Kamacuras

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Kamacuras™ copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Monster
Kamacuras in Godzilla: Final Wars
Kamacuras in Son of Godzilla
Kamacuras
Nicknames Gimantis, G-Mantide, Kamakilas, Kamakiras
Subtitle Dual Blade Monster
(両刀怪獣,   Ryōtō Kaijū?)[1]
Mantis Monster
(かまきり怪獣,   Kamakiri Kaijū?)G:TB
Species Irradiated Giant Praying MantisSoG
Height Showa: 50 meters[2][3]
Millennium: 40 meters[4]
Length Millennium: 90 meters[4]
Wingspan Millennium: 20 meters[4]
Weight Showa: 2,800 metric tons[2][3]
Millennium: 20,000 metric tons[4][1]
Forms Giant Praying Mantis (Unirradiated form)SoG
Controlled by XiliensGFW
Relations Other Kamacuras
Allies GodzillaGRoE, King CaesarGRoE, RodanGRoE, AnguirusGRoE, ZillaGRoE, Jet JaguarGRoE, KumongaGRoE, GorosaurusGRoE, BaragonGRoE, VaranGRoE, KamoebasGRoE, TitanosaurusGRoE, SandaGRoE, GairaGRoE
Enemies Godzilla, Minilla, Kumonga, BiollanteG:C, MothraGRoE, TrilopodGRoE
Created by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Jun Fukuda, Shinichi Sekizawa, Kazue Shiba
Portrayed Puppets
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Son of Godzilla Godzilla: Final Wars
Roar(s)
Showa
Millennium
More Roars

Kamacuras (カマキラス,   Kamakirasu?) is a praying mantis kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1967 Godzilla series film, Son of Godzilla.

The result of native giant praying mantises being mutated by United Nations weather-controlling experiments on Solgell Island, three Kamacuras unearthed Minilla's egg and forced the infant to hatch prematurely, attracting the attention of Godzilla. Godzilla killed two of the Kamacuras, while the surviving one continued to stalk the island's human inhabitants. Eventually, the last Kamacuras was captured and killed by an even more deadly predator, the giant spider Kumonga. The Kamacuras reappeared in All Monsters Attack, where they inhabited Monster Island within the dreams of Ichiro Miki. Kamacuras' next appearance would come 35 years later in Godzilla: Final Wars, where a single individual was under the control of the Xiliens and sent to attack Paris. Kamacuras would later battle Godzilla in Kanto, Japan, only to be easily defeated.

Name

Kamacuras's name comes from kamakiri (蟷螂?), the Japanese word for "mantis." In-universe, they are given this name by reporter Goro Maki.

In both Frontier Enterprises' international English dub and Titan Productions' U.S. English dub for Son of Godzilla, the Kamacuras are called "Gimantis," a portmanteau of "giant" and "mantis." Toho eventually trademarked "Kamacuras" as the monsters' official English name, and this name has since replaced "Gimantis" in English-language media.

Design

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.

Origins

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.

In Godzilla: Final Wars, Kamacuras is one of the monsters controlled by the Xiliens. Only one Kamacuras is ever seen, and no details about its origin are ever discussed.

History

Showa Series

Son of Godzilla

Kamacuras in Son of Godzilla
When a United Nations weather control experiment on 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 kaiju-sized. After harassing 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. This Kamacuras later attempted to attack the human woman Saeko Matsumiya, who called out to Minilla to defend her. Minilla tried to fend off the Kamacuras, which eventually fled when Godzilla drew near. This Kamacuras was eventually captured by the giant spider Kumonga after it was awakened from its slumber on the island. Kumonga injected Kamacuras with venom, killing it instantly.

All Monsters Attack

Kamacuras in All Monsters Attack
A small pack of Kamacuras appeared in the dreams of Ichiro Miki, where they attacked and were defeated by Godzilla. A single Kamacuras escaped the battle and chased Ichiro through the jungle, causing him to fall into a pit, where he was rescued by Minilla.


Godzilla vs. Gigan

A Kamacuras later turned up on Monster Island in 1972, living in peace with the other monsters.

Godzilla Island

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.

Millennium Series

Godzilla: Final Wars

In the year 20XX, Kamacuras was one of the many controlled monsters of a race of extraterrestrial beings known as the Xiliens. It attacked Paris and was soon confronted by the Eclair. The two clashed, but soon, Kamacuras was teleported away by an unidentified flying object. Eventually, it was discovered that the Xiliens were controlling the monsters, who were returned to finish their rampages. The city of Paris and the Eclair were destroyed by the combined forces of the Xilien ships and Kamacuras. Then, the Earth Defense Force released Godzilla from Antarctica, and he promptly eliminated Gigan in Antarctica, Zilla in Sydney and Kumonga in New Guinea. Godzilla soon reached the shores of Kanto, Japan, where the Xiliens placed Kamacuras to battle against him. Kamacuras perched itself on a nearby bridge, but the structure was destroyed by the tidal waves coming in front of Godzilla. Kamacuras flew off and disguised itself by matching the appearance of the hillside. Godzilla was unfazed by the trick, and fired his atomic breath at the hillside to smoke out Kamacuras. Kamacuras, left with no other choice, leapt forth, just in time to dodge Godzilla's ray, and readied itself to engage its opponent in close combat. However, Godzilla easily threw Kamacuras away, causing it to tumble backwards and fall onto an electrical transmission tower. The tower pierced through Kamacuras's exoskeleton and killed it.


Post-Millennium Series

GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters

A GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters timeline distributed at AnimeJapan 2017 mentions that Kamacuras attacked Boston and New York City in May 1999, causing 2.5 million deaths.[5]

Abilities

Claws

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.

Flight

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.

Camouflage

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.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Kamacuras.

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Before making an actual appearance in Godzilla: 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.

Godzilla: Cataclysm

Kamacuras in Godzilla: Cataclysm #1
Kamacuras finally appears in issue #1 of the miniseries Godzilla: Cataclysm. A group of scavengers are attacked by several Kamacuras while searching the ruin of Tokyo for useful items. The Kamacuras manage to kill several members of the party before Biollante shows up and kills some of the Kamacuras with her vines.


Gallery

Main article: Kamacuras/Gallery.

Roar

Kamacuras' roar is actually the screech of Ebirah, only sped up. Kamacuras's roar was originally used by the iconic Ultra Series kaiju Eleking.

Kamacuras's roars in the Showa series
Kamacuras's roars and sounds in the Millennium series

In Other Languages

  • Chinese: 卡马奇拉斯 (Kǎmǎqílāsī)

Trivia

  • 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 Kumonga 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.

References

This is a list of references for Kamacuras. 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]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 117. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 ゴジラ完全解読 (別冊宝島 2207). The Monsters That Made by Human; Page 72.
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.D. Lees, Marc Cerasini. The Official Godzilla Compendium. Random House. p. 130. 24 March 1998. ISBN: 0279888225.
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  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 ゴジラ完全解読 (別冊宝島 2207). The Monsters That Made by Human; Page 79.
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BigRandomKaiju

5 months ago
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He is kool cause he be the mantis dude.
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MosuFan2004

5 months ago
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One of my all time favorite kaiju, his design is so badass and he is so COOOL!!!
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Koopa

5 months ago
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Kamacuras's design in general is pretty awesome. I find Praying Mantises to be remarkably complex insects, but I certainly wouldn't want to find one of these on my window!
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Les

5 months ago
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Cool little monster that I'm glad was included in Final Wars, love the redesigns
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MosuFan2004

8 months ago
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I love Kamacuras!!!!!!!! His Final Wars design is so cool and awesome!!!!!
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GMKLukezilla

6 months ago
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Yeah! I really love his design in Final Wars too and it's my favorite design of Kamacuras! (at least until Godzilla: Monster Planet)
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Titanollante

9 months ago
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Kamacuras is intriguing. He's not very interesting but it's still like, "I'd like to have a figure of him."
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Deathrock9

9 months ago
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I love Kamacuras. He's actually one of my favourite kaiju.