Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

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Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby gigan72 » Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:18 pm

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This is the main discussion thread for the second Godzilla who first appeared in Godzilla Raids Again (1955) and appeared in every other film in the Showa Godzilla universe with followed.

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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Dannybeane » Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:45 am

This is the Godzilla I grew up on!. He's muh boy! Whenever I think of an iconic Godzilla the suits that come to mind are the 68-72 and the 73-75 suits. I'd love to one day see Toho make a retro-styled hero Godzilla film and bring back one of the late showa designs.

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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Godzillian » Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:59 pm

When most people think Godzilla it's this guy and the original that comes to mind
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Giga Kaiju » Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:23 pm

One of my favorites Godzillas of the franchise. Despite being the 2nd one I knew of (The original taking 1st place...) it is one of the best to me even to this day. A memorable hero.
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Rodan » Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:28 pm

#1 greatest accidental character arc.

I love how much personality this Godzilla has when the films go full camp, and vs. Hedorah showed that it was still possible to do something thoughtful and bold with a fully heroic Godzilla as the star.

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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Coobzilla03 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:02 pm

This is what I see when I think of Godzilla. I grew up on this fellow. From villain to hero, I followed this guy through it all. :g64:
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Ivo-goji » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:01 pm

My favorite incarnation of the character, the Monster of Justice.
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:20 pm

My favorite monster of all time. He kicks ass, and is pretty funny!
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby BlacktimusPrime » Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:22 am

Grew up on this one. My favorite version of the character.
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby MechaGoji Bro7503 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:33 am

Definitely the Godzilla with the most personality to me. If only we can completely follow another Godzilla with like 14 films.
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Billzilla1974 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:04 am

This one is the entire reason I became a Godzilla fan in the first place, the former villain turned hero. I especially like his appearance in 1974, he looked badass!
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Dr. Professor » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:12 pm

This is my all-time favorite incarnation of the character. He's truly an unstoppable badass. He's pretty good at volleyball and dancing, too.
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby godzillafan1954 » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:54 am

What do you guys think about Godzilla's magnetic ability?
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby GodzillaFan1990's » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:20 am

Ah Showa Godzilla. The Silver Age Superman of Kaijus making up powers on the fly. For the most part, I love this incarnation for nostalgia value and entertainment in the movies. This incarnation is the reason I ended up believing Godzilla was always a hero when I was younger regardless of incarnations and not the actual Nuclear Menace he's always meant to be. :lol:

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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Zarm » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:26 am

GodzillaFan1990's wrote:Ah Showa Godzilla. The Silver Age Superman of Kaijus making up powers on the fly. For the most part, I love this incarnation for nostalgia value and entertainment in the movies. This incarnation is the reason I ended up believing Godzilla was always a hero when I was younger regardless of incarnations and not the actual Nuclear Menace he's always meant to be. :lol:


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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby KaijuCanuck » Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:35 pm

godzillafan1954 wrote:What do you guys think about Godzilla's magnetic ability?


In context, skreeonking amazing.

I mean what can you say? This is the G-Man, right here. Heisei Godzilla is to me is the definitive characterization of the character, but Showa Godzilla had the most development of a character, the longest history, the most fights and victories... I could go on. I love everything about him.
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Billzilla1974 » Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:30 pm

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godzillafan1954 wrote:What do you guys think about Godzilla's magnetic ability?


In context, skreeonking amazing.

I mean what can you say? This is the G-Man, right here. Heisei Godzilla is to me is the definitive characterization of the character, but Showa Godzilla had the most development of a character, the longest history, the most fights and victories... I could go on. I love everything about him.

The Magnetic ability is great, especially since it makes sense, Showa Godzilla became immune to electricity from the constant exposure to it in KKvsG, MvsG and Ebirah.

Although, for me the Showa Godzilla is the definitive characterization, especially the 1964 and 1974 designs since both show the good things from each half of the era:

1964 has what I think is the most recognizable spine pattern in the franchise, as well as the suit itself looking fantastic, while 74 is the perfect blend of a hero who is beyond pissed off, but still fights for what is good in the world.
He may not be the most realistic, but, again, Showa Godzilla will always be my favorite of the Godzilla incarnations.
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby KaijuCanuck » Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:36 pm

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godzillafan1954 wrote:What do you guys think about Godzilla's magnetic ability?


In context, skreeonking amazing.

I mean what can you say? This is the G-Man, right here. Heisei Godzilla is to me is the definitive characterization of the character, but Showa Godzilla had the most development of a character, the longest history, the most fights and victories... I could go on. I love everything about him.

The Magnetic ability is great, especially since it makes sense, Showa Godzilla became immune to electricity from the constant exposure to it in KKvsG, MvsG and Ebirah.

Although, for me the Showa Godzilla is the definitive characterization, especially the 1964 and 1974 designs since both show the good things from each half of the era:

1964 has what I think is the most recognizable spine pattern in the franchise, as well as the suit itself looking fantastic, while 74 is the perfect blend of a hero who is beyond pissed off, but still fights for what is good in the world.
He may not be the most realistic, but, again, Showa Godzilla will always be my favorite of the Godzilla incarnations.


I totally agree with you that design-wise, Showa Godzilla is the definition of Godzilla (even without the four toes and ears). I was never a fan of the triple row of dorsal fins. Just in terms of character portrayal though, I think Heisei is the best because he's animalistic (I'm not a fan of human-intelligence Godzilla outside of the context of cheesy goodness) and goes from villain to anti-hero, which feels a more natural fit.
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby Billzilla1974 » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:08 pm

I understand, Godzilla is meant to be a walking nuclear disaster, and barely a temporary ally at best.

Personally i think the human-like intelligence gives the Showa monsters more sympathetic qualities, that and the horrifying thought of sentient daikaiju wanting revenge for being nuked seems interesting.

But I agree that when it comes to portraying what the original intent for Godzilla is, the Heisei Godzilla's animalistic intellect is more proper for the Character as a whole.
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Re: Monster Discussion #30: Godzilla (1955-1975)

Postby KaijuCanuck » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:27 pm

Billzilla1974 wrote:I understand, Godzilla is meant to be a walking nuclear disaster, and barely a temporary ally at best.

Personally i think the human-like intelligence gives the Showa monsters more sympathetic qualities, that and the horrifying thought of sentient daikaiju wanting revenge for being nuked seems interesting.

But I agree that when it comes to portraying what the original intent for Godzilla is, the Heisei Godzilla's animalistic intellect is more proper for the Character as a whole.


It's cool we can find common ground while also disagreeing - and I'd like to clarify that I do love superhero Showa Goji. I love that arc from villain to saviour of the world, and actually the showa era is my favourite in terms of the actual movies. I just think Godzilla in the heisei series does a good job of getting at the core of the character.
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