LSD Jellyfish wrote:eabaker wrote:Fish Cakes wrote:Their*
Which word in his post do you think should be replaced by "their"?
Tyrant Lizard King refers to Destoroyah as "his" in the post.
I think kaiju genders are a hot button issue that are mostly superfluous. Fish Cakes brings up that the Hedorah in Godzilla vs. Hedorah is a female. While I like the concept, the only basis that is made on is from a description in a mobile game, that may just be a weird way to explain why the Hedorah in Godzilla Final Wars was noticeably weaker/wasn't an issue (rather than it being a different version of the monster in a movie nearly 30 years later).
It's funny because I think most of the gendered stuff comes from supplementary materials, and westerns fandoms associations with masculinity and femininity. I'm pretty sure Mothra in 1961 actually isn't referred to in Japanese as male or female. I might be wrong (I wasn't looking for it actively) but I'm also wondering, and assume it to be the case, that Mothra might actually be consistently not gendered at all, and this whole "making a Mothra a she" might be western fans internalizing that because Mothra is pretty it must be a woman, in addition to female words used in some of the dubs and supplementary material. I suppose that's why the "Queen of the Monsters" bullshit people peddle especially annoys me. It's funny because actually a lot of early Mothra supplementary material refers to Mothra as a male.
None of this is something I want to debate over, but I'm just pointing out that Fish Cakes interpretation of kaiju's genders is just as equally valid as some other interpretations that people assume to be the norm. The japanese has very gendered language, but lacks conventional pronouns, so it's rare if anything for a kaiju to be given or delegated a gender.
The only kaiju that is ever consistently gendered, is well Minilla, who is literally called "son" in the title. Godzilla has pretty much always been assumed to be a male, and I don't have an issue with that, but Mothra always being assumed to be a female really pisses me off for some reason.
Personally, and unrelated to what I just spoke about, I like to think, that Biollante and MG2 (the 1975 version) are females, because both have female human spirits/controllers.
Except it's been confirmed time and time again by the studio? Same with Biollante and Godzilla (he has King in his title for a reason)
I didn't think about Mechagodzilla though, i might take that as a headcanon!