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Anguirus was Godzilla's first-ever opponent, and battled him to the death in Osaka in Godzilla Raids Again. Anguirus was ultimately killed by Godzilla, but a second individual debuted in the film Destroy All Monsters in 1968. This Anguirus became a friend and ally to Godzilla, loyally fighting alongside him to fend off alien monsters such as King Ghidorah and Gigan. Anguirus' final appearance in the Showa series of films came in 1974's Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, where he had his jaw broken by the alien machine Mechagodzilla, who was masquerading as Godzilla. Anguirus' next film appearance came 30 years later in Godzilla Final Wars, where he was a mind-controlled pawn of the Xiliens in their invasion of Earth. While not as popular as the likes of Rodan, Mothra or King Ghidorah, Anguirus has become a popular monster in his own right, and has earned a reputation as being both Godzilla's closest friend and as a tenacious fighter even when severely outmatched.
This is an overview page. To view information on specific incarnations of Anguirus, please click on their corresponding boxes in the table below.
Name[edit | edit source]
- Main articles: Anguirus (First Generation)#Name, Anguirus (Second Generation)#Name, Anguirus (Millennium)#Name.
Anguirus's Japanese name, Angirasu (アンギラス), comes from the Japanese spelling of the name of the dinosaur genus Ankylosaurus (アンキロサウルス, upon which the monster's design is based. The name was chosen from several names proposed by employees of Ankirosaurusu)Toho during production of Godzilla Raids Again. Actor Yoshio Tsuchiya, who played the character Tajima in the film, proposed the name "Gyottos" for the monster. Many of the rejected names were later used for the original monsters featured in the tie-in manga Rampage Godzilla.
The original English name given to Anguirus by Toho was Angilas, as seen in the company's 1955 international sales booklet. When Godzilla Raids Again was released in the United States by Warner Bros. in 1959 as Gigantis, the Fire Monster, advertising materials spelled the monster's name as Angurus, which was also how it was pronounced in the English dub. In the mid-1970s, Toho copyrighted the new revised English name Anguirus, making it the official Anglicization of the monster's name for all subsequent media. However, only the English dub of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla uses anything resembling this spelling. The English dubs for Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, and Godzilla vs. Gigan all call him "Angilas," while in Godzilla Final Wars, the pronunciation sounds like "Angweenus." Another alternative name, Anguillas, appears in the German theatrical trailer for Destroy All Monsters and the American version of the Godzilla Game Boy game. The tag for the Anguirus figure in Bandai's Godzilla Island Monster Series toy line combines the romaji for Anguirus' subtitle, Fierce Dragon (暴竜, with his English name, giving the figure the name Bōryu Anguirus Bōryū) (ボウリュウアンギラス. Bōryū Angirasu)
Several American publications from the 1970s, including issue #34 of The Monster Times and the children's book Godzilla by Ian Thorne, offer Anzilla as an alternate spelling. The origin of this name is unknown.
According to a booklet included with Toho's 2002 three-disc DVD release of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Anguirus' name as a Guardian Monster was originally Angira (晏麒羅) in the original unrealized version of the film, Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
Development[edit | edit source]
- Main articles: Anguirus (First Generation)#Development, Anguirus (Second Generation)#Development, Anguirus (Millennium)#Development.
Design[edit | edit source]
Anguirus is a stout, armored, quadrupedal reptilian creature that looks fairly similar to an Ankylosaurus, with aspects of his design also resembling armadillos, hedgehogs, and crocodiles. He has several inwardly curved horns at the top of his head and a single, short horn on the end of his snout. His face is long, puffy and drawn out, like a crocodile, with two large tusks at the start and rows of smaller, jagged, serrated teeth following suit. His carapace is studded with a plethora of long, sharp, prickly spikes. Anguirus's tail is spiky and longer than his body, accounting for the majority of his total body length. His hind limbs are longer than his forelimbs, enabling him to stand upright to his full height, but he primarily walks upon all fours. In Godzilla Final Wars, Anguirus is jokingly referred to as an "armadillo," most likely due to his ability to curl himself into a ball.
The Final Wars Anguirus has some differences in his design. His skin is a a much lighter shade of gray, with yellowish-colored spikes. This Anguirus has a shorter, more mammal-like snout, and his underbelly has an armored, brick-like texture. He now has spikes on his arms and legs, and his tail ends with a spiked club, a trait shared by the real-life Ankylosaurus.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Anguirus is depicted as a very tenacious and fierce fighter. Despite constantly going up against enemies tougher than himself, Anguirus rarely backs down and always puts up a vicious fight. Despite his fierce nature, Anguirus has traditionally been shown in various media as being a close friend of Godzilla. While many of Godzilla's allies have had to work with him out of necessity, such as Rodan and Mothra, Anguirus and Godzilla appear to have a genuine friendship. This is most pronounced in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, where Anguirus senses that the Fake Godzilla roaming Japan is not the monster he knows and attacks it, with a character even mentioning that it's strange to see Anguirus attack "his friend" Godzilla.
Origins[edit | edit source]
In Godzilla Raids Again, it is suggested that Anguirus is an Ankylosaurus that lived during the Cretaceous, 150 to 70 million years ago, around the same time as Godzilla. Like Godzilla, Anguirus managed to survive into the modern day by lying dormant before being awakened and irradiated by nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s. This origin is never discussed further nor contradicted in subsequent films. The First Generation Anguirus specifically is said to originate from Siberia, according to official sources.
History[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
- Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965) [maquette]
- Destroy All Monsters (1968)
- All Monsters Attack (1969) [stock footage]
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
- Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
- Adventure! Godzilland 2 (TV 1993) [animated segments]
- Get Going! Godzilland (OVA 1994, 1996) [four OVAs]
- Godzilla Island (TV 1997-1998) [79 episodes][note 2]
- Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
- GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters (2017) [skeletal remains]
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) [skeleton]
- Godziban (web 2019-) [episodes 5-7, 18-21, 23, 27, 33-35, 47, and 49-50; special episodes 1-2, 4, and 9]
- Godzilla Singular Point (TV 2021) [episode 4-6]
- Main article: Anguirus (First Generation).
Anguirus was first spotted on Iwato Island, where he was locked in combat with Godzilla and eventually tumbled into the ocean with the King of the Monsters. Later, a blackout was enforced in Osaka so that the attacking Godzilla could be lured away with flares, but a gasoline fire drew Anguirus to the city. There, the two monsters again engaged in a vicious struggle, destroying Osaka Castle in the process. In the end, Godzilla killed Anguirus with a vicious bite to the neck, then set his carcass aflame with his atomic breath.
- Main article: Anguirus (Second Generation).
A second Anguirus took up residence on Monster Island, where he become a friend of Godzilla. After overhearing one of the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens' "action tapes" containing their plans for the conquest of Earth, Anguirus swam to Japan, only to be repelled by the JSDF. He and Godzilla returned to Tokyo after the aliens sent Gigan and King Ghidorah to destroy the city. The Earth monsters initially faltered in battle, overwhelmed by the combined forces of the alien monsters and the Godzilla Tower. However, after the Tower's destruction thanks to a group of humans, which severed the aliens' control over Gigan and Ghidorah, Godzilla and Anguirus eventually succeeded in driving the invaders away.
In the year 197X, nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands triggered a massive earthquake on Monster Island, which created a fissure that swallowed Anguirus. Sometime after his disappearance into the ground, Anguirus made his way to the Japanese mainland, sensing an imminent threat. When he located what appeared to be his ally Godzilla causing wanton destruction, Anguirus sensed that it was an impostor. Anguirus engaged the sinister doppelgänger, but was unable to hold his own. The machine easily bested him, tearing at his jaw. Defeated, Anguirus retreated back underground, though he had managed to alert the real Godzilla to the threat.
By the end of the 20th century, Anguirus was one of several kaiju contained on Monsterland in the Ogasawara Islands. When the Kilaaks assaulted the island, they took control of Anguirus and the other monsters and unleashed them across the globe to do their evil bidding. Teamed with Godzilla, he drove back United Nations forces before they could reach the Kilaak base at Izu. After being freed from the aliens' mind control, Anguirus and the rest of the Earth monsters gathered at the foot of Mount Fuji, where they were intercepted by the aliens' trump card, King Ghidorah. At one point, Anguirus was lifted into the air by King Ghidorah before being dropped back to the ground and stomped upon. Ultimately, however, the monsters succeeded in beating King Ghidorah to death and returned to Monsterland to live out their days in peace.
Anguirus appeared in animated form in the educational Get Going! Godzilland OVAs. In these OVAS, Anguirus was Godzilla's closest friend, but frequently got into fights and arguments with him. In the hiragana OVA, Anguirus was running through the forests of Godzilland when Mothra dropped an invitation for a picnic onto his head, blinding him and causing him to run into a rock and fall over. Anguirus then raced with Godzilla to get to the picnic, and the two of them argued over who got there first. When Mothra asked why Godzilla and Anguirus arrived so late, they revealed that they couldn't read the invitation very well. Mothra then taught all of the kaiju about the hiragana alphabet.
In the addition OVA, Anguirus was seen fighting with Godzilla. After a brief fight, the two kaiju became bitter and refused to speak to each other. Mechagodzilla witnessed the fight and, assuming Godzilla no longer wanted to be Anguirus' friend, decided to make Anguirus his new friend. When Mechagodzilla talked to Anguirus, the latter accused Mechagodzilla of being violent. Mechagodzilla became angry and used his laser vision to destroy the hammock Anguirus was sleeping on, then grabbed him and flew to a volcano on the island. Baragon witnessed the kidnapping and told Godzilla, Gojirin, and Mothra about it, and the four kaiju traveled to the volcano to rescue their friend. Once the kaiju arrived, they were forced by Mechagodzilla to take part in a game show where they solved addition problems. After the kaiju got the problems correct, Anguirus was freed. Mothra then convinced Anguirus and the other kaiju to forgive Mechagodzilla and befriend him.
- Main article: Anguirus (Millennium).
In the year 20XX, the Xiliens used the M-base in Anguirus's DNA to control him, siccing him on Shanghai, China. He was engaged by the Earth Defense Force battleship Karyu, but proved too fast for its main weapon to hit. Anguirus was soon recalled by the Xiliens, posing as friends to humanity who saved the planet from the monsters by capturing them. After their scheme was exposed, they redeployed Anguirus to Shanghai with a swarm of Xilien Fighters, where he finished off the Karyu. Next they sent him, Rodan, and King Caesar against a reawakened Godzilla at the foot of Mount Fuji. The monsters coordinated their attacks against him, but ended up defeated in a pile.
Anguirus first appeared in November 2005 and attacked Beijing, causing 8.2 million deaths in tandem with Rodan. Both monsters were eventually killed by the Chinese bioweapon Hedorah, which left behind their skeletal remains and proceeded to lay waste to the surrounding area.
- Main article: Anguirus (Godzilla Singular Point).
In the year 2030, flocks of Rodans began appearing in Japan and dying shortly after their rampages. When the JSDF hauled their corpses away to a facility near Nigashio City in Chiba Prefecture, they were scavenged by Anguirus, who had appeared in the nearby woods. After menacing civilians and JSDF responders along a wooded highway, where it revealed the ability to reflect projectile weapons back at its opponents, the local mayor responded by organizing an extermination plan. Luring Anguirus out into the open onto a golf course, a joint effort between local hunters, the JSDF, and Otaki Factory's Jet Jaguar succeeding in stunning the monster with a harpoon gun. After Anguirus woke up in time to ruin the mayor's triumphant press photo opportunity, Jet Jaguar killed it with a second point-blank shot of the harpoon gun. Goro Otaki, the pilot/inventor of Jet Jaguar, would take one of Anguirus's horns as a trophy and fashioned it into a spear for the mecha to use against other kaiju.
A skeleton closely resembling that of Anguirus was present outside of Godzilla's lair in the Hollow Earth. It was destroyed, along with the surrounding ancient sunken city, when Ishiro Serizawa detonated a nuclear warhead to revitalize Godzilla.
Anguirus, Godzilla-kun's best friend followed the Three Godzilla Brothers and went on adventures with them. He first appeared in the 12th episode, titled "Fly to the Cliff!"
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Durability[edit | edit source]
Anguirus's spiky carapace and armored hide grant him impressive resistance to attacks from enemy monsters. He was able to withstand the attacks of Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Gigan and Fake Godzilla, as well as survive being swallowed by a fissure.
Anguirus's durability is also highlighted in the comic Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, where after being beaten nearly to death by a Cryog Mechagodzilla, he quickly recovers and immediately assists Godzilla in battle against Mecha-King Ghidorah and an army of Mechagodzillas.
Physical abilities[edit | edit source]
Anguirus possesses rows of extremely sharp teeth that he will use in battle. These, with the added bite force Anguirus can generate, cause pain to any kaiju that finds itself in Anguirus's jaws. He also tends to attack with his claws and by charging opponents.
Spiked carapace[edit | edit source]
Anguirus's greatest asset in combat is his spiked carapace. He often jumps backward and slams his back into opponents in order to injure them with his spikes.
In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Godzilla lifted Anguirus by his tail and used him like a flail, swinging his spikes into Mecha-King Ghidorah's chest and damaging the cyborg.
Anguirus Ball[edit | edit source]
In many Godzilla video games and in the film Godzilla Final Wars, Anguirus was shown to be able to retreat inside of his carapace and curl into a ball, allowing him to travel very quickly and also inflict damage on buildings and enemies with his spiked carapace. In the latter, this move is most commonly called the Anguirus Ball (アンギラスボール. Angirasu Bōru)
Energy Spikes and Thunderball[edit | edit source]
In the Atari/Pipeworks trilogy of Godzilla video games, Anguirus displays two different Rage Attacks. The first, as seen in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, shows Anguirus jumping into the air, curling up into a ball, and firing off red Energy Spikes, while spinning in midair. The second Rage Attack, from Godzilla: Save the Earth, is called Thunderball and appears to be a red energy-charged version of his Anguirus Ball attack.
Rotating disc[edit | edit source]
In the Kodansha manga series Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Anguirus can retract into his shell and quickly zip around in the air while rotating at extremely high speed, condensing his body into the shape of an ultra-sharp disc that can cut Godzilla.
Tail[edit | edit source]
Anguirus's tail is tipped with either a sharp curved spike or a fan-shaped spike club. While he never seems to use it in battle onscreen, Anguirus does attack with his tail spike in most video games featuring him.
In the Kodansha Godzilla, King of the Monsters manga, Anguirus's tail is prehensile, and he is able to constrict it around Godzilla's throat.
Burrowing[edit | edit source]
After falling into a seismic fissure, the Second Generation Anguirus managed to burrow to the Japanese mainland, where he emerged and attacked Fake Godzilla.
Agility[edit | edit source]
Anguirus is quite agile, charging at enemies with surprising speed and having the ability to make surprise attacks on unsuspecting foes.
Intelligence[edit | edit source]
Anguirus has been shown to possess heightened intelligence for a kaiju, being able to coordinate attacks with his allies, communicate with Godzilla and suspect that Fake Godzilla was an impostor.
Swimming[edit | edit source]
Anguirus is an extremely adept swimmer and is shown being able to swim at speeds comparable to Godzilla. He was able to swim great distances in a short period of time without any signs of fatigue.
Ultrasonic/sonic roar[edit | edit source]
This ranged attack returned in the Atari/Pipeworks Godzilla video games as a sonic roar, capable of damaging monsters, buildings, rocks, and military weaponry. The sonic roar is unable to engage in beam locks with other monsters' energy weapons, but can knock an opponent down if used at close range.
Incandescent Light[edit | edit source]
During the planning stages of Godzilla Raids Again, Anguirus was to be able to fire an Incandescent Light (白熱光 from his mouth, just like Godzilla. In the tie-in manga Hakunekkō)Rampage Godzilla and the official novelization for the film, Anguirus briefly uses this attack.
Poison[edit | edit source]
In several publications, Anguirus was described to be able to create a poisonous liquid within his body and emit it from his back spikes and claws to stun targets.
Video games[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla-kun (1985) - Microsoft MSX
- Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! (1988) - Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicom [scrapped]
- Godzilla (1990) - Nintendo Game Boy
- Godzilla (1993) - arcade
- Battle Baseball (1993) - Nintendo Famicom
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1993) - Nintendo Game Boy
- Godzilla (1993) - NEC/Hudson Soft TurboDuo / PC Engine Duo
- Godzilla: Archipelago Shock (1995) - Sega Saturn
- Godzilla: Great Monster Battle (1994) - Nintendo Super Famicom
- Godzilla: Giant Monster March (1995) - Sega Game Gear
- Godzilla: Heart-Pounding Monster Island!! (1995) - Sega Pico
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour (1998) - PC and Mac
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
- Godzilla Generations (1998) - Sega Dreamcast
- Collect Godzilla: Giant Monster Assembly (1998) - Sega Dreamcast VMU
- Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (2002) - Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox
- Godzilla: Save the Earth (2004) - Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox
- Godzilla: Unleashed (2007) - Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 2
- Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash (2007) - Nintendo DS
- CR Godzilla: Descent of the Destruction God (2010) - pachinko
- Godzilla (2014) - Sony PlayStation 3 and 4
- Godzilla Kaiju Collection (2015) - Android and iOS
- CR True King of the Monsters Godzilla (2018) - pachinko
- Godzilla Defense Force (2019) - Android and iOS
- PVV! Godzilla Great Monster Assembly!! (2019) - pachinko
- Godzilla Battle Line (2021) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla (2021) - pinball
- Pachinko True King of the Monsters Godzilla 2 (2022) - pachinko
"Anguirus is a loyal Earth Defender. Although he is neither the largest, strongest, or fastest of Earth's vanguard, he possesses a tenacity of spirit that makes him a fearsome opponent for any monster. Anguirus can stun nearby opponents with his fearsome Sonic Roar, or use his powerful jaws to leave an impression. Anguirus' most unique attribute is his ultra-hard spiked carapace, which can parry any physical attack and inflict heavy edged damage in response. Anguirus can tuck his head and limbs beneath his shell and roll forward-this offers him excellent resistance to attack and allows him to plow through terrain and opponents alike. When the earth is threatened, Godzilla will come to its defense-and Anguirus will be right beside him, until the end."
Anguirus appears exclusively in the PlayStation 4 version of Godzilla as a playable monster. He is modeled after his 1968 appearance from Destroy All Monsters. Anguirus' primary attack involves slamming his spiky carapace against his opponent, though he also possesses the Anguirus Ball attack from the Atari games and Godzilla Final Wars. Anguirus also has the ability to burrow underground like he did in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
Moveset[edit | edit source]
- One tap: Right Punch
- Two taps: Left Punch
- Three taps: Back Leg Kick
- Tap: Tail Attack
- Roar + Tap: Bite
- Tap: Back Tackle
- Tap: Back Leg Sand Toss
- Roar + Tap: Anguirus Ball
- Tap: Underground Shelter
Kaiju Guide[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Anguirus.
Anguirus in Godzilla-kun
Anguirus in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee
Anguirus in Godzilla: Save the Earth
Books[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla on Monster Island (1996)
- Godzilla at World's End (1998)
- Godzilla Likes to Roar! (1998)
- Godzilla: Journey to Monster Island (1998)
- Godzilla vs. the Robot Monsters (1998)
- Godzilla vs. the Space Monster (1998)
- Who's Afraid of Godzilla? (1998)
- GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse (2017)
- Close Friends, Chibi Godzilla (2019)
- Sticker Picture Book: Chibi Godzilla and Friends (2020)
Anguirus was one of the many monsters in the book to be afraid of Godzilla. When Megalon and Gigan started to bully the other residents of Monster Island, Anguirus stood up to them, only to be shoved into a volcano. When Godzilla saved him, Anguirus was quick to announce he was glad to have a big tough friend like Godzilla.
The first Anguirus emerged from the frozen soil of Siberia in November of 2005 and traveled southeast to Beijing, where it joined Rodan. Both monsters were exterminated by the Chinese bioweapon Hedorah, but a second Anguirus, denoted "Anguirus II," emerged in South Africa the following year. A fourth Anguirus appeared from the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles alongside Baragon II and Varan II in 2030, and all three monsters were killed by Godzilla.
When feeling lonely, Chibi Godzilla set out to look for friends, encountering Chibi Anguirus along with Chibi Rodan, Chibi Mothra, and Chibi Ghidorah. Chibi Godzilla remarked that Chibi Anguirus had "super cool" prickly spikes on his back. When the other monsters asked what Chibi Godzilla could do, he responded saying he could breathe fire and exhaled a blast of fire at them, prompting them to flee. While running after them, Chibi Godzilla's fire breath caused fruit to fall out of a nearby tree. He asked the other monsters to share the fruit with him, and they all ate until they were full. Chibi Godzilla was no longer lonely as he befriended the other monsters.
Comics[edit | edit source]
- Rampage Godzilla (1955)
- Continuation Godzilla: Anguirus Raids Again (1958)
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1992-1993)
- The Godzilla Comic (1990)
- Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #2-5, 7, 9 (2011)
- Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #4-5 (2011)
- Godzilla: Legends #1 (2011)
- Godzilla #2-7, 9-12 (2012-2013)
- Godzilla: The Half-Century War #2 (2012-2013)
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1, 5, 9, 13-17, 25 (2013-2015)
- Godzilla: Cataclysm #1, 3-4 (2014)
- Godzilla in Hell #2 (2015)
- Godzilla: Oblivion #4-5 (2016)
- Godzilla: Rage Across Time #5 (2016)
- Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors #4 (2021)
- Godzilla vs. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 (2022)
Anguirus appeared in the Monster Warrior Godzilla segment as one of the kaiju living on their own planet.
Anguirus was originally a fossil at a dinosaur expo festival. Dr. Mad Oniyama, with the assistance of his 25th century counterpart, revived the fossil by treating it with radiation. At first, Anguirus appeared as a large Ankylosaurus, who fought Godzilla after he had been forcibly devolved by Oniyama into a Godzillasaurus. Aware that the ankylosaur was losing the fight, the two Oniyamas shot a huge dart from KIDS that made the ankylosaur evolve into Anguirus. Anguirus then held the upper hand, attempting to crush Godzilla with his sheer weight, but the devolution wore off, and Godzilla returned to normal. Anguirus and Godzilla fought again. Anguirus, using his new abilities such as being able to fly by rotating his shell and being able to slice Godzilla while spinning, fought as best as he could, but was defeated after Godzilla was given some shells from Yosuke's ASTOL-MB93 and rammed them down his throat. Anguirus tried to flee alongside the two Oniyamas in KIDS, only for the ASTOL-MB93 shells to explode violently, killing Anguirus instantly. KIDS was also destroyed in the massive explosion, leaving the two Oniyamas' fates unknown.
Anguirus appears in Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. He appears in Mexico and travels to the United States, where he engages Godzilla in battle in California. After being defeated by Godzilla, Anguirus heads east, eventually encountering Mechagodzilla, who defeats him as well.
Anguirus appears in Godzilla, where he is initially seen attacking Edinburgh, Scotland. Boxer and his "Kaiju Kill Crew" intercept Anguirus and try to take him down using their "headache beams." Anguirus puts up a vicious fight against Boxer's team but is eventually neutralized and transported to Monster Island, where the U.S. military is collecting giant monsters for unknown purposes. When the space monsters Hedorah, Gigan, SpaceGodzilla, and Monster X attack Earth, Boxer's estranged son steals Kiryu and flies him to Monster Island to break out Anguirus and the other Earth monsters. Anguirus heads to Hong Kong, where he joins up with Rodan to battle Gigan. Anguirus sustains gruesome wounds in the battle, but with Rodan's help he is able to defeat Gigan, leaving the cyborg blinded with a shattered visor.
Anguirus appears in Godzilla: The Half-Century War #2, where he appears in Vietnam and does battle with Godzilla. Anguirus fights fiercely, but retreats from the battle after Godzilla begins to beat him.
Anguirus in Godzilla: The Half-Century War #2
Anguirus appears in the first issue of Godzilla: Legends. As Sydney is attacked by Destoroyah, a scientist named Dr. Anders uses an experimental device to try and call Godzilla to the city to fight. While the device works, it calls Anguirus instead. Anguirus attacks Destoroyah, even though Destoroyah is much larger and stronger. Even with Anguirus' perseverance, and Dr. Anders' second attempt at using the G-signaler, Destoroyah is too powerful for them to do any lasting damage. He almost kills Anguirus until Col. Matsumiya uses a helicopter to send a huge tank of freon to smash into Destoroyah. Anguirus then rolls into a ball and slams into the partially frozen Destoroyah, defeating it and scoring his first victory over another kaiju. Afterwards, Godzilla arrives and it seems that Anguirus and he will face off, but Godzilla displays respect towards Anguirus, at least knowing there's a bigger threat to go after.
In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Anguirus is considered a land monster that was frozen in an ice cap until he was reawakened along with all the other Earth monsters.
In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #14, Anguirus is ambushed by a Mechagodzilla that was built by the Cryog leader disguised as a Russian warmonger. The mecha badly wounds Anguirus and nearly snaps his jaw. Eventually, Mechagodzilla blasts Anguirus with several weapons and leaves him for dead. When Lucy Casprell and her team arrive, they discover that Anguirus is still alive and send Kiryu to retrieve him and bring to the Monster Islands. Kiryu is suddenly given new orders to bring Anguirus to a Russian facility, and flies off with the downed saurian. Along the way, Kiryu is shot down by a group of more Mechagodzillas near a robotics facility in Russia. Anguirus manages to escape Kiryu's grip and enters the facility, which the Cryog leader has converted into an arena where Godzilla is doing battle with Mecha-King Ghidorah and more Mechagodzillas. Anguirus joins the battle alongside Godzilla. Godzilla uses Anguirus as a flail and slams him into Mecha-King Ghidorah's chest, critically damaging him. Eventually, Godzilla destroys the remaining Mechagodzillas while Mecha-King Ghidorah retreats. Godzilla and Anguirus then leave the arena together, but not before Godzilla completely destroys it with his atomic breath. Eventually, Anguirus was captured by the Trilopods, who absorbed his DNA, and was imprisoned in their hive in Los Angeles. When King Caesar allowed himself to be captured by the Trilopods, he freed the other kaiju inside the hive, and they all joined together to help Godzilla, Zilla, and Jet Jaguar battle against the Trilopod hybrids. After the Trilopods were defeated, the giant Trilopod Magita was unleashed and attacked the monsters. Anguirus attempted to battle Magita by slamming into the giant Trilopod several times, but was knocked aside by the massive creature. After Godzilla destroyed Magita using his hyper spiral ray and nuclear pulse, Anguirus and the other monsters followed him out to sea, then dispersed around the globe to live in peace.
Anguirus battling Manda in Godzilla: Cataclysm #1
A demonic version of Anguirus appeared in the second issue of the IDW mini-series Godzilla in Hell. He was seen in a frozen wasteland in Hell after Godzilla defeated the demon Rodan and thawed out after sensing Godzilla's presence. He confronted Godzilla and bit him on the arm, but Godzilla flung him off and onto the ice, causing it to shatter and sending Godzilla careening through the ice.
Anguirus appeared alongside Rodan, Biollante, Zilla, King Caesar and Mothra in issue #4 of Godzilla: Oblivion, as they crossed through an interdimensional portal while Mecha-King Ghidorah was fighting Godzilla. In the next issue, where the monsters were joined by Hedorah, Anguirus made his first move against Mecha-King Ghidorah as he rammed him after he was falling from Mothra's attack. When Mecha-King Ghidorah was down, Anguirus kept slashing at him, leaving the latter vulnerable. Later after Mecha-King Ghidorah was defeated by Godzilla, all of the monsters were left behind as the humans left the Earth as it became covered by tiny robotic cells that served as interdimensional doorways.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Anguirus/Gallery.
Sightings[edit | edit source]
- Anguirus's roar was used in many video game series such as Street Fighter and Metroid.
- In Dairanger, Daimugen reuses Anguirus' roar.
- The kaiju Archelus from the 2017 video game Earth Defense Force 5 bears some resemblance to Anguirus, and even demonstrates a rolling attack reminiscent of the one used by Anguirus in Godzilla Final Wars and the Atari video games.
Roar[edit | edit source]
Anguirus's roars were later sped up and used for Mothra. This is most evident in the film Godzilla vs. Mothra, where after being injured, Mothra lets out a roar that sounds almost identical to Anguirus's. In Godzilla Final Wars, his roars were mixed with animal growls.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Anguirus was the second kaiju in the Godzilla series, and Godzilla's first-ever enemy.
- In the 1957 Toho film Tokyo is a Fine Place, a baseball player named William Radon joins a team called the Tokyo Anguirus. The team's uniform includes a shoulder patch with the monster's head in silhouette.
- Anguirus, Rodan, and King Caesar are the only enemy monsters Godzilla spares in Godzilla Final Wars.
- Anguirus was considered to appear in both Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, while his name appears on one of the DNA canisters in the post-credits scene for the latter film.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty stated that, "the skeleton of a creature that might or might not be Anguirus is briefly visible in one shot, just outside Godzilla’s underwater lair." Anguirus is also featured in concept art of the film's final scene, published in The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as are other established kaiju such as Gigan and Gamera. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Dougherty said, "We had thought about using some additional Toho creatures to give them some cameos but every Toho creature comes with a price tag. It was a choice to either shell out more money simply for the rights for these creatures to show up on screen for a few seconds, or embrace the opportunity and the challenge to create new creatures."
- A sprite model for the 1955 version of Anguirus is present in the game files for Godzilla Defense Force, although he cannot be encountered in the game itself.
- Steve Bissette conceptualized a surrogate monster for Anguirus during development of Dark Horse's Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special comic in 1987, along with similar analogues for Mothra and King Ghidorah. While the Mothra and Ghidorah surrogates were discarded, Bissette's Anguirus stand-in, tentatively given the name "Great Turtle," was slightly retooled into the monster Kamerus, which appears through multiple flashbacks in the comic.
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- Underground Gotemba / 御殿場の地底
- Episodes 1, 6, 9, 11, 21, 25, 39-40, 43-44, 58-63, 66, 75, 83-85, 87, 93, 97-98, 101-102, 110-113, 119-120, 125, 127, 130, 132, 134-135, 137-138, 140-142, 144-145, 148-150, 160, 179-182, 185-188, 190-194, 202, 207-208, 212, 214, 216-217, 233, 237, 244-246, 251-252, and 255-256.
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