Heisei era

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Film Eras

The Heisei series (平成シリーズ,   Heisei shirīzu?) is a term used to identify films produced during the current political era of Japan, the Heisei era or Heisei period. The Heisei series is named after the political Heisei era in Japan, which started in 1989 with the ascension of Emperor Akihito to the throne, and continues to this day. Technically, the Millennium and MonsterVerse Godzilla films are also part of the Heisei era due to being released during the political Heisei period, but are considered to be separate series from the Heisei series due to coming after hiatuses in the Godzilla franchise and not following the same continuity.

Other major kaiju franchises have not followed this convention despite having similar hiatuses; for example, Gamera the Brave is considered to be a part of the Heisei series, despite being released seven years after the previous film, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris. It is important to note that Gamera the Brave is not part of the same continuity as the Heisei Gamera trilogy, and its events are completely unrelated to the events of the previous three films.


Godzilla Series

The Godzilla Heisei era lasted from 1984 to 1995. The Godzilla Heisei era was also nicknamed the VS Series (VSシリーズ,   Buiesu shirīzu?, lit. Versus series) in Japan, due to the word VS (Buiesu) being featured in most of the films' titles. The Heisei era of Godzilla films follows a different continuity from the Showa films, ignoring every movie except the original 1954 Godzilla. The Heisei series ran for a total of seven films, with the last film, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, intended to be the final Japanese Godzilla film for a period of at least ten years, while TriStar Pictures was expected to produce a trilogy of American-made Godzilla films in that time frame. The series was brought out of retirement by Toho early in 1999 following the poor reception to TriStar's 1998 American Godzilla film, thus beginning the Millennium series of Godzilla films.

Gamera Series

The Gamera Heisei series began in 1995 with the release of Gamera: Guardian of the Universe and ended in 2006 with Gamera the Brave. The first three Heisei Gamera films were directed by Shusuke Kaneko and all share continuity, while Gamera the Brave was released much later by Kadokawa and is a standalone film unconnected to the continuity of the trilogy.

Mothra Series

Mothra received her first standalone film since the original Mothra in 1996 following the temporary close of the Godzilla series. The Rebirth of Mothra trilogy lasted from 1996 to 1998.

Monsters Introduced

Godzilla Series

Gamera Series

Mothra Series


  • Technically, The Return of Godzilla was released during the Showa era rather than the Heisei era, but is considered part of the Heisei series due to being the beginning of a new series and sharing continuity with the Heisei films that followed it.
  • It is a common misconception that Gamera the Brave is counted as part of the Millennium series. The Millennium Series only applies to the Godzilla series, as the rest of Japan is still in the Heisei era. In Japan, Gamera the Brave is sometimes referred to as the "Shinsei version" (新生版,   Shinsei-ban?) to distinguish it from the trilogy. It is currently unknown as to how the upcoming Gamera film will fit into this trend, and whether it will start a new era or be another standalone film.
  • No Godzilla monster introduced in the Heisei series reappeared in the Millennium era, with the exception of the adult Godzilla Junior appearing through stock footage in the opening of Godzilla: Final Wars.
  • Godzilla monsters from this period were generally very large; much larger than monsters from the Showa era. Most of Godzilla's opponents were at least 20 meters taller than him.
  • The Heisei era set several records in various statistics for Toho's kaiju at the time; some of these records have been surpassed by later films, while others remain current.
    • SpaceGodzilla's flying form and Biollante's final form are the heaviest kaiju on record respectively, not counting Bagan from the video game Super Godzilla.
    • The 1991 incarnation of King Ghidorah is the tallest version of King Ghidorah, as well as the tallest Toho kaiju, along with Bagan.
    • The incarnation of Godzilla from 1991 to 1995 was the tallest version of him to appear in a film produced by Toho until 2016, when it was exceeded by the Godzilla in the film Shin Godzilla.
    • Destoroyah is the oldest kaiju on record, being from the Precambrian era.
  • This is the second era to have a series in a complete continuity. The first being the Showa era, while the Millennium era only had separated continuity throughout most films.
  • In this era, almost all the monsters Godzilla faces can fly, the sole exception being Biollante, who is still able to travel through the air in the form of energy spores.
  • All of the Heisei Godzilla films either end with Godzilla falling into a natural object of some sort (either a volcano or the ocean) or wading out to sea. The only exception is Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, which simply ends on a shot of Godzilla Junior having matured into an adult and taking his father's place following his death.
  • In the Heisei Gamera trilogy, all of Gamera's opponents can fly. The only monster in the entire Gamera Heisei era thus far that is unable to fly is Zedus.
  • The Heisei era of Godzilla films introduced a filming technique where shots of the set were blended into footage of cities from ground level. While this did provide an ability to save money in building massive sets and also was an easy way to introduce a sense of scale, it meant that in many scenes people can be seen casually walking or even driving vehicles while the kaiju rampages nearby. This is especially evident in some of the Haneda Airport scenes in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, where a Boeing 747 that belongs to ANA can actually be seen taxiing towards the runway whilst Destoroyah flies into the air, pulling Godzilla along.[2]

See Also


This is a list of references for Heisei era. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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2 months ago
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The Heisei era is over-rated.


4 months ago
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This is my least favorite series


5 months ago
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My favourite era.


9 months ago
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Here are my thoughts on the 7 Godzilla movies from the Heisei era and the 1998 American Godzilla movie. It's been a while since I've watched The Return of Godzilla, but from what I remember, it's pretty good and an alright start to the Heisei series, even if it is technically a Showa movie. It gets a 7/10.

Godzilla vs. Biollante is my favourite Heisei Godzilla movie and in my opinion, one of the more underrated Godzilla movies. I give it a 9/10.

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is a very good movie though I'm still confused by the Futurians becoming responsible for Godzilla becoming Godzilla. I accept it happened but I still find a bit confusing. Despite this, the movie gets a 9/10.

Unfortunately, the next movie is absolute rubbish in my opinion. I hate Mothra's design in Godzilla vs. Mothra and it's very boring. Even the final fight manages to be boring! The only cool thing about this movie is Battra. This movie gets a 3/10.

Fortunately Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2 is a much better movie. It is one of the few movies to feature Rodan where I actually like him and though the MechaGodzilla design is pretty goofy, the fight is still good and he's a worthy foe for Godzilla. I give it a 7/10.

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is a good movie but there are many flaws with it. Moguera's new design isn't anything to write home about, Little Godzilla looks like a chibi version of Godzilla for some reason (though he is still really adorable) and SpaceGodzilla is a very uncreative name. He's an awesome villain though. I feel the movie also drags at points. It gets a 6/10.

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is a fantastic movie and a great end to the Heisei series. The DesuGoji design is perfect, Godzilla Junior finally looks like his dad and Destoroyah is an awesome villain. the final fight is awesome and the scene where Godzilla dies is actually kind of sad. I'd give it a 9/10.

Godzilla 1998 doesn't really fit into the Heisei series but it was made during the Heisei period and came before the Millennium era (due to being responsible for its very existence). The film is entertaining as a monster action movie to sit back and eat popcorn to, but it isn't a good Godzilla movie. I actually like Godzilla's design though I am happy that Godzilla 1998 eventually became Zilla in 2004 (though the 1998 version is still Godzilla). I give it a 5/10. It's not bad, but it's not good.


7 months ago
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Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II is my favorite Godzilla movie.