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    A complete translation of Godzilla Super Wars, as seen in the Japanese publication Tokusatsu Hiho Vol. 1 (ISBN: 4800306485). This early draft for what would eventually evolve into Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) includes some familiar elements seen in the final movie, though “SpaceGodzilla” is referred to as “Space Godzilla” in the text, and the role of Moguera was initially intended for a rebuilt Mechagodzilla and Garuda.

    Reportedly, this story was heavily influenced by the SNES game Super Godzilla… hence “Godzilla ‘Super’ Wars”. Between an older professor who specializes in G-Cells, humans being able to control Godzilla, and even the inclusion of the Super-X as a G-Force vessel for transportation, the similarities make for a compelling case. As usual, VERY special thanks to Noah Oskow for the following translation, and a shout out to John LeMay for his book The Lost Films (ISBN: 1548145254)!

    ~ Joshua S.

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    Godzilla 6 (Story Proposal)
    Godzilla – The Ultimate Decisive Battle (GODZILLA SUPER WARS)

     

    ・The NASA expeditionary shuttle discovers the wreckage of a spaceship on Planet **.

    Its outer layer is covered in a mysterious crystalline material. Inside lay the corpse of an extraterrestrial.

    Suddenly, short music begins playing over the transmitter repeatedly.

    The expeditionary shuttle collects this data to the best of their ability.

     

    ・Mikadaroi Island in the East China Sea. Little Godzilla had made this land his peaceful home.

    He had grown to a height of 20 meters, and it seemed all the elements were in order to make the island the perfect habitat for a Godzillasaurus. Godzilla himself was also living in the depths of the same island.

    Godzilla continued to protect Little based on the persistence of some sort of instinct. It seemed that Godzilla was willing to remain docile as long as he could provide Little with a peaceful environment in which to grow.

     

    ・G-Force’s mission was to guard and assist in navigation for the vessels that plied the seas near Mikadoroi Island.

    There were two young sharpshooters proficient in both arts of aviation and marksmanship: Isamu Sakura, called “Loose Hawk,” and Koichiro Doi, known as “Stray Eagle.” Just as those nicknames implied, these were by no means ordinary men.

    While their skills were acknowledged by all, they engaged in overmuch showboating, and their evaluations fell as result.

    The reason these two got along so well was because of Professor Yodobashi of the G-Center laboratory. Because of the older man’s wisdom, he was able to mediate the fights between the two. As the Professor would lackadaisically spend the majority of the day at the Salon Club (a G-Force food, drink, and entertainment facility), the young researchers would often make him the butt of jokes. Together, the three of them would haunt the salon’s billiards board.

     

    ・At NASA, the music which had been flowing from the transmitter on the spaceship on Planet ** was being analyzed.

    This was a signal of warning directed at all the planets of the universe.

    “…The Great King of Darkness shall descend…”

    Their planet had been destroyed by the mysterious monster in question.

     

    ・At the G-Center think tank, every and all the organization’s collective knowledge was being gathered together in order to research a new plan for dealing with Godzilla.

    Akiho Ishimaru was a young female member of that group. (The previously mentioned Sakura and Doi had both fallen in love with her).

    The project she had proposed was progressing.

    Her “Project T” strategy involved putting Gozilla under the control of a device, which could be brought about by powering up the apparatus by applying the telepathy of a member associated with the Psychic Center.

    The Telepathy Expansion Device was developed by Professor Jonan. He was Professor Yodobashi’s junior at the lab, but he held his superior with a cool disdain.

    The person who took the initiative on the project was Vice Commander Oki of the G Force. He often collided with his ruffian underlings, Sakura and Doi.

    Then, the person who was chosen for their telepathy was, of course, Miki Saegusa.

    ・Something had dropped down from outer space to Mikadoroi Island. This was no mere meteorite.

    There were five giant egg-like objects of 10 meters in diameter.

    Little’s interest was piqued.

     

    ・A reconnaissance team was sent in by G-Force, who were beholden to investigate such mysterious objects.

    It ended up being that, at the same time in order, they would also conduct field testing of the Project T to contain Godzilla.

    Amongst the escort troops were also seen Sakura and Doi, controlling their respective fighter aircraft, “Taranis” and “Belenus.”

    Both of them, infatuated with Akiho Ishimaru, had happily volunteered for the work.

    (In the myths of the Celts, Tarinis was the god of thunder, and Belenus was god of the sun. Since the time of Garuda, it had become in vogue for the G Force to name their fighter planes after gods.)

    From the G Warship Super X, the telepathy put forth by Miki Saegusa was being transmitted to Godzilla, having been powered-up by the device.  Professor Jonan, Vice Commander Oki, and Akiho Ishimaru looked on.

    Godzilla was now under their guidance. During that moment, the investigatory team was progressing with their work on the island.

    Suddenly, the mysterious objects began to crack open, one after another. From inside emerged monstrous aliens akin to dragonflies. They swooped down on Little. Little bravely fought back. In the primeval forests of this island, a battle between a dinosaur and giant dragonflies commenced.

    Just as in the prehistoric world of old.

    In order to provide relief for Little, Doi took control of his beloved airplane, Belenus. And yet, the swarm of aliens was able to seize on to Little, carrying him off into the sky.

    Godzilla began to go berserk. Sensing that Little was in danger, his uncouth nature came through, breaking the hold the Project T troops’ transmission had on him.

    Miki Saegusa lost consciousness. She had overworked herself over a short period of time by applying such an extreme degree of concentration.

     

    ・The American expeditionary shuttle collided with a gigantic object while in the void of space, and was destroyed.

    The final transmission fro the ship, sent in tandem with their SOS, contained the following words: “…A demon…”

    This demon turned towards Earth, drawing near.

     

    ・NASA had sent the data gathered on Planet ** off to Professor Yodobashi.

    Within this sample of organic matter, there were discovered cells which bore a striking resemblance from those of Godzilla (G-Cells).

    The same cells were found in the giant eggs which had crashed down into the jungles of Mikadoroi Island.

     

    ・Mount Aso, on the Japanese home island of Kyushu. The dragonfly-shaped aliens which had carried off Little had appeared.

    The creatures emitted a steam-like substance from their gaping mouths, surrounding the foothills of the mountain in crystal. Little was also entombed in the same substance.

    The world around the volcano had become one of crystal, and there had also appeared a sort of altar made to worship some unknown being.

     

    ・Professor Yodobashi’s Deduction.

    The demon which was nearing the Earth was none other than a Godzilla which had been born in space. [Space Godzilla]

    Up until this point, there had been two chances for the G-cells to be launched out into space.

    The granular remains of Biollante (which contained Godzilla’s DNA), who had disappeared after being ground into nothing in the vacuum of space.

    The pieces of Godzilla’s flesh that had been brought into space by the ascending Mothra.

    The G-cells, which maintained a tenacious life force, had a previously unknown space virus attached to them, spurring on the growth of the cells. Then, these cells were hit by the explosion of a nearby star. The incredible energy surpassed that of a nuclear explosion, and in the vacuum of space, a terrifying monster was born. This was Space Godzilla.

     

    ・Suddenly, back where Miki Saegusa was lying unconscious, there appeared a tiny  Mothra the size of the palm of her hand.

    This was indeed Mothra, turned into a fairy after her lifeforce had been scattered across space.

    Mothra reached out with the voice of the Cosmos. Space Godzilla possessed a raging instinct to conquer, and had already destroyed a number of planets. This time, he was targeting Earth. The G-cells have a homing instinct that could not be overcome. No matter what happened, the monster needed to be stopped before it entered Earth’s atmosphere. If not, Earth would be in danger of being brought to ruin.

    Mothra disappeared. Hereafter, the creature would appear in front of Miki numerous times in order to be able to communicate warnings.

    It was just like Peter Pan and the fairy Tinkerbelle.

     

    ・Gathering together the most cutting edge of technologies, Mechagodzilla F—.

    Space Godzilla needed to be stopped, and Mechagodzilla launched into space to do just that.

    The fighter plane formation “Mars” was an escort unit made up of the elite of G-Force. Sakura and Doi were two from amongst that formation. (Mars was the Greek god of war.)

     

    ・Space Godzilla made his imposing form be known.

    It used its wings to fly at rapid speeds, and had evolved horns, a carapace, fangs, and other such violent appendages as a result of its bellicose instincts.

    This was a threatening form, more full of rage than Godzilla, more armored.

    From his mouth came atomic breath and a beam that could crystallize any matter.

    He could truly be called a demon.

     

    ・In outer space, Mechagodzilla and Space Godzilla were putting on a grand dog fight.

    Using the Mars formation, Sakura, Doi, and G-Force provided covering fire.

    However, they could not hope to contend with Space Godzilla.

    Mechagodzilla dipped its head, its battle functions spent.

    There was nothing to do but retreat.

    During the battle, Sakura had ignored orders in order to do some gratuitous grandstanding, and had fallen into danger as a result. Doi, forced to save him, suffered grave injuries for his troubles.

    G-Force returned back to Earth.

     

    ・Sakura was hit with a suspension from duty.

    Doi was hospitalized.

    Akiho Ishimaru stayed with Doi as he was hospitalized as much as her limited time would allow.

    Seeing that, Sakura surreptitiously backed away.

     

    ・Godzilla had made landfall in Fukuoka.

    Needing to free Little, he headed towards Mt. Aso, cutting across Kyushu.

     

    ・Space Godzilla was storming Earth’s atmosphere. At long last, he arrived at Mt. Aso.

    The volcano would become the staging area for his conquering of Earth.

    The dragonfly-shaped aliens, symbiotes of Space Godzilla, had been sent in as a sort of vanguard. They had been setting up all that was necessary for their master’s arrival, creating a crystalline lair for him.

    The conquering of Earth could not be completed without first taking down the mightiest being on the planet, Godzilla. Space Godzilla’s instincts told him as much.

    Then, they had schemed to gain the home field advantage in the coming battle with Godzilla, something they had achieved by kidnapping Little in order to lure in the King of the Monsters.

     

    ・Sakura, suffering from a guilty conscience, went to visit the hospitalized Doi.

    Conversely, it was Doi who ended up trying to console Sakura, telling him “man, you sure are a troublesome guy, aren’t you?”

    Doi, in his own way, felt an incredible responsibility towards Mikadoroi Island. This was because he had been unable to protect Little, who had been kidnapped by the aliens, and had thus caused Godzilla to go into a rage and had led to the failure of Project T.

    Subsequently, he had been plagued with doubt. Hadn’t it been too early for on-site experimentation? Additionally, from some time before, he had perceived an undercurrent of secrecy amidst the movements of Vice Commander Oki and Professor Jonan, who had taken the initiative on the project.

    Wasn’t this all placing Akiho Ishimaru and Miki Saegusa in undue danger?

    And beyond that, the fighter plane Doi had boarded had broken down a number of times. Could this have been an artificial problem?

    Doi, unable to leave from his hospital room, found himself more and more taken over by feelings of doubt.

    Sakura, having been convinced by Doi, decided to take on the investigation.

     

    ・Godzilla had arrived at Aso.

    Space Godzilla’s advance guard, the dragonfly aliens, rushed to attack. They were annihilated in a single instant.

    Godzilla and Space Godzilla’s battle would be one between the universe’s apex predators.

    They grabbed on to each other in a brutal hand-to-hand battle. Their two atomic breaths clash against each other.

    Space Godzilla shifted from land to space, attacking Godzilla from far in the heavens.

    At the end of the fierce fighting, the two pulled apart in an apparent draw.

    Godzilla had rescued Little, and yet had taken on considerable damage in the process.

    Space Godzilla disappeared beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

     

    ・Still suspended from active duty, Sakura was making progress in his investigation.

    Akiho Ishimaru, Miki Saegusa, and Professor Yodobashi were all assisting with the inquiry.

    What this brought to the surface was a line that connected Vice Commander Oki, Professor Jonan, certain politicians, and the board of directors of various international concerns.

    Project T was being used for the pursuit of profits. If Godzilla could be controlled, cities and nature could be destroyed and redeveloped to one’s satisfaction. The face of the Earth could be remade to fit one’s desires.

    Unknown to Akiho Ishimaru and Miki Saegusa, they were being used by a group of conspirators.

    According to these conspirators, it would appear that Project T would end in public failure. However, in the shadows, Professor Jonan had schemed to collect as many samples as possible of Miki Saegusa’s telepathic waves, and to put forth an artificial version of the same. In other words, he would use Miki as a human guinea pig.

     

    ・At last, the badly hurt Godzilla collapsed.

    Little went about strenuously trying to nurse Godzilla back to health, placing water on him and packing earth around him.

     

    ・Professor Yodobashi and Akashi Ishimaru were looking through materials at the G-Center when they found proof of the conspiracy.

    The enemy side, inferring a crisis, confined Miki Saegusa in Professor Jonan’s laboratory, using her as a hostage. At the same time, Jonan was attempting to forcibly harvest the data of her telepathic waves via his device.

    Fairy Mothra appeared, telling Sakura the location where Miki had been imprisoned. Sakura, with a gun stolen from Doi in hand, infiltrated into the laboratory. Breaking through the defenses, he rescues Miki.

    The section of G-Force controlled by Vice Commander Oki is just like the Nazi SS. He could not allow Sakura and Miki to escape the laboratory alive, and thus let loose a rain of bullets.

    A firefight ensued.

    The two were cornered, but were then saved by a single bullet. From the direction of the smoke, the form of Doi, covered in bandages, appeared. “Geez, you really are a trouble-maker, aren’t you? I wish I could say this was only the second time I’ve had to save you!”

    The relief troops arrived right behind Doi. They had been convinced to join the fray and guided to the location by Fairy Mothra, Professor Yodobashi, and Akiho Ishimaru.

    The conspiracy had been destroyed.

     

    ・Space Godzilla had appeared once again, assaulting the localities of the Japanese Peninsula one after another.

    Setting up his lair in the city of **, he covered a multitude of modern buildings in crystal. A bizarre world had arisen.

     

    ・Sakura’s suspension of duty had been rescinded, and he had been returned to G-Force.

    Doi had also left the hospital, having taken down the doctor who had tried to stop him.

     

    ・The right strategy for attacking Space Godzilla was being investigated.

    Surely Mechagodzilla would not be enough by himself. Could not the strength of Godzilla be used? With this idea in mind, a strategy of using a combined attack with Mechagodzilla and Godzilla came into effect.

    In order to carry out the plan, they would need to entice Godzilla out to the battle zone. How would they do that? Should they use Little as a decoy, despite the cold-heartedness necessary to do so? Or perhaps, although it was still at the experimental stage, could they use the strengthening device to send out the waves of Miki’s Saegusa telepathy?

     

    ・”There is no need for such secretive planning,” intoned Miki. “Godzilla is already headed towards the battleground. Godzilla knows. If he doesn’t take Space Godzilla down, then someday he shall be taken down himself.”

     

    ・Aiming towards the site of a decisive battle, Godzilla, in high spirits, headed directly into the seas.

     

    ・”Shall we just leave it to the two of them?” At Professor Yodobashi’s counseling, Sakura embarked on Mechagodzilla, with Doi heading out on Garuda. The ultimate unit, consisting of “Stray Eagle” and “Loose Hawk,” had come together at last.

    Professor Yodobashi had secretly reconstructed Mechagodzilla. He then whispered into Sakura and Doi’s ears, telling them of his plan.

     

    ・Godzilla makes landfall at ** Harbor.

    Mechagodzilla, Garuda, and G-Force head out on a sortie.

    They engage Space Godzilla.

    In ** City, the final decisive battle had begun.

    Godzilla attacks from land and Mechagodzilla from the sky, engaging in a ground-shaking, grand battle with Space Godzilla.

    Atomic breath, beams, missiles, a hand-to-hand grappling… it is a truly fierce fight.

    Mechagodzilla forces Space Godzilla’s arms behind his back, binding him hand and food with anchors and wires. In that state, he began rising into the sky.

    In the cockpit, Sakura set all systems to full throttle.

    When Godzilla’s atomic breath blasted forth onto Space Godzilla, the chemical fusion brings forth a magnificent explosion. This was the secret strategy that had been given them by Professor Yodobashi. A dangerous strategy that would turn Mechagodzilla itself into a bomb. The professor had believed that only these two pilots could pull off such a mission.

     

    Having readied Mechagodzilla for the explosion, Sakura needed to bail out, and attempted to transfer over to the Garuda. However, with the destruction brought about by the fierce battle, the connecting route had been blocked off. Doi moved in to rescue Sakura.

    Until they could escape, they couldn’t let Godzilla fire off his atomic breath.

    Miki Saegusa, using the strengthening device, sent forth her telepathy with all of her strength.

    Could Sakura reach Doi’s hand…?

    Miki collapsed.

    Godzilla let forth his atomic breath.

    It hit Mechagodzilla head on. An explosion let out a piercing, vivid light. Space Godzilla was ripped up, scattered into tiny pieces.

    On the battlefield, the only being remaining standing was Godzilla.

     

    ・Miki came to at the hospital.

    In front of her very eyes sat Sakura, smiling. He had been able to safely escape just moments before the explosion. Tears streamed down Miki’s face.

    Doi, Akiho Ishimaru, and Professor Yodobashi were all there, too.

    Doi pointed at Sakura, saying, “That’s three times I’ve saved him. He really is a troublesome fellow. Take good care of him, Miki.”

     

    ・The sea at twilight.

    From the cliffs of Mikadoroi Island, Little stares off into the distance.

    Off towards the horizon, Godzilla’s silhouette floats up on the sunset.

    Together, the two let out a twinned, reverberating roar.

    〈END〉

    Translations // October 13, 2019
  • Since I started reviewing Kaiju Kuisine, I have consumed a wide variety of ramen-themed monster-snacks and reviewed them here—from Baby Star Dodekai Ramen snacks, to the Godzilla Butamen cup (probably my favorite of all), to the Godzilla vs. Evangelion Box: Garlic Ramen and Spicy Chicken Flavor (second favorite, and most fun due to the play factor). Today I want to review a new release, simply called Godzilla Ramen, created by Hachiroumen and sold Surou Kaabu, with assistance from a company called… river pond (no capitals). Flavor-wise it’s probably the worst, but the gimmick is still clever.

    As usual, let’s start with the packaging. We see the now very familiar image of Godzilla from Godzilla Resurgence (2016) looking scary and depicted in all black and red, with the name of the product and a bowl of ramen floating above his claw. The back includes instructions for how to cook the ramen, and the side announces that the box contains one of three rubber Godzilla foot chopstick rests (randomly inserted to prompt collectors to buy more I am sure). The feet styles they chose seem to be the 2016 Godzilla, the 1954 Godzilla, and the ever-popular Heisei/VS. series Godzilla. I got the 2016 one.

    Inside we have two packages of pink noodles, and two packages of soy sauce-flavored soup. This is the really clever part. When you cook up the noodles and douse them in the black soup, the resulting ramen concoction looks like creepy pink flesh/veins immersed in a jet-black background that fits the raw, fleshy, charcoal-scorched 2016 design really well. I love the effect.

    I didn’t love the taste, though. Granted I didn’t get around to eating my first batch of Godzilla Ramen until after the “best eaten-by” date had expired, and I probably should have cooked them a tad longer for maximum yum, but still the noodles had a nasty tang that lingers in the mouth. I just kind of had an unpleasant experience with the stuff to be honest.

    Still, the novelty of eating a soup designed to mimic the flesh-tones of a horrific monster should be enough to get some fans excited, and instant ramen is not really known for its excellence in the taste department (or maybe I am just spoiled by real ramen restaurants in Japan). Nevertheless, unless you’re desperate for some monster noodles, I would pass on this one.


    Scary red generic box art.

     


    Box contents with the rubber chopstick holder

     


    The noodles look like ground pork.

     


    The three foot designs

    Kaiju Kuisine // October 12, 2019
  • Author: Matthew Freese | Banner: Andrew Sudomerski

    Atop a pedestal of stone, a god watched over his kingdom. Darkness had fallen over the land, and the moon and the stars stood against it and made for a spectacle to anyone looking up.

    Mothra Leo did enjoy the devotion and praise of his people, to hear their chanting and watch their elaborate displays in worship of him. Not out of a narcissistic desire, but because it made his followers happy and reminded him of all he was dedicated to protecting. It was the people of Infant Island that helped keep him from the path taken by beings like Battra.

    But he enjoyed nights like this one just as much, when his followers chose to leave him alone either to sleep or to enjoy the night for themselves. For these nights gave him a chance to bask in nature’s tranquility and to look at the beautiful tapestry laid out in the sky every night.

    On this night his focus was on a meteor shower. It was a beautiful display, a dynamic light show in contrast to the usual static beauty of the stars and moon. His emerald eyes suddenly focused on a large meteor, one that stood out against the rest for its size. It was big enough to where it would break through the atmosphere and strike the planet. Leo still continued staring at it, for reasons he didn’t know.

    Until dread dug its talons into his mind. The meteor carried a presence within it, something chaotic and destructive. The genetic memory he inherited from his ancestors told him that only one thing could be in that rock.

    Grand King Ghidorah.

    The meteor was going to land near Tokyo, which meant he had to act fast if he wanted to save millions. But, could he defeat this King Ghidorah? He was powerful, easily the most powerful Mothra to ever exist, but would his power be enough? He didn’t know how powerful this King Ghidorah would be. It wasn’t the same one his mother had fought alongside Godzilla and Rodan.

    Godzilla! That was it! He would need to find allies like his mother had. But, that Godzilla had disappeared, to where nobody knows. The only Godzilla that he could find quickly was… nothing like what his mother had joined forces with.

    Except that both had been plunged into agony by humanity’s ignorance and made bitter and spiteful by it. And yet, his mother had convinced Godzilla to stand against a greater threat, starting him on the path to becoming one of Earth’s greatest guardians.

    So, why couldn’t he do the same?

    Moving his wings, he propelled himself into the air. He had to get to Tokyo, and fast. It was a quick journey, few living things being capable of moving faster than Mothra Leo. When he reached Tokyo, he was grateful to not see a city in flames.

    What he did fly over on his journey was a colossal meteor embedded in the ground, crews of humans close to it and examining it. They looked up in awe at the colossus flying above them. Leo let out a call toward them, commanding them to keep away from the meteor, then kept flying. Though the people did not fully understand his cry, they understood the idea behind it. So when the meteor began to generate strange energy readings after the deity’s passing, growing by the second in intensity, many of the workers and scientists began finding excuses to keep their distance.

    Leo’s target was the first thing he saw, and even in its current state, it sent shivers through him. Godzilla’s frozen body still commanded a sense of fear and wrongness. Nothing about it looked natural. Legs that looked too big for it, arms and eyes much too small for a creature of its size, and scars wracking its entire body. Not scars earned in battle, but instead the result of skin not growing as fast as the rest of the body. At the end of a tail longer than the mutant were tall figures that resembled mutated, reptilian humans desperately clawing at the air as they emerged from what almost looked like a second head with an eye and set of jaws.

    This being had decimated Tokyo in a matter of moments. Even if humanity had created it, Leo still felt ashamed of himself that he had left them to deal with it on their own. There had been ample time to intervene, so he knew it was his fault for staying on Infant Island instead of venturing forth.

    Godzilla had limitless potential, as he could evolve in moments what would take other lifeforms millions of years and countless generations. Under the right circumstances, he could pose a far greater threat to life on Earth than King Ghidorah. Leo could feel the King of Terror getting ready to burst from its cocoon, so now was the time to make his decision.

    The frozen thing before him was an abomination, and a potential threat to all life on Earth. But it was still a living thing, and it was not evil like King Ghidorah. Like the Godzilla his mother had helped, it was a lost soul who had been relentlessly attacked by the world. How could anyone be surprised it would fight back? It needed to be shown compassion, not hatred.

    Mothra Leo’s body shone brightly, before the light faded to reveal he had become thousands of shimmering moths. The swarm of divine insects flocked toward the frozen mutant, covering it with their bodies. Their lights intensified, heat building within.

    Steam billowed upward from the moths, water dripping from wherever they touched. Godzilla’s eyes, still encased in ice, began to shift. They rolled in the socket to observe their surroundings, prompting Leo to back away from it. The swarm, with another shining flash, reformed into Mothra Leo.

    Though Godzilla’s body hadn’t changed in appearance, it was beginning to twitch. Its back glowed a vibrant purple as the frost turned to steam, revealing the black skin and red scars beneath. The tail twisted and contorted, breaking off chunks of ice which crashed to the ground, the impact shattering them. Mothra Leo cringed as the humanoids clawing at the sky cracked apart, falling from their prison only to meet the same fate as the rest of the ice.

    Tokyo’s people shuddered in horror as Godzilla roared to the heavens. Alarms blared all throughout the city, urging its people to seek shelter. The unnatural god stared at the city before it, its face an unreadable mask hiding whatever brewed within its strange mind.

    Mothra Leo called to the being, a greeting. An eye shifted to look at the guardian, before turning back to look at the city. Infant Island’s deity tilted his head, unsure of how to proceed. He called again, trying to open a dialogue with the strange colossus. As if it hadn’t heard him, Godzilla stepped forward. Its spines glowed once more, fire building within its jaws. Quickly, Mothra Leo began shedding an emerald colored powder from his wings. When a stream of fire erupted from Godzilla’s open jaws, he flapped his wings, sending the cloud of green dust into the fire’s path. The nuclear flames broke apart in the powder, being condensed into glowing spears which struck nothing as they moved amongst the cloud.

    This grabbed Godzilla’s attention, prompting it to turn toward Mothra Leo. It shrieked at the winged deity. This being would free it of its prison, then stop it from enacting its revenge? Did the moth seek to torture it? Leo yelled in return, revealing that the Earth was in danger. This made the mutant pause, giving the insect relief that it hadn’t just instantly attacked him. Another roar from the cancerous monster, demanding to know what this danger was.

    Telepathy was a natural ability of the moth god’s lineage. He knew Godzilla’s emotions, and through this he could piece together the mutant’s intent. When this threat was dead, its wrath would be turned upon humanity once more. And upon Mothra Leo if he intervened again. It was the only option in the colossus’s mind. As the deity struggled to figure out how to proceed, his heart sank. Godzilla’s head suddenly turned to the side, telling the god that the mutant also sensed it.

    The destroyer had awoken.

    A colossal meteor, split open like an egg. Metal objects were scattered on the ground around the space rock, drawn there from the intense magnetic waves it had put off moments before the cocoon burst. A blob of fire rose into the sky, slowly morphing into the one shape that prompted more fear than Godzilla. Hordes of fleeing workers, scientists, and now villagers as they desperately tried to escape what was coming.

    The cosmic energy solidified into a dragon coated in golden scales. Three necks like serpents waved through the air, their heads bearing intricate crowns of horns. Six crimson eyes looked upon the world with disgust, seeing the fleeing humans like humans would see a fleeing horde of cockroaches. The trio of jaws opened wide, baring their sword-like teeth. A moment later, the night was illuminated with three golden bolts of extraterrestrial power. They tore into the fleeing crowds.

    In mere moments, thousands of people with their own individual lives, hopes, and beliefs became one as ash against the desolate ground.

    Grand King Ghidorah’s fan-like wings carried him off of the ground, his twin tails swinging behind as he flew toward the glowing beacon that was Tokyo. He cackled, a trio of haunting shrieks that sounded unnatural and distorted.

    He had come to this world millions of years ago, when he was still a juvenile. Even then, barely anything could stand before his awesome power. He had been driven away, by titans of immense power who ensured nature remained balanced. He hadn’t come back for revenge, even though he was sure he could now eradicate all who had forced him away before, and certainly would if the opportunity arose.

    Another of his kind had been killed on this world. Every action and event produced disturbances at some level, no matter how small. And the death of a destroyer of worlds produced massive disturbances, even if they could only be felt by few. But, Grand King Ghidorah hadn’t come to avenge his kin, if the two had met the King of Terror would have likely killed his relative just as he did all life.

    No, this was more personal. Killing a Ghidorah would give any world so much hope, and the killer would believe themselves to be a hero immortalized by legend. Hope and legend. The former was so fun to crush, and the latter was always so satisfying to prevent. One couldn’t be immortalized if no one who knew them could tell the tale.

    Mothra Leo and Godzilla saw the golden hydra as soon as he entered the city. Gravity Bolts spewing from his maws ripped through buildings, ripping humanity’s structures apart and sending the cascades of rubble to the ground. The people who had been fleeing from Godzilla’s awakening were powerless, the massive crowds being perfect targets for the space demon’s power. Crimson eyes locked onto the guardian and the mutant. Grand King Ghidorah cackled once more at the sight of the two colossi. He always enjoyed obliterating the pitiful masses, but there was a certain joy to ripping into a being on the same scale as himself.

    Godzilla bellowed to the encroaching foe. It would have to decide what to do with humanity and the insect later, now was the time to display its power. Stepping forward, the cancerous mutant’s power flowed through it, accompanied by the brilliant glow of its spines. A stream of nuclear fire erupted toward the golden dragon. Mothra Leo flew to the side, unwilling to immediately attack King Ghidorah head on.

    The King of Terror watched the flames, but did not stop his charge. Before the flames actually touched him, a translucent barrier manifested meters above his scales. It was like the flames hit a wall, leaving Grand King Ghidorah unharmed. The geyser of atomic energy was pierced by Gravity Bolts, splitting it like stones in a river.

    Godzilla’s attack stopped as the bolts ripped into its black hide, causing it to shriek in agony. Godzilla staggered back as its pain continued, until the alien energy stopped flowing. A moment afterward, Grand King Ghidorah barreled into the mutant with both feet, sending it to the ground. The golden dragon then dropped feet-first onto Godzilla’s side, earning another cry of pain from the strange beast.

    Grand King Ghidorah shrieked as he was thrown forward, his back bending as Mothra Leo, clad in emerald energy, slammed into him. As the golden hydra hit the ground, the winged paragon fluttered back, revealing the now glowing underside of his thorax. The Mega Breast Cannon, a shimmering pillar of energy with power so grand it forced its user back, was unleashed from the god’s thorax. To his horror, Grand King Ghidorah’s barrier held strong, seemingly unaffected by one of his most powerful attacks.

    The end of Godzilla’s tail hit the ground near the mutant’s head, and with the straining of the numerous muscles within the colossal limb, it pushed the cancerous saurian’s body up to its feet. Meanwhile, Grand King Ghidorah floated into the air, manipulating gravity to maneuver himself to face his enemies. Despite being in the middle of battle, his three faces bore hideous grins. Focusing on Mothra Leo, the first creature to hurt the King of Terror in centuries, he rushed forward with the beat of his wings. The guardian of nature turned, only for golden bolts to tear into his back. He screamed as fur and chitin burned. He dropped, digging a trench through the streets with his head.

    Before Grand King Ghidorah could tear into the guardian with his teeth and claws, Godzilla swiftly turned, bringing the deformed colossus’s tail swinging through the air. The colossal limb crashed into the hydra’s chest, doubling the alien over. Before Godzilla could pull its tail back, two of Grand King Ghidorah’s necks wrapped around the appendage. As the mutant tried to pull itself free, the hydra’s third head opened its jaws, aiming its beam at Godzilla’s back. Cosmic energy ripped into the saurian’s natural venting system, tearing into the beast’s internal systems. Shrieks of agony echoed across the metropolis.

    Violet energy flowed through Godzilla’s body once more, but it did not flow toward its mouth. Lightning fired from the claws on the King of Terror’s wings burned into the mutant, earning cackles from the destroyer of worlds as he tormented his foe. Blinded by his sadism, none of his three heads noticed the tip of Godzilla’s tail writhing. As if it had a mind of its own, it aimed its strange jaws toward Grand King Ghidorah’s chest, which it was practically pressed against. The cancerous saurian’s power flowed into it, illuminating the limb’s mouth.

    Grand King Ghidorah shrieked when a thin, purple beam of nuclear photons tore into his pectoral, burning away scales and scorching flesh. He released his foe, subconsciously backing away to avoid the sudden, burning pain as his conscious minds tried to grasp what was happening in the split second. Once he was a few footsteps back, his barrier flared to life. The beam was reflected in multiple directions away from the invisible barrier, before fading.

    A black circle marred the immaculate body of the King of Terror, smoke drifting up from the wound. Grand King Ghidorah looked at the damage while staring at his foe, who was quickly turning to face him. The third head caught Mothra Leo now airborne, having watched the dragon be forced back, the information being fed to the joint consciousness of the hydra. Grand King Ghidorah’s scales reacted to the light in potentially damaging geysers of energy, weaving the barrier that added to his already immense durability. But when the source of said energy stream was too close, the scales couldn’t react.

    And now his foes knew that.

    Godzilla stomped forward, trying to close the distance quickly. Mothra Leo rushed toward the hydra, his body glowing emerald once more as he prepared the Excel Dash. Bolts of lightning from Grand King Ghidorah’s wings seared into his frame before he could get far, forcing him back. Mothra Leo started flying away from Grand King Ghidorah, preparing to circle around. The King of Terror left the ground to pursue, only for Godzilla’s Ultra Atomic Ray to burn into his barrier once more. Quickly realizing his barrier couldn’t hold against the cutting beam for long, Grand King Ghidorah’s attention shifted to his grounded foe as he himself landed.

    Gravity Bolts and Wing Lightning burned into Godzilla’s hide, cutting off the mutant’s attack. Grand King Ghidorah continued the attack, sending chunks of the saurian’s blackened body flying. Godzilla fell to the ground, shrieking. The King of Terror laughed. So much power within such a pathetic creature.

    A gust of wind hit his back, before a large cloud of emerald colored powder drifted over the hydra’s body. His beams hit the scales, and they caught the energy and shrunk it into glowing spears of alien power. Grand King Ghidorah’s power was turned against him, his own beams blasting his torso. He screamed, and the cry was further tortured when the scales started paralyzing his muscles. Summoning his willpower, the dragon beat his wings, dispersing the scales with his own gust of wind.

    Mothra Leo fired blue bolts of lightning into the ground behind his foe. A colossal pillar of azure energy burst from the ground, obliterating the concrete and cars in its path. More pillars like the first quickly erupted, moving in a line forward. The third pillar hit Grand King Ghidorah, throwing the demon into the air as his feet and legs burned.

    Godzilla pushed itself to its feet, just in time to watch the screaming Grand King Ghidorah crash into the ground before it. Face down, the King of Terror groaned. He began to lift himself into the air, only for Godzilla’s massive right foot to come down on his center neck. This pinned the demon to the ground, leaving it to thrash madly. The saurian’s other foot came down on another of the demon’s necks, its tail coming down on the third.

    As the cancerous mutant twisted its right foot to further the pain on Grand King Ghidorah’s center neck, Mothra Leo landed on the hydra. Jade Bolts from his wings and Cross Heat lasers from his forehead burned into Grand King Ghidorah’s back, further intensifying the flailing. He looked up to Godzilla, then let out a shriek. He believed the fight to be nearing its end, and he didn’t know how much of an opportunity he’d have to speak after it was done. The mutant looked down upon the god. It let out a roar, a statement of defiance. If that was the case, then the moth would perish along with humanity. Both stared at each other, still continuing to attack their shared foe. Leo let out another cry, begging Godzilla to reconsider, as he did not want to harm the mutant. This made the saurian pause, completely unaware of how to proceed.

    Grand King Ghidorah’s wings reared up, before digging their claws into the ground. Straining them, he pushed his body up. Mothra Leo flew into the air, crying out in shock as he watched this. Godzilla staggered, trying to keep its hold on the dragon. The head pinned by the mutant’s tail freed itself, before biting down onto the tail’s tip.

    Godzilla fell back when a Gravity Beam tore into the tail’s mouth. It screamed as the bolt ripped through the limb, splitting the “head” in half. A chunk of the tail flew off as the beam tore through it, leaving a gaping hole from the tail’s tip to about halfway up the limb. Grand King Ghidorah forced himself into the air, screaming madly as he left the ground.

    Before Mothra Leo could react, the King of Terror lunged toward him with a bellowing roar. Grand King Ghidorah’s outer heads bit down on Leo’s wings, punching through the soft membrane with their teeth. They flailed, ripping into the wings further as the center head lunged for a bite at the guardian’s face. The deity barely shifted his head enough to avoid the bite, then did it again to avoid another. Grand King Ghidorah’s center head reared back, then was thrust forward in an attempt to rip the god’s brains out.

    Three thin beams of emerald energy came from the trio of gems on Mothra Leo’s forehead, searing into Ghidorah’s center tongue. Saliva boiled as the tongue was severed, forcing the demon to relinquish his grip on the insect. All three heads screamed, sending the damaged organ into a free fall. Mothra Leo caught himself in the air, then looked up.

    Grand King Ghidorah was still.

    Godzilla pushed itself up, quickly adapting to the horrid pain that flared through its tail whenever it moved the limb. Suddenly, a dome formed around the mutant. It was a disturbing thing, a sickly yellow construct that looked like a tumor. Godzilla prodded at it, only to recoil as the dome’s interior was like acid.

    Mothra Leo panicked as he looked down at his ally’s predicament. His vision went blurry when a golden foot slammed into the top of his head, sending him into a spinning plummet. Two jaws clamped onto his body a second later, crushing chitin and spilling yellow blood. Still disoriented from the kick, the god was powerless as Grand King Ghidorah lifted him above the demon’s three heads. The hydra’s center head thrust its antlers into Mothra Leo’s abdomen, forcing a cry of agony from him as blood spewed from the wound.

    If the guardian could look at his foe’s eyes, he would see them opened as wide as they could possibly be. Grand King Ghidorah’s whole body shook with laughter, only making the moth’s pain worse as it shook the blades spearing into him. The King of Terror ripped his horns free, and relinquished his grip on Mothra Leo’s body. Refusing to give the moth a moment not filled with new agony, Grand King Ghidorah unleashed his Gravity Beams on the falling insect, hastening the fall.

    Mothra Leo’s body slammed into the ground, forming a crater. Grand King Ghidorah’s feet crashed against the guardian’s wings, further damaging them and the ground beneath. The god screamed in agony, which became a tortured squeal after a stomp to his back.

    Godzilla watched on, still able to see the torture clearly despite the barrier between it and the rest of the world. This vile wall tampered with its natural radar, and the golden hydra’s own barrier meant the mutant could do little to stop this savagery from here. It stepped forward, pressing its body against the acidic dome. The construct fought against it, burning its weakened skin. It stomped forward, so slowly. The lack of speed only made this worse, mentally and physically.

    It needed to know. Why did the guardian not want to hurt it? Why did the guardian not want to fight against the cancerous aberration once he would no longer need it? Why did the insect care for the ones who had hurt Godzilla? Mothra Leo was nothing like anything it had encountered before, and it needed to know why.

    Within the creature’s body, its immensely complex DNA began to change. Evolving.

    Grand King Ghidorah danced upon Mothra Leo’s wings, cackling madly. Suddenly, there was a flash of light, and the hydra’s feet touched gravel. Thousands of moths fluttered through the air around him. Racing upward before he could roast them with Gravity Beams, which instead blasted apart the streets, they reformed into Mothra Leo. Flapping his battered wings, every beat filling his body with pain, emerald scales flew forth from him and surrounded Grand King Ghidorah. The powder made the dragon seize once more as it tried to paralyze him, but the hatred filling the golden dragon allowed him to force his way through it.

    Grand King Ghidorah’s center head clamped its jaws around one of Mothra Leo’s legs, ripping through the limb and severing it in a gout of ichor. Even if he couldn’t taste it, the feeling of the blood coating him and sliding down his throat filled the King of Terror with pleasure. Grand King Ghidorah’s other two heads bit down on Mothra Leo, before throwing him to the ground.

    This time, the guardian could only flail as he tried to force himself into the air. Grand King Ghidorah raised his foot into the air, ready to bring it down on Mothra Leo’s skull. The ground shook, a series of rhythmic thuds echoing throughout the pavement. One of the space dragon’s heads moved to see the cause of the commotion, only for what it saw to shock Grand King Ghidorah.

    Godzilla running, its legs having thinned and being filled with toned muscle. The feet had shifted as well, having flattened and becoming thicker with muscle to better carry the rushing saurian. Each step was more graceful than the last, as if the being was actively learning how to run as it did so. The mutant opened its maw, before firing a thin, violet ray of destruction once more. Grand King Ghidorah had been dumbfounded by the sight of his changed foe, his three minds in one trying to figure out how the being had changed so quickly. When the beam burned into his barrier, his stupor was broken.

    And hatred took back control.

    Gravity Beams escaped the dragon’s three mouths, colliding with the Ultra Atomic Ray. Their combined power began forcing the photon beam back, prompting Godzilla to stop and focus all attention to the clash. The twin energies deadlocked in the middle, their point of contact forming a surging sphere of violet and gold.

    Grand King Ghidorah’s body began to glow brightly, as suddenly the orb raced toward Godzilla. The Gravity Beams intensified in their luminescence, the King of Terror’s full power now flowing into them. The mutant was powerless to stop this, the full power of both titans rushing toward it.

    Tokyo shook as waves of force rippled out from the blast. Every window for miles shattered. Buildings bent and broke, unable to withstand the grandiose power. The streets beneath the warring kaiju were thrown into the air, before being incinerated. Thousands of people not disintegrated or pulverized became deaf in a moment.

    Godzilla disappeared in the blast. Mothra Leo was picked up by the shockwaves, hurtling through the air as he screamed, silent compared to the roaring of the disaster. Even Grand King Ghidorah struggled to stay on his feet, the forces pushing him back, leaving his feet to rip through the ground as he fought to stay earthbound.

    Silence came soon after. Smoke filled the air, hiding the devastation. Vile scents mingled amidst the carnage, leaving a pungent odor over all. Screams echoed across the landscape, so minuscule in the grand scale of it all. The golden hydra reveled in it, basking in the fruits of his dark labor.

    No matter how often he caused chaos and destruction, his joy in it never faded. Many falsely believed the King of Terror committed these atrocities out of bitterness or hatred, that it was all the result of a void in his own heart. This couldn’t be further from the truth. This is what fulfilled him. If the meaning of life was the pursuit of happiness, then Grand King Ghidorah had succeeded.

    Through the smoke moved a swarm of glowing moths, trying to stay hidden. Grand King Ghidorah could sense life regardless of visibility, so their effort was pointless. This same sixth sense showed him another life form still clinging to life despite everything inflicted upon it. But this did not anger the hydra, for he never liked it when his enemies died out of his sight.

    He began walking. He did not need to rush, instead taking the time to further bask in the desolation of the area. Occasionally he would take time to crush or obliterate civilians, just to feel them disappear.

    Mothra Leo reformed over a massive pile of rubble. He sent forth wind, knocking enough of it loose to reveal parts of Godzilla’s body beneath. Descending, the guardian grabbed the mutant’s head, before flapping his wings to try and rise. Mothra Leo strained, his depleted strength making this an arduous task. To his relief, Godzilla’s eyes opened, and the saurian began to push itself up with its tail. The limb had mostly healed, but the “head” at the end of the appendage was still split in half.

    The god nearly wept when he got a better look at Godzilla’s physical state. The cancerous mutant’s arms were gone, seemingly incinerated. Its lower jaw could no longer close and was always split in two, having been nearly blasted off by the explosion. Scars were now wide open, and horrid burns joined them in deforming Godzilla’s body. The spines on its back were cracked open, looking ready to crumble away at any moment.

    Mothra Leo, once he was sure the saurian could stand, released his grip. Floating near the mutant, the god apologized. For dragging the creature into this battle, and for being unable to better stand against the golden dragon’s fury.

    Godzilla looked at the moth, baffled. If the guardian wasn’t speaking directly into its mind, bypassing any barriers of language and making all meaning clear, it would have had no idea what an apology even was.

    The mutant’s life had been a short one, filled with confusion and suffering. Its first memories upon dragging itself onto the land were screaming and fleeing creatures all around it, loud noises coming from every direction. Nobody had shown it anything resembling what the guardian showed it, which made the cancerous beast’s subsequent, agonizing transformations even worse. It was left to fend for itself, in a world that hated it, fearing even its own body. And then they started attacking it, eventually causing it pain.

    Godzilla had, in some way, been relieved when it had been frozen solid.

    Tears would have dropped from Mothra Leo’s eyes if they could have. From knowing the pain this poor creature had gone through, from realizing that this situation had been unavoidable, and from how hopeless this battle seemed. Even now, he knew Grand King Ghidorah was slowly making his way toward them, sensing the vile presence encroaching. Some light shined through the darkness of his dread when the mutant thanked him, for caring about the creature. For showing the wretched beast, rejected by the world, there was more to existence than pain and hatred.

    Mothra Leo whispered to the saurian once more, reassuring it that as long as he lived, Godzilla would never have to face the world alone. Loneliness was crushing, a feeling the god didn’t want anything to feel, much less a creature whose only crime was being unnatural.

    Grand King Ghidorah arrived, staring at the two who had caused him such tribulation. Mothra Leo turned, he and Godzilla meeting the triple gaze. Surrounded by destruction, Grand King Ghidorah howled to the heavens.

    The insect god shrouded himself in emerald energy, charging straight toward the destroyer of life. A trio of alien rays struck him head on, throwing his now unconscious body back. His fur scorched, eyes dimmed, he crashed to the ground behind Godzilla. Life still stirred in him, but it was faint.

    Godzilla charged its atomic ray, but Grand King Ghidorah closed the distance between them too quickly. The dragon’s center neck looped around the upper and lower jaws of the cancerous biped, slamming the jaws shut. The atomic energy was redirected, flowing into its tail. Swinging the appendage around, Godzilla slammed its tail into the hydra’s side, aiming the split tip toward the dragon’s back. Grand King Ghidorah had been ready for this, and his two tails shot toward his foe’s tail. They wrapped around it, holding it and forcing its deadly payload away. The beam soared into the city, carving through the bases of buildings.

    Swinging his right head like a club, Grand King Ghidorah assailed his foe’s face and neck. The horns scraped against the damaged hide, the force behind the strikes denting and ripping at the skin. The left head bit at Godzilla’s torso, ripping away chunks of flesh and occasionally blasting at it with a Gravity Bolt. The saurian’s blood was bitter and boiling, but to the space demon, it was like a sweet nectar just because he knew its shedding caused suffering.

    Godzilla tried to shake itself free, bumping against Grand King Ghidorah in an attempt to topple it. But the King of Terror was unmoved, and continued to overpower the saurian. The mutant knew it couldn’t last much longer, with power running low and its body being assailed by such horrendous power.

    At the brink of death, its body began to change once more.

    The mutant’s body grew hot, its back glowing once more. Grand King Ghidorah was not deterred; space had shown him both extremes of temperature. Did it think to repel him with heat?

    But this shift in temperature wasn’t the adaption, merely a side-effect. From where Godzilla’s arms had once been, vital fluids geysered forth. The skin burst open, bones forcing themselves out into the air. Cracking into place, they began to take the shape of long arms tipped with clawed hands. Grand King Ghidorah’s left head bit at one of the growing appendages, his teeth cracking the bone. Muscle and flesh began to form onto the limbs, allowing Godzilla to move them. They grabbed the head, pulling it away from them.

    The mutant’s new arms were thin, barely larger than their bones. But they were long, longer than Ghidorah’s necks. They cradled one of Grand King Ghidorah’s heads, and before it could thrash itself free, their thumb’s claws came down upon his eyes. The crimson orbs were ripped into with ease, spraying fluid as a third of Grand King Ghidorah’s vision went dark.

    Godzilla scraped its claws against the hydra as he backed away, relinquishing his grip on the mutant due to the agony. The claws peeled away scales, but lacked the muscle to draw blood from the demon’s body. Godzilla fired its atomic breath at the dragon’s center head, but the demon’s necks swayed to dodge the beam, before blasting the mutant back with their beams. Even though one head could not see, it could still rely on the other two minds to communicate their surroundings to it.

    The ground shook as the mutant crashed against it, groaning even after the alien power assailing it ceased. Rolling onto its stomach, Godzilla shakily pushed itself back to its feet. A sharp shriek of a laugh echoed, which the mutant soon realized was because it had been thrown next to Mothra Leo’s body.

    Grand King Ghidorah’s body glowed gold once more, his final attack being conjured. Godzilla panicked, using whatever strength it had left to get in between Mothra Leo and the encroaching doom. The only thing that had shown the deformed creature things beyond pain, hatred, and fear. A being that, even though it had only known him for a brief, difficult time, had given it something to care about beyond itself. It wanted to know more about his ways, to be able to enjoy life after so much agony.

    It had found a friend, a light in a seemingly endless darkness.

    A golden lance illuminated the night as it was driven into Godzilla’s lower back. The cancerous beast screeched to the heavens, knowing the pain it had inflicted with its own beam. Scutes caught in the beam’s path were erased, as flesh and bone were blasted away and vaporized. Seconds felt like years as Godzilla tried to draw upon the last wells of its strength to endure. Any moment now, it expected the pillar of energy to burst from its stomach.

    It stared at Mothra Leo. Even in this pain, it felt twinges of something else. It was a strange feeling, but a pleasant one at the same time. It was protecting another being, one who had shown it compassion. One who had shown it a new way to live. Something clicked within its mind, why the deity acted that way he did. Godzilla realized that there was a joy in protecting others, to save lives and act as a light in this dark world.

    As the mutant’s mind raced, as did its ever changing DNA. It was rapidly trying to increase the body’s resistance to the energy, but it was a losing race that only bought it more time. It tried to adapt a way to escape the beam, but the conscious will of Godzilla was too strong for that.

    Somewhere within the immense complexity of Godzilla’s genetic code, something changed. Bathed in the cosmic power of Grand King Ghidorah’s signature weapon, the portion of the DNA responsible for absorbing radiation adjusted itself. Its capacity to absorb energy expanded, for this was a type of radiation. Very different from nuclear radiation, but still radiation.

    Godzilla’s back glowed purple once more, but this time, golden energy intermingled with it. Its posture became more natural, the pain induced thrashing lessening quickly. The mutant’s tail moved, pointing itself toward Grand King Ghidorah. It began mending itself, the “head” reforming after having been split in two. The King of Terror did not cease firing, refusing to acknowledge what was becoming obvious.

    From the tail’s mouth came forth a beam of immense power, a thin, violet ray encircled by spirals of gold lightning. The combined nuclear and cosmic power ripped through Grand King Ghidorah’s right knee, causing the dragon to cease firing. He stumbled, horrid pain shooting through his body, before he caught himself with his gravity manipulation.

    The leg was useless, the entire kneecap obliterated. Burns spread throughout the entire limb, painting the once golden appendage black. Mournful cries echoed from Grand King Ghidorah’s jaws, his focus fully on the grievous wound. Until his attention was snatched by a brilliant glow. Looking up, the King of Terror could only recoil.

    Godzilla stepped forward, its full body glowing like a star. Wounds were mending themselves, the new surplus of energy filling the unnatural god granting it the power to do so. Its regeneration took energy, and in situations like what it had just come out of, wounds would have to fester to conserve power. But not now. It stared into the King of Terror’s eyes, watching as the dragon’s collective mind raced to figure a way out.

    There was none.

    The saurian’s jaws opened, filling with the same power that had come forth from its tail. Grand King Ghidorah folded his wings in front of him, lowering his heads. An unfamiliar feeling was seizing his heart, sending shivers throughout his form. The fear he had inflicted on so many now came back upon him.

    Godzilla braced itself, the protective covering slipping over its eyes. The Ultra Atomic Ray, adorned with spirals of extraterrestrial energy, was unleashed, banishing the surrounding darkness for a time. Grand King Ghidorah’s shields did nothing, the beam punching through the translucent barrier and his wings like they didn’t even exist. Raking its beam all across its foe, the mutated god poured every drop of power it could into this righteous vengeance.

    Finally, Godzilla centered its head, before looking straight up. The beam lit up the night sky, outshining the stars for the brief moment before it ceased firing. Grand King Ghidorah’s center neck dropped, the right and left halves going in opposite directions.

    Blackened bones and boiled organs were exposed to the air by gaping wounds. His beautiful wings had been sheared apart and off, the countless shreds shriveled by the intense heat. Burnt flesh and muscle clung to what should have been a carcass. The remaining two heads weakly flailed, alive more through spite than anything else.

    Godzilla wanted to finish the King of Terror off, but he could barely move. The mutated deity was on the verge of entering a coma, the same state it had entered after first firing its atomic ray.

    Mothra Leo landed on his friend’s head. Awoken by the intensity of the final attack, the guardian stared at the body of the destroyer of worlds. Firing two azure bolts into the ground before them, Mothra Leo used the last bits of his remaining power to unleash another Sparkling Pyre Road. The pillars of divine power erupted forth, before eventually consuming Grand King Ghidorah.

    When the attack faded, all that was left was ash.

    And Mothra Leo slept. A more natural rest, not the kind inflicted by heavy damage, but one born of exhaustion. Godzilla’s eyes closed as well, as it did the same. Not an unnatural coma, but the kind of rest that all living things did.

    It felt good, especially warmed by Mothra Leo’s presence.

    The sun rose on the two slumbering giants, and hung in the sky for quite a while before they awoke. The guardian began to fly, only to stagger in midair. Not even sleep was enough to keep him from falling, the full scope of his injuries catching up to him, but the mighty insect pressed on. The air vibrated from Godzilla’s footsteps as the mutation gave pursuit, unleashing a screech of solidarity with the guardian of Earth.

    With a new lease on life, the mutant dove into the ocean. Mothra Leo told his friend where to go to find Infant Island, and so that was the course Godzilla took. As the pair disappeared into the horizon, cheers began to sound off across Tokyo. Humanity would still be uneasy in the presence of this Godzilla, that would likely never change, but an ally of Mothra was still an ally of humanity.

    The god of Infant Island chuckled to himself as he flew, thinking of the looks on Moll’s and Lora’s faces when they saw his newest ally.

    Winner: Godzilla (Reiwa), Mothra Leo

    K.W.C. // October 11, 2019
  • Author: Joshua Reynolds | Banner: Joshua Reynolds

    Such arrogance. Humanity’s reckless violation of the natural world brought about their very downfall. Stirring in the darkness of ancient labyrinths, nightmare creatures awoke as the planet died. From nuclear weapons, global warming, over population and deforestation, mankind created the perfect environment for them. The point of no return came and went within days of their awakening. Every time one was brought down, it seemed as if two more took its place. New nests were located every hour. Within two months, entire continents went dark. Within a year, humanity had lost. Every major city had become a feeding frenzy. At a cost of billions, the human race had lost its place at the top of the food chain. Packed highways became smorgasbords. Towns had become buffets. Everything alive was on the menu.

    The Gyaos had won.

    What little remained of humanity hid in small pockets. They rarely ventured outside, choosing to live in the darkness of caves and underground dwellings, feeding on mushrooms and subterranean insects. Mankind was reduced to an endangered species of animal…

    But like the humans creating the call that summoned the Gyaos, the Gyaos made the call that attracted something else. Their overpopulating, coupled with their size, made the Earth stand out like a beacon of water in the dry desert that was the cosmos. In a universe ruled by the laws of nature, survival of the fittest was key. It hadn’t eaten in months. Its stomach routinely growled, desiring food. It flew the cosmos on outstretched, crimson wings. A green tongue licked its needle-like teeth, coating them in slobber. Enlarged ears could hear something in the distance. It was days away, but the sound was loud.

    The beast’s emerald eyes widened. This was it. This was the meal it was clamoring for. Its huge wings flapped once more, picking up speed. It soared through the vacuum of space like a shark does the water. It had no way of telling how much time passed before the image of the blue planet appeared on the horizon. It didn’t care. All it cared about was the delicious sounds being made by the Gyaos…

    Mount Everest, the highest point on God’s green Earth, was now her nest. The largest and oldest of the Gyaos swarm used it as a turret, looking down upon the world. She knew food was growing scarce. In a matter of months, if not weeks, there wouldn’t be enough living things left and her kind would start to turn on each other. She would wait here until that time came. Being the largest, no Gyaos would dare challenge her, let alone attack her. She didn’t care for the cold and snow of this region, but she was used to it. She survived the darkness for eons, since the fall of Atlantis. Her body was accustomed to the environment of death. When the nightmare was over and she fed on the last of her brethren, she would retreat back into the abyss in which it came. Then she would hibernate for countless millennia, until the Earth recovered and the next civilization would create an appropriate environment and food source for the Gyaos to survive.

    The Gyaos closed her eyes and breathed deeply. She was tired. The natural time to hibernate was approaching. But she desired one last meal. If she couldn’t find any humans to devour, she would simply have to make do for an entrée of her own kind. The monstrous, bat-like thing stood on the top of the mountain and expanded her wings. She prepared to take flight for a hunt.

    But then she stopped. Something pierced the night sky. It was the cry of a Gyaos, but a Gyaos in agony. The larger one traced the starry sky with her cruel eyes, trying to find the source. Then, a yellow beam shot through the heavens. It was quickly cut short. But in that brief second of light, the Gyaos saw the outline of something else. It was another winged giant. It was just as big as she was…

    But how?

    This Gyaos was eons old. She had survived through the tests of time to become this big. No other Gyaos alive could reach this size yet. Then another sound came. It was this thing’s roar. No, it was a screech. Like nails being dragged down a chalk board. The Gyaos snarled. This wasn’t a Gyaos…

    Indeed, what had invaded the Gyaos’ home was an interstellar predator. While the Gyaos had become the apex predators of the planet Earth, Bagorah was the apex predator of the Milky Way galaxy…

    The Gyaos stood tall and outstretched her wings again. Her large mouth released a scream, a sort of challenge, to the newcomer. High above, Bagorah’s emerald eyes looked down. Its tongue licked its chops again as bits and pieces of the smaller Gyaos fell from between its teeth and talons. The space bat turned in the air and flew down, jaws wide and talons outstretched. It shrieked aloud…

    The battle would begin now…

    The Gyaos braced herself. The air between her teeth-lined muzzle warped. A whistle-like noise came from her throat before the sonic cutter fired. The beam pierced the air, illuminating Everest. Bagorah cackled, swerving to the side, but Gyaos chased the monster with the beam, eventually clipping the tip of its tail. The bat hissed, spiraling downward. The Gyaos shrieked, ceasing her beam and hopping into the darkened sky. Bagorah missed, its claws digging into the rock and snow where its victim once stood.

    The bat’s head turned, eyes narrowing. The Gyaos’ talons came down, scratching at its crimson forehead. Trenches of green ichor began to flow across its face. The shadow of evil pushed downward, trying to overpower the invader. Bagorah gave way, bending its knees but bracing its body with its wings. Its mouth opened as wide as it could, seemingly unhinging like a snake’s. A horrible noise erupted from its gullet, warping the air. The snow around them began to vibrate. Waves began to roll across the Gyaos’ flesh as she dropped head and limbs twitching.

    Bagorah lifted a foot and brought it down on the Gyaos’ back, digging its sickle-like claws into the soft, brown flesh. The beast shrieked in agony, quickly thrashing about as the claws raked across her spine. Bagorah’s head came down, jaws spread wide. Needle-like teeth sunk into the Gyaos’ neck, drawing more of its delicious blood. The bat fed like a baby, sucking the blood from its victim’s neck. The Gyaos’ eyes began to roll. Its head went limp and jaws slack…

    Bagorah gorged, sucking the precious life fluid from its victim. However, the sound of more Gyaos suddenly rang. The bat dropped its quarry and looked up into the starry night. Its eyes narrowed, spotting several smaller Gyaos swooping in. Like the larger, they were starting to degenerate into cannibalism until sensing the newcomer. Bagorah stood upon the largest, wings spread wide. With a single movement, it was airborne to meet the oncoming, smaller Gyaos.

    Several sonic beams fired in perfect unison. The space bat managed to avoid several, but three hit their mark, clipping its wings and mid-section. Bagorah released a cry of pain, but kept flying forward. Two smaller Gyaos were first. One was caught in its massive talons, the second’s head in its mouth. The Gyaos caught in Bagorah’s eagle-like claws was crushed into pulp. The other screamed as it was held in place, the teeth stabbed into its chest, back and shoulders. The living embodiment of evil struggled, screaming in absolute horror as Bagorah’s head thrashed side to side, turning its teeth into saws. Its jaws continued to chomp like a frenzied shark until, finally, its entire top section was carved from its body. The lower half fell limp, falling to the base of Everest with a trail of gore following. The top half vanished down Bagorah’s throat, only acting like the appetizer to the meal it longed for.

    Several of the smaller creatures watched this grisly show unfold. They turned around, choosing to die of starvation than be devoured alive like they did humanity. Some of the larger ones moved forward, not afraid of Bagorah’s blood soaked mouth and talons. A larger, fifty-meter Gyaos descended onto Bagorah’s back from above. It pushed down, trying to drive the space bat back onto the mountain. More Gyaos followed, swarming the crimson predator. Their heads shot down, biting and gnawing at the apex predator’s flesh.

    They hit the side of Everest like a meteor. A titanic boom was followed by a colossal avalanche. The top of the mountain came down with a mind of its own. The warring predators were swallowed up by the snow and rock, covering them entirely. But that snow quickly began to turn a mixture of green and purple ooze as their bloods mixed. The icy dust had no time to clear before the snow exploded into the air. Bagorah stood tall, shaking its body in an attempt to rid itself of the piranha-like things clinging to him. Its head came down, biting into the wing of a Gyaos and easily sawing it off. But another Gyaos came down on it. Bagorah flailed about, perhaps it had targeted the wrong planet.

    Stumbling back into a cliff face, Bagorah was pinned. There were too many of the Gyaos clinging to its body to attempt to fly. Torrents of green blood were flowing from numerous wounds. Bagorah’s eyes spun in their sockets. Its jaw spread apart, popping at the joints to open as wide as the muscles and bones could possibly allow. A low rumble came from within the depths of its crimson form. The air warped between its teeth and a terrible scream erupted from the core of its being. Instantly, the Gyaos’ clinging to its body dropped to the snow. Their bodies thrashed and wings gripped the sides of their heads. Their eyes bulged in their sockets and jaws gurgled saliva. Half-digested remains of other Gyaos began to erupt from their mouths as the horrible, sonic screams caused them to violently vomit.

    Bagorah hissed, ceasing its attack for but a brief moment to catch its breath. The predator snarled, looking upon the ground in which the Gyaos lay twitching in puddles of their own fluid. Its head lowered and mouth opened wide again, this time launching thunderous, drum-like sounds. The snow began to vibrate as the sound focused on the fallen Gyaos, pushing them downward. Their bodies began to flatten outward, their fragile bones snapping and breaking from the thunderous booms of the waves of sound…

    Even when the last of the Gyaos that had swarmed it was killed, Bagorah continued to beat them with its sound waves. Some of the Gyaos hit directly by the blasts were crushed nearly paper thin, their skin popping like blisters and bones turning to dust. After several grueling moments, Bagorah’s jaws snapped shut. It snorted and stepped forward. Its body leaned down, biting one of its victim’s legs and tearing it off in haste. This was the type of meal it longed for…

    Suddenly, it fell forward. Bagorah’s face was pinned in the ribcage of one of the Gyaos carcasses. The largest of the Gyaos was back, now angrier than ever before. She held Bagorah’s head in the guts of her brethren, trying to smother the life out of it. The powerful predator thrashed, but the largest Gyaos was too heavy as she stood on top of its shoulders.

    Bagorah’s lengthy tail came up like a tendril, wrapping around the Gyaos’ neck. It pulled, yanking the shadow of evil off of itself. Bagorah quickly released and rolled onto its side. Its mouth parted, launching more of its booming soundwaves. The Gyaos took flight, dodging the visible, circular blasts of noise coming from the crimson beast. The Gyaos shrieked, closing in again with talons outstretched. Bagorah’s mouth shot up, biting the clawed toes. The needle-like teeth cut through the foot at an angle, severing its digits with a sickening gush of blood and snapping bones. The toes vanished down the bat’s throat as its large jaws tried biting again, but the Gyaos moved her wounded foot at the last second. Her other leg came down, scratching at its opponent’s eyes in an attempt to blind it.

    Flapping wildly, Bagorah took to the air with Gyaos trying to slash its face. The winged monstrosities gripped each other by their talons and outstretched wings. They spiraled about as they continued to lose and gain altitude every passing second. A ball of screeching horror, flailing limbs, snapping jaws and flapping wings, the monsters orbited the top of Everest. After several rotations that rained a mixture of green and purple ooze onto the mountain, the giants plummeted. Bagorah landed on top of the Gyaos, pinning her wings to rock with its own, talon-like hands. The Gyaos shrieked and the air around her mouth warped.

    Before it could fire, Bagorah’s mouth shot down at lightning speed, biting the lower jaw of the creature. The teeth sunk into the insides of Gyaos’ mouth and, with a single motion, tore off its bottom jaw. The Gyaos’ cries of agony quickly became gurgles as her own blood flooded her throat and lungs. The living nightmare continued to thrash and struggle, trying to break free in order to continue her eons of life. However, Bagorah merely dropped the jaw from its own and parted its mouth. At point blank, a high-pitched scream erupted from its gullet once more. Her head was forced down as the snow vibrated into the air around it. The Gyaos tried to cry, but it was unable to. Even if her lungs weren’t flooded, the sound would have been driven right back down into her mouth. The Gyaos’ ears began to bleed. Her eyes bulged, tears of purple ooze coming from the corners. She continued to struggle for almost a minute as the sound ramped up the pressure on her skull until she could take no more…

    The Gyaos’ head shattered like glass, spilling her brains across the snow. Instantly, the Gyaos’ struggling ended and her body went limp. Bagorah released its hold, shaking its head from side to side. Now it could eat in peace. And if this was the largest of this species, the rest would quickly follow its path directly into its hungry stomach.

    In the endless reaches of the cosmos, the Gyaos believed they were the biggest fish. Today, they learned there is always a bigger fish…

    Winner: Bagorah

     

    K.W.C. // September 30, 2019
  • In terms of its reputation here in the United States, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) is widely considered one of the weaker entries in the Godzilla franchise; and while I cannot bring myself to outright loathe the film, I don’t necessarily disagree with most of the points brought up by its detractors. On the surface, the movie seems to have all the right components for a colorful, lightweight piece of entertainment (futuristic world-building; imaginative new weapons and gadgets with which to combat Godzilla; a finale that doesn’t consist solely of the protagonists watching the monsters fight) but is ultimately undone by weak characters and largely inept direction courtesy of Masaaki Tezuka. Especially in its first hour, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus comes across as turgid and aimless, flat and unfocused, dragging its feet from one mediocre scene to the next as the audience exhaustedly waits for the monsters to show up. (What this film really needed, more than anything else, was a more experienced director: someone who could charge the narrative with real energy, bring out the best of his actors, stylize the visuals, and zero in on the script’s finer qualities for maximum entertainment value.)

    However—and this is why my stance on the film is not overly hostile—whenever the focus shifts to the monsters, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus comes to genuine life, thanks in great part to the efforts of special effects director Kenji Suzuki. A clever technician whose tenure on the Godzilla series ended much too soon, Suzuki took over as Toho’s go-to effects man after the retirement of his mentor, Koichi Kawakita, and from the start exhibited an uneven but undeniably ambitious style. His two preceding genre efforts, Rebirth of Mothra III (1998) and Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999), did away with his forerunner’s preference for dousing the screen with animated beams in favor of balancing projectile-based attacks with physical combat, all complemented by exciting camerawork and daring—if not always successful—moving composite shots. And while his work in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is certainly in need of further polish, it still conveys the same visual wit and resourcefulness which has made him one of the more interesting Toho effects directors since Eiji Tsuburaya’s time.

    Great shot of Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

    Suzuki’s keen eye for perspective, composition, and lighting more than make up for lack of technical polish in the film’s riveting opening.

    The first major set piece vividly exhibits Suzuki’s strengths. Godzilla makes an entrance plowing through a large building, continuing his march forward as Suzuki’s camera cuts to a close-up of his face drenched in shadow, the sky behind him a deep, haunting red. The scene continues to build as a platoon of soldiers position to ambush the creature and we see their point of view down an alleyway: a thunderous footstep sends trashcans jumbling into the air; a car comes sailing down the street on fire and explodes; and then, after much beforehand tension, Godzilla’s foot wanders into frame and hits the pavement with a concrete-shattering thud.

    Despite the nonsensical premise of foot soldiers taking on Godzilla with bazookas, the scene prevails through imaginative visual storytelling, colorful monster action, and marvelous choice of camera angles (extreme low shots, vistas of Godzilla silhouetted against the earlier mentioned glowing sky, etc.). Tezuka’s direction here is more interesting than elsewhere in the film, and the editing of the human footage with the special effects no doubt benefits from Suzuki’s widely praised willingness to cooperate with his directors. “While I love effects and always want to see as many of them as I can, I think the most important thing is drama,” Suzuki explained to Norman England in a 2000 issue of Fangoria. “I constantly search for the smoothest integration between my work and that of the live-action crew.”*

    The robotic Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

    The robotic Godzilla used for water scenes.

    In Godzilla 2000: Millennium, the monster was portrayed as ponderous and majestic, a slow-moving object of wonder. When confronted by man’s arsenal, he casually walked through every shot, merely advancing even as the bombardment started to annoy him, waiting until he started suffering actual damage before preparing to use his atomic breath. By contrast, the Godzilla in the second Millennium film is quick to act and react, temperamental and easily angered, much like a wild animal. This Godzilla responds immediately and violently to even the slightest bit of offense, and he’s rather cunning. When the foot soldiers retreat into the alleys, he tears apart the buildings around them, crushing his enemies within their own hiding spots. When the Meganula swarm him, he crashes his body against a nearby cliff to flatten those clinging to his side (using his surroundings to his advantage) and employs his tail as a lure before swatting others away. When the Dimension Tide’s launched at him for the second and final time, he remembers his first encounter with the weapon and, rather than stand and wait for the impact to come, sends his atomic breath to explode it in midair.

    Suit actor Tsutomu Kitagawa, under Suzuki’s direction, enhances this personae by injecting various nuances into Godzilla’s movements: crouching as he bellows at Megaguirus; swinging his body this way and that in search of his opponent. Shinichi Wakasa, the suit maker, recalled, “Having made Godzilla once, rather than having to worry over a new look, I could concentrate on making the suit more flexible, lighter and easier for the actor inside to give a better and more polished performance.” His efforts paid off, as the touched up costume in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is capable of more expressive movement than its predecessor; and Kitagawa makes the most of it, delivering a far better performance than the stiff, robotic one he would give for Yuichi Kikuchi in Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla two years later.

    Megaguirus

    Megaguirus

    “There is nothing harder than dealing with airborne kaiju,” Suzuki said in regards to Godzilla’s aerial opponent. “Regular scenes of Megaguirus flying don’t pose too much of a problem, but putting it in a fight is demanding.” Alas, Megaguirus doesn’t fare nearly as well as Godzilla: the main prop for the monster is too stiff and repeats many of the same blunders Kawakita’s flying monsters were prone to—with more than a few shots of Megaguirus levitating in place, her wings flapping at a rate of (perhaps) once every three seconds.

    On the other hand, Suzuki must be commended for creating a menacing creature in spite of these limitations. Compared to, say, Battra from Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), who had six hulking appendages that never budged an inch on-screen, Megaguirus uses her massive claws in close-quarters combat against Godzilla, grappling and battering him (some shots utilize suitmation to achieve more violent motion). Most notably, though, she can swing her long, stinger-equipped abdomen under her body and impale Godzilla through the stomach, cutting off his atomic breath and absorbing the energy for use against him later. In what’s also a nice change of pace from the last few flying monsters in the series, Megaguirus is capable of sudden, darting motions, evading attacks, whisking out of sight and reappearing when—and where—least expected. “One thing I’m after is that quick, jarring motion dragonflies have,” Suzuki explained. “My idea is to make Megaguirus like a ninja.”

    Marvelous low-angle shot as the monsters charge at one another.

    The premise of the final battle in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is rather clever: Godzilla’s up against an enemy he can physically destroy with a single hit of his atomic breath, but due to Megaguirus’s great speed and agility (and her ability to deactivate his signature weapon), he cannot resort to spitting fire every three seconds—nor does he have a “surprise move” (say, a nuclear pulse, as in the Heisei series) to use at the last minute. This is where Suzuki’s real forte as an effects director comes into play: as was also evident in Godzilla 2000: Millennium, he knows how to dramatize a monster battle, how to give it its own narrative.

    Maintaining this movie’s depiction of a quick-thinking monster, Godzilla depends on strategy. He tricks the giant insect into flying closer and then uses his dorsal spines to slice off one of her pincers. He plunges her stinger into the ground to hold her in place. He allows Megaguirus to creep up behind him so he can coil his tail around her abdomen and slam her into terra firma. As the battle ensues, Godzilla occasionally attempts to charge his atomic breath but refuses to give in when Megaguirus again cuts it short, falling back on strength and intelligence in an effort to prevail. The result is a very engaging monster battle with more than enough switches to make up for the technical gaffes. And the unique setting of the artificial island Odaiba, combined with marvelous use of foreground objects (construction cranes, piles of rubble, skeletons of half-finished buildings), gives the sequence a tantalizing visual flair.

    In the last few minutes of the battle, Megaguirus pulls her surprise move: concentrating all of the energy she’s absorbed from Godzilla and propelling it at him in the form of a huge, crimson sphere. After Godzilla has collapsed, she dives in, striking him again and again, preventing the King of the Monsters from regaining his footing. This continues for a while until Megaguirus, having sufficiently exhausted her opponent, maintains distance. She permits Godzilla enough time to rise and then flies in for the kill, stinger lowered, aiming for the head. In what is easily the film’s very best moment, Suzuki positions his camera behind Godzilla and we see the stinger strike the latter’s head with a sickening wet crack. The image holds, the long pause amplifying the shock, before the camera swings around to reveal Godzilla has, in fact, caught Megaguirus’s stinger between his jaws. He bites, slowly at first, before tearing off the entire appendage. Another long moment of silence ensues before a stunned Megaguirus retreats skyward and Godzilla is at last able to deliver the coup de grâce.

    Godzilla destroys Megaguirus

    Spectacular composition for Godzilla’s moment of victory.

    The first blast of atomic fire sets Megaguirus’s fragile body aflame; Godzilla charges his atomic breath again as she falls. The second ray strikes her mid-descent, and—all presented in a breathtaking extreme wide shot—her obliterated carcass slowly finishes its journey to the ground. The camera toggles in on Godzilla as he lets out a much-justified victory roar, the audience relishing along with him in his moment of triumph. An immensely satisfying finale to one of the more interesting monster battles in the Millennium Godzilla series.

    I could go on about other scenes: the moment where Misato Tanaka rides on Godzilla’s back exemplifies Suzuki’s daring use of moving composites (not to mention the scene it’s in is genuinely fun to watch with great high and low angle shots that never betray the illusion of scale); the robotic Godzilla used for water scenes is an absolute success, far better than Teruyoshi Nakano’s wobbly Cybot from The Return of Godzilla (1984); the Meganula swarm scenes feature some of the less distracting CGI in the Millennium series. But to summarize: whenever I watch Godzilla vs. Megaguirus these days (which isn’t very often), my interest is almost solely in revisiting the effects scenes and admiring what Kenji Suzuki brought to them. He may not have been the series’ most consistent special effects director, but he was certainly one of the more interesting, capable of providing enjoyable monster action and bursts of succulent energy—even into an otherwise inconsequential movie such as this. That he was never again given charge of a Godzilla movie is, indeed, quite sad.

     


     

    * Suzuki’s mentor, Koichi Kawakita, had a reputation among studio personnel for being uncooperative and standoffish with his live-action directors. Takao Okawara, who’d worked with Kawakita on Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II (1993), Yamato Takeru (1994), and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), described their relationship as tenuous. “We spent very little time in discussion even though we were working on the same films. We’d get together, go over storyboards and then go our separate ways. He was very much a ‘Don’t say a thing about my work’ kind of guy.”

    By contrast, Okawara had nothing but great things to say about Suzuki’s work ethic on Godzilla 2000: Millennium. “Suzuki impressed me greatly, because he understands the balance between the effects and human scenes. Suzuki also takes an active part in the story creation, which allowed me to introduce my own ideas into the [effects] process. Out of all my Godzilla films, this one had the best teamwork among the live-action and effects crews.”

    General // September 22, 2019
  • A note from staff

    A complete translation of Godzilla, Red Moon, Erabus, Halfon: No Man’s Land of the Monsters, as seen in the Japanese publication Godzilla Toho Champion Festival Perfection (ISBN: 4048669990). More commonly known as “Godzilla vs. Redmoon“, this early Tsuburaya Productions/Toho collaboration is said to have had some influence over Daigoro vs. Goliath (1972). Following this story, there is a bonus interview from the same book that was done with Kazuho Mitsuda of Ultraman, Ultra Q, and Ultraseven fame. As usual, VERY special thanks to Noah Oskow for the following translation!

    ~ Joshua S.

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    Synopsis for movie for theatrical release
    Godzilla・Red Moon・Erabus・Halfon
    No Man’s Land of the Monsters

    ☆Planning (stocks): Tsuburaya Productions
    ☆Production: Tetsuo Kinjō, Kazuho Mitsuda
    ☆Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes
    ☆Manufacturing (stocks): Tsuburaya Productions

    ☆Producers: Noboru Tsuburaya, Toyoaki Wada
    ☆Director: Shohei Tôjô
    ☆Special effects director: Kazuo Sagawa
    ☆Hoped-for period of release: Summer break

    ☆Characters
    Shoji Uchida (25 years old, journalist for a boy’s magazine)
    Keiko Igawa (21 years old, camerawoman)
    Minoru Agarie (Elementary school 5th grader, child of Habu Island)
    Ippei Suzuki (Elementary school 5th grade, Tokyo youth)
    Onassis (a prospector who dreams of grabbing a thousand gold pieces)
    Guchi-ken (25 years old, Onassis’ henchman)
    Company commander​
    Editor-in-Chief Hatakeyama
    Minoru’s father
    Moon expedition party (A)
    Moon expedition party (B)
    Moon expedition party (C)
    Moon expedition party (D)
    Houston official
    ☆Monsters
    Godzilla
    Redmoon (appears from the depths of the moon)
    〔※in this text, this shall be mostly written as “Red Moon”〕
    Erabus (appears from Habu Island)
    Halfon (the child of Redmoon and Erabus)

     

    “Hey, Norman, take a look at that!”

    From the bottom of the ravine in the gigantic northwest crater, a single ray of light, almost akin to a searchlight, flashed like a streak of lightning across the pitch black world of the moon.

    Just as the expedition member who went by the name of Norman had stuck his head out the ship window, the beam of light which had lit up the desolate ground surface had disappeared, vanishing as if it had never even been there.

    “What could that have been?”

    “Report! Are there are any abnormalities within the expeditionary vessel?”

    Although there had been communication carried out between the command module and the expeditionary vessel, located at a distance of five kilometers, the origins of the flash of light remained unknown.

    The crew, though they were now pervaded by a slight tinge of unease, when confronted by the thought of the intense cold of the lunar night saw no choice but to lay back down on the module floor in order to seek out some sleep.

    During its unprecedentedly lengthy long-term stay of two weeks on the lunar surface, the United States Lunar Expeditionary Vessel Apollo XX had been given the duty of investigating the base of the crater and the makeup of the depths of the moon.

    It had been on the third night of the expedition that they’d seen that mysterious beam of light, so akin to a searchlight.

    And then, some days later at the Houston Space Center, strikingly abnormal wave readings came in from the seismograph that had been installed on the face of the moon.

    Those in charge abruptly felt their nervousness increasing, and sent out instructions to those in their spaceships in the region of the moon to find out the origins of the seismic activity.

    On the surface of the moon, the occasional earthquake caused some of the crew to wonder of at any moment the lunar surface might collapse.

    So, the question was: to return home, or to investigate?

    In the command module, discussion teetered back and forth on that subject. And yet, when the decision had been made, with what was unmistakably overwhelming courage and decisiveness, to continue with the investigation, the expeditionary vessel was launched towards the epicenter without a moment’s delay.

    For the crew, there was a sort of mutually born desire to conquer the unknown world that stretched out in the depths of the moon.

    The reason for this was that there were contained within the materials held as confidential by Houston the bone fragments of some mammalian, and these fossils had given proof to the existence of some creature up there on the moon. The bones had been discovered from amongst the lunar soil carried back by another expeditionary vessel.

    “In the depths of the moon there lies a world apart.”

    Every one of them imagined the above to be true. The mysterious beam of light and the earthquakes that even then shook the lunar surface made such imaginings seem even more conclusive.

    A fearsome reality unfolded directly in front of the eyes of the crewmen as their expeditionary vessel alighted upon a certain crater.

    Just as a protruding mountain burst forth like crumbling sand, a monstrous tornado emerged.

    Without a moment of pause, the expeditionary vessel and the four souls aboard it were swallowed up like scraps of paper.

    Then, from out of that sandstorm emerged a creature so large as to defy imagination – its face savage, one-eyed, and upon its back, wings, – a great monster (this was Red Moon).

    Receiving word of these goings-on, Houston immediately sent out an order of terrestrial repatriation to Apollo XX.

    The Apollo XX managed to successfully escape the surface of the moon upon which they had lost four of their crewmates. The lunar surface grew more and more distant as the propulsion exhaust on the ship’s stern blasted forth crimson jets of flame.

    “Gyaaaah!!”

    After some time, one from amongst the crew let forth a monstrous scream. In the direction to which the crewmember’s finger, quaking in fear, pointed, was none other than the great monster Red Moon, soaring towards them!

    “Go ahead!”

    As the spaceship increased its speed, so too did the great monster.

    “I have no intention of bringing that beast home as a souvenir!”

    So had a crewmate yelled out. And yet, the spaceship contained not a single weapon capable of fending off the monster.

    Nor was there anywhere in the vastness of space where they could hide themselves from the beast.

    The great monster, while maintaining a degree of distance from them, still refused to give up the chase.

    At this rate, it seemed inevitable that the creature would follow them all the way till they arrived at Earth.

    “We must not land on Earth!”

    “What can we do?”

    “We need to remove ourselves from orbit! That’s our only option!”

    The spaceship veered off from their orbital course towards Earth.

    It was at this time that orders came in from Houston to cut their ignition and attempt to switch to inertial flight.

    Perhaps the great monster, seeing the flames of the ignition, was chasing after the bright light of the conflagration – this decision has been based upon the judgment of an academic who has said as much. As it happened, his judgment had been right on the mark.

    As the ignition flames stopped, and the starship entered into a steep curve, the giant monster simply continued to fly straight ahead.

    “It worked! It worked!”

    Apollo XX, having managed from escape from the evil clutches of the great monster, corrected its orbit and headed full speed towards the earth.

     

    By this point in time, Agarie Minoru (elementary school 5th grader), a young boy living on the solitary Habu Island in the Ryukyus, and Ippei Suzuki (elementary school 5th grader), an efficient little boy raised in Tokyo, had been pen-pals for two years.

    The contents of their correspondence was perhaps only a little stranger than the normal. If one were to describe it, one could say their letters were like scientific papers in the form of a list of research reportage.

    To put it simply, the two were snake devotees.

    Young Agarie specialized in the Habu pit viper, with young Suzuki doing so in mamushi pit vipers and exclusively in other such poisonous snakes.

    One day an important research report was delivered to Tokyo from Habu Island.

    Normally, a Habu pit viper can survive perfectly fine for around a year without eating any food, and the Habu pit vipers on Habu Island have particularly strong life forces, and were possessed of the power to live for three or even five years on water alone.

    The nature of this phenomenon had still remained a mystery at both Tokyo University and the Habu Island research facilities.

    And yet young Agarie had managed to explicate that exact mystery. The accumulative results of biological experiments carried out by the youth showed that those Habu vipers that lived in a valley known as Chiibishi in the jungles of Habu Island had particularly long lives, with the results of the investigation into the region in which these vipers dwell being that the snakes would absorb the sap from the roots of the trees that protrude from the valley floor. In other words, the secret key to the mystery of their long lifespan was in the extract of that sap.

    Not a single person would believe what he was saying, and yet the boy had written “it’s the absolute truth!”

    Ippei showed the contents of this report from Habu Island to his uncle Shoji Uchida, who worked as a journalist for Boy Magazine. Uchida, who had felt positively about the pen-pal relationship the two children had from some time before, yelled out a sudden “I’ll take it,” stuffing the letter from Habu Island into his pocket and heading out.

    A few days later, Uchida set off with a camerawoman from the same magazine named Keiko Igawa towards Habu Island. When Uchida found his shoulder being tapped from behind on the passenger ship, he was surprised to see that the young Ippei had boarded the ship as well.

    The three switching over from a jet plane to a small local line, then charted a smaller boat, and then finally arrived at Habu Island.

    The two boys, finally meeting face-to-face for the first time, made quick work of the usual interpersonal communication and headed out towards the trees which excreted the sap in question.

    The Agarie boy guided the three others to the habitat of the Habu vipers known as Chiibishi, and there he let out a gasp.

    Two strange men stood there, loitering around the tree’s roots with guns slung from their shoulders.

    These men had arrived in order to gather up the Habu pit vipers in order to make a “Habu Drink” that would become an elixir of long life, allowing the drinker the unnaturally long life of the Habu snakes of Habu island. So the Agaraie boy said.

    They had just so happened to have heard about the tree roots from Agarie and had been searching for them by themselves, and had just at that moment finally found them.

    “This is the tree! So that means that this red sap is the elixir? Boy, I’ll be taking this for myself!”

    This is what Onassis, the senior thug from among the two, had said.

    As Onassis said he wouldn’t allow the group to come any father and as Unchida argued with him, Onassis’ junior thug let out a scream.

    A Habu pit viper had just jumped on to him.

    “Guchi-ken! Shoot!”

    At Onassis’ words, his underling called Guchi-ken started to rapid fire his gun.

    BRAT-BRAT-BRAT-BRAT

    The Habu vipers clinging to the roots of the tree fell to the ground, shot through.

    Then, in the next moment, the roots of the tree abruptly began to move of their own accord. Onassis and Guchi-ken, standing nearby, were sent cartwheeling back to the ground.

    “The roots of the tree moved!!”

    Ippei yelled out, his eyes fixed forward and astonished.

    “Keiko-chan, photograph it!”

    Uchida yelled out to Keiko, who, beyond shock, had been standing dumbfounded.

    The roots of the tree, moving like some living creature, then disappeared into the ground.

    That night the three of them, having returned to their lodging, heard a strange roar from the earth like some rumbling in the ground, deep in twilight.

     

    At a Tokyo radio station, the early morning broadcast, “Good Morning, This is Ryuzo Katayama,” was in the midst of being on-air. All sorts of city-centric information came rolling in one after another, from the photochemical smog​ information to the overhead traffic report, and more.

    Then, an emergency report came in from a listener telling of the outbreak of a mountain forest fire.

    The Early Morning FM car headed towards the scene. Strangely, nothing more was heard from the FM car, even after it should have already arrived at the scene.

    The radio station, finding the absence of contact strange, ordered the helicopter on sky patrol to search for the car.

    As the helicopter drew close to the mountains, it caught sight of the FM car, burning. Looking farther ahead into the valley, it discovered a giant monster lying on its side! The helicopter crew let out a yell.

    “A monster has appeared!”

    The monster in question was the very same that had come from the lunar surface – Red Moon. From wherever it had wandered and however it had ended up on Earth, it now seemed to be fast asleep, resting its completely exhausted wings.

    At Uchida’s company, “Boy Magazine,” crew after crew of data collecting parties headed off to gather information on the monster’s appearance, an event so loved by children.

    A phone call came in for Uchida, still on Habu Island, from his Editor-in-Chief, who was all of a flutter.

    “This isn’t the time to be focusing on pit vipers! There’s a m-m-monster! A monster has appeared!”

    “Chief! That m-m-monster showed up in Habu Island, too!”

    “What did you say? There too?!”

     

    The huge tree roots of Habu Island had in fact been the tail of an elder beast (written name: Erabus). Guchi-ken shooting off his gun had awoken it from its long, long hibernation.

    The “red sap” that the Agarie boy had pegged as the source of the Habu pit viper’s long life had in truth been the extract of an ancient beast.

    The two youths confirmed with each other that they had in fact solved the mystery of the Habu’s life force.

    Uchida and Keiko were busy with the collecting of photos of the monster and taping its roars.

    Besides them, the boys discussed how the monster seemed to have an extremely docile manner.

    The beast made no attempt to harm those humans that it saw around it and lay out, exposing its giant, glossy body to the sun of the south seas, all the while letting out a comfortable-sounding roar.

    On the other hand, the men who had been after the Habu Drink, having seen that there was a huge amount of the life elixir inside the body of the monster, began to make a “monster drink” and started selling it on a large scale. They soon became eager to move that one step closer to making Onassis the envy of all.

    Then, skirmishes broke out time and again between the youths, who were trying to protect the monster, and Onassis and his men, who were trying to bring down the beast.

    Of course, knowing that the people of the island stood no chance if the monster began to act violently, Uchida and Keiko also went about hindering Onassis’ group’s plan to kill the great beast.

    During all this, the beast Erabus once again dug into the earth.

     

    The envoy from the Moon that had appeared in Tokyo, Red Moon, was taken aback by an all-out attack by the Self-Defense Force, and began using its exhausted body to carry out a counter-attack.

    It employed a terrifying battle tactic in which it flew into the air, eating up whatever was near its body.

    Red Moon, having come to the skies above the city center, for some reason found its attacking power dulled. Finally the great winged beast toppled into the skyscrapers of downtown Tokyo.

    “What could have happened?”

    It was just at that moment that the paratroopers’ assault began anew.

    Just then, Red Moon’s eye, thought crushed, began to slowly open, shining forth a powerful and mysterious beam like a searchlight!

    The paratrooper’s advanced machinery burned up and disappeared one after another.

    The mysterious pillar of light that had been seen by the American lunar expedition had been the mysterious death beam of this monster. The fact that it kept its eye closed had meant that it had been hiding this greatest of weapons.

    Red Moon flapped its massive wings, almost weakly, and flew into the sky, heading off to places unknown.

    However, the citizens of Tokyo – and, indeed, of all Japan – shivered in fear, not knowing when the monster would appear again.

     

    On Habu Island, Onassis and his crew had been using money to mobilize villagers, and having gotten ahold of a massive quantity of dynamite with which to try to kill the monster Erabus, they had already started operations to dig up the depths of the earth into which the monster had disappeared.

    For Onassis, killing the monster had become an obsession.

    At that same time, a battalion from the American military, having learned of the appearance of the monster on Habu Island, had landed on the island in order to defend it.

    This battalion has arrived in order to protect a top-secret base that stored poison gas, as well as the missile base on the nearby A Island, from the monster. If the beast was to perhaps force itself into the base, there would be the danger of it bringing about a state of emergency.

    One night, Uchida, Ippei and their crew were visiting young Agarie’s house, and were being treated to dinner.

    There, they were surprised to hear from the boy’s father about how he overheard Onassis’ crew’s plans to kill the monster using dynamite.

    Watching the living room television, they become aware of the news that the monster Red Moon had appeared over the skies of Tokyo. However, the news also added the information that Red Moon had once again crashed to earth for causes unknown, and had weakly flown off.

    Ippei said, “I wonder if it could be because of the smog.”

    Smog – somehow, it would seem that when Red Moon came in contact with smog or photochemical smog​, it experienced a sort of brain paralysis, something which was being spoken about at the Self-Defense Force emergency headquarters.

    It had been figured out that at the instant of Red Moon’s arrival, the highest records yet seen had been made for photochemical smog.

    To defeat Red Moon, a huge amount of photochemical smog would have to be produced. In other words, a lethal dose of smog.

    This would mean the complete cooperation of Tokyo Prefecture. Governor Minobe ordered the evacuation of the citizens of the Tokyo.

    Then, he went about giving a strange speech to the various industries and car manufacturers.

    “I implore you to scatter as much smoke as possible from your factory chimney stacks into the skies of Tokyo. In order to save Tokyo Prefecture, there is no other way but to pollute! There is no other way but through photochemical smog! Managers of the factories, ladies and gentlemen car producers, please do as I have said!”

    A few days later, Operation Photochemical Smog had gone into effect, and a few fighter planes had been dispatched to the environs near Mt. Mihara to provoke Red Moon, guiding the beast towards the skies above Tokyo.

    Having done this, at the signal of the roar of a single cannon, the industrial zones and all the factories began to spew out dark smoke from their chimneys, sending the exhaust into the sky. Equipment had been installed in the automobiles which had been tightly parked in the roads that would automatically spew out exhaust fumes.

    The PPM gauge slowly rose up.

    Just as they could ascertain that the strategy would appear to be a success, the skies above Tokyo became cloudy, and drizzle began to fall down.

    All those involved were aghast.

    Without the light of the sun, the photochemical smog could not be produced.

    Red Moon, having regained its might, overran the city in a seeming fit of rage.

    Because of an error in the weather report, the photochemical smog strategy has ended in abject failure.

    The results of this were a ruined city and an eventual battle of recrimination of responsibility amongst the humans.

     

    Boom! Boom!

    The dynamite sticks exploded one after another, shaking Habu Island.

    The concussive sounds of the explosions shocked Uchida, Ippei, Keiko, and young Agiarie, sending them running, and there they saw Erabus.

    Onassis and his cronies were firing two guns at the monster of all things, trying to bring it down.

    “I’m begging you, die already!”

    Onassis was deadly serious. However, the bullets being shot out of the guns had no results beyond those of a child’s fireworks.

    However, Erabus reacted to this by becoming more violent.

    Onassis and his crew, shocked, withdrew, and the American troops moved in. Using flamethrowers and firearms, they seriously laid in to the creature.

    Erabus responded by going crazy with rage.

    Onassis ran out directly in front of the troops, begging them to sell the body of the beast to him in the event that they brought it down. He had previously made a killing buying the US military’s scrap metal, and he requested that the monster scrap certainly be sold to him in the same manner.

    However, the troop commander wasn’t in a position to do this.

    Surrounded by the sensation of being assaulted by the power of the monster, soldiers were struck down by giant boulders flung by the beast.

    It was then decided that the poison gas stored on A Island would be used, and that a strategy of dropping poison gas from the sky would be put into effect.

    The poison gas so feared by humanity had suddenly become of use in a most unexpected way. Just as had been the case with the photochemical smog, this was a reality that could only be described as ironic.

    However, not a single person would have imagined that this poison gas strategy would rather transform the beast into a poison gas monster, capable of putting forth an enormous power.

    Having inhaled the gas shot forth from the poison gas squad, Erabus faltered not at all; rather, it began to utilize the poison gas it had inhaled as a weapon with which to attack the humans.

    The boys, knowing the behavior of animals as the adults did not, directed their anger at the behavior at the adults in their midst.

    At the same time, a strategic meeting was taking place in Tokyo. They knew not when Red Moon, lurking in the Mihara mountains, would again attack Tokyo.

    Far-away Houston was keenly aware of their responsibility regarding the appearance of Red Moon, and they had dispatched a three-person investigative team.

    As their discussion was reaching its climax, there came a proposal asking about sending forth Boy Magazine Editor-in-Chief Hatakeyama to stage a showdown with the monster of Habu Island. An eye for an eye and a monster for a monster; what could be better?

    If everything went well, perhaps the two would destroy each other. However, for the Editor-in-Chief, the purpose of this all was simply to obtain photos of the monster-on-monster duel.

    However, this proposal gained the support of all the members and was put into action.

    The problem was the place where the battle would be made to occur. As it was thought that there would be few places better to prevent danger to others that on a lonely island in the south seas, it was decided that this would all take place on Habu Island, where Erabus currently was. An additional reason was the theory that had arisen stating that it would be easier to guide the winged Red Moon than to convey Erabus elsewhere.

    Now then, the next question would have to be how to lead Red Moon to Habu Island?

    This was a rather difficult question.

    “I’ve got it!”

    One of the academics from Houston slapped his knee. They just needed to set off jet propulsion flames. After all, hadn’t Red Moon come to Earth following a spaceship?

    So it came to be that they would make it so that a jet fighter plane could let off a light similar to that of spaceship propulsion flames.

    And thus they initiated the Red Moon Transport Strategy.

    While Uchida and the gang expressed displeasure at the selfish methods of the Editor-in-Chief, he yelled back that “Boy Magazine will sell more than 2 million copies!”

    He had flown out to Habu Island, one step in front of those who were setting up the strategy that he himself had proposed, intending to use the gathered materials to create a great sensation.

    Here, at this missile base known as A Island, the standoff between the American troops and Erabus continued as the beast slunk ever closer.

     

    The F6s, flying in formation, flew towards the skies to the south, spewing forth their jet propulsion flames.

    Just as predicted, Red Moon trailed behind their formation.

    The strategy was progressing perfectly.

    But then?! The propulsion flames of one of the F6s seemed to suddenly malfunction, spewing out black smoke. Something abnormal had happened with the engine.

    Taking a steep angle, the fighter careened down towards the sea.

    An unlucky 25,000 ton-class tanker was happening to pass by. The F6 crashed directly into the ship’s prow.

    The flames reached the crude oil stored therein, and the massive tanker sunk amidst a gigantic explosion. Ah, what a terrible thing to happen during an oil shortage!

    A part of the south seas had been turned to an ocean of flame. Red Moon, spotting the inferno, changed course, enraged at the sight of the fire.

    A true, terrifying coincidence, the tanker just so happened to sink deep into the ocean floor of the south seas where at that very moment lay Godzilla himself. The ship landed with a bang! directly on the slumbering monster’s head.

    Godzilla was suddenly awoken as the surface of the ocean became a literal sea of flame.

    “SKREE-ONNK!!”

    As Godzilla let out a roar, looking up towards the sky, the monster began to follow after Red Moon, chasing the squadron of F6s.

    However, soon Godzilla, seemingly uninterested, again disappeared beneath the waves, returning to his peaceful slumber.

    As the fires on the ocean surface abated, Red Moon once again began his chase of the F6 squadron, heading directly towards Habu Island.

    “It’s here, it’s here!”

    The squadron leader yelled out as he looked towards the north skies.

    At last! The death match of the two great monsters could commence. The Editor-in-Chief, of course, as well as Uchida and the rest, the company commander, Onassis’ crew, and the villagers were all watching over the the fight of the century.

    Red Moon, having seen Erabus, stilled its wings and descended to earth.

    The two great creatures let forth unnerving roars at each other! Perhaps a tactic of pre-battle intimidation, the roars of the beasts shook the south skies and rang in the ears of the people.

    As the they had sized up the other’s strength, glaring while they circled each other, it had looked as though the two great beasts were closing the distance in order to challenge their opponent.

    “They’re gonna do it! They’re gonna do it!”

    Onassis gripped Guchi-ken’s shoulder and yelled.

    The soldiers of the American military surrounded the beasts from afar, watching over the scene in the hopes of the two creatures destroying each other.

    Ten minutes passed, then thirty, and finally an entire hour had gone by.

    Just as they thought the titanic battle was finally about to ensue, a strange thing occurred. The two gargantuan monsters suddenly dipped their heads and, rubbing their shoulders together, began to display the loving expressions of a couple of young lovers.

    “This is a love scene!”

    Uchida and the boys informed the company commander that the beasts had no desire to fight one another, appealing to him to not engage in any more attacks.

    Red Moon, who had come from the lunar surface, had fallen in love at first sight with the beautiful Terran monster Erabus.

    Onassis and the Editor-in-Chief were unwilling to let that happen. They were in a tizzy over the idea of a peaceful resolution — something which would result in a situation in which not even a single lucrative photo could be taken.

    The two were all worked up over assuring that the two beasts somehow end up doing battle, and yet the two lovers –- no, the two great beasts — had not a speck of aggression in their eyes.

    The two creatures then fled from human sight, disappearing deep into the jungle.

    Under the fervent appeals of the two boys, who swore that if the humans did not attack that the monsters would cause no more harm, even the American army had no choice but to withdraw.

    Finally, even the Editor-in-Chief and the others had no choice but to leave Habu Island, praying for the peaceful lives of the two monsters.

    Young Agarie returned to his everyday life.

    And yet, the only one who refused to give up was Onassis. Having already poured a significant amount of money into the enterprise, he could simply not reverse course.

    “I won’t give up on my Monster Drink!”

    Every day, Onassis would head out into the jungle.

    However, the two monsters had disappeared somewhere, and refused to again show themselves to him.

     

    The hot summer months had arrived on Habu Island.

    During one of the Agarie boy’s regular gathering expeditions into the jungle, he found a young monster the size of a human.

    “Huh? This is kinda weird!”

    The boy chased after it. When he did, the young monster dropped down into a valley towards the island’s headland. While he looked onwards, young Agarie saw Red Moon and Erabus lying on their sides, as the young monster rushed to snuggle into the space between them.

    The boy’s eyes sparkled.

    The two gargantuan monsters had come back to the island with their child in tow. The young monster (written as Halfon) had undeveloped wings passed down from his father, and his face was like that of his mother’s.

    The boy surreptitiously wrote what he had seen in a letter to Ippei, back in Tokyo, and sent it off.

    Rumors that the monsters had returned reached the ears of the villagers, eventually making their way to Onassis and his crew on the Okinawan mainland.

    Onassis rushed off to Habu island.

    In the insular jungle, Onassis witnessed the pleasant, intimate life of the parents and child.

    Young Agarie kept a detailed journal of the daily life of the monsters and sent it off to Tokyo.

    One day, something terrible occurred.

    Onassis and his underlings had killed the young monster Halfon.

    Erabus clung to the body of her child, expressing great sorrow. Then, taking up the fleeing Onassis and his cohorts in her grasp, she squeezed them to death.

    Because Halfon had been murdered by humans, Red Moon and Erabus, showing clear hostility, were transfigured into violent monsters. They set out, attacking the village and assaulting its people.

    Habu Island was once again transformed into an island of fear, and hearing the news of these events, Boy Magazine writer Uchida, camerawoman Keiko, and Ippei all headed back to the island.

    Young Agarie informed them that this had all occurred because of the evil actions of Onassis.

    However, it was impossible to persuade the two giant beasts. They had given in to rage and were on a rampage.

    Then, there also arose the possibility that the two great beasts would invade the missile base, A Island.

    The American military was mobilized.

    Red Moon and Erabus approached from sky and sea, smashing through the A Island guards posted to prevent the invasion of the military base.

    A terrible battle commenced!

    At that time, young Agarie and Ippei spotted Godzilla approaching from the seas to the far north.

    “Godzilla!”

    “Godzilla!”

    The people began to go berserk. They had already been dealing with the two great beasts, and now they had no choice but to contend with the violence of Godzilla on top of all that.

    The American military also looked on with unease.

    A Island had now become an island of monsters, a monstrous no man’s land.

    “Godzilla has come to take care of both of them.”

    As young Agarie spoke, Ippei nodded.

    The ones who had truly been evil were the humans. However, there was simply no choice but to defeat the two monsters who had now been made so barbarous. These boys were not the sort of simple children who could not understand the truth of the world.

    The gunpowder magazines of A Island exploded. Red Moon had attacked them from the skies.

    Erabus had also come ashore, and had begun her attack.

    Seeing the fire, Godzilla furiously headed to make landfall on the island.

    The three giant monsters clashed!

    The American military retreated, seemingly giving over the fight to Godzilla, moving to watch over the two-against-one grudge match.

    While Godzilla fought Erabus, Red Moon hovered above the King of the Monsters, showering attacks down on him from on high.

    Godzilla is struggling!

    Looking at the sky, Godzilla let his atomic breath burst forth, and Red Moon answered with his mysterious light beam.

    Erabus also had her poison gas. All those watching could only admit that that this would be an unexpectedly difficult battle for Godzilla.

    Godzilla, having taken on their attacks, was finally pushed by the two monsters back into the sea.

    The onlookers were in an uproar. Even Godzilla couldn’t beat them?!

    But Godzilla, the King of Beasts, no, the Kind of Monsters, was not the sort of weakling to be beaten by an attack of such a measly order. No monster could best him in willpower.

    Godzilla, having washed his face off in the waters, kicked off against the seafloor with a crash, and climbed back into the ring.

    SKREEEEEE-ONNNNNNNK!!

    Godzilla, with rage in his heart, reversed the tide of the battle in a flurry of fierce attacks against his two giant opponents.

    Suddenly A Island had become Godzilla’s territory.

    Godzilla threw Erabus into a sea of flame, finishing her off with his atomic breath.

    Finally, Red Moon, with his wings half burnt, lost his fighting ability.

    Ippei yelled out, saying “Godzilla, that’s enough – let Red Moon return to the far-off moon!”

    Perhaps those words had moved him, for Godzilla let the ferocity of his attack slacken.

    As Godzilla backed off, Red Moon used its weakened wings to fly upwards, heading in the direction of the moon.

    Red Moon, who had chased humanity to Earth after they had ravaged his native Moon, had found a wonderful love on that Earth, and had even raised a child with the mixed heritage of both Moon and Earth on that planet.

    However, his dreams had again been turned to dust by humanity, and, injured and exhausted, he fled to his distant home on the lunar surface.

    The egoism of humans is a terrifying thing.

    Godzilla turned his face to the sky, and let out a great “SKREEEEEE-ONNNNNNNK!!”

    “Never return to the land of the humans again!”

    Young Agarie and Ippei knew in their hearts that there was no doubt that that’s what Godzilla had meant to say.

    Fin

     

     

    Kazuho Mitsuda
    Interview

    Kazuho Mitsuda

    An invaluable reflective interview about the background of the writing of this synopsis

    Mitsuda: Back when I was involved in this synopsis, because Tsuburaya Productions was a subsidiary of Toho, there was this discussion within Toho of how it might be alright to put forth a plan for a new production from our company in the “Toho Champion Festival.” But, at that point in time Tsuburaya Productions was lacking a planning department, and at the time I was directing “Chibira-Kun” (1970), and the result of talking with Hajime Tsuburaya, who was doing the planning of the project, was that if we were going to go to the effort of using Godzilla characters, we should ask Tetsuo Kinjō, who had returned to Okinawa, to do it. Then it ended up that I would be going to Okinawa, but Okinawa in that post-war period was still under American control, and for Japanese citizens to go to there they needed a special sort of passport.

    When I arrived at the airport in Okinawa on August 8th, 1970, Koichi Takano and Yoshio Suzuki, who just so happened to be involved with work in Taiwan, met up with me, and together the three of us headed to Kinjo’s house, which was called “Matsukaze-En.” At the time, Kinjo had a Monday-through-Friday live broadcast radio show, so even though we’d stayed in Okinawa for a period of five nights and six days until the 13th, we were only able to hash out the synopsis by bits and pieces during Kinjiro’s free time. He wrote it up for me in a single flash on my last day staying at the Ginza Hotel in Kokusai Dori street after being at Matsukaze-En. So, Kinjiro thought up the plot, and I made it into a proposal document.

    Having said that, although we hadn’t done any scenario hunting in the actual location, because the names and images of the new monsters and the characters on the human side that appear in this synopsis and the love story between the two monsters were all things Kinjiro came up with, it’s pretty incredible that I can remember the names of the likes of Yamashi’s lackey, “Guchi-ken.”

    This story used Kinjiro’s radio show as a starting point, encompassing the “military base problem” found in the true story of the American military storing poison gas on Okinawa, as well as the episodes of pollution that were happening at that time back in 1969. By taking these together, our story really portrays the greed of humans who are so fixated upon making money, making it quite the Kinjiro-esque screenplay. Really, the title itself was also something Kinjiro came up with. Back then, the Ken Takura-starring yakuza movie series “Abashiri Prison” (1965~) was very popular, and Kinjiro was quite the fan.

    While there may have been a feeling that Kinjiro wanted Tsuburaya Productions to come to Okinawa for a filming location, at the time Okinawa wasn’t exactly a realistic place to film. If we had actually made the film, we might have just done scenery filming in Okinawa proper and would have done the real filming in another place that appears similar to the scenery of Okinawa.

    From there, this synopsis was of course only meant to have been delivered to those involved people, and I’d guess that only around 20 copies were printed. At that stage, we needed to go ahead and at least put down the names of the main staff, like the director and the special effects director. We had the name of producer Toyoaki Wada, and as he was in the initial stages of creating “Mirror Man” (1971), he was like a cooperating producer working together with me for TBS.

    At the time, Toho was doing their best to move towards the production of new tokusatsu films in-house, and perhaps they had thought to devote themselves to only distributing our film. And even though the Tsuburaya Productions films being shown at the “Toho Champion Festival” at the time were the revised version of “The Return of Ultraman” (1971) and the blowup version of “Mirror Man,” with the only new film making an appearance being “The Monsters’ Desperate Battle – Daigoro vs. Goliath,” (1973), it would likely have finally been made after those.

    If this synopsis had seen the light of day, and if the film had been completed and released, it may have changed the course of the new products Tsuburaya Productions made from then on out in a variety of ways. Even so, I can safely say that I never thought I’d be interviewed about this for “Abashiri Prison”…

    (From Tsuburaya Productions, Shibuya, on September 2nd, 2014)

    Kazuho Mitsuda …… Born in Nagasaki Prefecture in 1937. Started work at Tsuburaya Productions by way of his work as an Assistant Director at TBS. After his early work as a director for the Ultraman trilogy, his later work was generally focused in managing production planning.

    Translations // September 21, 2019
  • Author: Thomas FairchildBanner: Thomas Fairchild

    An otherworldly threat descends upon the Earth and only a beast of legend possesses the power to stop it. Who will win in this clash of titans: King of the Monsters or Queen of the Swarm?

    K.W.C. // September 20, 2019
  • Wondering who the best allies are in the mobile game Godzilla: Defense Force? Looking for a Godzilla: Defense Force ally tier list? We break down the most formidable allies in the game, helping players decide where to spend their Moonstones.

    Introduced in version 2.1.1 of the game, the allies are supporters that can help the player hold off the defending monsters and Xilien forces. The allies themselves are a slice of Toho history, harking from work as diverse as The Mysterians (1957) to Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Now the usefulness of allies is based on circumstance. Some allies will be more useful at other parts of the game than others. Furthermore, while only one ally can be equipped to an area at a time, there is nothing stopping the player from changing allies as needed. In fact, the player will likely use as many as 3-5 different allies during a run. Based on this, we have broken the 14 allies in the game into tiers. This is a total of six tiers in total, from S to F, with the first three tiers being the most important. Without further ado, the list.

    S Tier

    S Tier: Mysterian, Shobijin ’64 and Shobijin ’04

     

    Mysterian/Shobijin ’64

    Attack with DPS x0.5% for the number of cards owned (+0.5% for each additional level)
    Damage 1% of enemy HP every 16 seconds (+1% for each additional level)

    or
    Attack with DPS x2% for the number of artifacts owned (+2% for each additional level)
    Damage 1% of enemy HP every 16 seconds (+1% for each additional level)

    These two allies are similar enough that they are interchangeable. Of the two, the Mysterian is better as he deals more damage due to the current number of cards in the game versus number of artifacts. However, while they both pack a punch in their attacks, it’s their ability to take out a chunk of the target’s total health that allows them to stand out. This can be key in the late game, both for monster waves that would otherwise take too long or dealing with a strong boss. In the case of the latter, they an also help grind out upgrades when progress seems slow. Essentially if you ever find yourself in a place where you’re getting more money from a Weak Point hit than a relief package, this ally can have the same effect and generate a lot of cash from their ability and the flat % it deals.

    Pros

    • Best way to deal with late game monster waves
    • Great source of income on tough bosses
    • Good in all scenarios

    Cons

    • Require reaching level 5 and beyond before they become very useful

     

    Shobijin ’04

    Attack with 20% of DPS (+20% for each additional level)
    Max City G-Cell +1

    Adding an extra G-Cell, the Shobijin ’04 is the most efficient way to lay down three ★★★★ cards at a time. The end game is all about these combos as well due to the way damage stacks. Godzilla ’67 + Keizer Ghidorah + Godzilla ’03 is a favorite card combo of this ally. Through pausing the game, such as clicking city mission menu, the player can regenerate the nine G-Cells and fire again with more ★★★★ cards, such as Godzilla ’00 + Destoroyah (Perfect Type) + Godzilla ’01.

    Pros

    • Optimal method for laying down three ★★★★ cards at a time
    • Best option for the Kaiju Dungeon where you can’t pause the game to regenerate G-Cells
    • Good at level 1 as their ability is not level dependent

    Cons

    • Only useful in scenarios where you need to play a lot of cards
    A Tier

    A Tier: Shobijin ’61 and Shobijin ’66

    Shobijin ’61

    Attack with 20% of DPS (+20% for each additional level)
    City G-Cell Production Speed Increases 10% (+10% each additional level)

    What’s better: playing cards faster or having an extra G-Cell? Arguments could be made for both and there are times when the player will prefer one over the other. So why is there a tier difference between them? A couple of reasons for this. One is that the extra G-Cell is optimal for the Kaiju Dungeon. Second is that even though it’s much faster to use the Shobijin ’61, it’s safer to wait the extra time for Shobijin ’04 and being able to play three cards at once. This is because it avoids times where you accidentally fumble and have the cards run a few seconds without a full combo in play.

    Pros

    • The quickest method to play cards

    Cons

    • Only useful in scenarios where you need to play a lot of cards

     

    Shobijin ’66

    Attack with 20% of DPS (+20% for each additional level)
    Produce coins worth 100% of Shobijin DPS every 16 seconds (+100% each additional level)

    When you first get the Shobijin ’66 their ability to generate income to upgrade units feels minimal. 20% of the city DPS is really not much money at all. However, after investing Moonstones and leveling them up they start to really shine. 500% of city DPS as money? Nice. …but what about maxing them out and producing 2000% of the city DPS as money? This ally really shines for speeding up the early stages of a run, rushing through parts of the game you can easily beat and not only that but set you up to do the next location in the run faster with money stored up.

    Pros

    • Fastest way to speed through the early stages in a run

    Cons

    • Require reaching level 5 and beyond before they become very useful

     

    B Tier

    B Tier: Shobijin ’03 and Kilaaks

    Shobijin ’03/Kilaaks

    Attack with 20% of DPS (+20% for each additional level)
    Produce 1 Moonstone every 180 seconds (+1 Moonstone at level 5 and level 10)
    or
    Attack with 50% of DPS (+50% for each additional level)
    Produce 1 Moonstone every 180 seconds (+1 Moonstone at level 10)

    Allies max out at level 10. This takes 24,055 Moonstones to bring them from level 1 to level 10. For players wanting to speed this process up, the Shobijin ’03 and Kilaaks are there to help. Their ability produces 1-3 Moonstones every three minutes. As the player progresses during their runs, the best time to unleash these is during the return visit to a location after stalling out on the Moon. For example, using them for stages 80-300ish on Tokyo up until the enemies get tough, and you switch to a combo of the Mysterian and the G-cell ally of your choice to take out the waves and bosses.

    As for which Moonstone ally is better, it depends. From level 1-4, the Kilaaks are better. They generate the same amount of Moonstones and deal more damage. From level 5-10, the Shobijin ’03 pull ahead as they produce more Moonstones, which is more valuable than additional damage for how they are used.

    Pros

    • Good way to squeeze a few more Moonstones from your run
    • Can start mining Moonstones at level 1

    Cons

    • Since civilians carry over from time traveling now, the rarity of Moonstones has greatly decreased
    • Three minutes is a long time to wait… and many times you will have the meter at 70-80% full and need to switch allies

     

    C Tier

    C Tier: Minilla

    Minilla

    Attack with 50% of DPS (+50% for each additional level)
    Attack with 150% of DPS every 12 seconds (+50% for each additional level)

    When it comes to damage, Minilla is at the top of the allies. While if you have every card in the game the Elias and Mysterian can deal higher regular damage, the standard 50% level will generally deal more damage for most players. Every 12 seconds, he can also hit the opponents for 150%-600%. This places him above other allies that focus on damage. …however, it’s not nearly enough to overcome allies with more diverse abilities, like helping play more cards or knocking off a percentage of the total health. The real negative is in almost every scenario there is a better ally. Early stages of a run? Use an ally that generates more money to help not just on this location but the next. Up against a tough boss? Use an ally that helps play more cards. Trying to take on tough monster waves? Use an ally that knocks off a percentage of the total health. Sadly there just really isn’t a need for damage only allies.

    Pros

    • DPS king for allies

    Cons

    • Damage only allies aren’t very useful compared to alternatives

     

    D Tier

    T Tier: Elias ’96, Black Hole Planet 3 Alien and Empress of Mu

    Elias ’96/Black Hole Planet 3 Alien

    Attack with DPS x0.5% for the number of cards owned (+0.5% for each additional level)
    Attack with 120% of DPS every 12 seconds (+20% for each additional level)
    or
    Attack with DPS x2% for the number of artifacts owned (+2% for each additional level)
    Attack with 120% of DPS every 12 seconds (+20% for each additional level)

    …did I mention there wasn’t really a need for damage only allies? Given that statement, it’s probably not surprising to find the Elias and the Black Hole Planet 3 Alien in the D tier, since they can’t compare with Minilla’s damage output. Sadly, neither is a really appealing option, although of the two the Elias packs a greater punch.

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Damage only allies aren’t very useful compared to alternatives

     

    Empress of Mu

    Attack with 50% of DPS (+50% for each additional level)
    Produce coins worth 5% of DPS every 16 seconds (+5% each additional level)

    Poor Empress of Mu. Design wise, she looks really cool, but she will forever live in the shadow of the Shobijin ’66. To put the two in perspective, with the relation between their damage and money output, at level one the Empress of Mu generates 2.5% of the city DPS as coins while at level ten the ally generates 250% of the city DPS as coins. In contrast, the Shobijin ’66 at level one generates 20% of the city DPS as coins while at level ten they generate 2,000% of the city DPS as coins. The two just don’t compare well. The damage boost of the Empress of Mu is not even close to offsetting the amazing money generation of the Shobijin ’66.

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Generates way too little money, especially compared to the Shobijin ’66

     

    F Tier

    F Tier: Dorat, Emperor Antonio and Cosmos ’92

     

    Dorat/Emperor Antonio/Cosmos ’92

    Attack with 50% of DPS (+50% for each additional level)
    Reduce base Production Speed by 0.4 seconds every 12 seconds (+0.2 seconds each additional level)
    or
    Attack with 50% of DPS (+50% for each additional level)
    Reduce base Production Speed by 0.1 seconds every 12 seconds (+0.1 seconds each additional level)
    or
    Attack with 20% of DPS (+20% for each additional level)
    Reduce base Production Speed by 0.6 seconds every 12 seconds (+0.1 seconds each additional level)

    Rounding out the tier list are the three production speed allies. Reading the description of their ability, it sounds like every 12 seconds the production counters should by slashed or run out. While this gives the mental image of a parade of troops coming out every 12 seconds, the ability doesn’t seem to work this way in practice. Furthermore, when doing a test of the Cosmos at level 8, dropping the production speed by 1.3 seconds, their ability accounted for less than a 40% DPS difference versus other allies. What does this mean? This means they are directly inferior to the DPS focused allies in the C and D tiers.

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • The worst of the bunch, with the Cosmos at the very bottom

     

    General // September 16, 2019
  • Author: Kristian Zatkoff | Banner: Dao Zang Moua

    Several buildings were blasted into pieces when a rainbow-colored ray detonated upon them. Mechagodzilla let out a loud shriek as he struck a pose with his left arm out in front of him, quickly shifting his hand into a horizontal position before unleashing hell on earth with his Revolver Finger Missiles. Entire streets and buildings were uprooted and blown into tiny pieces like glass as the missiles dug a good distance underground and exploded right under the streets of London.

    Moguera landed some distance away, setting the city ablaze with its arm lasers. Mechagodzilla activated its boosters, ready to take off to the next target when something hit it from behind, knocking it headfirst into a burning building. Zone Fighter let out a shout announcing his arrival.

    Their match could now begin!

    Moguera’s treads roared to life as the mighty robot ran over several buildings, wood and bricks splintering in the air and raining down as deadly projectiles as people tried to get out of the machines path. Zone Fighter lifted up the still grounded Mechagodzilla and began to spin around in circles faster and faster before throwing the huge chunk of space titanium into Moguera. Mechagodzilla merely deflected off of the robot’s chest, Moguera didn’t even slow down.

    The Meteor Man had no time to get out of the way and could only brace for the worst as Moguera slammed into the giant alien warrior. Zone Fighter immediately entered a dazed like state, confused where he lay. It took him a moment to figure out that he was on his back, looking up at the sky. Moguera must have ran over me, he thought. As he got up, he noticed he had no other injuries save for the tread tracks on his body. Thankfully he only blacked out for a sec-

    Mechagodzilla burst from Zone Fighter’s side, screeching in surprise as his right finger launched forward, stabbing the Meteor Man’s gut. Zone cried out in agony, falling forward with his arms covering his abdomen while Mechagodzilla simply watched. With another opening, Mechagodzilla took advantage of Zone Fighter’s status and karate chopped Zone in the neck followed up with a kick to the ribs. Zone stumbled down the cities’ streets but managed to keep his footing. Mechagodzilla lashed out again with another stab but Zone dodged the blow, grabbing the machine monster by the arm and throwing him down atop a street overflowing with vehicles.

    Zone Fighter staggered back, taking a moment to catch his breath. Mechagodzilla’s down, now where is-

    From behind Moguera fired its chest laser, but Zone Fighter jumped up into the sky, twisting his body around in midair before kicking Moguera in the face causing him to stagger back. Thunderous blows continued to rain upon Moguera until Mechagodzilla roared a shriek at Zone Fighter. Zone Fighter threw a final punch across Moguera’s face, sending it careening into a building as he shifted his attention to the nearby mechanical abomination. Standing amongst the flames of a burning London, it looked like, for lack of a better term, a Terminator Godzilla and Zone was targeted for termination. Zone Fighter ran toward him only to be blasted in the back by Moguera’s arm lasers. Zone Fighter yelled a pained cry and turned around only to have Mechagodzilla’s eye beams rip into his back, unleashing a fountain of blood. Zone Fighter fell to the ground and before he knew it, Mechagodzilla was already standing above him. Mechagodzilla delivered a kick that sent Zone Fighter flying, before he could hit the ground, Zone Fighter activated his flight and regained his equilibrium, landing on his feet. He bolted toward Mechagodzilla who’s hands spun around before the mech unleashed his Finger Missiles. Zone Fighter was hit by several missiles, engulfing him in fire, but the Meteor Man ran undeterred and fired off twin blasts of his Arrow Stream beams, glancing the arms of the mechanical Godzilla and making him stagger back. Mechagodzilla raised his head, screeching a mechanical roar, before unleashing his eye beams but Zone had already dropped down on his back, his momentum making him slide along the ground at high speeds, his feet kicking the robots’ own feet from under him. Mechagodzilla smashed into the city streets as Zone slid by.

    Moguera’s treads roared to life again as the tank of an anti-kaiju weapon charged forward. He couldn’t let his ally fall. His programming wouldn’t allow it.

    Zone Fighter kicked Mechagodzilla down with an ax kick as the machine was just about to arise, then delivered a second kick sending Mechagodzilla sliding along the ground right under Moguera who tripped over his ally and fell over face first into a nearby structure. Mechagodzilla got up just in time to dodge Zone Fighter’s fist strikes and counter with his own. The back of Mechagodzilla’s hand swung outward, knocking Zone Fighter backward and allowing the mechanical being to continue a physical barrage upon the Meteor Man. Zone Fighter tried in vain to block the attacks when he heard something he prayed was just his imagination. It took him less than a second to find out it wasn’t. Mechagodzilla’s boosters roared to life as the machine took to the sky and in that instant Moguera drove forward with its drill spinning. Sparks flew the instant the spinning tool of death made contact with Zone Fighter’s face plate.

    Zone Fighter tried to throw the bulky machine off of him, but it was proving to be heavier than he expected. To his horror, he felt the pain of a million burning stars as the drill found its way into one of his eyes. The world he existed in was no stranger to his screams, but it never heard him in such a horrific state. Zone finally managed to push Moguera away and stumbled around with one hand over his damaged eye socket. Blood was ripping from the hand covering it. When he looked at the river nearby, the Meteor Man saw that where his eye used to be was now nothing but a dark empty space, blood and other fluids leaking out of the socket.

    Moguera’s arm ports opened up and fired twin Spiral Grenade Missiles. Zone dodged the first but was blindsided by the second one, the blast sending him soaring to the other side of the river. Mechagodzilla took to the skies and began to rain down eye lasers and finger missiles on the Meteor Man. Zone Fighter summoned his energy and fired a thin blue laser from the crest on his head. The Meteor Proton Beam tore into Mechagodzilla’s metal body as if it was butter being sliced by a hot knife. The Mecha almost lost control but at the last second straightened himself out and landed on his feet. Moguera landed next to Mechagodzilla, their combined sight shifting onto Zone Fighter. Ports across both parted to reveal missiles, bulbs and other weapons. Zone watched the pair prepare an unparalleled barrage.

    It was exactly what the Meteor Man needed.

    The killing machines unleashed their entire arsenals. Zone’s hands were glowing before he vanished in the smoke from the ensuing barrage. For a whole minute the machines unleashed eye beams, chest lasers, missiles and several other projectiles with a seemingly endless supply. London shook from the endless assault, building collapsing from the immense tremors. As the machine’s finally subsided their onslaught, the wind swept the smoke away only for both machines to see in place of Zone Fighter was a Zone-Barrier. A mighty yell echoed across the city, Zone Fighter burst into the air and brought his right hand down upon Moguera’s face. The robot careened into the nearby river, helpless to help his ally as the Meteor Man spun and delivered a crippling knee strike upon Mechagodzilla’s abdomen. Metal cracked, bending inward. Mechagodzilla stumbled back but managed to keep his footing. A port opened on his chest and a jagged yellow beam lashed outward.

    Zone cried out as the searing hot beam tore into his body. The river exploded behind him, Moguera’s form rushing out, his drill spinning wildly as he charged forward but Zone kicked Moguera with all his might, causing it to crash into Mechagodzilla head first. Mechagodzilla let out a metallic scream in frustration.

    Mechagodzilla was just a machine; however, thanks to a powerful A.I., he had become somewhat sentient to the point where it falsely believed itself to be alive. With this came the replication of rage, pride, agony and other animal like emotions and responses, creating the illusion of pain in its programming, trying to intimidate kaiju with shrieks, posing before drawing out his finger missiles, taking orders to kill kaiju like Godzilla and eliminating foes however he saw fit. Because of this, he had become more than a machine unlike his partner, Moguera.

    Like a real living breathing kaiju, Mechagodzilla did not wait for Moguera to cease using his drill. Instead, he gritted his metal teeth, bracing himself for the nonexistent pain as grabbed Moguera with his right hand, pushing him off and used his left hand to grab the drill. Sparks flew but soon enough the drill stopped. Letting its emotions overtake any thought process, he ripped the drill off his partners face and threw it right at Zone Fighter. The Meteor Man would have easily dodged it if it weren’t for Mechagodzilla’s eye beams hitting the drill at the last second, speeding it up. The drill pierced the Meteor Man’s chest, missing his heart by mere inches. Zone fell to his knees, the anguish of the impact overtaking him. He coughed up blood but because of his metal face plate it had nowhere to go.

    Time slowed for Zone Fighter with his attention so focused on his new wound he was unaware that Moguera had separated into the two mechs that formed its body, Land Moguera and Star Falcon. Zone felt a sense of fear as he gazed up at the robotic doppelganger of Godzilla. Mechagodzilla was staring at him the same way many living kaiju had stared at him in the heat of combat. He wondered. Could it be? Indeed, he recognized the emotion he knew all too well thanks to the Garoga aliens who destroyed his homeworld: hate.

    The fires in London had nearly died down, there was so little left to burn. With a rush of adrenaline, Zone Fighter burst forth and traded blows with Mechagodzilla. Every step the alien warrior took sent ash and burning amber high into the sky. Mechagodzilla delivered a powerful side chop into Zone’s neck, but Zone Fighter responded in kind with a powerful kick to Mechagodzilla’s chest. Mechagodzilla reached out with his arms, ready to crush Zone Fighter, but the blue hero grabbed both arms and before Mechagodzilla could react, he kicked the mighty machine sending him stumbling back. This gave Zone Fighter an idea, while still holding on to the arms he jumped up and used Mechagodzilla’s body as leverage. Mechagodzilla thrashed all about trying to dislodge the hero but he held on tight. Step by step, Zone Fighter’s feet got closer and closer to Mechagodzilla’s head. The machine’s chest plate opened up, but Zone Fighter lashed out with a kick to the chest port, slamming it shut. Now with one foot on Mechagodzilla’s neck and the arms being restrained by him, Zone began to push with his feet with all his might. Mechagodzilla’s arms and neck groaned under the strain. At this rate, even if his head wasn’t torn off, his arms would be. Mechagodzilla screeched in rage, he needed to act!

    Mechagodzilla discharged his eye beams, scorching Zone Fighter’s armor, but Zone refused to give up. Suddenly twin energy rays from above joined in with Mechagodzilla’s eye beams. The Star Falcon was circling above, joining his comrade in arms, yet Zone Fighter refused to relinquish his hold.

    Mechagodzilla’s head and arms were almost torn off when suddenly the Star Falcon crashed into Zone Fighter’s side. Zone Fighter lost his grip as he was sent flying. The alien warrior landed right on top of the Big Ben, disappearing into an inferno from Mechagodzilla’s finger missiles. Zone Fighter eventually bolted out of the blaze, but he didn’t get very far as he fell into one of the tunnels the Land Moguera had excavated during the battle. Zone Fighter desperately tried to climb out of the hole, fear coursing through him merely for him to silence those feelings. I shouldn’t be afraid of these two, he thought. They’re just-

    Mechagodzilla landed right in front of Zone Fighter and smashed his foot against Zone’s face, planting the Meteor Man back in the hole.

    Was this karma? Did he deserve this for how much pain he put monsters through before killing them?

    Zone Fighter flew upward merely for a spiral grenade to detonate across his backside as he exited the hole, sending Zone Fight flying right to Mechagodzilla who smacked him out of the air.

    It’s true he had made many kaiju suffer before killing them when he could have just finished them off, but saving humanity more than made up for that. Didn’t it?

    Mechagodzilla’s right foot smashed atop the back of the Meteor Man’s head, planting his face firmly into London’s charred pavement.

    This was karma. He knew it. He despised the Garoga for destroying his planet so much he had let that hate consume him, allowing it to spread to his actions without ever realizing it. Even against Mechagodzilla, a machine, he was trying to tear it limb from limb because he knew that somewhere, amongst all the wires and programs, was a sentient being that he could make suffer, to feel the anguish he wanted the Garoga to suffer. He had become the very beings he despised.

    Mechagodzilla’s foot crashed down once more upon Zone’s head, up-heaving pavement from the force.

    No more. He would destroy the Garoga, not as an act of revenge but as an act of justice for every civilization they wronged, to protect those that could still be protected Instead of toying with them, he would end them with haste, not out of hate but as an act of mercy.

    Mechagodzilla removed his foot, allowing Zone Fighter to turn his gaze and match Mechagodzilla’s unflinching stare with his own.

    It was time to stop fooling around.

    No way I’m going to lose to you bots, Zone thought.

    Mechagodzilla mocked the alien warrior with a menacing mechanical roar and launched another kick but Zone Fighter caught his foot and threw him down onto the ground. Zone Fighter struck several poses as he summoned energy then took to the sky. Flying above the city of London, the mighty alien warrior screamed a few words to represent the power he now possessed.

    “Double Anti-Missile Might!”

    A bright flash of light announced the appearance of his missile bracelets and the sound of thunder marked their discharge. Destructive kaiju killing missiles rained down upon the two machines. They tried to find cover but every structure under the storm either exploded or became engulfed in an intense blaze. When his gauntlets ran dry, Zone Fighter landed upon the now hellish landscape, seeing how much damage he had caused to his opponents.

    The two machines looked like they had walked through a hail storm from hell, gigantic holes and dents lining their metal frames.

    Mechagodzilla was enraged! A mechanical roar signified his fury before he discharged his entire arsenal. Every ounce of firepower he possessed fired toward Zone Fighter in one, final hellish barrage. Lasers, missiles, bolts, fire; it all clouded the air. In the seconds before the assault struck him, Zone Fighter stood his ground, determined and unafraid.

    Several of the energy rays tore into Zone Fighter, charring the weakened armor, but the Finger Missiles seemed to be drawn to his bracelets as if being pulled by giant magnets. As Mechagodzilla’s barrage subsided, Moguera moved next to his ally, opening his central dish and Spiral Grenade Missile ports to finish off Zone Fighter. With an array of sparks, Moguera first fired its chest laser, falling into Zone Fighter’s trap.

    Zone Fighter barely managed to put up his Hyper-Barrier in time, redirecting the focused beam back toward the robotic pair. A cloud of smoke overtook Mechagodzilla and Moguera, their vision temporarily obscured. Little did they know Zone Fighter had jumped over them in the ensuing chaos and was now behind them.

    With a heroic cry, Zone Fighter fired off countless stolen Finger Missiles at the two robots. One barrage tore into Moguera, blasting chunks of his armor off until a lucky missile connected with a Spiral Grenade. In a blinding flash, Moguera vanished, the ensuing inferno ensuring nothing was left of the war machine. The second barrage aimed squarely at Mechagodzilla, demolishing the alien robot’s frame. Mechagodzilla’s jaw fell off, his eyes shattered, great holes punched through his body as if were hit by a meteor shower. A final missile made its way through Mechagodzilla’s metallic cranium, blasting it clean off. With all the Finger Missiles depleted, Zone Fighter let loose a sigh of relief. Through a great cloud of fire and smoke, he watched Mechagodzilla and Moguera vanish into the blaze.

    He did it! He had won.

    Zone Fighter stood tall, nodding in appreciation for the lesson he learned fighting the pair. Now he just needed to exit-

    A thin white beam pierced through the smoke, ending his celebration as it struck the center of his chest. Zone Fighter stumbled backward and careened into a set of burning structures behind him. The Meteor Man’s gaze looked up to see the headless form of Mechagodzilla standing in a sea of fire, a glass dome where his head used to be….

    Hikaru opened both his eyes, staring at a white ceiling with a sense of defeat coursing through him. A repetitive music track gradually forced him to arise to stare at his TV, a game over screen staring back at him. Hikaru pulled himself upon his couch and turned to see his sister standing in the middle of the living room, looking at him with a look of bewilderment.

    “How did I do?” Hikaru asked.

    “Horrible,” Hotaru’s responded, clutching her forehead with disdain. Hikaru merely rolled his eyes, grabbing a nearby controller. “Brother, I really wish you could play games like normal people.”

    “It’s not a game, it’s training!” Hikaru retorted. “Besides, I nearly won. Even learned a few things!”

    “Would father approve of you jumping into our TV set and fighting fictional monsters?”

    “I’m getting stronger!”

    “You look like you were hit by a bus brother,” Hotaru snickered. “If you need to train then train with one of the kaiju at Monsterland”.

    “Machines don’t hold back,” Hikaru responded as he selected a character merely for his sister to grab a controller and sat beside him. With a cocky grin, Hotaru selected her own character. “Neither will I.”

    Each pressed ready, watching their monsters appear on the TV but before the countdown could begin, their phones vibrated, attracting their attentions. Hotaru let out a long, annoyed breath while Hikaru switched the input of the television and turned on a news station which showcased unparalleled destruction.

    Flames burned across the city of Osaka, metallic roars echoing across the skyline as Mechagodzilla walked down the city streets.

    “Try not to lose this time,” Hotaru noted with a touch of sincerity as her brother stood upright.

    Hikaru struck his signature pose and shouted, “Zone Fight Power!” Alien armor materialized across his body, but before he made another action, his gaze shifted to his sister. His hand extended, handing her his controller before he stated, “I won’t be long. Why don’t you get some training in while I’m gone? You’ll need it.”

    Without any further hesitation, Hikaru jumped into the TV and materialized instantly above Osaka in his giant form. From the high altitude he noticed the alien machine and the wake of destruction from its rampage. This time he wouldn’t fool around. Mechagodzilla would find no victory in their duel. It would not be an easy battle, this Hikaru was certain of as he felt a feeling of dread grow within his stomach.

    For if he were to lose his life here, there would be no continues.

    Winner: Mechagodzilla (Showa)

     

    K.W.C. // September 12, 2019
  • Not long after the release of Godzilla (2014), news started to come of another entry in the new series by Legendary Pictures. This time an entry that reunited the character with Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan in the next film in the MonsterVerse. It was also noted that, despite Legendary Pictures’ agreement at the time with Universal, that the movie would be distributed by Warner Bros. in the same way the 2014 movie was.

    September 4th update

    In what likely might be one of the last new updates on the title, Godzilla: King of the Monsters has been nominated for E! People’s Choice Awards in two categories. These are “Best Action Movie of 2019” and “Female Movie Star of 2019” for Millie Bobby Brown’s performance in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The winners will be announced during the E! People’s Choice Awards, which will be broadcast live from Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 10th at 9pm ET/PT.

    May 26th update

    An exclusive “final look” at the upcoming movie has been released. This 60 second compilation includes spoilers, so watch at your own risk!

    Also, a press release for the tie-in graphic novel Godzilla: Aftershock has been made available. Information, pictures, and the official trailer can be viewed below, courtesy of Warner Bros.

     

    Legendary Comics’ New Graphic Novel Godzilla: Aftershock Now on Sale in Comic Stores and Online

    Godzilla: Aftershock Cover

    Thrilling companion prequel to upcoming summer blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters pits the iconic Titan against a mythic new adversary

     

    LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2019 – Fans eagerly awaiting Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ summer’s big-screen blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters, set to hit theaters worldwide on May 31, can get a sneak peek at the monstrous action with Legendary Comics’ thrilling companion graphic novel GODZILLA: AFTERSHOCK, now on sale in comic stores and online. Continuing the story of 2014’s Godzilla after the catastrophic events in San Francisco, the King of the Monsters finds himself once again threatened as a terrifying new foe rises from the depths of the earth, unleashing a series of devastating earthquakes and driven by an unstoppable primal instinct that will test the King of Monsters like never before. Follow Facebook.com/LegendaryComics for the latest news and updates.

    “Part of the fun of working on a Godzilla project is that its massive scale demands that it be a collaboration with talented artists and AFTERSHOCK is no exception,” said Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty. “Arvid Nelson and Drew Edward Johnson have created a story that is just as epic and compelling as Godzilla’s big screen adventures. So much so that it sometimes feels like you’re flipping through the storyboards of a movie just waiting to be shot.”

    Godzilla: Aftershock Variant Cover

    “Arvid and Drew have created a riveting prequel that adds to the Monsterverse while acting as a story bridge between the two Godzilla films,” said Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics.

    Written by Arvid Nelson, with art by Drew Edward Johnson, Godzilla: Aftershockintroduces characters from the upcoming movie and invites readers to delve further into the activities of cryptozoological agency Monarch. The brilliant and driven Monarch operative Dr. Emma Russell races to stop the threat as clues emerge to reveal a terrible secret—a tragedy, of apocalyptic proportions from the distant past that changed the course of human history, is returning to threaten it once more. A shadowy figure stalks Emma’s every move as she travels the globe to uncover secrets, while Godzilla clashes in an ancient rivalry as old as the Earth itself.

    May 10th update

    The Monarch Sciences website has updated with bios for the human characters from the movie, located under “Operatives” in the top-left drop down menu. As an added bonus, once all the bios have been read, a new bio is unlocked for the film’s antagonist.

    In other news, a giant Godzilla head has been constructed atop the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood to promote the upcoming movie. At night, Godzilla’s mouth emits an eye-catching light blue glow. Mike Dougherty shared a picture of the Godzilla head on his Twitter page.

    May 4th update

    Collider has released a 30-minute recording of a press conference featuring director Mike Dougherty and actor Ken Watanabe. As the article points out, there are some spoilers discussed in the video, so anyone wanting to refrain from certain story details may want to return to this article after the movie’s theatrical release.

    Meanwhile, the official Xbox Twitter page is holding a sweepstakes, where the grand prize winners will receive a customized Xbox One X with either a 2019 Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, or Rodan skin. Rules and other information can be found in their tweet below.

    April 26th update

    The Hollywood Reporter recently released an interview with Legendary CEO Joshua Grode, who described the company’s current ambitions and projects. When questioned regarding the future of the MonsterVerse and how much “fuel” there is in the franchise, Grode remarked: “I hope a lot. I hope the gas tank is full.”

    Meanwhile, WaterTower Music has uploaded two tracks from the movie’s upcoming soundtrack. The first is Track #9: Old Rivals, which gives just a taste of Akira Ifukube in the composition. The second is a cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s single Godzilla, composed by Bear McCreary and featuring Dethklok and System of a Down’s Serj Tankian.

    April 24th update

    Warner Bros has released what’s being dubbed as the final trailer for the upcoming movie. Watch it below.

    April 22nd update

    HBO has uploaded an extended video of the movie to its streaming platform, HBO NOW. This 5 minute “sizzle reel” is the same one that aired before IMAX screenings of Shazam! (2019), showing a lengthy scene centered around King Ghidorah before playing a clip montage. This video is only available to those with a membership, and will only be on the site till May 1st.

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    April 19th update

    Courtesy of Warner Brothers, a new poster for the movie has been released. Click the image below to see the full resolution version.

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    April 14th update

    Warner Bros. has released another press release. While much of the information has been made available previously, it goes into greater detail regarding some of the staff attached to the movie.

    Following the global success of “Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.
    The film was directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Argo”) as well as Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films) and Millie Bobby Brown (TV’s “Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut. The acclaimed ensemble cast also includes Bradley Whitford (“Get Out,” “The Post”); Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water,” “Blue Jasmine”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “The Imitation Game”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Oscar nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Godzilla”), with Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception,” “Godzilla”) and Golden Globe nominee Ziyi Zhang (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
    The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
    Dougherty directed from a script he wrote with Zach Shields, story by Max Borenstein and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields, based on the characters “Godzilla,” “King Ghidorah,” “Mothra” and “Rodan” owned and created by Toho Co., Ltd. The film was produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Brian Rogers, with Zach Shields, Barry Waldman, Hiro Matsuoka, Keiji Ota, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers, and Ali Mendes and Jay Ashenfelter co-producing for Legendary.
    Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team included director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose credits include the “Hangover” films and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editors Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films), Oscar nominee Richard Pearson (“United 93,” “Kong: Skull Island”) and Bob Ducsay (“Godzilla,” “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi”); costume designer Louise Mingenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films), and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Life of Pi,” “Godzilla”). Music is by Bear McCreary (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” “10 Cloverfield Lane”).
    A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, in association with Toho Co., Ltd., a film by Michael Dougherty, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” hits theaters May 31, 2019. It will be distributed in 3D and 2D and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho; and in China, where it will be distributed by Legendary East.
    The film has been rated PG-13 for sequences of monster action, violence and destruction, and for some language.

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    April 10th update

    An additional set of TV spots – “Balance”, “Monster”, and “Ghidorah” – have been released. As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given access to higher quality versions of these teasers, the highest quality that can be found online. All three run for 30 seconds, with the “Ghidorah” teaser in particular showing even more new footage.

    April 3rd update

    Two more TV spots, “Beautiful” (NCAA) and “Run”, have been released. As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given access to higher quality versions of these teasers, the highest quality that can be found online. Both run for 30 seconds, but are packed with plenty of new monster footage and action.

    March 29th update

    Another new TV spot titled “Beautiful” has been released. As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given access to a higher quality version of the teaser, the highest quality that can be found online. It runs for 60 seconds, and features even more new footage of the monsters and Monarch.

    Meanwhile, the Monarch Sciences Twitter account has uploaded a short video showing various murals of Godzilla, and bringing up the possibility that he could be the “key to coexistence.”

    Lastly, two wall-breakers have been officially revealed by Rubies Costumes, one featuring 2019 Godzilla and the other 2019 King Ghidorah. These are expected to be released later this year.

    March 17th update

    A new TV spot titled “Intimidation” has been released. As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given access to a higher quality version of the teaser, the highest quality that can be found online. It runs for 30 seconds, and briefly features even more new footage of Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and Rodan in action.

    March 6th update

    Director Mike Dougherty shared on his Twitter page a new screenshot of King Ghidorah. This same image was also shared in even higher quality in the latest issue of Total Film magazine, which provided an assortment of new images featuring both monsters and Monarch members, as well as additional information about the upcoming movie.

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    February 19th update

    A new TV spot titled “Time Has Come” has been released. As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given access to a higher quality version of the teaser, the highest quality that can be found online. The TV spot runs for 30 seconds and features some brief new footage of Rodan, King Ghidorah, and two mysterious Titans.

    January 27th update

    Toho has released a Japanese trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which can be viewed below. It is a modified version of the second official trailer, opting to use the “Clair de Lune” mix heard in the first trailer, and runs for 1 minute 32 seconds.

    January 21st update

    A new TV spot titled “Supremacy” has been released, which focuses heavily on Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown), Godzilla, and Rodan. Toho Kingdom has been given access to a higher quality version of the teaser, the highest quality that can be found online. The TV spot runs for 30 seconds.

    January 8th, 2019 update

    A movie still featuring King Ghidorah has been released, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. The image originally appeared in an online article by USA Today. Click the image below to see the full resolution version.

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    On a side note, Tamashii Nations has released an interview with director Mike Dougherty. The article also shows some pictures of the director next to the upcoming S.H.MonsterArts figures Godzilla (2019), Rodan (2019), and King Ghidorah (2019).

    December 13th update

    Courtesy of Warner Brothers, three new posters featuring the Titans Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah have been released, as well as some brief press notes. Click the images below to see their full resolution versions.

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    Press note information:

    GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
    In 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX on May 31
    (Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)

    Director: Michael Dougherty
    Writers: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields
    Producers: Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni
    Executive Producers: Zach Shields, Barry H. Waldman, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira
    Cast: Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Zhang Ziyi
    Action Adventure.
    The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

    This film has been rated PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language.
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    December 10th update

    The second official trailer for 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters has appeared online. The trailer runs for around 2 minutes 30 seconds and presents plenty of clips with Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, as well as some teaser glimpses at what may be other Titans. As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given a higher quality version of the latest trailer, the highest quality that can be found online, which can be seen below.

    In addition, a new poster has been revealed. Click the image below to see the full resolution version. High-resolution image courtesy of Warner Brothers.

    December 2nd update

    IGN Japan has released a 30-minute recording of the Tokyo Comic Con 2018 stage event with host Shinsuke Kasai and director Mike Dougherty, where Dougherty recalls his childhood memories of Godzilla before revealing more background information regarding the movie’s monstrous cast. While the questions are in Japanese, Dougherty answers in English. Concept artwork for the monsters can be seen at around the 17 minute 40 second mark.

    December 1st update

    2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters - News RoundupEarlier this morning, Tokyo Comic Con 2018 unveiled the official designs for Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah in the form of S.H.MonsterArts figures, with 2019 King Ghidorah and Godzilla being made available for pre-order on January 9th of next year. A 2-meter-tall 2019 Godzilla statue was also present at the event. Concept artwork of the monsters and some battle scenarios were shown to attendees, as well as a brand-new teaser trailer, with director Mike Dougherty confirming that a 2nd official trailer for the movie would be released sometime next week.

    The figures of the 4 monsters can be viewed by clicking the image on the right. With a new trailer just on the horizon, the reveals for Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah have been omitted from the thumbnail so to avoid spoiling anyone wishing to wait for their full reveals likely coming in the next trailer.

    Twitter user @pacific_boy525 managed to capture the booming audio playing during the Comic Con event, featuring a modernized take of Akira Ifukube’s classic Godzilla composition.

    November 17th update

    Director Mike Dougherty has announced the end of post-production for Godzillla: King of the Monsters on his Twitter, with a behind-the-scenes image accompanying the following message: “It is done. With love and gratitude to the thousands of talented people all around the world who helped make this lifelong dream a reality. In Godzilla we trust.”

    October 21st update

    A page from the November 2018 issue of Total Film Magazine has shared both an exclusive image from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as well as a few words from Michael Dougherty regarding the upcoming movie. In the article, Dougherty describes how Godzilla has been with him since his youth, and how he wanted to create “a film that could stand on its own” while remaining faithful to Toho’s own movies and monsters – in particular paying homage to the “morality play” and Mothra’s role as a deity.

    Fortunately for the director, while he required approval for the monsters, Toho “signed off on everything without hesitation” after a somewhat nerve-wracking presentation in Japan. Dougherty also goes on to praise Godzilla (2014) and the movie’s director Gareth Edwards for the love given to the title monster, while maintaining his stance on Rodan as one of his favorites due to the flying monster being “a bit of an underdog”. On the other hand, Millie Bobby Brown chips in with a tease of a certain goddess she has come to adore: “Madison has a really, like, interesting connection to Mothra.”

    The page closes with some words from Dougherty: “I have such a deep-rooted love for these creatures. […] These aren’t just giant monsters, they’re ancient gods.”

    The contents of the article can be read in full in image format. Click the image below to see the larger version. Very special thanks to Gormaru Island for the scan provided!

    October 20th update

    In a more lighthearted update, 10-year-old Godzilla fan Nigel Ayala caught the attention of Legendary after his story made waves. Nigel was recorded back in August by FOX6 News bestowing “Godzilla power” upon the Milwaukee Brewers in the form of small Godzilla figures. As the Brewers were headed to Hollywood for the National League Championship Series, Legendary flew Nigel and his family out to their studio in Los Angeles, where the young fan was treated to a private tour of Legendary Entertainment, as well as a closed-door screening of a few scenes of 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, courtesy of director Michael Dougherty. The story can be viewed in full in the video below.

    October 10th update

    Catching up on some overlooked news, an interview with O’Shea Jackson Jr. was shared on GameSpot back in January, where the actor shared his enthusiasm on working with the Godzilla series, as well as detailing some of the physical labors he endured during filming – including the gunning down of several characters in the 2019 movie.

    More recently, a recording from San Diego Comic-Con was uploaded through Mulderville’s YouTube channel back in August. Due to video and photo restrictions at the event, the press conference upload is audio only and runs for around 25 minutes. Michael Dougherty, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. cover their inspirations and experiences while working on Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Dougherty’s relationship with Toho, character origins, and some of the main monster locations are also touched upon.

    September 26th update

    An article from Newsweek has confirmed the names of several motion-capture actors for the movie. Portraying the three-headed monster King Ghidorah will be Alan Maxson as the right head, Richard Dorton as the left head, and the previously-reported Jason Liles as the middle head. Liles will also be working as the mocap actor for Rodan, while T.J. Storm portrays Godzilla.

    September 14th update

    According to a bulletin released by the Motion Picture Association of America, Godzilla: King of the Monsters has been rated PG-13 “for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language.”

    July 29th update

    As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given a higher quality version of the latest Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) trailer. Below is the higher quality version of the trailer, the highest quality that can be found online.

    July 23rd update

    For the San Diego Comic Con’s panel in Hall H on the movie, cast members Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, O’Shea Jackson, Thomas Middleditch and director Michael Dougherty went on stage for a little Q&A. Below is this session, recorded and enhanced by Chris Mirjahangir and Michal Shipman.

    July 21st update

    Just minutes before the Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, some cast and staff of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) were interviewed live by Entertainment Weekly. While no major spoilers are spilled, each shares what brought them on board for the movie, among other details. The archived livestream can be viewed below.

    2:24 PM – The official trailer has dropped! It runs for 2 minutes 25 seconds:

    4:07 PM – It has been confirmed through the Hall H presentation that Bear McCreary will be composing for the movie. McCreary is best known for his work on television shows such as The Walking Dead and 2004’s Battlestar Galactica, as well as movies such as 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and Colossal (2017). Likewise, Akira Ifukube‘s classic music will be present in some form in the movie.

    Meanwhile, on Twitter, director Mike Dougherty shared an image of the Comic-Con 2018 exclusive illustrated poster, with artwork by Christopher Shy. The poster features Godzilla entangled in battle with the monstrous King Ghidorah.

    11:22 PM – IGN has uploaded an interview featuring director Mike Dougherty, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Thomas Middleditch, and O’Shea Jackson Jr., where the director describes how Godzilla: King of the Monsters(2019) takes place five years after the events of Godzilla (2014), the motion-capture effects of King Ghidorah, and how the monster roster consists of “more than four [monsters]”.

    July 19th update

    The website Monarch Sciences has gone live with an interactive database, which supplies many new details regarding Godzilla’s kaiju co-stars while keeping track of the titular monster himself. Users can uncover historic accounts of Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah, and are treated with new pictures and information the higher their clearance level. Such bonus content includes Monarch classifications, natures, behavior, and body height and wingspan statistics.

    A teaser trailer for the movie has also dropped, which focuses on Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) attempting to make contact with Monarch. The teaser runs for about 41 seconds, and originally surfaced on Twitter.

    Finally, the logo and tagline for the movie have been unveiled, which can be viewed below. The official Godzilla: King of the Monsters website has also been updated to accompany this reveal, with an additional image in the “Gallery” featuring Millie Bobby Brown and the looming figure of Godzilla in the background. Click the image below to see the full resolution version. High-resolution image courtesy of Warner Brothers.

    July 16th update

    Following up on the previous update, here are clean versions of the two promotional stills from the upcoming film. Click to see the full resolution versions.


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    Godzilla rises from the depths and unleashes his atomic breath to claim his crown as King of the Monsters in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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    (L-R) MILLIE BOBBY BROWN as Madison Russell and VERA FARMIGA as Dr. Emma Russell in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
    Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

    July 12th update

    With San Diego Comic-Con just a week away, Entertainment Weekly has dropped some early details for the movie, as well as revealed two exclusive pictures: The first image features the titular Godzilla, now sporting a somewhat retooled look with larger spines, firing his signature atomic breath towards the sky. The second introduces the characters Madison Russell and Dr. Emma Russell (Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farmiga respectively) overlooking something in an icy chamber.

    According to director Mike Dougherty in the article: “The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting. […] There’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.” Godzilla is said to have disappeared following the events of the previous movie, but will be making his presence known once more alongside other monsters such as Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. Dougherty also mentions how he has a soft spot for Rodan in particular, and believes they’ve done the monster “justice.”

    Regarding Godzilla’s use of his atomic breath, Dougherty describes: “Not without giving away too much […] But it takes place at a very key moment and it’s sort of a call to arms.” Also, Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farmiga’s characters are said to have been kidnapped by “a mysterious organization, with their own plans for the creatures”, with ex-husband and father Mark Russell (played by Kyle Chandler) out to rescue the pair alongside Godzilla (2014) Monarch members Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Dr. Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins). While no thorough details were shared about the follow-up movie, 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong, Dougherty did tease how there would be “bread crumbs” leading to the inevitable confrontation between the two monsters.

    July 10th update

    In an interview with Metro US, actress Vera Farmiga has shared several new and surprising details about her character, Dr. Emma Russell. In the movie, she plays a paleobiologist, who has “figured out a way to communicate with the creatures and potentially control them using their bioacoustics on a sonar level,” in what she amusingly describes as being like a “DJ for the monsters.” She also views the film as being more about the environment than about the monsters themselves: “When it comes down to it that’s what emerged to me off the written page, and so I find that there has to be a little parable in it that makes me interested.” Vera Farmiga’s character of Dr. Emma Russell will be married to Mark Russell, played by Kyle Chandler, and be the mother of Madison Russell, played by Millie Bobby Brown.

    July 7th update

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Mike Dougherty confirmed on Twitter that Godzilla will be present in some fashion at San Diego Comic-Con this year. The director’s brief confirmation was in response to another Twitter user asking whether or not Godzilla would be appearing at the upcoming event’s Hall H panel. San Diego Comic-Con will be running from July 19th to the 22nd later this month.

    12:17 PM – The Comic-Con website has included the date and time of the Warner Bros. Hall H presentation: it will be held on Saturday July 21st at 10:30am – 12:30pm PDT (1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT). As of now, no films or panelists have been announced, though with the aforementioned confirmation of Godzilla, information regarding the 2019 sequel will more than likely be presented in this time frame.

    May 23rd update

    Warner Bros. has announced that Godzilla: King of the Monsters has had its release date moved from March 22nd, 2019 to May 31st, 2019.

    May 22nd update

    Ever since the sequel to Godzilla 2014’s film was announced, it has had multiple names ever since. When it was formally announced, it was “Godzilla King of Monsters”. The “the” was left out, from what I’m told, due to a typo. It was later corrected but it was still just a working title. Fans and media outlets did pick up on the name though and the “Godzilla King of the Monsters” name stuck. However, internally there still was no cemented official title. For example, on Warner Brothers’ own media pass page (press only), it was only listed as “Godzilla Sequel”.

    So, today, as an exclusive reveal via Warner Brothers, Toho Kingdom is happy to announce the official title is: Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

    Sometimes the working title is just something so cool sounding that it sticks around. Stay tuned for more on Godzilla: King of the Monsters on the road to release.

    April 27th update

    Actor O’Shea Jackson Jr. once again shares some more information regarding Godzilla 2 in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, where he stresses the powerful presence of King Ghidorah within the movie. Talk surrounding the sequel starts at around the 5:50 mark in the video.

    Also, Rampage (2018) motion-capture actor Jason Liles joins in on the action for Godzilla 2, as shared in an exclusive article by TheWrap. Liles will be just one of several mocap actors hired to portray the three-headed antagonist, King Ghidorah.

    January 18th, 2018 update

    While on the press tour for his new film Den of Thieves, actor O’Shea Jackson Jr. gives a few tidbits about Godzilla 2 in an interview with Collider.com. The conversation about the next Godzilla movie starts about 10:30 into the video. During the video, the actor stresses his fandom for the franchise, while doing some very brief teasing for the upcoming movie.

    July 13th update

    Although promoted on their Twitter account for Kong: Skull Island (2017), some additional hints are coming in related to the greater MonsterVerse and the cast of the second Godzilla film. In particular, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah…

    The video covers a time line of the MonsterVerse from 1991 to present. It references events from Godzilla (2014) and the comic Skull Island: The Birth of Kong. The entries for 2009 and 2016, whose title for the creature as “Monster Zero” is a clear nod to Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), are references to Mothra and King Ghidorah respectively. It’s assumed that the 1991 listing that starts the video is referencing Rodan, and his habit of living near volcanoes.

    Full text during the video, which uses music from the Kong: Skull Island (2017) score, is found below. Please note some of the text is cut off in the video, and filled in with a best guess in brackets:

    1991 Isle de Mona: A covert Monarch team established a quarantine zone around a dormant volcano in Isle de Mona, under the guise of “environmental research”. Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano. 

    1995 Return to Skull Island: Monarch security officer Aaron Brooks defies his father Houston Brooks and leads an off-the-books mission to Skull Island, to determine what has become of Kong since the 1973 expedition.

    1999 Janjira Meltdown: Following an explosive disaster [at the Janjira] power planet, Monarch establishes [a quarantine] zone outside of Tokyo. What the [Monarch team discovers is] that Janjira Q-Zone is in reality containment facility established around a dormant M.U.T.O.

    2005 A Mysterious Mercenary: Former British Army Colonel and MI-6 agent Jonah Alan is locked up in Pakistani prison after an encounter with MONARCH agents. Alan and his band of mercenary accomplices were caught trying to breach the walls of a subterranean M.U.T.O. dig-site.

    2009 Temple of the Moth: Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monarch to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan province. Dr. Emma Russel and her team follow a mysterious bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple, within which lies a gigantic cocoon. A quickening heartbeat is detected inside.

    2012 Message in a Bottle: Days before retirement, Monarch veteran Houston Brooks receives a coded message from his son. The mission to Skull Island has revealed dramatic new information about Kong’s origins, and his role on the island.

    2014 The Battle of San Francisco: The existence of giant superspecies is revealed to the world as Godzilla clashes with two M.U.T.O.s in the center of San Francisco, unleashing devastation upon the urban center. The world watches as Godzilla defends our world and restores balance to the natural order. The time has come for Monarch to step out of the shadows.

    2016 Monster Zero: When Monarch discovers an extraordinary superspecies sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, Dr. Vivienne Graham leads the effort to build a covert containment and research facility around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: “The devil has three heads.”

    June 20th update

    Warner Bros. has begun to distribute a press release for the movie to celebrate filming commencing. With a brief story synopsis, the release mentions the four monsters to be included in the movie: Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah. The release also still references the late Yoshimitsu Banno, director of Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), as an executive producer. The release is found below:

    WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ AND LEGENDARY PICTURES’ MONSTERVERSE KICKS INTO GEAR AS THE NEXT GODZILLA FEATURE GETS UNDERWAY 

    Director Michael Dougherty helms the film in which stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi take on the King of the Monsters… and more! 

    BURBANK, CA, June 19, 2017 – Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).

    The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

    Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.

    Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi “).

    Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.

    June 9th update

    Actress Zhang Ziyi, best known for her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha, has been added to the movie’s cast. Acting as part of the MONARCH organization, Ziyi has signed a multi-picture deal that will see her as a reoccuring character in the MonsterVerse, as she is also set to appear in the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie as well.

    June 2nd update

    The cast for the movie continues to expand, as actor Bradley Whitford has been added to the movie. Whitford, who has acted in movies such as The Cabin in the Woods and Scent of a Woman, is also joined by another actor announcement. Thomas Middleditch, star of the TV show Silicon Valley, has also been added to the movie’s cast.

    May 25th update

    Casting news continues to pour in. This time, the director, Mike Dougherty, has tweeted that actor Randy Havens, who played Mr. Clarke on Stranger Things, has also joined the cast in an unnamed role.

    May 23rd update

    Sally Hawkins, who appeared in Godzilla (2014) as Doctor Vivienne Graham, will reprise her role in the movie’s sequel. In addition, it has been announced that Charles Dance, who played Tywin Lannister in Game of Throneswill be appearing in the movie as well.

    April 19th update

    Actress Aisha Hinds, who has been making positive rounds due to her performance as Harriet Tubman on WGN America’s Underground, will be appearing in the film in a currently unspecified role.

    March 27th update

    Casting news continues to flow in as O’Shea Jackson Jr., best known for his work in Straight Outta Compton, is now in negotiations to join the latest Godzilla film. If he signs on, he will join his Straight Outta Compton costars in the MonsterVerse, as both Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell already starred in Kong: Skull Island (2017).

    February 28th update

    Actress Vera Farmiga, best known for her work on The Conjuring and Up in the Air, will appear in the film as the mother of Millie Bobby Brown’s character.

    February 21st update

    Actor Kyle Chandler, best known for his work on The Wolf of Wall Street and Zero Dark Thirty, is set to star in the movie as the father of Millie Bobby Brown’s character. In addition, the article mentions that actor Ken Watanabe is likely to reprise his role in the upcoming movie.

    January 31st update

    Legendary Pictures has clarified to us that the title for the upcoming Godzilla movie is in fact Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The earlier press release in December was in fact with a typo that became widespread.

    Jaunary 28th update

    With the director of the latest Godzilla film locked down, it was only a matter of time before more cast and crew started to be announced.

    Millie Bobby Brown

    This includes the revelation that Millie Bobby Brown, star of Stranger Things, will have a starring role in Godzilla: King of Monsters. Details on the character she will play is being kept under wraps, but expect more cast announcements to start happening around the upcoming film.

    January 24th, 2017 update

    The director for Godzilla: King of Monsters is official. Michael Dougherty, who was already tapped as co-writer with Zach Shields, will oversee the movie. Godzilla will mark the third major directorial effort from Dougherty, his others being Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus.

    December 15th update

    Legendary Pictures issued a release announcing that Herbert W. Gains as their new executive vice president (EVP) of Physical Production, Valerie Flueger Veras as their new senior vice president (SVP) of Post- Production and Sara Flamm as their new SVP of Physical Production. Buried in the release was a glimpse of the title for the upcoming Godzilla film from Legendary, now called Godzilla: King of Monsters. The name harks back to the American title for Godzilla (1954) and the ongoing alias moniker of Godzilla himself, used briefly by the press at the end of Godzilla (2014).

    December 7th update

    As part of the press junket for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, IGN asked Gareth Edwards, director of Godzilla (2014), why he’s not directing the sequel. That response is found below:

    October 23rd update

    It was probably only a matter of time, but word has spread that after hiring the writers of Krampus the studio is now eyeing the director of that film as well: Michael Dougherty. While some sources fumbled stating it’s a sure thing, others have noted that this is still in talks pending approval of the screenplay and no official deal has been set in stone. Waiting for sreenplay approval is a natural step as Dougherty is already attached as a writer to the project. Dougherty has been directing since 2007’s Trick ‘r Treat, but whose career is primarly as a writer rather than director. If choosen, Godzilla 2 would be his most high profile directing gig.

    October 21st update

    After a five month news hiatus, Legendary has announced that two new writers have been attached to Godzilla 2. These writers are Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields. The pair most recently collaborated on the horror movie Krampus for Legendary; however, while Shields is relatively new to the blockbuster field, Dougherty has a long track record, having written on films like X-Men: Apocalypse and X2: X-Men United.

    May 14th update

    Following on the heels of the movie’s delay, it has been announced that Gareth Edwards has left Godzilla 2Reportedly the split is amicable and based largely on Edwards’ desire to work on smaller scale productions after Godzilla (2014) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Legendary Pictures is now on a hunt to find a director to replace Edwards on the film.

    May 13th, 2016 update

    Over half a year has passed and things have been quiet on the news front. Sadly, things haven’t changed much, as the only piece of news related to the awaited Godzilla sequel from Legendary Pictures is a delay to the production.

    The movie, which was originally slated for a June 8, 2018 release date, is now aiming for a March 22, 2019. As a spot of good news, Legendary and Warner Bros. did date the fourth film in the new cinematic universe, as Godzilla vs. Kong will be arriving on May 29, 2020.

    August 12th, 2015 update

    Been a long silence on the news front for the follow-up entry in the new series by Legendary Pictures. Collider got a chance, though, to sit down with writer Max Borenstein for an interview. The basis of the interview was the upcoming TV show Minority Report. However, that didn’t stop them from briefly talking about the future of the King of the Monsters.

    When asked if Borenstein was writing it now, he responded:

    “I’m writing it now, and it’s really going to be great. I don’t want to go off book and tell you anything that I’m not allowed to tell you. The response to the first film was really exciting, but now that that world is established, we can do bigger and even better things. We’re really stoked.”

    As for if director Gareth Edwards would be involved in the scripting process:

    Yeah, I hope. He’s making Star Wars right now, so he’s a little preoccupied, but yeah. Gareth is amazing. It’s exciting to get to work with him again. One of the fun things about that experience is the same fun that it’s been on Minority Report, where you really get to have your fingers in the pie.

    Nothing really new from the interview, although the news circuits have picked up the “bigger and even better things” quote and ran with it for news stories.

    Godzilla 2

    September 22nd update

    Deadline has announced that Max Borenstein, who wrote Godzilla (2014) and will write the screenplay for the upcoming Skull Island film, has been tapped to create the screenplay for the second Godzilla film from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.

    August 14th update

    News has begun to build for the tentatively titled Godzilla 2. Among those is a release date for the next adventure to star the King of the Monsters. This news story will act as a roundup to details as they emerge on the sequel to Godzilla (2014) from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros… and what a long road it will be.

    Comic Con 2014 teased the line up of the next film, name dropping Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah. We also knew that Gareth Edwards would return to direct and chances are good that, due to announcing the news himself, that Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull will produce.

    The latest news gives us a date for the film:

    June 8, 2018

    That will be over four years since the last movie, which is long for a sequel although was expected since Edwards is directing the Star Wars spin off to be released in 2016.

    Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah in "Godzilla 2"

    July 27th, 2014 update

    Details have begun for “Godzilla 2“, the follow up to this year’s Godzilla movie. Rodan, Mothra and the three-headed monster Ghidorah are joining the Legendary Pictures Godzilla franchise.

    Legendary Pictures had a big Comic Con this year. While the announcement of a new King Kong project, titled Skull Island, took a lot of thunder, the King of the Monsters had an announcement of his own.

    Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull presented a video message from Godzilla (2014) director Gareth Edwards at the Hall H event. Edwards mentioned that he was busy on the Star Wars spin-off film he was directing, but thanked everyone for their support of Godzilla and making the film a success.

    This lead into a teaser for the sequel. The segment was “classified Monarch footage”, the organization that Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) belonged to in the 2014 film. The sequence appeared to be retro, with John F. Kennedy talking about threats which would place it in the 1960’s. Text on the screen then mentions “there were others”, possibly talking about the alpha predators that Godzilla belongs to, followed by a shadow and the text “CODENAME: RODAN”.

    Next is a furry closeup of an insect with the text “CODENAME: MOTHRA”.

    Finally, there is a large shadow that it splices around before saying “CODENAME: GHIDORAH”.

    The video ends with the text “THREAT ASSESSMENT: CONFLICT INEVITABLE.” – “LET THEM FIGHT.”

    CEO Thomas Tull then announced that Edwards would be returning to direct the sequel after finishing Star Wars.

    As a side remark, the video used the name “Ghidorah”, which might be an allusion to the monster’s first, flightless appearance in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001). More likely, though, it’s just coincidence.

    NOTE: The above image was created by Toho Kingdom. It was not taken from the video shown at Comic Con.

    News // September 4, 2019