GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse
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GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse (ＧＯＤＺＩＬＬＡ 怪獣黙示録 Gojira Kaijū Mokushiroku) is a Japanese prequel novel to the 2017 animated Godzilla film GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, written by Renji Oki and supervised by the film's writer Gen Urobuchi and published by Kadokawa. It was released on October 25, 2017. The novel was followed by a sequel, GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, in 2018.
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This novel is a story about what happened before the events of the movie GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters. "Why did the human race have to abandon the Earth, which is its home? What happened between the monsters and the human race before Godzilla appeared? And contact with Godzilla..." The monster apocalypse is recounted from the testimony of people who were soldiers at the forefront, generals or politicians, scientists, or people who were just young children or citizens.
The one and only novel which acts as a prequel to GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, explaining that which is not seen in the film.
The novel GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse is supervised by Gen Urobuchi, who conceived the story and wrote the screenplay for the film!
- Preface 序 (p. 2)
- Chapter One: Emergence 第一章 出現 (p. 19)
- Chapter Two: "G" 第二章 『G』 (p. 112)
- Chapter Three: Contact 第三章 接触 (p. 151)
- Chapter Four: Counteroffensive 第四章 反撃 (p. 186)
- (p. 187) Manda
- (p. 196) Biollante
- (p. 205) Zilla, Gorosaurus
- Fragments (2048) 断章 (2048年) (p. 213)
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Chapter One: Emergence
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Chapter Two: "G"
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Chapter Three: Contact
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Chapter Four: Counteroffensive
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A letter by Akira Sakaki to Daichi Tani.
Weapons, vehicles, and races
- This novel incorporates several kaiju whose names were mentioned in the official timeline for GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters first distributed at AnimeJapan 2017 and made brief cameo appearances in the film itself. Numerous other kaiju, vehicles, organizations, and other entities from the Godzilla franchise and the rest of Toho's tokusatsu library not mentioned in any other supplementary materials for the film are contained in the book as well.
- Anguirus, Baragon, and Varan all appear at the same time in this novel and are killed by Godzilla, likely a reference to the unmade film Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
- The name of the Type-38 Mobile Combat Uniform Jaguar J mentioned in this novel is an obvious reference to Jet Jaguar.
- In a similar fashion, the Gunhed 507 from Gunhed is referenced in the form of a mech named "G-HED".
- In this novel, Godzilla is named after a mythological dragon from the folklore of Odo Island by Kyohei Yamane, which is exactly what transpired in the original 1954 film. Godzilla's name is spelled in kanji as 呉爾羅, which was also the case in Shin Godzilla.
- The carcass of a Kamoebas washes ashore on Odo Island in the novel's second chapter, and is hypothesized to have been killed by Godzilla. This is a reference to a similar scene from Godzilla: Tokyo SOS In addition, this monster is described as belonging to a different species than the other Kamoebas that have appeared, and is said to be a 60 meter-long turtle-like creature missing its right hand. This description corresponds to the Showa Gamera's 60 meter height and the Heisei Gamera losing his right hand in Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris.
- Gorosaurus attacks Paris, France in this novel, just as he did in Destroy All Monsters.
- Zilla attacking France in this novel is likely a nod to the fact that the French were responsible for the TriStar Godzilla's creation in the 1998 film. In addition, Zilla's method of reproducing asexually and rapidly overrunning the human population in this novel is a reference to the worst-case scenario predicted by Niko Tatopoulos in the 1998 film.
- Zilla being misidentified initially as Godzilla likely references a line of dialogue from the beginning of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack making fun of the 1998 film's depiction of Godzilla. It is also similar to Zilla's introduction in the comic Godzilla: Rulers of Earth.
- GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse marks the first appearance of the Griffon from Latitude Zero outside of its debut film.
- In this novel, multiple individuals of several monsters appear, such as Anguirus, Rodan, Kamoebas, Ebirah, Varan, and Baragon. The individuals are often denoted with Roman numerals after their names, but every individual is not necessarily documented. For instance, the Baragon that appears in Los Angeles with Varan II and Anguirus IV is denoted "Baragon II," but no mention of Baragon I is ever made.
- The captain of the Goten in this novel is Hachiro Jinguji, who was the captain of the Gotengo in Atragon.
- Many of the ships that appear in this novel are named after vessels from previous Godzilla films.
- The Glory-gou is a reference to the Eikou Maru from the original Godzilla film and the Glory Maru from Shin Godzilla.
- The Yahata Maru is a reference to the boat of the same name from The Return of Godzilla, which is attacked by Godzilla in the opening scene.
- The Kobayashi Maru is a reference to the boat of the same name which is attacked by Godzilla early in the 1998 film.
- The USS Saratoga shares its name with the American aircraft carrier that pursues Godzilla and the winged MUTO in the 2014 film.
- The premise of this novelization shares some similarities with the Kaiju Apocalypse series of novels written by Eric S. Brown and Jason Cordova and published in 2014. Both chronicle global attacks by kaiju and humanity's retaliation against the creatures with the help of alien immigrants.
- It is mentioned in this novel that there is a monster living in South America that fights using silk and powder and is friendly to humans. While the identity of this monster is never disclosed in this novel, the follow-up GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla reveals that is in fact Mothra.
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