Shinomura シノムラ

Shinomura
Shinomura

Length :
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

Flight; tendrils; animated severed tissue; radiation absorption

Weaknesses

Intense heat

Appearances

Godzilla Awakening (2014)

Series // MonsterVerse (COMICS)


Description

In the Paleozoic Era, roughly 250 million years ago, there thrived an ancient world of great and powerful monsters. These creatures fed off of the intense radiation that permeated the atmosphere, allowing their kind to prosper. Among them, a parasitic hunter consumed all of the radioactive-dependant prey it came across. The only obstacle that stood between it dominating the planet with its horrifying adaptations was the alpha predator. Put in its place, the parasite was kept in check, never allowed to flourish to its fullest. Among its many bouts against the alpha predator, a large celestial body struck the earth, driving all the ancient inhabitants deep into the ocean and subterranean lairs. The last fragment of the hunter fell into an underground magma chamber, where it would lay in sleep for millions of years…

On August 6th, 1945, the superorganism would find reason to return to the surface. With the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, it fed off of the radioactive residue, multiplying its cells and growing immensely. Taking flight, the creature sped off into the open waters of the Pacific Ocean, incidentally catching the attention of an old foe.

For the year that passed, it spent picking off cargo ships in the Pacific. It was upon the first sightings of this creature that MONARCH, initially a Japanese-American unit comprised of the experts and survivors of the monster’s treachery, was established to hunt down and kill the creature, which was designated as a M.U.T.O. (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism). From 1946 into the 1950s, MONARCH tracked the M.U.T.O.’s movements and assessed the damage to keep it under wraps. However, word of mouth and eye-witness accounts paved way to the rumor of a second M.U.T.O.: a beast known as “Gojira” according to Pasifikas legends.

Shinomura vs. GodzillaIn the wake of the first M.U.T.O.’s path over the years, a piece was recovered in the Philippines by MONARCH for study and experimentation. To their horror, it was discovered that the first M.U.T.O. was made up of independent macro cells that could survive on their own. Working together as a hive-mind, all the cells needed to regrow their colony was radiation. Dubbed Shinomura, it was hypothesized that the creature may have been kept in check by the alpha predator of its era, Godzilla, but could one day overpower him with the presence of man-made radiation if left unheeded.

As a showcase of Shinomura’s properties to the MONARCH higher ups, a cell was exposed to radiation and grew at a rapid pace. The second Shinomura was kept confined to its prison, scorched alive by guards with flamethrowers. However, as learned later that night, not all of the second Shinomura was incinerated. Regenerating just enough, it broke its glass seal and pulled the lever, feeding its body with lethal and unprecedented amounts of radioactivity. In a short span of time, the second Shinomura rivaled the size of the first, speeding off into the night sky.

The two Shinomuras made a rendezvous at Moansta Island, with Godzilla in hot pursuit. One of them fought the alpha predator along the shore while the other invaded a nearby village, picking off humans with its long tendrils. As Godzilla and his opponent took their fight inland, the other Shinomura participated in the fight as well. In a mess of constricting bodies and chaotic confusion, Godzilla was able to cripple one of the Shinomuras with his atomic ray and quickly dispatched it with another solid blast. The surviving Shinomura spawn fled the battle, unnoticed by nearly all but Godzilla, who followed its path.

With MONARCH now confirming Godzilla’s existence, a decision was reached to use a nuclear warhead and eradicate the ancient hunter. Codenamed Operation: Lucky Dragon, MONARCH mandated the evacuation of the nearby inhabitants while preparations went underway. As Godzilla made landfall, the bomb detonated and consumed him in a blaze of hellfire. Unbeknownst to them, Shinomura was also present in the area, vaporizing the superorganism from the sheer heat. Thus, Shinomura’s reign of terror came to an abrupt end.


Powers / Weapons
Flight

Flight

Shinomura is able to maintain flight with two large, bat-like wings, so long as it has a sustained form.

   
Tendrils

Tendrils

The swarm beast can harpoon lengthy tendrils out of its body at nearly any point. These thin, spear-headed weapons can both pierce and constrict prey and objects.

   
Animated severed tissue

Animated Severed Tissue

Each individual macro cell is able to function on its own and work together as one unit. Even a small Shinomura fragment or cell can grow into an entirely new Shinomura, which is accelerated by the presence of radiation.

   
Radiation absorption

Radiation Absorption

As a prehistoric, radiation-dependant lifeform, Shinomura can absorb radioactivity by processing it through the air or, more efficiently, by hunting other M.U.T.O.s. Shinomura can also intake man-made radiation, as seen at Hiroshima and Dr. Zamalek’s laboratory.


Weaknesses
Intense heat

Intense heat

Although Shinomura is able to grow at an exponential rate, fire has proven to keep the death swarm at bay. Whether by flamethrowers, nuclear blasts, or Godzilla’s atomic ray, heat can solidify the individual cells into a rocky formation. However, the incineration process must be thorough, as even the smallest living fragment can break off and repopulate.


Background and Trivia
  • Its name is derived from “swarm of death” (Japanese: 死の群れ).
  • Is an original monster created by Legendary Comics and Godzilla (2014) screenwriter Max Borenstein, though it was made before the MonsterVerse was properly established.
  • Its canonicity in regards to the MonsterVerse movie series remains in question, as Shinomura is neither shown nor mentioned during the events of Godzilla (2014). Whether MONARCH was made due to the appearance of Shinomura, Godzilla, or a completely different M.U.T.O. species also remains unconfirmed.