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  • After hitting several unexpected roadblocks and over a year of work later, it’s finally here – a complete translation of the story draft for Mothra vs. Bagan as seen in the Japanese publication “Godzilla” Toho Special Effects Unpublished Material Archive: Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka and His Era (ISBN: 9784048544658), where it was condensed to 26 pages. Being a draft, the story is written rather erratically, so some text was altered to make for a more coherent and enjoyable read. Also, minor spoilers, but while the site’s synopsis mentions Godzilla, he was never incorporated in this draft as he was only put into consideration at the time. Just something to keep in mind! Naturally, I’d highly recommend checking the site’s page in the link above for plenty of history and trivia. A very, VERY special thanks to Ashley Southworth for her translations in the last half of this story outline, to John Ruffin of MyKaiju Godzilla for also looking into translating parts of this story, and to the incredibly talented dopepope for his recreation of the Bagan concept intended for this work. Without further ado, please enjoy Kazuki Omori and Tomoyuki Tanaka’s lost project!

    ~ Joshua S.

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    Translations // January 10, 2018
  • After months of research, writing, translating, and reviewing, it’s finally done – a complete translation of an 11-page story summary for Resurrection of Godzilla (Tanaka Proposal) from the Japanese publication “Godzilla” Toho Special Effects Unpublished Material Archive: Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka and His Era (ISBN: 9784048544658). The text here is part story, part script, so some sentences may sound a little rough, while the events of the story take place sometime during 1980. The only noteworthy change I made from the original text was changing the name of “Bagan” to “Bakan”, to keep it consistent with what’s on the site regarding the shapeshifting monster. Oddly, while “Bagan” is used throughout the project summary, “Bakan” appears in the author’s comments several times. But for now, if you would like more insight into this story’s history, I’d highly recommend checking the linked page above! A very special thanks to Digiwip for creating the models of Bakan’s forms, his work went above and beyond anything I could’ve hoped for. This was a challenging but exciting undertaking, and I hope you all enjoy everything Akira Murao and Tomoyuki Tanaka’s fantastic story has to offer.

    ~ Joshua S.

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    Translations // January 22, 2017