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Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse Novels

Postby Omegazilla » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:59 pm

I haven't gotten my hands on these two novels just yet but they seem interesting. To those that have read or owned it, are they any good? I read Godzilla actually fights Mothra in one of them and that supposedly it ends
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in a draw.
Is this true? That was a fight I was hoping would be in the actual films but it never delivered.

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Re: Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse Novels

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:30 pm

Omegazilla wrote:I haven't gotten my hands on these two novels just yet but they seem interesting. To those that have read or owned it, are they any good? I read Godzilla actually fights Mothra in one of them and that supposedly it ends
Spoiler:
in a draw.
Is this true? That was a fight I was hoping would be in the actual films but it never delivered.

Yeah I think so.

The novels are written in an interesting way; more of reports about specific events and monster attacks, loosely following a few characters. A lot of people have contributed to translating portions of the novels, or at least deciphering events. I`ve tried translating parts of both novels, and actually got a pages, but a lot of it is surprsingly philosophical and hard to translate with my level of Japanese.
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Re: Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse Novels

Postby Gigantis » Fri May 08, 2020 10:18 pm

Has there been any news of a possible English translation? I'd love to read the two books and good as it is, Wikizilla's timeline videos are really only watering my mouth instead of the main course.
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Re: Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse Novels

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Sat May 09, 2020 12:41 am

tyrantgoji wrote:Has there been any news of a possible English translation? I'd love to read the two books and good as it is, Wikizilla's timeline videos are really only watering my mouth instead of the main course.

I feel I might as well use this time to explain what happened to me translating it. To be truthful, while I was able to translate some of the easy stuff like the maps on the exterior of the book, I had a lot of difficulty with pretty much the interior and it would take WAAAAAY to long to do. That’s why I started translating manga instead (it’s aimed at younger demographics and hence much easier).

Now my Japanese is always improving as I’m living here and studying, and it’ll probably be easier to return to it, but at the same time I think I should get better in a year or two and then try to tackle it again. If no one beats me to the punch that is.
_JNavs_ wrote:The MV is like cheap imitation crabmeat, it tastes good, but it isn't real, while Shin is kino peak Japanese performance.

Rodan95 wrote:The Shobijin are sat on by a fatass explorer and killed. Mothra is pissed and destroys Japan.

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Re: Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse Novels

Postby GigaBowserG » Sat May 09, 2020 2:05 am

tyrantgoji wrote:Has there been any news of a possible English translation? I'd love to read the two books and good as it is, Wikizilla's timeline videos are really only watering my mouth instead of the main course.


Nope. I'd love to send the chapters off to a translator, but that would suck the life out of my bank account, and I wouldn't even be able to share it on the main site. Posting a lost project from 20-odd years ago is fine, but an entire book? TWO entire books? Maybe in another 10 years... :P

OT, they're really fun books. Renji Oki (the author) is able to strike a near perfect balance between fan service and original, engaging storytelling. I think I prefer the first book more, which takes on a very "World War Z" approach with its style. It tells stories in the form of interviews each chapter, with different people who reminisce on the destruction that happened. If only Oki could've tossed Bagan into the mix like he wanted, would've enjoyed seeing what he had in mind for that, but at least he was able to sneak a Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus reference in there.

The 2nd book has a more traditional approach, but I love the Gigan arc in that one. Shame he never got around to making a 3rd novel, which would've more than likely followed the misadventures of the Oratio, and their potential end at the hands of SpaceGodzilla.
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Re: Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse Novels

Postby Living Corpse » Sat May 09, 2020 2:41 am

The two incidences that fascinate me are the battles with Battra and the disaster of Red Christmas.
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