G&G-Fan wrote:The Showa series had the potential to, but ended up just making him whatever the script demanded him to (Son of Godzilla makes it look like he becomes a caring father, but suddenly in Hedorah, he's all about saving the environment, in Gigan and Megalon, he's just chilling with Anguirus on Monster Island, and in Mechagodzilla, he lives inside of a building. Wtf happened?! Did Godzilla just abandon his son for the next 31 years? And before you bring it up, Godzilla would occasionally check on Little Godzilla, and even when he wasn't on Birth Island, he was right there in the ocean nearby in case his son was in any danger. The Showa Godzilla doesn't have a set personality, he just does whatever the story needs him to), and the Millennium has no continuity which prevents Godzilla from having any sort of ark, just being a plot device (Godzilla appears at the most convenient time ever, right when Kiryu is done so it to show off in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. Godzilla's attack pattern makes no sense and has very convenient timing, which is just dumb, contrived writing. He's just an object for the screenwriters to have appear at a convenient time to get the plot going. That's not what Godzilla should be. Every single Heisei film had a good reason for Godzilla to be active at that time and place, preventing plot conveniences and making him like an actual, you know, living thing).
Maybe because the writers weren't concerned about continuity and were more interested in experimenting? Only in the Showa Era do you find consecutive entries as diverse as Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, and Godzilla vs Hedorah. Continuity in the Showa Era wasn't all that important to begin with. But it's out of the window after Monster Zero. Think of them more as anthology films. And it's sort of a disservice to bunch all of the Showa films together. There should be subcategories to reflect the changes in creative teams, budgets, cultural taste/attitudes, and demographics over the two decades these films were produced. With that said, what do you mean Godzilla doesn't have a character. He gradually goes from villain to reluctant anti-hero to full fledged superhero. How does he not have a character? By the way, post-1991 Heisei is easily the most redundant and creatively stale collection of films in the series.