Dagahra

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Dagahra sits atop Nilai-Kanai Temple in Rebirth of Mothra II
Dagahra
Alternate Names Dagarla, Dagarlah, Dagara, Dagarah
Subtitle Demon Sea Monster
(魔海獣,   Makai-jū)[1]
Ocean Monster
(海洋怪獣,   Kaiyō Kaijū)G:TB
Species Pollution-Consuming Aquatic Reptile
Length 73 meters[2]
Wingspan 36 meters[2]
Weight 17,700 metric tons[2]
Relations Nilai-Kanai (Creators)
Allies Barems
Enemies Mothra Leo, Ghogo
Created by Masumi Suetani, Tomoyuki Tanaka
Portrayed Mizuho Yoshida
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Rebirth of Mothra II GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters
Roar(s)

Dagahra (ダガーラ,   Dagāra) is a pollution-consuming kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1997 Toho film, Rebirth of Mothra II.

Design

Dagahra is an aquatic reptile that possesses characteristics of both a manta ray and a dragon. He has three horns on his head in a triangular arc, and he has two cannon-like structures on his shoulders that split open when he releases Barems. Dagahra has two wings, but they are folded when he is on land. When Dagahra is flying, his wings unfurl to about half his body length. Dagahra possesses fins along his fore and hind limbs, as well as a long fin that runs down his back and tail, which has two smaller fins on it. After evolving underwater, Dagahra grows two large spikes on his shoulders. The ends of Dagahra's mouth are curled up slightly, giving him a facial expression resembling an evil grin. Dagahra's skin is green, while other parts of his body are a rusty-orange color and his eyes are bright yellow.

Origins

Dagahra was created by the ancient Nilai-Kanai civilization in order to consume and clean up the pollution they produced. However, there was a deadly side-effect, as Dagahra began producing millions of mutant starfish called Barems, which completely overran and destroyed the Nilai-Kanai. Dagahra disappeared for thousands of years following the Nilai-Kanai's destruction, but reappeared in the present day to feed on the pollution created by mankind.

History

Heisei Series

Rebirth of Mothra II

Dagahra flies in Rebirth of Mothra II

In the past, a race of advanced people called the Nilai-Kanai created Dagahra to clean all the pollution they were releasing. Dagahra consumed the pollution, but created the Barems in the process. The Barems were acidic sea stars, and Dagahra released them on the Nilai-Kanai and destroyed the people. Dagahra then fell into a deep sleep, resting at the bottom of the ocean.

Thousands of years later, Dagahra was awakened again due to the rise in pollution rates in Japan. It began eating the pollution and releasing the Barems once again. The Barems attacked and killed many people on the surface. After hearing of Dagahra, Mothra Leo came and attacked it, but was put at a disadvantage when Dagahra was under the water. He was infected by the Barems, but Ghogo used his power to turn Mothra Leo into Rainbow Mothra, who now had the ability to transform into Aqua Mothra, so he could battle on equal terms with Dagahra. Mothra Leo managed to battle and defeat Dagahra, then dropped the monster's body onto the Nilai-Kanai Temple, which exploded along with Dagahra, ending the monster's reign of terror once and for all.

Post-Millennium Series

GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters

Dagahra attacked Australia in December 2017, causing 6.7 million deaths.[3]

Abilities

  • Dagahra can fly at the speed of Mach 10.
  • Dagahra can fire an Irabushan Beam from his mouth.
  • Dagahra is able to fire Crimson energy beams from his dorsal fins.
  • Dagahra can rotate and fire Energy Rings from his body.
  • Dagahra is able to create a tornado of Barems and lightning by quickly rotating himself underwater.
  • The two cannons on Dagahra's shoulders can fire either energy beams or a concentrated mixture of Barem and crystallized toxins.
  • Dagahra is an adept swimmer that can move underwater at 150 knots.
  • Dagahra can fire lightning at foes.

Weaknesses

If the Barem-producing organs inside of Dagahra's body are destroyed, he will become severely weakened and helpless.

Filmography

Video Games

Books

GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse

Dagahra was credited as the monster that caused mankind to lose the continent of Australia. Dagahra first appeared in late November of 2017, and made contact with the American nuclear submarine Seawolf at the point of 47 degrees 9 minutes south latitude, 126 degrees 43 minutes west longitude. Two weeks later, the U.S. Navy, including the USS Saratoga, engaged Dagahra in American Samoa and successfully injured him, but could not pursue him due to the presence of Barem in the water. Three days later Barem arrived at the port of Pago Pago, and eventually caused one-third of its inhabitants to die of bacterial infection. Two weeks later, on Christmas Day, Dagahra approached Australia, but the Australian Navy did not attack out of fear of releasing Barem into Australian waters. Dagahra made landfall in Sydney and devastated the city before moving on to Newcastle. The government was thrown into chaos and in the confusion gave the ill-advised order to attack Dagahra. Dagahra was fatally wounded and flew out to sea, where it died and contaminated the surrounding waters with huge numbers of Barem. This led to a pandemic and famine later known as the "Red Christmas Scourge," which by 2018 claimed the lives of 3 million people. Australia's waters became heavily polluted by the Barem, and it received no foreign aid and eventually collapsed. An estimated 6.7 million people were killed or wounded in Dagahra's attack.[4]

Gallery

Main article: Dagahra/Gallery.

Trivia

  • Dagahra is the only villain monster of the Rebirth of Mothra series to not be a Ghidorah.
  • Dagahra's abilities bear resemblance to those of Hedorah. However, Dagahra differs from Hedorah, in that Dagahra was deliberately created to serve a role given to him by the Nilai-Kanai, whereas Hedorah is simply a lone alien who wanted to consume Earth's pollution and make the planet's conditions more suitable for himself.
  • Like Gyaos in the Heisei Gamera trilogy, Dagahra was created by an ancient civilization, and ultimately turned on his creators and wiped them out.
  • The coordinates where Seawolf first makes contact with Dagahra in GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, 47°9′S 126°43′W, are where the fictional lost city of R'lyeh, the prison of Cthulhu, is said to be located in the story "The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft. The kaiju Gatanozoa in the show Ultraman Tiga was also said to be born in R'lyeh.

References

This is a list of references for Dagahra. 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]

  1. Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 101. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. p. 269. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  3. [1]
  4. Renji Ōki. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse. Kadokawa. pp. 19-111. October 25, 2017.

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JohnGojira

4 months ago
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He’s cool, yes, but I prefer Hedorah.
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Zakor1138

5 months ago
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I like that in Monster Apocalypse it implies Dagahra is basically Cthulhu.

(Bonus points for anyone who can guess why I said that)
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

8 months ago
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Oh by the way, when is Dagahra's roar going to be uploaded as a video?
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ItsDestoroyah

13 months ago
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He has a creepy-ass smile...ANDIDONTLIKETHEWAYHESTARESINOTMYSOUL
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Koopa

19 months ago
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Another awesome monster who's in the Monster Planet timeline! It'd be great to see him actually appear though.
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BigRandomKaiju

19 months ago
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He's kool
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Titanollante

21 months ago
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DAGAHRA IS NOW <OFFICIALLY> A GODZILLA MONSTER. FINALLY.

Now we wait for Desghidorah to appear in a Godzilla movie so we can get him in IDW comics...
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Magara M&E

26 months ago
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