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Kamacuras カマキラス (Showa)
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Giant Praying Mantis
Length: 2 meters
Mass:
  Powers/Weapons: Flight; spiked claws
First Appearance: Son of Godzilla (1967)
Series:  Showa  

Description

Living on a remote island, a race of man-sized praying mantises flourished. Traveling in small groups, the giant mantises roamed the lush landscape, until the Japanese government set up a base for testing a new system of weather control. However, the results of the test were fowled up, and Sollgel Island was transformed. The radioactive storm swept through the land, causing mass deforestation in parts and mutations in the local inhabitants, changing the already giant mantises into a much more immediate threat.


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Kamacuras
Height: 50 meters
Mass: 2,800 tons
  Powers/Weapons: Flight; spiked claws
First Appearance: Son of Godzilla (1967)
Other Appearances
: All Monsters Attack; Godzilla vs. Gigan (stock footage)
Series:  Showa  

Description

While going to check up on one of their satellite towers, the Sollgel Island scientists witness what the radioactive fallout had created. Transformed, the once man-sized bugs were now huge and ravenousness monsters as the Kamacurus towered over the canopy. With wide eyes, they watched as the group of scavengers tore a mountain to crumbling dust, revealing a gigantic egg. Cracking it open, the segmented eyes of the Kamacurus glared hungrily to the son of Godzilla. Dubbed Minilla, the tiny infant was about to meet his end at their clawed hands, when Godzilla intervened.

Battling all three, and killing two, Godzilla proved his might, and took his son away. Leaving the broken and flaming remains of the Kamacurus. Though the nuclear titan did kill a few, and another fell before Kumonga's might, more lived on. Retreating from the island, after the humans bombard it with an artificially created snowstorm; the insects found a new home amongst the inhabitants of Monster Island.