Mechagigan wrote:I have two ideas for this gap;
One, the events of GvMG and ToMG scared off other invaders for quite some time, and any new Kaiju that popped up never made an impact on society enough to be recognized. As Godzilla and friends were 'tamed' and put on Monster Island, Invaders figured Godzilla was no longer a threat (to them, at least).
Two, Monster Island was created sooner than most guess, simple as that.
Well, if we assume the Showa movies occur in production order with the exception of DAM (and disregard AMA as Ichiro's fantasy), then the monsters are mostly living on Monster Island by the time of Gigan
, and don't seem very interested in straying.
Given Godzilla vs. Gigan was at one point called "The Return of King Ghidorah", I suspect it was produced under the belief that DAM had already taken place, and Monster Island was a re-christened Monsterland. I tend to consider they worked based on production order at the time, and that it wasn't until later Toho moved the '70's films to take place at release, and kept DAM to 1999 after all. Another piece of evidence I've mentioned elsewhere is the reference to Manda in ToMG making no sense within a canon that excludes DAM. (Even if we allow for "Atragon", Manda never meets the public!)
I somewhat assume today, within Toho's established canon, that Monster Island was too damaged by the opening of "Godzilla vs. Megalon", considering it's absence in the two Mechagodzilla films, leading to the creation of Monsterland years later.
I pretty literally just assume another 25 years' worth of Showa films occurred off-screen. Nothing specific, just the basic impression that stuff continued to happen.
I don't think I saw the same movies as the rest of you.
I'll always miss Vega.