Mechagodzilla メカゴジラ [Showa]


Fake Godzilla - Mechagodzilla - Mechagodzilla II - Character Analysis
Fake Godzilla
Fake Godzilla

Height : 50 meters
Mass : 40,000 tons

Powers / Weapons

Laser Beam

Appearances

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974); Terror of Mechagodzilla (stock footage); Godzilla: Final Wars (stock footage)

Series // Showa

Sound Effect

Description

Rising from a hurled volcanic rock, Godzilla, it seemed, had once again returned to his malevolent ways. Appearing near Mount Fuji, the creature waged a campaign of destruction against humanity. The monstrosity leveled anything that stood in its path, tearing down buildings with its fists. As the abomination traveled across Japan, though, it attracted the attention of another monster.

Traveling underground, Anguirus burrowed under what appeared to be Godzilla. As the spiked creature emerged from the ground, it toppled over this Godzilla. Anguirus could see what others could not, though, in this creature. The spiked monster immediately went on the attack. This raised questions from those spectating as to why Anguirus would assault his friend Godzilla. As the two monsters exchanged blows, though, the quadruped reptile managed to damage its opponent's shoulder. This revealed metal below the creature's skin, exposing the Fake Godzilla to Anguirus. However, not even Anguirus could stop this creature's power. Enraged, the imposter lashed out at the quadruped reptile. Despite being able to see through the disguise, though, Anguirus was powerless to halt its wrath. Receiving a grisly broken jaw, the spiked kaiju was forced to flee. This left the Fake Godzilla to once again push deeper into Japan's mainland.

By nightfall the machine had arrived at a refinery. Using its golden hued laser beam, the demon set the area aflame. Unfortunately for it, though, the real Godzilla had sensed its presence. Emerging from under a building, the King of the Monsters came forth to battle. Fighting with fierce determination, the real Godzilla tore and blasted away chunks of the doppelganger's skin. He was perplexed by the unusual affect his attacks had against his foe. Godzilla's questions were soon to be answered, though. The Black Hole aliens, which had constructed this hellish instrument of terror, burned away the guise. This revealed to Godzilla, and the world, the true Mechagodzilla.


Powers / Weapons
Laser Beam

Laser Beam

While in his disguise, Mechagodzilla was able to fire a laser beam from his mouth. Despite being a laser, this attack mimicked the appearance of Godzilla's atomic ray. However, it was not able to match the color of the real Godzilla's ray, being yellow instead of blue. The laser also had a vastly different noise associated with it.

Mechagodzilla appeared to only be able to use this power while in his Fake Godzilla form.


Background and Trivia
  • Two suit were used to portray Fake Godzilla, which include the normal Godzilla suit used for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) and a promotional suit. This fact is published in the 2012 book Toho Special Effects Movies: Complete Works (ISBN: 9784864910132).
  • The disguised version of Mechagodzilla is called Fake Godzilla (にせゴジラ - Nise Godzilla). This is noted in a variety of media surrounding this version of the character, including the book The Toho Special Effects: All Kaiju Illustrated Encyclopedia (ISBN: 9784096820902), a CAST model in 2012 and the Battle Spirits trading card game.
  • The yellow atomic ray used by Fake Godzilla is simply referred to as "Laser Beam" (レーザービーム - Reza Bimu). This is not the same attack as Mechagodzilla's eye beams, which are called "Space Beams" (スペースビーム - Supesu Bimu). This detail is mentioned in the Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Secret Great Picture Book (ISBN: 9784063230192) and in Everything Godzilla: The Complete Super Encyclopedia (ISBN: 4063045579).
  • Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) begins with the events from the previous film involving Godzilla and Fake Godzilla engaged in battle at the refinery. During this sequence, Fake Godzilla appears to be mostly silent. However, his laser beam incorrectly has the same sound effect as Godzilla's atomic ray.
  • The trailer for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) features a lot of footage not used in the final movie. This includes additional angles and footage of the fight at the refinery. However, it also includes a brand new transformation sequence for Fake Godzilla changing into Mechagodzilla, which appears to happen at Okinawa during the daytime. When asked by David Milner during a 1994 interview, director Jun Fukuda stated that this trailer was actually directed by the chief assistant director, Tsunesaburo Nishikawa.



Mechagodzilla [Showa Series]
Mechagodzilla

Height : 50 meters
Mass : 40,000 tons

Powers / Weapons

Flight at mach 5; Space Beams; Space Finger Missiles; Cross Attack Beam; Defense Neo Barrier; Homyu Shot; High Pressure Homing Missiles; mouth missiles; Treize Array; Desto-Fire; Unisot

WEAKNESSES

Damage to Cybanek

Appearances

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974); Terror of Mechagodzilla (stock footage)

Series // Showa

Sound Effect

Description

Built underground at Gyokusen in Okinawa by the aliens of the Third Planet of the Black Hole, Mechagodzilla was a massive war machine. After its Fake Godzilla disguise was compromised, the machine burnt it to reveal its true identity. Fashioned from Space Titanium, ten time stronger than steel, the robot was ready for conquest. Its first goal was to remove the creature it was based on: Godzilla.

With gleaming ember eyes, Mechagodzilla wasted no time in proving its power. Following its commands, the mechanical titan immediately unleashed waves of finger rockets. Caught in the explosion, Godzilla was thrown to the ground. Seizing the opportunity, the mechanical doppelganger advanced. Leaning in, the robot fired a blast of its Space Beams from its eyes. Godzilla suddenly sat up, though, narrowly avoiding the beams. As parts of the refinery exploded from the blast, the nuclear leviathan stood again to fight. Silent rage burned as Godzilla unleashed his Atomic Ray. Answering Godzilla's sea blue nuclear breath, the machine unleashed its Space Beams again. Both godly forces struck, pushing back and forth. However, only one outcome was possible. The combined forces exploded with ear shattering force, knocking both competitors back. Godzilla fell into the bay, leaving only a churning swirl of blood to mark its presence. Mechagodzilla, meanwhile, suffered major damage to its head control unit. This forced the aliens to withdraw and repair their war machine.

Recalling it back to their Okinawa base, repairs on the robot became time consuming. Concerns mounted that certain Black Hole aliens would realize the mistakes surrounding the Mechagodzilla project. However, the project leader, Kuronuma, had a plan. To hasten the repairs, they forced a human scientist named Hideto Miyajima, whom who had some knowledge of the alien technology, to fix it. The gamble paid off for the aliens, as the machine was repaired and ready for combat.

Launching from their Okinawa base, Mechagodzilla was ready to strike once more. This time, though, humanity was prepared. Awaking the legendary protector god, King Caesar, the prophecy, carved in the Azumi Royal Family's cave that told of an epic war, was becoming a reality. The two monsters fought heatedly, but not even the giant golem-like kaiju could overcome the metal warrior. Giving ground, it looked as if the god-like creature was to be defeated. That is until Godzilla broke through the bay's surface. Marching inland, Godzilla seethed with fury.

This turned the conflict into a two-on-one, as Godzilla and King Caesar united against a common foe. However, superior numbers did little to turn the tide. Mechagodzilla proved powerful enough to keep its two attackers on the ropes. It wasn't until Godzilla, using an electric charge he absorbed earlier, turned himself into a magnetic force did the tides turn. Using this new power, the King of the Monsters drew the metal monster toward him. Held in place, King Caesar slammed into the robot. The fierce assault overcome the omnipotent strength of the machine. Looking to finish the battle, Godzilla used his brute strength to twist the machine's head. The nuclear monster then ripped off Mechagodzilla's head, ending its reign. Defeated, Mechagodzilla exploded into pieces of shrapnel, ending the alien's plans for the time being.


Powers / Weapons
Flight at Mach 5

Flight at Mach 5

The giant robot was equipped with boosters in its feet that could expel jet-fire. This created enough propulsion to cause Mechagodzilla to fly at a speed of mach 5.

While airborne, the war machine would typically align its head to look forward. This made it easier to use its Space Beams offensively while flying.

   
Space Beams

Space Beams

Mechagodzilla was able to release Space Beams from its eyes. This attack could be done while Mechagodzilla was standing or airborne. The multicolored beams could also be released in quick succession.

The Space Beams proved strong enough to lock with Godzilla's atomic ray. When shot from an airborne position, they also caused significant damage to the King of the Monsters, causing Godzilla to bleed profusely.

   
Space Finger Missiles

Space Finger Missiles

The Black Hole mech was capable of releasing five Space Finger Missiles from each hand. These projectiles would generally detonate on impact, although on one occasion they did get lodged into Godzilla instead.

These missiles were continually replaced after being fired, permitting continuous use of the weapon. This was achieved from a missile chain that extended throughout each arm. Loaded with projectiles, these would quickly fall into place to replenish the spent ammunition. In this case the shell casing would expand once it reached the tip of the finger, causing the size of the missile to grow and lock into place. The missile chain was restocked from a missile plant, located in the waist area.

   
Cross Attack Beam

Cross Attack Beam

Mechagodzilla could release a Cross Attack Beam from its chest. Concealed by an armor shutter, the attack was an ultra high voltage electrical beam.

The weapon had a cutting element to it, and was strong enough to slice a mountain in half.

   
Defense Neo Barrier

Defense Neo Barrier

By rotating its head at a tremendous speed, the giant machine could generate an energy field. This process is done by firing a modified Space Beam from its eyes to create the barrier.

The barrier, which encircles Mechagodzilla in a cylinder, was strong enough to repel energy projectiles like Godzilla's atomic ray. It was unable to withstand physical threats, though, and broke after Godzilla pushed it with his hands. However, touching the barrier causes a burning effect. So even though a physical object can break the energy field it will inflect damage on those who come in contact with it.

   
Homyu Shot

Homyu Shot

The giant war machine could release a missile attack from its knees. These projectiles were time-delayed warheads. This allowed them to first penetrate an object before detonating, unlike the Space Finger Missiles which were intended to detonate on impact.

The ammunition for the Homyu Shot was continually being created from a missile plant found in Mechagodzilla's waist.

   
High Pressure Homing Missiles

High Pressure Homing Missiles

From its toes, Mechagodzilla could launch High Pressure Homing Missiles. These spinning warheads were setup to drill into their target before exploding for increased damage.

These missiles would be replenished and restocked from a missile plant located in the machine's waist.

   
Mouth Missiles

Mouth Missiles

The towering robot was equipped with five missile launchers in its mouth. This included two on the floor of its mouth and an additional three on the roof of the mouth.

The warheads for this attack were created in the missile plant inside Mechagodzilla.

   
Treize Array

Treize Array

The giant war machine could fire small-arms missiles from the vents on its neck. This attack was rapid fire in nature, and the ammunition could be restocked from the missile plant in Mechagodzilla's waist.

The Treize Array was never used against Godzilla or King Caesar.

   
Desto-Fire

Desto-Fire

Using high-powered explosive charges, Mechagodzilla was able to release a burst of fire from the two ports on its nose. This attack released a 500,000 °C degree flame at its opponents.

This power went unused during the machine's fights with Godzilla and King Caesar.

   
Unisot

Unisot

Mechagodzilla could release the large blade on its tail to attack enemies behind it. This weapon, called a Unisot, could only be used once. However, the tail acted as an in-flight stabilizer, and its loss would have reduced Mechagodzilla's flight capabilities.

The Unisot was not used during the robot's siege on Earth.


Weaknesses
Damage to Cybanek

Damage to Cybanek

Mechagodzilla was susceptible to damage to its head controller. This included the machine's Cybanek, the two red orbs on either side of the robot's head. These were used to receive commands and control the machine.

During the robot's conflict with Godzilla at the refinery, an explosion impaired its head controller. Although no visual damage was apparent, the machine possibly suffered trauma to this area caused by the force of the explosion. This left Mechagodzilla collapsed on the ground. The damage was not severe enough to completely ruin the Cybanek, though, as it was still able to receive orders to retreat.


Background and Trivia
  • Suit actor Kazunari Mori portrayed Mechagodzilla in the film.
  • Mechagodzilla was designed by Akihiko Iguchi. The suit was then modeled by Tomomi Kobayashi and Nobuyuki Yasumaru.
  • Mechagodzilla has a huge list of powers and many books cite some but not all of them. The Toho Special Effects: All Kaiju Illustrated Encyclopedia (ISBN: 9784096820902) is one of the most comprehensive, though. It cites the machine's powers as "Space Beams" (スペースビーム - Supesu Bimu), "Destofire" (デストファイヤー - Desutofaiya), "Treize Device" (トレイス装置 - Toreisu Sochi), "Finger Missiles" (フィンガ一ミサイル - Finga Ichi Misairu), "Cross Attack Beam" (クロスアタックビーム - Kurosu Atakku Bimu), "Homyu Shot" (ホーミューショット - Homyu Shotto), "High Pressure Homing" (ハイブレッシャーホーミング - Haiburessha Homingu), "Antenna" (アンテナ - Antena) "Cybanek" (サイバネツク - Saibanetsuku), "Defense Neo Barrier" (ディフェンスネオバリヤー - Difensu Neo Bariya), "Unisot" (ユ二ソツト - Yunisotsuto) and "Jetfire" (ジェットファイャー - Jettofaiya). The last attack is in reference to the boosters in Mechagodzilla's feet which enabled flight.

    The 2000 publication Large Picture Book of Godzilla: Toho Special Effects Movie World (ISBN: 4873765587), lists some of the powers above, although calls the finger missiles "Space Finger Missiles" (スペースフィンガ一ミサイル - Supesu Finga Ichi Misairu). It also adds "Super Strength" (怪力 - Kairiki) as a power.
  • Three sources list Mechagodzilla's powers in English. One is the CD-Rom Godzilla Movie Studio Tour, which lists: Space Beams mounted on the eyes, Desto-Fire mounted on the nose, missiles that are shot from the mouth, small-arms missiles from the neck, Finger Missiles, Cross Attack Beams on the chest, High Pressure Homing devices on the toes, it has the ability to detach its tail to attack a foe, Mechagodzilla can repel Godzilla's radioactive blaze using its Defense Neo Barrier. Another source is The Official Godzilla Compendium (ISBN: 0679888225), which lists: close attack beam from chest, space beam from eyes, force field projection, flame-thrower in mouth, flight via rockets in feet, space titanium armor, missiles in fingers, throat, knees and toes. The third source is the 2014 Playstation 3/4 title Godzilla, which lists: Space beam; Fire breath; Finger missiles; Crossed attack beam; Neo Barrier force field; Foam shot; Homing missiles.

    Discrepancies exist among all three. Despite being the oldest, the Godzilla Movie Studio Tour is likely the most correct as it lines up with the Japanese translations of the attacks. In terms of the discrepancies, for the "close attack beam", this was likely a mistranslation as "cross" sounds similar to "close" in Japanese. The fire breath was likely confusion over the Desto-Fire attack or was implying Fake Godzilla's laser attack, and was made in both of the other sources. As for the "Foam shot" it's unknown if this was referring to the Homyu Shot or the Unisot, although likely the former.
  • The idea to use a mechanical monster for Godzilla's opponent came from special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano. This fact is mentioned in Age of the Gods (self-published).



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Mechagodzilla II

Height: 50 meters
Mass: 40,000 tons

Powers/Weapons: Able to shoot beams from its eyes; can generate a force field by rotating its head at a tremendous speed; able to fire an electric current from its chest; equipped with rockets on its feet for flight at mach 5; able to fire a concentrated beam when head is removed; can launch missiles from fingers, feet, throat, knees and toes

First Appearance: Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Series:  Showa  

Description

Lead alien commander Mugal easily saw the reasons for why his race failed the year before to conquer Earth. The machine needed to be modified not only in weapons, but in how it worked. Learning of the famed scientists, Doctor Mufuni's invention to control animal's brain cells, he sought an alliance. Only after did Mugal's men save the scientist's daughter, Katsura, did the ape like alien push forward with his plan. Placing the control device within the young girl, he gave the machine the ability to have the reaction time that of a real animal.

Along with the biped dinosaur Titanosaurs, Mechagodzilla was sent to obliterate Tokyo. Countless buildings crumbled, and humanity ran terrified, as the duo giants wade deeper and deeper into the city. All hope was nearly extinguished before Godzilla suddenly appeared. Fighting with all its heart, not even Godzilla had the strength to overcome two adversaries. It wasn't until mankind stepped in, with their secret weapon, did the odds become even. Using their super sonic wave oscillator, the humans kept Titanosaurs writhing in agony, thereby leaving Godzilla the opportunity to face his demonic twin alone. Rushing forward, the nuclear giant ripped the machine's head off as he did before. Unfortunately, this proved to be an almost fatal mistake. Housed in the bionic brain that was revealed beneath, was a horribly powerful laser beam weapon. So strong was this upgraded mechanism, that one blast was more than enough to topple Godzilla. It wasn't until Katsura gave way to the feelings of love and compassion did war the see an end. Killing herself in self-sacrifice, Mechagodzilla no longer had a controller to order it around. Godzilla wasted no time for the machine to completely power down and hurled the machine several miles with a powerful shoulder toss. Then Godzilla unleashed a final blast of his nuclear beam that resulted in the machine's detonation. Exploding into a million pieces, Godzilla won against the aliens for a second and final time.