AC-3 White Heron
Name[edit | edit source]
The AC-3 White Herons' name is derived from the Japanese word shirasagi (白鷺), a combination of shiro (白), meaning "white," and sagi (鷺), meaning "heron" or "egret." Onscreen text in the international export version of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla translates their name literally as "AC-3 White Heron," and this is reflected in some contemporary sources including Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Super Complete Works. However, the film's Japanese theater program translates it as simply Shirasagi.
History[edit | edit source]
The AC-3 White Herons were developed alongside Kiryu as a means to both pilot the mech and transport it. Two of the planes transported it to Yokohama to confront Godzilla for the first time. After Godzilla's roar caused the spirit of the first Godzilla within Kiryu's bones to possess the machine and rampage through the city. As Lieutenant Akane Yashiro struggled to regain control, Lieutenant Susumu Hayama attempted to lure Kiryu out to sea with a White Heron but was promptly shot down by its homing missiles. All aboard narrowly escaped as the plane exploded.
The White Herons intervened several times during Kiryu's second battle with Godzilla in Tokyo. As Akane took manual control of Kiryu, it was recharged by one of the Herons. In addition, Lieutenant Kenji Sekine opened fire on Godzilla as he was about to fire his atomic breath at a prone Kiryu.
As an out-of-control Kiryu carried Godzilla out to sea, Azusa Kisaragi's White Heron pursued them to rescue mechanic Yoshito Chujo, who was trapped inside. Using the Heron's cannons, she destroyed the jammed maintenance hatch, and Kiryu rotated, allowing Chujo to fall out. Kyosuke Akiba, Kiryu's operator, ejected from the White Heron and caught him in midair.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
Video games[edit | edit source]
Three White Herons appear in the game's thirteenth stage. Identical to their film appearances, they are first seen carrying Kiryu into battle against Godzilla and afterwards linger briefly before the former goes berserk.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
- Flight at 930 kilometers per hour, or 750 kilometers per hour when lifting Kiryu
- Functions as the control station for Kiryu
- Capable of carrying and transporting extremely heavy objects with help of a wire.
- Able to transmit energy to Kiryu
Weapons[edit | edit source]
- Can fire dual pulsating cannons
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Screenshots[edit | edit source]
Post-production[edit | edit source]
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- While Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Super Complete Works (p. 18) indicates the pronunciation of the "3" in AC-3 White Heron as surī (スリー), the publication Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition] (p. 46) instead writes it as san (さん).
References[edit | edit source]
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