Arbok wrote:Gaira always stood out to me. The character has been a popular one for commercial and film purposes. My question is why, and what does everyone think of the creature?
Personally, I felt Gaira was perfect as the antagonist of The War of the Gargantuas. His kinship to Sanda added a level of emotion to their fight that was unexplored in other Toho kaiju pictures and made it more than just a brawl between the two. Although similar in ways to Frankenstein vs. Baragon, Gaira added a level of menace that was missing from the more approachable Baragon.
In terms of why he is so popular, I think it's easy to explain: he scared the crap out of people. Although I saw the film too late in my life for the first time, there is no denying that Gaira is quiet frighting. Its hard to be spooked by the larger monsters, as they seem to target buildings and structures. Gaira chased after people and consumed them. It add a touch of horror that made the monster memorable, and as human nature is prone audiences became fascinated with him. An appearance in GxMG and Final Wars, toys, and even a return in Godman. All at the same time as Sanda being... well never mentioned again. I guess sometimes it doesn't pay to be the good guy.
Anyway, wondering everyone else's thoughts on the evil green gargantua and his relative popularity.
James23873 wrote:I think Gaira is popular because he's a more believable monster appearance wise. When you look at him, you don't think "guy in suit." He's so close to human that you just tend believe his performance more. His movements are so natural looking, I still get chills when he runs to the water from the airport after first seeing the sun.
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