GAMERA (2015)

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Japanese poster for GAMERA
Directed by Katsuhito Ishii
Producer Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
Music by Kenji Kawai
Distributor Kadokawa
Running time 4 minutes
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The return. (帰還)

— Tagline

GAMERA (GAMERA (ガメラ),   Gamera) is a 2015 kaiju short film directed by Katsuhito Ishii in commemoration of Gamera's 50th anniversary. It was produced by Kadokawa with visual effects by Omnibus Japan and Marza Animation Planet.[1] The short was first screened at the New York Comic-Con on October 8, 2015 and simultaneously broadcasted live via Twitch. Kadokawa subsequently released a 30-second version of the short through its YouTube channel, though the full version can still be viewed through the Twitch archive.


In Tokyo, a young boy named Manafu and his father are among the citizens fleeing from swarms of Gyaos attacking the city. Manafu's father pushes his son out of the way just before he is eaten by a Gyaos pursuing them. As the Gyaos prepares to consume the boy, a second Gyaos smashes through a nearby building and attacks it. This Gyaos turns its attention to the boy as well, only to be crushed underfoot by Gamera. Gamera then turns to an approaching swarm of Gyaos and takes in a huge breath of air before unleashing a gigantic blast of fire that annihilates them all.

Ten years later, an adult Manafu watches as an eight-limbed creature devastates Tokyo. Suddenly, Gamera appears once again to challenge the monster.


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Rui Takahashi   as   Manafu
  • Kankuro Kudo   as   Manafu's father




The project was first revealed in early 2014 when retailers such as Amiami listed that the May 16 issue of Kadokawa's Tokusatsu Newtype magazine would be having a lead feature on it.[3]


On October 8, 2015, Kadokawa Senior Managing Director Shinichiro Inoue and producer Tsuyoshi Kikuchi held a 50th anniversary presentation for Gamera at New York Comic-Con. Handbills and T-shirts were distributed at the event, which culminated in a screening of GAMERA (erroneously called a "trailer"). An official website dedicated to the short was also launched, and it was reported that the short would be screened at the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival later that month, along with restored versions of Gamera vs. Gyaos, Gamera the Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris.[4]


Main article: GAMERA (short film)/Gallery.


Complete GAMERA short
Shortened version released by Kadokawa


  • Gamera's design from this short seemingly served as the basis for the monster's look in GAMERA -Rebirth-. The short's director, Katsuhito Ishii, is even credited on -Rebirth- for "Gamera original design."
  • The sequence of Gamera charging his fire blast in this short resembles a similar scene from Gamera 2: Attack of Legion when Gamera is in Sapporo; in both, air swirls around his mouth as he inhales.
  • Concept art depicts Gamera flying by shooting flames (labeled "boosters") from the limb holes in his shell and/or from dedicated ports toward the top of his shell. In the final short, he is never seen in flight.

External links


This is a list of references for GAMERA (short film). 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Numakura, Arihito, ed. (26 November 2015). "『GAMERA』石井克人監督 インタビュー(続報)最新のVFX技法を取り入れ、" 新世代の特撮"を実現させる". CGWORLD.
  2. Noguchi, Tomokazu, ed. (29 December 2015). "GAMERA Special Interview: Kan Takahama". Uchusen. Vol. 151. Hobby Japan. pp. 94–95.
  3. Loo, Egan (13 March 2014). "New Gamera Project Listed by Retailer". Anime News Network.
  4. "ガメラ生誕50周年記念映像が公開、クドカンがギャオスの餌食に". Eiga Natalie. 9 October 2015.


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