named Takegami returns to Japan, although he has been, unknowingly,
infected by a new virus during his travels. Over time,
the man realizes that his body is starting to go through
startling changes, and decides to flee before his daughter
might make the same discovery. Shortly after leaving,
reports start to pour in of an unknown creature seen
residing in the Mt. Fuji area that is simply dubbed "M". However, the sightings are dwarfed by the discovery
of an advancing Godzilla on the sea floor, not far from
the coast of Japan. The JSDF quickly deploys its forces
in an attempt to keep it from coming ashore, but are
too late. Fortunately, after the nuclear leviathan destroys
a fleet of helicopters, Godzilla disappears underground.
Meanwhile, near Mt. Fuji the astronaut's daughter searches
for the mysterious new creature in the area, on a hunch
that it might be connected with the disappearance of
her father. She discovers the beast, who acts kindly
toward her. After spending time with it, she eventually
realizes that this creature is, in fact, her father.
Not too much later, Godzilla reemerges from the Earth
through a subway system. The astronaut monster M rushes
to the scene and attacks Godzilla full on. While this
is happening, the astronaut's daughter approaches the
JSDF and warns them that the new creature is her father.
The JSDF scoff at the notion, and quickly attack both
creatures. The space monster then becomes quickly out matched
by Godzilla, and is wounded badly during the confrontation.
The beast then abruptly retreats back to the Fuji forest,
leaving Godzilla to destroy Japan.
His daughter manages to find the injured monster, and
comforts him. The JSDF meanwhile are attacking Godzilla
to no avail as there forces are easily destroyed by
the creature. Still wishing to protect his country,
the wounded space creature arrives to fight off Godzilla
a second time. Unfortunately, the creature is easily
crushed by nuclear menace, prompting his daughter to
give her life force to her father. The act rejuvenates
the extraterrestrial being, and causes the beast to
surge with power as it attacks Godzilla again. This
time, the creature is able to defeat the nuclear leviathan,
and manages to grab the body and carry it off to sea,
where they both disappear.
After being awarded the chance to direct the next Godzilla film following the completion of Pyrokinesis (2000), Shusuke Kaneko began quickly working on concepts to base his film around. His first idea was a movie in which Godzilla faced off with the Kamacuras from Son of Godzilla (1967), as Kaneko was eager to breath life into the design through heavy CGI work. After learning insect Meganulon was the basis of Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000), though, the director quickly pivoted to search for something more original.
The led to Kaneko's first first fleshed out story for his 2001 Godzilla
film, in which Godzilla does battle with an astronaut turned uchujin (space alien) dubbed "M". Kaneko worked on a couple of drafts for the idea, the last one he created made full use of the Millennium concept with an alternate reality where Japan had become the "Republic of Japan" with a large military at its disposal rather than a Self Defense Force. However,
Kaneko finally dropped the idea, feeling the story was too depressing for the type of movie he wanted to make, and instead began work on a
more lavish concept: Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
Note: The project was untitled when it was dropped. The concept for the monster above was created by artist
Raf Gonzalez for
use by Toho Kingdom. It was not created by Toho nor
is it their official look for the unused character.