|“||And he asked him, 'What is thy name?' And he answered saying, 'My name is Legion, for we are many.'||„|
Gamera's second foe in the Heisei trilogy, the Symbiotic Legion were a race of insectoid aliens that cultivated colossal plants which allowed them to spread from planet to planet. Upon arriving on Earth, the Legion established a flower in downtown Sapporo, but were interrupted by Gamera, who destroyed their flower and killed several of the creatures. The gigantic Mother Legion fled the nest and relocated to Sendai, where she successfully established a second flower and defended it from Gamera. Gamera prevented the flower from firing its seed into space, but was seriously wounded in the process, while the city of Sendai was completely leveled. The Mother Legion and her Soldiers made their way to Tokyo to build a third flower, with the JSDF helpless to stop them. Fortunately, Gamera was revived and flew to Tokyo and resumed his battle against the invaders. Gamera was forced to call upon a dangerous ability that required him to consume the very energy of the Earth itself in order to finally destroy the Mother Legion and end her species' assault upon the planet.
The Legion get their name from a comment a soldier made in the film; quoting the Bible, "And Jesus asked him, 'What is thy name?' He replied, 'My name is Legion, for we are many.' Mark 5:9" The full name of the species is Symbiotic Legion. The smaller Legion drones are known as Soldier Legion (ソルジャーレギオン?), Small Legion Sorujā Region (小型レギオン?) or Colony Legion Kogata Region (群体レギオン?), while the giant Legion queen is known as the Mother Legion Guntai Region (マザーレギオン?) or Giant Legion Mazā Region (巨大レギオン?). The Soldier Legion that gain the ability to fly are known as Flying Legion Kyodai Region (翔レギオン Hane Region?). When the Mother Legion first appears and possesses wings, she is known as the Sub-Adult Legion (亜成体レギオン?) or Juvenile Legion A Seitai Region (幼体レギオン?). The Legion's symbiotic plant counterpart is known as either the Legion Plant Yōtai Region (レギオンプラント?) or Pod Region Puranto (草体?). Sōtai
The Symbiotic Legion, as noted in the movie, are silicon-based alien lifeforms. Legion's exterior greatly resembles that of an insect, especially that of a Rhinoceros Beetle. The Legion do not actually have muscles. Instead, they are able to move through pressurized gas that passes through their seemingly hollow exoskeleton. The Symbiotic Legion consist of hundreds of smaller Soldier Legion (ソルジャーレギオン?), and a single gigantic Mother Legion Sorujā Region (マザーレギオン?). The Legion possess a symbiotic relationship with a giant 100-meter tall flower called the Legion Plant Mazā Region (レギオンプラント?) or Pod Region Puranto (草体?). The Legion cultivate and defend this plant, providing it with oxygen released from the breaking down of silicon compounds on which the Legion feed. After a certain point, the plant will launch a seed into outer space, spreading the Legion species to other worlds. When the plant seeds, it will produce a powerful nuclear-force explosion capable of vaporizing the entire city of Sendai. Sōtai
The Mother Legion's body structure is similar to crustaceans. Her body tissue is based on silicon and has a semiconductor-like structure. She is durable, able to withstand a frontal assault from the JSDF and resist Gamera's Ultimate Mana Blast for several seconds. She possesses usable insect-like wings that give her the ability to fly, despite her enormous size. The Mother Legion sports multiple egg-cases in her abdominal region which house Soldier Legion which she can dispatch at will. If the Soldiers are unable to protect the plant, she will guard its location. The Mother's eyes turn red when she is angry or injured.
The Symbiotic Legion arrived on Earth in a meteorite that crashed near Sapporo. The meteorite caused strange lights to appear in the sky, and also drastically elevated the oxygen levels in the surrounding air. Two Soldier Legion raided a nearby brewery, where they disintegrated the glass on the beer bottles to absorb the silicon. Eventually, the Legion congregated in the subway under Sapporo, where they attacked a train and brutally killed several passengers. In the tunnel, the Legion planted a giant flower, which grew rapidly and eventually broke up through the street and became prominently visible. The JSDF formulated a plan to place C-4 charges on the plant's roots, hoping the explosion will ignite the oxygen-rich air and destroy the plant in a fiery explosion. However, the explosion failed to destroy the plant. Suddenly, Gamera arrived in the city and destroyed the plant with his plasma fireballs. In response, a swarm of Soldier Legion climbed onto Gamera, biting through his shell and drawing blood. Before the Legion could kill Gamera, they were attracted to a nearby electrical transformer, which electrocuted them all to death. Gamera flew away to recover, but the gigantic Mother Legion suddenly emerged from underground and flew away with the JSDF in hot pursuit. The Mother Legion was apparently shot down by the air force over the ocean, but no body was ever found, only a wing.
Suddenly, the Symbiotic Legion and their queen appeared in Sendai, where a new Legion Plant had been cultivated. Anticipating the flower to seed and destroy the city in a catastrophic explosion, the citizens of Sendai attempted to evacuate in helicopters from the city's airport. As the last helicopter, on which Asagi Kusanagi was present, prepared to leave, the Mother Legion erupted from the ground and tried to destroy it. Thankfully, Gamera arrived once again and distracted Legion long enough for the helicopter to escape. The Mother Legion proceeded to brutally injure Gamera, impaling his chest with her horn and blasting off his shoulder with a plasma beam. Aware the flower was about to seed, the Mother Legion retreated, leaving the wounded Gamera in the blast radius. With no time to lose, Gamera approached the flower and threw his body in front of it just as it seeded, preventing its pod from being launched into space, but annihilating Sendai and apparently killing himself in the process.
The Mother Legion and her swarm later arrived in Tokyo, intending to plant another flower. The J.S.D.F desperately tried to halt the Legion's approach, but their weapons had no effect. Gamera, miraculously revived by the Earth's Mana, flew to Tokyo to battle the Mother Legion. Meanwhile, the Soldier Legion were lured to an electrical plant, where they climbed onto the power lines. The JSDF wasted no time in blasting the stationary Legion with missiles, eradicating them all. Gamera managed to tear off the Mother Legion's horn, but she was far from defeated and proceeded to bombard Gamera with deadly red energy strands fired from her head. Out of options, Gamera absorbed a huge amount of the Earth's Mana and opened a cavity on his chest, out of which he fired the Ultimate Mana Blast. The powerful beam collided with Legion, pushing her back as she tried to withstand it. Finally, the blast was too much and Legion was completely vaporized, ending her species' conquest of Earth.
Although the Legion do not make a physical appearance in Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, the Mother Legion's demise at the hands of Gamera's Ultimate Mana Blast is revealed to be responsible for draining Earth's Mana, allowing the film's secondary antagonists, the Hyper Gyaos to emerge in vast numbers all over the world.
- The Mother Legion can recognize electromagnetic waves of all wavelengths.
- Legion can fire a blue beam of focused microwaves that is fired from the Mother's nasal horn. It can also fire the Butte Legion by opening its horn, a beam which possesses major destructive powers, being able to destroy a manufacturing facility with a few blasts, and even put holes in Gamera's shell. It is sharp enough to leave cuts in Gamera's body. It should be noted that Gamera's hands were burned when he ripped off the top part, implying that this heats Legion's shell to an extremely high temperature.
- Legion can produce up to 100 Symbiotic Legion Soldiers an hour from the red egg chamber on the Mother's abdomen.
- The Legion's Tunneling Arms serve the role of excavators allowing Legion to burrow underground.
- Mother Legion's legs have incredibly sharp tips which are capable of cutting through many different materials, and are easily able to injure Gamera by being able to break through his shell.
- The Mother Legion has two legs with sickles attached to them. It is possible to attack the enemy from underground with them and they have a wide range of motion.
- The Mother Legion is covered in an insulating material similar to rigid silicon resin. Highly durable, to the point that it survived the Mana Blast for several seconds.
- The extra clawed limbs that form a crown around Mother Legion's head can produce different types of electromagnetic waves to deflect missiles and neutralize Gamera's fireballs. If they are damaged, however, they cannot completely counter strong projectiles.
- Using the Nasal Horn and the Interference Claws, the Mother Legion can create an electromagnetic field to counter Gamera's plasma fireballs.
- If the Mother's nasal horn is torn or blasted off, she can produce crimson laser tendrils from the resulting wound. They can move about freely and have extremely high temperatures, letting them cut through Gamera's shell easily.
Video Game Appearances
Soldier Legion and the Legion Plant are confirmed to appear in the upcoming survival RPG City Shrouded in Shadow developed by Granzella and Bandai Namco for the PlayStation 4. They will appear on the game's fourth stage along with Gamera. It is currently unknown if the Mother Legion will appear as well.
Mother Legion in Gamera: Battle
Soldier Legion in Gamera: Battle
Legion Plant in Gamera: Battle
Soldier Legion in City Shrouded in Shadow
Legion Plant in City Shrouded in Shadow
- Main article: Legion/Gallery.
- The Mother Legion is the second female monster to appear in the Gamera series, the first being Jiger. She would have been the third, if Gamera vs. Garasharp was ever released.
- The Mother Legion is by far the largest monster Gamera has ever fought.
- The Mother Legion was the last space monster to fight Gamera.
- The Mother Legion and her soldiers are the only kaiju in the Heisei Gamera series to be extraterrestrial in origin. The others, Gamera, Gyaos and Iris are all Atlantean in origin.
- One of the concept drawings for Orga's design bears a suspicious resemblance to the Mother Legion.
- The three Soldier Legion costumes used in Gamera 2: Attack of Legion were each given their own nicknames, and were named after the three members of the 1970's Japanese idol group Candies: Ran (ラン?), played by Tomohiko Akayama, Sue (スー?), played by Yoshiyuki Watanabe, and Miki Sū (ミキ?), played by Yuji Kobayashi and Akihiro Nakata.
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