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.
- 1 Name
- 2 Design
- 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 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.
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.
HistoryUnited 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. 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.
A Kamacuras later turned up on Monster Island in 1972, 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.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.
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 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.
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