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Garasharp (ガラシャープ is a giant snake Garashāpu)kaiju who first appeared in the 1991 Gamera short film Gamera vs. Garasharp. Garasharp would go on to appear in the 2017 manga The Last Hope as a race of subterranean monsters.
Garasharp is a gigantic snake-like creature with light green skin, a tan segmented underbelly, a row of spikes on her back, and a rounded tail tip from which a huge pointed stinger extends. She has orange eyes and two pointed horns on her head, as well as two sharp fangs in her mouth. Her neck and head are surrounded by a flat hood resembling that of a king cobra.
Garasharp's origins are unstated in the 1991 short film. In The Last Hope, the Garasharps are a race of enormous subterranean snakes who attacked an ancient civilization in reaction to its consumption of mana.
Garasharp attacked Shinjuku in Japan, prompting Gamera to arrive and battle her. During the battle, Garasharp stuck her tongue down Gamera's throat, absorbing most of Gamera's energy which paralyzed Gamera, turning him white and ballooning Garasharp to enourmous proportions. With her newly acquired strength, Garasharp proceeded to rampage through Shinjuku, devastating the area.
After some time passes, Gamera recovers from having his energy drained, and confronts Garasharp again, this time in the suburbs of Tokyo. During their second fight, Garasharp swallowed a few explosives. Gamera used his fire on Garasharp, but again the cobra absorbed it into her mouth. The fire, however, agitated the explosives inside Garasharp's throat and as a result, she was brutally decapitated by the explosion. When two of Garasharp's offspring emerged from her body, the JSDF moved in to exterminate the small monsters. However, Gamera intervened. Landing near the baby monsters, Gamera allowed them to slither onto his back. Flying away so that the military could not harm the tiny Garasharp serpents, Gamera took them to a deserted tropical island, and proceeded to break off their horns and fangs, leaving the monsters on their new home where they would not cause any further harm to humanity.
Garasharp's tongue can absorb heat from any source to increase her size. She stuck her tongue down Gamera’s throat to absorb his energy, which also paralyzed him temporarily.
Garasharp can exhale a poisonous white mist from her mouth.
Garasharp has a rattle on the tip of her tail, similar to rattlesnakes. Whenever she shakes her tail, the rattle can emit a supersonic noise. It also rotates like a drill.
Garasharp carries her offspring within her body to protect them. These offspring are very strong despite their age and size, and are able to survive their parent being destroyed without any injury. They also survive Gamera breaking off their horns and fangs.
- The Last Hope (2017)
Implied to have been awakened by or acting in retaliation to Atlantean civilization's flagrant use of mana, the Garasharp species besieged the civilization. The Four Generals which commanded the Atlantean military and civil forces were unable to stop the Garasharp horde with conventional weapons. Acting on the plans of the Phoenix General of the South, the Atlanteans created a countermeasure free of mana to fight off and exterminate the Garasharp, the Gyaos. The Gyaos flocks and Garasharp horde battled to the death, with the former proving victorious. However at least one Garasharp, the greatest of their kind, survived the conflict. The Gyaos turned on their creators due to their ravenous hunger, waging a war of attrition with Atlantis and the series of guardians the city had made. The war dragged on as the city continued to utilize mana, until only one protector for the city remained, the last Gamera.
As a horde of Gyaos launched an attack, the largest Garasharp surfaced and battled the remaining Gamera. The serpent initially had the upper hand, knocking the guardian about and impaling it with its spiked tail. Realizing the battle with the Gyaos and Garasharp was just an extension of the conflict between Atlantis and the Earth itself, as constant use of mana would only cause the war to continue, Gamera unleashed his full power to destroy the mystical city. The blast destroyed a majority of the Gyaos and engulfed the final Garasharp as well.
- It is a common misconception that Garasharp was planned to appear in an unmade Gamera film and not an original short. According to director Noriaki Yuasa, "The creator of the film announced that it was the un-produced Gamera movie. But Garasharp is a character which was made specifically for the bonus tr[a]ck of the LD set." Had Daiei not gone bankrupt in 1971, Gamera's next opponent was intended to be a serpent, but it was a two-headed beast codenamed W.
- Garasharp has purple blood, like Barugon and Space Gyaos.
- A kaiju based on Garasharp, called "Garansharp," appears in the 1994 manga Gamera the Giant Monster.
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