Shobijin 小美人 (1990)

Shobijin (1990)
Shobijin (1990)

Conceived By : Kazuki Omori

Powers / Weapons

Language conversion abilities via mental telepathy

CONSIDERED FOR

Mothra vs. Bagan (1990); Godzilla vs. Mothra (Early Draft) (1992)

Series // Unused Character

No Sound

History

As Mothra was in consideration for a 1990's revival in the form of Mothra vs. Bagan, so too were her iconic tiny fairies, the Shobijin. While the early draft of the movie featured a diverse cast of characters and a new monster for Mothra to face, the role of the Shobijin would have been very similar to the ones from Mothra (1961), wherein they are kidnapped by a person with selfish ambitions, only to be pursued and eventually rescued by the perturbed Mothra. This newer iteration of the Shobijin would have also reincorporated their psychic powers, giving them them a "language conversion ability", where they could telepathically speak to anyone while mouthing words that would have been out-of-sync with their sentences. Also, they would have been able to communicate with Mothra through song no matter their distance, even using their singing to bring about the creation of a second Mothra egg.

However, as Mothra vs. Bagan would not come to pass due to Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) performing below expectations in theaters, Mothra's twin fairies would remain in limbo for two years before being reworked - and renamed - into 1992's Godzilla vs. Mothra as the Cosmos.


Trivia
  • No known concept art for the Shobijin (1990) exists. Above is artwork of the Cosmos in concept attire created for Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992).
  • Had their scrapped movie been produced, the two would have been played by Sachiko Suzuki and Shoko Aida of the Japanese pop group WINK, as noted in several Japanese publications such as Common Knowledge of Godzilla (ISBN 4575306967).
  • Their inclusion in Godzilla vs. Mothra (Early Draft) was done solely because writer Kazuki Omori half-jokingly edited his draft of Mothra vs. Bagan in an attempt to shoehorn Godzilla in place of Bagan into the story.