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Name: Godzilla (ゴジラ Gojira)
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Creator: Toho
Date(s): 1954 - present
Medium: films, books, cartoons, etc
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Wikipedia
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Godzilla is a major Japanese franchise.

Godzilla (Japanese: ゴジラ, Gojira in Romanji) is a fictional monster who comes from a series of Japanese films of the same name.

Godzilla first appeared in Ishiro Honda's 1954 film Godzilla and became a giant pop culture icon, making appearances in various media, including 32 films produced by Toho, four Hollywood films and video games, novels, comic books and television shows. Godzilla has been dubbed the King of the Monsters, a phrase first used in Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, the Americanized version of the original film. (Not to be confused with the 2019 film).

Godzilla is a massive mutated dinosaur who was awakened by nuclear radiation. With the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Lucky Dragon 5 incident still fresh in the Japanese consciousness, Godzilla came to be a metaphor for nuclear weapons. He was often seen as a force of nature, like an earthquake or a tornado, something humans were helpless against.

As the film series expanded, some stories assumed less serious undertones that were a little more friendly to children.

The later Showa era (1954-1974) films showed Godzilla as an antihero, or a lesser threat who defended humanity. The Heisei era (1984-1995) focused on Godzilla’s tragic past and loneliness. The Millennium era (1999-2004) themes included Japan's youth neglecting its past, devastating natural disasters and human frailty. The Reiwa era (2016 and ongoing) swung from a terrifying modern day Godzilla origin story to futuristic tales of taking Earth back from the giant behemoth.

The American Godzilla 1998 film portrayed Godzilla as an iguana mutated by nuclear tests. Many Godzilla fans frown on this film as not really being Godzilla. The creature is colloquially referred to as Zilla or GINO (Godzilla In Name Only).

The American Monsterverse series (2014 and ongoing) portrayed Godzilla as an ancient alpha predator dinosaur from a time when Earth was far more radioactive, and the bomb tests at Bikini Atoll were the cover story of Americans attempting to destroy the creature. In these films, Godzilla was a bringer of balance who arose to restore order when nature went out of order, and it’s heavily indicated that ancient humans worshiped him as a god..

Canon

Toho productions

1. Godzilla- 1954

2. Godzilla Raids Again- 1955

3. King Kong vs. Godzilla- 1962

4. Mothra vs. Godzilla- 1964

5. Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster- 1964

6. Godzilla vs. Monster Zero- 1965

7. Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster- 1966

8. Son of Godzilla- 1967

9. Destroy All Monsters- 1968

10. Godzilla's Revenge- 1969

11. Godzilla vs. Hedorah- 1970

12. Godzilla vs. Gigan- 1972

13. Godzilla vs. Megalon- 1973

14. Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla- 1974

15. Terror of MechaGodzilla- 1975

16. The Return of Godzilla- 1984

17. Godzilla vs. Biollante- 1989

18. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah- 1991

19. Godzilla vs. Mothra- 1992

20. Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2- 1993

21. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla- 1994

22. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah- 1995

23. Godzilla 2000- 1999

24. Godzilla vs. Megaguirus- 2000

25. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack- 2001

26. Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla- 2002

27. Godzilla Tokyo SOS- 2003

28. Godzilla Final Wars- 2004

29. Shin Godzilla- 2016

30. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters- 2017

31. Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle- 2018

32. Godzilla: The Planet Eater- 2018

American productions

Fandom

Fanworks

The Kiryuu Saga is a collection of Millennium era stories based around MechaGodzilla (Kiryuu in the fics, rather than Kiryu) becoming sentient.

Archives and Communities

  • Kaijuphile - a huge community hub for all things Godzilla and giant monsters.
  • KaijuGalaxy - an outlet for fans to share their creative giant monster works.

Resources

References