I don't think you understand, it doesn't matter how they're designed, no creature the size of kaiju could ever exist, ever. Their bodies would be crushed by their own weight the second they popped into existence, the only realistic kaiju is a massive puddle of tissue and organ remnants. It doesn't matter how they're designed and your concept of what makes them "realistic" or not doesn't affect it, any single creature that size, regardless of how it looks, instantly collapses into a puddle of goo, a victim of its own weight.
Then it is pointless to debate about it. We can only talk about realism in the sense of morphology (NOT the likelihood of such a creature actually existing), and 95% of Godzilla kaiju have next to no realism in their designs. But Zilla is more-or-less just a theropod dinosaur biologically (yes, I know she is a mutant iguana too....)
This is why it's ridiculous to radically change classic designs in the name of "realism." The 1998 Godzilla design is still completely, 100% impossible. Smaugesque Ghidorah is completely, 100% impossible. Changing their designs to something that drains the character of what makes it unique does literally nothing to add realism, since either way the second it exists it turns to a messy puddle. We already have one travesty based on a Toho creature from nearly two decades ago, leave these mistakes in the past where they belong.
But there is a way to make a monster more "acceptable" to the GA. What do you think they will accept more? An elegant, Otachi-like animal or some hydra with an ape-like chest and pillar legs?
I made a big post refuting what Ry said and it got deleted..quite annoying.
If you actually read my post, you would understand that there is not much that can actually be refuted...
I find it ironic that the guy wanting realism doesn't have a basic understanding of square-cube law.
Wow, just wow....
I'll all for doing new and original things with established franchises and names. But not when it's in the name of "realism". No. "Realism" and "Giant Monsters" don't get along. I hate the attitude that we need to make things more dark 'n gritty 'n realistic when you're dealing with such impossible things. It's silly to place "realistic" restrictions on things that can only exist in fantasy.
I already understand this.... But there is a different sense of realism in using realistic animal biology to animate monsters and the inability for such a humongous creature to exist given square cube law. This isn't a science lesson, people...
Think about King Kong: he is an oversized gorilla, right? And in the 2005 film, his design was modified as to provide as much accuracy with the real animals as possible. Hence, this is a much more accurate interpretation of the monster than the 70s version, which was more like a bigfoot, despite being a gorilla. Do I need to dumb-it-down for proper understanding?
You probably aren't replying to me, buuut, just in case. I actually agree. I just forgot to put realistic in quotes. I mean, I'm saying what other people would probably say, not myself. And for whatever reason, some think that horizantal equals realistic.
Uh, because it already is a realistic body posture in the animal kingdom.... Terrestrial prehistoric reptiles that were bipedal did not stand erect like humans. Heck, even the kangaroo-like stance was proven inaccurate in bipedal dinosaurs some time ago. By that logic, G54 and every other Toho incarnation of the character is miles more "unrealistic" than Zilla. Illustrating Zilla as just a gigantic marine iguana would be even MORE "realistic" in this sense, because that is what she was before mutation.
If Zilla was a giant human, an erect posture could be labelled as "realistic", but of course an animal of such immense size is already impossible, so it is pointless to argue about this. I still don't know why you are all making this so much more difficult than it needs to be....
"And now you will walk to him, and you will battle him to the death. Green and Brown. Fight night. The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world: reptile versus primate; day versus night; King of Monsters versus Kong of Skull Island!"