Minilla

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Minilla™ copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Monster
Minilla in Godzilla: Final Wars
Minilla in Destroy All Monsters
Minilla
Nicknames Minira, Minya, Milla
Subtitle Naughty Prince
(わんぱくプリンス,   Wanpaku Purinsu?)[1][2]
Son of Godzilla
(ゴジラの息子,   Gojira no Musuko?)[3]
Little Child Monster
(ちびっ子怪獣,   Chibi-ko Kaijū?)GFW[3]
Species Irradiated Godzilla Infant
Height Showa
13 meters (At birth)SoG[3][4]
18 metersSoG-AMA[3][4]
Millennium
1.6 meters (Human Size)GFW[3],
20 metersGFW[3]
Weight Showa
1,800 metric tons (At birth)SoG[2][3][4]
3,000 metric tonsSoG-AMA[2][3][4]
Millennium
200 kilograms (Human Size)GFW[3]
5,000 metric tonsGFW[3]
Forms HatchlingSoG, Human SizeAMA, GFW
Controlled by KilaaksDAM, TonchikiG!G
Relations Godzilla (Father), Tonchiki (Creator)G!G
Allies Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, Varan, Gorosaurus, KumongaDAM, Baragon, Manda, TonchikiG!G, MaohG!G
Enemies Kamacuras, Kumonga,
King Ghidorah, Gabara, GreenmanG!G
Created by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Jun Fukuda,
Shinichi Sekizawa, Kazue Shiba
Portrayed ShowaMasao Fukazawa,
Midori Uchiyama (Voice)AMA
MillenniumNaoko Kamio
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Son of Godzilla Godzilla: Final Wars
Roar(s)
Showa
Greenman
Millennium
More Roars
Godzilla says that I should learn to fight my own battles, y'know. „ 

— Minilla (Godzilla's Revenge)

Minilla  (ミニラ,   Minira?) is an infant Godzilla kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1967 Godzilla film, Son of Godzilla.

An infant member of Godzilla's species, Minilla emitted a distress signal from his egg on Solgell Island, attracting Godzilla to the island. When Minilla's egg was broken open by three Kamacuras, Godzilla arrived and rescued him. Godzilla went on to raise Minilla as his son and trained him to take up his mantle. Minilla eventually used the knowledge he learned from Godzilla to save his father's life in battle against Kumonga. In Destroy All Monsters, Minilla lived with his father on the human-monitored Monsterland at the end of the 20th century. Minilla was initially nowhere to be seen after the Kilaaks invaded the island and unleashed the monsters across the globe, but later did appear to assist Godzilla and the other Earth monsters in battle against King Ghidorah. In All Monsters Attack, Minilla appeared in the dreams of Ichiro Miki, befriending him and helping him learn to stand up for himself. Minilla also made an appearance in Toho's tokusatsu program Go! Greenman, where he was a creation of the villain Tonchiki and sent to do battle with Greenman. Minilla returned in Godzilla: Final Wars, the final entry of the Millennium series, where he traveled with a young boy and his grandfather to Tokyo so he could reunite with Godzilla. A different version of Godzilla's son, Godzilla Junior, was featured in the Heisei series films in place of Minilla.

Name

Minilla's Japanese name, "Minira," is a combination of mini, meaning small, and Gojira, (ゴジラ?) the Japanese name for Godzilla.

"Minilla" is Minilla's official English name, while "Minya" and "Milla" are alternate translations used in English dubs.

Design

The son of Godzilla, Minilla resembles a smaller, pudgy version of his father. His snout is slightly upturned and his eyes are larger and placed further forward on his head, giving him a more human-like appearance. The dorsal plates on his back are small and undeveloped, and he also lacks the charcoal gray coloration of his father. In the Showa series, Minilla's entire body is a light gray color, the only exceptions are the mouth, which is pink, as well as his eyes and teeth, which are white.

In Godzilla: Final Wars, Minilla retains some superficial features from his Showa appearance, such as the eye brows, the short snout and a similar overall color. Unlike the Showa Minilla, his body is more green in color and he has irises on his eyes, more noticeable dorsal fins, a peach-like light green color on his belly and the underside of the hands, claws, and multiple teeth.

Personality

Minilla is notably much more friendly with humans than any of the other Showa Godzilla monsters, and once appeared in the dreams of a troubled boy in order to give an example of how to deal with bullying and other childhood issues. He is also very playful, enjoying such games as kicking large boulders and jumping over or riding on his father's tail. While he is usually fearful of other monsters, he occasionally shows courage when defending his human friends, although more often than not he is outmatched by other monsters.

Minilla's role in Godzilla: Final Wars was unchanged from the Showa series, as he was very friendly towards humans, especially towards children. He also interceded on behalf of humanity to Godzilla, prompting Godzilla to end his war with the human race.

Origins

Minilla is an infant member of Godzilla's species. In both the Showa and Millennium series, it is unclear if Godzilla is Minilla's biological father or if he simply adopted him. In Son of Godzilla, Minilla hatches from an egg on Solgell Island after it is broken open by the Kamacuras. In Godzilla: Final Wars, Minilla appears near Mount Fuji with no explanation as to his origins.

In the television series Go! Greenman, Minilla is a creation of the villainous Tonchiki as part of his quest to retrieve the blood of children for his master Maoh.

History

Showa Series

Son of Godzilla

Minilla in Son of Godzilla

Minilla was an infant member of Godzilla's species inside an egg buried on Solgell Island. He began emitting a brain wave to call out for Godzilla, which interfered with the scientific equipment of a team of United Nations scientists on the island and caused their weather-controlling experiment to malfunction and trigger a radiation storm. The storm mutated the island's native giant mantises into huge kaiju dubbed Kamacuras, which dug up Minilla's egg and broke it open, intending to eat the hatchling. Fortunately, Godzilla arrived on the island and confronted the Kamacuras, killing two and forcing the third one to retreat. The recently-hatched Minilla came to befriend a human woman living on the island, Saeko Matsumiya, who fed him fruit and gained the ability to summon him with her call. Godzilla decided to raise Minilla as his son and train him to take up his mantle. Godzilla and Minilla took up residence next to a boiling red lake on the island, where Godzilla attempted to teach Minilla how to use his atomic breath. Minilla could only breathe pitiful smoke rings, but Godzilla found that when he stepped on his tail, Minilla fired a full atomic beam. When Saeko was threatened by the surviving Kamacuras, Minilla rushed to her rescue, but could not fight off the Kamacuras. Godzilla soon arrived, and Kamacuras promptly retreated. However, during the struggle Minilla accidentally knocked a boulder into the valley of Kumonga, a giant spider, awakening it.

While his father was asleep, Minilla began to wander the island, only to be ensnared in Kumonga's webbing, along with Kamacuras. Kumonga instantly killed Kamacuras by injecting it with venom, then prepared to do the same to Minilla. Minilla cried out for help, rousing Godzilla from his sleep. Godzilla arrived and attacked Kumonga, but found himself fighting a losing battle against the huge arachnid. Just as Kumonga prepared to move in for the kill, Minilla unleashed his atomic breath at the beast. Godzilla and Minilla then combined their atomic breath and set Kumonga ablaze, seemingly killing it. In the meantime, the U.N. scientists successfully executed their weather experiment, causing a snowstorm to form over the island. Godzilla and Minilla attempted to reach the ocean before Solgell Island froze over, but Minilla fell in the snow and began to fall asleep. Rather than abandon his son, Godzilla went back and embraced Minilla, falling into hibernation with him.

Destroy All Monsters

By the end of the 20th century, Minilla was living with his father and several other kaiju on the human-monitored Monsterland in the Ogasawara Islands. When the Kilaaks assaulted the island and took control of its monster inhabitants, Minilla vanished and was not seen attacking any of Earth's cities. After the crew of the Moonlight SY-3 destroyed the Kilaaks' mind control device on the Moon, Minilla was the first monster to arrive at Mount Fuji to assault the invaders' Earth base. Minilla was joined by his father and the rest of the Earth monsters as they closed in on the aliens' base. However, the Kilaaks unleashed King Ghidorah as their final defensive measure to attack the monsters. Minilla took part in the battle against King Ghidorah alongside Godzilla, Anguirus and Gorosaurus, and managed to deliver the killing blow to the space monster by strangling his last living neck with a smoke ring. After Godzilla obliterated the Kilaaks' base, Minilla was returned to Monsterland with the rest of the monsters to live out his days in peace. Minilla was seen standing next to his father as a group of humans observed the island from a helicopter.

All Monsters Attack

When Ichiro Miki dreamed of visiting Monster Island, he found himself chased by a Kamacuras, eventually tripping and falling into a pit. Minilla, having shrunk to human size, lowered a vine into the pit and rescued Ichiro. Minilla told Ichiro how he was often lonely living on the island, with his father spending most of his time fending off the other kaiju. Minilla was also constantly harassed by a monster called Gabara, who liked to bully him. Godzilla would not fight Gabara for Minilla, as he believed Minilla should learn to defend himself. Ichiro helped build Minilla's confidence and the two worked together to spring a trap for Gabara. The trap worked and Minilla successfully beat Gabara. Godzilla arrived to congratulate his son, but the enraged Gabara bit Godzilla, sending him into a furious rage. Godzilla held Minilla back and personally beat Gabara into submission, sending him fleeing into the jungle. Ichiro then awoke from his dream, and using the lessons he had learned from Minilla, was able to escape from two bank robbers who had kidnapped him.

Go! Greenman

Minilla in Go! Greenman
An evil darker Minilla appeared in episode 46 of the series Go! Greenman. The Minilla suit in this show is brand new, looks very cheaply built, and is not an actual suit from any of the Godzilla films. He also possesses charcoal black skin similar to Godzilla's and very large hands which make him more clumsy. This eviler Minilla was the fourty-fifth monster to battle Greenman. He was sent with Tonchiki to get children's blood for Maoh as always, but the infant proved to be a pain. Just like a human baby, Minilla needed constant attention, and even needed to drink from a huge bottle. Eventually, the kids called Greenman with their Calls and the two fought. After a short battle, the monster grew and began menacing a city. He chewed a radio antenna off of an office block's roof and used it as a pacifier. Greenman moved in for a few blows while Minilla was distracted, and they fought once more. Mid-battle, Greenman attempted to grab Minilla's antenna pacifier, but resulted in the monster angrily throwing him into a building. They continued to fight and Minilla managed to beat Greenman to the ground. After a few more attempts at grabbing the pacifier, Greenman managed to pull it out of the infant's mouth. This caused the monster to fall to the ground and begin "crying". Greenman was ready to blast Minilla with his Breaster attack, but decided not to as he felt bad for it. But, Minilla ended up being killed at the hands of his own creator, for failing his mission.


Millennium Series

Godzilla: Final Wars

In the year 20XX, Minilla was encountered by the young boy Kenta while he and his grandfather were hunting in the forest near Mount Fuji. Minilla joined the two in their truck, which they used to drive to Mt. Fuji to witness Godzilla's battle with Anguirus, Rodan, and King Caesar. Upon witnessing this battle, Minilla's height sprung up to 45 meters. Minilla then traveled to Tokyo in the aftermath of Godzilla's battle with Keizer Ghidorah. When he arrived, he convinced Godzilla to let go of his hatred of the human race and spare the crew of the Gotengo. Godzilla then returned to the sea with Minilla, who fired a full blast of atomic breath into the sky before departing.

Abilities

Minilla's main weapon is atomic smoke rings. These smoke rings, while significantly weaker than his father's atomic breath, can interact with physical objects and tighten around opponents to injure or even strangle them. Minilla also learned to use a true atomic breath in Son of Godzilla. Minilla also has the ability to communicate with his father over great distances by broadcasting a brainwave pattern over radio frequencies. This ability interferes with other radio transmissions in its vicinity. This signal has the ability to disrupt other forms of electrical transmission such as radar and radio. In Godzilla: Final Wars, he was shown firing an atomic ray at the very end of the film.

In All Monsters Attack, Minilla is depicted as having the ability to shrink down to human size, and could also talk. This is indicative of the fantasy element of this film, in which Minilla only appears in the dreams of a young boy.

In Go! Greenman, Minilla also had the ability to shrink or grow, but was only allowed to do so when commanded by his master Maoh. Also in the series, Minilla was fairly strong.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

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

Gallery

Main article: Minilla/Gallery.

Roar

Some of Minilla's vocalizations in the Showa series are actually recycled from the shriek of the Giant Condor from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. In Go! Greenman, Minilla used the Ultra Series kaiju Gesura's roars.

Minilla's roars in the Showa series
Minilla's roars in Godzilla: Final Wars

In Other Languages

  • Russian: Минилла
  • Chinese: 迷你拉 (Mínǐlā)

See Also

References

This is a list of references for Minilla. 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. Godzilla Toho Giant Monster Pictorial Book. Shogakukan. p. 62. 1 April 2005. ISBN: 4-09-280052-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Common Knowledge of Godzilla. Futabasha. pp. 45, 51, 55. 6 July 2014. ISBN: 978-4-575-30696-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. pp. 49, 51, 57, 117. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Official Godzilla Compendium. Profiles of the Monsters; Page 126.

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Deathrock9

2 months ago
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Minilla Calendar
So according to Toho, who officially licensed this 50th Anniversary Minilla Calendar, Minilla is the same character as Godzilla Junior, the Godzillasaurus that becomes Heisei Godzilla and the first three ShinGoji forms (but not the fourth form or the fifth humanoid form). What even is this calendar? Did they really not have 12 images of Minilla to put on this calendar? How can Minilla even be these characters? I guess if Minilla can somehow be his own dad and son, then Godzilla Junior can also be Godzilla 2004 now. Anything is possible now! Throw all continuity out of the window! We clearly don't need it anymore!
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Les

2 months ago
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I'm pretty sure they aren't saying all of them are Minilla, I think it just means they are all juvenile forms of a Godzilla/Godzillasaurus. The first three ShinGoji forms could technically be considered "juvenile" since they are states Godzilla assumed before becoming a fully-evolved (or at least evolved to the point of his primary form) "adult" Godzilla.
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Deathrock9

2 months ago
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The calendar is specifically focused on Minilla and is plastered in '50th Anniversary Minilla' logos with his image on them. This is a very confusing calendar.
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Les

2 months ago
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Perhaps Minilla is the primary focus, but to fill out the rest they just threw in other juvenile Godzilla characters. I HIGHLY doubt they are suggesting the Godzillasaurus, Junior, and ShinGoji are all Minilla unless its a blatant spinoff. That is canonically impossible.
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Deathrock9

2 months ago
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It really doesn't make sense. I find it hard to believe that they didn't have 12 images of Minilla that they could put on their calendar. He's been in four different movies. They should have a lot of images of him.
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Titanollante

3 months ago
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Love the quote!!
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BigRandomKaiju

3 months ago
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He is strange and meh for me
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Koopa

3 months ago
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Minilla's 2004 design looks like it had plenty of plastic surgery! Another monster which lots of people claim to dislike, but I don't. You might be seeing a theme here!
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Les

3 months ago
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Not sure why people hate him as much as they do, but I honestly don't mind him. I really loved the darker redesign of him in Greenman despite the lazily put together suit
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MosuFan2004

9 months ago
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That roar from Greenman series sounds like a dying cow.
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Titanollante

9 months ago
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Minilla is an alrite fellow. He's a bit on the ugly side in the Showa era but his Final Wars iteration looks pretty dope. Love the lil guy. He's like the little kid who gets bullied throughout his life but, eventually, he'll turn into a billionaire... or whatever Godzilla would be the equivalent of.
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SHREKISNOTGODZILLA

9 months ago
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MINYA IS LOVE MINYA IS LIFE
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Titanollante

9 months ago
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Incorrect. Kamata-kun is love. Kamata-kun is life.
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Titanollante

3 months ago
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Well, Kamata-kun's a pretty dead meme now so, maybe Minilla is love and life after all.