Well, that is the true passing of an era.. I saw that Nakajima died, and was suddenly hit with a subtle feeling of emptiness. Godzilla, King of the Monsters was among the first I watched; as well as Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Godzilla vs. Hedorah. All of those left an impression on me as a child, and got me into the series. A VHS tape set as well as the Classic Media five-disc set of these movies allowed me to watch these movies again and again, and just enjoy the monster action. You don't really think about how much was put into those battles at that age. How much of a grueling experience the men in those suits had to go through just to deliver us a film series that gets more mockery than appreciation (at least, in my experience). All of that stemmed from the original 1954 film, in which Nakajima quite literally went through hell to give life to the monster that would put a mark in cultural history, as well as have arguably very large impact on the way SFX for films was done from there on, at least in the 30 years following.
This man gave me a huge portion of my childhood. Playing as Godzilla in 12 films and Rodan in its debut film, and produced films that gave a great and satisfying viewing experience for my smaller self every time I watched them. They inspired me to get more films related to the series, figures, games; anything you can name, really. The films also gained a following which resulted in sites like this (in a general aspect, not specifically leading to places that argue over which toy has the best paint job), where people can express their feelings with the films and their related media. We all wouldn't know each other if it weren't for Nakajima's actions in 1954.
For his contributions to my childhood, I must thank him. Now I, as well as the rest of us--must also say farewell, for he has left the world of the living. I felt he could have gone on for a little longer, perhaps long enough to where I could have had an opportunity to meet him myself (though realistically speaking, I doubt I would have wound up going to a G-Fest in the near future anyway) but fate decided on that yesterday.
So thank you, Haruo Nakajima for having a indirect hand in giving me a lively childhood. You will be sorely missed, and you may be gone; but you will never be forgotten.
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who longs for that decade's return, and severe weather fanatic
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