Legion1979 wrote:Anyone want a good reason why Frankenstein vs Baragon isn't canon to the Godzilla series?
Because everyone is surprised as shit that a monster like Baragon even exists and they treat it as something unusual. Which they WOULDN'T if monsters like Godzilla, Rodan, Varan and Angilas already existed
I can see your point. However, in Terror of MechaGodzilla,
Interpol agents and Oceanographic Exploitation Institute personnel alike seemed astonished that a dinosaur had attacked a submarine... despite the fact that Godzilla is well known by that point, and Angilas is definitely in continuity (from the prior film), etc, as are Rodan, King Ghidorah and Manda, according to Katsura.
I haven't gone back to check subtitles on the Japanese version of the ToMG
conference room scene, but it seems clear from their facial expressions (limited acting abilities, notwithstanding) that they're all supposed to be amazed that an aquatic dinosaur exists... and they shouldn't be.
Both instances could be chalked up to sloppy writing. But someone looking for Toho's equivalent of a no-prize could argue that what's astonishing people about Baragon in FvB
is that, unlike Godzilla, Rodan, Varan and Angilas, this (semi-)giant monster has managed to cause devastation and loss of life in Japan while staying largely hidden. That would really spook the Hell out of some people... that even if you bolt when you hear air raid sirens or stay out of large cities (their favorite stomping grounds) altogether, these enormous critters can come and get you in the middle of nowhere. (Kitamatsu and gangster-flattening rocks on beaches would be precedents, but not necessarily well known ones.) Just a thought.
I can't think of any excuses for kaiju-based cluelessness at Interpol or the OEI, in 1975.