Zigra

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Kadokawa Pictures (Daiei Motion Picture Company) Monster
Zigra in Gamera vs. Zigra
Zigra
Nicknames Jigura, Jigra, Zigura
Subtitle Deep Sea Monster
(深海怪獣,   Shinkai Kaijū?)
Species Alien Fish
Height 80 meters[1]
Weight 75 metric tons[1]
Forms Ocean Form,
Land Form
Place of Emergence Celestial Number 105 Series 4th Planet of the Universe Planet Zigra[1]
Controlled by ZanonGSM
Allies None
Enemies Gamera
Created by Nisan Takahashi
First Appearance Gamera vs. Zigra
Roar(s)
More Roars

Zigra (ジグラ,   Jigura?) is an alien fish kaiju created by Daiei that first appeared in the 1971 Gamera film, Gamera vs. Zigra.

Design

Zigra is a deadly opponent whose appearance is similar to that of a Goblin Shark, possessing a silvery gray, armor-plated hide, a pointed nose, a row of sharp fins on his back, as well as sharp pectoral fins.

Origins

Zigra is an alien creature hailing from a distant planet where fish feed on people. Zigra traveled to Earth in a spaceship with the intent of destroying Gamera and enslaving the human race.

History

Showa Series

Gamera vs. Zigra

Zigra invaded the Earth with the intention of enslaving the human race and raising them like cattle. Like Viras attempted three films earlier, Zigra held a pair of human children hostage in order to force the human race to conform to his plan, but Gamera engaged him in battle. Gamera eventually threw him on land, using a rock to play his theme song on Zigra's dorsal fins like a xylophone before setting the alien shark ablaze with his fire breath.

Gamera: Super Monster

In Gamera: Super Monster, Zigra fought with Gamera again in one of the many stock footage scenes. When Gamera hits his back with the rock, his theme song is not played, and is instead replaced by a new, simple tune. Zigra's fate is left unknown, as Gamera is never shown defeating him.

Abilities

Zigra's attacks are almost all based around his blades on his back, head and, fins. His great speed and agility allows him to easily dodge Gamera's attacks and out-maneuver him. But Zigra's weakness is that because of his aquatic adaptations, he becomes far slower outside of the water. Zigra can also shoot a yellow beam of light from the gem between his nose that paralyzes an opponent and causes objects to catch fire. When out of water, Zigra can convert his underside into legs and stand, gaining the ability to slap opponents with his fins or jab them with spikes. In this form, Zigra can fall flat on his stomach and use his fins as wings to fly back into the nearest available water.

Filmography

Video Game Appearances

Comics

Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe

Zigra appeared in Dark Horse's Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe comic series, set after Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, in which it was an escaped alien bioweapon from outer space, who managed to find his way onto Earth. Unfortunately, a French nuclear test startled Zigra and caused it to surface and attack the vessels in its vicinity. Gamera attacked, but was quickly defeated by Zigra before being awakened by a stray torpedo and biting Zigra, tearing it apart, and dropping its corpse into a volcano.


Gamera vs. Barugon

Zigra makes a brief one-panel appearance alongside Jiger and Iris in Kadokawa's Gamera vs. Barugon manga, which is set between the events of Gamera 2: Attack of Legion and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris.

Gallery

Main article: Zigra/Gallery.

Roar

Zigra's roars are modified Gyaos roars.

Zigra's roars

Trivia

  • According to a Japanese book about Daiei's numerous films, the film studio was originally going to create a film with a similar structure to that of Toho's Destroy All Monsters. The film would have seen Zigra's race forming an alliance with the Virasians, who would then go on to be the film's main antagonists.
  • Zigra makes an unofficial cameo in issue #8 of the IDW comic series Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, where he is seen swimming outside of an alien spacecraft underwater.

References

This is a list of references for Zigra. 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]

Kadokawa Pictures (formerly Daiei Motion Picture Company)
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