Ghost Godzilla ゴーストゴジラ

Ghost Godzilla
Ghost Godzilla

Conceived By : Shogo Tomiyama, Kazuki Omori & Shinji Nishikawa / Tomoyuki Tanaka

Powers / Weapons

[1st version] Atomic Ray; invisible to the human eye; instantaneous movement; levitation; able to pass through solid objects; can spit ectoplasm from mouth to create alter egos; can freely control the environment using its bioenergy; body possession; able to corrupt the hearts of others with its evil influence; can mutate possessed victim's body into self's original living appearance or revert to host's original appearance; may leave host in a state of suspended animation when exorcised; can manifest itself into a visible Aurora Godzilla form; can physically materialize by mixing its life energy with the dust of one of its bones to become Crystal Godzilla
[2nd version] Atomic Ray; able to manifest itself without the need of a conduit

Weaknesses

[1st version] Hates the brightness of day; if without a host, its range of movement is restricted to areas where it visited when living; its conscience can be influenced by its host's will

CONSIDERED FOR

Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla (1995), Godzilla vs. Godzilla (Story Plan A) (1995), Godzilla vs. Baraguirus (1995), Godzilla vs. Chaos (1995), Bio-Godzilla (1999)

Series // Unused Character

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History

Initially created in the planning stages of what would eventually become Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), Ghost Godzilla was the restless spirit of the original Godzilla from 1954 awakened over 40 years after its death. In a proposal for "Godzilla 7" called Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla by producer Shogo Tomiyama, the 1954 (first) Godzilla was said to have been killed by the Oxygen Destroyer. In truth, the destruction of the oxygen in the water caused an instant time leap of 10,000 years to occur, destroying Godzilla's body and bones. However, its life energy remained, which scattered on the ocean floor. Over the next 40 years, the residual bioenergies would gather little by little, culminating in an unseen mass of consciousness which longed for a physical form. While the original Godzilla was more like a sympathetic wild animal, this invisible force - referred to by name as "Ghost" - was undeniably evil. The anger and pain it felt upon its death carried over into Ghost, and it held a deep hatred towards humans and their cities. Ferocious, intelligent, and devilish in appearance, Ghost would eventually find a body in Little Godzilla, causing the young monster to forcibly grow so rapidly that its skin would be tearing at the seams, as the spirit mutated the infant's appearance to mimic its own when it was alive. This new physical form, now called "Ghost Godzilla", would then set its sights on possessing the Heisei (second) Godzilla - in an attempt to become an invincible destruction god.

Following this pitch, writer Kazuki Omori would create a draft of his own using Tomiyama's proposal as a template. Titled Godzilla vs. Godzilla (Story Plan A), the name of "Ghost" would be dropped in favor of referring to the invisible force as Ghost Godzilla, who would come into being as a result of its only surviving bone being disturbed. Ghost Godzilla would cause chaos in the same vicinities it attacked when it was alive in an effort to recover its moved bone. After the huge bone is relocated to an island near the Miura Peninsula, Ghost Godzilla's attacks would cease for a time, until one night a curtain of light in the form of the Aurora Borealis would emerge off the island's coast, which would gradually take the shape of Aurora Godzilla. Using this new form, Little Godzilla's body would be overtaken, and the newly-revived original Godzilla would wreck havoc on Japan once again. The Ghost Godzilla form would not return until after Heisei Godzilla defeats the possessed Little Godzilla, wherein the giant bone of the first Godzilla would shatter into dust and mix with Ghost Godzilla's remaining life energy, giving birth to Crystal Godzilla.

Despite Omori's take on "Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla" having included a slew of different forms, artist Shinji Nishikawa wished to introduce a more dynamic roster of daikaiju to Omori's story, suggesting Anguirus be possessed by Ghost Godzilla to create a new Anguirus-Godzilla hybrid creature. Nishikawa would later incorporate the popular monsters Anguirus and Baragon in his own submission, Godzilla vs. Baraguirus. His idea included the fusing of Anguirus and Baragon into "Baraguirus", which would end up being the new host for the ghastly menace. Around the same time, artist Minoru Yoshida would propose Godzilla vs. Chaos, wherein Ghost Godzilla's bioenergy would summon the dimensional monster Chaos, resulting in a three-way battle between Little Godzilla, modern Godzilla, and Chaos.

In the end, despite several ambitious drafts featuring the vengeful apparition, the concept for Ghost Godzilla would go unutilized, though the original 1954 Godzilla would still make brief appearances in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) in the form of stock footage flashbacks.

Some years later, the idea for a ghost of the 1954 Godzilla would once again resurface, this time by Tomoyuki Tanaka for his pitch Bio-Godzilla, a movie intended to kickstart another generation of Japanese Godzilla films by 1999. While this version of Ghost Godzilla would forego possessing another in order to manifest itself, it would have still been able to destroy cities and fight other monsters, teaming up with an adult Godzilla Junior to tackle a more powerful threat. But with the passing of Tanaka in 1997, Bio-Godzilla was left on the cutting room floor, marking the end of Ghost Godzilla.


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Trivia
  • The mock pictures in the gallery have Ghost Godzilla resembling a light blue hologram in its ghost form, looking identical to its 1954 self, with all but its spines going transparent when charging its atomic ray. These images were made by Toho monster designer Shinji Nishikawa, and can be found in Koichi Kawakita's book Heisei Godzilla Chronicle (ISBN: 4873763193).
  • In its only known concept sketch created by Shinji Nishikawa, Ghost Godzilla is specifically said to have feet, and it carries a wicked, eerie smile on its face. This artwork is featured in the aforementioned artist's book Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla (ISBN: 480030959X). The "cracks" or tears on its body when possessing Little Godzilla are similar to and were influenced by Kumasogami from Yamato Takeru (1994), another one of Nishikawa's designs.
  • References to a version of Ghost Godzilla appearing in the unmade movie Bio-Godzilla can be found in the 2017 publication The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films (ISBN: 1548145254) by John LeMay.
  • Many in-depth details for Ghost Godzilla's character and some of its proposed movies were revealed in the 2017 publication Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Perfection (ISBN: 4798615811).
  • When possessing Little Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla, the monster is said to stand 80 meters (a combination of the 1954 Godzilla's 50 meter height and Little Godzilla's 30 meter height). However, in Godzilla vs. Godzilla (Omori Draft), Ghost Godzilla is said to be slightly taller than the 100-meter Heisei Godzilla.