Garuda ガルーダ

Garuda
Garuda

Length : 84 meters
Height : 22.8 meters
Wingspan : 58 meters
Mass : 482 tons

Powers / Weapons

Flight at mach 3; High Power Maser Beam Cannons; can join to form Super Mechagodzilla

Appearances

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

Series // Heisei

Sound Effect

Description

After the Super X2's battle with Godzilla in 1990, the successor weighed heavily on the mind of Japan's Self Defense Forces. Despite not being successful in its mission, it was clear that the airship and its predecessor the Super X had been some of the best attempts to beat Godzilla. Thankfully, Japan was no longer alone in these defense measures. Together with the countries across the world, the United Nations formed the U.N.G.C.C. (United Nations Godzilla Countermeasure Center). An offshoot of this called G-Force was also launched and this branch would be responsible for the creation of UX-01-93, their first anti-Godzilla weapon.

Named Garuda, the airship was being readied for use in early 1992 and was roughly twice the size of the previous Super Xs. To withstand Godzilla's ray, the craft was coated in NT-1 synthetic diamond armor. It was also equipped with rapid-fire High Power Maser Beam cannons. Although the Super X2 was fully remote controlled, Garuda required an onboard pilot that would be supported by a hyper operating system called ARISA.

GarudaHowever, G-Force started to doubt if the craft had the needed firepower to take on Godzilla. As 1992 dragged on, G-Force looked to the future for a different answer to their anti-Godzilla strategy. Dredging up the remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah, humanity dissembled the technology from 2204 to better understand it. This led to the creation of UX-02-93: Mechagodzilla.

Placing their hope in Mechagodzilla, this left Garuda rendered irrelevant before it could ever face its intended target, sidelined even as Japan faced the threat of Godzilla and Battra in 1993. By 1994, Garuda was relegated to being displayed to the public, although was rarely visited. Kazuma Aoki, the original intended pilot of the craft who had also been assigned to monitor the vehicle, continued to work on Garuda in secret by adding in modification data to ARISA.

As Mechagodzilla entered its final stages of development, Aoki was reassigned to be one of the robotic leviathan’s pilots. However, on Mechagodzilla's first battle, Aoki was temporarily AWOL. While a replacement pilot was assigned, the resulting conflict with Godzilla was a disaster that almost caused the destruction of Mechagodzilla. Consequently, Aoki was demoted, placed as a lowly parking attendant.

Despite this setback, Aoki used this as an opportunity to approach Mechagodzilla's general manager, Doctor Leo Asimov, in the parking complex. He pitched Asimov a proposal to improve Mechagodzilla by modifying it and Garuda so that the two could combine to form one immensely powerful machine. Seeing the chance to enhance Mechagodzilla's firepower, flight and energy capabilities, Asimov approved of the concept. This saw the planned modifications carried out while Aoki was reinstated to work on Garuda.

This wasn't the only modification being made to Mechagodzilla, though. He was also being equipped with technology that could target Godzilla's spinal brain, a recent discovery after examining the Baby Godzilla kept in captivity. With the modifications nearing completion, G-Force started to enact a plan that used Baby Godzilla as bait to lure Godzilla out. However, the emergence of Fire Rodan complicated things, as the winged monster snatched up the container carrying the infant Godzillasaurus.

In response to the new threat, Mechagodzilla and Garuda were deployed together to defeat the mutated pteranodon. The two fired upon Fire Rodan, avoiding his retaliatory heat rays until he eventually beat his wings and entered the skies. Garuda went to intercept, but was out matched. Garuda had been built to engage Godzilla, a slow moving target stuck on the ground. It had never been designed with a dogfight in mind, meaning that Fire Rodan swiftly bashed it out of the sky with his bulk, sending it careening into a building. Aoki, who had snuck onto the airship to control it in place of the intended pilot, was knocked out.

Mechagodzilla soon brought Fire Rodan down with a plasma grenade, although the conflict was far from over as Godzilla emerged from the nearby sea. Once more engaging each other in battle, Godzilla again gave its robotic doppelganger trouble. As Aoki awoke, he swiftly repaired the damage to Garuda to get it airborne. Quickly talking off, Garuda intervened to save Mechagodzilla by distracting Godzilla. Leveraging the opportunity, Mechagodzilla engaged its engines, using its body as a battering ram to knock down the nuclear menace.

With the King of the Monsters briefly distracted, Aoki and the crew of Mechagodzilla took the chance to initiate the merging process. Garuda attached to the back of the towering mech, lending its rockets, extra power, beam cannons and hyper operating system. Super Mechagodzilla had been formed, to execute the mission to eradicate Godzilla once and for all.


Powers / Weapons
Flight at Mach 3

Flight at Mach 3

Garuda was capable of high speed flight, moving at up to speeds of Mach 3.

Though it could fly incredibly fast, Garuda lacked much maneuverability in the air, leaving it out matched against Rodan in a dogfight.

   
High Power Maser Beam Cannons

High Power Maser Beam Cannons

Garuda's twin cannons could fire incredibly powerful Maser Beams.

These High Power Maser Beams were capable of forcing Godzilla to back away and cry out in pain.

   
Can Join to Form Super Mechagodzilla

Can Join to Form Super Mechagodzilla

After Mechagodzilla's defeat at Godzilla's hands, it and Garuda were modified to be able to combine to form Super Mechagodzilla.

This process added to Mechagodzilla's capabilities, boosting: firepower, propulsive energy, hyper operating system efficiencies and overall power generation.


Background and Trivia
  • Was the first anti-Godzilla weapon developed by G-Force. Cited in Super Godzilla Deconstruction Book (ISBN: 9784299048356).
  • The model number is UX-01-93, while Mechagodzilla is UX-02-93. Some books also use UX-01-93 as the English name for the craft, such as in Godzilla: Toho Giant Monster Picture Encyclopedia (ISBN: 4092800525).
  • The Toho SFX Mechanic Chronicle 1954-2003 (ISBN: 477530142X) lists the full stats, including length of 84 meters, height of 22.8 meters, a width of 58 meters and a mass of 482 tons. The width could also be a wingspan, although the wings are fairly small on the machine.
  • Featured NT-1 artificial diamond coating as mentioned in Godzilla for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.
  • In the Godzilla Encyclopedia - New Edition (ISBN: 9784773087253) it references that Garuda was being displayed to the public, after moving from its original location at the U.N.G.C.C. (United Nations Godzilla Countermeasure Center) Response Center. However, it notes that very few bothered to come visit it.
  • After being shelved, Kazuma Aoki was secretly adding modification data to ARISA. Noted in Godzilla & Toho Tokusatsu Official Mook Vol. 15: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (ISBN: 9784065314968).
  • Garuda's hyper operating system is called ARISA while the operating system of Mechagodzilla is called REIKO. These are references to director Takao Okawara's film Reiko, the Psyche Resurrected (1991). In the movie the main character is called Reiko Kudo and is played by actress Arisa Mizuki. Brought up in Monster Super Power Illustrated Encyclopedia (ISBN: T1001844121004).
  • Godzilla & Toho Tokusatsu Official Mook Vol. 15: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (ISBN: 9784065314968) claims that when becoming Super Mechagodzilla the two hyper operation systems (ARISA and REIKO) also join together and that this eliminates the need for maintenance personnel. However, the book is not descriptive on what maintenance the joined operating systems are able to autonomously manage.
  • Beyond providing additional firepower, a combined operating system and greater flight capabilities, it's also mentioned that Garuda offers increased power generation to Super Mechagodzilla. Brought up in Godzilla for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.
  • In earlier scripts that featured it, Garuda was stated to be pteranodon-like in shape. In fact, some of the concept art appears like a mecha-Rodan. Addressed in Encyclopedia of Godzilla: New Mechagodzilla Edition (ISBN: T1062538812202).
  • Two models were created with FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic), one being 1:1 ratio with the costumes for Mechagodzilla and Godzilla and the other being half the size for specific shots. Detailed in the Toho SFX Mechanic Chronicle 1954-2003 (ISBN: 477530142X).