ShinGoji

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LegendaryGoji
ShinGoji
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Monster Design
ShinGoji in Godzilla: Resurgence (click to enlarge)
ShinGoji
Type
CGI, Suit/Puppet (Unused)
Nicknames
Shin Godzilla, 16Goji, Kamata-kun, Shinagawa-kun, Kamakura-san
Portrayed by
Mansai Nomura (Motion Capture)[1]
Used in
Godzilla: Resurgence
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The ShinGoji (シンゴジ,   ShinGoji?) is the Godzilla design used in the 2016 Godzilla film, Godzilla: Resurgence.

Name

The ShinGoji's name comes from shin (シン?), which comes from Godzilla: Resurgence's Japanese title, Shin Gojira (シン・ゴジラ?), and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ?).

The nickname for ShinGoji's second form, "Kamata-kun" (蒲田くん?), comes from Kamata (蒲田?), the name of the neighborhood where he first came ashore, while the nickname for his third form, "Shinagawa-kun" (品川くん?), comes from Shinagawa (品川?), the neighborhood where Godzilla's second form evolved into his third form. In the same manner, the nickname for ShinGoji's fourth form, "Kamakura-san" (鎌倉さん?), comes from Kamakura (鎌倉?), the city where Godzilla first made landfall in this form.

Detail

For Toho's first Godzilla film since 2004, they chose to go back to the dark tone of the original 1954 Godzilla film. To coincide with this, it was decided to give Godzilla a more grotesque and frightening appearance. Unlike other Godzilla designs, the ShinGoji design consists of four different forms. The first form is never physically seen in the film aside from its tail. Godzilla's second form stands horizontally, with its body held parallel to the ground. This form has small stubs in place of arms and huge eyes with small black pupils. Its skin is a beige color, and it has large pulsating gills on the sides of its neck, which leak a red, blood-like fluid as Godzilla moves. It also sports several rows of small tan dorsal plates on its back. Godzilla's third form resembles his second form, only now his skin is now a reddish color and he stands upright. The third form features very small stubby arms, and its gills are now closed and reduced in prominence.

Godzilla's fourth and primary form is considerably taller than the others, and draws heavily on the appearance of the ShodaiGoji, featuring a rounded head with small beady eyes and dark, bumpy skin. Godzilla's fourth form possesses larger black maple leaf-shaped dorsal plates which run up to the top of its neck. The middle row of plates is larger than the others, and is flanked on both sides by at least two smaller rows. The dorsal plates are jagged in appearance, and feature a porous bony surface in their center which is reminiscent of cancellous bone. The fourth form possesses several features distinct from previous designs as well. Inspired by the original vision that Godzilla was supposed to be a 'victim' of the Hydrogen bomb, this Godzilla features red scales resembling keloid scars. Similar scars can be observed running into structures in his black dorsal plates which are reminiscent of blood vessels.[2] In addition, he possesses countless uneven rows of jagged, shark-like teeth inside his mouth and a pronounced nose with large round nostrils, and his mouth extends partially into his cheeks, some teeth protruding from the skin above and underneath his mouth. When Godzilla fires his atomic breath, his skull unhinges upwards, while his lower jaw splits apart. Godzilla's eyes are considerably more sunken into their sockets, being shaded by his brow ridges. His eyes do not appear to have any eyelids, although a protective membrane sometimes forms over them. This form also sports a long neck and very thin and short arms which barely reach out beyond the chest. Its feet possess five main digits, while all other Godzilla designs have either three or four. The fifth digit is much smaller than the others, and has a vestigial claw, resembling a dewclaw digit which is often present on many mammals and some predatory reptiles. Godzilla also has several very small, seemingly vestigial, toe claws growing from the sides and tops of his feet.[3] Unlike other designs, this Godzilla's feet are digitigrade, similar to theropod dinosaurs, meaning Godzilla stands on his toes with his heels in the air. The fourth form has what appear to be reddish exposed muscles over several parts of its body. Scars and open wounds can be found all over his skin, and the scars over his body bear cracks through which exposed flesh can be seen. Most of these lesions occupy regions where Godzilla's skin would normally fold, giving the injuries a similar appearance to numerous Ichthyotic conditions. Many of these openings on Godzilla's skin emit a reddish glow, which becomes a more intense purple color when Godzilla charges or fires his atomic breath. Godzilla's gills are still present, but are now much smaller compared to the rest of Godzilla's neck. Godzilla's rib cage protrudes from the rest of his body, coming to a pointed and pronounced sternum, far more pronounced than the Godzilla designs from the Heisei series. Godzilla's fourth form is much thinner than previous designs and his bone structure is visible through his skin in some places, giving him an emaciated appearance. Godzilla's tail is much longer than in previous designs, and is almost constantly suspended in the air far behind him. The tip of Godzilla's tail in this form is red and bloody, and is covered in twisted, mangled bones. The very end of his tail appears to have a small, mostly skeletal face.

The ShinGoji's various forms were portrayed through computer-generated imagery, while the fourth form was also portrayed via motion capture by actor Mansai Nomura. A "suit," actually a gigantic puppet of Godzilla's upper body operated by three people, was created for close-up shots of Godzilla's fourth form, but did not end up being used in the finished film.[2][4] This version of Godzilla is the tallest to appear in a film yet, standing 118.5 meters tall, 10.3 meters taller than Legendary's Godzilla.[5][6]

Use in Other Media

Television

  • It's Crayon Shin-Chan vs. Shin Godzilla!

Board/Card Games

Gallery

Production

Godzilla: Resurgence

Screenshots

Godzilla: Resurgence Trailers

Godzilla: Resurgence

First Form
Second Form
Third Form
Fourth Form
Humanoids

Merchandise

Covers

Toys

Trading Cards

Trivia

  • The unused "suit" created to portray the ShinGoji's fourth form, which was actually just a puppet of Godzilla's upper body that would have been operated by multiple actors, is similar to the method used to portray the Colossal Titan in Toho's Attack on Titan films.
  • The ShinGoji is the first Godzilla design in a Toho Godzilla film to be primarily portrayed using computer-generated imagery. Other Godzilla designs, such as the MireGoji, were rendered through CGI in some scenes, but not to the extent of the ShinGoji. Toho even advertised Godzilla in Godzilla: Resurgence as being "full CGI," even though initially a practical puppet of his upper body was created to portray him as well but was never used.
    • However, the Third Street Godzilla from Godzilla's cameo in Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 is the first Godzilla design in any Japanese film to be portrayed totally with CGI. The Third Street Godzilla is also currently the only official Japanese Godzilla to be rendered completely in CGI without any motion capture or practical effects at all.
  • The ShinGoji was portrayed through motion capture by actor Mansai Nomura.[1]
  • According to visual effects supervisor and lead editor Atsuki Sato, the team designing the ShinGoji initially wanted to make Godzilla feel more like a living creature, but Hideaki Anno decided for Godzilla to have the texture of rubber instead.[4]

References

This is a list of references for ShinGoji. 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]

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Deathrock9

one month ago
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Can't wait to get the DVD and see this film. I'm not gonna be cheap like the people who have watched the online HD copy that has been going around.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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Watching an HDrip and supporting the official release whenever it decides to show up are not mutually exclusive.
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Deathrock9

one month ago
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That may be so but lots of people don't buy the DVDs and just watch the pirate copies online, therefore not supporting anything at all.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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How dreadful.
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Kaiju4EVER

2 months ago
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I got the Movie Monster Series Shin Godzilla (Fourth Form) and it's very detailed. It's even got the face on the end of it's tail, but they forgot the pupils on his eyes.
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Lord Shiro

2 months ago
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^ It's not a face. It has bones on it but it looks like a face. Just a design for it.
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Titanollante

2 months ago
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No, it's a face. If you look at any figure at all, it's pretty obvious that it's a face.
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Lord Shiro

2 months ago
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It looks like a face but it isn't another being.
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The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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No one ever said it was a separate being. It's just a secondary vestigial face that Godzilla uses to fire his atomic beam.
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Lord Shiro

2 months ago
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It's just a design too make it look scary it's not a face.
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The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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There's no denying it anymore. It's a face. Japanese books state that it is a face, it clearly has an eye and a mouth, and the mouth is even shown opening during the movie, and afterward Godzilla can now fire an atomic beam from the tail. I don't know why some people refuse to accept it.
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Deathrock9

2 months ago
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Some people refuse to accept it because they're too pathetic to accept change.
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Lord Shiro

2 months ago
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TKOM give me a link to where you read that.
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Deathrock9

2 months ago
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How do you expect him to give you an online link to a physical book that he read? It seems like you're in denial that it is indeed a face.
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The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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Outside of the Art of Shin Godzilla book or maybe the movie guide, the best place to read that information is on Japanese Wikipedia. Better yet, just look at some pictures or watch the movie. It's very clearly meant to be a face. Not a second entity necessarily, but a vestigial face.

Here's probably the best picture of the face: http://wikiz...ail_Face.jpg You can clearly see the mouth, jawbone and eye.
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Magara M&E

2 months ago
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In the shin Godzilla maquette tail there is a human like skull

http://wikiz...is_tail.jpeg
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Lord Shiro

one month ago
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@Magara ok ok it's a face.
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Lord Shiro

2 months ago
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I love Shin Gojira's design! People who say that this design is Zilla reborn don't are true Godzilla fans. But people have their different opinions so we must live with them.
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Garfzilla

2 months ago
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Yup.
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Toolen

2 months ago
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Love the appearance, hate what they did with the atomic breath.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

3 months ago
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Nope, didn't liked this one. still really liked LegendaryGoji than ShinGoji, least-favorite Godzilla design in my opinion.
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Lord Shiro

one month ago
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Why? Just asking.
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Indominus Rex 2016

4 months ago
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Some people call him "Gino 2016" and i completely disagree with them.
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KaijuRanger2003

4 months ago
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I think they call him that is because of his looks and his origins, even though Godzilla's looks origins have changed over the years.
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Toolen

3 months ago
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Seriously?! How can they possibly compare this design to that crappy ripoff from 1998?! Sure it's a bit different, and it has a bizarre origin, but it's still clearly Godzilla.
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Indominus Rex 2016

3 months ago
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I know right?
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Godzilla vs Gipsy Danger

one month ago
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Well, he was hurt by bombers. He looks different, his origins are different, his durability is low, and his abilities are different.
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The King of the Monsters

one month ago
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Sure he looks different, but so does Legendary Godzilla. He is still recognizable as Godzilla, albeit a much more horrific and disfigured version of Godzilla. His durability is also not "low," he was completely immune to and totally unfazed by all of the J.S.D.F.'s conventional weaponry. The bombs that injured him are no ordinary bombs, they are Massive Ordnance Penetrators, which are extremely powerful bunker-buster bombs that can penetrate up to 200 feet deep. The fact that Godzilla survived being hit by them and did not suffer any lasting damage is very impressive. His durability is not low by any stretch of the imagination, aside from perhaps the fact that using atomic breath severely drains his atomic energy.
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SuperNerd295

14 days ago
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though he really doesnt need too with such durability does he?
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Keizer Sigma

4 months ago
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This is my favorite design so far...
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Raydhen

4 months ago
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This design reminds me of past Godzilla movies so much.

ShinGoji inspired heavily by ShodaiGoji, in some shot the head reminiscent to mushroom cloud just like the very early concept, has 4 forms like Hedorah/Destoroyah, emits reddish glow like Burning Godzilla on his exposed muscles, coupled with the fact that both are at the state of walking nuclear reactor in which they could nuke/meltdown, and share the similar way (kinda) of how to stop it.
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Krazar77

4 months ago
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Hold on a second here. Godzilla has 4 forms, A Larval, A snake like dinosaur, a red/sea like dinosaur, and a final form. Each form can cause a lot of destruction easily and Godzilla grows in strength with each form. Each form he turns into he gains new abilities that increase his destructive capabilities. Its also hinted that godzilla could have more than 4 forms if he was allowed to evolve more.

Where Have I seen This before.
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D.M.B. of Horror

3 months ago
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Destoroyah?
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The King of the Monsters

4 months ago
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There's a Thai promotional feature for the film that supposedly reveals ShinGoji's stats. According to it, he is 118.5 meters tall, 333 meters long and weighs 92,000 metric tons. Not sure if those are official stats provided by Toho (aside from the height), but it's the first indication of his stats that we have gotten.
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BigRandomKaiju

4 months ago
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If that is his true lenght he would be the same size as the tokyo tower.
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Gerdzerl Kinerfdamahnsters

4 months ago
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I wonder if by "length" they mean his total body length or just the length of his tail. If the length stat is referring to total body length, his tail by itself would be 214.5 meters long; However, if his tail alone is 333 meters long, his total body length would be 451.5 meters. LegendaryGoji's length is commonly listed as being 167.7416 meters (550', 4") when this is merely the length of his tail and I wonder if we're looking at a similar situation with ShinGoji.
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Magara M&E

5 months ago
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I thought Shingoji only has three forms. Why does it say he has four?!
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Magara M&E

5 months ago
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Also isn't the monster a his first form and monster B is second form.
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Titanollante

5 months ago
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Uh, he does have four forms. The tadpole-like form which we only see the tail of, then his second (monster A) and third (monster B), and then his final, fourth form.
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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http://wikiz..._Form%29.jpg

Here is his first form.
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Toolen

4 months ago
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I wish they had given us a better picture of the first form. I kind of want to see what it looks like in comparison to the other forms.
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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I really hate his third form. The second form and his final form is pretty good though.
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Krazar77

4 months ago
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I Think the third form is supposed to give the transition into his final form.
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Magara M&E

2 months ago
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Shinagawa kun needs love