Mu

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Mu (ムウ,   ) is a lost continent that was featured in the 1963 Toho film, Atragon, and has been mentioned in several other kaiju films.

History

Showa Series

Atragon

12,000 years ago, the great continent of Mu existed in the Pacific Ocean. However, one night the entire continent sank under the ocean and vanished from the surface. However, a number of Muans survived the event and were able to salvage and rebuild their once-great civilization. To provide the continent with sufficient light and warmth, the Muans constructed an artificial sun using geothermal energy, and called it the "heart of Mu." The subterranean continent of Mu survived for millennia, until 1963 when the Muans decided to reclaim the vast empire they once possessed. The Muans began launching attacks on the surface, attempting to force the nations of the world to surrender to their power and become colonies of Mu once again.

Eventually, after defeating the Muans' guardian dragon Manda, the undersea battleship Gotengo was able to breach the heart of Mu, and its crew members planted explosives on the generators powering the artificial sun. The Gotengo froze the machinery with its Absolute Zero Cannon and escaped to the surface, after which the explosives were detonated. The resulting explosion of the artificial sun produced a colossal explosion that completely obliterated Mu, leaving a wall of fire and smoke visible above the ocean. In a moment, the entire continent of Mu was wiped from existence.

Gamera vs. Jiger

When a mysterious statue called the Devil's Whistle was removed from an island, the evil beast known as Jiger, which had lived on the sunken continent of Mu, appeared and traveled to Japan.

Godzilla vs. Megalon

After an unexplained earthquake struck Japan, Goro Ibuki and Hiroshi Jinkawa told Goro's little brother Rokuro about how ancient civilizations like Mu and Lemuria were supposedly lost after being swallowed underground by geological diastrophism. These stories would prove prophetic, as the civilization of Seatopia, which like Mu and Lemuria had been pulled underground by earthquakes in ancient times, would soon send its guardian monster Megalon to attack the surface world.

Trivia

  • The lost continent of Mu was first proposed to exist by 19th-century writer Augustus Le Plongeon, and was later popularized by James Churchward in the early 1900's. Churchward's books claimed that Mu existed 12,000 years ago and was located in the Pacific Ocean, and that many other great ancient civilizations such as ancient Egypt were remnants of the Mu civilization, while other continents contained colonies of Mu. This depiction of Mu was the primary influence behind the version featured in Atragon.
  • In the 1993 video game Godzilla: Battle Legends, Megalon is erroneously referred to as the "Guardian of Mu" instead of Seatopia.
  • English-language marketing for the film Godzilla vs. Megalon often included the tagline "Monster against monster for the lost continent of Mu!"
Locations
Showa
Countries Japan (HiroshimaNagasakiTokyoKobeOsakaNagoyaOkinawaHokkaidoKyotoFukuoka) • China (Beijing) • Philippines (Manila) • United States (New York City) • England • (London) • France (Paris) • Russia (Moscow) • Rolisica (New Kirk City)Selgina
Geographic points Mount AsoMount FujiPacific Ocean (Odo IslandIwato IslandFaro IslandMatango IslandInfant IslandSergio IslandLetchi IslandSollgel IslandMonster IslandMondo IslandMonsterlandJapan Trench) • Tokyo BayOsaka Bay
Planets and continents Earth (AsiaAmericaEurope) • MysteroidPlanet RPlanet PairaVenusMarsJupiterPlanet XThe MoonGorathTerraPlanet Fire GodDark Gaseous Nebula of the OrionM Space HunterPlanet PeacelandPlanet GarogaPlanet BulgarBlack Hole Planet 3
Miscellaneous National Diet BuildingTokyo TowerOsaka CastleSaikai BridgeHaneda AirportAtami CastleMuNagoya TowerNagoya CastleWakato BridgeKurobe DamArc de TriompheGodzilla TowerSeatopiaUnderground Cave
Heisei
Countries Japan (TokyoOsakaHokkaido (Sapporo) • FukuokaNagoyaYokohama (Minato Mirai 21) • KyotoKobeKagoshimaKumamotoOkinawa) • China (Hong Kong) • PhilippinesRussiaSaradia
Geographic points Mount MiharaMount FujiLake AshiPacific Ocean (Lagos IslandInfant IslandAdonoa IslandBirth IslandGodzilla IslandMatango IslandBungo ChannelYakushimaNilai-Kanai Temple)
Planets and continents Earth (Asia) • MarsJupiterMonster PlanetPlanet Torendiru
Miscellaneous Mihama Nuclear Power PlantNational Diet BuildingFukuoka TowerSapporo TowerNagoya CastleNagoya TowerYokohama Landmark TowerYokohama Bay BridgeCosmo Clock 21Tokyo TowerKai Tak AirportTokyo Bay Aqua-LineTokyo Metropolitan Government BuildingTokyo Telecom CenterIkata Nuclear Power PlantHaneda AirportAriake ColiseumUnderworld
Millennium
Countries Japan (TokyoOkinawaTokaiManazuruHokkaido (Nemuro) • OsakaYokohamaTateyama) • United States (New York CityArizona) • France (Paris) • Australia (Sydney) • New Guinea (Papua) • China (Shanghai)
Geographic points Pacific Ocean (KiganjimaInfant IslandJapan Trench) • Atlantic Ocean (English Channel) • Mount MyokoLake IkedaAokigaharaMount FujiArea G
Planets and continents Earth (AsiaAmericaEuropeOceaniaAntarcticaNew Guinea) • GorathPlanet Fire God
Miscellaneous National Diet BuildingTokyo TowerTokai Nuclear Power PlantYokohama Landmark TowerYokohama Bay BridgeSydney Opera HouseEiffel TowerTokyo Bay
American films
Countries United States (New York CityHawaiiNevadaSan FranciscoBoston) • Japan (Janjira) • PhilippinesFrance (French Polynesia) • Jamaica
Geographic points Pacific Ocean (Bikini AtollSkull Island)
Planets and continents Earth (AmericaOceaniaAsia)
Miscellaneous Empire State BuildingWorld Trade CenterMadison Square GardenBrooklyn BridgeHonolulu International AirportGolden Gate BridgeYucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository
Printed media
Countries United States (CaliforniaNew York CityTexasDistrict of Columbia) • Japan (Tokyo) • Brazil • (Sao Paulo) • South Korea (Seoul) • Russia (Moscow) • Mexico
Geographic points Pacific Ocean (Monster IslandMonster IslandsInfant IslandMoansta Island)
Planets and continents Earth (AmericaAsiaEurope)
Miscellaneous Golden Gate BridgeEiffel TowerHell

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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

6 months ago
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English marketing really likes Mu for Godzilla vs. Megalon. Huh, weird.
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