Gekido-Jin 激怒神

Gekido-Jin
Gekido-Jin

Height : Indeterminable
Mass : Indeterminable

Powers / Weapons

Resurrection; size increase; war maul; katanas

Weaknesses

Willing sacrifice

Appearances

Godzilla Color Special (1992)

Series // Dark Horse

Roar

Description

Two hundred miles southeast of Japan, on a small, peaceful land mass known as Kiryoku-shima, a demon slept. First encountered by those who came to settle on the island centuries ago, the evil being was known as Gekido-Jin. A powerful oni roughly thirty feet high and clad in garb reminiscent of a samurai warrior, Gekido-Jin once terrorized the peaceful settlers there, attacking their homes and slaying even the strongest of their warriors with ease. Time and again, the people of Kiryoku-shima would manage to overcome and destroy the demon, only for it to revive itself, forming a new body from the very soil of the island, each reincarnation bigger and stronger than the last. Just as all hope seemed lost, a lone monk arrived on Kiryoku-shima. Approaching Gekido-Jin, the monk offered himself to the beast and was promptly devoured. However, this led to the oni's downfall. With the monk having willingly sacrificed his life, his soul was able to combat Gekido-Jin's own. With the demon's spirit locked in perpetual combat, its physical form petrified, and for the next eight hundred years, Gekido-Jin remained as a statue on Kiryoku-shima.

Gekido-JinThe year was 1992. Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, was bearing down on Kiryoku-shima. The United States Navy sent an armada of battleships in an attempt to slow down or even prevent Godzilla's arrival on the island, but even their impressive firepower was not enough to deter the creature. With the ships destroyed, Godzilla continued on towards the island. Without the Navy to help evacuate the islanders, G-Force was left alone to help them at least move out of Godzilla's path. While Ookii'mune, priestess of Kiryoku-shima, allowed her people to be moved, she also informed G-Force that the island was in fact fully capable of defending itself from Godzilla's wrath. She then announced her intention to awaken Gekido-Jin from his centuries long slumber by offering herself as a sacrifice to the oni, just as the mysterious monk had done long ago.

By the time the people of the island had reached Gekido-Jin's shrine, Godzilla had already stepped foot on Kiryoku-shima and wasn't far behind. Ookii'mune stood at the oni's statue and began to offer herself to it, but before she could complete the ritual, Godzilla was angered by G-Force and a stray rock kicked up by the monster knocked the priestess out cold. With Godzilla growing closer and very little options left, Kogenta - a friend of G-Force who had been living on the island for the past year - ran out to Gekido-Jin's statue, trying to appeal to the monk's soul within in an attempt to awaken the beast. Unfortunately, his shouting at the statue had gained Godzilla's attention, and just as he began to realize his attempt at awakening the oni was useless, the reptile crushed both Kogenta and the statue underfoot.

Godzilla began to unleash his wrath on Kiryoku-shima, blasting the cliffside where the islanders were taking shelter with his atomic breath. Almost as if in retaliation, the ground began to buckle and split. The crevasse lit by the fiery depths below, an enormous form rose up from the soil: Gekido-Jin had returned. He was no larger than the statue that Ookii'mune and Kogenta had offered themselves to, but despite his diminutive size, Gekido-Jin did as he was summoned for and attacked Godzilla, striking the Monster King's leg with his mallet. Startled and angered by the assault, Godzilla incinerated Gekido-Jin with a single blast of his atomic ray. But just as the legend foretold, the oni instantly began to reform himself, even larger than before. In response, Godzilla smashed his foot through his foe, shattering Gekido-Jin to pieces. The demon began to reform again, only to again be demolished by Godzilla's ray. With the reptile unwilling to give Gekido-Jin the time to reform himself completely, G-Force knew they had to intervene. Godzilla was able to destroy Gekido-Jin with his atomic breath one last time before G-Force was able to momentarily electrify him with a lightning rod, giving the oni the chance he needed to at last fully reform himself.

Gekido-JinNow nearly just as tall as Godzilla, Gekido-Jin was finally able to offer the King of the Monsters a proper challenge. Swinging his mighty war hammer, the demon struck Godzilla in the head, flooring him with a single blow. With his foe down, Gekido-Jin tried to attack with his weapon again, only for Godzilla to obliterate the mallet's head with his atomic ray. After being momentarily knocked off his feet by Godzilla's tail, Gekido-Jin began to lure the reptile away from the populated side of the island until he began to approach a cliff overlooking the sea. Staring each other down, the two giants charged and attacked. The struggle was brief but fierce, resulting in both opponents stumbling over the cliff and falling head first into the sea.

Moments later, the two beasts emerged from the waves, watching one another, as if daring the other to make the first move. Godzilla obliged, unleashing another blast of atomic breath that, even at his current size, utterly destroyed Gekido-Jin once again. But this time, the oni did not reform. His mission, to protect the inhabitants of Kiryoku-shima from Godzilla, had been accomplished. With the island and its people no longer in danger, Kogenta's soul engaged Gekido-Jin's in spiritual combat, reducing the demon to its smaller, statue-like state once again. Thinking himself the victor, Godzilla swam onward, leaving the island behind.

Sadly, though he would forever be known as a hero to the people of Kiryoku-shima, with Gekido-Jin's statue now resting at the bottom of the sea, Kogenta's soul was doomed to remain in torment for the rest of time.


Powers / Weapons
Resurrection

Resurrection

Though Gekido-Jin was a fearsome opponent, he was not indestructible. Whenever his foes were able to slay him, the demon was able to use the soil of Kiryoku-shima to revive himself and reconstruct his body without a sign of any previous injuries.

Whether this ability could be performed with soil from any location, or if it had to be soil specifically from Kiryoku-shima, is unknown.

   
Size Increase

Size Increase

Not only could Gekido-Jin resurrect himself with the soil of Kiryoku-shima, but every time he did so he would come back even larger than his previous incarnation, allowing him to physically overpower whomever had destroyed his last body.

This ability would not only increase the size of the oni but also his weapons: a giant war maul and katanas.

   
War Maul

War Maul

This enormous hammer was Gekido-Jin's main melee weapon. The oni was rarely seen without it, to the point one could almost call it an extension of himself. The giant maul was strong, capable of knocking Godzilla off his feet with a single swipe, but like the demon himself, was still susceptible to being destroyed by the reptile's atomic ray.

Interestingly, once Gekido-Jin had been awakened by Kogenta, the panel on the sides of the maul's head featured the image of Godzilla's likeness, while in the flashbacks of the demon terrorizing the villagers of Kiryoku-shima, this same panel is entirely blank. This suggests, through some supernatural means, that from now on Gekido-Jin's maul will always feature the face of the being he has been summoned to defeat or protect people from, perhaps as a way of marking his target.

   
Katanas

Katanas

A pair of katana hung on Gekido-Jin's belt, though the oni never attempted to wield the weapons during his fight against Godzilla.


Weaknesses
Willing Sacrifice

Willing Sacrifice

If a human being who possesses an incredibly strong will sacrifices their life willingly to Gekido-Jin, their soul can then engage the demon's own in a form of spiritual combat. As long as his soul is locked in combat in this manner, Gekido-Jin will forever remain in a lifeless, petrified state. Alternatively, a willing sacrifice can also be used to awaken Gekido-Jin from his long slumber and use the oni to accomplish a specific task. Once the task is complete, the soul of the new sacrifice can then recall Gekido-Jin, immediately returning the demon to his statue-like form.


Background and Trivia
  • Created by Arthur "Art" Adams and Randy Stradley.
  • Gekido-Jin's name ('gekido'/激怒 = rage or fury, 'jin'/神 = god or deity) roughly translates to "Furious God."