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|We commit to the cradle of time the Last Hope, Gamera. May he awaken with the Shadow of Evil, Gyaos.
— Inscription from the obelisk found on Gamera's atoll (Gamera: Guardian of the Universe)
Gamera (ガメラGamera) is a guardian kaiju that first appeared in the 1995 Daiei film, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe.
Gamera was created by the ancient civilization of Atlantis thousands of years ago in order to combat their previous creation, Gyaos. Gamera wiped out most of the Gyaos, but Atlantis was completely destroyed in the battle. Gamera was sealed within an atoll and remained dormant until 1995, when three Gyaos appeared in the skies over Japan. Gamera awakened from his long sleep and traveled to Japan to destroy his ancient enemy. Gamera killed two of the Gyaos, but the JSDF interfered with his attempts to destroy the last one, which grew into the larger Super Gyaos. With the help of his human ally Asagi Kusanagi, with whom he was telepathically bonded, Gamera fought Super Gyaos in Tokyo and successfully killed it. The following year, Gamera returned to Japan to fend off Legion, a species of extraterrestrial creatures which threatened all life on Earth. Gamera destroyed the Legion's symbiotic propagation device, a giant flower, but the Mother Legion relocated her kind to Sendai. Gamera tried to reach the new flower, but the Mother Legion badly wounded him before fleeing. The flower seeded, producing a catastrophic explosion which seemingly killed Gamera. Using energy he absorbed from the Earth itself, Gamera came back to life and fought the Legion once again, destroying them once and for all. By 1999, evolved Gyaos called Hyper Gyaos began appearing in huge numbers all over the world, pushing Gamera to the brink of his strength. In addition, a young woman named Ayana Hirasaka, who blamed Gamera for the deaths of her parents in 1995, found and raised a strange demonic creature she found in a shrine and named Iris to take revenge on Gamera for her. The JSDF had become fed up with the destruction Gamera caused in his crusade against Gyaos, and turned against him. When Iris reached maturity and traveled to Kyoto, Gamera followed it there and battled it. Gamera was able to kill Iris and free Ayana from its evil influence, but was badly maimed in the battle. However, with thousands of Hyper Gyaos descending upon the city, Gamera was ready to continue his eternal struggle with his ancient foe, knowing humanity was by his side once again.
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Today is February 28, 2020.
- [2/26/20] Shochiku and Toei announce Giant Monster Cleanup, an upcoming kaiju-themed comedy co-production to be written and directed by Satoshi Miki and which will star Ryosuke Yamada and Tao Tsuchiya. It is expected for a 2020 or later release. (src)
- [2/20/20] Preorders begin for Arrow Video's Gamera: The Complete Collection, an 8-disc Blu-ray box set containing all 12 Gamera films, an 80-page book on the series, and a graphic novel reprinting of Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe and The Last Hope. (src) A Godzilla vs. Kong press release reveals plans for a second graphic novel tie-in and children's books. (src)
- [1/31/20] A new promotional poster for Nezura 1964 is revealed.
- [1/21/20] Kadokawa files a trademark on Gamera for use in "recorded media and video files containing animation," among other things. (src)
- [1/16/20] The original King Kong will play in select U.S. theaters on March 15, 2020. (src)
- [1/9/20] Media Blasters will release Gappa to DVD and Blu-ray on February 25, 2020, under its Tokyo Shock label. The company previously issued the film on DVD in 2000. (src)
- [12/31/19] Kadokawa and 3Y Film announce Nezura 1964, a film about the disastrous production of the cancelled Daiei kaiju film Giant Horde Beast Nezura. It will be released in December 2020. (src)
- [12/28/19] Evan Brehany uploads a documentary on the making of Reptilian, Yonggary Chronicle Project, to YouTube.
- [12/13/19] Ultraman's design in Shin Ultraman is revealed at Tsuburaya Convention 2019. (src)
- [12/8/19] A clip from Godzilla vs. Kong plays before the Warner Bros. panel at Comic Con Experience in Brazil. (src)
- [11/25/19] Variety reports that the theatrical release of Godzilla vs. Kong has been delayed eight months to November 20, 2020. (src)
- [11/24/19] In a Home Cinema Choice interview, Arrow Video announces plans for a Gamera Blu-ray box set in 2020.
- [10/30/19] It is reported that actress Kaoru Yachigusa, who played Fujichiyo in The Human Vapor, passed away on October 24.
- [10/29/19] The Criterion Collection's Godzilla: The Showa Era Films, 1954-1975 Blu-ray box set is released in North America.
- [10/18/19] The first English-subtitled episode of Godziban premieres on the Godzilla Channel, featuring episodes one through three of Go! Jet Jaguar as well as the first installment of Master of Monsters: Hedoji. (src)
- [10/12/19] Legendary announces a sequel to Skull Island: The Birth of Kong at Los Angeles Comic Con. It will feature artwork by Zid and a new bat-like Titan called Camazotz. (src)
- [8/27/19] Warner Bros. releases Godzilla: King of the Monsters on 4K Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray, and DVD.
- [8/22/19] Sony will be releasing The Criterion Collection's Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975 Blu-ray box set in the United Kingdom in November, the first time many of the films included in the set have been released on home video in the UK. (src)
- [8/13/19] Warner Bros. releases Godzilla: King of the Monsters digitally.
- [8/9/19] Godziban premieres its first episode on the Godzilla Channel. (src)
- [7/25/19] The Criterion Collection announces Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975, a Blu-ray box set containing all of the Godzilla films of the Showa series, including the first-ever North American home video release of the Japanese cut of King Kong vs. Godzilla. It is set to be released on October 29. (src)
- [7/16/19] Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be released digitally on August 13 and to Blu-ray and DVD on August 27. (src)
- [7/11/19] FYE will exclusively sell a Blu-ray SteelBook of King Kong vs. Godzilla beginning in September.
- [7/9/19] Mill Creek officially releases its Blu-ray SteelBook of Mothra.
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