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Garuda
The Garuda in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
Subtitle(s) Anti-G Combat Machine
(対戦闘マシン,   Tai Jī Sentō Mashin)[1]
Anti-G Bombardment Machine
(対砲撃機,   Tai Jī Hōgekiki)G:TB
Height 22.8 meters[2]
Length 84 meters[2][3]
Width 58 meters[2]
Weight 482 metric tons[2][3]
Targets Godzilla, Rodan
Piloted by Andy Johnson, Kazuma Aoki
Attaches to Mechagodzilla
First appearance Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II

The Garuda (ガルーダ,   Garūda) is a mechanical vehicle created by Toho that first appeared in the 1993 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. It attaches to Mechagodzilla, creating Super Mechagodzilla.

Name[edit | edit source]

The Garuda's name is likely derived from that of the legendary bird Garuda of various cultures. Early concepts for the Garuda depicted it as bird- or dragon-like, potentially giving it its name.

Development[edit | edit source]

Toho brought on Wataru Mimura to write a series of drafts for the next Godzilla film, Godzilla 5. One draft introduced a version of Mechagodzilla composed of seven vehicles which could join together and separate, accompanied by the independent flying machine Garuda. It fought a pair of Rodans on Adonoa Island, killing the male and knocking the female into the ocean. During the final battle, the mech killed Godzilla using its G-Crusher weapon; however, Garuda's unstable nuclear reactor exploded and revived Godzilla, who destroyed Mechagodzilla piece by piece. Worried about the logistics of realizing the seven vehicles onscreen, special effects director Koichi Kawakita simplified them into a tank called the Gundalva and a watercraft called the Naga, with the Garuda now able to attach to Mechagodzilla's back. In Mimura's next draft, the Gundalva battled two Pteranodons on Adonoa Island, instead.

Final Garuda concept art by Masaharu Ogawa

Masaharu Ogawa and his company Ogawa Modeling created and designed the Garuda.[2]:77 As with Mechagodzilla, small reference models were created to aid in the production of the props.[2]:77 They created three props at 1:1 scale: one with its cannons extended for hangar and flying scenes, one with the ability to fold the cannons down, and a lighter[2]:77 one with its cannons fully folded to attach to the back of the Mechagodzilla suit.[4] The flying prop, which measured about 38 centimeters, was equipped with a Freon gas assembly to spray streams of gas from its jets. Like Mechagodzilla, it was prototyped in styrofoam before being constructed with FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic).[2]:77 It was later modified with a cannon folding gimmick of its own for scenes of Super Mechagodzilla's transformation. A 1/2-scale Garuda was also produced for shots alongside Mechagodzilla.[2]:80

Main article: Garuda#Concept art.
The Earth and Planet during filming of Monster Planet of Godzilla

Two of the flying Garuda props returned in the Sanrio Puroland short, Monster Planet of Godzilla. A large-scale model was modified to become the ship Earth, while a small-scale one became Planet.[4] Early drafts for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla included a new second Garuda, but it evolved into the Star Falcon. Kawakita's team considered remodeling the Earth miniature again, but decided to create a new prop entirely.[4] The Earth is still preserved and has been put on display at events such as the 2019 Tokusatsu DNA exhibition.

History[edit | edit source]

Heisei era[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II[edit | edit source]

In 1992, the Japanese government commissioned the creation of a spiritual successor to the Super X—the Garuda, a superweapon that would hopefully defeat Godzilla. Meant as the ultimate anti-Godzilla weapon, the Garuda was made obsolete by G-Force's Mechagodzilla, a mech created from researching and salvaging the remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah. Mechagodzilla, however, proved to have flaws, as it was defeated by Godzilla in their first encounter in 1994. In light of this, Kazuma Aoki proposed to modify and combine both the Garuda and Mechagodzilla, resulting in Super Mechagodzilla.

G-Force devised a plan where Mechagodzilla would destroy Godzilla's secondary brain, discovered from research into BabyGodzilla, using the G-Crusher. The plan had Baby Godzilla being used as bait to lure Godzilla. However, unexpectedly, Rodan appeared and stole Baby Godzilla's container from the helicopter transporting him. To retrieve Baby Godzilla, Mechagodzilla was dispatched to handle Rodan, with Kazuma Aoki following in the Garuda.

When it arrived, the Garuda tried to lead Rodan away from the container holding Baby Godzilla, but Rodan managed to incapacitate the Garuda. Kazuma quickly began repairing the weapon, and Mechagodzilla sent Rodan flying into a building with a plasma grenade. Right then, Godzilla appeared, looking for Baby Godzilla. Mechagodzilla tried to fight Godzilla but was no match. Kazuma managed to fully repair the Garuda in time and had it start bombarding Godzilla with firepower, distracting the monster. Mechagodzilla rammed into Godzilla using his thrusters, and finally, it was decided that Mechagodzilla and Garuda needed to combine. Garuda docked into Mechagodzilla's shoulders, and Super Mechagodzilla was formed.

Super Mechagodzilla fought and eventually gained the upper hand against Godzilla, destroying his second brain. Before Mechagodzilla could finish Godzilla off however, Rodan woke up and gave up his life energy to Godzilla for the sake of Baby Godzilla. Godzilla woke up with tremendous energy and rapidly used his power and spiral atomic ray to destroy both Mechagodzilla and Garuda.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

  • Flight at Mach 3.[2]
  • Equipped with dual High Power Maser Beam Cannons (高出力メーサービームキャノン,   Kōshutsuryoku Mēsā Bīmu Kyanon).[2]
  • Armored in an NT-1 artificial diamond coating.
  • Able to attach to Mechagodzilla's back to form Super Mechagodzilla.

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Concept art[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Garuda. 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. Common Knowledge of Godzilla. Futabasha. 6 July 2014. p. 91. ISBN 978-4-575-30696-5.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. 1 November 1993. pp. 16–17, 77, 80. ISBN 978-4091014399.
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  3. 3.0 3.1 Koji Oshima (2004). Everything Godzilla: The Complete Super Encyclopedia. Kodansha. p. 70. ISBN 4063045579.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Heisei Godzilla Perfection. ASCII MEDIA WORKS. 10 December 2012. p. 224. ISBN 978-4048861 Check |isbn= value: checksum (help).

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