Included in this article is a collection of 12 early draft synopses for several Heisei (VS) Series Godzilla movies, including Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), and Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994). These translated synopses and subsequent images are from the special features of the Japan-only DVD releases of their respective movies. The descriptions paint a timeline on how the manuscripts subtly changed over time to the movies as we know them today, though most of the presented information may already be fairly familiar to international fans.
As usual, VERY special thanks to Noah Oskow for the following translations!
~ Joshua S.
MOTHRA VS. BAGAN Plot
Mothra’s egg is discovered in the deep forests of the island of Borneo in Malaysia. Then, the legendary monster Bagan, written about in the ancient Chinese tome known as the Wen Xuan, awakens in the Himalayas. A larval Mothra appears in Singapore harbor, giving chase to a member of the Japanese TV crew that had come to get material for covering the egg story, and who had abducted the Shobijin.
Mothra affixes a cocoon to the Westin Stanford Hotel, and the now winged Mothra flies off towards Thailand, hot on the trail of the abducted Shobijin. There, Mothra has a showdown with Bagan, who then disappears into the ocean. In order to locate Bagan, Miki Saegusa (18), who had previously been able to successfully sense Godzilla, is called to Bangkok. There, Miki senses the need to save the Shobijin. The Thai Air Force’s F-16s intercept the adult Mothra as it heads for Bangkok.
Miki uses her telepathy to discover that the Shobijin are safe, and it is decided that the Royal Race Club will be used as the venue for the return of the Shobijin to Mothra. The monster flies down to the racecourse. There, Bagan appears, and Mothra battles the beast with her last bit of poison pollen. Just then, another Mothra larva is born from yet another egg. The adult Mothra grabs on to Bagan, heading out towards the sea. The larva Mothra appears at this time. Between the larval Mothra’s string attack and the adult Mothra’s poison pollen, they manage to incapacitate Bagan.
As the adult Mothra’s final duty, she sinks Bagan into the sea. Then, the adult Mothra breathes her last, and falls towards the ocean surface. The Shobijin head home alongside the larval Mothra, praying: “Please, never allow Bagan to re-awaken. Our… Our Mothra gave her life to seal him deep within the ocean. Please, help ensure that Mothra’s sacrifice was not for naught.” For the monster Bagan shall appear from the depths when the world is defiled, and peoples’ hearts have turned to evil…
The secret of Miki Saegusa, as told by Kazuki Ōmori
“Actually, ‘vs. Bagan’ functions within a tetralogy, and yet Miki Saegusa… I wanted to make one more work in which we could portray the full scope of her character… We actually had this hidden thread about how, in reality, she’s been hiding this giant secret from her past the whole time.
Ōmori: We also thought that it might be a good idea to add some color by having a single protagonist, someone who could be there alongside Godzilla each time.”
MOTHRA VS. GIGAMOTH* Plot
Mothra’s egg has washed up in Japan, and from it is was born a small larval Mothra – as well as a gigantic, pure black Mothra called Gigamoth. Next, Godzilla appears as a response towards Gigamoth’s activities. Godzilla is wrapped up in Gigamoth’s strings and sinks into the depths of the ocean.
Gigamoth makes its cocoon at an atomic research station, and begins to morph into its adult form, laying eggs in a cocoon at Mount Fuji.
Then, out flies the adult Mothra. Mothra incapacitates Godzilla using her moth scale attacks, but, her strength sapped, falls from the sky in front of Gigamoth. Gigamoth skewers Mothra on one of its horns. Mothra’s body fluids cause her to be absorbed into Gigamoth, and the two change into a larval form. The larval Mothra heads out to sea with Godzilla, disappearing under the waves.
* Also known as Godzilla vs. Gigamoth.
GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA Review Manuscript
Battra, its name written as “Badora,” appears in Siberia, taking on its adult form in Nagoya. Mothra’s egg is transported by hot air balloon, with Miki Saegusa following Godzilla and Battra all the way to the caldera of Mount Pinatubo. In the end, both Godzilla and Battra disappear into Mount Fuji.
GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA Draft Manuscript
Battra appears from Lake Baikal in Siberia, taking on its mature form in Nagoya. Mothra’s egg is transported by hot air balloon, and in the end, both Godzilla and Battra disappear into Mount Fuji, and Mothra flies out towards the cosmos from Daikoku Pier.
GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA Finalized Manuscript
Battra now appears in the far north seas. Mothra’s egg is transported by floating dock, and Godzilla and Battra disappear in the north Pacific. Mothra now flies off towards space from Haneda Airport (which, in the final screen version, is instead Tachikawa HQ).
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II Review Manuscript
In the first scene, the curtain opens via a battle between the Godzillasaurus of the Cretaceous period and a Pteranodon. Next comes a scene wherein a salvage ship uses a winch to hoist the sunken Mecha-King Ghidorah from the ocean depths. Garuda is set up as a variable air-and-land multi-use robot with gargantuan wings and spindly legs. Two Rodans, a male an a female, appear on Adonoa Island, with Mechagodzilla being made of seven combined armored ships. The female Rodan is blinded in one eye, falling towards the ocean. The male is killed, fried by the high-voltage current from Mechagodzilla’s flying hand attack.
Kazuma is the one who realizes the relationship between Azusa and the reddening of the egg. Hosono is not the head of the Spiritual Development Center, but rather a female advisor.
Godzilla and Mechagodzilla face off at an industrial complex at Yokkaichi City. Mechagodzilla separates into its component armored ships, fleeing. The F-15s discharge their guns within the Kyoto metro region, and Baby grows to a height of six meters. The female Rodan attacks a Russian nuclear submarine, becoming White Rodan. White Rodan, having attacked a container ship, alights upon a skyscraper hotel, flying off to Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome to feed.
Miki does not board Mechagodzilla, instead riding with Professor Omae via helicopter towards the site of the event. Rodan flies in wide circles at low altitude, creating a tornado, finally running out of steam and plummeting towards the ocean. The G-Crusher fires from its shoulder. Garduda explodes as result of trouble with its nuclear rector; Godzilla is revived by the radiation. Mechagodzilla separates again and flees, but the armored ship that serves as its cockpit is hit by Godzilla’s atomic breath, crashing down, and the other mechas all falter. Miki and Professor Omae arrive by helicopter. Miki, aboard the helicopter, reaches out with her telepathy, and Godzilla, carrying Baby, heads back out to sea.
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II Draft Manuscript
In the first scene, we see a birds-eye-view of United Nations HQ and a scene depicting the development of Anti-G armaments. Mechagodzilla changes into two combined forms. Kazuma’s Mini-Garuda (pterosaur robot) flies to Catherine’s bathroom while she’s bathing. In Adonoa Island, a Pteranodon appears. It dies, burned up by a beam from the armored ship which makes up Mechagodzilla’s upper body.
Godzilla and Mechagodzilla face off at the industrial complex at Yokkaichi City. Mechagodzilla fights back using its cadmium missiles and high-voltage electricity from its flying hand.
Mechagodzllla breaks apart in order to avoid Godzilla’s atomic breath, but crashes downwards when computer troubles prevents it from assembling again. The Pteranodon attacks a Russian nuclear submarine, changing into White Rodan as a result of exposure to nuclear radiation. Miki enters Mechagodzilla in order to provide the power for the G-Crusher’s target-locking.
At last, Mechagodzilla is hit by a finishing blow of atomic breath. It separates in an attempt to flee, but its upper body, where the cockpit is located, is hit, and crashes downwards. Sasaki and the others flee from the cockpit ship. At the water’s edge, Miki sends out her telepathy.
It should be noted that Super Mechagodzilla is described in manuscripts form this point forward.
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II Filming Manuscript
This is essentially the same as a Finalized Manuscript.
Mechagodzilla is no longer an assembling robot. The final battle between Godzilla and Rodan takes place on Adonoa Island, and previous to this there’s a scene where Miki senses Godzilla in her room (this went unused in the final film). In the previous two manuscripts, she gives the newly born Baby an apple, but in this script she instead gives him a flower.
Godzilla and Mechagodzilla have their duel on Mount Suzuka. Instead of a cadmium missile, he uses a lightwave beam (Plasma Grenade), and the flying hand is changed to a long electrode that protrudes from Mechagodzilla’s tail (Shock Anchor, on screen it protrudes from both arms).
Hosono (played by Tadao Takashima) becomes the head of the Spiritual Development Center. Rodan is killed by a light beam, and Godzilla is revived by Rodan’s energy. Miki sends out her telepathy from atop the cockpit ship, and Baby swims after Godzilla.
※This signature is that of special effects director Kōichi Kawakita.
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II Finalized Script
After numerous passes, the scenario becomes polished, and the final manuscript is completed.
GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA Review Manuscript
In our first scene, Koji and Kiyoshi have gotten into a huge fight during a speed-dating party. They’re transferred to the Psychic Center, and there they meet Miki. The alien ship that destroyed the Discovery Unit 1 is discovered. Then, they’re attacked by SpaceGodzilla.
At Birth Island, a three-meter tall Baby is present while the eggs are attacked by a crystalline entity, and Yuki puts forth a strategy by which they would use a rocket to wrap up Baby in a net; however, he ends up imprisoned in a cave. A dragonfly-shaped alien emerges from a dragonfly that preys upon eggs. Miki arrives at the island onboard Garuda II alongside Chinatsu and Okubo.
The dragonfly-shaped alien attacks BabyGodzilla, and SpaceGodzilla comes flying in, and a volcano erupts, with lava buffeting the crystalline entity. SpaceGodzilla heads to Japan. They all gather up at the Rainbow Bridge, the Seto Bridge, and Fukuoka. Moguera makes a subterranean attack without separating.
In this version, it’s now Koji who advises Miki to save Yuki.
GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA Draft Manuscript
The opening scene has Koji and Kiyoshi on a café terrace, just as they’re stood up on a date.
The Garuda II (Star Falcon) encounters three crystalline entities during a space test flight. The pilots are Suzuki, Ono, and Uehara.
BabyGodzilla (Junior) is now presented as 25 meters tall. The trap set for Godzilla is a pitfall and a giant harpoon.
Miki, Chinatsu, and Okubo arrive via helicopter. Junior is surrounded by liquid from the crystalline entity.
It’s from this point that SpaceGodzilla’s Electromagnetic Wave is established. His Corona Beam shoots from both his hands. SpaceGodzilla rips through the ozone hole.
Godzilla, having lost the battle on Birth Island, disappears into an undersea volcano.
From the skies above Tokyo (Tokyo Tower), SpaceGodzilla passes over Nagoya (Nagoya Tower), and Osaka (Tsutenkaku), as well as other cities with towers.
The designer of Moguera is Sergei (Mamilov). Miki boards Moguera, and after making contact with Godzilla in the mountains of Oita, Moguera dives into the earth.
SpaceGodzilla powers up: his fangs grow, his eyes slant upwards, and thorns appear across his body.
Moguera separates in order to destroy the towers, but is destroyed itself by SpaceGodzilla before being able to reassemble.
It’s now the Cosmos who advise Miki to save Yuki.
GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA Finalized Manuscript
The “Yuki Special” debuts in this version.
BabyGodzilla (Junior) is labelled as either “Little” or “ChibiGoji.”
In terms of differences between the finalized manuscript and and finished film, the Star Falcon is notated as the “Garuda II.” Little is frozen by vapor that exudes from SpaceGodzilla’s mouth. Miki is kidnapped during a scene set at dusk. Although there is a dogfight in the skies above Kobe between SpaceGodzilla and G-Force (F-15s/Maser attack aircraft), it was omitted on the basis of the filming schedule. More changes like these exist as well.
Additionally, some filmed scenes were cut in the final film for time and other reasons. One example is the water front segment at the start which explains why Koji and Kiyoshi had flown to the south islands and were not part of the Moguera Project.