Genshiro Shiragami

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Genshiro Shiragami
Doctor Shiragami in Godzilla vs. Biollante
Species Human
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Geneticist
Related to Erika Shiragami (daughter),
Biollante (creation),
General GyozenG:U (superior)
First appearance Godzilla vs. Biollante
Played by Koji Takahashi
Godzilla and Biollante aren't monsters. It's the unscrupulous scientists who created them who are the real monsters.
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— Dr. Genshiro Shiragami (Godzilla vs. Biollante)

Doctor Genshiro Shiragami (白神源壱郎博士,   Shiragami Genshiro Hakase) is a biological scientist and a major character in the 1989 Toho film, Godzilla vs. Biollante.

History

Heisei series

Godzilla vs. Biollante

After the raid of Godzilla in 1984, a group of Japanese soldiers scoured the ruins of Tokyo in search of left behind Godzilla cells. Suddenly, the soldiers were assaulted by agents of Bio-Major, an American scientific corporation, who stole the cells. Before the agents could escape with the cells, an assassin from Saradia called SSS9 killed them and broight the samples back to Saradia. There, Dr. Shiragami was working for the Saradia Institute of Biotechnology in order to genetically engineer plants to grow in the arid deserts of the nation. This, the government hoped, would gradually take the country away from relying only on oil exports for profit, and hopefully make them the world's largest grain exporter, threatening the status of more powerful nations like the United States and Japan. Using the imported Godzilla cells, Shiragami and his botanist daughter Erika hoped to breed these immortal plants. However, before this coulf become a reality, Bio-Major bombed the laboratory, killing Erika in the process and destroying most of Shiragami's experiments. Grief-stricken, Shiragami returned to Japan, unwilling to continue his experiments.

A few years later, in 1990, Shiragami tried to keep his daughter alive by splicing what little DNA he could retrieve from her into a rosebush. He also enlisted the help of psychic Miki Saegusa to check for psychic waves coming from the rosebushes. Little did he know that both Bio-Major and SSS9 were watching from afar. When an earthquake destroyed the rosebush, Shiragami agreed to take part in a bio-weapon project with the Japanese government so that he could have access to a supply of Godzilla cells and use them to keep the roses alive. After Shiragami successfully spliced Godzilla's cells into one lone rose, it began to rapidly mutate into the monster Biollante. Two Bio-Major agents, John Lee and Michael Low, raided Shiragami's laboratory to find his notes on the bio-weapon project, the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria. There, they were attacked by SSS9, but the battle was interrupted when Biollante attacked all of them, killing Low and forcing the others to retreat. Biollante then left the lab and took root in the nearby Lake Ashi, taking the form of a gigantic rose. Godzilla, freed from Mount Mihara by a Bio-Major bomb, eventually arrived at the lake, attracted by Biollante's call. Godzilla battled Biollante, seemingly killing her, much to Shiragami's dismay. However, Biollante broke apart into spores of energy and floated away, cleading Shiragami to realize she was immortal and could not die after all. Later at the Wakasa plain, Shiragami witnessed the final battle between Godzilla and Biollante in her second form. After the battle, Shiragami witnessed Erika's face appear as Biollante ascended into outer space in the form of spores, only to be shot and killed by SSS9, who was then himself killed by Sho Kuroki when he was standing on an M6000 T.C. System pad.

Video games

Godzilla: Unleashed

Doctor Shiragami appears in Godzilla: Unleashed as a member of the Global Defense Force human council. He accidentally created Biollante under General Gyozen's instructions to create an anti-monster mutagen. He also made a breakthrough in understanding what the Power-Surge crystals do to the kaiju. In the PS2 version, due to the absence of Biollante, his role is heavily reduced.

Trivia

  • In Godzilla: Unleashed, Shiragami's overall appearance is radically different to his film counterpart. He resembles a stereotypical American scientist with a flowing white labcoat and thick-rimmed glasses.

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G&G-Fan

5 days ago
Score -1
You know the more I think about it the more I realize Dr. Shiragami is just fucking senile. He thinks Godzilla and Biollante have identical DNA despite Biollante being a hybrid (so technically she has both Godzilla and flower DNA) and he also thinks that Godzilla is cold blooded and that that means he literally has cold blood.
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G&G-Fan

4 days ago
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What's your problem, person who downvoted this? I was mostly joking but what I said is pretty much facts ngl. Like first, Godzilla wouldn't be cold blooded if he is a dinosaur, they are warm blooded, and second, being cold blooded doesn't literally mean you have cold blood.
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The H-Man

3 days ago
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I'll bite: it's because you're ascribing minor scientific errors made by the screenwriter to a fictional character. Besides, neither error is all that big.

Omori might have been mistaken about ectotherms' blood temperature, but if that really bothers you so much, the mistake can be rectified by supposing that the ANEB needs an exceptionally high temperature to breed in.

Additionally, Omori might not have known that dinosaurs were generally endothermic. I'm not too well read in paleobiology but perhaps that understanding of dinosaur thermoregulation didn't enter the mainstream until after the film. If that's the case, it's not his fault that he was working with a now-outmoded understanding of ancient animals.

Anyway, applying paleobiology to fictional species is rather pointless because very rarely will you find a created animal that perfectly conforms to scientific understanding. Additionally, Godzilla is a dinosaur that suffered severe mutation via unnatural means: it's not a huge leap to suppose Godzilla belongs to an unknown family of ectothermic theropods, or that that trait was adapted by his mutation into a monster. (And not that it matters in the discussion of "Biollante," but GvMGII has a paleontologist describe Godzillasaurus as a herbivore, this despite the presence of sizable teeth adapted for rending flesh, and the fact that it's ostensibly a species which belonged to a family of carnivores. That's later precedent for wonky pseudo science in these movies. In this case, Mimura used this "science" to give his characters reason to believe Baby Godzilla would be benign.)

My two cents.
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G&G-Fan

3 days ago
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I guess you're right, I just find it funny when supposively very intelligent scientists in fiction that are supposed to be the best in the field actually don't have a clue what they're talking about, like Yamane in Gojira during his paleontology segment when he says the Jurassic period was 2 million years ago and dinosaurs lived among trilobites. I feel like if you want to use science in your movie you should do actual research about it. For example I still get triggered by Kazuma calling Pteranodons "small flying dinosaurs". Bruh they're literally one of the largest pterosaurs and they're not dinosaurs. If you're going to have a character that's enthusiastic about pterosaurs at least have him know the first thing about them. And that's my favorite Godzilla movie.

Again I was mostly joking anyway, I just thought the idea of the supposed smartest guy in the room actually just being a senile old man making stuff up was funny.

I always thought that Godzillasaurus were omnivores. Godzilla Junior later does kill whales suggesting that Godzillasaurus eat both plants and meat.
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Titan of Water

15 months ago
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Turned your daughter into a freak of nature m. Father of the year am I right?
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AngiraBlu

4 days ago
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That suddenly made me think of one of, if not among the top, the absolute worst dads in anime/manga history (and I'm probably gonna trigger some people with just his name alone): Shou Tucker from Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 days ago
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Is it better or worse that Shiragami waited until she was dead?
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VaderRaptor

3 days ago
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Both
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AngiraBlu

3 days ago
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@VaderRaptor: Yep. Biollante's basically Frankenstein, when ya think about it. ….. Uh, the original one by Mary Shelley, not the kaijin by Toho.
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