Spirit Orochi スピリッツオロチ

Spirit Orochi
Spirit Orochi

Length :
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

Constricting coils

Weaknesses

Statue of Orochi; sake

Appearances

Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1 (2016)

Series // IDW

Roar

Description

Long ago in 1274, the ruthless Dragon-Master Zhenjin Khan rode upon the seas of Feudal Japan seeking to wholly destroy the country, its people, and its culture. The tyrannous warlord was accompanied by nine hundred Mongol ships carrying forty thousand warriors sent by the conqueror of China, Kublai Khan, as well as two giant monsters: Gigan, a cyborg creature equipped with a stomach buzzsaw and hooked claws for hands; and Megalon, an insectoid beast capable of firing lightning from its forehead horn and fireballs from its metallic mandibles.

With such strength impossible to overcome through conventional means, Daichi Sensei enlisted the help of the samurai Gorou Suda, leader of the Suda clan, and the ninja Akio, folk hero of the Bamboo Forest, to set aside their rivalry in order to journey together on a perilous quest. Traversing dangerous long forgotten lands, combating human-like lizards roused by the sounds of the war, and climbing the steep, winding paths of mountains, the two were tasked with awakening a monster of their own in order to stand a chance against Zhenjin Khan's unstoppable forces - a legendary beast said to be as formidable as it was ancient. Time was of the essence, however, as all of Japan's bravest warriors fought to the death at Hakata Bay, slowing the advancement of the Mongol forces in hopes that they would be avenged through the successful return of their saviors.

Spirit OrochiUpon reaching the summit of Mount Purotekuta and killing a swarm of ambushing Heikegani crabs, Gorou and Akio discover the entrance to the fabled Shobijin Temple, where Daichi claimed the salvation of Japan was said to rest. As Akio questioned whether the Heikegani were the temple's only guardians, the massive form of Yamata no Orochi erupted from the top of the mountain. Its eyes caught sight of the two warriors, who were clueless on how to combat such a colossal beast. Suddenly, a pair of fairies called the Cosmos appeared in a radiant light, beckoning the aid of Gorou while requesting Akio keep the eight-headed monster at bay. With her arrows now carrying the power of Mothra, Akio fired upon one of Orochi's heads, the arrow bursting into a bright, fiery symbol. Orochi, relatively unphased, continued to writhe about among the rocks as Gorou entered the Shobijin Temple. Unbeknownst to everyone, hidden somewhere deep within the foggy shadows of the mountains, the body of an even more dangerous creature began to stir...

Following the guidance of the Cosmos, Gorou reached the end of the temple and discovered a green statue in the form of Yamata no Orochi, which granted the holder the power to tame the serpent. With Orochi under control, it would be possible for Japan to bring about victory, and repel the Mongol invaders. Gorou rushed out of the temple, relic in hand, and Orochi immediately calmed at the presence of its new master. But just as Gorou commanded the monster to follow them back to Hakata Bay, Orochi was struck by the blue beam of another monster, one Akio had only heard of in legend - Gojira!

Attracted by the commotion caused between Akio and Orochi, Godzilla was quick to challenge the multi-headed dragon to battle - and just as quickly as Orochi had clamped down on Godzilla's hide, the radioactive giant grabbed two of Orochi's necks, heaving the mighty serpent over his shoulder into the rocky earth, and finished it off in a torrent of atomic breath. With their only hope for salvation slain, Akio improvised, provoking Godzilla into following them back to Hakata Bay, eventually leading to the defeat of the Mongol army and freeing Gigan and Megalon from their mind control. Gorou then grasped the statue of Orochi, lamenting over the fact that the power of Godzilla was untameable, and crushed the relic as it crumbled apart into pieces in his hand. However, Akio reassured Gorou that if the Mongols were to ever return, they would face them again together.


Powers / Weapons
Constricting coils

Constricting coils

Sporting eight long necks and eight tails, Spirit Orochi is capable of constricting its opponent with its flexible appendages while biting down with its sharp teeth.


Weaknesses
Statue of Orochi

Statue of Orochi

A green relic capable of taming Spirit Orochi. While normally wild, Spirit Orochi will obey anyone who holds its statue without hesitation.

   
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Sake

Much like its mythological progenitor, Spirit Orochi cannot resist the alcoholic beverage, sake. This weakness is never exploited, however.


Background and Trivia
  • Its name comes from an interview with Matt Frank featured in the Japanese publication, Tokusatsu Hiho Vol. 6 (ISBN: 4800312493), with the interview largely centered around the topic of Yamato Takeru (1994). Unable to use the movie design from the aforementioned movie, Matt instead designed a new iteration of the monster dubbed “Spirit Orochi” to combat Godzilla. Matt's love of Japanese mythology, as well as his affinity for Utsuno Ikusagami as being one of his favorite tokusatsu characters, is also discussed.

    In the comic, the characters and narration refer to the eight-headed serpent in both Japanese and English by its traditional name (八岐大蛇 - Yamata no Orochi).
  • Its weakness for sake was revealed by Matt Frank in a brief online conversation with site staff, "which is accurate to the classic myths." There is also an implication that the monster has "many powers but we never get to see that." Special thanks to Matt Frank for sharing this information, as well as providing a piece of Spirit Orochi concept art and the textless versions of the images seen throughout the article.
  • In the comic, its statue is referred to in Japanese as the "idol of Yamata no Orochi" (偶像の八岐大蛇 - Guzo no Yamata no Orochi).