Erika Shiragami

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Erika Shiragami
Erika Shiragami in Godzilla vs. Biollante
Species Human
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Botanist
Related to Genichiro Shiragami (father),
Biollante (cell recipient)
First appearance Godzilla vs. Biollante
Played by Yasuko Sawaguchi
How long have we been living in such an age? Perhaps it began when man first stepped out of the Garden of Eden. Try to think about that one more time.

— Erika's closing narration (Godzilla vs. Biollante)

Erika Shiragami (白神 英理加,   Shiragami Erika) was the daughter of Genichiro Shiragami who appeared in the 1989 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Biollante. Her cells were components of the kaiju Biollante, which retained Erika's consciousness.

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Godzilla vs. Biollante[edit | edit source]

Erika was the daughter of Genichiro Shiragami, and worked with him at the Saradia Institute of Biotechnology, studying ways to engineer plants resistant to drought. Erika once told her friend Asuka Okouchi that one day the desert would "come alive" with flowers, and as a botanist Erika successfully spliced cactus genes into a strain of wheat, allowing it to grow successfully in the desert. While Erika was working in her father's laboratory in Saradia, the American terrorist organization Bio-Major detonated a bomb at the lab in an attempt to sabotage Shiragami's research using Godzilla cells. Erika was killed in the attack, and her grief-stricken father gave up his research and returned to his native Japan to live in solitude near Lake Ashi. In an attempt to keep Erika alive in some form, Shiragami used his scientific prowess to splice some of her cells into a rosebush, as his daughter had loved roses. After five years, Shiragami brought in the psychic prodigy Miki Saegusa to try and communicate with Erika's spirit, but she reported nothing except for faintly hearing a girl call Asuka's name.

When Mount Mihara began to erupt, the resulting earthquake destroyed the terrarium containing the rosebush, causing most of the roses to die. Believing his beloved daughter would be gone forever if he did not act, Shiragami volunteered to join the JSDF's team attempting to engineer an anti-Godzilla bioweapon from Godzilla's cells, on the condition that he could keep a sample of the cells in his laboratory. Shiragami successfully spliced Godzilla's cells into the surviving rose, hoping their regenerative abilities would keep the rose containing his daughter's spirit alive forever. The rose survived and began growing rapidly, with the G-cells becoming an overwhelming influence on its cell division. After two Bio-Major agents and the Saradian assassin SSS9 raided Shiragami's lab to steal his notes on the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria, the rose began to move and attacked them before fleeing the laboratory. The bizarre hybrid creature took root in Lake Ashi and grew to 85 meters in height. Shiragami named his creation Biollante, after a plant spirit from Norse mythology. Miki noted that she could sense a voice coming from Biollante calling out for Asuka, which Asuka realized must be Erika's spirit. Biollante began crying out from the lake, drawing the attention of Godzilla, freshly released from Mt. Mihara. When Godzilla arrived, Erika's consciousness lost control of Biollante, which became a violent cross between Godzilla and a plant. Biollante attacked Godzilla, but Godzilla overpowered her and set her ablaze. However, the G-cells granted Biollante true immortality, as she broke apart into a cloud of energy spores and floated away. Biollante later returned in her more Godzilla-like final form and attacked again Godzilla at Wakasa Bay, raising his body temperature to the point that the ANEB took effect and caused him to pass out. Badly wounded in the battle, Biollante broke apart into spores of energy once again and floated up into outer space, with Erika's face becoming visible among the spores. As Biollante departed, Miki, Asuka, and Shiragami looked on, with Miki reporting that she heard Erika's spirit within Biollante telling them "thank you." Shiragami stepped forward and called out his daughter's name, but was shot and killed by SSS9.

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