Ghost Godzilla ゴーストゴジラ

Ghost Godzilla
Ghost Godzilla

Conceived By : Kazuki Omori & Shinji Nishikawa / Tomoyuki Tanaka

Powers / Weapons

Atomic ray; able to possess the bodies of young or weaker monsters; can force possessed victim to rapidly grow and mutate into self's original living appearance / Able to manifest itself without the need of a conduit

CONSIDERED FOR

Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla (1995), Bio-Godzilla (1999)

Series // Unused Character

No Sound

History

Initially created in the planning stages of what would eventually become Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), Ghost Godzilla was the restless spirit of the original Godzilla from 1954 awakened for unknown reasons. It was set to do battle with the present day Godzilla using Little Godzilla as a conduit. Ghost Godzilla's possession would cause the young monster to forcibly grow so rapidly that its skin would have large tears all over its body, as the spirit mutated the infant's appearance to mimic its own when it was alive.

In the end, the concept for Ghost Godzilla would go unutilized, though the original 1954 Godzilla would still make brief appearances in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) in the form of stock footage flashbacks.

Some years later, the idea for a ghost of the 1954 Godzilla would once again resurface, this time by Tomoyuki Tanaka for his pitch Bio-Godzilla, a movie intended to kickstart another generation of Japanese Godzilla films by 1999. While this version of Ghost Godzilla would forego possessing another in order to manifest itself, it would have still been able to destroy cities and fight other monsters, teaming up with an adult Godzilla Junior to tackle a more powerful threat. But with the passing of Tanaka in 1997, Bio-Godzilla was left on the cutting room floor, marking the end of Ghost Godzilla.


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Trivia
  • The mock pictures in the gallery have Ghost Godzilla resembling a light blue hologram in its ghost form, looking identical to its 1954 self, with all but its spines going transparent when charging its atomic ray. These images were made by Toho monster designer Shinji Nishikawa, and can be found in Koichi Kawakita's book Heisei Godzilla Chronicle (ISBN: 4873763193).
  • In its only known piece of concept artwork created by Shinji Nishikawa, Ghost Godzilla is specifically said to have feet, and it carries a wicked, eerie smile on its face. This artwork is featured in the aforementioned artist's book Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla (ISBN: 480030959X).
  • The "cracks" or tears on its body when possessing Little Godzilla are similar to and were influenced by Kumasogami from Yamato Takeru (1994), another one of Nishikawa's designs.
  • References to a version of Ghost Godzilla appearing in the unmade movie Bio-Godzilla can be found in the 2017 publication The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films (ISBN: 1548145254) by John LeMay.