- 1 Name
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Origins
- 4 History
- 5 Abilities
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Video Games
- 8 Comics
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Roar
- 11 In Other Languages
- 12 Trivia
- 13 References
- 14 Comments
In Titra Studios' English dub of Son of Godzilla, the Kamacuras are called "Gimantis," which comes from combining "giant" and "mantis."
Kamacuras' appearance is heavily reminiscent of the animal it is based on, the praying mantis. Kamacuras boasts large bug eyes, six limbs (two forelimbs with large sickles and four back limbs), and a segmented body with a large, long abdomen.
In Son of Godzilla, the Kamacuras started out as Giant Praying Mantises, a species of two-meter-long mantises indigenous to Solgell Island. The mantises grew to 50 meters in size following a radioactive storm on the island caused by a U.N.-sanctioned weather-controlling experiment gone awry.
HistoryAmerican weather control experiment on the Solgell Island accidentally caused a radioactive storm in 1967, the island was doused in a radioactive rainstorm that caused at least three of the island's human-sized mantises to grow Godzilla-sized. After scaring the United Nations crew for a while, the Kamacuras uncovered and attacked Minilla's egg, breaking it open and then proceeding to try and devour the young monster. Godzilla, hearing the cries of Minilla, arrived on the island and quickly killed two of the Kamacuras with his atomic breath, but one managed to escape. Later, Kumonga, the giant spider, killed the third Kamacuras in battle when he entangled it in his webbing and jabbed it with his poison stinger. Ichiro Miki's dreams in All Monsters Attack, as a small pack of them attack Godzilla, only to be killed quickly and easily by him.
A Kamacuras later turned up on Monster Island, living in peace with the other monsters.
Kamacuras also made an appearance in the 12th story arc of Godzilla Island. In the story, Kamacuras arrives on the island under false pretenses, claiming to have escaped from an ever-growing monster army being assembled by the Xilien aliens. However, Kamacuras is already a part of that army and has arrived to set a trap for Godzilla. Ultimately, Kamacuras fails and flees.Godzilla: Final Wars, Kamacuras made an appearance as one of the many controlled monsters of a race of extraterrestrial beings known as the Xiliens. It attacks Paris and is soon confronted by the Eclair. The two clash, but soon, Kamacuras is teleported away by an unidentified flying object. Eventually, it is discovered that the Xiliens were controlling the monsters, who are returned to finish their rampages. The city of Paris and the Eclair are destroyed by the combined forces of the Xilien ships and Kamacuras. Then, Godzilla is released from Antarctica and he soon eliminates Gigan in Antarctica, Zilla in Sydney and Kumonga in New Guinea. Godzilla soon reaches the shores of Kanto, Japan, where the Xiliens place Kamacuras to battle against him. Ready to do battle from a nearby bridge, the structure is, however, destroyed by the tidal waves coming in front of Godzilla. Kamacuras flies off and disguises itself by matching the appearance of the hillside. Godzilla is unfazed by the trick, and fires his atomic breath at the hillside to smoke out Kamacuras. Kamacuras, left with no other choice, leaps forth, just in time to dodge Godzilla's ray, and readies itself to engage its opponent in close combat. However, Godzilla easily throws Kamacuras away, causing it to tumble backwards and fall onto an electrical transmission tower. The tower pierces through Kamacuras's exoskeleton and kills it.
As a giant praying mantis, Kamacuras possesses massive sharp claws. In Son of Godzilla, Kamacuras was able to use these claws to break open large rocks, mounds of dirt and even Minilla's egg. Kamacuras can also use its claws to grab objects such as smaller rocks.
Kamacuras is capable of flight. While in Son of Godzilla Kamacuras flies at a rather slow pace, in Godzilla: Final Wars the monster is able to zoom around at incredible speed.
In the film Godzilla: Final Wars, Kamacuras is shown to have the power to alter its natural color, allowing Kamacuras to camouflage and blend in with its surroundings.
- Son of Godzilla (1967)
- Destroy All Monsters (1968) [stock footage; erroneous]
- All Monsters Attack (1969)
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) [stock footage]
- Godzilla Island (TV 1997)
- Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters
- Godzilla: Heart-Pounding Monster Island!!
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour
- Godzilla: Trading Battle
- Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
- Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4) [Kaiju Guide]
- Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Kamacuras.
Kamacuras in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
ComicsGodzilla: Rulers of Earth, Kamacuras was present on the massive cave mural on Infant Island, as part of the monsters of the sky. Kamacuras made its first appearance in the series in issue #23, appearing in a flashback where it is attacked by Mothra, who unintentionally causes the death of Minette and Mallory's mother. After a brief skirmish, Kamacuras flies away and is chased by Mothra. Kamacuras at one point, was captured and copied by the Trilopods. It was held in the massive hive, along with many other monsters, but was freed by King Caesar. The mantis along with the other Earth monsters broke out of the hive into Los Angeles and joined the vastly outnumbered Godzilla in the battle against the Trilopods. After being freed, Kamacuras strangely disappeared and was not seen taking part in the battle against the Trilopods and Magita, nor was it seen along with the other Earth monsters after the battle.
- Main article: Kamacuras/Gallery.
In Other Languages
- Chinese: 卡马奇拉斯 (Kǎmǎqílāsī)
- The original Kamacuras puppets created by Teisho Arikawa for Son of Godzilla were marionettes operated by overhead wires (the same effects were also used for the Kumonga puppet and the infant Minilla puppet).
- Kamacuras, Kumonga, Destoroyah and Manda were meant to be part of the Trendmasters Godzilla toy line, but the company went bankrupt beforehand. Prototypes of Kamacuras's toy exist.
- A vaguely humanoid race of mantis creatures who heavily resemble the Kamacuras appear in the 1998 novel Godzilla at World's End, serving as guards and soldiers to the Ancient Ones and their mutated human agent Zoe Kemmering. Because of the similarities between these smaller insects and the much larger Kamacuras, these beings are referred to as 'Kamakites' by the book's protagonists.
- Due to a stock footage mistake, Kamacuras makes a brief appearance in Destroy All Monsters when Kumonga is arriving at Mount Fuji.
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