Blackout286 wrote:I doubt Godzilla had any real understanding of the world, and I doubt he really cared about it.
What I meant by that was Godzilla died for reasons that he most likely did not understand. Everything that he knew about the world, how things died and whatnot, was thrown out of the window because he didn't understand why he was dying. I know that's how I would act if I were dying from an illness that I didn't understand and no one could tell me what it was.
The only thing that mattered to him was his territory, surviving, and much later on, his adopted son (When MechaGodzilla II came around).
And Godzilla lost all three of those in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
. Birth Island was destroyed, he lost his son, and he didn't survive.
Although as stated by another member, TOMG's ending was pretty ordinary, I don't dislike it, but it didn't make me feel anything and it didn't really leave me satisfied with how things wrapped up.
I would gladly take "ordinary" over "cruel and jarring".
Besides, at the time Terror Of MechaGodzilla
was made, it wasn't intended to be the last Showa film, it just so happened to be the last one. Looking at the lost projects section of the site, you can see that there were many plans to make other Godzilla films after ToMG. The creators tried to bring Godzilla back, it just never worked. Meaning, Terror Of MechaGodzilla
is the reluctant ending of the Showa series. It wasn't designed to be the last one.
So, for what it is, I'm fine with the Showa era ending on that high note: With Godzilla defeating two very powerful monsters with no other monsters to aid him (something he had never done before), stopping an alien invasion, and essentially being at peace with himself. Walking off into the sunset seems appropriate for that situation.
Godzilla died for reasons he did not understand, and did not know why he was dying. I think Godzilla clearly knew the concept of death (hint Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah after being gravely wounded and left for dead), I'm certain he did not understand why those small creatures were around, and why his body was being torn apart by things that were most likely too fast for him to even see from floating metal creatures in the water. Then left for dead by creatures that brought all of that chaos near his territory in the first place. Beyond that, when Godzilla himself had taken the life of other creatures, I'm positive Godzilla somewhat understood that everything had an expiration date, even himself. True, he most likely did not know what was ironically killing him, but I think Godzilla understood that he, himself, was mortal and could easily die as well despite him being a powerful force. He almost experienced death before, actually twice (If you include his near death experience against Super MechaGodzilla in which that particular movie originally was suppose to kill off Godzilla). So how things died and what not, I think he understood fairly well despite his own situation.
Godzilla did not really loose his territory, he had others areas of it hinted by films before Destoroyah, like Godzilla vs. Mothra when the meteorite struck the area Godzilla resided within. Your suggesting as if Godzilla just marked one place as his own, when, much like animals when driven by instincts, generally mark more than one place as their territory. So one territory sinking down isn't really a big lost when you have others to go to. Hell even Junior was heading back to where was originally born after Birth Island went under, so we can pretty much assume that Junior found that to be his own territory and newly labeled home when his previous one was destroyed.
Losing his son and never seeing that he was the one who resurrected and given his son new life is tragic, but since his son was brought back through his death, then he managed to save his family and leave a legacy behind. Again, yes he did not see all of that. But still, his family survived and became a symbol, and in the end, isn't that all that matters for a closure?
For surviving, I'll direct you to my first post again. Although to be clear, I doubt that Godzilla understood that he was literally dying until he started physically melting in the 1100's, then again, he was too focused on Destoroyah. So he probably didn't understand completely until he actually melted down. Before that he acted like he normally would on a normal day.