changed because radon is an element on the periodic table. The name Radon is also used in the English dubbed version of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.

Rodan went on to crossover into the Godzilla series, first appearing in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), helping Godzilla and Mothra to defeat the evil space dragon, King Ghidorah. Rodan eventually starred in several other Godzilla films, most recently in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), in which he was controlled by aliens into fighting Godzilla.

In Invasion of Astro-Monster, it was referred by the denizens of Planet X as “Monster Zero Two” because everything on Planet X is numbered

Rodan (ラドン Radon?) is a fictional Japanese mutated pterosaur introduced in Rodan, a 1956 release from Toho Studios, the company that produced the Godzilla series. Like Godzilla and Anguirus, he is designed after a type of prehistoric reptile (the Japanese name “Radon” is a contraction of “pteranodon”). Radon is usually referred to as “Rodan” in the United States, possibly to avoid confusion with the atomic element Radon. Any time his name is written in English in Japan, it is written as Rodan. He is occasionally portrayed as a rival and enemy of Godzilla, but is usually depicted as one of Godzilla’s allies, much like Anguirus. Rodan and Anguirus both started out as enemies of Godzilla, which explains the occasional enmity between the creatures and Godzilla himself on the rare occasion that they are pitted against one another.

APPEARANCE

Rodan first emerged in 1956 from a giant egg that lay underground in a mountainside. A group of miners had dug up and released a swarm of ancient bugs known as Meganulon. Once hatched the infant Rodan began feeding on the insects. It took only days for Rodan to reach its full size. It grew large horns on the back of its head and sharp serrated spikes on its chest. Rodan’s skin is dark brown in color, although after turning into Fire Rodan in the Heisei film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Rodan’s skin turned brick red. In the Showa and Millennium eras Rodan stood as tall as Godzilla but in the Heisei era Rodan and Fire Rodan stood only about 2/3 as tall as Godzilla. In the Heisei era the prominent rows of spines on his belly are replaced with overlapping ridges of bone and he has three horns on his head instead of two (the outer two curve outwards and the center curves up) as well as a wider beak and a more predatory face. Millennium Rodan looked more like the Showa version as it retained the Heisei era ridges of bone on its chest. It also had only two horns again, and its color is similar to the Showa version.

POWERS AND ABILITIES

Rodan has layers of spikes on its chest that can be used as a weapon. In the film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster Rodan slammed into Godzilla at full speed and its chest colliding with Godzilla’s head to send the behemoth crashing to the ground. Rodan was once one of the fastest known Kaiju but now unfortunately he is one of the slowest flying Kaiju in the series, flying at Mach 1.5. The Heisei incarnation flies at mach 3 and others such as Megaguirus fly at mach 4. But one thing most other flying Kaiju lack is Rodan’s ability to emit sonic booms from its body, destroying any and all structures in its path. Sometimes called merely hurricane winds, it is clearly visible in Godzilla: Final Wars that Rodan can choose to emit the sonic booms, as demonstrated when it flew over the ship “Rumbling” and released a sonic boom destroying the air craft.

In the 1956 film Rodan was given another weapon that was never used again, a concentrated blast of wind from its mouth. This ability was most likely never used again because it was too much like Godzilla’s atomic breath. An in-universe explanation can be that the Rodans from the 1956 film died in a volcano, leaving their one and only offspring to survive throughout the entire Godzilla series. The infant lacked the ability to fire a concentrated blast of wind. Fire Rodan was able to fire a uranium heat beam from its mouth, an ability acquired from Godzilla. Fire Rodan could also instill energy in others by sacrificing itself, putting its life force into another being to bring them back from the dead.

GAMES

Rodan appeared in many games. Some of the oldest games that he appeared in are Godzilla: Battle Legends and Godzilla: Monster War. His most recent appearance was in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla Unleashed as Fire Rodan.

SHOWA SERIES RODAN

In the 1956 film Rodan, two Rodans were unearthed and awakened by mining operations in Kitamatsu along with a swarm of prehistoric insects called Meganulons. After devouring several people and reducing Sasebo to ruins, one Rodan is maimed in a bombardment of their nest in Mount Aso and falls, into a volcanic eruption triggered by the attack. The other Rodan, in a doomed attempt to save its mate, flies into the mouth of the volcano as well.

Also, as with Godzilla, the American version differs from the original Japanese release by more than simple matters of language translation; the original Japanese version is much darker in tone. It also has one of the Rodans damaged by a jet fighter, hindering its ability to fly at supersonic speeds.

Rodan went on to cross over into the Godzilla series. Rodan, resurrected by volcanic gas accumulated in the crust, emerges from a volcano in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster first to do battle with Godzilla, then after some persuasion by Mothra, Rodan helped Godzilla and Mothra defeat King Ghidorah. After this point Rodan was no longer a monster of destruction, it was an ally of Godzilla, who after this point turned good as well. Rodan appeared with Godzilla again in Invasion of the Astro-Monster, where both were mind-controlled by Xilians to destroy Earth’s cities.

After the mind control was broken on them, they attacked King Ghidorah defeating the creature once again. Both Godzilla and Rodan were plunged into the sea, Godzilla would go on to fight other Monsters, while Rodan was collected with all of Earth’s other Monsters and placed on Monster Island.

In Destroy All Monsters, the monsters of Monster Island including Rodan were used by aliens to wreak havoc on Earth via mind control, this time by the Kilaaks. Again the mind control was broken and the monsters fought King Ghidorah, this time killing the monster once and for all. Rodan was then placed back on Monster Land to live out his days in peace. Rodan would only appear again in the Shōwa series in stock footage used for Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Megalon and Terror of Mechagodzilla.

HEISEI SERIES RODAN

Rodan in the Heisei series appeared in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, where he sought to protect Baby Godzilla, whose egg was in the same nest as Rodan. Heisei Rodan, while the suit was much bigger and heavier than the Showa version, is notably much smaller relative to the larger version of Godzilla, standing only about 2/3 as tall as the other monster and having a wingspan 1/2 Godzilla’s height.

After being defeated and left for dead by Godzilla, Rodan was revived by the psychic song of an ancient plant that had covered Baby Godzilla’s egg. Godzilla’s radiation mutated Rodan, changing his colors from brown and tan to brick red and light yellow/gold. Fire Rodan also gained a purple colored uranium heat beam similar to Godzilla’s nuclear pulse. His beak is powerful enough to break through boulders. Like the Showa version, Rodan seems impervious to Godzilla’s breath but only to an extent, being hit several times and not seeming affected until later in the battle.

Rodan played a vital role in the film’s climax, sacrificing his own life to revive Godzilla by transferring his life-energy to him. Godzilla then destroyed Super-Mechagodzilla as retribution for Rodan’s death.

SHINSEI SERIES RODAN

In the 2004 film, Godzilla: Final Wars, Rodan is used as a weapon of destruction by an alien race called the Xilians via mind control. He appeared alongside an all-star cast of classic Showa monsters, as they wreaked havoc on the major cities of the world and were sent to fight Godzilla. Rodan attacked New York City while under the aliens’ control.

Rodan, King Caesar, and Anguirus are pitted against Godzilla at Mt. Fuji. He successfully defeats all three monsters. King Caesar, Anguirus and Rodan are then left in a heap at the base of the mountain. Godzilla did not kill his fallen foes as a nod to their status as allies of Godzilla during the Showa era. This is in contrast to the remaining majority of the monsters seen in the film, all of whom, aside from Zilla, were enemies of Godzilla during the Showa era, and were slain either by Godzilla, the Gotengo, or the mutants who were part of an anti-monster task force near the beginning of the film.

RODAN STATISTICS

Rodan (Radon)

  •     Description: Pteranodon
  •     Height: 50 Meters
  •     Weight: 15,000 Tons
  •     Wingspan: 120 – 150 Meters
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight at mach 1.5; hurricane winds from wings; spikes on chest; can breath a concentrated blast of wind
  •     Note: Radioactive Breath
  •     Film Appearances: Rodan the flying monster (1956) Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster; Invasion of Astro-Monster; Destroy All Monsters; Godzilla vs. Gigan (stock footage); Godzilla vs. Megalon (stock footage); Terror of Mechagodzilla (stock footage)

Fire Rodan

  •     Height: 70 meters (230 feet)
  •     Mass: 16,000 Metric tons (17,600 tons)
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  •     Fight record: Wins 0, Losses 2, Ties 0

Meganuron

  •     Description: Caterpillar
  •     Length: 8 Meters
  •     Weight: 1 Ton
  •     Note: Lives Underground
  •     Film Appearances: Rodan, the flying monster (1956)

Trivia

  •      In one scene in an office at the Japanese AF Base, background footage of planes on the ground can be seen to pause, and then run in reverse.
  •     The flying monster will often attack an enemy from behind, avoiding his adversary’s claws and beam weapons. Rodan has also displayed a penchant for drawing the attention of an enemy to give his allies time to recover from their wounds and uses terrain to dodge enemy beam weapons. Rodan has also displayed an ability to think with rudimentary tactics, allowing Mothra to climb onto his back to compensate for his own lack of ranged attacks and giving Godzilla necessary distractions to come to grips with their mutual enemy.
  •     Toho brought Rodan back after a 25 year retirement. This time, though, Rodan had to be made larger and heavier to adjust to Godzilla’s giant increase in size, just like Mothra had to be. And Rodan was also given a Uranium heat beam, seeing as all the other Kaiju had some sort of power beam or weapon.
  •     Rodan played an important role in the survival of Baby Godzilla. He nurtured the egg like he was it’s mother, and he later paid the ultimate price for Godzilla: his life! When Mechagodzilla had destroyed Godzilla’s secondary heart, and Godzilla died, Fire Rodan sacrificed himself and the burst of radiation brought Godzilla back to life, and gave him an extreme power boost! (that’s how Godzilla got his red atomic ray at the end of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.)
  •     After mining works on a Japanese island a miner is killed under strange circumstances. First, all think it is murder, but later they all know it: a giant prehistoric bird is the murderer. Humans discover a nest of the giant down in the cave. Shortly after this, catastrophes are all over the land, two flying objects are seen in the air. Military surely is without any chance against these creatures. With bombs and granites, a volcano erupts and kills the two birds!
  •     Yes, Rodan is here. Hondas second monster film after Godzilla not only gave me entertainment. The scenery are great and I think I have seen some threads on Rodan. Perhaps I just wanted to see this. But I guess I saw them. No matter how, the film is outrageous and gives me lots of fun today, too. Luckily, Rodan has not disappeared after this movie, but had several appearances in other films. Well made, Honda!

Moguera (Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aero-Type)

Mogera (モゲラ Mogera?) is a Kaiju (Japanese giant monster) featured in two of Toho’s science fiction films. The name is derived from mogura (土竜(もぐら?) the Japanese word for mole.[1]

SHOWA SERIES

In The Mysterians, Moguera is a robot used by the Mysterians to assist in destroying humanity to make them bend to their will and supply them with a sufficient amount of land and women. It attacked a small village with its eye beams, and proved immune to machinegun fire, flamethrowers, and mortar rounds. It was destroyed when the bridge it was standing on collapsed due to the military dynamiting it.

A second Moguera appeared as Markalite beam cannons assaulted the Mysterians’ base. This Moguera tried to destroy one of the Markalites by burrowing underneath it, but the weapon fell on top of it, crushing and destroying the short-lived second Moguera.

HEISEI SERIES

In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, M.O.G.U.E.R.A (Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aero-Type) was a UN-built mecha designed to fight Godzilla following the failure of G-Force’s Mechagodzilla.

Mogera has an expansive arsenal of weapons. The most heavily-utilized and standard weapon are the plasma laser cannons built into its eyes, which rapidly fire yellow plasma shots. A drill bit is located in the center of its face, which can be used for close range fighting. It’s cone-shaped hands are capable of releasing blue energy beams, known as autolasers. Furthermore, the hands can open up and launch spiral grenade missiles. Its chest secretly conceals a plasma maser cannon, a powerful energy weapon. It can fly through earth’s atmosphere at Mach 1 and through space at Mach 44. It is also capable of moving on land via independent leg action, or with the treads built into its feet and legs. Mogera is the aggregate form of two vehicles: Land Mogera, a tracked armoured fighting vehicle able to drill through the earth; and Star Falcon, a VTOL craft capable of space flight.

Mogera’s first assignment was to intercept SpaceGodzilla, which was discovered on a course toward Earth. A battle ensued in the asteroid belt leaving Mogera seriously damaged, though able to return to Earth for repairs. It was during the repairs that it was fitted with the spiral grenade missiles, and the plasma maser cannon. Following the devastation caused by SpaceGodzilla, Mogera (under its new pilot Yuki Gondo) aligned itself with Godzilla to destroy the greater threat. It shattered SpaceGodzilla’s shoulder crystals (thus preventing SpaceGodzilla from absorbing power from crystals), but was damaged beyond repair during the battle; its remains were subsequently obliterated by Godzilla’s spiral ray.

Originally, Godzilla was planned to battle Spacegodzilla and a second Mechagodzilla, but it was thought it’d be too onesided for Godzilla to face the same robotic twin that very nearly killed him the year before, so the weaker Moguera was revived as an ally to Godzilla.

Moguera (Showa)

  •     Description: Robot
  •     Height: 50 Meters
  •     Weight: 50,000 Tons
  •     Note: Emits Rays from Eyes
  •     Film Appearances: The Mysterians (1957)

Moguera (Heisei)

  •     Height: 120 meters
  •     Mass: 160,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight at mach 1; can travel through space at mach 44; able to fire Plasma Laser Cannons from eyes; equipped with a rotating drill for a nose; able to fire a beam from its chest; can launch Spiral Grenade missiles from its hands; has treads under feet for faster movement on land; able to fire lasers from its two hands; can separate into the Star Falcon and Land Moguera
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

Descriptions

M.O.G.E.R.A. stands for Mobile G-Force Expert Robot Arial-type. He was created by the UNGCC after the defeat of Mechagodzilla. Mogera’s special weapons include Spiral Grenade missiles fired from the hands, a Plasma Mazer cannon, laser beams fired from eyes, and the Drill Crusher. Mogera can also split into two different vehicles: the Land Mole (a burrowing tank that can use subterranean radar) and the Star Falcon (a star ship capable of jet-powered space flight). Mogera was destroyed when he and Godzilla fought Space Godzilla.

Origins

In the 1959 tokusatsu film, The Mysterians, Moguera is an alien weapon used by the Mysterians to assist in destroying humanity to make them bend to their will and supply them with a sufficient amount of land and women. It attacked a small village with its eye blasts, but was destroyed when the bridge it was standing on collapsed.

A second Moguera appeared as the Markalite beam cannons assaulted the Mysterians’ base. This Moguera tried to destroy one of the Markalites by burying underneath it, but the weapon fell on top of it, crushing and destroying the second Moguera.

The second incarnation, known as MOGERA, appeared in Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla as a U.N.-built robot to fight Godzilla.

MOGUERA has a mass arsenal of weapons, including a powerful chest cannon, Spiral Grenade Missiles, eye lasers, and numerous other attacks. He can fly at Mach 1, but once in outer space, he can reach speeds of up to Mach 44. MOGUERA consists of two vehicles, Land Moguera, a vehicle with the ability to drill through the earth, and the Star Falcon, an extremely fast, jet-like craft. It encounters Space Godzilla in an asteroid field in deep space, in an attempt to slay the creature before it lands on Earth. MOGUERA was soundly defeated by Space Godzilla, and descended back to Earth extremely damaged. After some repairs, he was sent into battle against Space Godzilla again, forming a reluctant alliance with Godzilla in the process. MOGUERA eventually shattered both of Space Godzilla’s shoulder crystals, but was damaged beyond repair by the alien beast. His damaged remains were then completely destroyed by Godzilla’s red ray.

MOGUERA is an acronym for Mobile Operations Godzilla Expert Robotic Areotype. An alternate version of his name is MOGUERA, with the “U” standing for “Universal.

Anguirus/Anzilla/Angorous/Angilas/Angirasu

The original English name given to Anguirus by Toho was “Angilas”, given the pronunciation of the name in Japan, which was changed to Anguirus in the 1959 American release of Godzilla Raids Again, with the film’s title being changed to Gigantis, the Fire Monster. In the mid-1990s, Toho copyrighted the revised name “Anguirus,” making it official.

Anguirus (アンギラス Angirasu?) is the second Kaiju (Japanese giant monster) to appear in the Toho franchise. Anguirus appeared only a year after Godzilla in the 1955 Toho film Godzilla Raids Again. Though being the first monster Godzilla ever fought, he has allied himself with the King of Monsters on several instances against more dangerous threats, eventually becoming his most trusted ally.

Anguirus is a quadrupedal giant or irradiated dinosaur that resembles an Ankylosaurus, but much larger.[1] His head resemble that of a Ceratosaurus and Styracosaurus. He has several horns on the top of his head and a single horn above his nose. His face is long and drawn out, like a crocodile and has rows of long, jagged teeth. His carapace is studded with long, sharp spikes. Anguirus’ tail is covered with spikes (he also had a tail “club” in Godzilla: Final Wars). His tail makes up most of his body length. His hind limbs are longer than his forelimbs, and he can stand up on them to his full height, though he generally walks upon all fours. Anguirus has not one but five brains, one in his head which controls all of his organs, and one above each one of his limbs; each brain most likely controls the limb they are above. This gives Anguirus an advantage in battle, for he can react much quicker than most Kaiju. Anguirus first appears in the Showa continuity as brown with yellowish spines, these colors are later changed in the Millennium series to light gray, with orange spikes and horns.

Powers and abilities

Anguirus is armed with sharp teeth, claws, horns, spiky tail, and a spiky carapace. Although an aggressively tenacious fighter, Anguirus lacks ranged capability compared to some of Godzilla’s other allies and opponents. Nevertheless, regardless of how much stronger his opponent might be, Anguirus never retreats from a fight without first taking substantial punishment. Also in most of the Godzilla video games Anguirus fires a sonic roar from his mouth, although he is never seen doing this in any of the Godzilla movies.

In his first appearance in Godzilla Raids Again, it is explained that Anguirus’ is capable of moving incredibly fast in spite of his bulk due to his brain extending into his chest and abdominal areas, allowing him to react more quickly. He is able to lunge at his opponents with massive leaps and is also capable of burrowing substantial distances. Two of his more impressive attacks involve jumping backward to impale his opponents on his spiked carapace in Godzilla vs. Gigan and his vise-like bite; the most famous example of the latter being when he faced King Ghidorah in Destroy All Monsters where he latched onto one of King Ghidorah’s necks, his grip holding firm even as his opponent took flight.

In Godzilla: Final Wars, Anguirus was redesigned with the ability to curl himself into a ball and propel himself forward with tremendous speed. The Final Wars version also possessed a spiked tail club like a real Ankylosaurus, though he was not witnessed using it in combat.

Showa Series

According to the English subtitles of the 1955 Japanese language film Godzilla Raids Again, Anguirus (spelled “Angilas” in that film) was properly called an “angilosaurus,” (which in Japanese is pronounced roughly the same as “ankylosaurus”), a dinosaur described as “one of the stronger dinosaurs that lived in the prehistoric era.” It’s described in a textbook by Polish world animal specialist Plateli Hondon as “one of the few creatures that had a thorough hatred for war-like predators,” which explains Anguirus’ eagerness to fight Godzilla. The dinosaur angilosaurus lived (according to the film) from 150-70 million years ago, and its remains were affected by the same hydrogen bombs that awoke Godzilla. In the English-dubbed version of Godzilla Raids Again, the name of the dinosaur is pronounced “”ANG-will-o-Saw-rus,” and given the sub-moniker “Killer of the Living.” They ruled the Earth at one time, according to the film, then disappeared suddenly. From an unnamed textbook in the movie (the same book that in the Japanese language version was written by Hondon), a scientist reads that these creatures (the angilasaurs) may return from hibernation due to radioactive fallout. Anguiras is said to have “brains in several parts of his body, including the head, abdomen, and the chest.”

Anguirus was the first enemy that Godzilla ever faced. Godzilla and Anguirus battled in Osaka, and after a fierce struggle Godzilla won with a bite to the neck and incinerated Anguirus’ body with his atomic breath.

Anguirus was re-introduced (presumably as a different creature than the one in Godzilla Raids Again in a brand-new costume) in the 1968 film Destroy All Monsters as an ally of Godzilla living with him on Monsterland, a man made habitat for all of Earth’s monsters in the Ogasawara Islands created at the end of the 20th century. This costume was re-used throughout the remainder of the Showa series, and Anguirus continued in his capacity as Godzilla’s ally. He helped Godzilla repel the space monsters, Gigan and King Ghidorah, in 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan. He and Godzilla then returned to Monster Island (presumably the same island featured in Son of Godzilla), which was later disturbed by nuclear bomb tests in 1973’s Godzilla vs. Megalon. Rodan, perched on a mountain above, toppled down on top of Anguirus, who disappeared when he fell through the ground in a massive split in the earth.

Anguirus tunneled his way to a snowy region, where he witnessed Mechagodzilla’s first emergence in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. He followed Mechagodzilla underground to Japan where he revealed himself to call upon the real Godzilla, and engage Mechagodzilla in battle. However, Mechagodzilla was too powerful for Anguirus, and severely injured him, breaking his jaw in a bloody display. Anguirus was forced to retreat underground, although he managed to tip off humanity that his opponent was not the true Godzilla.

Millennium Series

After a 30 year absence, Anguirus made a return in the 2004 film, Godzilla: Final Wars as a controlled monster of the Xiliens. He appears in Shanghai, and tramples everything in his path, then engaged the flying UN battleship, Karyu. The Xiliens appeared suddenly and teleported Anguirus and the other monsters away. They told the humans that they eliminated the monsters to save Earth, but this was soon discovered to be a ruse, the Xiliens were controlling the monsters. In Shanghai, the Xiliens use their fighter ships to attack the Karyu. While the Karyu was distracted, Anguirus jumped and curled himself into a ball, crashing into the ship at its midpoint. Karyu went spinning in the air before colliding into the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Anguirus, King Caesar, and Rodan are pitted against Godzilla at Mt. Fuji. He successfully defeats all three monsters. King Caesar, Anguirus and Rodan are then left in a heap at the base of the mountain. Godzilla did not kill his fallen foes as a nod to their status as allies of Godzilla during the Showa era. This is in contrast to the remaining majority of the monsters seen in the film, all of whom, aside from Zilla, were enemies of Godzilla during the Showa era, and were slain either by Godzilla, the Gotengo, or the mutants who were part of an anti-monster task force near the beginning of the film.

Anguirus, Anzilla, Angilas, Angorous (Showa)

  •     Height: 60 meters (197 feet)
  •     Length: 100 meters (328 feet)
  •     Mass: 30,000 metric tons (33,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Tusks and horns, spikes on carapace
  •     First appearance: Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 2, 9, 10′ 12, 13, 14
  •     Fight record: Wins 2, Losses 2, Ties 1

Origins of Showa Anguirus

His origin is in the movie Godzilla Raids Again (1955), He is seen fight a member of the Godzilla family, but eventually dying from being bit by that Godzilla and then burned to death! He is later seen in other Godzilla movies, but the strange thing about this is Anguirus is befriended by Godzilla through the Showa Era of movies. In Godzilla Final Wars he is seen as an enemy of Godzilla while being controlled by the Xilliens! Anguirus is perhaps one of the most demanded monsters that fans would like to see come back to the silver screen. He did finally make his come back in the last of the Godzilla movies for at least another ten years. In Godzilla Final Wars.

Anguirus, Anzilla, Angilas, Angorous (Millennium)

  •     Height: 90 meters
  •     Length: 160 meters
  •     Mass: 60,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Spikes on carapace; can curl into a ball and bounce for movement; extraordinary jumper
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Origins of Millennium Anguirus

Several decades ago, the Earth Defense Force finally defeated Godzilla by trapping him in the Antarctic ice, thus rendering him immobile. Some time later Godzilla is released to save the earth from alien invaders. Godzilla fights ten monsters around the world including Rodan, Gigan, Anguirus, King Caesar, Hedorah, Ebirah, Kumonga, Kamacuras, Zilla (the American Godzilla), and Monster X; a new monster that at the end of the movie becomes Kaiser Ghidorah. The film also features Mothra, Minya and Manda, as monsters Godzilla doesn’t fight, the Gotengo, a super ship that was featured in the 1963 film Atragon, Gorath, a runaway neutron star from the 1960s film of the same name, and the Aliens from Planet X who control the monsters. There is also a lot of stock footage used in the opening from other various films such as Space Amoeba, Varan, Godzilla vs Megaguirus, and Godzilla vs King Ghidorah. It is also likely to be the last official Toho film to feature Godzilla for sometime.

The cities in the film include Sydney, Vancouver, Tokyo, Tokai, New York, Okinawa, Shanghai, and Paris.

Strength, Weaknesses and Weapons

A thorny carapace protects the monster’s back and a spray of horns shields its neck, but other than a fierce fighting spirit, Anguirus lacks offensive weapons, at least in part because it hails from the early era of the Godzilla series, when the beasts were conceived more as real animals and less as fantasy creations. In Godzilla Raids Again, which staged the first monster battle in a Godzilla film. One of its most devastating battle tactics is to hurl itself backward, impaling its opponent on the spikes of its carapace..

Anguirus is defeated and apparently killed by Godzilla, but either it revived or another of its kind returned in later epics, fighting alongside Godzilla against the likes of King Ghidorah,  Mechagodzilla, and the cyborg monster Gigan. Because of its realistic depiction and never-say-die attitude, Anguirus retains a strong following among fans of the genre. Possessing no energy rays or explosive missiles, Anguirus relies in part on its teeth and claws in battle, but mostly on its fierce fighting spirit.

Anguirus is considered an Angorosaurus which is considered the cousin to Ankylosaurus. It has a thorn carapace which is the protective covering on the top of the monsters back. Anguirus does indeed lack offensive weapons which gives him that true fighting spirit that most monsters don’t have. He has that never say die attitude. One of most devastating moves is that he will hurl himself backwards at his enemy. In the new movie Godzilla Final Wars he has a new weapon he is capable of rolling into a ball and flying to great heights and come crashing down. Anguirus is a monster that began as a foe to Godzilla and wound up an ally. Like Rodan, Anguirus has been identified as a revived prehistoric beast, a cousin of the Ankylosaurus but, at a height of sixty meters, much larger than its extinct relative.

Mechagodzilla

Mechagodzilla (メカゴジラ Mekagojira?) is a fictional character from various films in the Godzilla series, introduced in Jun Fukuda’s final entry Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974). He is Godzilla’s robotic counterpart and one of the most popular Toho kaiju.[1] Mechagodzilla is also recognized as one of Godzilla’s most brutal foes, having temporarily defeated the King of Monsters on several occasions.

Showa Series

The original Mechagodzilla was created as a weapon of destruction by the Simians, and the only one to be referred to by numerics within the movies themselves; when it is rebuilt in Terror of Mechagodzilla, the “MG” emblazoned on its arm has a “2” added to it; but is still usually referred to as simply “Mechagodzilla” by the characters.

History

First appearing in a pseudo-flesh outer covering and masquerading as the real Godzilla, Mechagodzilla makes a few attacks against Japan. Godzilla’s ally Anguirus wasn’t fooled by the impostor’s disguise, but in the resulting fight Mechagodzilla swiftly overpowered the beast, breaking Anguirus’ jaw and sending him fleeing underground. Anguirus attacking his ally was a complete shock; and the battle had also exposed a piece of Mechagodzilla’s true mechanical nature (though most humans did not seem to notice it), tipping any keen eyes off to the robot’s charade. Godzilla then reappeared from a warehouse and, in the ensuing brawl, used his atomic heat ray to destroy large chunks of the pseudo-flesh, utterly ruining the robot’s disguise and forcing Mechagodzilla to reveal itself in full. The battle resulted in a tie, however, as Godzilla was severely wounded and Mechagodzilla forced back into the Simian’s base for a repair job.

Fearing for the robot’s advance, a priestess of the Azumi royal family, prepares to awaken King Caesar, an ancient Okinawan deity. Mechagodzilla was finished repairs and, due to the Simians catching onto the idea, sent to Okinawa to destroy the golem before he could awaken. Unfortunately, the Simians were too slow, and King Caesar was awoken to fend off the robot. Despite the shisa golem’s best efforts, however, Mechagodzilla still proved too much, and the guardian was soundly trounced. However, Godzilla had been following his doppelganger, and he immediately resumed engagement with Mechagodzilla. After a long, hard and bloody battle, Godzilla and King Caesar’s cooperation pays off when Godzilla manages to forcibly turn Mechagodzilla’s head around his shoulders against its will and tear it clean off, causing the robot to detonate, defeating the menace.

The Simians, though, rebuilt their dreadnought for another try one year later, in Terror of Mechagodzilla. Having learned the value of teamwork firsthand, the Simians called in an old debt to pair Mechagodzilla with the aquatic dinosaur, known as Titanosaurus that had been discovered by Dr. Mafune, a scientist shunned by his comrades because of his experimentation on oceanic life. This time, though, some modifications were made, mainly turning the mecha into a true cyborg by giving it living human brain cells; accomplished by integrating its control circuitry into the body of Dr. Mafune’s daughter Katsura, as well as a variety of other cybernetic enhancements. Godzilla tried to exploit the flaw found in their last brawl, but this time the Simians prepared for it and had installed a secondary head to allow the mech to operate without its head. Mechagodzilla was once more defeated after Katsura committed suicide, destroying the mech’s controls and freezing it long enough for Godzilla to use his atomic heat ray on Mechagodzilla’s headless body, causing it to explode in a massive fireball and finishing off the doppelganger once and for all.

Arsenal

The Showa Mechagodzilla has a vast arsenal. The main body of this Mechagodzilla is constructed out of a mysterious, nearly indestructible alloy known as “Space Titanium”, as well as being equipped with a staggering amount of firepower; including an optical beam, known as the “Space Beam”, that could match Godzilla’s Atomic Ray. Its head can rotate 360 degrees, allowing the robot to shoot down an opponent that might attempt to approach from behind. Mechagodzilla’s head is also able to generate a cylindrical force-field around its body by spinning around rapidly.

When disguised as Godzilla, it could use a flamethrower in its mouth to mimic the real Godzilla’s atomic breath; once the disguise was destroyed, Mechagodzilla never used it again. Mechagodzilla is also equipped with powerful missiles in its fingers, knees, and even its toes; these can explode on contact with a target or lodge in an enemy’s flesh like darts. Located under a hatch in Mechagodzilla’s chest is a weapon that fires a jagged orange energy beam with enough power to cut a mountain in half. Its rebuilt self could increase the velocity of the finger missiles by rapidly rotating its hands and could also fire a ray from under its head when it was ripped off.

Heisei Series

The second incarnation of the character, this version only appeared in Godzilla VS. Mechagodzilla.

History

Created by the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center using Futurian technology scavenged from the remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla was the most powerful weapon to counter Godzilla, or other kaiju, yet developed. When Godzilla attacked the city of Kyoto, Mechagodzilla was deployed against him. The mechanical kaiju acquitted itself well, but was eventually defeated due to a voltage backsurge during their electrocution of Godzilla. One of the back-up pilots suggests merging Mechagodzilla with the Garuda, a smaller airship that had been constructed by the UNGCC before Mecha-King Ghidorah’s remains had been salvaged.

Kazuma, in fact the chief designer and main pilot of Garuda to start with and the back-up pilot of Mechagodzilla, found some personal redemption when the idea is approved. The combined form of the two mechs is dubbed Super-Mechagodzilla (スーパーメカゴジラ Supa-Mekagojira?), and then sent into battle against Godzilla and Fire Rodan. In the heat of battle, Kazuma detaches Garuda from Mechagodzilla to battle against Fire Rodan while the other Mechagodzilla crew continue against Godzilla. Kazuma is defeated, but manages to reattach the Garuda to Mechagodzilla to reform Super-Mechagodzilla.

It proceeds to destroy Godzilla’s secondary brain crippling Godzilla and then moves in to destroy Godzilla. Rodan then leaps to Godzilla’s defense, but is fatally wounded by a blast from Super-Mechagodzilla’s Megabuster Ray. Upon landing on Godzilla Rodan then, with his last ounce of strength, places his beak on one of Godzilla’s dorsal plates, releasing the radioactive energy within his body and healing Godzilla. As Fire Rodan dissolved, he filled the air with a superheated, radioactive dust, which melted Super-Mechgodzilla’s diamond coating. As a result, Super-Mechagodzilla was rendered defenseless against the revived monster. Godzilla, temporarily supercharged with radiation, destroys the mech with his red spiral atomic breath as revenge for Rodan’s death, as Super-Mechagodzilla’s crew escape uninjured.

Arsenal

This second incarnation of Mechagodzilla has an impressive and varied arsenal built only to destroy Godzilla and other monsters, which makes it a powerful adversary. Mechagodzilla is protected by an armor plating much like Garuda’s NT-1 armor though Mechagodzilla’s is made from a much stronger version, called NT-20, which is coated in a layer of artificial diamond that allows it to absorb energy from Godzilla’s atomic breath and transfer it to the Plasma Grenade, and Mechagodzilla was also able to absorb energy from Rodan’s Uranium Heat Ray.

This Mechagodzilla also possesses laser cannons in its eyes and a Mega-Buster beam in its mouth with power equitable to Godzilla’s atomic breath and tranquilizer missiles fired from its hips, paralysis missiles from the shoulders, and shock anchor cables from its wrists which deliver a powerful electrical surge into its opponent. After Mechagodzilla’s first defeat, the shock cables were upgraded into a more powerful version called the G-Crusher. Mechagodzilla can also attach to the airship Garuda and becomes Super-Mechagodzilla. As Super-Mechagodzilla, it gains Garuda’s powerful laser cannons as well as added thrust from Garuda’s jets.

Millennium (“Kiryu”)

The Millennium incarnation, Kiryu (機龍 Kiryū?) (Derived from Kikai ryu (機械龍 machine dragon?)) was featured in two films: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla: Tokyo SOS.

History

Despite the fact that the original Godzilla had been killed in 1954 by the Oxygen Destroyer, Japan still found itself under attack from other monsters such as Mothra and Gaira over the decades. When a second Godzilla appeared in 1999, Japan proposed a shocking plan: to dredge up the skeleton of the first Godzilla from Tokyo Bay and use it as a skeleton/framework for constructing a Mechagodzilla, also known as Kiryu; but they were unaware that this bold move would only infuriate and provoke this new Godzilla into attacking. Kiryu was unleashed, but the cyborg’s latent memories were reawakened by the new Godzilla’s own roars. Recovering the memories of its attack on Tokyo in 1954, Kiryu broke free of its pilot, Akane Yashiro, and proceeded to trash the city (manual overrides being ignored) without the new Godzilla’s help for a couple of hours until it ran out of power. The public was not amused.

Hastily recalled, Kiryu received quite a few weapon upgrades in addition to new computer control software routines. When the new Godzilla attacked again a few days later, both branches of the JSDF tried stopping him without the steel monster’s help, but it was useless. With Akane at the ROV controls again, Kiryu was sent out. The second battle went well until Kiryu’s receiver was damaged. Akane proceeded to enter Kiryu and effect repairs personally, despite being ordered not to. She then piloted the cyborg directly from its skull, carrying Godzilla out into the bay once more. Akane tried to destroy Godzilla with Kiryu’s ultimate weapon, the Absolute Zero Cannon, but the fight ended in a draw. Godzilla retreated to the sea (though not before suffering a horribly shredded chest) and Kiryu was sent back to the body shop after receiving an utterly destroyed right arm, heavily damaged Absolute Zero system and emptied power cells.

Mothra’s fairies, the Shobijin, then appeared to warn Japan, claiming that building Kiryu using the bones was a violation of the natural order of things, sure to keep attracting Godzilla. They also claimed that Mothra would gladly take the cyborg’s place in protecting Japan, should they agreed to dismantle the mechanical beast. Since Kiryu had been built partially to defend against a second attack from Mothra herself, the Japanese declined at first. But eventually, Godzilla did appear, first killing Kamoebas and then making a march for Japan itself. Mothra voluntarily (but at the same time, reluctantly) engaged him and Prime Minister Hayato Igarishi was shamed into aiding her; thus Kiryu flew into battle again.

Despite their efforts, the current adult Mothra was killed and Kiryu’s transmitter damaged once again. Just like Akane before him, Yoshito entered Kiryu for repairs, but was forced to remain inside the mech during the rest of the battle after Godzilla’s atomic breath had accidentally struck both of the hatch doors damaging and jamming them. Teaming up with the newly hatched twin Mothra larvae, Kiryu was able to use his drill in his right arm to injure Godzilla’s chest even more, eventually reaching, and tearing up his insides, causing Godzilla to bleed.

While Godzilla screamed in pain, Kiryu fired his Triple Hyper Maser at Godzilla. Godzilla’s resultant roar enabled Kiryu to pass his memories to Yoshito, whilst Godzilla was restrained and subdued by the web of Mothra’s twin larvae. Unable to fight and severely injured, Godzilla fell to the ground and could not return to his feet. Breaking free of Akiba’s control, Kiryu carried Godzilla out to sea, and after releasing Akane and Yoshito to safety, plunged into the depths with his counterpart and was never seen again.

Arsenal

Kiryu is considerably more lithe and agile than other versions of Mechagodzilla, and thus bears a closer resemblance to Godzilla than the previous versions. While the first two incarnations are constructed of fictional alloys, it is never specified what Kiryu’s armor is made out of, and Kiryu is the first Mechagodzilla to include organic parts in its internal structure from its debut, as it was built from the skeleton of the original Godzilla and thus uses that DNA in its computer system.

Kiryu’s arms, or weapons, include an oral maser cannon, dual laser cannons on each arm (detachable in its second outing), and a flight pack that contains two forward firing rocket launchers and four batteries along its back and sides for launching guided missiles. Upon emptying its payload, the flight pack can then detach from Kiryu’s body and launched to push the enemy a safe distance back before being remotely detonated. In Tokyo SOS, the flight pack was modified so that only the weapons pods were fired; leaving the thrusters attached and allowing Kiryu to maintain its aerial capabilities. For close combat, a short blade can be extended from Kiryu’s dual laser cannons which was not only able to penetrate Godzilla’s nearly impervious hide, but was also able to discharge a crippling electrical surge into his opponent’s body.

Kiryu’s arsenal was upgraded in its second outing to allow its right hand to collapse into a revolving drill. Like the previous incarnations, Kiryu is also able to fly; although its limited energy reserves required the machine to be airlifted to the battlefield by two carrier craft. Kiryu’s most devastating weapon is the Absolute Zero Cannon (a weapon also utilized by the Gotengo). Stored in its chest behind a trio of folding panels, the Absolute Zero Cannon fires a ball of energy that flash freezes its target, thereby causing it to disintegrate under the weight of its own mass. After being heavily damaged and missing all of its opportunities to hit Godzilla in Godzilla against Mechagodzilla, Kiryu’s Absolute Zero Cannon was deemed too expensive to repair and was replaced by a Hyper Maser Cannon in Kiryu’s second outing.

Self-Awareness

As Kiryu is a true cyborg, being a machine built over organic matter, the DNA-enhanced computer systems the mech sported (and the spirit of the original Godzilla) enabled Kiryu to act independently of any form of control, and as a result was capable of making decisions and taking certain actions on its own, performing movements and actions not programmed by any of the control systems, usually at catastrophically inopportune moments.

Kiryu can seemingly express emotion or make decisions outside of its human pilots; this was never intended by its creators and was an unforeseen development, however it proves to be a pivotal ability in Tokyo S.O.S., as Kiryu makes the decision to take the modern Godzilla out to sea rather than kill him completely by itself. Also unlike the previous Mechagodzilla incarnations, this one proved to possess some form of self-awareness, as well as an understanding of human language, communicating only once with Yoshito, a human who had worked with and on the cyborg extensively, directly in Tokyo S.O.S. and indicating that it had been aware of Yoshito by name, though exactly how long Kiryu had been aware of him by name is never made clear.

Unfortunately for the JSDF, building this incarnation of Mechagodzilla on the bones of the original Godzilla also had the initial side effect of making the machine go berserk if it heard the pained roars of Godzilla (an issue that was mostly fixed by the time Kiryu needed to be put out into battle again to aid Mothra against Godzilla).

Original Mechagodzilla 1

  •     Height: 50 meters (164 feet)
  •     Mass: 40,000 metric tons (44,000 tons)
  •     Powers/Weapons: Able to shoot beams from its eyes; can generate a force field by rotating its head at a tremendous speed; able to fire an electric current from its chest; equipped with rockets on its feet for flight at mach 5; can launch missiles from fingers, feet, throat, knees and toes
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), Terror of Mechagodzilla (stock footage)

Original Mechagodzilla 2

  •     Height: 50 meters (164 feet)
  •     Mass: 40,000 metric tons (44,000 tons)
  •     Powers/Weapons: Able to shoot beams from its eyes; can generate a force field by rotating its head at a tremendous speed; able to fire an electric current from its chest; equipped with rockets on its feet for flight at mach 5; able to fire a concentrated beam when head is removed; can launch missiles from fingers, feet, throat, knees and toes

    First Appearance: Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Mechagodzilla 2 1993

  •     Height: 120 meters (394 feet)
  •     Mass: 150,000 metric tons (165,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Close attack beam in chest, beams from eyes, protective force field, missiles in fingers, throat, knees and toes; flame thrower in mouth, flight rockets in feet, space titanium armor ,NEW / Powers/weapons: Flight at Mach 1, mega-buster ray in stomach, super heat shield, plasma grenades, eye lasers, paralysis missiles, shock anchor and cables, “Godzilla crusher”
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  •     Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 2
  •     Weaknesses: The new mecha had a tendency to overheat, and malfunction in the process.

Machine Dragon I (2002)

  •     Height: 60 meters
  •     Mass: 40,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Homing missiles from back, missiles shot from shoulder mounted cannons, freezer laser in chest nicknamed “Absolute Zero,” energy shot ray from mouth
  •     Appearances: Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (2002)

Machine Dragon 2 (2003)

  •     Same as Machine Dragon I (2003)
  •     Appearances: Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Descriptions

Mechagodzilla 1974 and 1975:

Mechagodzilla is a robotic Godzilla created by aliens so they can conquer the earth. At first, he is disguised as the real Godzilla, but then the real Godzilla appears and attacks Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla melts off the fake disguise, revealing his true cyborg self. He defeats Godzilla with his laser eye beams, laser cannon chest beam, and missiles from his fingers, toes, and knees. King Seesar shows up to challenge Mechagodzilla, while Godzilla is recharged by a lightning storm. Godzilla reappears, and he and Seesar defeat the cyborg.

Fake Godzilla / Mechagodzilla ancient prophecy in Okinawa predicts that a monster will come to destroy the world, and two kaiju will come to save the world. The prophecy seems to come true as Godzilla appears from a volcano! However, it doesn’t emit Godzilla’s regular roar, and its identity is soon revealed as Anguirus battles the fake Godzilla and Space Titanium metal is exposed. Anguirus, in one last act, calls out to Godzilla for him to come. Then, Mechagodzilla tears Anguirus’ jaw apart and shoves him in a ditch, with only very minor injuries.

This “Godzilla” goes on a rampage until the real Godzilla shows up and exposes all of the fake Godzilla, which is given the name Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla proves to be much stronger then his counterpart and throws Godzilla into the sea. MG is then brought back to a base underground, a base run by the simeons, a race from the third planet from the sun that studied Godzilla for years. After hard work they came up with Mechagodzilla, a fierce beast. King Seesar arrives, via help of the Okinawa tribe. Mechagodzilla and the giant lion battle, however, Mg once again proves to be a worthy foe. Godzilla arrives and together with King Seeser, they finally destroy the almost invincible robot.

Mechagodzilla 1993: Toho finally brought back Mechagodzilla in 1993, in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, but instead of a space villain like he was in the mid 1970’s,Mechagodzilla was created by the U.N.’s GCC as a weapon against Godzilla.Mechagodzilla carried an impressive arsenal with him; a humongous ray beam from an opening in his navel-area, laser beam eyes copied off the original Mechagodzilla, and a shock anchor that was used to destroy Godzilla’s secondary heart.

Once Godzilla’s secondary heart was destroyed, he actually died! But Godzilla was soon revived once Fire Rodan, who was beaten to a bloody pulp by Mechagodzilla earlier, sacrificed himself and the mega dose of radioactive energy revived Godzilla and strengthened his atomic ray, which ultimately destroyed the U.N.’s robotic Godzilla clone!

Machine Dragon 1 and 2:

Combine the appearance of the Showa Series Mechagodzilla and the Heisei Series Mechagodzilla, and you’ll get the Shinsei Series Mechagodzilla. This new Mechagodzilla, actually named “Kiryu,” meaning “Machine Dragon,” was built by the Japanese government to, obviously, rid Japan of the threat of Godzilla. Unlike the previous two Mechagodzilla’s, this Mechagodzilla does not fly. It is transported by an aerial system containing two jets called the Shirasagi. Mechagodzilla was a bio-mechanical weapon constructed, in part, using G-Cells taken from a bone fragment of the 1954 Godzilla. Mechagodzilla is powered by a “DNA computer,” so it can virtually think, and act like the real Godzilla. This DNA computer, though, can cause Mechagodzilla to malfunction when it hears Godzilla’s roar.

Origins

Mechagodzilla (Mekagojira) was a fictional robot monster from various films in the Godzilla series, introduced in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).

The first Mechagodzilla was created as a weapon of destruction by a race of ape-like aliens. It was eventually destroyed by Godzilla and the lion-dog god King Caesar, upon which King Caesar continued his hibernation, and Godzilla retired back into to the sea. Mechagodzilla was rebuilt the next year, this time allied with the aquatic dinosaur Titanosaurus, but both were beaten by Godzilla.

The second Mechagodzilla was created by the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center as a measure of defense against Godzilla’s attacks. Though it crippled Godzilla in battle, he eventually recovered and blew Mechagodzilla apart with a hyper-powered spiral ray.

The third Mechagodzilla, known as Kiryu, was similar in origin to the second incarnation, except this time it contained the skeleton of the original Godzilla from 1954 within its metal. Kiryu was built by AMF, the Anti-Megalosaurus Force, and operated by the J.X.S.D.F, the Japan Xenomorph Self Defense Force. After two fights with Godzilla and an encounter with Mothra, Kiryu now rests at the bottom of the sea. It should be noted that Kiryu, though it normally acted as commanded via computers, could overturn those commands and act on its own, and apparently knew some of the people involved in working on it both before and after it was fully completed.

Kiryu’s final appearance in Tokyo SOS, harkens back to the days of a Heroic Godzilla, as Kiryu voluntarily plunged himself, along with Godzilla, into the Japan trench with the flesh and blood Godzilla in a death grip. Kiryu also worked to save a mechanic whom had worked on him for four years, who was trapped within his auxiliary control room, preventing him from being taken underwater with the two titans. And also scrolled the message ‘Sayonara Yoshita’ to said mechanic before he turned in such a way to be caught by a member of the AMF and then continued on his way to the Japan trench.

King Ghidra/King Ghidora

King Ghidorah’s name is composed of “King” (キング?) and “Ghidorah.” The “Ghidorah” part of King Ghidorah’s name comes from the Japanese word for “hydra” (ヒドラ?, Hidora), which is spelt very similarly to the Japanese katakana for Ghidorah.

King Ghidorah was referred to as either “Ghidrah” or “Ghidorah” in the American versions of his first three movies, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster and Destroy All Monsters, because they sounded more like “hydra.” He wasn’t referred to as “King Ghidorah” in an original American release of one of his movies until Godzilla vs. Gigan.

King Ghidorah (キングギドラ Kingu Gidora?) (Also known as King Ghidrah, King Ghidora and Monster Zero) is a kaiju, a Japanese monster featured in several of Toho Studios’ Godzilla films. It appears as an armless, three-headed dragon with large wings and two tails.

Shōwa Series

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964): The original version of the monster is an alien who travels to Earth in a magnetic meteorite, and devastates Japan until repelled by Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra.

Invasion of the Astro-Monster (1965): Ghidorah is now the mind-controlled pawn of aliens from “Planet X”, and refer to Ghidorah as “Monster Zero”. The “Xians” covet Earth’s water resources and also take control of Godzilla and Rodan in an attempt to conquer the planet. When Earth forces free Godzilla and Rodan, the pair drive Ghidorah off into space once again.

Destroy All Monsters (1968): Set in the future year 1999, Ghidorah is controlled by the alien Kilaaks. The monster is eventually killed by Godzilla and several other monsters. (Note: Chronologically, this film occurs last in the Showa era timeline).

Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972): Set in the present day, Ghidorah teams with fellow monster Gigan and wreaks havoc until they both are driven away by Godzilla and Anguirus.

Heisei Series

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991): Time-travelers from the 23rd century (called “Futurians”) travel to the past to release three genetically-engineered bat-like creatures called “Dorats” at the location at which a Godzillasaurus was to be exposed to radiation and become Godzilla. The irradiated Dorats fuse into King Ghidorah, which the Futurians then use to devastate present-day Japan. Godzilla eventually battles and cripples Ghidorah, with the wounded monster falling into the ocean. The Futurians, however, locate Ghidorah in the future, and using advanced technology create the cyborg “Mecha-King Ghidorah”. The monster battles Godzilla to a standstill, before both disappear into the ocean.

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993): A new Mechgodzilla is constructed from the remnants of Mecha-King Ghidorah.

Millennium Series

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001): This marks the first time where Ghidorah is portrayed as a hero rather than a villain. Once again, its origins are reinvented with this incarnation having mystical origins, similar to “Desghidorah” from Rebirth of Mothra. Ghidorah is portrayed as an “ancient guardian monster” who is summoned to unite with two other guardian monsters, Baragon and Mothra, to defeat Godzilla.

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004): This incarnation returns the character back to its extraterrestrial origins, where it initially lands on Earth as a bipedal humanoid creature known as “Monster X”, only to later transform into a three-headed quadrupedal creature called “Keizer Ghidorah”. This is the second time Ghidorah is portrayed as a quadruped, and the first time it is seen to use levitation as a weapon against its enemies. Despite that this incarnation is commonly referred to as “Keizer Ghidorah”, Toho officially trademarks the character as “Monster X II”.[4]

Other Appearances

A similar monster also featured in two films in the Mothra trilogy, both of which involved time-travel and different versions of Ghidorah:    Rebirth of Mothra (1996): A version of Ghidorah, referred to as “Desghidorah” (or Death Ghidorah) appeared as a black, quadrupedal, three-headed extraterrestrial dragon. Freed from imprisonment in a prehistoric cave, the creature battles both an adult and larval form of Mothra before being entombed once again.    Rebirth of Mothra III (1998): A similar Ghidorah, under the title “Super Dragon King Ghidorah”, appears in a more traditional form and battles Mothra Leo, who undergoes several transformations to match the monster.

Music

Take Me To Your Leader is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Daniel Dumile, better known as MF DOOM, released under the alias King Geedorah on June 17, 2003. The character is based on the three-headed gold dragon King Ghidorah.

Television-Ghidorah appeared in two episodes of the tokusatsu superhero TV series Zone Fighter (1973).

Video Games

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters (1989, Nintendo Entertainment System), Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters (1992, Nintendo Entertainment System), Super Godzilla (1993, Super Nintendo Entertainment System), Godzilla: Battle Legends (1993, Turbo Duo), Godzilla Trading Battle (1998, Playstation), Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (2002, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox. Released in Japan in 2002 as Godzilla: Domination! for the Game Boy Advance), Godzilla: Save the Earth (2004, Playstation 2 and Xbox), Godzilla: Unleashed (2007, Playstation 2 and Wii. Also released in 2007 as Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash for the Nintendo DS).

Abilities

The creature is capable of tremendous destruction due to its size, flight (with the creature’s wings also generating hurricane strength winds) and can fire gravity beams (lightning-like energy beams that also have the power to levitate objects) from its mouths.

Appearance

King Ghidorah is a golden dragon monster with two legs, three heads on long necks, giant bat-like wings, and two tails. King Ghidorah’s multiple heads were inspired by Yamata no Orochi, an eight-headed dragon from Japanese mythology. King Ghidorah was brought to life on the movie screen by a stunt actor inside an elaborate three-piece suit, with a team of puppeteers to control the suit’s many appendages. His design was mostly created by Eiji Tsuburaya based on a minimal description in the script: “It has three heads, two tails, and a voice like a bell.”

Personality

King Ghidorah does not have much of a developed personality because it is under someone’s control in most of his appearances. The only times he was not under mind-control throughout most of the film were Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. He temporarily was free of mind-control in Invasion of Astro-Monster and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, where, in the former, he fled from Godzilla and Rodan in fear and probably from being overwhelmed, and in the latter, he was very confused to what was happening and was killed by Godzilla. It seems that each of King Ghidorah’s heads can think for themselves separately, although the middle head appears to be dominant.

In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, King Ghidorah was said to be evil, and he destroyed civilizations on several planets for reasons unknown. He tried destroying Earth and its civilizations, but he fought the three monsters that got in his way and retreated eventually. In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, King Ghidorah is one of the Guardian Monsters, being the God of the Sky. King Ghidorah was a protector of Japan, making Ghidorah a protagonist for the first, and by far only, time.

Origins

King Ghidorah has a different origin in every series.

In the Showa series, King Ghidorah was created by the Garogans and was given to the Xiliens, who sent King Ghidorah to Earth to weaken its forces and take it over without any trouble. But the Xiliens did not know of Earth’s monsters. King Ghidorah was destined to be given to different alien races, losing his history on the way.

In the Heisei series, King Ghidorah is the result of three Dorats fusing due to an atomic bomb being dropped in Lagos Island, the island where the original Godzillasaurus was mutated. The Dorats were put on the island by the Futurians.

In the Millennium series, King Ghidorah was an eight-headed serpent god, or Yamata no Orochi, that was prematurely awoken before he could grow all eight of his heads, instead only growing three.

Cruteuos King Ghidorah

  •     Height: 40 meters (131 ft)
  •     Wingspan: 60 meters (197 ft)
  •     Weight: 25,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Plasma beams, regeneration, teeth, flight at mach 3
  •     Classification: Space Kaiju
  •     First Appearance: Mothra 3 (1999)
  •     Number of movies starred in: 1
  •     Fight Record: Not Available

King Ghidorah Showa Series

  •     Height: 100 meters (328 feet)
  •     Wingspan: 150 meters (492 feet)
  •     Mass: 30,000 metric tons (33,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Flight at Mach 3, gravity beams from mouths, hurricane winds from its wings
  •     First appearance: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 5, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15
  •     Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 4

King Ghidorah Heisei Series

  •     Height: 150 meters (492 feet)
  •     Wingspan: 175 meters (574 feet)
  •     Mass: 70,000 metric tons (77 ,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Flight at Mach 3, gravity beams from mouths, hurricane winds from wings
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 18
  •     Fight record: Losses 1

Mecha King Ghidorah

  •     Height: 150 meters (492 feet)
  •     Wingspan: 175 meters (574 feet)
  •     Mass: 80,000 metric tons (88,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Laser triple beam, gravity beams, anti-gravity flight at Mach 4, Godzilla capture cables with “machine hand,” body armor
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 18
  •     Fight record: Ties 1

Dorats

  •     (No physical statistics can be identified about the Dorats. Sorry.)

    First appearance: Gojira tai Kingu Ghidora (Godzilla vs King Ghidora) The Dorats where a test by the “Futurians” to see the effects of Nuclear testing. They left them on Lagos after teleporting Godzilla into the ocean. Unfortunately, on the way back, some idiot left these three cute little puppets behind. In the film, they do this so abruptly that it makes you yell out something like “Hey! They left the pets behind!” Apparently, the creatures fused into Ghidorah. Amazing, making the transaction from 1 foot puppet to 7 foot suitmation actor!

Grand Ghidorah

  •     Height: 60 meters
  •     Wingspan: 80 meters
  •     Mass: 500,000 metric tons
  •     Debut Film: Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks

Kaneko’s Ghidorah

  •     Height: 50 meters (164 ft)
  •     Wingspan: 93 meters (302 ft)
  •     Weight: 25,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight at Mach 3, gravity beams from mouths, hurricane winds from wings, electric bite Classification: Deity (God like) kaiju
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: GMK (2001)
  •     Number of movies starred in: 1
  •     Fight Record: Lost 2
  •     Note: King Ghidorah grows throughout the film, but not to his fullest potential as an adult.

Death/Desi Ghidorah

  •     Body Length: 100 meters
  •     Mass: 75,000 tons
  •     Wingspan: 80 meters
  •     Powers/Weapons: Energy bolts, Breath fire, can absorb energy
  •     Weaknesses: Doesn’t seem to like water very much and cant seem to stand up to Mothra’s weapons either.
  •     First appearance: Mosura (1996)

Kaiser Ghidorah

  •     Height: 140 meters
  •     Length: 150 meters
  •     Mass: 100,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Able to fire Gravity beams from its mouths; can drain energy through its bite
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Orochi the Eight Headed Dragon (Original)

  •     Length: 300 meters
  •     Mass: 10,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Eight constricting necks
  •     First Appearance: The Three Treasures (1959)

Orochi the Eight Headed Dragon (Heisei)

  •     Height: 22 meters
  •     Length: 66 meters
  •     Mass: 5,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Can fire red lightning from each of its eyes and mouths, able to breath fire from each of its heads, capable of traveling in space, detached body parts can take on a life of their own
  •     First Appearance: Yamato Takeru (1994)

Descriptions

Besides Mothra and King Kong, Ghidorah is probably the best known Godzilla foe. This Space-Kaiju has appeared in 5 Godzilla movies (old and new), the most by any one Kaiju! First in his own self-titled movie, Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster. Unfortunately, the Ghidorah series when it started, no sequel was ever made. TOHO probably never intended Ghidorah to have a separate movie series, after all; Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra pretty much stole the show from our 3-headed space friend, not allowing him to become more than a common enemy.

The Dorats where a test by the “Futurians” to see the effects of Nuclear testing. They left them on Lagos after teleporting Godzilla into the ocean. Unfortunately, on the way back, some idiot left these three cute little puppets behind. In the film, they do this so abruptly that it makes you yell out something like “Hey! They left the pets behind!” Apparently, the creatures fused into Ghidorah. Amazing, making the transaction from 1 foot puppet to 7 foot suitmation actor!

   Death Ghidorahs exact origin is unknown. It is a monster from space that went from planet to planet absorbing all the energy. A race of gargantuan prehistoric Moth creatures managed to trap and imprison it. This happened 65,000,000 years ago. Death Ghidorah had just sucked Mars dry before coming to the Earth. In 1996 it came back, released by the evil fairy Belvera. He absorbed the life out of a whole forest. Using his new strength, he defeated the adult Mothra, who died to protect her son, Mothra Leo. Leo survived and made a home as he transformed to Mothra Leo, adult. He then defeated Death Ghidorah.

Origins

King Ghidorah (Kingu Gidora), sometimes known as King Ghidorah, is a fictional daikaiju (giant monster) featured in such movies as Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs Gigan, Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, Rebirth of Mothra III, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, and Godzilla: Final Wars as well as some other stock footage appearances.

Created as an opponent for Godzilla in 1964’s Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, King Ghidorah was a golden, dragon-like creature with three heads on long necks, bat-like wings, no arms, and twin tails. It was said to be 100 meters tall with a 150 meter wingspan, and to weigh 30,000 metric tons.

King Ghidorah was brought to life on the movie screen by a stunt actor inside an elaborate costume, with a team of puppeteers to control the beast’s many appendages.

Initially, Ghidorah was said to have come from outer space, and was an ancient evil responsible for destroying civilizations on many planets, including Venus. Arriving on Earth in a magnetic meteorite, Ghidorah caused much destruction to the Japanese countryside before being repelled by the monstrous team of Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan.

In its next movie appearance, Invasion of Astro-Monster, it was a mind-controlled pawn of beings from Planet X, who coveted Earth’s water resources. Once again, Godzilla and Rodan drove the dragon back into space.

It made two more appearances in the original Godzilla film series, both times as an agent of alien invaders. In Godzilla vs Gigan, it teamed with the cybernetic monster Gigan in a battle against Godzilla and the spiky quadruped Anguirus. In Destroy All Monsters, it was apparently killed by a combined force of ten of Earth’s defending Daikaiju.

Ghidorah also appeared in two episodes of the tokusatsu superhero TV series, Ryûsei Ningen Zôn.

The dragon was revamped with a new origin for 1991’s Godzilla vs King Ghidorah. Futuristic time-travelers released three genetically-engineered “Dorat” creatures onto an island where they would be exposed to radiation from atomic bomb testing. The Dorats fused to become Ghidorah, which was then used by the so-called Futurians to devastate present-day Japan. When the marauder was killed by Godzilla (who blasted the monster’s middle-head off), the corpse was later recovered and used as the basis for a cyborg dubbed “Mecha-King Ghidorah.” This incarnation managed to stun Godzilla with its Machine Hand weapon and attempted to carry Godzilla away from Japan before being blasted by the reptile and crashing into the sea.

In the Return of Mothra continuity, another variety of Ghidorah, Death Ghidorah, was introduced. It was a quadipedial version of King Ghidorah. Later, King Ghidorah itself appeared in the 1998’s 3rd installment Rebirth of Mothra III. Like the first version, this King Ghidorah came from outer space, and was responsible for the death of the dinosaurs. The giant insect Mothra battled Ghidorah in both prehistoric times and the present-day to save a group of children kidnapped by the dragon in its older ‘Grand King Ghidorah’ form.

In 2001’s Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, it received yet another origin, this time as a legendary guardian of the Japanese isles, apparently related to Yamata no Orochi, an eight-headed dragon featured in Japanese mythology.

King Ghidorah is also known as Monster Zero, who is referenced in Rob Zombie’s “The Great American Nightmare.”

Other Ghidorahs

In Rebirth of Mothra, a monster called Desghidorah appears and is a black, quadrapedal three headed dragon who could create fire and open fissures into the Earth as well as absorb energy from the planet it was destroying. Mothra defeated it and sealed it away, making the world safe from its evil.

In Godzilla Final Wars, a skeletal looking monster called Monster X appears and clashes with Godzilla. As their fight seems to end in a tie, Monster X transforms into a massive golden quadrepedal Ghidorah called Kaiser Ghidorah, who absorbs Godzilla’s energy and nearly kills the king of the monsters, until Godzilla gets a burst of energy from the superhuman Ozaki, which makes Godzilla stronger and given a more powerful beam which is enough to cause Kaiser Ghidorah to explode in the stratosphere in an massive burst of energy visible from space.

Baragon

Baragon (バラゴン?) is a fictional Kaiju (Japanese giant monster) that was first featured in the 1965 Toho-produced film, Frankenstein Conquers the World. Baragon is a four-legged dinosaur with a horn on his head and large ears. His main weapon is a heat ray that he can fire from his mouth. In addition, he can jump very high and burrow through the ground.[1]

Showa Series

(1965) Frankenstein Conquers the World: Baragon was a dinosaur who burrowed underground to escape the extinction of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures when they all died out. He adapted and survived. But when the sounds of a nearby factory disturbed and awakened him, he emerged from underground and attacked that factory. He appeared later at Shirane and destroyed the village. Then he emerged at a farm, where he ate the livestock. During these attacks, Baragon was not seen, so the mutant human Frankenstein was blamed. But there was a person who survived the destruction of the factory who claimed there was a second monster that had attacked the factory. When a small group of scientists searched for Frankenstein, an explosive woke Baragon from his sleep. He emerged to attack the scientists, but Frankenstein appeared to protect them from the monster. The two fought a climactic battle, with Frankenstein ultimately defeating Baragon by choking him and breaking his neck. In the end, a fissure appeared beneath the two and swallowed them both up into the Earth

(1968) Destroy All Monsters: Baragon is seen as one of several monsters kept in captivity on Monster Island. Along with the rest of Earth’s monsters, he is brought under the control of an alien race called the Kilaaks during their invasion of Earth and forced to destroy cities in their cause. He later breaks free from this mind control, and watches (but does not actually take part in) the fight against the Kilaaks and their remaining monster, King Ghidorah before returning to Monster Island with the other Earth monsters. It is presumed this was the same Baragon that battled Frankenstein, apparently having recovered.

Use of suit

Of all the monsters in the Toho fame, the Baragon suit was borrowed and used the most by Tsuburaya Productions, the company made famous for its work on the TV show Ultraman. The Baragon suit was reused several times to create the monsters in the series: Neronga, Gabora, and Magular, as well as Pagos from Ultra Q. Notably, Haruo Nakajima (the Godzilla suit actor as well as suit actor for Baragon in his initial debut) also played the suit actor for these monsters (with the exception of Magular.)

In Destroy All Monsters, Baragon was supposed to attack Paris for the film, using his burrowing ability to smash the Arc de Triomphe from below. Unfortunately, the Baragon suit was unavailable due to the fact it was on loan for work on Ultraman. Baragon was replaced with Gorosaurus for this scene, but was still blamed for the attack. Gorosaurus was also given Baragon’s special burrowing ability and even his signature roar to further confuse viewers. Baragon was also supposed to be used as a guard for the Kilaak base, but he was not shown on screen while doing this, possibly for the same reason above. Baragon’s other appearance was supposed to be in Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. He was supposed to fight Mechagodzilla in the scene after he smashed that building, but instead they replaced him with Anguirus.

Millennium Series

In the Millennium series, Baragon reappeared in the 2001 film, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack as one of three ancient guardian monsters. The other two are Mothra and King Ghidorah (originally Varan and Anguirus). When Godzilla is revived by the souls of the people who died in World War II, Baragon, Mothra, and King Ghidorah were summoned to protect the nation from the threat. Baragon was the first of the three guardians to confront Godzilla and was eventually killed by the monster’s atomic breath. Baragon does not have a heat ray or a glowing horn, but he still has his burrowing and extraordinary jumping abilities.

In Godzilla: Final Wars, Stock footage of Baragon from Frankenstein Conquers the World was seen during the opening claiming that Baragon was one of many monsters that arose due to the devastation that the World Wars brought, along with Varan, Gezora, Gaira, Titanosaurus, and Megaguirus.

Appearances in other media

Baragon appears as a villain in the 1988 NES game Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, and its sequel, as well as the Godzilla Game Boy title. The character also appears in Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed. The costume used for Baragon was reused twice in the original Ultraman, the suit was used to make both the monsters Neronga and Gabora. Baragon appears via stock footage in the 1978 Indian B-movie Aadi Yug.[2] The Pokémon Nidoking and Nidoqueen possess physical features similar to Baragon.

Baragon (Showa)

  •     Height: 25 meters (82 feet)
  •     Mass: 250 metric tons (275 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Flame blast from mouth, nasal horn, burrowing ability, 100-meter jump
  •     First appearance: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) (Japanese title: Frankenstein vs. Baragon)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 9
  •     Fight record: Losses 1 (against Frankenstein’s monster)

Baragon (GMK)

  •     Height: 30 meters
  •     Mass: 10,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Burrowing ability; extraordinary jumper
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

Descriptions

Baragon is thought to be a dinosaur who burrowed underground to escape the post-Cretaceous climate changes, his glowing nasal horn lighting the way as he travels through the strata of the Earth. He seemed to have been killed In a battle with Toho’s version of  Frankenstein’s monster, but later turned up as an inmate on Monster land in Destroy All Monsters. Scientists hypothesize that Baragon is part of a species of dinosaur that went underground millions of years ago and learned to adapt to its subterranean habitat. Though Baragon was blamed for the destruction of Paris in Destroy All Monsters, it was actually Gorosaurus who leveled the Arc de Triomphe.  Baragon witnessed, but did not take part in, the films climactic battle. In GMK Baragon’s abilities are similar to its cousin.

Origins

Baragon is a fictional dinosaur-like creature that made his first appearance in Frankenstein Conquers the World(1965) as an opponent for Toho’s interpretation of the Frankenstein monster.

Baragon, like Varan, was named for “varanis” (Latin for dragon).

Baragon had the ability to burrow underground extremely well, and could fire some type of heat ray from his mouth. After devouring numerous people and livestock, Baragon eventually clashed with the Frankenstein monster, but lost the battle when the human-like creature broke Baragon’s neck.

A few years later, Baragon made a cameo in Destroy All Monsters (1968). Though he was mentioned several times throughout the film (he was the kaiju blamed for the attack on Paris), he wasn’t fully seen until the very end of the film, showing him as another one of the monsters living on Monsterland.

Thirty three years later, Baragon was resurrected for the (then) latest Godzilla film, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001). His background was changed to be a bit more mystical in origin, as he was now one of a trio of ancient Yamato Guardians (along with Mothra and King Ghidorah). Stripped of his heat ray in this film, he still retained his burrowing ability, and was the first of the Guardians to encounter Godzilla. Though Baragon gave it his all, he was only half Godzilla’s size and plainly helpless before the creature’s might. Charging his atomic ray, Godzilla destroyed Baragon in a huge explosion.

Monster X

Godzilla ventured deep into the heart of Tokyo, seeking out an evil from another world. An alien civilization, known as the Xiliens, were attempting to conquer Earth, and Godzilla was the last hope of a dying people. As the gargantuan guardian continued to approach the mothership, an ancient asteroid known as Gorath was approaching the planet at high speed. When Godzilla noticed the meteor, the nuclear behemoth fired his atomic ray.

After a few moments, a huge explosion enveloped the celestial body, turning the once shining metropolis into a desolate graveyard. Godzilla stood amidst the wreckage, in the center of an immense crater. As he looked on, he witnessed the arrival of his greatest challenge yet. It was Monster X, and in the vast ruins of Tokyo, the two beasts began to battle savagely, with neither gaining a clear advantage. Luckily, assistance would soon arrive for the forces of good…

Mothra, the winged guardian, arrived to thwart Monster X’s attempts to destroy Godzilla. The living tapestry of colors was forced to deal with the Xiliens’ newest weapon, however. A fully modified Gigan appeared, and it rendered Mothra unconscious as it began to assist Monster X in Godzilla’s defeat. Soon thereafter, Mothra returned to the fray and began to assist Godzilla. She fought Gigan, and in the midst of their battle, both were killed. Only Godzilla and Monster X were left standing.

Beams were exchanged, and the city erupted in a roaring conflagration. Godzilla rose to his feet amongst the flames, as Monster X began to reveal his true identity. In truth, Monster X was a titanic, three-headed space dragon known as Keizer Ghidorah. The final battle for the fate of the planet had only just begun…

Monster X

  •     Height: 120 meters
  •     Mass: 60,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Able to fire Gravity beams from its eyes; levitation
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Keizer Ghidorah

  •     Height: 140 meters
  •     Length: 150 meters
  •     Mass: 100,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Able to fire Gravity beams from its mouths; can drain energy through its bite
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004

Descriptions

Monster X is a large, vaguely skeleton-like monster that appeared in the film Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Summoned by the Xiliens as their trump card against Godzilla, Monster X was at first encased inside a gigantic meteor that crash-landed in Tokyo, despite Godzilla’s attempts to obliterate it with his atomic ray. Monster X was the only kaiju that Godzilla wasn’t able to vanquish almost immediately, and at first matched Godzilla move-for-move.

Soon Monster X was joined by Gigan, and together the two double-teamed Godzilla; Monster X held Godzilla’s arms behind him as Gigan hacked away at him with his dual chainsaws. Gigan was soon destroyed by Mothra, though, and Monster X faced Godzilla one-on-one once again. Godzilla soon gained the upper hand against Monster X, and had him on the ground as he pummeled away at him. This advantage was eventually lost, however. When the Xilliens were destroyed, the Controller transferred his awesome power to Monster X, allowing him to transform into a massive, three-headed monstrosity called Kaiser Ghidorah.

Origins

Several decades ago, the Earth Defense Force finally defeated Godzilla by trapping him in the Antarctic ice, thus rendering him immobile. Some time later Godzilla is released to save the earth from alien invaders. Godzilla fights ten monsters around the world including Rodan, Gigan, Anguirus, King Caesar, Hedorah, Ebirah, Kumonga, Kamacuras, Zilla (the Other American Godzilla), and Monster X; a new monster that at the end of the movie becomes Kaiser Ghidorah. The film also features Mothra, Minya and Manda, as monsters Godzilla doesn’t fight, the Gotengo, a super ship that was featured in the 1963 film Atragon, Gorath, a runaway neutron star from the 1960s film of the same name, and the Aliens from Planet X who control the monsters. There is also a lot of stock footage used in the opening from other various films such as Space Amoeba, Varan, Godzilla vs Megaguirus, and Godzilla vs King Ghidorah. It is also likely to be the last official Toho film to feature Godzilla for sometime.

King Caesar/King Seesar/King Shisa

King Caesar (キングシーサー Kingu Shīsā?) is a fictional Kaiju from the Toho produced Godzilla series.

Name and Appearance

King Caesar’s name and appearance were inspired by the Shisa, a mythological creature that resembles a cross between a dog and a lion. In the 1970s, Okinawan religion and culture were relatively unknown to American translators, who took the name “Shisa” to be a Japanization of the name “Caesar”. King Caesar first appeared in the 1974 Showa film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. He then appeared thirty years later in the 2004 Millennium film Godzilla: Final Wars.

King Caesar is a massive, bipedal creature that appears to be a combination of a dog and a lion, with some distinctively reptilian attributes as well. He has large clumps of light brown fur growing on different areas of his body. He has clawed hands and feet, large dog-like ears, and a tail with a tuft of fur on the end. His skin is covered in brown armor-like scales, similar to reptiles. He has a row of gems on his head that form a shape resembling a crown.

Powers

To awaken King Caesar, a direct descendent of the royal Azumi family must sing his activation song. During his appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars, King Caesar was inexplicably awoken by the Xiliens, without using the song.

King Caesar possesses remarkable speed, athleticism, durability and fighting prowess. He also has the ability to absorb and redirect enemy energy blasts through his eyes, a power he utilized to great effect against Mechagodzilla before the robot changed tactics and began using missiles instead. The Millennium incarnation displayed great lower body strength, and was able to leap high in the air and roundhouse-kick the much heavier Anguirus like a soccer ball. In the video game Godzilla: Unleashed, King Caesar was able to absorb sunlight and release it as a beam weapon, an ability he never displayed in the film continuity.

Showa Series

In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, King Caesar was the guardian of the Azumi family. He could be awakened by fulfilling a prophecy and an ancient song.

The Simians knew about Caesar and that it would awaken to prevent them from attempting world domination. When their Mechagodzilla was repaired after being damaged, the aliens sent the cyborg to conquer the Earth once more.

King Caesar was awakened and he confronted the robot. At the beginning, Caesar was able to successfully fight back by reflecting the cyborg’s laser beams through his own eyes and then reflecting the projectiles back at his adversary. However, Mechagodzilla was too strong even for the guardian and almost defeated Caesar.

However, Godzilla arrived to aid King Caesar. Still, Mechagodzilla was more powerful than both of them and horribly outmatched the duo. Godzilla, who had been struck by lightning repeatedly prior to this battle, converted that electrical power into an electro-magnetic attraction ability, essentially becoming a living super electro-magnet during the fight and used it to pull Mechagodzilla towards him when the latter attempted to flee when it began to run low on power and ammunition. Godzilla held his robotic clone in place, allowing Caesar to ram the giant robot repeatedly. Godzilla finished off the machine by ripping off its head, and fell into the sea when Mechagodzilla’s body exploded. King Caesar then returned to the rock formation from where he emerged. The alien base built into the mountain then self-destructed, sealing the entry and allowing King Caesar to rest peacefully until he would be needed again.

Millennium Series

In Godzilla: Final Wars, King Caesar was one of the many controlled monsters of a race of alien beings known as the Xiliens. He appears in Okinawa (in a twist of irony, as he was its protector in the Showa series). King Caesar stomps through a factory, crushing everything in his path. Suddenly, an enormous flying object arrives on the scene and removes the giant monster.

The same thing happens to all the other monsters that were attacking the cities throughout the world. The Xiliens come and tell Earth that they saw that the planet was under attack and destroyed the towering titans to save Earth and that a meteor is falling to Earth, threatening all life.

However, it is discovered that the Xiliens were controlling the various monsters and that the meteor did not exist. The Xiliens then release the monsters to finish destroying the cities. However, the crew of the Gotengo freed Godzilla and lured him to the places where the controlled monsters were so he could fight them.

King Caesar, Anguirus and Rodan are pitted against Godzilla at Mt. Fuji. He successfully defeats all three monsters. King Caesar, Anguirus and Rodan are then left in a heap at the base of the mountain. Godzilla did not kill his fallen foes as a nod to their status as allies of Godzilla during the Showa era. This is in contrast to the remaining majority of the monsters seen in the film, all of whom, aside from Zilla and Manda, were enemies of Godzilla during the Showa era, and were slain either by Godzilla, the Gotengo, or the mutants who were part of an anti-monster task force near the beginning of the film.

King Caesar (Showa)

  •     Height: 50 meters (164 feet)
  •     Mass: 30,000 metric tons (33,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Energy reflection eyes, jump kick, fangs, claws
  •     Weaknesses: King Caesar is a lion like monster that is like Angilas ,which he has a never say die attitude. He obviously is going against Mechagodzilla so there is one of the toughest fights for a monster to go against, that is his weakness.
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 14
  •     Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 1

King Caesar (Millennium)

  •     Height: 100 meters
  •     Mass: 50,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Extraordinary jumper
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Descriptions

King Caesar or King Shisa, is a fictional monster, appearing in two films in the Godzilla series. This monster is based on the shisa, an actual lion-dog god from Okinawa mythology (and is originally from China).

King Caesar was first summoned to battle the first Mechagodzilla, as part of an ancient prophecy. The lion-like beast rose from a seaside cave just as Mechagodzilla arrived in the area. At first Caesar did well, repeatedly reflecting Mechagodzilla’s eye beams back at him. The mechanical beast eventually gained the upper hand, though, and beat Caesar into submission. When Godzilla arrived, he joined Caesar and the two battled Mechagodzilla together, though he was too strong even for their combined might. They eventually triumphed thanks to Godzilla’s sudden magnetic ability, with Caesar gashing Mechagodzilla in the chest several times. The threat gone, Caesar returned to his cave.

Thirty years later, King Caesar was one of the many monsters controlled by the Xilians, though it is unknown if this Caesar shared his predecessor’s mythical origins or not. Destroying Okinawa, Caesar was eventually teleported away by the Xilians to look as if they got rid of the beast for mankind. Caesar was eventually returned to finish his rampage, and when Godzilla began to battle the Xilians’ monsters, Caesar, along with Rodan and Anguirus, was sent to attack him at Mt. Fuji. The three monsters did as best as they could, but were completely overwhelmed by Godzilla, who kept turning their attacks against each other. Beaten badly, the trio was left in a exhausted pile, the only monsters whose lives were spared by Godzilla.

Origins

An ancient prophecy in Okinawa predicts that a monster will come to destroy the world, and two kaiju will come to save the world. The prophecy seems to come true as Godzilla appears from a volcano! However, it doesn’t emit Godzilla’s regular roar, and its identity is soon revealed as Anguirus battles the fake Godzilla and Space Titanium metal is exposed. Anguirus, in one last act, calls out to Godzilla for him to come. Then, Mechagodzilla tears Anguirus’ jaw apart and shoves him in a ditch, with only very minor injuries. This “Godzilla” goes on a rampage until the real Godzilla shows up and exposes all of the fake Godzilla, which is given the name Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla proves to be much stronger then his counterpart and throws Godzilla into the sea. MG is then brought back to a base underground, a base run by the simeons, a race from the third planet from the sun that studied Godzilla for years. After hard work they came up with Mechagodzilla, a fierce beast. King Seesar arrives, via help of the Okinawa tribe. Mechagodzilla and the giant lion battle, however, Mg once again proves to be a worthy foe. Godzilla arrives and together with King Seeser, they finally destroy the almost invincible robot.

Titanosaurus

Titanosaurus (チタノザウルス Chitanozaurusu?) is a fictional kaiju (Japanese giant monster) featured in the 1975 Showa film Terror of Mechagodzilla, the fifteenth Godzilla film to be produced by Toho.

In Terror of Mechagodzilla, a mad scientist named Shinji Mafune (Akihiko Hirata) becomes so obsessed with studying the brain patterns of marine life that he loses his academic credentials and is cast out from the scientific community. Quickly descending into madness, Mafune is able to gain control of Titanosaurus and joins forces with the Black Hole Aliens; the monster is used as the guardian of the destroyed Mechagodzilla’s remains; an attack by Titanosaurus on a submarine sent to investigate the remains opens up the film. Dr. Mafune aids in the rebuilding and reconstruction of Mechagodzilla, and with both monsters under control, begins his revenge on humanity. After a lengthy battle in Tokyo, Mechagodzilla is destroyed by Godzilla, who then hits Titanosaurus with a blast of atomic ray. Titanosaurus then falls off a cliff into the ocean. Whether or not he survived is unknown.

Titanosaurus has not appeared in any films since, although he briefly appeared as stock footage in the opening credits of the 2004 Millennium film Godzilla: Final Wars as one of many monsters that arose from the devastation brought by the World Wars, along with Varan, Gezora, Baragon, Gaira, and Megaguirus.

Design

Titanosaurus shares a name with a real dinosaur species, though they do not share much beyond nomenclature; Titanosaurus’ design is more reminiscent of spinosaurs, such as Spinosaurus or Ostafrikasaurus, as it shares the same aquatic adaptations, crocodile-like snout and sports a sail-like fin emerging from the dorsal side of his back, like the humps or spines of spinosaurs. Originally, Titanosaurus was going to be two separate monsters that would eventually merge into the final design, but due to budgetary restraints only the final form of the Titanosaurus suit was made.

Abilities

As well as using teeth and claws to fight, Titanosaurus can, by employing his tail as a fan, generate winds strong enough to demolish buildings and hurl debris at great velocities. When used in the water, it creates whirlpools powerful enough to completely immobilize submarines, in addition to its use as a high-powered propeller and rudder. Titanosaurus is quite hardy as well as a determined combatant, standing toe-to-toe and exchanging blows with Godzilla on a number of occasions, and in addition landing kicks and punches that propel his opponent great distances (seemingly in defiance of conventional physics), but even though Godzilla’s atomic ray and extensive combat experience ultimately give him an edge when facing Titanosaurus one-on-one, as Titanosaurus seems to lack a ranged weapon in the film, Mechagodzilla’s timely interventions allow his ally to retain or regain the initiative as necessary. In Godzilla: Unleashed, Titanosaurus has a sonic beam as his ranged weapon; though ironic, the explanation given is that Titanosaurus’ own sonar waves (generated whilst he was deep underwater) were disrupted by the human’s sonic device; as many undersea creatures evolve some kind of sonar or enormous eyes to see in the lowest parts of the ocean.

Titanosaurus

  •     Height: 60 meters (197 feet)
  •     Mass: 30,000 metric tons (33,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Cyclone tail, jump kick, head-butt, a nice uppercut
  •     First appearance: Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
  •     Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 1, Ties 1

Descriptions

Dr Mafune, a senile old guy who happened to be a scientist, finds Titanosaurus at the bottom of the sea and gains control of the amphibious dinosaur. He is then persuaded by the same guys who made the first Mechagodzilla to use Titanosaurus as Mechagodzilla’s side-kick. The good guys figure out that ultra-sonic waves seem to have an adverse effect on Titanosaurus, and they fire a huge ultra-sonic wave gun at him via helicopters. (a dog-whistle of sorts) The Titanosaurus-whistle succeeds in it’s mission to free him from his mental prison, and Titanosaurus then aids Godzilla in the final battle against Mechagodzilla.

Titanosaurus was a fictitious aquatic dinosaur which first appeared in the 1975 tokusatsu kaiju film, Terror of Mechagodzilla. The monster originated in the Bonin Islands near Ogasawara (which is where Monster Island is). Gentle in nature, it was discovered by a mad scientist named Shinzô Mafune (played by Akihiko Hirata), who implanted a control device, with which he can remotely control it with a computer. Titanosaurus was later used to help Mechagodzilla fight against Godzilla, who defeated both monsters at the end of the film. In contrast to both Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, Titanosaurus has no offensive weapons other than its teeth and claws. However, it did have a powerful tail fin that could create vicious whirlpools in water, or gale-force winds on land. Unlike Godzilla’s other foes in the same decade, Titanosaurus was a tragic monster, due to the fact that it was merely a pawn.

  •     The last Godzilla film directed by Ishiro Honda. He was slated to direct Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla (1993), but he passed away early that year.
  •     This was actor Akihiko Hirata’s final appearance in a Godzilla film. He was slated to play Professor Hayashida in The Return of Godzilla (1984), but sadly, he died of lung cancer before production began (Hirata was replaced by Yosuke Natsuki).
  •     Actress Tomoko Ai’s film debut. She was previously a semi-regular in the TV series, Ultraman Leo.
  •     In screenwriter Yukiko Takayama’s original script, the monster Titanosaurus was supposed to be twin “Titan” dinosaurs, who combined into a singular “Titanosaurus”. Due to budget reasons, the singular form was used.
  •     Current US prints are severely edited for violent content (and removing some important plot points). This film also had the first shot of nudity in a Godzilla film (removed in all US prints): Katsura’s breasts exposed while she is being operated on (though the breasts are actually prosthetic, as the surgeons graphically operate on the lower heart area under her breasts).

Origins

Terror of Mechagodzilla (Mekagojira no Gyakushû, meaning “Mechagodzilla’s Counterattack” or “Mechagodzilla Strikes Back”), also known as Terror of Godzilla in the original American theatrical release, is a 1975 tokusatsu kaiju film. The 15th film in Toho’s Godzilla series, it was directed by Ishiro Honda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. Akira Ifukube provides the music score. The movie was written by Yukiko Takayama, who was the second female writer for a Godzilla film (the first was Kazue Shiba, who wrote for 1967’s Son of Godzilla).

The monsters featured in this film are Godzilla, Mechagodzilla # 2 and a new monster, Titanosaurus.

This was the last movie in the original Godzilla series before The Return of Godzilla began a new series of Godzilla films in 1984. It is also the last Godzilla movie to feature the creature as a hero for Japan and the world. Because of the crash of Japanese cinema and the Energy crisis of the mid-to-late 1970s (which had also affected some television shows), the Godzilla film series was forced to go into hibernation. As a result, this film had the lowest attendance figures of all the movies in the series.

Continuing after the end of Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974), Interpol agents, led by Inspector Kusakari (played by Masaaki Daimon), search for the wreck of Mechagodzilla underwater in the Akatsuki submarine to gather information on its builders, the aliens from Planet 3 in the Black Hole. But the submarine is suddenly ravaged by a giant dinosaur called Titanosaurus, and the crew is apparently lost . . .

In response to the incident, Interpol begins to investigate. With the help of marine biologist Akira Ichinose (Katsuhiko Sasaki), they trace the incident and Titanosaurus to a reclusive, misanthropic scientist named Shinzô Mafune (Akihiko Hirata), who was forced to leave the institute, and wants to destroy them as well as all of mankind. When visiting his old house in the seaside forest of Manazuru, they meet Mafune’s lone daughter Katsura (Tomoko Ai), who tells them that not only is her father dead, but she also burned all of his notes on the dinosaur monster (at her father’s request), but unbeknownst to them, Mafune himself is alive and well, visited by his scientist friend Tsuda (Toru Ibuki), who turns out all along to be an aide to the new Planet 3 alien leader Mugal (Goro Mutsumi), who is leading the project to quickly rebuild Mechagodzilla (now “Mechagodzilla # 2”)! Mugal offers their services to Mafune, so that his Titanosaurus and their Mechagodzilla will be the ultimate weapons. The ultimate goal of this new wave of Planet 3 Aliens is to wipe out mankind (as they feel humans are a race of imperfect, polluted minds that they feel the world would do without) and rebuild cities around the world (starting with Tokyo) as a high-tech dystopia.

But things are complicated for both factions when Ichinose falls in love with Katsura, and unwittingly giving her Interpol’s secret information against Titanosaurus, Mechagodzilla and the aliens. We also find that Katsura is actually a cyborg (she was fatally wounded by Mafune’s faulty equipment years earlier, and Tsuda saved her life with cybernetics), and Mugal may have use for her . . .

In the course of the film, Interpol discovers Titanosaurus’ weakness: Supersonic waves. But when they construct a Supersonic Wave Oscillator, Katsura sabotages the machine, prompting Interpol to hastily repair it before Mafune and the aliens unleash Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus on Tokyo.

Jet Jaguar

Jet Jaguar was the result of a contest Toho had in mid-to-late 1972 for fans to come up with a new hero for them to use, to capitalize on the many tokusatsu, anime superhero and super robot shows that were very popular at the time. The winner of the contest submitted the drawing of a robot called Red Alone (レッド·アローン?, Reddo Arōn). The robot resembled both Ultraman and Mazinger Z (both of which were very popular). The robot was renamed “Jet Jaguar” and was set to star in a film vehicle for him, titled Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon, which put him against Megalon. However, Toho figured Jet Jaguar would not be able to carry the film on his own, in screen appearance or marketing value, so during pre-production, the project was shut down for several weeks, until screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa was called in to rewrite the script to add Godzilla and Gigan. The resulting film, Godzilla vs. Megalon, paired Godzilla with Jet Jaguar against both Megalon and Gigan.

Jet Jaguar was a human-sized robot created by inventor Goro Ibuki for unknown reasons. Having been stolen by the underground nation of Seatopia, Jet Jaguar’s mission was to guide Megalon to Tokyo so the insect kaiju could destroy it. Eventually, however, Goro regained control of Jet Jaguar and sent him to fetch Godzilla from Monster Island. As Godzilla made his way to Japan, Jet Jaguar flew back to the mainland and faced Megalon. Increasing his size to fifty meters, Jet Jaguar attacked Megalon and was winning the battle until the cyborg Gigan arrived to provide Megalon some back-up. The two evil beasts were too much for Jet Jaguar, who was beaten senseless until Godzilla arrived. After a long fight, Godzilla and Jet Jaguar were able to defeat their foes, sending Megalon back to Seatopia and Gigan back into outer space. After the fight, Jet Jaguar reverted to his normal size, and returned to his home with Goro.

Jet Jaguar appeared extensively in the TV series Godzilla Island. In the show, Jet Jaguar appears in several different forms: a Silver Jet Jaguar, who was a fighting machine that battled alongside MechaGodzilla and Moguera, a Medic Jet Jaguar, who tended to the injured monsters, and a Fire Fighter Jet Jaguar, who worked to put out the fires caused by the monsters’ fights.

The mechanical hero has the ability to alter his size at will, and is skilled at melee attacks. His abilities also include being able to communicate with monsters and flying. He also has floodlights located within his eyes.

Outside of his film appearances he can fire beams from his arms, similarly to Ultraman. He has also been shown growing larger than his film appearance in the Atari trilogy, rivaling Biollante’s height, but being this size makes him very slow.

Jet Jaguar

  •     Height: 50 meters (164 feet)
  •     Mass: 25,000 metric tons (27 ,500 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Flight at Mach 3.5, various karate moves, communicates with monsters
  •     Weaknesses: The only weakness that I can see is the fact that jet jaguar can be controlled  by others and reprogrammed.
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 13
  •     Fight record: Wins 1 , Losses 1

Descriptions

The brainchild of inventor Goro Ibuki, Jet-Jaguar is a multi powered robot. Humanoid in appearance and stature, it contains a self-programming function that allows it to grow to gigantic size to defend Earth from the threat of evil giant monsters. Initially enslaved by the people of Seatopia and forced to guide their monster guardian, Megalon, Jet-Jaguar eventually broke free of their domination and summoned Godzilla for help. He put up a valiant fight against Megalon but was ultimately overwhelmed when Gigan arrived and sided against him. He was saved from total defeat by Godzilla. The two combined their power in an all-out battle that proved Jet-Jaguar to be a loyal, resourceful, and valuable ally for the Monster King. Jet Jaguar, in my opinion, is a pathetic rip-off of Ultraman. He played a huge role in the big fight near the end of the movie, but I think TOHO could have used their imagination a little more on this guy.

While the principal scenes were shot in less than a week and the special effects scenes (by Teruyoshi Nakano) took three weeks, the overall production (including planning) took six months, especially since this was originally not going to be a Godzilla film.

Jet Jaguar was the earliest example of a fan service in a Godzilla film, the result of a contest Toho had in mid-to-late 1972 for children to come up with a new hero for them to use (to capitalize on the many tokusatsu and anime superhero and super robot shows that were all the rage at the time). The winner of the contest was an elementary school student, who submitted the drawing of a robot called Red Arone, which superficially resembled both Ultraman and Mazinger Z (both of which were very popular at the time). The robot was renamed “Jet Jaguar” and was set to star in a film vehicle for him, titled Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon, which pitted him against Megalon (a previously unused Godzilla monster design). However, Toho figured Jet Jaguar would not be able to carry the film on his own, either in screen appearance or marketing value (both important to Toho), so they shut the project down during pre-production after doing some tests and storyboards. Several weeks later, screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa was called in to rewrite the script to add Godzilla and Gigan, providing more marquee value (especially since Godzilla was still very popular with children).

According to Teruyoshi Nakano, the Godzilla suit was made in a week, the fastest suit ever made to date. Haruo Nakajima, the original Godzilla suit actor, had just left the series, so it was refitted for Shinji Takagi. (Nakajima did try out the costume upon his visit to the studio in behind-the-scenes footage.)

Origins

Godzilla vs. Megalon(Gojira tai Megaro) is a 1973 tokusatsu film, the 13th in the Godzilla series of Japanese monster movies. It was directed by Jun Fukuda, with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano.

In the film, the undersea civilization Seatopia has been heavily affected by nuclear testing conducted by the surface nations of the world. Naturally upset by this, they unleash their civilization’s protector, Megalon, to the surface to destroy those who would — unknowingly or not — destroy them. Agents of Seatopia attempt to steal the newly-constructed super-robot Jet Jaguar, which can apparently be used to guide and direct Megalon. They also capture the robot’s inventor, Goro Ibuki, his kid brother Rokuro and their friend Hiroshi Jinkawa.

After Jet Jaguar is used by the Seatopians to lure Megalon to Tokyo, Goro manages to regain control, and sends Jet Jaguar to Monster Island to bring Godzilla back to fight Megalon. An extended fight scene then takes place, with Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, the latter newly giant-sized and self-directed, fighting Megalon and Gigan in the hills outside Tokyo. The film ends with Megalon and Gigan defeated, Godzilla returning to Monster Island, and Jet Jaguar returning to his previous, human-sized state.

Although produced mainly for children in Japan, this film is debated amongst fans to be one of the worst of the series. It is also one of the most widely seen due to it falling into the public domain, and is considered by many to be one of the reasons for the low opinion of Godzilla commonly held in the U.S. It was one of two Godzilla films featured as episodes on Mystery Science Theater 3000, an American television comedy that mocks B-movies (the other being Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster).

However, not all Godzilla fans share this low opinion. Some fans of the successful tokusatsu superhero genre find Godzilla vs. Megalon an enjoyable instance of the genre.

Godzilla is called by a giant robot named Jet Jaguar to leave Monster Island and come with him. Meanwhile Gigan and Megalon support the old race of the “Seatopians” in their struggle against mankind. Fearing that their kingdom (under water) is going to be detsroyed by lots of H-bomb-tests of mankind, the Seatopians will take over the earth to establish a new generation on it. In a magical scene they call for both monsters Gigan and Megalon to defeat mankind. They march through Japan and destroy everything on their path. Suddenly Godzilla and Jet Jaguar are there and after a long battle, they defeat their opponents. The Seatopians are no longer dangerous to mankind. Jet Jaguar shakes Godzillas hand and flies away, Big-G´s swimming back to Monster Island.

Gorosaurus

Gorosaurus (ゴロザウルス Gorozaurusu?) is a fictional theropod dinosaur created by Toho Studios. He stands 35 meters (105 feet) tall and weighs 8,000 tons in his first appearance. He was an opponent of King Kong in 1967’s King Kong Escapes.

He later enjoyed a prominent role in 1968’s Destroy All Monsters, in which his size was increased to match Godzilla’s 50 meter stature. Gorosaurus is a typical giant dinosaur, having no special powers like beams or energy weapons, relying on his strength and athleticism to fight. Gorosaurus’ most identifiable fighting move is a leaping kick similar to that of a kangaroo. Gorosaurus is an allosaurid, an abrupt descendant of Allosaurus itself.

In King Kong Escapes, Gorosaurus is an inhabitant of Mondo Island, the film’s primary setting. He attacks and attempts to devour the leading female character, Susan Watson. King Kong arrives to save her and fights Gorosaurus. Kong eventually breaks the dinosaur’s jaws, defeating Gorosaurus.

In the film All Monsters Attack, Gorosaurus appears in the dreams of a young boy.

In the film Godzilla vs. Gigan, Gorosaurus is seen living on Monster Island.

In Destroy All Monsters, Gorosaurus appears on a new island, Monsterland. It is an artificially created environment for the monsters of Earth. He lives with other monsters including Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Minilla, Baragon and Varan. A race of aliens called the Kilaaks invades Earth, capturing and establishing mind-control over the monsters. They then release them in cities throughout the world, with Gorosaurus being released in Paris, France.

(In both the original and the English dubbed version, Gorosaurus is misidentified as Baragon in the Paris attack. Gorosaurus had to substitute for the digging monster Baragon because the Baragon suit was reworked several times for monsters in the Ultraman series and not usable beyond the glimpse at the end of the film. The scene was scripted with Baragon, and the dialogue was never rerecorded.) However, the humans retaliate and find a way to break the mind control.

The Kilaaks then unleash the space dragon King Ghidorah to kill the Earth monsters. Gorosaurus plays a pivotal role in the battle, as he twice brings down Ghidorah (the only monster who is able to), the first by pulling on his necks until it falls, heralding the turn of the tide of battle to the Earth monsters’s side, and second when he used his kangaroo kick to slam Ghidorah to the ground as Godzilla and Anguirus attack two of the heads, leaving Ghidorah helpless and vulnerable. After killing Ghidorah, Gorosaurus and the other Earth monsters return to Monsterland to live in peace.

According to the Godzilla Movie Studio Tour, it said in Gorosaurus’ bio that he is an abrupt descendant of Allosaurus. This is relevant to Gorosaurus’ design, as most Allosauroid dinosaurs have a triangular-shaped head. It is also possible that Gorosaurus could be a part of the dinosaur group Carcharodontosauridae, which are closely related to the Allosaurus and succeeded their cousins in the later Cretaceous periods. This could mean that Gorosaurus survived the Cretaceous extinction event.

Gorosaurus

  •     Height: 35 meters (115 feet)
  •     Mass: 8,000 metric tons (8,800 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Claws, sharp teeth, kangaroo kick, Having grown to nearly match Godzilla in height, it took an active role in the final battle against King Ghidorah at Mount Fuji. Devoid of energy weapons, Gorosaurus relies on its teeth, claws, and agility in battle, Of particular note is its spectacular kangaroo kick, where it rears back on its tail and lashes out with both feet.
  •     Such is the force of the blow that Gorosaurus has even knocked down King Ghidorah by employing the tactic Gorosaurus didn’t start his carrier in the Godzilla series. Instead, he started out fighting King Kong in 1967! Gorosaurus is notorious for his kangaroo kick (the one Godzilla copied in Godzilla vs. Megalon) Even without any super weapons like an atomic ray, when Gorosaurus gets mad he’s a force to be reckoned with!
  •     First appearance: King Kong Escapes (1967)

Description

Gorosaurus (Gorozaurusu) is a fictional dinosaur kaiju who debuted in the film King Kong Escapes, and later appeared in Destroy All Monsters.

In King Kong Escapes, he is a large, allosaurus-like dinosaur, who attempted to eat Susan Watson, who had gained the affection of King Kong. When Kong heard Susan’s screams, he came to her rescue and battled Gorosaurus. At first Gorosaurus gave Kong some difficulty thanks to his kangaroo kick. Kong defeated Gorosaurus eventually however, breaking the dinosaur’s jaw.

Gorosaurus appeared later as a resident of Monster land, along with Godzilla, Rodan, Anguirus, Mothra, and a host of other daikaiju. When the Kilaaks attacked and assumed control of the kaiju, they had Gorosaurus attack Paris, France, where he leveled the Arc de Triomphe (though, for some reason, Baragon was blamed for the attack). When the monsters later fought back against the Kilaaks, Gorosaurus had a very important part when defeating King Ghidorah, attacking Ghidorah alongside Godzilla and flooring the space dragon with his kangaroo kick. Gorosaurus later returned to Monster land with the other kaiju, and would be seen on Monster Island in later films.

As an interesting side note, the reason the attack on Paris is blamed on Baragon, is because that scene was originally intended for him. However, Baragon’s suit had been hacked up to create several of the monsters on Ultraman, and it wasn’t repaired in time for filming. Thus, Gorosaurus was used for the scene.

Origins

Kingukongu no Gyakushu (or King Kong Escapes is a 1967 Japanese movie produced by Toho and Rankin/Bass. It was a movie adaptation of episodes of the King Kong cartoon series.

An evil genius named Dr. Who (not to be confused with the British character of the same name) has created a robot Kong (sometimes referred to as Mechani-Kong, although it is never called that in the film) in order to dig for a highly radioactive element called Element X. When it fails they kidnap the real King Kong from his island and hypnotize him to dig the radioactive elements. He soon snaps out of it and swims off to Tokyo. King Kong and robot Kong then fight on Tokyo Tower, with the fate of the city left in the balance.

Kumonga/Spiega

Kumonga (クモンガ?) is an arachnid kaiju appearing in the Toho produced Godzilla series.[1] He is the main antagonist of the 1967 film Son of Godzilla, however would help save the world a year later (although the film takes place in 1999) in Destroy All Monsters. He is also known as Spiega, a name given to him for English language audiences.

Abilities

Kumonga can shoot a thick webbing and a stinger from his mandibles. Kumonga has prehensile pedipalps that can be used to grab small prey. The Showa version was able to survive multiple hits from Godzilla’s atomic ray. The Millennium Kumonga’s web was able to expand on contact with air from a single thread into a net for incapacitating foes.

Showa Series

In the Showa series, Kumonga was a giant spider who lived on Sogell Island. He first appeared when he trapped Minilla and a Kamacuras. Godzilla, Minilla’s father, soon arrived and defeated the monster spider killing it by burning it to a crisp with his and Manilla’s atomic breath.

Later, possibly a new Kumonga unlike the other one, was placed on Monsterland, where he lived with many other monsters. In 1999, aliens known as the Kilaaks, captured the kaiju and released them on the earth’s major cities. In the end, Kumonga took part in the final battle against King Ghidorah, disabling the space monster’s ability to fly with his webbing. Kumonga and the other kaiju returned to Monsterland to live out the rest of their days in peace.

Millennium Series

Kumonga was featured in the 2004 film, Godzilla: Final Wars, not that different in appearance, as one of the many mind-controlled monsters of the Xiliens. When Godzilla is freed from Area G, Kumonga is released in New Guinea to battle him. At first Kumonga was able to trap Godzilla in thick webbing, but Godzilla manages to gain the upper hand when he grabs a webbing strand and swings Kumonga around in circles before letting go. Kumonga soars into the air and isn’t seen again.

Kumonga Showa Series

  •     Height: 45 meters (148 feet)
  •     Mass: 8,000 metric tons (8,800 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Web snare, poison stinger
  •     Weaknesses: Has this fear for Godzilla’s flame thrower.
  •     First appearance: Son of Godzilla (1967)
  •     Fight record: Wins 3, Losses 1, Ties 0

Kumonga Shinsei Series

  •     Height: 114 Feet
  •     Mass: 30,000 Tons
  •     Powers/weapons: Web snare, poison stinger
  •     Weaknesses: Has this fear for Godzilla’s flame thrower.
  •     First appearance: Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
  •     Fight record: Wins 0, Losses 1, Ties 0

Descriptions

Kumonga or Spiega, was a giant spider which appeared in several films in the Godzilla series. The monster is named after the Japanese word for “spider”.

In the film Son of Godzilla, he was a massive jungle spider, possibly mutated by the same radioactive storm that gave birth to Kamacuras, that resided on Solgell Island. Encountering Minya, the giant arachnid encased the smaller beast in webbing. Killing Kamacuras with a poison stinger, Kumonga was about to do the same to Minya when Godzilla arrived to save his son. Kumonga came close to beating Godzilla, but was eventually roasted by both Godzilla and Minya’s atomic rays. Kumonga would later appear as one of the denizens of Monster Island, and much later, would take part in the final battle against King Ghidorah at Mt. Fuji (in Destroy All Monsters).

In Godzilla: Final Wars, Kumonga is one of monsters sent by the Xiliens to ravage the world, attacking trailer parks in the Arizona Desert. When Godzilla is later revived to battle the Xiliens’ monsters, he faces Kumonga in New Guinea. Kumonga covers Godzilla in webbing, but the mutant dinosaur manages to grab hold of one of the spider’s strands of web, one still attached to him. Spinning rapidly, Godzilla tosses Kumonga away, and the spider disappears into the horizon, his fate unknown.

Origins

Ichiro is a highly imaginative, but lonely, boy growing up in urban Tokyo. Every day he comes home to the empty apartment he shares with his railroad worker father and his restaurant hostess mother. His only friends are a toy maker name Shinpei Inami and a little girl named Sachicko. The only other kids that are around is a gang of kids led by a bully named Gabara. To escape his loneliness, Ichiro imagines that he is on Monster Island where he befriends Minya, the son of Godzilla. It is through his daydreams that he watches Godzilla and Minya fight other monsters, including one also named Gabara who is just as bad a bully as the one that is tormenting Ichiro. It is through these daydreams that he learns that it is okay to fight back and face his fears. These lessons also help him to outwit a couple of bumbling bank robbers as well as finally have the guts to stand up to Gabara and his gang.

Shockilas / Shokirus

Shockirus resembles marine arthropods like the horseshoe crab with its multiple legs and hard shell. Its shell has many bumps, and it has a two-pronged spike tail.

In the The Return of Godzilla manga, the Shockirus look like giant cockroaches.

Shockirus first appeared when he attacked a fishing boat in The Return of Godzilla, where he killed the crew but left one survivor. He was killed by the survivor with a hatchet when he attacked a reporter called Goro who tried to get on the boat.

Shockirus are extraordinary jumpers, and also can suck vital fluids out of a host. Their hard carapace also protects them from harm.

Shockirus appears in the Dark Horse Godzilla comics where it attacks Kino and Take’ when they climb up Godzilla. A creature resembling Shockirus appears very briefly in IDW’s Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1.

Trivia

Shockirus was the first new monster introduced in the Heisei series.

Shockirus was the last completely original Godzilla monster in general to appear in the series until Muto. The remaining enemies that appear in the Heisei and Millennium series are linked to Godzilla or another monster (Biollante-Godzilla, Battra-Mothra, Destoroyah-Oxygen Destroyer-Godzilla, Orga-Godzilla, Megaguirus-Meganulon, and Monster X-Keizer Ghidorah-King Ghidorah) in some way.

Decades of feeding on the contaminated blood of Godzilla, sea louses mutated into something fierce. When the monster king awoke and rose up before the fishing boat Yahata-Maru, one of the parasitic creatures got onboard. The crew had little chance against the predatory Shockirus, their weapons having no effect. As it slaughtered his friends, Okamura hid.

When the ship was declared missing, reporter Goro Maki stumbled across the boat adrift and climbed onboard. He found the mummified remains of the crew, void entirely of blood. Sensing its new prey, the Shockirus attacked Goro! He struggled, but couldn’t fend off the frenzied sea louse. As it pinned him down, ready to feed, Goro suddenly hit it from behind, burying a hatchet into its back and killing it.

Shockirus

  •     Length: 1 meter
  •     Height: 150 centimeters
  •     Mass: 45 kilograms
  •     Powers/Weapons: Extraordinary jumper; can suck vital fluids out of host; hard carapace
  •     First Appearance: The Return of Godzilla (1984)

Descriptions

Shockirus was a giant mutated sea louse that has gotten that huge probably because some say he came off the body of Godzilla when he first return coming from that island. Shockirus is seen attacking Goro a news reporter on the Yahata – Maru. This creature has the ability to such the liquids out of the human body until it is sucked dry because of it’s size. Okamura is the last known survivor on the ship. He comes out of the closet and attacks the Shockirus with a hatchet driving it through its carapace which is very hard to penetrate.

Origins

Tagline: The Legend Is Reborn.

Godzilla 1985 is the third Godzilla movie to feature inserted American footage. In terms of the amount of damage done to the original version, the “Burrization” of this film falls somewhere between John Beck’s reworked King Kong vs. Godzilla (the most severely re-edited Godzilla movie) and Godzilla; King of the Monsters! (the most respectful of the full-blown Americanization’s). New World tampered more heavily with the sequence of events, the character relationships, the music soundtrack, and even the story subtext, than did Terry. In the Japanese version, the Japanese prime min- Morse’s 1956 effort; but Godzilla 1985 is far less  appealing  from the u.s. and Russian ambitious by comparison.

Less new footage was ambassadors to allow a nuclear strike against shot and there was no attempt to integrate the Godzilla offshore. In the U.S. version, this new material into the story: No body doubles, sequence is condensed into a succinct scene in no telephone calls to the Japanese actors, no which the prime minister rebuffs the button- Iwanaga-Iike interpreter. “When you look at the happy diplomats. There are pros and cons to this finished film, you can tell that Raymond Burr is -on the one hand, the original sequence had a just commenting on the action, he’s not propel- very “Japanese” feel and illustrated the prime ling the story in any way,” said Randel. “His minister’s philosophical dilemma (i.e., which is scenes absolutely don’t need to be there, but the greater evil, Godzilla or the Bomb?), but it somehow it all fits.” was too long and dull for an American audience.

In the Japanese version, the Japanese prime minister listens to appeals from the u.s. and Russian ambassadors to allow a nuclear strike against Godzilla offshore. In the U.S. version, this sequence is condensed into a succinct scene in which the prime minister rebuffs the button- happy diplomats. There are pros and cons to this -on the one hand, the original sequence had a very “Japanese” feel and illustrated the prime minister’s philosophical dilemma (i.e., which is the greater evil, Godzilla or the Bomb?), but it was too long and dull for an American audience.

On the other hand, the u.s. ambassador (Walter Nicholas) had many more lines in the Japanese version, and the u.s. re-editing mercifully cuts out most of his awful acting. Also sliced was a short, but meaningful scene in which the prime minister explains how he convinced the ambassadors  that nukes are not the answer. “I asked them, if Godzilla appeared in Moscow or Washington, would you have the courage to use nuclear weapons? …They finally understood,” he says. In the Japanese version, the meeting between the prime minister and the diplomats takes place after Godzilla’s attack on the nuclear power plant, but in the u.s. version, the meeting takes place first.

Godzilla’s rampage is heavily restructured in the u.s. version, with Godzilla first appearing in the harbor, then suddenly in Shinjuku (the business district) and then again advancing toward the center of the city. (In the original version, Godzilla comes ashore at Harumi, then marches to Yurakucho, the Ginza, then Shinjuku).

In the Japanese version, Godzilla picks up a Shin- kansen (bullet train) car and peers inside at the passengers. A shot of a long-haired Christian priest smiling at Godzilla -a bit of intended humor that doesn’t translate well to non-Japanese audiences -was thankfully cut out of the U.S. print. Next, Godzilla walks past the Yurakucho Marion building (former site of the Toho Nichigeki Theater, which Godzilla destroyed in 1954), a structure with a mirrored glass exterior that impressively reflects the monster’s image. Inexplicably, this wonderful SFX shot (which was a tribute to a painting by Yuji Kaida on the cover of the CD Godzilla Legend Chronology 1, released by King Records in 1986) was eliminated.

Early in the Japanese version, Professor Hayashida visits Okumura in the hospital and shows him some photos from Godzilla’s 1954 rampage. This explains how the government knows that Godzilla has shown up again, and why everything is being kept secret. Hayashida’s photos are the only visual reference in the Japanese version to Honda’s Godzilla, whereas the U.S. version includes actual footage from the 1954 film.

In the U.S. version, the reporter Maki tells Naoko that her brother is being confined in a hospital because he saw Godzilla, and the girl rushes to Okumura’s room. But the last part of the scene is omitted, showing Maki and a photographer snapping photos of the brother-sister reunion for a newspaper story. The Japanese version makes it clear that Maki, at first, is only interested in the others for their news value.

Destroyer/Destroyah/Desutoroia

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (ゴジラvsデストロイア Gojira tai Desutoroia?), is a 1995 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Takao Okawara, with special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film starred Takuro Tatsumi, Yasufumi Hayashi and Megumi Odaka. The film also featured a cameo by Momoko Kōchi, reprising her role from the original Godzilla (1954).

The film was released direct to video in the United States in 1999 by Columbia TriStar Home Video.

In 1996, after the death of SpaceGodzilla, Miki Saegusa travels to Birth Island to check on Godzilla and his adopted son. However, she finds the entire island destroyed. In Hong Kong, Godzilla appears covered in glowing lava-like rashes. He goes on a rampage, causing major collateral damage and killing thousands of civilians. A group of representatives from the Japan Self Defense Forces hire college student Kenichi Yamane, the grandson of Dr. Kyohei Yamane, to come work at the center in an attempt to unravel the mystery of Godzilla’s condition. Yamane suspects that Godzilla’s heart, which acts as a nuclear reactor, is going through a nuclear meltdown. When Godzilla reaches 1,200 degrees Celsius, he will explode with more force than all of the world’s nuclear weapons, taking the world with him.

The JSDF deploys a flying combat vehicle outfitted with anti-nuclear cold weapons to forestall this; the Super-X III. Meanwhile, scientists create a new formula for the Oxygen Destroyer that was created by Dr. Serizawa in 1954. This does not sit well with the JSDF, who fear that the Oxygen Destroyer, which was used to kill the original Godzilla, may have disastrous side effects. This belief is proven when a colony of Precambrian organisms are discovered to have been mutated by the formula. The creatures infest a sewer network and eventually make their way into an aquarium, killing all the sea life inside. They rapidly evolve into monstrous crab-like creatures and begin wreaking havoc. After several deadly skirmishes with the JSDF, the creatures, dubbed “Destoroyah”, evolve beyond the military’s containment abilities.

Little Godzilla reappears as Godzilla Junior, having mutated further and now closely resembling his father, heads for the island where he was born. Godzilla, who is searching for his son, follows him, but complications arise. Due to his encounter with the Super-X III, Godzilla will not explode but will instead suffer a bodily meltdown. After dying from the meltdown, Godzilla’s superheated remains will bore into the planet’s core, destroying the Earth. Desperate, the JSDF decide to lure Godzilla into a confrontation with the evolving Destoroyah by hiring Miki and another psychic named Meru Ozawa into telepathically instructing Junior to travel to Tokyo, which Destoroyah is currently invading. Godzilla will no doubt follow, and since Destoroyah was born from the same weapon that destroyed the first Godzilla, he will surely lose the battle, preventing the meltdown.

The psychics successfully lure Godzilla Junior to Tokyo, where he is attacked by Destoroyah, who has now increased in size and sprouted a pair of bat-like wings. In the ensuing brawl, Destoroyah is seemingly killed after being blown into an electrical plant. By nightfall, Godzilla and Junior meet near Haneda Airport. Their reunion is cut short when Destoroyah, having once again evolved and now outmatching Godzilla in height, flies in for another attack. Destoroyah knocks down Godzilla and grabs Junior, dropping him from an extreme altitude that brings the young dinosaur close to death. Godzilla, enraged, attacks Destoroyah and a brutal battle erupts. The two creatures inflict serious wounds upon each other, each calling upon their own unique abilities to destroy the other. Eventually, Godzilla sends Destoroyah spewing up vital fluids, forcing the creature to retreat.

Alone at last, Godzilla tries to revive his son but fails. Overcome by grief, Godzilla’s heart continues to fail, accelerating the meltdown. Destoroyah, having recovered from its previous injuries, once again appears. In a fury of rage, Godzilla bombards Destoroyah with a number of supercharged atomic blasts, blowing the creature to pieces. Overcome by the attack and the extreme heat from Godzilla’s meltdown, Destoroyah tries to fly away, but the JSDF shoots it down with a number of freeze weapons designed to work against Godzilla. Upon hitting the ground, Destoroyah disintegrates from thermal shock.

Moments later, Godzilla starts to die from the meltdown, but the JSDF are able to sustain him momentarily with the freeze weapons. Ultimately, they are unable to rescue Godzilla and he gives out one last weak roar before he tragically suffers his meltdown. While they succeeded in preventing Earth’s destruction, the JSDF have been unable to stop the massive nuclear fallout from rendering Tokyo uninhabitable. All of a sudden, the radiation levels plummet and something can be seen stirring in the mist: Godzilla Junior is apparently revived due to his father’s power being channeled into his body and he is now a full-grown adult, ready to take on his father’s title of King of the Monsters.

Destoroyah’s Japanese and English names both come from “destroyer.” A possible reason that the name “Destroyer” isn’t commonly used in various markets is because the word itself could not be trademarked by Toho. He is often referred to as “Destroyer” in dubbed versions of the film, while “Destoroyah” is Toho’s official name for the character.

Destoroyah grows quickly and adopts several appearances throughout the film, including his microscopic form, 3-mm form, insect-sized form, 2-meter form, 18-meter crab-like forms, a larger aggregate crab-like form, a bat-like flying form, and a bipedal 120-meter, demonic final form. He also has some of the same features as the aliens from the Alien franchise.

He originated as a colony of Precambrian crustaceans that had been awakened and mutated when the Oxygen Destroyer was detonated to kill the original Godzilla in 1954. Hedorah may be an inspiration for Destoroyah, since both go through four stages in their life cycles and are strong opponents who were hard for Godzilla to defeat.

Destoroyah was first seen attacking fish in a fish tank in his microscopic form, turning them to bone. He eventually turned into his juvenile stage and attacked a warehouse. The army attacked Destoroyah, but many of them were killed. It was discovered that the Destoroyahs could be killed with cold temperatures, and a plan to kill them was put into action. The plan seemed to work, but the juvenile Destoroyahs combined into a large aggregate Destoroyah, and it was discovered that they were prehistoric creatures that were mutated by the Oxygen Destroyer when the first Godzilla was killed.

The aggregate Destoroyah tuned into Flying Destoroyah, and attacked Tokyo. Godzilla Junior arrived in Tokyo and battled Destoroyah in his aggregate form. Destoroyah nearly killed Godzilla Junior, but Godzilla arrived and saved him. Destoroyah was sent flying into a warehouse, but he reemerged in his final form. He carried Godzilla Junior off and dropped him into another warehouse, killing him. Godzilla was furious, and attacked Destoroyah. Destoroyah and Godzilla fought, but Destoroyah was winning. Godzilla started to meltdown, giving him extra strength to defeat Destoroyah. Destoroyah was temporarily defeated, but he tried to fly away from Godzilla’s meltdown. The military blasted him with ice canons, freezing him and sending him falling to the ground, where he died.

Destroyah (Water Form)

  •     Height: Unknown
  •     Mass: Unknown
  •     Powers/Weapons: Able to kill it’s victims by injecting them with Micro-Oxygen
  •     Weakness: Weak against the cold
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

Destroyah (Crab Form)

  •     Height: Unknown
  •     Mass: Unknown
  •     Powers/Weapons: Able to kill it’s victims by injecting them with Micro-Oxygen, can fire a explosive Micro-Oxygen spray
  •     Weakness: Weak against the cold
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

Destroyah (Flying Form)

  •     Height: Unknown
  •     Mass: Unknown
  •     Powers/Weapons: Can fire a explosive Micro-Oxygen spray, Flight
  •     Weakness: Weak against the cold
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

Destroyah Adult

  •     Height: 120 meters (394 feet)
  •     Mass: 80,000 metric tons (88,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Explosive micro oxygen spray and laser horn
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 22
  •     Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 2

Descriptions

Destoroyah or Destroyer, is a kaiju from the 1995 film, Godzilla vs Destoroyah. He originated as a colony of Pre-Cambrian crustaceans that were awakened and mutated by the detonation of the Oxygen Destroyer, the weapon that killed Godzilla in the first Godzilla movie back in 1954. He constantly grows in shape and size throughout the film, starting as a 8 foot crab, then into a 50 meter one and alternating to a bat like flying form, which he used both to fight Godzilla Junior. When the adult Godzilla, now slowly beginning to go under a nuclear meltdown, comes in and Destoroyah, now in his final form, a bipedal winged demon, kills the young one.

The father Godzilla is enraged and fights to the death with Destoroyah, who in the end retreats when Godzilla is about to meltdown, though he is shot down by the Super X-III and destroyed, leaving Godzilla to die in near peace, though the military is shooting the melting monster with freeze missiles to keep the escaping radiation from spreading and destroying the earth which in the end revives Godzilla Jr. and mutates him up to full size. Destoroyah had numerous powers including a micro oxygen beam and a laser horn attack. His design overall seemed reminiscent of the Aliens in the Alien movies, complete with the double jaws. Destoroyah later appeared in two of Atari’s Godzilla videogames: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and Godzilla: Save the Earth.

In many ways, Destroyah’s evolution echoes that of Hedorah, the Smog Monster, in Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971). Both began life as innumerable tiny aquatic animals, both possessed acidic properties deadly to the creatures they contacted, both took to the land in a crawling form, both then morphed into a flying form soaring over populated areas, and both ultimately became hulking monsters capable of firing rays or ejecting deadly  substances. In the case of Destoroyah its most potent weapon is its explosive micro-oxygen spray. Deadly too is its laser horn, capable of cutting a fiery swath through anything unfortunate enough to cross its path.

In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, one of the crustacean creature’s victims was Godzilla Junior, the offspring of the King of the Monsters. Originally hatching as Baby Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) and known as “Little Godzilla” by the time of Godzilla vs Space Godzilla (1994), the young monster had ballooned to 30 meters and taken on a shape that clearly distinguished him from any ordinary dinosaur. Defenseless save for the ability to burp a few radioactive bubbles, Little Godzilla was easy prey for the rampaging  Space Godzilla, being spared only by the intervention of his protective parent.

Finally, when he grew beyond his chubby, bug-eyed infancy, Godzilla Junior, at 40 meters, much more closely resembled his famous father (minus the dorsal plates) and packed enough of an atomic ray to dispatch one of the land-crawling Destoroyah with relative ease. At last sighting, at the climax of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla Junior had absorbed an enormous amount of radiation, which apparently completed his transformation into a new Godzilla, ready to carry on in his father’s formidable footsteps. As for Destoroyah, though the creature possessed the power sufficient to push Godzilla to the brink Of defeat, the combination of Godzilla’s out-of-control radioactivity and an all-out assault by Japan’s self-defense forces finally ended Destroyah’s threat.

Origins

The final film in the Heisei series, Godzilla versus Destroyah attempts to close the circle started with the original film. The film’s underlying theme is science gone awry, and despite this repetitive theme, the film is visually exciting and packed with action.

The film begins with a naturally occurring nuclear meltdown deep in the sea. This meltdown changes Godzilla’s heart, which in essence is a nuclear reactor. Having literally “overdosed” with nuclear power, Godzilla in several days will reach critical mass and explode. In an attempt to stop this, the G-Center seeks out a young man by the name of Kenichi Yamane, the adopted grandson of Dr. Yamane, the paleontologist from the original film.

In the original film, Yamane used an “oxygen destroyer” to finish off Godzilla. It turns out that this device’s residue has affected a prehistoric microorganism, which over time has been evolving into a three-stage creature known as Destroyah. As the Japanese battle Destroyah during its first stage, which consists of several dozen “raptor-like” creatures,” Godzilla continues to melt down. In an effort to slow down the process, the new “Super X3” is used. The latest version of this craft uses only frost-driven weapons.

While all this is going on, psychic Miki Saegusa is joined by another telepath, Meru, in the search for Godzilla Junior, an older version of Little Godzilla. When Destroyah assumes stage two, the two psychics lure Godzilla Junior to Japan in an effort to attract Godzilla (once gain, Miki places Godzilla and his offspring in danger). Destroyah takes out Godzilla Junior and then sets his sights on Godzilla. The two fight it out, and in the end Godzilla triumphs yet again.

However, for Godzilla it is too late; he starts to melt down. Fortunately, the Super X3 uses its frost weapons on Godzilla so that the monster does not explode but rather melts away. Fortunately, Godzilla passes on his essence to Godzilla Junior, who literally becomes the new Godzilla.

Although Godzilla “dies” in this movie, he is regenerated in a younger form. This film also serves as a transition point in the series; at the time the Japanese were passing the torch to the Americans, who were making the new installment of Godzilla. Unfortunately, that transition failed miserably, and it once again was up to Toho to create a third series.

Godzilla versus Destroyah is an exciting climax to the series. Although it borrows elements from films such as Jurassic Park (the Destroyah larvae attacking the reporter in the car) and (the Destroyah’s double- jaw configuration), it is rousing adventure at its best. The science is way, way off conventional organic chemistry (oxygen is destroyed, but water remains, when water is made up of oxygen and hydrogen), but the fantasy elements and the Godzilla myth are compelling as ever.

The death and resurrection of Godzilla Junior pulls on the heartstrings and the death of the Big G is hard to watch. Destroyah is an interesting creature, with all three stages contributing great action sequences for the film.

Manda

Manda (マンダ?) is a fictional Kaiju (Japanese giant monster) created by the Japanese film making company, Toho.Manda is a serpentine creature similar to a Japanese dragon with four small legs and prominent horns. Manda does not have any special weapons, but can wrap his body around an enemy and crush them in the manner of a constrictor snake. Manda can also swim very fast and breathe underwater. His first appearance is in Atragon (1963).

Showa Series

In Atragon, Manda is a sea-dwelling dragon that lives in the sea and is the guardian of Mu, an underwater kingdom. Manda is one of the primary antagonists along with the Empress. When the submarine warship Gotengo attacks, Manda fights it and wraps his body around the ship, trying to crush it. But the Gotengo discharges electricity on Manda and shocks him. Manda unwraps itself and tries to swim away, but the Gotengo pursues him, later firing its Absolute Zero Cannon to freeze Manda.

Manda reappears again on Monster Island (along with several other kaiju including Godzilla, Rodan and Anguirus) in Destroy All Monsters. Aliens called Kilaaks come to Earth and take control of Manda and the other monsters, making them attack cities worldwide until the humans manage to free the monsters from alien mind control. After this the monsters are sent to fight King Ghidorah, although Manda does not fight in the battle, merely watching from the sidelines with Varan and Baragon. After Ghidorah is killed, Manda and the other monsters return to Monster Island.

The Manda prop used in Destroy All Monsters had no horns or whiskers on his face and the long fuzz running down his back was gone, which mistakes Manda to be a female.

Millennium Series

In the Millennium series, Manda is the first monster to be killed in Godzilla: Final Wars, playing a minor role, once again as an adversary of the Gotengo. The Gotengo attacks Manda who is wrapped around its hull. The super-submarine manages to shake him off and sails into an underwater volcano to see if it can lure Manda inside. The plan works, but Manda is merely injured and continues to pursue the Gotengo. The submarine then whips around and fires its Zero Cannon which hits Manda, causing him to freeze instantly, after which Gotengo uses its drill to easily pierce the frozen Manda, causing the monster to shatter and die. In this movie Manda (along with Zilla and Kamacuras while flying) is computer generated.

Manda Showa Series

  •     Height: 150 meters (492 feet)
  •     Mass: 30,000 metric tons (33,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Constricting coils
  •     First appearance: Atragon (1963)
  •     Fight record: N/A

Manda Shinsei Series

  •     Height: 300 meters (984 feet)
  •     Mass: 60,000 metric tons (66,000 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Constricting coils
  •     First appearance: Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
  •     Fight record: N/A

Descriptions

Manda was the guardian of the underwater kingdom of Mu in the 1963 film Atragon. The siler bodysuit clad aliens known as Kiaaks in Destroy all Monsters took control of Manda when they also gained control of Godzilla and all the other Kaiju on Monsterland. After being defeated at the base of Mt. Fuji by King Ghidorah, Manda returned to the back of the mop-closet in TOHO studios where he remains to this day…

Origins

Manda is a fictional monster in some of Toho’s kaiju eiga and tokusatsu films. His name comes from “ten-thousand snake” (which would be Manda in kanji).

He first appeared in the 1963 tokusatsu film Atragon as the god and guardian of the underwater kingdom of Mu and got into a brief skirmish with the Gotengo (the submarine of the title’s actual name) and was frozen by a freezer beam. Manda later appeared in Destroy All Monsters and attacked London and was used by the Kilaaks in their attack on Tokyo along with Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra.

He made some stock footage cameos in a few more films but otherwise, Destroy All Monsters would be his last film appearance until Godzilla: Final Wars where once again he is pitted against a redesigned Gotengo (Atragon) off the coast of Normandy and is defeated after being heated up in an underwater volcano and hit with the freezer beam and then shattered.

Biollante/ Biorante

At first, Biollante was a giant rose called Rose Biollante (ローズビオランテ?, Rōzu Biorante) with teeth inside her bud and her tendrils, as well as long vines; merely a heavily-mutated and exponentially large, semi-sentient rose. She also had a large, fleshy sac surrounded by her overlaying vines. What this object was has never been determined.

In her second form, the Godzilla genes took over and Biollante’s body became an abomination of biological science. Biollante’s second form had a head similar to that of a Mosasaur or crocodile and a maw with knife-like teeth, even on the interior lining. In addition, six large tusks, three on each side, protruded from the fulcrum-region of her mouth. Large numbers of vines and tendrils were a primary feature of Biollante. Some vines ended in sharp, spear-like ends, while others sported small, sharp-toothed mouths. Also, Biollante had four stubby, root-like legs that she uses to move, as well as what appeared to be meaty flesh underneath the tangled mess of vines and plant tissue. The fleshy surface was yellow and red-orange and had many wrinkles and lines, resembling a brain-like surface.

Biollante was a Godzilla, rose, and human tribrid created by Doctor Shiragami. Shiragami originally created a human-and-rose hybrid in 1984 by splicing the DNA of his daughter, Erika Shiragami, who was killed in a terrorist bombing of a lab in Saradia, with that of a rosebush. Then, in 1989, an earthquake killed several roses, making Shiragami panic and splice the Godzilla DNA they had collected in 1984 with a single rose so that it could become invincible. The fusion eventually led to the rose becoming sentient and able to move on its own, and it continued to evolve into a giant monster.

Biollante was a combination of the cells of a rose, Godzilla, and Dr. Shiragami’s daughter Erika. She attacked a group of terrorists that attacked Dr. Shiragami, and then ran out into a lake to grow. She battled Godzilla in her rose form, but she was overpowered quickly. She was destroyed, but she fought Godzilla again in her final form, where she had a bit more of an advantage. She put a great fight, but she was destroyed again, and her seeds flew up to space.

Biollante, in her rose form, can constrict and grapple with an enemy with her many tendrils and mouthed vines, each of which are capable of spitting a highly corrosive sap that can blind an opponent. Biollante can break apart her entire body into golden energy particles, ascend into space, and return, healing from almost anything and even changing form. In Biollante’s rose form, her cellular division is abnormally affected by Godzilla’s atomic ray, resulting negatively in heavy body damage.

Biollante retains all previous abilities, though does acquire an additional one, which is the ability to spit large quantities of radioactive corrosive sap from her large mouth (the radiation is clearly visible as orange energy spores within the sap stream). The tendrils resemble spears and are capable of piercing another monster’s flesh relatively easily. Despite her plant-like body and rather grounded-looking appearance, Biollante is capable of moving across the ground rather quickly. Biollante also sports extremely enhanced regeneration capabilities, shown when she completely regenerated back part of her head which had been blown off by Godzilla’s atomic ray.

Biollante Adult

  •     Height: 120 Meters
  •     Mass: 200,000 Metric Tons

    Powers / weapons: The bio-monster mutates into an even larger form, replacing its flower petals with fang-Iined jaws, fearsome tendrils, and bristling dorsal spines, as if to signify the shifting of genetic dominance from the gentle Erika to the bestial King of the Monsters. Though barely mobile on its root like “legs,” under duress the plant monster will uproot itself and travel overland with surprising speed. Biollante is capable of lashing out with vines and tendrils or spitting a stream of corrosive radioactive sap. Its thorny strikes could pierce Godzilla’s thick hide, and the suffocating embrace of the plant monster’s tentacles almost proved to be Godzilla’s undoing .The two battled to a standstill, with Godzilla retreating into the ocean while Biollante dissolved into a shower of spores, its ultimate dissolution releasing heavenward the trapped soul of Erika. Biollante may have been responsible for the genesis of another new Godzilla foe, the star-spanning Space Godzilla.

    Weaknesses: Biollante is the first of the new breed of Godzilla foe, and is perhaps the most carefully thought out in design and execution. The very concept of Biollante a monstrous tendriled plant remains unique in the Godzilla series for all of the Big Guy’s other foes are either machines or derived from animal origins.  The result is a towering monster plant that is strangely beautiful; However, after it is attacked by Godzilla’s radioactive ray,  It takes a strange reaction to his ray also causing the rose form of Biollante to burn and wither away into a starry cluster or angel dust  like form and floats up into the sky.

Rose (LARVAL STAGE)

  •     Height: 85 meters (279 feet)
  •     Mass: 60,000 to 100,000 metric tons (66,000 to 110,000 tons)

Descriptions

Biollante also has the most plausible genesis. In an attempt to salvage the life essence of his beloved daughter Erika, geneticist Or. Shiragami combined her DNA with that of her favorite roses and then, to guarantee her immortality, added the eternally self-reproducing  DNA of Godzilla. This DNA mix of a human, a rose, and Godzilla himself makes Biollante the first monster created by biotechnology.

Origins

Toho released Godzilla vs Biollante in 1989, which was a direct sequel to Godzilla 1984 (1985). This film begins where 1984 left off with Godzilla being sent into a volcano and with Japan now in need of rebuilding, something which they haven’t faced in this scale since Godzilla’s attack in 1954. Biollante is the first of three new monsters introduced in the Heisei series, which were all received with mixed reactions fans. A lot of people I have talked to enjoyed this movie, but I understand that it did not do so well in Japan.

In 1984 Godzilla is sent into a volcano. In the aftermath of his attack, Godzilla cells have been found all over the remains of Tokyo and the battle for them has begun. At first some American soldiers take the ones they find before they are chased by Japanese soldiers, but they end up in the hands of an Arabian assassin who kills the Americans.

Meanwhile Dr. Shirigami (Koji Takahashi) who works with an Arabian oil company is struck by surprise when a bomb goes off in one of the labs killing his daughter, Erika (Yasuko Sawaguchi). In attempt to save her life, Dr. Shirigami merges some of her cells with those of a plant.

Four years have passed by and the threat of Godzilla has returned when a psychic named Miki Saegusa (Megumi Odaka) senses Godzilla is alive and awake. To prevent Godzilla from reeking havoc across Japan again a project has been initiated to use his cells to come up with a virus that will kill him. Dr. Shirigami volunteers to help only if he is allowed to borrow them and when he does, he mixes them with the cells of the plant containing Erika’s cells, which grows into Biollante. Will Godzilla be strong enough to defeat this giant…plant?

Megalon

Megalon superficially resembles a cross between a cockroach and a rhinoceros beetle, though standing upright. Megalon’s costume is colourful, combining silver and grey with an orange-and-black carapace and wings. Megalon’s forelimbs terminate with two sharp, drill-like appendages, which are never seen to be prehensile, always moving in tune with the monster’s arms.

Megalon is the god to the Seatopians, and he was their way to take revenge on the humans who were damaging their world with nuclear tests. They called upon Megalon to destroy the humans and sent the captured Jet Jaguar to guide the monster on his rampage through Japan. The people of Japan revolted and attacked the beast, to no avail. Help arrived when Goro Ibuki, the scientist who created Jet Jaguar, arrived and freed the robot from the control of the Seatopians. He sent Jet Jaguar to Monster Island to find Godzilla.

In the time that Jet Jaguar was gone, Megalon was lost and confused. Soon after, Godzilla came to fight the monster, and nearly defeated him. Megalon was sure to be defeated, but the Seatopians contacted the Space Hunter Nebula M aliens to send Gigan. Gigan arrived and helped defeat Godzilla, but Jet Jaguar pulled one of his own tricks. The robot programed itself to grow to the size of Megalon, so he could help Godzilla defeat the monsters. After a troubling fight, Megalon and Gigan were defeated, and Gigan retreated into space. Megalon quickly burrowed underground, and back to Seatopia.

Megalon

  •     Height: 55 meters (180 feet)
  •     Mass: 40,000 metric tons (44,000)
  •     Powers/weapons: Lightning bolt from horn, napalm bombs from mouth, drill hands to burrow under the Earth at Mach 3, can fly in hops of 10 km
  •     Weaknesses: Megalon was the biggest coward when it comes to fighting, but when he did fight he fought.
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
  •     Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 1

Descriptions

A humongous bipedal cockroach with drill-like arms, Megalon’s bite is worse than his bark. He has a variety of powerful weapons that nearly beat Godzilla, but once Jet Jaguar joined the fight, the giant bug nearly got squashed. Only when Gigan showed up did Megalon have a chance of victory. Unfortunately for the Cyborg and his insect buddy, Godzilla’s drop-kick sent them home with their tails between their legs.

Megalon (Megaro) was a fictional beast from the film Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973). Megalon is often called a giant cockroach, but in actuality, he more closely resembles a stag beetle than he does a roach. His arms are high-powered rotating drills, he can spew napalm spheres, and his horn can project lightning bolts.

As the guardian of the underground nation of Seatopia, Megalon was awakened when its land was ruined by underground nuclear tests. Sent to punish the humans on the surface, Megalon demolished a large section of Tokyo before being confronted with Godzilla and the Ultraman-like robot, Jet Jaguar, in a battle which – fortunately for the relatively low budget of the film – took place largely outside the city. Allied with Gigan, Megalon put up quite a fight against the two heroes. It was not enough, however, and Megalon was eventually driven back to Seatopia.

Origins

Godzilla vs. Megalon(Gojira tai Megaro) is a 1973 tokusatsu film, the 13th in the Godzilla series of Japanese monster movies. It was directed by Jun Fukuda, with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano.

In the film, the undersea civilization Seatopia has been heavily affected by nuclear testing conducted by the surface nations of the world. Naturally upset by this, they unleash their civilization’s protector, Megalon, to the surface to destroy those who would — unknowingly or not — destroy them. Agents of Seatopia attempt to steal the newly-constructed super-robot Jet Jaguar, which can apparently be used to guide and direct Megalon. They also capture the robot’s inventor, Goro Ibuki, his kid brother Rokuro and their friend Hiroshi Jinkawa. After Jet Jaguar is used by the Seatopians to lure Megalon to Tokyo, Goro manages to regain control, and sends Jet Jaguar to Monster Island to bring Godzilla back to fight Megalon. An extended fight scene then takes place, with Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, the latter newly giant-sized and self-directed, fighting Megalon and Gigan in the hills outside Tokyo. The film ends with Megalon and Gigan defeated, Godzilla returning to Monster Island, and Jet Jaguar returning to his previous, human-sized state.

Although produced mainly for children in Japan, this film is debated amongst fans to be one of the worst of the series. It is also one of the most widely seen due to it falling into the public domain, and is considered by many to be one of the reasons for the low opinion of Godzilla commonly held in the U.S. It was one of two Godzilla films featured as episodes on Mystery Science Theater 3000, an American television comedy that mocks B-movies (the other being Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster).

However, not all Godzilla fans share this low opinion. Some fans of the successful tokusatsu superhero genre find Godzilla vs. Megalon an enjoyable instance of the genre.

Godzilla is called by a giant robot named Jet Jaguar to leave Monster Island and come with him. Meanwhile Gigan and Megalon support the old race of the “Seatopians” in their struggle against mankind. Fearing that their kingdom (under water) is going to be destroyed by lots of H-bomb-tests of mankind, the Seatopians will take over the earth to establish a new generation on it. In a magical scene they call for both monsters Gigan and Megalon to defeat mankind. They march through Japan and destroy everything on their path. Suddenly Godzilla and Jet Jaguar are there and after a long battle, they defeat their opponents. The Seatopians are no longer dangerous to mankind. Jet Jaguar shakes Godzilla’s hand and flies away, Big-G´s swimming back to Monster Island.

Gabara

The audio commentary for Classic Media’s 2008 DVD release of All Monsters Attack humorously compares Gabara to a bipedal cat with car engine problems. Although not based on any real animal, living or extinct, Gabara is very similar to—and more than likely based on—the Oni of Japanese mythology and folklore. His costume design is very reminiscent of these demonic ogre / troll-like beings, further mixing the turquoise scales of a reptile with orange, cat-like fur. He also has three horns on his head, again much like the Oni, whose horns varied between one-to-three on average.

Gabara’s ability to electrocute things on contact is possibly a reference to Oni lore, as they too were sometimes associated with the natural forces of lighting and thunder.

Just as All Monsters Attack is one of the more distinctive entries in the Godzilla canon, Gabara is very unique amongst the other Toho monsters. It seems that Gabara exists entirely inside the dreams of lead child character Ichiro.

In the context of the film, Gabara is a resident of Ichiro’s imaginary Monster Island, and a constant tormentor to the much smaller Minilla, inspired by Ichiro’s own real life problems with bullies around his neighborhood. After receiving combat training from his father Godzilla, and extra assistance from the human protagonist, Minilla does successfully challenge it. Finally, Gabara was confronted by Godzilla himself and got beat up. Gabara retreated after Godzilla performed Seoi nage on it.

Despite the film’s overuse of stock footage, Gabara was the only original monster created for the film, along with newly filmed fight scenes and effects.

Gabara did not make any further appearances in the Showa Godzilla films, but Gabara would also appear in a similar spin-off series called Go! Godman, were he engulfed an innocent boy before being repelled by Godman. It’s unclear if this means Gabara exists outside of Ichiro’s dreams, that Godman’s adventures (or at least that episode) take place within them, or if the two are unrelated.

Gabara

  •     Height: 58 meters (190 feet)
  •     Mass: 23,000 metric tons (25,300 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Electric bolts generated from its arms and power horn
  •     First appearance: All Monsters Attack (1969)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 10
  •     Fight record: Wins 1 , Losses 2

Descriptions

Gabara  is a fictional, cat-like ogre from the film All Monsters Attack (1969) (more popularly known as Godzilla’s Revenge). He had the ability to send a powerful electric current through his touch.

Gabara is the creation of a young boy’s dreams, and definitely one of the weirdest looking monsters. A strange beast existing only within the dreams of a small boy named Ichiro, Gabara spent his time on Monster Island tormenting Minya, Godzilla’s son. Despite his frequent attempts to stand up to and overcome Gabara, Minya was always defeated by the creature. With Ichiro’s help, Minya was able to injure Gabara in battle, and soon Godzilla entered the fray. Wanting his son to stand up to the bully, Godzilla stayed to the sidelines and watched as Minya defeated Gabara with a makeshift catapult. As Godzilla congratulated his son, Gabara attacked again – but this time he attacked Godzilla. After briefly stunning Godzilla with his electric shock, Gabara was soundly defeated by Godzilla, and retreated into the jungle.

Origins

This was deliberately set out be a Godzilla film aimed at small children for release during the Christmas season. Among the more unusual aspects of the film was the casting of Eisei Amamoto as a toy designer and friend to the little boy. Amamoto was normally cast in other films as the slimiest of criminals, gangsters and henchmen.

Godzilla’s Revenge was the tenth Godzilla film. It marks a real low point in the series. The original Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954) had been crafted as a force of anger and ferocity, embodying everything that the Japanese felt about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But gradually, by the fifth film in the series, Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1965), Godzilla’s ferocity has been whittled down until he became Japan’s defender and the films became increasingly more comic-bookish. With Son of Godzilla (1968), an otherwise quite likable film, the Big G’s seriousness took a nosedive even further. With the introduction of his son Minya, the series’ declined even further into child-oriented, juvenile pratfalls. This reached a nadir with Godzilla’s Revenge which, even though Jun Fukuda’s entries in the 1970s were far more technically inept and much worse films, was an all-time low for the series in terms of childish puerility, particularly in contrast to everything the series had once held.

The film is really mostly centered on Minya instead of Godzilla, a focus that quite belies the ferocity the title seems to suggest. And Minya is really only there to take pratfalls and give life lessons to the kid. There’s a lot of really silly nonsense with him only able to blow smoke rings instead of radioactive fire and with the kid having to drop a rock on his tail to make him unleash properly. The film’s lowest point is having Minya talk with a dubbed voice. There’s a cartoonishly silly score and sound effects. Special effects man Eiji Tsuburaya was very ill throughout shooting and died a few months after the film’s release – as a result the effects scenes were filled out using scenes taken from Godzilla vs the Sea Monster (1966) and Son of Godzilla.

Orga

Orga’s name is derived from “Organizer G-1,” the name of the cell Godzilla has that is the source of his extreme durability in the Japanese version of Godzilla 2000: Millennium.

Orga was a Millennian, aliens who had crash-landed on Earth’s oceans, where they were trapped due to not being able to receive sunlight. After being reawakened, the Millennian UFO went off looking for genetic material to make its form stable. Once it found Godzilla, it copied his Regenerator G-1 as well as his DNA. The Millennian emerged from the UFO and its body changed into Orga.

Orga was created when a Millennian absorbed some of Godzilla’s G-Cells and changed into Orga. He battled Godzilla and proved to be a strong opponent. Godzilla’s beam was no use on Orga because of his regeneration powers, which allowed him to regenerate the destroyed parts of his body quickly. Orga then directed the Millennian UFO to help him fight Godzilla, but it was heavily damaged, and was taken down by Godzilla quickly.

It was soon discovered that Orga was trying to become a clone of Godzilla when he bit his arm and absorbed more cells. Orga then tried to consume Godzilla. He began to grow dorsal plates and increase in height, but he was destroyed when Godzilla used his atomic breath inside his mouth, as Godzilla was head-first in Orga’s mouth, giving Orga no time to escape.

Orga

  •     Height: 60 meters (197 feet)
  •     Length: 75 meters
  •     Weight: 40,000 tons
  •     Powers/weapons: Plasma beam from shoulder, regenerative healing ability, can jump long distances, giant hands/claws, Flexible gigantic jaw
  •     Weaknesses: One of his weaknesses is the fact he could not transform to form unless he took regenerator one from Godzilla.
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla 2000
  •     Number of movies starred in: 1
  •     Fight Record: Wins 0, Losses 1
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)

Descriptions

When aliens come back from the bottom of the Japan Trench in a massive UFO embedded in rock after 60 million years, they create Orga in order to fight off Godzilla. Orga is like a shape shifter is was in the process of transforming or taking the shape of Godzilla in this movie. The final result of the Organizer G-1 on the Millennian.

Origins

It was a cold and quite night, the GPN, Godzilla Prediction Network, are setting up a bunch of sensors to look for everyone’s favorite radioactive reptile. Soon, they’re sensors are going off as some enormous object comes up to land at an alarming speed. While the GPN tracks the mysterious object, a night watchman is stopped from his work as the whole building begins to shake violently. As he looks out the window he sees a large ship floating in the air. The frightened man looks up, right into the eye of a 55-meter beast.

The man makes a wild dash out the door, but is nearly smashed as Godzilla snaps the boat in half in his jaws. In an attempt to turn his massive body around, he bumps into a near by metal tower. The tower crashes to the ground almost killing the shocked watchman.

The GPN begins to drive around the dark tracking Godzilla who is lurking in the dark. As they come up to a tunnel, the opening is smashed with no apparent reason. The GPN drives over the ruble and into the tunnel. As they near the end of the tunnel they are forced to slam on the breaks because of a large object blocking the exit. They shine they’re lights on it to reveal a giant face staring at them. Godzilla leans forward and sniffs they’re front window fogging it up. They begin to snap pictures of the beast, which upsets him greatly. With a mighty bellow, the windows blow out into the faces of the frightened GPN. The jeep is thrown into reverse as they franticly speed out of the tunnel.

Godzilla gets up and chases after them as his massive foot comes crashing down through the tunnel inches away from them, repeatedly. The GPN manages to escape from Godzilla as he moves on ravaging the city in the dead of night. Godzilla walks by a house leaving the residents devastated as his tail rams into the side of their home.

The GPN follows Godzilla from a far as he comes up to a power plant to eat his supper. Then just as suddenly and abruptly as he appeared, he is gone.

Mean while a large meteorites discovered at the bottom of the sea while deep sea sensors are being placed to trace Godzilla. Wishing to investigate it further, it’s decided to use large balloons to float it to the surface. But as it begins to ascend, the rock formation begins to float up ahead of the balloons. Everyone watches in amazement as it comes to the top by itself and stays afloat at the surface. Soon, the supposed meteorite lifts itself completely vertical on top of the water.

The GPN and the CCI, Crises Control Intelligence, await Godzilla’s return. The wait is not long as the sensors pick up on Godzilla’s trail. A large group of apache helicopters fly over the shore where Godzilla is to surface. He comes up and the apache’s open fire on him. Realizing they’re having no affect, the tanks open fire as he comes into range.

But Godzilla continues to push forward forcing the tanks to retreat behind the missile launchers. The missile launchers are loaded with the Full Metal Missiles, other wise known as Bunker Missiles in real life. Designed to fire through stone walls before exploding, they unleash around 20 Full Metal Missiles into Godzilla’s flesh, where they explode inside Godzilla. Unlike previous conventional weapons used on Godzilla, the Full Metal Missiles manage to keep Godzilla at bay. His whole body stinging in pain, Godzilla’s dorsal fins light up to unleash his (new and much improved) Atomic Ray. Fortunately for the military, five to six jets come screaming into action as they unleash two missiles each covering Godzilla in a mighty explosion. The military commanders managing to out gun Godzilla seem to get a smile on their faces. But the smile is soon gone when their radio starts to crackle as a message comes across it with some disturbing news.

Back at the mysterious floating meteorite, it starts to fall backwards on a CCI ship, but then takes off into the air, scanning the humans aboard the ships cells. The meteorite zips over the water, briefly skimming it in the direction where the military has neutralized Godzilla. The very much successful military attack on Godzilla is suddenly halted as the massive rock formation starts to float over the area. It begins to hover over top Godzilla, so mysteriously that even Godzilla has to stop to admire the amazing scene.

The rocks move over Godzilla and scans his cells, and finds what it was looking for. A strange cave formation on the rocks starts to light up, and the rocks tilt downward. Suddenly with no warning, a massive beam comes pouring out of the cave with such overwhelming force that Godzilla is sent backwards sliding on the tip of the water, onto land, and right into a warehouse. Stunned but not out, Godzilla stumbles to his feet as the rocks fly over to him. Godzilla’s fins light up to a blinding yellow. The cave in the rocks lights up as well. Fire begins to pour out the sides of Godzilla’s mouth and with a jerk of his head, opens his mouth letting loose a bright white beam circled by streams of fire. But the rocks shoot at the same time. Both Godzilla and the rocks are sent hurtling backwards in a free fall. The powerful blast knocks of 40% of the rocks revealing a shinny UFO underneath.

The now revealed UFO crashes into the water and Godzilla disappears under the surface of the water and does not resurface. Stunned by the events that have just unfolded, the military attaches cables to the UFO for support if it should keel over. The UFO is scanned, only to reveal the UFO is made of living tissue. Not much is known of their unworldly visitor, but it is assumed that this UFO crashed to Earth some 6,000 years ago. And in order to survived, placed its brain inside the UFO’s memory.

Cells are found from Godzilla and examined by the GPN. The cells are a spectacular find; they find the secrets of Godzilla’s amazing reproductive capabilities and conclude that the secrets to life may be held deep inside the cells. They are given the name of Organizer G-1.

Soon night has fallen and the sun is rising again. As the sun’s beams hit the damaged UFO it starts to shake and vibrate very violently. The cables snap under the pressure and the UFO shoots into the air like a rocket leaving the rest of its rock covering behind. The UFO heads for the city where it lands on top of a sky scrapper smashing the upper floor under its tremendous weight.

The UFO begins tapping into the CCI’s computer database through the computers and in the building. Before they can do anything, their computers have been over run by the UFO and the screen start flashing strange messages including the word ‘Millennium’.

The air around the UFO suddenly begins to loose its oxygen level, and it is determined that the UFO has become its body and can no longer fly in space due to the thousands of years under the sea, and it is now going to make Earth suitable for it to live in. But they realize the one flaw in the Millenia’s plan, they need the Organizer G-1 cells to create their body to live. In an attempt to regain control of their computer system and to terminate the UFO, the JSDF sets up a massive amount of explosives on the floor beneath the UFO’s nesting place. The explosion goes off engulfing the UFO and some of the building. When the smoke clears, it reveals the UFO still sitting safely atop the damaged sky scrapper.

Seemingly angered by this attack, the UFO fights back by hovering up above the building. The bottom of the UFO gets blindingly bright, then a massive shockwave is thrown downward through the building, causing each successive floor to blow outward. The GPN leader who went back into the building to retrieve some information before the building was destroyer by the JSDF is now running for his life. He is forced to jump down an elevator shaft to escape. The wave makes its way all the way to the ground level, leaving the once enormous and majestic building a pile of ruble scattered on the streets below.

Just when it seems absolutely hopeless, Godzilla rears his ugly head out of the water and makes his way to the UFO that put him out of actin for over 24 hours. The CCI and GPN realize things are hopeless, as Godzilla’s only motivations are revenge.

Godzilla comes face to face with the UFO, when suddenly the streets start to recoil as strange vines rips out form the ground below. The vines wrap onto Godzilla and start to extract his cells to reform their physical bodies. In his attempts to escape their grasp, he gets thrown onto the ground like a rag dull and dragged along the streets through buildings.

But Godzilla fights his way to his feet and his fins light up, burning through some of the vines, then the fire coming out of his mouth burns through the vines on his mouth and blasts the UFO of the top of the sky scraper it has now landed on.

The UFO retaliates by hovering over Godzilla and starts to send down the shockwave, smashing Godzilla and ripping the sides off of a towering buildings nearby. Satisfied, the UFO flies off to the side bumping into the building sending a portion of it crashing onto Godzilla. Now buried under the ruble, the UFO begins to extract more cells. Then a strange ball of light is formed under the UFO that forms into a beating heart. From the heart, four tentacles grown out to the ground and a body is formed like the UFO.

Godzilla bursts out of the ruble, catching the UFO off guard, and blows it in half with his Atomic Ray. Looking as if he is victorious, a prolonged pair of arms comes crashing to the ground. Godzilla looks in its direction and sees the dog-like Oruga. Oruga reveals a beam from its side exactly like the UFOs that blasts Godzilla backward, getting his fins stuck in a building. Godzilla breaks from the building’s grasp and opens fire on Oruga, but the other half of the UFO gets in the way. The blast destroys the UFO completely and keeps going blowing off a mighty chunk of Oruga’s shoulder. But the wound heals instantly and Oruga continues towards Godzilla.

Godzilla and Oruga square off in a physical fight that leaves several buildings flattened and Oruga dazed on the ground. Godzilla blows another, even bigger chunk off of Oruga, but it heals instantaneously with out even fazing him. Frightened by what he’s seeing, Godzilla starts a massive fire with his Atomic Ray that engulfs Oruga, but Oruga emerges from the fire, flesh dangling and melting, again not even bothered by Godzilla’s attempts to utterly rip him apart. The battle rages on and Oruga resorts to desperate measures as he opens his mouth wide, and what appeared to be his neck tears open to reveal a massive mouth. Godzilla makes a mad dash at Oruga but is sucked into Oruga’s mammoth mouth. Oruga begins to swallow the king of monsters slowly, sucking him down like a snake while Godzilla struggles for his freedom. The CCI and GPN look on stunned at the sight as Godzilla helplessly tries to kick free from Oruga’s grasp. With a crackle and a blinding light, Godzilla suddenly unleashes his Atomic Ray half way inside Oruga. A quick fire spreads over Oruga’s body, which has now mutated into an even more grotesque beast with spikes, and then his body burst apart into a gory mess. When the fire dies down, Godzilla pushes Oruga’s ripped apart body to the ground and turns his attention to the building the CCI is stationed at.

Everyone retreats from the doomed building, all but the obsessed Katagiri, the CCI leader hell bent on killing Godzilla. Godzilla slams his massive hand down in front of Katagiri, but Katagiri refuses to back down. The building can’t support the weight of Godzilla’s hand and a corner gives way, sending Katagiri to his death. Free from the threat of alien, human, or fellow mutation, Godzilla lays waste to what survived of the devastated city.

Ebirah

After his brother Yata is lost at sea, young Ryota steals a yacht with his two friends and a bank robber. This motley crew runs afoul of sea monster Ebirah, and washes up on the shore of an island, where a terrorist organization manufactures heavy water for their nefarious purposes, as well as a chemical that keeps Ebirah at bay. The organization, Red Bamboo, has enslaved a native population to help them, but the natives hope to awaken a dormant Mothra to rescue them. In their efforts to avoid capture, Ryota and his friends, aided by a native girl, stumble across Godzilla asleep inside a cavern. In a desperate bid to defeat the Red Bamboo and escape from the Island, they plan to wake Godzilla.

Ebirah (エビラ Ebira?), is a fictional kaiju (Japanese giant monster) that first appeared in the Showa Godzilla film Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. He is one of the two main antagonists of the film. So far Ebirah has also appeared in All Monsters Attack and Godzilla: Final Wars.

Showa Series

In Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, a terrorist organization called the Red Bamboo had set up a base of operations on Letchi Island. The giant lobster Ebirah was successfully used to destroy any ship that came too close to the island. The Red Bamboo ships used a special extract from the island’s fruit to protect themselves from Ebirah. When a small group of people stranded on the island saw the mutant dinosaur Godzilla sleeping in a cave, they woke him so he could fight Ebirah. Godzilla easily won and injured the crustacean with his atomic ray. The day after, a Red Bamboo ship appeared, but they unknowingly used a placebo and not the fruit extract. Ebirah attacked and tore the ship apart. Godzilla reappeared, but this time, Godzilla pulled off Ebirah’s claws. The wounded Ebirah then fled.

Ebirah was not seen again until he appeared on Monster Island in Ichiro’s dreams in All Monsters Attack. His appearance in this film is simply stock footage utilized from Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. Ebirah was originally going to appear in Destroy All Monsters, but did not make it to the final draft.

Millennium Series

In the Millennium era, Ebirah makes an appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars as one of the many controlled monsters of the Xiliens, a race of extraterrestrial beings. He destroys a factory near Tokyo, and the military forces are sent to destroy him, but are outmatched by the immense crustacean. Instead, the mutant soldiers are called to stop the kaiju. The mutants successfully defeat Ebirah and are about to kill him, when he disappears in a flash of light. The Xiliens arrive and say that they destroyed the monsters to save Earth. However, it is soon found out that the monsters were in fact controlled by the Xiliens all along.

The Gotengo then frees Godzilla from the Antarctic so he could fight the controlled kaiju. The plan is a success and Godzilla successfully defeats all of the kaiju. When he arrives in Tokyo Bay, he faces Ebirah and the smog monster Hedorah. However, they are no match for Godzilla, who blasts them out of the water with his atomic ray and the duo crash into a building, where Ebirah’s claw stabs Hedorah’s eye. With another blast, Godzilla destroys them both.

Ebirah Showa

  •     Height: 50 meters (164 feet)
  •     Mass: 23,000 metric tons (25,300 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Claws
  •     First appearance: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 7
  •     Fight record: Losses 2

Ebirah Millennium

  •     Height: 30 meters
  •     Length: 100 meters
  •     Mass: 50,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Claws
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Descriptions

Ebirah, is a gigantic, monstrous lobster that debuted in Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (also known as Ebirah, Horror of the Deep or Godzilla, Mothra, Ebirah: Big Duel in the South Sea). In the movie, Ebirah is used as a watchdog by a terrorist organization called the Red Bamboo to make sure that nobody leaves or lands on Letchi Island, where their base is located. Ebirah did his job well, smashing ships and devouring anyone who made it out of the wrecks. Severely outclassed by Godzilla, Ebirah tried his best but eventually had both his claws ripped off by the reptile. Ebirah was seen again in Godzilla’s Revenge, and returned in Godzilla: Final Wars. He is seen, but unplayable in Godzilla: Save the Earth, a Playstation2 and Xbox game.

Origins

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster  Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Great Duel in the South Seas) is a 1966 tokusatsu film, directed by Jun Fukuda, and was released by Toho studios. The movie is also known by its International English title, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. The special effects were by Eiji Tsuburaya (although his direct involvement was limited) and Sadamasa Arikawa. It also features supporting monsters Mothra and Ebirah. It was the first Godzilla film since Godzilla Raids Again not directed by Ishiro Honda and shows a turn toward a more action-adventure approach to the Godzilla films instead of Honda’s customary science-fiction approach. Set mostly on a tropical island, the film also required fewer miniatures and therefore had a lower budget than the previous Godzilla films.

The concept was originally intended for King Kong under the title Operation Robinson Crusoe. The film was planned as a co-production with the American production company Rankin-Bass to coincide with their animated series The King Kong Show. However, Rankin-Bass rejected this script. The King Kong project was eventually made from a different script as King Kong Escapes, but Toho salvaged Operation Robinson Crusoe by re-writing it to feature Godzilla instead of King Kong. Some of Godzilla’s unusual behavior in the film, such as living in a cave, receiving power from electricity, and taking notice of a beautiful native girl, reveal the script’s origin as a King Kong vehicle.

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster was released directly to U.S. television syndication through the Walter Reade Organization. It was the first Godzilla film to forgo a theatrical release in the United States. For the television version, the film’s title was written as Godzilla versus the Sea Monster, and Ebirah is also seen in the movie Godzilla Final Wars that came out in 2004 as an enemy that is controlled by the Xilliens , Aliens from another planet that decided it wanted to take over the planet Earth.

Oodako

Toho’s official name for the creature is “Daidako”, or “Giant Octopus”, as shown in promotional material for Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. as well as the Godzilla.jp website. “Oodako” is a fanmade nickname which translates to giant octopus, like Ookondoru for the giant condor.

In King Kong vs. Godzilla, the Giant Octopus crawls ashore on Farou Island and attacks a village hut in an attempt to get the special soma berry juice that the natives store there. The natives, along with members of a pharmaceutical company, attempt to defeat the Giant Octopus with spears and shotguns, but to no avail. King Kong then appears behind a giant wooden fence, crumbling it with his bare hands and throwing the pieces at the Giant Octopus. Kong grabs the Giant Octopus, but the octopus holds tightly on to Kong’s head. After a short struggle, Kong pulls the monster off and throws it to the ground. He then throws two boulders at the Giant Octopus’s head. The Giant Octopus flees back to the beach and presumably returned to the sea.

Lurking off the coast of Farou Island, a true menace thrived. Coming ashore to feed on the native’s luscious berry juice, Oodako was a feared demon. On one of its quests, the cephalopod almost killed a small boy and his mother as the natives, and outsiders from Tokyo, tried to stop it. The commotion, however, had attracted the attention of the island’s primal king: King Kong!

The ape was enraged as the sea monster tried to feed on his juice. The ape moved in, grabbing the octopus and lifting it high into the air. Its tentacles tried to wrap around Kong’s head, but they weren’t powerful enough to harm such a behemoth. With a show of brutality, Kong threw the animal away and began to chuck boulders at it, making it flee!

Afraid for its life, the octopus left the sanctuary of Farou and ventured closer to the Japanese mainland where it began to attack ships. On one of its attacks, the octopus was suddenly ambushed by Gaira! The green Gargantua showed the beast no mercy and used his strength to send the octopus fleeing for its life, never to return to such hostile waters again.

Frankenstein vs. Baragon

In the alternate ending for the film, after Frankenstein defeats Baragon, the Giant Octopus comes from the sea and fights Frankenstein. Frankenstein battles fiercely, but can’t compete with the Giant Octopus’s numerous and powerful tentacles. The Giant Octopus drags Frankenstein in to the water, seemingly to his death.

War of the Gargantuas

In War of the Gargantuas, the Giant Octopus attacks a fishing boat, but is defeated by the Green Gargantua, Gaira.

Oodako

  •     Length: 30 meters
  •     Mass: 600 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Constricting tentacles
  •     First Appearance: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Descriptions

Oodako, has appeared on only a few different occasions Oodako first appeared on Faro Island, trying to get to the native’s berry juice, which induces an intoxicating effect on wildlife.  Kong quickly defeated the giant octopus and sent it retreated back into the ocean depths. Oodako then disappeared for a few years, but was finally located by a Japanese ship, which was caught up in a storm. The giant octopus looked to make a meal out of the ship’s crew, but another monster wanted what Oodako sought, that monster being Gaira, the Green Gargantua. Oodako and Gaira battled, with Gaira eventually forcing the giant octopus to retreat again and proceeded to devour the crew himself. He was also seen in the movie Frankenstein Conquers the world in the alternate ending which Frankenstein gets pulled under water by Oodako and drowned.

Origins

Mr. Tako, the producer of a low rated television show called “Mysteries of the World”, decides his show needs some spicing up. So he sends two of his staff, Osamu Sakurai and Kinsaburo Furue, to Pharoh Island to bring back some berries, called soma, noted for their non-addictive narcotic effect. He also wants the two to bring back proof of a giant ape named King Kong. Before the pair leave, Osamu stops by his sister Fumiko’s apartment for dinner with her and her boyfriend, Kazuo Fujita. During his visit, Kazuo shows the two his new invention, a wire that is stronger than steel. In the meantime, a submarine collides with an iceberg releasing Godzilla, who was trapped there seven years earlier. When Osamu and Kinsaburo arrive at Pharoh, they not only find the berries but the giant ape. After a battle with a giant octopus, Kong drinks the juice that is made from the berries and falls asleep. While he is sleeping, the pair tie him to a raft and take him back to Japan. In the meantime, Godzilla is rampaging throughout the Japanese countryside. While in route to Japan, Kong breaks free and swims toward Japan and inevitably on a collision course with Godzilla.

Megaguirus

Megaguirus’ name, like the Meganulons’, comes from Meganeura, a species of extinct dragonflies from the Carboniferous period approximately 300 million years ago.

Megaguirus was created when a black hole weapon that would send Godzilla into another dimension allowed a Meganula to arrive on present day Earth and lay an egg which would later be discovered by a young boy and then hatch into a Meganulon.

In the flooded streets of Tokyo, a large Meganulon queen waited beneath the waves for her hive to return. The Meganula flew over the city and under the water to give their queen the energy they had taken from Godzilla. They quickly injected her with the energy, giving their lives in the process. Megaguirus then shed her skin and took flight. She flew off, shattering windows and reducing buildings to rubble with her gusts of wind and sonic waves.

After a few days, Godzilla hit the shores of the city, with Megaguirus detecting his presence. She flew with great speed to attack the beast, and proved to be more than a match for him. She flew too quickly for Godzilla to blast her with his atomic beam, and she could easily out maneuver his other melee attacks. She attacked Godzilla with her sharp, deadly claws, and managed to knock him into a building. Thinking he was defeated, she started to fly away, only to be met by another attack. Godzilla charged his beam, but Megaguirus stabbed him with her stinger.

She absorbed Godzilla’s nuclear energy, and attempted to attack him with a ball of fire from her wings. She fired the attack, but required more energy. She charged at Godzilla with her tail forward, but unfortunately for the queen, her stinger was caught in Godzilla’s jaws. Godzilla then slowly crushed the stinger and ripped it off, leaving him with the upper hand. Megaguirus shrieked in pain and backed away, stunned. Godzilla took this opportunity and charged his beam, then blasted it out, causing her to explode in combustion of flames. Megaguirus’ fiery corpse crashed on the ground, and Godzilla roared in victory.

Meganula

After dispensing with their shredded meals, the Meganulon evolved into a new form. Climbing onto the sides of the highest buildings as the streets below flooded from torn pipes, the insects pupated into a winged form. Congesting in their hallowed shells, the creatures broke free and rose into the noonday sun. Thousands upon thousands swamped the skies, shielding out the very light that warmed the land. Instinctively the animals headed out to an overwhelming power source, a living biological power plant that could bestow them the power they needed.

Cutting across the voids of the turbulent seas, the countless waves of snapping fangs and clawing talons, found their prey. Striding onto the grainy shores, the wading leviathan Godzilla roared in contempt. As if answering the shrieking cry, the swarm attacked. Encasing the oak sage colored reptile, the bodies of armored hides cloaked his body. Stabbing with their sickle like tails, the relentless Meganula fought.

Never before had the King of the Monsters witnessed such a show of force, but he would not go quietly into the night. Lashing out with his whip like tail, grabbing with his clawed fists, and burning with atomic fire, Godzilla reduced the horde. Diminished horribly by the raging flames that burned within the nuclear titan, the remaining members of the colony pulled away. Their collective conscious told them that sufficient energy was gathered.

Godzilla watched as the survivors of the insect swarm flew way, distancing themselves as much between their godly prey. The behemoth took off, though would arrive on scene far too late. The military watched, completely puzzled, as the prehistoric creatures dove into the waters that plagued Tokyo. Beneath the dark waters, the animals injected their bioelectric life-force they stole into a pupate larva.

A chosen queen that would defend the territory of the hive. After sacrificing their lives, the bodies of the servants drifted to the surface, fulfilling their duty in life. Meanwhile, their lasting act of life empowered a warrior, a killer of giants. The true horror of the past was about to reveal itself to the present.

Meganulon

Meganulon (メガヌロン?, Meganuron), also known as Meganula (メガニューラ?, Meganyūra) were giant Mesozoic insect kaiju created by Toho, that first that first appeared in the in the 1956 Toho film, Rodan.

The Meganulons’ name comes from Meganeura, a species of extinct dragonflies from the Carboniferous period approximately 300 million years ago.

Presumably, they are, like the Rodan, from the Cretaceous Period. They were reanimated by mining operations in Kitamatsu village, Kumamoto Prefecture.

The Dimension Tide was successfully tested, but as the dust and smoke cleared, a wormhole had opened! Bridging the past and the present, it allowed a winged Meganula to fly into the modern age and build a nest.

The object was soon discovered by a young boy and taken to Tokyo, but keeping it a secret from his mother was too difficult. He decided to get rid of it and threw it into the sewers! In the water, the object began to break into hundreds of eggs, each starting to hatch.

Growing into murderous insects, the Meganulon took to the streets to feed. In due time, nature called and the insects began to metamorphose into their next stage of life: Meganulas!

Megaguirus

  •     Length: 50 meters
  •     Wingspan: 80 meters
  •     Mass: 12,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight at mach 4; hurricane winds and sonic waves from wings; claws; stinger with the ability to drain power; claw tipped wings; able to use stinger to discharge a blast of energy comprised of its opponent’s beam weapon which it absorbed; flight causes electronic disturbances
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
  •     Other Appearances: Godzilla: Final Wars (stock footage)

Meganula

  •     Length: 2 meters (6.56168 Feet)
  •     Wingspan: 5 meters (16.4042 Feet)
  •     Mass: 1 ton
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight; claws; can absorb energy through its stinger; able to transfer the energy it has stored by injecting its stinger into other organisms
  •     Weakness: Will die after transferring energy

Meganulon

  •     Length: 2 meters (6.56168 Feet)
  •     Mass: 500 lb
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight; claws; can absorb energy through its stinger; able to transfer the energy it has stored by injecting its stinger into other organisms
  •     Weakness: Will die after transferring energy

Descriptions

In the year 2000, a Meganura entered Earth when the Dimensional Tide was tested on an abandoned school house, as does an egg. A young school boy finds the egg and tries to care for it, but is scared when it begins leaking water and drops it into the sewer. From there, the egg multiplies and hundreds of Meganuron emerge, attacking citizens and flooding the city. Soon, the Meganuron transform into Meganura and fly off to absorb Godzilla’s energy. They attack him on a deserted island and absorb enough of his energy to return to Japan and give the energy to a gigantic Meganuron at the bottom of the flooded city. The Meganuron then transforms into Megaguirus and attacks the city and then Godzilla, as he arrives in Japan to destroy the plasma energy. After a very tough battle, Godzilla figures out Megaguirus’s attack pattern and destroys the giant insect. However, the dimension where Megaguirus came from still exsists and there are most likely more of them out there

Meganulon is a 2 meter-long larva awaken from its ancient slumber. The larvae grows and multiplies, shed their skin and become fully grown, 5 meter long giant dragonflies, Meganulas. Meganulas swarm, collecting high concentrates of energy to inject into one larva which becomes their leader, a gigantic battle monster, called Megaguirus.

Megaguirus is a kaiju (giant monster) and the main villain. She is a thought-to-be-extinct species of dragonfly. Megaguirus, Meganula and Meganulon were originated in China during medieval times. Megaguirus has a lot of abilities. She can drain the energy out of its attacker, can cut enemy with wings, create supersonic sound waves that interrupts electric messages, and the energy that she sucks out with her tail she can harness to create a ball of energy that can knock out the opponent for three minutes.

Though Megaguirus is an original kaiju in the Godzilla series, she is based on a minor creature that first appeared in Rodan (1956). In that film, meganura are car-sized insects that resemble overgrown earwigs. They were man-eating arthropods that in turn, served as food for the film’s titular kaiju.

Origins

Part of the millennium line of the Godzilla movies, Godzilla vs. Megaguirusfeatured the addition of a new monster, Megaguirus, to the series. Directed by Masaaki Tezuka, the movie was released in December 2000.

In Godzilla X Megaguirus, an experimental weapon that fires miniature black holes opens a wormhole and lets a giant dragonfly through. It deposits a single egg and goes back through the wormhole. The egg is found by a boy, and he takes it with him when he moves to Tokyo. The egg starts oozing a strange liquid, so the boy throws the egg in the sewer. The egg, actually a mass of hundreds of eggs, splits up and starts growing. The eggs hatch into giant dragonfly nymphs called Meganurons that come out of the sewer to feed. They flood a portion of the city and molt on the side of buildings, becoming adult Meganuera.

The swarm of Meganura attack Godzilla, who is in battle with the G-Graspers, the anti-Godzilla section of the JSDF. Most of them are killed, but a few drain some of Godzilla’s blood and return to the sewer where they were born. With the last of their strength, the Meganura inject Godzilla’s blood into a huge, sleeping nymph. It molts and appears from the water as Megaguirus, the huge Meganura queen.

After destroying part of the city with the shock waves generated by her beating wings, she heads to the waterfront and faces Godzilla, who had been coming to fight her. Megaguirus is territorial, and considers the city to be her hunting ground. She uses her speed to avoid Godzilla’s attacks, but Godzilla eventually uses her speed against her. As she flies toward Godzilla, he lunges forward with his dorsal spines in her path. She runs into the spines, and one of her arms is cut off.

During the battle, one of Megaguirus’s special abilities is revealed. She apparently can generate a blast similar to the one used by whatever monster the Meganuera swarm got blood from. She fires a huge ball of radiation, knocking Godzilla down. He gets back up, and Megaguirus tries to go in for the kill. She speeds forward with the stinger on her long tail lowered, trying to stab Godzilla between the eyes. But Godzilla catches the stinger in his mouth! He bites down on it, crushing Megaguirus’ stinger.

Megaguirus rears up in pain, and Godzilla takes the chance to finally hit her with a blast of his atomic ray. She bursts into flame, and after being hit a second time falls to the ground and explodes, ending her savage life.

Kamacuras/Kamakiras/Gimantis

Kamacuras/Kamakiras/Gimantis (Showa Series)

Once a race of man-sized praying mantis, the Kamacuras were spawned by a radioactive storm accidentally created by a group of Japanese scientists. They stalked the island paradise, looking for any food source they could find. Their wrath was drawn toward the southwest part of the island where they began to dig up the hidden egg of Minilla. The insects succeeded after hours of battering the shell, finally breaking it open to reveal the crying reptile.

As the Kamacuras attacked, the young creature’s cries attracted his monstrous father Godzilla! As several mantids watched on, Godzilla destroyed several of their group with his strength and atomic ray. After witnessing its brethren get slaughtered, the final Kamacuras beat a hastily retreat, flying deeper into the jungles of Sollgel.

Resting within the jungle, the insect was disturbed by Riko and moved in to attack, but Minilla arrived to defend his human friend. The young Godzilla blew radioactive smoke rings at the ruby-colored mantid, but it just wasn’t enough. Moving closer, the praying mantis was suddenly attacked by Godzilla and forced to retreat again. Not long after, the insect stumbled across Kumonga in the midst of cocooning Minilla.

Seeing its natural enemy, the mantis tried to flee, but it was too late. Kumonga heard it and turned around, spraying the winged insect with webbing. Kamacuras fell back to the earth, struggling to rise against the heavy webs. Trapped, the insect was doomed as Kumonga plunged a poison stinger into its exoskeleton, quickly killing it. While it was believed the Kamacuras had been wiped out, a few managed to survive and were moved to Monster Island in the late 1960’s. Here they lived with fellow monsters, but they were a regular diet of the captured Kumonga and enemy of Godzilla, whom like before, hunted them into extinction.

Once a race of man-sized praying mantis, the Kamacuras were spawned by a radioactive storm accidentally created by a group of Japanese scientists. They stalked the island paradise, looking for any food source they could find. Their wrath was drawn toward the southwest part of the island where they began to dig up the hidden egg of Minilla. The insects succeeded after hours of battering the shell, finally breaking it open to reveal the crying reptile.

As the Kamacuras attacked, the young creature’s cries attracted his monstrous father Godzilla! As several mantids watched on, Godzilla destroyed several of their group with his strength and atomic ray. After witnessing its brethren get slaughtered, the final Kamacuras beat a hastily retreat, flying deeper into the jungles of Sollgel.

Resting within the jungle, the insect was disturbed by Riko and moved in to attack, but Minilla arrived to defend his human friend. The young Godzilla blew radioactive smoke rings at the ruby-colored mantid, but it just wasn’t enough. Moving closer, the praying mantis was suddenly attacked by Godzilla and forced to retreat again. Not long after, the insect stumbled across Kumonga in the midst of cocooning Minilla.

Seeing its natural enemy, the mantis tried to flee, but it was too late. Kumonga heard it and turned around, spraying the winged insect with webbing. Kamacuras fell back to the earth, struggling to rise against the heavy webs. Trapped, the insect was doomed as Kumonga plunged a poison stinger into its exoskeleton, quickly killing it. While it was believed the Kamacuras had been wiped out, a few managed to survive and were moved to Monster Island in the late 1960’s. Here they lived with fellow monsters, but they were a regular diet of the captured Kumonga and enemy of Godzilla, whom like before, hunted them into extinction.

Kamacuras/Kamakiras/Gimantis (Heisei Series)

On a relatively normal day, hell broke loose all across the planet. Kaiju began to strike major cities with Kamacuras laying waste to Paris! The famous city was stunned but far from defenseless. The E.D.F. flying battleship Éclair was deployed and attacked the huge insect. Landing on top the vessel, Kamacuras began to use its claws to batter the hull. As rockets failed to stop the green bug, a brilliant beam of light summoned Kamacuras away. The Xilians had arrived, saving the human race from total annihilation!

However, in due time, the true motives of the aliens were discovered. In response, the creatures were released yet again. Kamacuras was deployed to Paris and faced the Éclair for a second round, this time destroying the weapon. The great city was demolished, but Kamacuras’ mission was far from done.

After Godzilla laid waste to several other monsters, Kamacuras was teleported from Paris to Kanto, Japan. Stepping ashore, Godzilla sensed something was off and began to fire his atomic ray onto the green hills. Emerging from the jungle and its element of surprise ruined, Kamacuras flew at the monster king. Catching it in his grip, Godzilla spun around and threw the insect away. Shrieking in pain, Kamacuras’ body was impaled onto an electrical tower. As Godzilla advanced further, Kamacuras’ eyes dimmed and death overcame it.

Kamacuras (Showa)

  •     Height: 50 meters (164 feet)
  •     Mass: 2,800 metric tons (3,080 tons)
  •     Powers/weapons: Spiked claws, mandibles, flight
  •     First appearance: Son of Godzilla (1967)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 8, 10′ 12
  •     Fight record: Losses 3, Ties 1

Kamacuras (Millennium)

  •     Height: 40 meters
  •     Length: 90 meters
  •     Mass: 20,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons: Flight; spiked claws; able to camouflage itself to match its surroundings
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Descriptions

Deep in the dense jungles of Sollgel Island lived a group of Kamacuras, two-meter tall insects lacking antennae but otherwise resembling overgrown praying mantises. A United Nations weather control experiment on Sollgel accidentally doused the island in a radioactive rainstorm, causing at least three of the Kamacuras to balloon to the size of Godzilla. Attempting to devour Godzilla’s just-hatched son Minilla, the gigantic insects were quickly routed by Godzilla himself. One of them was later defeated in battle by the giant spider Kumonga, but at least one was seen living peacefully among the other monsters imprisoned on Monster Island. The Kamacuras are huge praying-mantis who live on Sogell Island.. basically, they’re chew toys for Godzilla. I mean, look at the fight record! (above) Even Minya smacked ’em around some.

Origins

Kamacuras, or Gimantis (a cross between “giant” and “mantis”), is a large mutant praying mantis from the Godzilla series, debuting in the film Son of Godzilla (1967). The monster is named after the Japanese word for “praying mantis” .

A race of human-sized mantis’ residing on Solgell Island, the Kamacuras were ballooned to giant size when a weather experiment went horribly wrong, resulting in a radioactive storm. The Kamacuras soon uncovered a gigantic egg, and immediately began to break it open. They eventually broke through its shell, spilling out a small reptile. This creature was actually Minya, whose cries attracted Godzilla. Godzilla soon made short work of the Kamacuras, seemingly killing all but one. This final Kamacuras battled Minya later on, but was again driven off by Godzilla. It later encountered Kumonga, but was easily overpowered by the massive spider. He was apparently killed by Kumonga’s poisonous stinger, but at least one Kamacuras survived and ended up as an inmate on Monster Island.

Over thirty years later, Kamacuras to the screen in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). As a part of the Xilliens’ invasion, Kamacuras attacked Paris, France, and battled the mighty battleship, the Eclair. He was eventually teleported away by the Xilliens in an attempt to look like they had vanquished the giant mantis, but once their true colors were discovered, Kamacuras was returned to Paris to finish his rampage. When Godzilla was awoken, Kamacuras was sent to Kanto, Japan to fight him. The fight didn’t last long, as when Kamacuras rocketed towards Godzilla, the reptile quickly grabbed the mantis and tossed him away, impaling Kamacuras on a high-tension tower.

Oonukundru

The Giant Condor (大コンドル?, Daikondoru, lit. Large Condor) is a giant condor kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1966 Godzilla film, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.

According to Toho’s Godzilla.jp website, the Giant Condor has two different names for its two appearances: Daikondoru (大コンドル?, lit. Large Condor) in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, and Daiwashi (大ワシ?, lit. Large Eagle) in All Monsters Attack.

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

In Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, the Giant Condor briefly grapples with Godzilla, but it proves to be nothing more then a nuisance for the King of the Monsters, who roasts it with his atomic breath. Its body plummets into the ocean, the Giant Condor disappearing as suddenly as it appeared.

All Monsters Attack

The Giant Condor appears once more in All Monsters Attack, now a giant eagle, and Godzilla once again destroys it with his atomic ray, and its body then falls into the ocean. Its entire appearance consists of stock footage from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.

The Giant Condor has the abilities of what a large bird of prey would have: sharp talons, a piercing beak and the power of flight. It’s not known to have any more power.

Ookondoru

  •     Length: 15 meters
  •     Wingspan: 25 meters
  •     Mass: 2,000 tons
  •     Attributes: flight, sharp beak and talons.
  •     Year of First Appearence: 1966 in Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster
  •     Fight Record: 1 loss

Descriptions

Ookondru, made his debut in the 1966 film, “Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster” aka “Ebirah: Horror of the Deep”. In this film,  Ookondru appeared as Godzilla battled Ebirah on Letchi Island in 1966. Ookondru who viciously attacked the Godzilla without provocation. However, after a brief battle, Godzilla dispatched Ookondru with a point-blank blast of his radioactive heat ray, mortally wounding the monster bird and sending it crashing into the ocean where it was presumed to have died.

The Giant Condor was very agile in flight, but not a very effective fighter.  Ookondru had to rely completely on close-range attacks, using his wings, beak, and talons to attack his foes. But in the end the Giant Condor was just simply too weak to withstand the power of the Godzilla, and was ultimately dealt a dead blow courtesy of Godzilla’s radioactive heat ray.

The U.S. television version and early video versions have a different opening to the film. The opening scenes of Ryota at the Maritime Safety Agency searching for news of his brother have been replaced with a scene supposedly showing Ebirah destroying Yata’s boat. This sequence was created by editing a later scene in the movie. The current DVD version of the film restores the Japanese cut.

The Japanese singing duo Pair Bambi play the tiny twin Mothra priestesses known as “The Shobijin” (“Little Beauties”). In earlier movies, these characters were played by twin sisters Emi and Yûmi Ito of The Peanuts, another Japanese singing duo.

In the scene right after he destroys the Giant Condor, Godzilla rubs his nose. This was a reference to Toho’s popular Wakadaisho/Young Guy movie series, in which the titular character, Yuichi Tanuma (played by Yuzo Kayama), was known for doing the same thing.

The name Ebirah is derived from the Japanese word for shrimp, ebi.

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster was one of the two Godzilla films used as episodes of American television comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000, which frequently mocks monster movies. The other one was Godzilla vs. Megalon.

In 1991, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster was distributed under the Film Ventures International name. The company replaced the opening with a generic credit sequence, using footage from Son of Godzilla.

Origins

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Gojira, Ebira, Mosura: Nankai no Daikettô – translated as Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Great Duel in the South Seas) is a 1966 tokusatsu film, directed by Jun Fukuda, and was released by Toho studios. The movie is also known by its International English title, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. The special effects were by Eiji Tsuburaya (although his direct involvement was limited) and Sadamasa Arikawa. It also features supporting monsters Mothra and Ebirah. It was the first Godzilla film since Godzilla Raids Again not directed by Ishiro Honda and shows a turn toward a more action-adventure approach to the Godzilla films instead of Honda’s customary science-fiction approach. Set mostly on a tropical island, the film also required fewer miniatures and therefore had a lower budget than the previous Godzilla films.

The concept was originally intended for King Kong under the title Operation Robinson Crusoe. The film was planned as a co-production with the American production company Rankin-Bass to coincide with their animated series The King Kong Show. However, Rankin-Bass rejected this script. The King Kong project was eventually made from a different script as King Kong Escapes, but Toho salvaged Operation Robinson Crusoe by re-writing it to feature Godzilla instead of King Kong. Some of Godzilla’s unusual behavior in the film, such as living in a cave, receiving power from electricity, and taking notice of a beautiful native girl, reveal the script’s origin as a King Kong vehicle.

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster was released directly to U.S. television syndication through the Walter Reade Organization. It was the first Godzilla film to forgo a theatrical release in the United States. For the television version, the film’s title was written as Godzilla versus the Sea Monster.

Gigan/Gaigan

Gigan is truly a strange monster, sporting a circular saw weapon located in his frontal abdominal region and large steel hooks for hands with smaller ones for feet. Gigan is sometimes considered Godzilla’s most brutal and violent opponent, and has a significant fan following (including Godzilla: Final Wars director Ryuhei Kitamura) despite the generally perceived low quality of his first two films. His new design for the Millennium series was praised by many and ranked among fans as one of the best improvements to any monster.

Gigan in Godzilla vs. Gigan

Gigan first appeared in the film Godzilla vs. Gigan where he was controlled by the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens. He was sent to earth to destroy it with King Ghidorah. They attacked a city, but they were interrupted by Godzilla and Anguirus. They battled at the World Children’s Land, and they nearly killed the two monsters. After the destruction of the Godzilla Tower, Gigan and King Ghidorah are released from their mind control, and the two Earth monsters drove them back into space.

Gigan in Godzilla vs. Megalon

Gigan returned in Godzilla vs. Megalon, as he was called by the Seatopians to help them conquer Earth. He arrived to help Megalon battle Godzilla, and they nearly killed him. Jet Jaguar attacked Gigan, but he was also defeated. The two monsters regained their strength, and they fought Gigan and Megalon off again. Gigan retreated back to space, and Megalon returned to Seatopia.

Gigan in Zone Fighter

Gigan later returned as a special guest star in the TV series Zone Fighter. In the series, is revealed that, after the events of Godzilla Vs. Megalon, the weakened Gigan crossed paths with the Garoga. Capturing the monster, the alien race equipped Gigan with modifications, namely having his claws cause explosions each time he hit something with them.

After gaining these upgrades, the Garoga sent him back to Earth to fight Zone Fighter. Upon his return, Gigan found Godzilla and they fought. Even with his new abilities, Gigan was no match for Godzilla. Godzilla then left Gigan for dead after rescuing Zone Fighter. However, Gigan was not finished yet, and he rose once more to fight Zone Fighter. Gigan’s previous fight with Godzilla proved to have taken its toll on him, and Zone Fighter soon had the upper hand. Zone Fighter then unleashed his Meteor Missile Might Attack on Gigan and killed him.

In Godzilla Island episodes 31-40, when Zaguresu gets upset on the reports of her failures while reading a newspaper, a M Space Hunter Nebula Alien crawls into view and says to Zaguresu that it’s here to help her conquer Godzilla Island, so the M Space Hunter Nebula Alien introduces Gigan to Zaguresu, which impressed her, and Gigan heads down to earth. When Godzilla sees Gigan, Gigan levels off and starts a scan on Godzilla, and succeeds in doing so, Gigan then prepares to leave as Torema arrives on the scene, but Gigan flies over Torema’s ship, and Zaguresu was annoyed when Gigan didn’t even bother to fight.

Gigan then fires an arrow with a note tied onto it to Godzilla Island from space, it turns out that the note said that Gigan has challenged Godzilla to a battle at sunrise, so Godzilla heads out to battle, only to be stopped by King Caesar, who then warns Godzilla that Gigan is too strong and needs to prepare before the battle, but Godzilla roars in defiance, then Torema begs Godzilla to listen, but Godzilla marches past King Caesar refusing to listen. Godzilla finally reaches the battle site and finds Gigan waiting.

The two monsters then begin to wait through the night before attacking, when the sun rises, Gigan reflects the sunlight off its claw, blinding Godzilla by the reflection. Gigan sees its opportunity and starts to charge at Godzilla, only for Godzilla to regain his sight, causing Gigan to halt its charge, and leap back to where it started attacking from. Zaguresu starts getting frustrated that Gigan isn’t fighting Godzilla, so she calls out Battra, only for Gigan to fire its Cluster Beam at Battra. The M Space Hunter Nebula Alien alien then assures Zaguresu that Gigan can defeat Godzilla on its own. Godzilla and Gigan continue to face off as everyone waits in anticipation. When a landslide falls between Godzilla and Gigan, the two monsters begin to charge, but unfortunately, Godzilla goes down, much to everyone’s surprise.

Gigan then approaches the fallen Godzilla when Mothra suddenly appears, and attacks Gigan with her scales, then Rodan appears, picks up Godzilla, and flies away with Godzilla as Mothra follows. Gigan watches, but turns away as Godzilla escapes. At King Caesar’s healing spa, Godzilla admits to King Caesar that he wasn’t ready to face Gigan and should’ve listened in the first place. King Caesar then tells Godzilla that he needed to use powers he’s never used to defeat Gigan, and can train Godzilla how to use those powers. Gigan then appears, much to Godzilla and King Caesar’s surprise. However, it did not attack, but instead, enjoys the hot spa, as Godzilla and King Caesar watch. Gigan then rises out of the spa and challenges Godzilla at sunrise for the final battle, and Godzilla accepts Gigan’s challenge.

Before their final battle, Godzilla is seen meditating as Rodan flies by, King Caesar approaches as Godzilla continues to meditate. King Caesar taps into Godzilla’s inner power, then walks away. The next day, Godzilla has reached the battle site, and Gigan flies into position while King Caesar’s gathered all the monsters, and warns them not to interfere in Godzilla’s battle with Gigan. The monsters disapprove, and King Caesar roars in defiance, causing the monsters to step back. Godzilla then closes his eyes, much to Gigan’s confusion, and a green aura surrounds Godzilla, causing Gigan to step back.

The green aura disappears and Godzilla opens his eyes. Godzilla suddenly fires his Radioactive Heat Ray aimlessly into the sky. Gigan sees its opportunity and charges Godzilla. In midair, the ray does a 180 and hits Gigan from behind, and everyone is shocked as to what has happened. Gigan looks back to see who attacked it, and Godzilla sees his opportunity and charges Gigan. As Gigan turns back around, Godzilla leaps in the air and strikes with a spinning tail attack, knocking Gigan down to the ground. The fallen Gigan looks up at Godzilla as the King of the Monsters looks back. Gigan soon falls unconscious, and all the monsters come to congratulate Godzilla, even Torema is happy that Godzilla was able to defeat Gigan. but Zaguresu swats the M Space Hunter Nebula Alien alien with her newspaper because the plan’s failed.

Gigan reappears in episodes 117-118 when Godzilla is getting a beat down from Destoroyah and Megalon. At first it would seem like Gigan is helping the two monsters against Godzilla, but as it turns out, Gigan is actually helping Godzilla when Gigan knocks down Megalon. Destoroyah then tries to fly away, but Gigan shoots him down with the Cluster Beam, and Godzilla finishes Destoroyah off with a spinning tail attack, knocking him down. Godzilla and Gigan then drag the two monsters into a cave, and use their respective beam attacks to close in the cave on Destoroyah and Megalon. Godzilla and Gigan then look at each other, and Gigan flies off while Godzilla goes back to Godzilla Island to help fight-off against Mecha-King Ghidorah.

Gigan once again reappears in episodes 169-178 when Misato goes on an expedition to Matango Island in her ship, Gigan is seen training by throwing rocks up in the air and slicing them in two, so Misato then reports this back to the G-Guard Commander. Landes sends Camero to ask if Gigan would like to join them in conquering Godzilla Island, but Gigan is uninterested and flies off.

The Giant Dark Emperor appears in space to yell at Landes, but she cries and he gives her a new monster, Dororin, to send out on earth. Dororin then crashes on Matango Island, shape-shifts himself into Godzilla, and smashes a rock on Gigan’s head while Gigan was meditating. Then he shape-shifts into Gigan itself, and flies off. Misato also arrives on Matango Island because Lucas got an alert, and Gigan tells her Godzilla attacked it, and Gigan flies to Godzilla Island to fight Godzilla. Meanwhile back in Godzilla Island, Dororin, while disguised as Gigan, smashes a rock on Godzilla’s head.

The G-Guard Commander radios Misato, and tells her that Gigan is here, but she tells him she’s with Gigan. Soon enough, the real Gigan comes and fights Godzilla. So far, neither monsters are falling or getting hit by blows that brought them down in previous battles. The battle continues despite Misato getting upset, and also the fact that the G-Guard Commander is piloting MechaGodzilla to fight Dororin to protect G-Guard Base. Godzilla refuses to stop fighting to help fight Dororin. But then Moguera, piloted by Nao, comes in-between Godzilla and Gigan and tells Godzilla to help fight-off against Dororin, so Godzilla decides to go because his friends are more important than his battle honor, and Gigan follows.

While Misato uses the computer and gets a clue on how to beat Dororin, Godzilla comes in and blasts Dororin with his Radioactive Heat Ray and takes over the fight, but Dororin grabs him from behind. Then Gigan comes in and attacks Dororin. And then Fire Fighter Jet Jaguar, piloted by Misato, comes in and uses its fire hose, melting the shape-shifting monster away, the spirit then flies up to the air, only for Gigan to smash it with its claw and finally, Gigan flies away, but not before it fires an arrow with a note tied onto it to ground from space.

Gigan in Godzilla: Final Wars

Gigan returned in Godzilla: Final Wars, were he was first seen as a mummified monster from his battle with Mothra. He was awoken by the Xiliens to help them conquer the Earth. He chased the Gotengo to Antarctica to stop them from awakening Godzilla. He nearly destroyed the ship, but he was blasted by one of Godzilla’s nuclear beams. Be battled Godzilla until he got his head destroyed by his beam. However, the Xiliens repaired him and released him to fight alongside Monster X.

Modified Gigan in Godzilla: Final Wars

Modified Gigan was Gigan’s second form in Godzilla: Final Wars, where he is rebuilt with a different head and chainsaws instead of hooks. He was released to battle Mothra, and temporarily defeated her. He attempted to help Monster X in his battle with Godzilla, but he was attacked by Mothra. He shot his blades at Mothra, but they flew past her. He nearly killed Mothra with his beam, but his blades flew at him and cut his head off. Mothra slammed into him, causing him to explode and die.

Gigan (Showa)

  •     Height: 65 meters (213 feet)
  •     Mass: 25,000 metric tons (27 ,500 tons)
  •     First appearance: Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
  •     Notable G-Series credits: 12, 13
  •     Fight record: Wins 1 , Losses 2

Gigan (Millennium)

  •     Height: 120 meters (394 feet)
  •     Weight: 60,000 tons
  •     Powers/Weapons (Original): Cluster beam from eye, flight at mach speed, hammer-claw hands/feet, buzz saw in abdomen, sharp tooth-lined beak, able to fire cables from wrists that grab opponents, tail can grab opponents, spikes on elbows and knees
  •     Powers/Weapons (Upgraded): Cluster beam from eye, flight at mach speed, dual chainsaws on each hand, hammer-claw feet, buzzsaw in abdomen, sharp tooth-lined beak, can fire razor-sharp disks from shoulders, tail can grab opponents, spikes on elbows and knees
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
  •     Fight Record: Wins 1, Losses 3

Descriptions

Gigan or Gaigan, is a fictional monster from the Godzilla series, and was introduced in the film Godzilla vs Gigan (1972) as a cyborg monster with a buzzsaw chest weapon and hook-like hands and the ability to fly through unidentified means.

Sent to Earth by the Nebulans, Gigan was paired with King Ghidorah and attacked Tokyo. They were challenged by Godzilla and Anguirus, and after a hard, long fight, the two space monsters were driven off, and retreated back into space. A year later, Gigan was sent by the Nebulans to assist the people of Seatopia in their assault on humanity by aiding Megalon in a battle against Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. Gigan abandoned Megalon when the fight turned against them and flew back to space. Gigan is sometimes considered Godzilla’s most violent opponent and has a large fan following despite the generally perceived low-quality of the first two films in which he appeared.

That same year, Gigan made an appearance on Toho’s television series, Ryûsei Ningen Zôn (an Ultraman/Henshin-style series). Gigan was pummelled by Godzilla once again, then battled the giant superhero, Zone Fighter. Gigan finally met his match in Zone Fighter, and was destroyed by his explosive Monster Missiles.

Gigan returned in the film Godzilla: Final Wars as a mummified cyborg monster, having been slain 12,000 years ago by Mothra. Brought back to life by the Xilians as part of their global invasion, Gigan traveled to the South Pole to destroy the newly-awakened Godzilla. Gigan was able to ensnare Godzilla with grappling hooks from his scythes, but had his head blown off by Godzilla’s atomic ray. Later, when Mothra arrived to assist Godzilla against Monster X, a repaired and upgraded Gigan arrived to battle his ancient foe. This Gigan had its scythes replaced with dual-chainsaws and had the ability to fire razor-discs from his chest.

Using his chainsaw hands to slice off part of Mothra’s wing, Gigan had apparently slain his foe, and double-teamed with Monster X against Godzilla. When Mothra attacked again, Gigan fired his discs at her, and when they missed, he fired off a blast of his eye-beam, setting Mothra ablaze and apparently killing her. As Gigan struck a victory pose, though, his razor discs came shooting back at him, slicing his head off. This time, however, Gigan was still alive despite the loss of his head. Unfortunately, he was unable to do much of anything, since a flaming Mothra dove down, body-slamming Gigan and destroying both of them in a fiery blast.

Gigan is the first monster ever to cause Godzilla to visibly bleed. Twice in Godzilla vs. Gigan, when he repeatedly flew over Godzilla and cut him on the shoulder with his stomach buzzsaw, and later when Gigan drove one of his hooks between Godzilla’s eyes. He caused him to bleed again in Godzilla vs. Megalon through the use of stock footage from Godzilla vs. Gigan. These scenes are controversial, since special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya during his tenure as the head of visual effects at Toho had purposely avoided visible bloodshed in the monster clashes. Godzilla’s injuries from Gigan’s attack therefore represent a significant break from Tusburaya’s techniques in the wake of his death in 1969.

Gigan’s eye laser, though shown prominently on the film poster, was never used in the movies until Godzilla: Final Wars. It also made an appearance in Godzilla: Monster of the Monsters for the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee for the Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox, and later on Godzilla: Save the Earth for Xbox.

Origins

Godzilla vs Gigan also known as Godzilla on Monster Island when first released to U.S. theaters, is a 1972 tokusatsu film. The twelfth of the Toho Studio’s Godzilla series, it was directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. In the U.S., Cinema Shares released the film in 1977. When released to video in the 1980s, the title reverted to Godzilla vs. Gigan.

The monsters featured in this film are Godzilla, Anguirus, King Ghidorah and a new monster, Gigan.

Godzilla fans usually do not hold the film in high esteem. It had a lower budget than most of the other Godzilla films and depends heavily on stock footage from earlier Toho kaiju movies, such as Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster, Rodan, War of the Gargantuas, Destroy All Monsters, and Monster Zero. However, because of the film’s low-budget, the special-effects crew could not have completed the movie without the use of the older footage. Some fans do enjoy the film for its lengthy four-way fight between the monsters at the finale.

The music is credited to Akira Ifukube, who composed the scores for most of the Godzilla films of the 1960s. Ifukube, however, did not write any new music for this movie; all of his music was taken from his earlier Toho scores, most notably Battle in Outer Space for the main title music.

Giant cockroaches from a dying Earth-like planet in the Space Hunter Nebula M plot to colonize the Earth and destroy all cities to make it more “peaceful” (Peace and technology are the themes of this film). They inhabit the bodies of recently deceased humans, thus resembling them, and work as the staff of the Japan branch of the peace-themed theme park, World Children’s Land (based in Switzerland), the centerpiece being the Godzilla-shaped “Godzilla Tower”.

The plan of the Nebula M aliens is to use the space monsters King Ghidorah and Gigan (guided by two “Action Signal Tapes”) to wipe out civilization. A cartoonist named Gengo Odaka stumbles onto their plan after being hired as a concept artist for them. When Gengo and his friends play one of the incomprehensible Action Signal Tapes (which he obtained by accident) on their tape player, only Godzilla and Anguirus hear it from afar and catch on to this evil plot as well. Both monsters try to save the Earth from King Ghidorah and Gigan, though the Nebula M aliens plan to lure Godzilla into a shocking fatal trap.

SpaceGodzilla

In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla the human characters hypothesize that Godzilla cells somehow cast into space fell into a black hole and mutated into a partially crystalline life form, which then came out from a white hole. It is not known for certain what caused the Godzilla cells to fall into the black hole, but it is explained in the film that either cells from Godzilla’s previous clone, Biollante, escaped Earth’s orbit when she rose into space after battling Godzilla in 1989, or that Mothra unknowingly carried the cells into space when she was going to space to deflect a meteor headed for Earth in 1992.

When Trendmasters introduced SpaceGodzilla in their Godzilla Wars toy line, they made a slightly modified origin based on the Mothra theory, in which Godzilla cells did not become a crystalline life form through the exposure to black and white holes, but rather a fusion with an unknown pre-existing crystalline life form.

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

SpaceGodzilla was first seen flying through space and releasing crystals onto Birth Island. He battled M.O.G.U.E.R.A. while he was on his way to Earth, and defeated the mecha. He landed on Birth Island and attacked Little Godzilla, but Godzilla arrived to save him. After the battle, SpaceGodzilla used his telekinetic powers to trap Little Godzilla. He flew away and attacked a couple cities, and he found a power source to set up his fortress. Godzilla arrived to attack SpaceGodzilla and save his son, but he was too powerful. M.O.G.U.E.R.A arrived to help Godzilla, and it split into Land Moguera and Star Falcon. Land Moguera drilled underground and knocked out his power source, while the Star Falcon attacked him from the air. Godzilla then had the upper hand, and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. used it’s spiral grenades to destroy his shoulder crystals. SpaceGodzilla was about to explode, but Godzilla used his spiral ray on him multiple times. SpaceGodzilla exploded into a bunch of lights, and went back up to space.

SpaceGodzilla in Godzilla Island

In Godzilla Island episodes 1-5, Xilien Zaguresu attacked Godzilla Island. When Torema attacked her ship, she released SpaceGodzilla to attack. Godzilla roars at his clone. SpaceGodzilla reaches the Command Center and attacks, shooting the Command Center with his ray. Godzilla then arrives and grapples with SpaceGodzilla, neither being able to overpower the other. Torema then tells Godzilla to destroy SpaceGodzilla’s shoulder crystals. Godzilla obeys and fires his atomic ray, blowing up the crystals. Godzilla and Torema’s ship fire their rays, and the combined efforts destroys SpaceGodzilla.

Spacegodzilla

  •     Height: 394 feet
  •     Length: Not Available
  •     Mass: 88,000 tons
  •     Hovering Speed: Moderate
  •     Powers:
  •     Corona Beam: SpaceGodzilla can launch a devastating beam of energy, which he can control telekinetically, from his maw. The tip of this beam is pointed, allowing it to stab into a victim before detonating.
  •     Crystal Shower: SpaceGodzilla can uproot and many of his crystals and launch them at his opponent.
  •     Crystal Tail: The end of SpaceGodzilla’s tail is tipped with numerous large, pointed crystals that he can use to impale victims.
  •     Energy Shield: When attacked, SpaceGodzilla can erect an energy shield around his body, reflecting energy-based attacks back to their source.
  •     Crystals: In order to power himself, SpaceGodzilla can summon vast fields of crystals in an area. So long as his crystals are in effect, and he still has his shoulder crystals, SpaceGodzilla will have a near-infinite amount of power.
  •     Gravity Tornado: SpaceGodzilla can generate a powerful gravity tornado with his shoulder crystals, allowing him to move extremely heavy objects with ease.
  •     Regeneration: SpaceGodzilla has an enhanced regenerative ability, allowing him to heal non-fatal wounds almost instantly.
  •     Flying Transformation: In order to fly and move through space, SpaceGodzilla can transform into his flying form.
  •     Weaknesses: None
  •     First Appearance: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
  •     Human Kills: Not Available
  •     Fight Record: Wins: 1, Losses: 1, Ties: 1
  •     Home World: None (Space)
  •     Type: Alien / Mutant
  • SpaceGodzilla (Flying Form)
  •     Length: 280 feet
  •     Mass: 72,000 tons
  •     Flight Speed: Mach 3
  •     Space Flight Speed: Moderate
  •     Powers:
  •     Corona Beam: SpaceGodzilla can launch a devastating beam of energy, which he can control telekinetically, from his maw. The tip of this beam is pointed, allowing it to stab into a victim before detonating.
  •     Crystals: In order to power himself, SpaceGodzilla can summon vast fields of crystals in an area. So long as his crystals are in effect, and he still has his shoulder crystals, SpaceGodzilla will have a near-infinite amount of power.
  •     Gravity Tornado: SpaceGodzilla can generate a powerful gravity tornado with his shoulder crystals, allowing him to move extremely heavy objects with ease.
  •     Regeneration: SpaceGodzilla has an enhanced regenerative ability, allowing him to heal non-fatal wounds almost instantly.
  •     EMP Rings: In his flying form SpaceGodzilla, can emit powerful EMP rings that are capable of shorting out electronics and machinery.
  •     Weaknesses: None

Origins

In the darkest reaches of space, something terrifying was happening. Godzilla’s cells somehow polluted the cosmos, either from fragments of Biollante in orbit or Mothra. These cells were sucked into a black hole where they were exposed to tremendous energy and expelled through a white hole. They were then assimilated by crystalline organisms, spawning the horrible clone of Godzilla. The beast vowed to destroy its twin and headed directly for Earth, Birth Island in its line of fire!

As it drew closer, it cast balls of light from its body, sending them to the island to spawn crystal fields. When the monster was spotted by G-Force, M.O.G.U.E.R.A. was ordered to intercept it. Clashing within the asteroid belt, the two titans traded weapons until the space monster launched a series of EMP waves at the machine, short circuiting it! Damaged, M.O.G.U.E.R.A. was ordered to retreat as SpaceGodzilla arrived on Earth.

It ruthlessly attacked Little Godzilla, earning Godzilla’s attention. The nuclear saurian protected his offspring, but felt the full-force of SpaceGodzilla’s cosmic powers in the process. The monster king was overwhelmed and defeated, allowing the dark twin to imprison Little Godzilla within its crystal fields. Mocking the king of the monsters, SpaceGodzilla allowed him to live and free his child. With humanity stunned, SpaceGodzilla headed for Japan!

M.O.G.U.E.R.A. was again mobilized as the monster landed in Fukuoka, transforming the metropolis into its own crystal kingdom! The machine fired its spiral grenade missiles, but they weren’t powerful enough, and any damage it managed to inflict was instantly regenerated! As the battle raged, Godzilla finally arrived, joining forces with the G-Force robot. Against both opponents, SpaceGodzilla still fought. Its prized Fukuoka Tower, which it had turned into the heart of its power source, was brought down by Godzilla and Land M.O.G.U.E.R.A., weakening it.

Soon its shoulder crystals were destroyed, but SpaceGodzilla retaliated and impaled the robot with its tail! Tossing the monolith away, the space monster fought Godzilla again. As the two clashed, the machine managed to return to action and tackle SpaceGodzilla to the ground, damaging itself even further in process. As SpaceGodzilla struggled to stand, untamed energy began to course through Godzilla as he fired his spiral beam! Not even SpaceGodzilla was able to withstand the powerful assault as the burning beam tore through its body. The demonic entity was completely destroyed, ending the devastating power of the nightmare forever, what remained of SpaceGodzilla drifting away in a cloud of glowing spores.

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