The Unofficial Godzilla Compendium for the Shinsei Series

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com

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As most of you are aware there is a book called the “Godzilla Compendium” and is based on all the Godzilla movies from 1954 to 1995 and that is where it stops! Now I stumble on what is called the unofficial Godzilla addendum that came right out of the magazine called “G-Fan” I decided to create my own version of this compendium. It is based on the Shinsei Series of Godzilla films.

Number 23-Godzilla 2000

Synopsis: this movie would mark the return of Godzilla from the Toho Motion Picture Company as according to Godzilla elitists, Godzilla Fan Boys or the so-called hard-core Godzilla fans in themselves did not like the American release of what is called “Godzilla 1998” because it was a different interpretation than what they were used to. Anyway the Toho Motion Picture Company decided to bring Godzilla back for that very reason.

The movie starts with a person in a light tower looking on only to find a boat floating by the window. This person versus out of the lighthouse and starts running away only to be called to by the both falling out of Godzilla’s mouth, and while he’s walking my tower falls on top of him missing and completely but scare the crap him.

Godzilla heads towards the power lines and destroys them in a matter of seconds. Meanwhile a new discovery is found within the depths of the ocean, so they bring it up and it does strange things and eventually comes to life. Meanwhile the Japanese army is trying to stop Godzilla in his usual stomping patterns on the country of Japan. The ship eventually faces Godzilla they both fire on each other to a major damage to each other.

What this shape wants is to find a form that he can take shape to, and it found it in Godzilla it is called regenerator one. So the ship is destined to take what it needs from Godzilla, so he keeps fighting with him until he gets what it wants. And it gets what it wants. Then it takes on new form.

His name is Orga, and now the fight is a totally new fight for Godzilla who has to fight an alien like creature that resembles a very deformed Godzilla 1998 and it does have some slight resemblance to that Godzilla if you look closely at the face. Anyway they fight and Godzilla keeps blasting Orga and it does some major damage to Orga.

Orga keeps coming back for more punishment until he finally tries to swallow Godzilla, but Godzilla is not going to have that. Godzilla decides it’s time to fry this baby from the inside and he doesn’t precariously, blow toward a completely in half. Godzilla that approach is a building with the people at and takes out Kataguri who has been a pain all to the movie.

Godzilla is seen incinerating and burning everything in his path, and he’s like a kid in a toy store.

Interesting Information about the Movie

Godzilla 2000 is the very first Godzilla film to be released in the new millennium arrow that they call “The Alternate Era” “The Millennium Series” “The Shinsei Series” since the death of Godzilla five years prior. The Toho Company hope to reinvent the series and find a new direction to take Godzilla into. So look for Godzilla. This particular suit It was announced that they would he literally ignore the previous film series that Heisei series. The Toho Company had said that they would do three standalone films over the next three years the first one up is Godzilla 2000. It would be monster suit maker Shinichi Wakasa who created the Miregoji suit and gave it a spiky or and meaner look for Godzilla. They head on the Miregoji suit is a new design that is based off of the Kinggoji design used on the Godzilla suit for the movie King Kong versus Godzilla 1962.

By doing this the new design was such a success that it did in fact become the most popular among fans. The story a screenplay for Godzilla 2000 are inventive and intelligent, and for the very first time, Godzilla seeming invulnerability is explained to the audiences. Unfortunately, the US version partly missed the point by renaming Organizer G-One to Regenerator G-One while taking other liberties with the plot and characters. Godzilla’s battle with the new Kaiju they call Orga is very well choreographed. The musical score by Takayuki Hattori is unremarkable, and it is considered an improved and re-orchestrated in the American version. In the United States version of the movie all sound effects were completely redone by the United States for the United States audience this is a useful lesson for Toho when producing future features on their own.

Special effects director Kenji Suzuki created many wonderful images for this film however because of the limit of the Toho Company’s budget and technology resulted in imperfect execution, however the spirit of their attempt is obvious. The movie Godzilla 2000 was extremely well received by fans in the West; Tri-Star generated much excitement by releasing this film in over 2000 theaters simultaneously. Godzilla lovers look forward eagerly to the next installment of the adventure of their reborn hero. I say reborn hero it is because they were a lot of fans out there that did not appreciate what Roland Emery did to Godzilla in 1998. Like most fans I was disappointed at the fact that this Godzilla was not like the Godzilla that we all know Godzilla to be. However I have gotten over that and learn to appreciate the film for what it is it is a good film regardless of what people say.

Number 24: Godzilla versus Megaguirus

Synopsis: An experimental weapon that fires miniature black holes, called the Dimension Tide, opens a wormhole and through which a giant prehistoric dragonfly enters the present. It deposits a single egg and before exiting through the wormhole. A boy finds the egg and 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 moult on the sides of buildings, becoming adult Meganuera.

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

After destroying part of the city with shock waves generated by her beating wings, Megaguirus heads to the waterfront and faces Godzilla. Being territorial, Megaguirus 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 flies into the spines, and one of her arms is severed.

During the battle, a special ability of Megaguirus is revealed: Having grown on blood from Godzilla, she can generate a blast similar to his atomic ray. She fires a huge ball of radiation, knocking Godzilla down. He gets back up, and Megaguirus goes 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, crushing the stinger. Megaguirus rears up in pain, and Godzilla takes the chance to finally blast her with his atomic ray. She bursts into flame, and after being hit a second time falls to the ground and explodes, ending her savage life.

Interesting information about the movie

As it is said this is the best movie of the Millennium series. Godzilla versus Megaguirus has all the ingredients of a satisfying Godzilla movie experience: it would be the very first time that director Masaaki Tezuka who has been a long time Godzilla fan and he does in fact show a deep understanding for the king of monsters in which it made this particular film a success. The special effects director for this film is known by many to do a splendid job his particular name is Makoto Kamiya with his direction he manages to create Megaguirus and the top speed of flying to be the most impressive flying monster to date.

The special effects that went into creating Megaguirus is flight was top-notch special effects shots and to some groundbreaking. There were more computer effects employed an integrated and improved over Godzilla 2000. Visually and conceptually, Kamiya’s special effects had a real freshness and showed both confidence and ingenuity. Among them another newcomer composer Michiru Oshima who did the soundtrack for this movie she has created many new themes for the Godzilla franchise.

In spite of the Toho Company’s typical budget restraints Godzilla versus Megaguirus succeeded on all accounts. It was splendidly paste and very entertaining with a combination of all of these things the Toho Company embraced Tezuka’s and Oshima version of the Godzilla film.

Number 25. Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monster’s All-out Attack

Synopsis: Strange incidents occur when an American submarine has been destroyed by a mysterious force at sea off the shores of Guam. Only Admiral Tachibana was certain that behind the disaster was none other than the destructive King of the Monsters, Godzilla! 50 years after his attack on Tokyo in 1954, Godzilla has mysteriously returned to life to destroy Japan, and General Tachibana, whose parents died in the monster’s destructive wake, was prepared for his return to protect Japan from yet another tragic disaster, but is dismissed by the overly confident Japanese government, who underestimate Godzilla’s power.

But to further prove Tachibana’s claim, his daughter Yuri, who works for the TV news program “Digital Q,” investigates strange phenomena in three separate areas in Japan (two of which involve the deaths of immoral youths), and meets a mysterious old man named Isayama, who proclaims that aside from his infamous nuclear origins, Godzilla is an accumulation of vengeful souls (of both Japanese and non-Japanese) abandoned to die in the Pacific War, and thus, mere weapons cannot kill him. While Tachibana has now been vindicated by the government, Isayama awakens the Three Sacred Guardian Beasts of Yamato, which protected Japan in its ancient past, and were then put into hibernation in the aforementioned three areas of Japan. The three monsters, King Ghidorah (sky), Mothra (water) and Baragon (earth), fight the ravaging Godzilla, while Tachibana also prepares to go into battle against his old radioactive nemesis.

Interesting information about the movie

Despite the movies tentative title brought to an end attempts to create new monster opponents in the Shinsei Series. This particular movie is directed and co-written by Shesuke Kaneko who also directed the successful reviving Daiei Company’s famous monster Gamera and the series within the Heisei series. These particular films were more successful than any other Godzilla film out there when it comes to story and special effects they were top-notch. Shesuke Kaneko hope to duplicate that particular success with this new film. However without his former partners, screenwriter Kazunori Ito, and most significantly, special effects director genius Shinji Higuchi, Shesuke Kaneko’s Godzilla film did in fact fall a little short of his Gamera work.

The plot of this movie was a little complex and it also failed to adequately carry them through the entire movie. The whole ideology of Godzilla being possessed was never really developed properly there is no clear trigger for the phenomenon and there is no real clear explanation as to why one renegade ghost has decided to defy the millions of others that have invaded Godzilla’s body. Most of the souls have apparently been trapped in stone effigies around Japan. This whole ideology I really did not care about, but it is what it is. I like the fact that they did something completely different with the origins of this Godzilla. As well as the other colleges that fight Godzilla.

The monster suits that were used in this film were created by Fuyuki Shinada were very effective as Godzilla in itself that particular suit looked truly evil and it is the most evil of all the Godzilla suits to date with pupilus eyes and razor-sharp teeth this particular Godzilla suit was very impressive and it did stand at an impressive 12 feet tall making it the largest of all the suits ever made. The Mothra suit was very impressive as well as it is the only suit ever made that gives Mothra a wasp like feature. No other Mothra comes that close. Bear gone it fared well it was a nice looking suit. The one that disappointed me the most was the King Ghidorah suit it just did not look right the legs were too short the wingspan was okay that heads look to fake they were kind of cheesy looking I was not overly impressed with the ideal of King Ghidorah being a good guy and I am sure a lot of people felt the same way.

The special effects in this movie were very well done the computer imaging continued to show improvement as these movies progressed. The miniatures and the sets were ultimately conceptually uninspired. It is a little-known fact that Shesuke Kaneko was trying to attempt to make war duplicate “The Higuchi Style” of Gamera films, but achieving that particular style without the man himself proved easier said than done. This is where Shesuke Kaneko fell short of what he really wanted to attain in this movie. When GMK first came out the Toho Company try to pair the movie with a full-length animated feature starring a cartoon hamster they call Hamutaro and the surprising thing is it worked in Japan. The theaters were filled with small children.

During the theater admittance of the movies together the children while watching Hamutaro one they stayed for GMK the movie was too dark of a tone and it offered very little for the fans as they lost interest in the whole dark tone philosophy. By the next film the Toho Company had dropped the vision of Shesuke Kaneko and in the way that he does Godzilla films for yet again Maasaki Tezuka for the next feature film which would be called “Godzilla against Mecha-Godzilla”, but by this time the series was already in trouble. It would be after the movie GMK that it would show a steady decline in attendance that would culminate in the termination of Godzilla’s career. Or simply put they put Godzilla on hiatus.

Number 26: Godzilla against Mecha-Godzilla

Synopsis: In the year 1999, following a violent typhoon, Godzilla comes ashore at Tateyama, in the Chiba Prefecture. This is Godzilla’s second appearance in Japan [on this timeline], having attacked and decimated Tokyo back in 1954 until the kaiju was annihilated by Dr. Daisuke Serizawa’s deadly weapon known as the Oxygen Destroyer (whose workings are now lost forever due to Serizawa’s suicide). This “new” Godzilla appears to have re-formed himself from the radioactive cellular material left over from the skeletal remains of the “original” Godzilla over the course of the past 45 years.

As later revealed in the film, Japan was attacked by other dai kaiju between 1954 and 1999, specifically by Mothra in 1961 and by Gaila in 1966. To deal with these periodic but highly destructive kaiju incursions, the Japanese government worked on developing highly advanced energy-based weaponry, which included the Atomic Heat Cannon used (unsuccessfully) against Mothra and culminated in the invention of the maser tanks, which were used (successfully) against Gaila a few years later. By 1966, the maser tanks were part of an elite military unit known as the Anti-Megalosaurus Force (AMF), exclusively designed to defend the island nation against dai kaiju, and the unit successfully defeated Gaila during its initial outing that year [in the English dialogue from the American version.

Mothra was incorrectly explained as having been spawned by atomic radiation and destroyed by the atomic heat weapon; instead, she simply returned to Infant Island upon recovering the Shobijin as recorded in Mothra (1961), much the same as in the Showa timeline, as would be revealed in the next G-film; it was implied in both the Japanese and American versions of the film that the events of the movie War of the Gargantuas (1966) occurred somewhat differently in this timeline than in the Showa timeline, as the second Gargantua, Sanda, apparently never appeared to rescue his “brother” Gaila from the maser tank attack in Chiba].

Due to Godzilla’s reappearance in Tateyama in 1999, the AMF was mobilized once again. However, Godzilla proved considerably more resilient than Gaila, and the full spectrum of the formidable military unit’s weaponry proved incapable of neutralizing this newer version of the Atomic Titan (partially due to the difficulty of battling the kaiju in the midst of a typhoon). Godzilla roundly defeated the AMF in battle (not helped by the fact that it was determined that the incessant rain of the typhoon weakened the power level of the maser beams by about 70%!), and one of the maser tank pilots in the unit, Akane Yashiro, blamed herself for the death of her commanding officer, whose vehicle was knocked into the path of Godzilla’s crushing feet. After causing great destruction in Tateyama, the kaiju returned to the darkness of the sea.

Hoping to prevent another such costly failure on the part of the AMF, the Japanese government resolved to construct the most powerful and advanced anti-Godzilla weapon that their present technology could muster. This project progressed rapidly over the following four years with the discovery of the skeletal remains of the “original” Godzilla…it was decided to combine advanced AMF military and robotics technology with Godzilla’s own DNA and skeletal structure to create a greatly powerful cybernetic dai kaiju version of Godzilla himself, who would be under the control of the Japanese government. This was known as the Mecha G Project, and the cyborg kaiju Mechagodzilla, also called MFS-Kiryu, was completed by the year 2003. This project was hastily expedited in anticipation of another attack by the “second” Godzilla, all at the command of Prime Minister Machiko Tsuge.

The technology to cybernetically combine organic material with a robotic exterior was invented by Dr. Tokumitsu Yuhara, who first demonstrated his technical skill on a small scale by building an animated, remote-controlled cybernetic trilobite (this is the second time a trilobite appeared in a G-film; one also appeared in Godzilla, King of the Monsters [1954]…those critters who ruled the primordial seas of the Devonian Period have always been quite popular!). Dr. Yuhara was encouraged by his young daughter Sara to take the job with the Japanese government, since he was initially resistant to using his new bio-technology to build a cybernetic weapon of mass destruction. However, the ever-introspective Sara was saddened by the fact that her father’s technology and scientific skill with genetic engineering could create a new, bio-mechanized version of Godzilla, but couldn’t revive her deceased mother (she died during her second pregnancy, when Sara was four, and Dr. Yuhara was unable to save either his wife or his second child [thanks to correspondant Ken Arromdee for this tidbit of info]).

Upon the completion of the Mecha G project, the result was the powerful cybernetic replica of Godzilla as intended, which would be remote-controlled by a crew in a nearby AMF warplane known as the AC-3 transport craft, and the cyborg would be armed with a variety of advanced missile and maser weaponry, as well as his most powerful weapon, the freeze-producing Absolute Zero Cannon that was mounted in the cyborg kaiju’s chest region.

Akane was to be part of the Mecha G crew, but she still hadn’t recovered emotionally from her perceived complicity in the death of her commanding officer in the AMF battle against Godzilla a few years earlier. Worse, one of her new teammates was her late commanding officer’s brother Hayato, who castigated her for the death of his sibling, thus worsening her feelings of guilt.

However, during the course of the Mecha G Project, Akane met and worked closely with Dr. Yuhara and Sara, and the two provided her with much needed support and encouragement (when Hayato pushed Dr. Yuhara, who tried to defend Akane from the man’s taunts, she demonstrated her fighting skills by putting him in a painful jiu jitsu hold). Soon after this, Mechagodzilla was unveiled to the public, and presented as the ultimate answer to protecting Japan from Godzilla. Kiryu was able to battle for up to two hours on stored power, after which he could be remotely recharged.

No sooner was the Mecha G project completed, than Godzilla reappeared and began moving towards Tokyo Bay (talk about precision timing!). Kiryu was promptly launched to counter the Kaiju King’s arrival on Japanese soil, with several large cities near Tokyo also being evacuated. As Godzilla came ashore and began wreaking havoc on Tokyo’s mainland infrastructure, the AC-3 finally towed Mechagodzilla into the vicinity. Upon first confronting his cybernetic duplicate, Godzilla appeared so taken aback by the confusing sight that he stood transfixed. Taking full advantage of this, the AC-3 crew programmed Kiryu to assault Godzilla with his shoulder-mounted, computer targeted missiles and the cyborg’s extra-powerful oral maser beam. Though Godzilla seemed resistant to this barrage, the Kaiju King suddenly turned and began to retreat back to the Pacific Ocean. As Akane, piloting the AC-3, attempted to program Kiryu to strike the retreating Godzilla with his Absolute Zero Cannon, Godzilla suddenly turned and roared in protest. For some strange reason, this roar triggered an extreme autonomic response in Kiryu, summoning memories of his organic predecessor being obliterated by the Oxygen Destroyer as if it was imbedded within his genetic “memory.”

Immediately afterwards, Kiryu suddenly broke from the control of the AMF and began attacking their warplanes, as well as striding into Tokyo and beginning a devastating assault on the metroplex, unleashing the full gamut of his weaponry on the hapless city’s infrastructure (which included the cyborg’s shoulder missiles and the rapid fire laser weapons mounted in his wrist gauntlets). The AMF was then forced to begin a military assault on the rampaging Mechagodzilla, who was now acting as savage and bestial as his fully organic predecessor. However, Kiryu easily knocked the warplanes out of the sky, and continued his assault on Tokyo undaunted. When the plane piloted by Hayato was downed, Akane pulled herself out of the wreckage of her own plane, and courageously extricated her late commander’s brother and his co-pilot from their plane before its ruptured fuel tanks could explode, saving both of their lives. This later resulted in the crew insisting that Hayato cease and desist his bitter attitude towards Akane.

AMF Central Command decided that they had no choice but to simply allow Mechagodzilla to run rampant through the evacuated city for the next two hours, until his power supply ran out, and he became immobile. Once this occurred, the cyborg was retrieved and returned to AMF headquarters for a full systems diagnostic, to determine why the cybernetic kaiju ran amok. In the meantime, Godzilla appeared to have vanished from sight.

Upon investigating the apparent design flaw in Kiryu, it was determined by Dr. Yuhara and his team that the reason the cyborg ran amok at the sound of Godzilla’s roar was due to the identical genetic similarity between the two, something that the sound of his fully organic duplicate could somehow influence. It was then decided that by changing part of the base DNA of the cyborg, as well as altering how the computer interacted with the DNA in their interface, this loss of control could be avoided in a rematch. Nevertheless, Sara roundly protested the use of Kiryu in battling Godzilla, since she felt that the Kaiju King was created by no fault of his own, and so was Mechagodzilla; both were life forms with the right to exist, as she was quite sensitive and respectful to all life due to the situation involving her mother’s death. Sara also continued to be a big help to Akane during their conversations, reminding her that all life has inestimable value, and that she was fully capable of redeeming herself.

Godzilla soon resurfaced in Tokyo Bay one evening, and easily ploughed through the attempts of the JSDF and the AMF to stop him with their various weaponry, resisting even the full power of the maser tanks, and soon arrived on land in the Shinigawa district. When the AMF realized that all of its weaponry was ineffective in stopping Godzilla’s rampage through the city, Central Command once again resolved, with much reluctance, to send the reprogrammed Kiryu against his fully organic counterpart.

This time, when the two kaiju titans confronted each other, Godzilla wasn’t taken aback, and Mechagodzilla remained under the control of the AC-3. An extremely grueling battle between the two ensued, with Kiryu proving a formidable opponent, but ultimately falling before Godzilla’s might following an exhaustive battle.

After the cyborg fell and became inoperative, Akane, once again acting with great courage and audacity, entered the mechanized kaiju’s form herself through a specially designed hatch, activated the cyborg’s secondary power unit and effected repairs with Dr. Yuhara’s guidance via commlink, and began piloting the cybernetic kaiju manually. Thus, with Akane now directly in control, Mechagodzilla returned to battle, despite the great risk to the intrepid pilot’s life. Because of Kiryu’s greatly diminished power level, the AMF initiated a plan to have the cyborg’s mechanical systems tap into all available electrical power in the city of Tokyo, not only to recharge to full capacity, but also to enable him to fire his Absolute Zero Cannon, the weapon that the Japanese government hoped could truly defeat Godzilla, at maximum power.

The resumed battle resulted in severe external damage to Kiryu, and the mighty cyborg was again laid low by the Big G. Hayato, who was piloting an AMF warplane, was determined to not only avenge his brother, but also to prevent Godzilla from fully defeating Kiryu with his atomic breath. Thus, in an extremely audacious maneuver, Hayato decided to sacrifice his life by deliberately attacking Godzilla with his warplane, and lodging the flying vehicle in the great kaiju’s maw, thus temporarily preventing him from firing his atomic breath at his recovering cyborg opponent.

The still living Hayato then yelled into his commlink to Akane, telling her to blast the Atomic Titan with Kiryu’s Absolute Zero Cannon while Godzilla was still unable to fire his atomic heat beam. Akane activated the weapon, but she could not bring herself to kill the brave Hayato, her former detractor, as she refused to allow him to be killed as occurred with his equally brave sibling a few years earlier if it was in her power to prevent it. Hence, she deactivated the freeze cannon, and instead activated Kiryu’s shoulder-mounted rocket launcher harness, and flew at Godzilla at high speed, tackling the Kaiju King and wresting what was left of Hayato’s warplane from the creature’s maw, ensuring that the pilot was able to eject safely. Akane then programmed Mechagodzilla to hold Godzilla’s jaw shut to prevent him from firing his atomic breath, and to fly him into the water of Tokyo Bay, where she planned to conclude the battle.

Once the flying Kiryu, carrying Godzilla, crashed into the bay, Akane had the cyborg fire the Absolute Zero Cannon at the Big G underwater at point blank range. A huge mountain of ice appeared above the surface of the water to announce the usage of the cyborg’s ultimate weapon. Moments later, the mountain of ice was shattered from within, and Godzilla arose from the ocean, albeit with a nasty red wound visible on his chest area. The great beast then turned and casually headed away from Japan, back into the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Immediately after this, Mechagodzilla likewise rose from the water, visibly damaged but still operating. Akane, at the controls, contacted Central Command and informed them that the Absolute Zero Cannon was wrecked, and Kiryu’s power cells were depleted. She then apologized for her failure to destroy Godzilla, but Dr. Yuhara begged to differ, telling her that though she didn’t kill the monster, she nevertheless drove him from Japan and ended the conflict in a draw, thus proving that humankind could indeed resist the power of Godzilla. She had also fully redeemed herself from her previous failure, having saved both her country and the life of Hayato for a second time.

The young woman then stoically stood atop the immobile standing form of Kiryu and watched the mighty Godzilla slowly wade into the horizon, away from the shores of Japan.

Interesting Information about the Movie

Godzilla against Mechagodzilla marked the much anticipated return of Masaaki Tezuki. Within this particular film there are some mildly humorous moments during the final battle when Kiryu swings Godzilla by the tail, or does a ninja-style jump over Godzilla’s head these are some of the cheesiest moments you all come to know about Godzilla films. The special effects are more polished and the initial sequence when Godzilla comes ashore Doherty typhoon is truly remarkable. It is a little-known fact that Godzilla does in fact appear in fewer scenes then in the movie Godzilla versus Megaguirus. The movie shortened running time prevents the story from dragging. Some trivia for you in these particular films of the Shinsei Series you will see the previous actors from the previous films in the next film which in this case we have a special treat and that is the appearance of Kumi Mizuno is one of the most popular actresses within the Godzilla genre her last appearance was in 1966 with Godzilla versus the sea monster. In this particular film she is the Japanese Prime Minister and unfortunately her particular role in this film was nothing more than a cameo.

Michiru Oshima reprises her role as she performs with her symphony some great Godzilla themes. And this particular movie she chooses a gladiator style theme for Kiryu who is clearly the hero of this particular film. While a fine score, and more richly orchestrated it did in fact lacked the raw punch of its predecessor Godzilla versus Megaguirus is score.

The design of Kiryu is classified as a bio-robot and is superb, combining a clean, functional design with enough of sharp edge to suggest a threat. And for once there is a rationale for making a robot Godzilla’s size stead of larger since Kiryu is built over a Godzilla skeleton it would naturally be his size. Within the Godzilla series there is a mild sense of disappointment that stems from the high expectations set for the director Masaaki Tezuka for this G film and the inescapable fact that one can only be a fresh new director, just once.

Number 28: Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Synopsis: A year after Godzilla and Kiryu’s (Mechagodzilla’s) first battle, Kiryu is still under repairs at the Japanese Counter-Xenomorph Defense Force (JXSDF) dock in Hachioji.

In Hawaii, an unidentified flying object is spotted on American radar flying towards Tokyo. Jets are sent out to investigate this mysterious being tunneling its way through the clouds. While chasing the object, the pilots hear singing in the background and fire missiles on the target. The object then shoots a shiny yellow powder that destroys the missiles and flies away from the screen. A satellite though captures a portion of the mysterious being which discovers it to be the wings of a moth. The title then rolls, “GODZILLA X MOTHRA X MECHAGODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S.”

While Shinichi Cujo is vacationing with his grandon Shun and nephew Yoshito, a member of the Kiryu ground crew, in his country home Karuizawa, the ground begins to shake. Shinichi is suddenly called by mysterious female voices and looks down on a table to find some old acquaintances, the Shojobin. Cujo had helped them 43 years earlier when Mothra (remember, this movie is a direct sequel to Mothra (1961)) rampaged through Tokyo.

The Shojobin tell Cujo that Godzilla’s bones, which were used to construct Kiryu, must be brought back to the sea because, “No human being may touch the souls of the dead,” the Shojobin say. They warn that if the bones are not returned, then Mothra will declare on the human race and both the Shojobin and Mothra do not want that war to happen.

Yoshito is very skeptical because Mothra had destroyed Tokyo 43 years before and that Japan would be helpless without Kiryu. The Shojobin though try to reassure him that Mothra will protect the people if Godzilla ever returns. The Cujos soon hear Mothra’s sqeak and find her outside the house. The giant moth then flies away with the Shojobin.

Yoshito returns to work in the Kiryu repair dock. A group of new Kiryu Squad Members walks by and Yoshito recognizes one of the ladies. That evening, a banquet is held for three Kiryu Squad Members, Akane Yashiro, Susumu Hayama and Kenji Sekine. The three are studying advanced military strategies in the U.S. At the banquet, Yoshito meets up with the girl he saw before whose name is Azusa Kisaragi. The two had worked together four years before. Kisaragi is the new pilot for the Shiragashi. “Sure, he may be a good pilot, I grant you, but the way he treats machines, it’s a wonder there’s anything left.” Akiba then makes a fist and thrusts it a couple of inches in front of Yoshito’s face. He then opens his palm to reveal a dead fly.

Yoshito then walks to the Kiryu repair dock. Yashiro soon comes in and they both look at Kiryu. “I get the feeling it doesn’t want to fight Godzilla anymore,” she says. “Maybe it’s better if it stays that way, in disrepair.”

The next day, Cujo visits his old friend, Prime Minister Igarashi, and tells him of the Shojobin’s plea. Igarashi of course is skeptical because of Mothra’s 1961 attack and because he cannot give up the country’s only line of defense. “It’s my duty to protect every citizen of this nation,” Igarashi says as he looks out the window. Cujo stands up and replies, “Even if that defense brings disaster to those you’re trying to protect?”

Meanwhile, the carcass of a species of giant turtles named Kameoba is found on Kujukuri Beach in the Chiba prefecture. The claw marks on the creature’s neck only confirms that it was killed by Godzilla.

In the Pacific, off Guam, an American nuclear submarine detects and unidentified object on sonar. As it gets closer, one of the crewmembers detects big heartbeats but by then it’s too late. Godzilla destroys the submarine and absorbs its radiation.

In the Kiryu repair dock, Kanno tells government officials that a synthetic diamond 1.25 M in diameter would be needed to replace the Absolute Zero, which was damaged a year earlier. Unfortunately, the government has budget restrictions and would be unable to purchase one. Secretary of Defense Dobashi then tells Kanno about the Guam incident and asks if Kiryu will be able to move without the Absolute Zero. Kanno says yes but Yoshito bumps in and says that it will be impossible to pull off because they have not done the final checkups yet and that it will take at least two weeks to do so. “I don’t have the time!” Dobashi explains. “What happens if Godzilla attacks within the next two weeks?”

As Yoshito is walking with his fellow mechanics down the hall, Akiba yells out to him. “You don’t want Mechagodzilla to fight?” Akiba says. “Somebody told me your uncle went to see the prime minister to try and stop the Kiryu project. If we dump Kiryu, do you think Mothra will defend the country? What is it? Maybe you’re just scared of fighting Godzilla.”

Angered, Yoshito tries to fight Akiba but is restrained by his colleagues. “I’ve worked here for over four years, you hear me?” Yoshito yells. “No one knows Kiryu better than me!” Yoshito escapes the restraint while Akiba evades a punch and trips Yoshito on the ground. “You’re just a mechanic,” Akiba says. “Don’t mix it up with a professional fighter.”

Soon enough, Godzilla’s is spotted and heads towards Shinagawa. The JXSDF tries to neutralize him but fail. Godzilla soon arrives on shore and all targets are aimed at a scar on Godzilla’s chest that was left where by the Absolute Zero a year earlier.

Meanwhile, Shun goes to a local school and sets up Mothra’s symbol with desks and chairs. Shinichi arrives to find his grandson. When Shun’s finished, Mothra immediately flies over and attacks Godzilla. The two monsters fight until sundown. Suddenly, Mothra sprays a golden powder, her final line of defense – a sign that she’s going to die.

Igarashi cannot stand watching Mothra die and despair and decides to launch Kiryu. Before it is launched, the JXSDF replaces the damaged Absolute Zero with the Triple Hyper Maser. Kiryu makes it on time before Godzilla gives Mothra the final blow with his atomic ray.

Meanwhile in Himagojima, a lone Mothra egg hatches twin larvae, much to the Shojobin’s surprise. The two caterpillars then swim towards Tokyo to fight Godzilla. Kiryu is hit badly with Godzilla’s atomic ray and needs repair. Before Godzilla is able to destroy it, the Mothra larvae shoot their silk cocoon. Yoshito rushes towards Kiryu and quickly fixes it while the maser tanks, the Shiragashi and the Mothra twins distract Godzilla. Yoshito is unable to get out of Kiryu but says everything is all clear anyways. Kiryu takes off and continues its battle.

Godzilla kills the adult Mothra with his atomic ray. The twin Mothra’s eyes turn from a blue to a red and charge at Godzilla in anger. Kiryu and Godzilla meet again and destroy the Diet Building in the process. Kiryu soon gains the upperhand and Akiba transforms Kiryu’s right arm into a giant drill. Kiryu jams the spinning drill into Godzilla’s scar and the king of the monsters cries in pain. Godzilla stumbles back a few steps and Kiryu fires both the Triple Hyper Maser and the Twin Maser from the mouth at Godzilla’s open wound.

Godzilla roars again. Suddenly, images of a mushroom cloud, Godzilla’s 1954 attack on Tokyo, the Oxygen Destroyer and Akane yelling “Kiryu!” flash through Kiryu’s head. Kiryu just stands still while a wounded Godzilla gets covered in silk.

Dobashi orders Kiryu to finish Godzilla but Kiryu does not respond. It is running amok again! Kiryu then talks towards a cocooned Godzilla, grabs him with his hands and cover plates and takes off. Dobashi orders Kiryu to be shot down but Yoshito’s voice comes through the speakers. “Kiryu wants to fly toward the Sea of Japan, to sink to the bottom of the sea together with Godzilla,” Yoshito says.

The hatch on Kiryu burst open and Yoshito is almost thrown out of Kiryu. Azusa flies towards Kiryu to rescue Yoshito who is hanging off of Kiryu. Yoshito then looks at the monitor inside Kiryu and the words “SAYONARA YOSHITO” flash across the screen. “Sayonara, Kiryu,” Yoshito whispers before he lets go. Yoshito flies through the air and Akiba ejects from the Shiragashi, catching Yoshito in time and activating the parachute. Kiryu plunges into the sea with Godzilla and sinks to the bottom. The Mothra larvae swim back to Infant Island with the Shobijin. As Yoshito sits safely in an emergency life raft, he wonders aloud, “Did Kiryu save me?” Akiba laughs and replies, “Idiot! I’m the one who saved your ass!” The Shobijin’s voice can be heard, thanking everyone for their courage and that the souls of the dead can finally rest in peace.

The ending credits roll and we are then shown a DNA storage device being closed. One of the labels read, “1954 Godzilla DNA. Date of Extraction: 11/03/1999.”

Interesting Information about the Movie

This is taken from a technical standpoint it is a little-known fact that Godzilla: Tokyo SOS is probably the best Godzilla film to date. The special effects are almost approaching flawlessly and the CGI is well integrated and it does complement the live-action and the monsters are great as well. Mothra both looks and flies better than she ever has and in the opening scene in the clouds it is a truly dramatic and very impressive to see. Now where the movie disappoints is again in the failure to think outside the box. The main characters within this film are mostly military based one in particular is the lead actor who is struggling with some personal emotional issues which is neatly resolved by the end of the film. We also have another cameo of Yumiko Shaku who was the pilot of Kiryu in the last movie as she makes a cameo within the film itself. Chujo is the original character and actor from the film Mothra versus Godzilla in 1964 he has reprised his role at the same actor who does confront the Mothra twins and their situation.

The sequence with Mothra she does give Godzilla a hard way to go by using a windstorm attack as well as the hatching of the twin larvae with that familiar biting scene that you see in the movie Mothra versus Godzilla 1964 we see it again in this one. To some perhaps the most disappointing is the scene were Kiryu over-rides his programming and refuses to kill Godzilla. This is a complete rerun of what happened in the last bill. And this is a repetition of a problem that was supposedly supposed to be fixed but was not. This particular film does attempt to re-create scenes from a 40-year-old predecessor that needs to be significantly improved. The reason I say this is because the special effects of the movie Godzilla: Tokyo SOS is less a show of how far the Toho company’s, then a sign of how skilled Eiji Tsuburaya was for his time.

The Shobijins were a modern take on the original Shobijins that made their first appearance in Mothra versus Godzilla 1964 with The Peanuts who are a singing duo and their names are respectively Yumi Itou, Emi Itou and respectively and he did pass away a few years ago may she rest in peace. Anyway we have a modern adaption of the many incarnations of these twins that are associated with Mothra.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS is an impressive technical achievement that is given once again a limited budget. No American film with a similar budget could come close to delivering what these did were this particular film did. However it does also demonstrate the extent to which conventional thinking has happened in the Godzilla series. The Toho Company did in fact announce that there will be a new film on the horizon. It is called Godzilla: Final Wars which will be directed by a young newcomer Ryuhei Kitamura this particular director will offer a new vitality to the franchise. It is also said that Godzilla: Final Wars will be the final film for the Godzilla franchise as it is supposed to go out in a blaze of glory. However if anyone has ever seen this film it does come up short of the act.

Number 29: Godzilla: Final Wars

Synopsis: Godzilla Final Wars received mixed reviews from fans. It was intended to be a “monster mash” to celebrate Godzilla’s long history, but due to the large cast of monsters, each was only allowed limited screen time. Furthermore, the movie departed from previous films in the series by introducing elements of human-focused action — an addition that was variously praised and condemned. The film makes a number of obvious references to The Matrix, X-Men, and Star Wars, which attracted some criticism from audiences.

Godzilla Final Wars would be a movie that is set apart from all the other movies that Godzilla has starred in. It would make this the final closing of the Godzilla genre to be the most exciting of all. This movie captures the familiarities of most of the Godzilla films in the past. The movie was built on alot of anticipation and hype which is pretty much true, but it lacks alot things where it makes up in action.

Let me start with the scene where the Gotengo runs into Manda. This scene to me was catchy in computer generated imagery. Manda looked like a serpent should look like. They did a nice job on the movements of Manda. The next thing is Anguirus arriving in Shanghai. The negative side to Anguirus is his looks. Anguirus seems a little too fat looking. The design of Anguirus could have been more detailed. He should have been streamline. Now his movements the rolling ball effect were sweet the way he was bounce around, and no he does not befriend Godzilla. All the monsters are controlled by the aliens called the Xiliens in this movie, except Mothra and Minya.

Zilla is the name of the American Godzilla that is transported down from the alien ship to Sidney, Australia where he does destroy most of the main street in Sidney. This Zilla is more tenacious than its predecessor. This Godzilla looks very much like the Godzilla in 1998. I am sure that they could possibly be the same creature, but are they really the same. First if you notice they have different statistics in a height and probably in mass also. In my opinion I think this is a completely different creature from the one that died on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1998. It may be an off spring of this creature but again that really don’t make too much sense because of the height of the two creatures are to different. The one in Godzilla Final Wars is 90 meters tall and Gino is only 60 meters which is an extreme difference. Anyway they did a nice job on the monster, but when he comes down a second time to battle Godzilla well it is a short fight. He dies quickly.

I will describe the negative and positive points in the rest of the monsters. Rodan, his flying is really cool and swift. He sweeps through the city with his supersonic speed destroying everything. They did a nice job on this monster. Rodan all in all was positive you will like this Rodan its true to the original Rodan, but makes brief appearance in the movie. He even attacks Godzilla along with King Caesar and Anguirus. Rodan crashes in the earth dying.

King Caesar, the suit was ok his neck was a bit long. The cool thing is his ears pop up like they did in the original Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster. His martial arts movie art pretty nice too, but he gets a big headache in the end. Ebirah makes an appearance that lasts longer than it should. The super soldiers or the Earth Defense Force take Ebirah for a nice ride they keep shooting at him eventually killing him. The detail of this monster suit was almost perfect sometimes he seems a little blurry, but that could be because of the graininess of the film. The fight scenes were something you have to see. He loses his mandibles. They kick his ass. All through the movie is an all-out bash or clash of all titans. Mothra is the only monster not controlled by the Xiliens other than Minya who is in the movie just to be in it.

Gigan is the mummified monster that is hanging from the ceiling of the building. The Xiliens set him free to wreak havoc on Godzilla. Gigan fights the good fight, but dies by getting his head blown off. The Xiliens later bring him back to battle Mothra. Gigan trashes her ass. Mothra ends up dodging blades that were shooting out of Gigan this is a new weapon of Gigan’s, but the blades make a return trip back to Gigan cutting his head completely off killing him twice. The final monster is Monster X from space. This monster has some pretty cool moves, but is overcome by Godzilla thus turning into Kaiser Ghidorah. Kaiser Ghidorah eventually subdues Godzilla to almost killing him, but with the help of the Gotengo and mutant powers from the soldier aboard Gotengo. Godzilla comes back full force tearing off the heads of Kaiser Ghidorah throwing him up into space. Godzilla blasted him with a special orange and more power atomic breath burning Kaiser Ghidorah to dust.

Now how do I feel about this movie all together? I am little apprehensive about the story line of this movie it’s all action and it moves to quick. It goes from one extreme to another the fight scenes between the monsters are way to short and they are killed off to quick. You take Hedorah the monster is stabbed by Ebirah and both of them are then destroyed by Godzilla. Hedorah personally would have made cool comeback in another Godzilla movie. Gigan as alot of you already know is my favorite enemy of Godzilla. He should have been more sinister or powerful in this movie instead of getting his head lopped off. I must say though the design of this suit is pretty awesome they kick ass on Gigan’s suit and his weapons are pretty unique giving Gigan a new arsenal.

My closing statement is Godzilla Final Wars is a good movie. The special effects help this movie alot. The story, and the way it was progressing it was too quick, but I guess it has to be this way to cram all the monsters, and the story into a movie less than an hour and half. Definitely it will be worth it to some people to wait for it to come to the states.

Interesting Information about the Movie

Godzilla Final Wars is the last movie that the Toho Company will make until the year 2016, so it has been 12 years and now the Toho Company is in the process of creating a new movie. Weather is currently a standalone or totally new creature in this movie is yet remains to be seen. Godzilla Final Wars has many new redesign Kaiju from the past movies and we will talk about them now.

First let us talk about Gigan this is a totally drastically altered design which complements the Gigan design in general it is a very cool design I do like this design as well as the original from the Showa Series. However this Gigan all through the movie is met with such disaster that he comes off as being stupid and somewhat. He gets his head lopped off twice in the movie.

King Caesar this particular Kaiju only showed up once in the Showa Series in the movie Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla or Godzilla versus the bionic monster. He makes his appearance here in this new movie and is updated with design I however prefer the original design over this because this will looks kind of plasticky it does not look real as compared to the original. He shows up destroying the city and he does fight with Godzilla only to be destroyed in the end were knocked out.

Minya is perhaps one of those characters that was not necessary to be in any film. Do not get me wrong he is very cute however he is one of those Kaiju’s that they should have not made because it throws off the whole entire theory that Godzilla is male. Minya and the role for this Kaiju was absolutely pointless he was just there just so he can be there.

Hedorah the Smog Monster is my all-time favorite Showa Series monster and I even created a website based on this Kaiju he is a very cool Kaiju. He starred in the movie Godzilla versus a small monster 1971 which this movie had a political message it pretty much told the world we are polluting too much and we need to stop. A very cool song came out of that movie it is called “Save the Earth” and Hedorah the Smog Monster is also in Godzilla Final Wars and however it did piss me off that you only see the door for like five seconds he should have played a more important role in this movie and personally they should do another movie based on this Kaiju. However this is my personal opinion.

Mothra is perhaps the most used Kaiju of the entire series along with Mechagodzilla and King Ghidorah. A little trivia this very same Mothra that you see in the movie Godzilla Final Wars is the very same author they used in Godzilla: Tokyo SOS that came out in 2003. This particular Mothra was very destructive and had a very courageous ending as she blasts into Gigan destroying both herself and Gigan together some great scenes right there.

Kumonga is another favorite Kaiju from the Showa Series that I like when they redesigned Kumonga for the movie Godzilla Final Wars I did in fact like the way it looked and the color sequence was very cool however because I prefer the Showa Series I like the colors green and black for Kumonga but that is just me. Kumonga played a stupid role in this movie he pretty much attacked Godzilla with his weapon or her web on the shore of his female or what and it spit out what looks like a cargo net they should have stuck to the original Showa Series type web spray they would have a better look on screen in my personal opinion. And then Godzilla spends Kumonga into outer space or wherever it went it disappeared quickly.

Rodan is another Kaiju that I do like. This design was okay to me it was very straight and upward however I do prefer the Heisei series Rodan that is very pterodactyl like I did like that one the best and I am also fond of the original that is a very cool design as well. Rodan in this movie was seen certain scenes and lost and is not seen after a wild.

Ebirah: Horror from the Deep is one of those Kaiju’s that I did like in 1966 when it first came out and when it made its appearance in Godzilla Final Wars the actual suit design because of the color of the background made it hard to really see how detailed it is but they did do a nice job on it the only thing I did not like about this is Ebirah had to fight the super soldiers which to me personally they could have eliminated them there is no need for them should of been just about the monsters.

Angurius is perhaps the only Kaiju that has a true strong fighting spirit with no conventional weapons other than the fact that he had he has a carapace that he can impale his victims with. Anguirus has gone through various designs my all-time favorite is the 1955 design and the most famous of the bunch is a 1968 designs and then they re-created here in 2004 which to me is the worst rendition of Anguirus however I do like his rolling ball affect that something they know I other Anguirus has.

Kamacuras in the Showa Series you see it in the center Godzilla that came out in 1967 in stock footage and other movies this is a very cool looking Kaiju. It represents a gigantic grasshopper or praying mantis as they would call it. In the movie Godzilla Final Wars he is very fast and has a different color scheme I deftly like both designs equally. However you do not see a much in the movie Godzilla Final Wars.

Manda is one of those Kaiju’s that only made one or two appearances, like Varian and did not get the recognition it deserved. It first appeared in the movie Atragon word wrapped around the Gotengo. In this new movie this is no exception he does the same thing however he is traveling through what seems like volcanic lava and eventually he gets superheated and then blasted with the freeze Ray and then a collision occurred destroy Manda. Manda’s design and this is very detailed I like the way it moves they did a very nice job on.

Finaljira is a newly created version of Godzilla 1998 and because the Toho Company disapproved of the movie in itself they decided to take the word God out of Godzilla for this character. By doing this they re-created the monster and called it is “Zilla” so to honor the hard-core Japanese Godzilla fans they decided to take Finaljira and pit him against their Godzilla and obviously Finaljira lost a Godzilla which made a lot of these hard-core Japanese Godzilla fans very happy. To me at first I was not happy about the movie Godzilla 1998 but I grew to appreciate it for what it is it is a different interpretation of Godzilla and most people cannot seem to get over that. It is a good movie regardless.

Monster – X is a brand spanking new Kaiju. I love the color schemes and the actual design of this monster he is very Dragon like in very different for a Kaiju. He does in fact fight Godzilla but does not fare well because when it comes down to an actual fight he is no match for Godzilla as you will see in this movie he does punch him around like a punching bag. The cool thing about Monster – X is that he converts and changes into a different monster which is called Kaizer King Ghidorah.

Kaizer King Ghidorah is in the family of King Ghidorah’s however he does look like Death Ghidorah or Desi-Ghidorah on steroids. The color scheme and design is not very detailed because of the dark background but it is in fact a unique looking King Ghidorah and it is a very powerful King Ghidorah because it almost kills Godzilla. However when Godzilla gets blasted by the energy Ray from that soldier he suddenly is too powerful for King Ghidorah and he literally throws King Ghidorah into space and burns him up with his atomic breath.

Varan the Unbievable is one of those colleges that I mentioned before he is only seen in stock footage and actually seen in the movie Varan the Unbievable which came out in 1958.

Baragon is another popular Kaiju that was seen in the movie GMK and is seen in stock footage in this movie. The one seen in stock footage is the original 1968 version.

Gaira is one of the gargantuans that was in the 1966 movie War the Gargantuans. He is shown in stock footage in this movie.

Gezora is a squid like monster that is taken over by a and alien force from outer space and somehow gross to gigantic proportions and takes over the island he is also seen in stock footage in this movie called Godzilla Final Wars.

Titanosaurus is a dinosaur like creature that is seen in the movie The Terror of Mechagodzilla and is a dinosaur like creature that has a powerful wind like tail that can clean away buildings at a very rapid rate he is also seen in stock footage in this movie.

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