Godzilla vs. Biollante
 Kobayashi Tatsuyoshi, Kazuki Omori, Shinichiro Kobayashi
Pencils: Kobayashi Tatsuyoshi Inks: -
Language: Japanese Release: 1990
Publisher: Shogakukan Pages: 192
Colors: - Cover: Kobayashi Tatsuyoshi
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Biollante Super-X2, Psychics, MBT-92, UH-1B Huey, Super-X,DDH-142 Haruna Class Destroyer, F-15J Jets, M6000 T.C. System, AH-1S

This adaptation of Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) contains a few notable differences compared to its inspiration.

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Anthony Romero
Released in 1990, this book contains a comic adaptation of Kazuki Omori's first entry in the Godzilla series. If one is familiar with the mangas from Shogakukan that followed, specifically Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah through Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, they will probably be pretty surprised to discover that this publication is actually pretty faithful to the movie. The few changes from the source that are present are largely derived, or inspired, from cut scenes. The most notable example of this is the ending, which uses the infamous animated sequence of Biollante "eating" Godzilla in the final battle before decending into the sky. However, the changes to the battle with the Rose form don't seem to have any parallel with what was shot for the movie, and seem to be Kobayashi Tatsuyoshi's slight touch to the material.

As for the manga as a whole, as expected the pacing is noticeably quicker, although just for the human elements. Tatsuyoshi's take on Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) is also slightly more comedic than the movie, such as Gondo casually tripping the Saradia employee as Kirishima takes the briefcase while sticking out his tongue, although these don't impact the plot in any way. In regards to the artwork, it's definitely nothing like Takayuki Sakai's work, who would pen the later Shogakukan books. Tatsuyoshi is definitely talented when it comes to portraying the monsters here, especially Biollante who looks stunning in some of the panels in her final form, although a few uneven efforts slip in. The human part of the book is less refined, though. The biggest problem is that a couple of the characters look notably similar, such as Kirishima and general Sho Kuroki, while a select few also look down right goofy, which is on account of the humongous lips he places on some of them in an effort to make them more distinct. His take on the Saradian Agent, SSS9, is interesting, though. In fact, he looks pretty suave, tough and muscular, the latter of which shouldn't be surprising as nearly all of the male characters have roughly the same build. The end result looks almost nothing like its source, save the sunglasses and stripped suit, but it's still very satisfactory as the assassin is imposing in the manga.

Overall, if one is itching for a faithful adaptation of the often hailed film, among Godzilla fans at least, this isn't a bad effort. It's not really remarkable in any particular area, save a few drawings of the two titular characters, but if one enjoys the movie enough it's certainly an amusing book to thumb through. Personally, though, I was disappointed that it didn't take more artistic license with the material. I'm sure some disapprove of Shogakukan's often drastically different takes on the movies, but for me the changes are what make the publications so note worthy and in that respect I was a little disheartened to find this one stayed so true to the script in many regards.