Gezora

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Gezora™ copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Monster
Gezora in Space Amoeba
Gezora
Alternate Names Zogera,[1] Gesoi,[2] Gezorah[3]
Subtitle Giant Squid Monster
(大イカ怪獣,   Ōika Kaijū?)[4]
Huge Squid (巨大いか,   Kyodai Ika?)G:TB
Species Mutated Kisslip Cuttlefish[5][6]
Height 30 meters[6][7]
Weight 25,000 metric tons[6][7]
Place of Emergence Sergio Island[5]
Controlled by YogSA, DevoniansG:RoE
Relations Yog (Creator), Ganimes ('Brother'),
Kamoebas ('Brother')
Allies Manda, Titanosaurus, DestoroyahG:RoE
Enemies GodzillaG:RoE, EbirahG:RAT
Created by Ishiro Honda, Ei Ogawa,
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Portrayed Haruo Nakajima
First Appearance Space Amoeba
Roar(s)
More Roars
Taro Kudo: “I'd say that giant octopus is our monster. Maybe what the natives call Gezora isn't a myth. Tell me Doctor, now what are we gonna do? Why do you think he let us go? [...]
Dr. Kyoichi Mida: “I don't know, I don't know anything at all. All my knowledge of biology and none of it's any use to me at all.
― Taro Kudo and Kyoichi Mida, after having been nearly killed at the hands of Gezora. (Space Amoeba)

Gezora (ゲゾラ,   Gezora?) is a mutated cuttlefish kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1970 Toho film, Space Amoeba.

A kisslip cuttlefish mutated by the space amoeba Yog off the coast of Sergio Island, Gezora was regarded as a mythical beast by the island's natives. The monster took its first victim in the form of a man named Sakura, whose friend Yokoyama managed to escape the scene but was later tracked down and killed by Gezora in his temporary residence on the island. Gezora attempted to kill an islander named Rico, who was a witness to the death of Yokoyama, but was repelled by the ultrasonic waves emitted from a nearby colony of native bats, leaving the man in a near-unresponsive state and with a number of frostbitten wounds. Gezora was later encountered underwater by Taro Kudo and Dr. Kyoichi Mida, and took to land shortly after to decimate a native outpost, but was ultimately killed by Taro, Mida, and the rest of their group with help from a few natives by drenching a field in gasoline and luring the monster to it with gunshots before setting him ablaze with torches. Gezora retreated to the ocean floor where he finally died from his wounds, however Yog escaped his host and sought out new creatures to mutate.

Although never featured in a Godzilla film aside from stock footage in the beginning of Godzilla: Final Wars, the tentacled monster became the most popular of the three kaiju introduced in Space Amoeba, subsequently appearing in a variety of Toho-licensed Godzilla media, ranging from official fantasy matchup artwork in books, to video games (two of which didn't even feature Ganimes or Kamoebas), to the American comics published by IDW, and even the novel GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, a prequel to the GODZILLA anime trilogy.

Name

Gezora's name comes from the Japanese word geso (下足?), meaning squid tentacles, and ra, a common suffix for kaiju names. Gezora's name was initially rejected due to being "too obvious," but Ishiro Honda gave it his approval and thus it was used anyway.[8] Originally, the monster's name was Zogera (ゾゲラ?),[1] before "Gezora" was decided upon.

Assistant special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano has openly expressed dissatisfaction with the names of Gezora, Ganimes, and Kamoebas, even rather jokingly suggesting "Gesoi" as a better name for Gezora, saying at a panel at G-Fest in 2004, "We made a mistake in naming those kaiju! One reason that [Space Amoeba] was not successful was because no one liked their names. Since Gezora is a big squid, it would have been better to call him Gesoi because that's what people say when they order sushi! But then everyone would think you're ordering sushi! So the names of the kaiju were bad" and "The names of these kaiju in Japanese are lousy. The names don't fit, and the kaiju just aren't scary. Maybe if we named the three differently, the movie would have been better. It was the names that killed the three kaiju."[2]

Gezora is typically given the subtitle Giant Squid Monster (大イカ怪獣 or 大いか怪獣,   Ōika Kaijū?) across most media, however the video game Godzilla: Trading Battle instead refers to him as Huge Squid (巨大いか,   Kyodai Ika?).

Development

Haruo Nakajima wearing the bottommost piece to the Gezora suit during rehearsals. Note the human miniature attached to the suit's tentacle.

Gezora's design was based after real-life cephalopods,[6] and, according to assistant special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano, the principle that "by making things people know huge, they'd be scary."[2] Nobuyuki Yasumaru was responsible for constructing the model of Gezora,[8] while the suit was modeled by veteran Toho modelers Teizo Toshimitsu and Yasuei Yagi, and portrayed by Haruo Nakajima.[6] The suit was made in such a fashion that it could be split into two pieces, a top piece, encompassing the entirety of the upper part of its head, and a bottom piece, encompassing the rest of its head and the whole of its body, and would often be worn by Haruo Nakajima with the top piece off during rehearsals.[4]

Originally, the suit's eyeballs were intended to be able to move, however the mechanism broke during filming and was never repaired.[8] Producer Fumio Tanaka later commented on this in a 1995 interview, saying "I remember that at one point during the production of [Space Amoeba], the eyes of Gezora, the giant squid, stopped working, but shooting was not stopped" and went on further to link this oversight to the passing of special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya, saying "Mr. Tsuburaya had more influence within Toho than Teisho Arikawa did. So the members of the special effects staff were given less time in which to do their work after Mr. Tsuburaya died. This made them work a little less carefully than they previously had."[9] In order to better sell the illusion of Gezora being a real creature and to give it less of a feel of a human in a suit, Haruo Nakajima's legs were intentionally concealed among the creature's various other tentacles.[4] To further this, Nakajima made an effort to shake his body as he walked in the suit to give the illusion that the remaining tentacles were also moving,[4] while Gezora's two longest, frontmost tentacles were primarily operated by wires. Multiple human miniatures were constructed and attached to one of Gezora's tentacles in certain scenes to convey the effect of it picking up and killing civilians, such as when it ensnares, drowns, and presumably consumes Sakura or when it picks up and tosses an islander during its second siege on land. Additionally, for scenes such as the one where Gezora's tentacles burst into the house that Yokoyama and Rico are in, at least two 1/1 scale (full-size) tentacle props were constructed[1][4] and operated by piano wires.

Origins

In Space Amoeba, Gezora is a kisslip cuttlefish native to the waters around Sergio Island. He was possessed by the space amoeba Yog after the space probe Helios-7 crashed into the waters near the island, and mutated into a gigantic monster. The natives gave the creature the name "Gezora" after a squid deity spoken of in their folklore, believing the creature itself to be this entity.

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Gezora's origins are never directly stated, however it is implied to be an ancient creature belonging to the Earth's natural order, as he is depicted on a mural located on Infant Island showing the planet's many natural kaiju. The mural specifically classifies Gezora as a water kaiju, along with Zilla, Varan, Ganimes, Ebirah, Titanosaurus, Manda, and Kamoebas. In the present day, Gezora was captured and taken control of by the aquatic alien race known as the Devonians, and used along with several other of the water kaiju in their attempted invasion of Earth.

History

Showa Series

Space Amoeba

Gezora in Space Amoeba

Gezora was created when the alien amoeba Yog, which had been taking refuge on the spaceship Helios-7, possessed and mutated a cuttlefish in the waters off Sergio Island, where the ship had previously crash landed. The natives of the island regarded the monster as akin to a creature of legend, and the island's elder Onbo warned of the beast's wrath. Two foreigners, an engineer named Yokoyama and his friend Sakura, decided against heeding the warnings of the native people, believing it to be mere superstition, and sneaked off to a beach near the ocean to fish. Although Sakura warned that the air and water felt unusually cool, Yokoyama reassured him that it was nothing more than a temperature drop due to the time of day and a current of cold water, and cast his line into the waters. Immediately, to their shock, the water lit up with a blinding streak of blue light before none other than Gezora emerged. Fearing for their lives, the men attempted to flee from the kraken-like sea monster, but Sakura stumbled on the rocky terrain and fell to the ground. Realizing this, Yokoyama turned back and attempted to help his companion, but it was too late. Gezora ensnared Sakura in his giant tentacle and dragged the man under the water, drowning and presumably consuming him. As the monster descended back under the murky depths, Yokoyama continued to frantically flee but was met by Onbo and a number of his followers, to whom he dejectedly recounted the experience.

Later, after being confronted about the incident by the recently-arrived Taro Kudo, Kyoichi Mida, Ayako Hoshino, and Makoto Obata, Yokoyama agreed to transport the group to an underground cavern which they intended to survey. There, they discovered a large reservoir of water which came in from the sea at high tide. Not long after, the water lit up with a blue glow not unlike that previously experienced by Yokoyama and Sakura, the former warning the rest of the group that it was a sign of the monster. As the water churned and several waves crashed against the cave floor, the light disappeared and it was concluded that the monster had left. One of the waves created washed up a Japanese wristwatch which Yokoyama recognized as Sakura's, sending him into a panic and prompting him to speed off in his vehicle, stranding the rest of the group. As Yokoyama and an islander named Rico who had tagged along in the jeep arrived at the hut which Yokoyama had been temporarily taking residence in, Gezora emerged from the ocean and came on land. The monster wasted no time in making his attack, arriving at the building and bursting through the ceiling and window with its tentacles to terrorize the men inside. Gezora quickly constricted Yokoyama with one of the tentacles and ripped him from the shack, before doing the same with Rico, tossing the latter to the ground outside. After further dismantling the building, Gezora prepared to finish Rico off, but was suddenly driven off by a colony of bats flying overhead, due to the ultrasonic waves which they had been emitting. Although Rico managed to keep his life, he was left in a near-comatose state, responding only to light shined in his eyes, and with a number of frostbitten wounds on his body, both of which concluded by Dr. Kyoichi Mida to be the doing of Gezora.

Gezora was again encountered the following morning as Taro and the doctor were diving in the ocean to search for the crashed Helios-7. Immediately after catching sight of the men, Gezora outstretched his tentacles and managed to entrap Taro in one of them. Frantically, Taro attempted to stab at the tentacle with a knife and Dr. Mida assisted by firing a harpoon at it, however neither object was able to pierce it. In their time of distraction, Gezora was able to further trap Dr. Mida in its other tentacle, seemingly sealing the fates of both men. Fortunately, Gezora's attention was diverted by a group of dolphins swimming nearby, allowing for the two to free themselves. Gezora then released a cloud of ink to disperse the dolphins, but also inadvertently allowed for Taro and Dr. Mida to make their escape in the process. As the men arrived at shore, Gezora also emerged and made his way to a native encampment. There, the monster began to terrorize its inhabitants and decimate several buildings, even killing the elder Onbo by picking up and tossing him with his tentacle.

Conspiring against the beast, Taro, Dr. Mida, and Ayako concluded that using fire against Gezora may prove effective, as Ayako noticed that at one point his tentacle was scalded by a small fire in the village. With help from a number of natives, Taro and the doctor began to fire at Gezora with rifles to catch his attention and lure him into a clearing. Once there, the field was drenched in gasoline from an old munitions dump and lit with torches, setting Gezora ablaze. With massive burns and sores covering his body, the giant cuttlefish ran back to the ocean and began to attempt to swim away, but ultimately perished on the seafloor. Yog then escaped from the monster's corpse, only to travel back to the island to continue his attack.

Abilities

Amphibiousness

Although able to travel on land, Gezora is primarily an aquatic creature, and as such is capable of swimming and breathing underwater.

Bioluminescence

Gezora emits a blue glow before emerging from underwater

When underwater, Gezora is able to emit bands of bright, blue light, which ultimately came to be recognized as a sign of the monster's presence. This ability may be, in part, due to the space amoeba Yog possessing Gezora's body, who himself is an amorphous bright blue creature that emits a similar glow. In a similar manner, when on land, Gezora's eyes continuously blink a yellow light, and his body also seems to periodically glow a dim blue, such as when he is being shot at by Taro and Dr. Mida.

Tentacles

Gezora picks up and tosses an islander with his tentacle

Gezora has ten long, suction-cup-laden tentacles which are effective at pinning[5][note 1] and constricting people or objects. Within the film, Gezora uses his tentacles to great effect, striking objects from a distance and knocking them over or using them to constrict people to then either toss or drown them.

Ink

Gezora expels a cloud of ink to obscure the waters around him

Gezora possesses a tube on his body, from which large quantities of ink can be secreted underwater.[5][note 2] Much like in real-world cephalopods, this ink acts as a sort of smokescreen, hampering visibility greatly, and was used by Gezora to disperse a group of dolphins swimming nearby.

Freezing Temperature

Gezora is an extremely cold-blooded creature, with a body temperature close to freezing. Because of this, Gezora is able to cool the water and air around him to freezing temperatures and is even said to be able to instantaneously freeze opponents,[5][note 3] though the latter is only somewhat displayed when Gezora's tentacles leave the islander Rico with a number of frostbitten wounds. Its body also seems to emanate a sub-zero gas, leaving a trail of white fog wherever he roams.

Durability

Gezora displayed some resistance to conventional weaponry, such as being unfazed by a number of rifle shots and having his skin unable to be pierced by a knife or harpoon.

Weaknesses

Gezora is set ablaze after being lured to a gasoline-drenched field

Due to its incredibly low body temperature, Gezora is weakened by high temperatures. This ultimately caused Gezora's demise in Space Amoeba, when he was lured onto a field drenched with gasoline, which upon being lit, fatally burned the creature. Gezora is also extremely vulnerable to ultrasonic waves, a trait also shared by the other two kaiju spawned by Yog: Kamoebas and Ganimes.[5][note 4] This is demonstrated after Gezora's first shown attack on Sergio Island, when he is deterred by the ultrasonic waves emitted from a colony of native bats.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters!

Gezora, along with Moguera, appears on every world in the game. His only means of attack is extending a single tentacle, which deals minimal damage. However, he is highly mobile, and often stalls for time by trapping Godzilla or Mothra at the edge of the screen, allowing him to regenerate health as the turn ends. Unless the 'DESTR0Y ALL M0NSTERS' code is in effect, Gezora will always be the boss with the lowest health on a given world.

Books

GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse

Gezora appeared in the Mediterranean in the latter half of the 2010's and hindered refugee movement into Europe. While European military forces were said to have the capabilities to destroy Gezora, they did not engage him so as to discourage further immigration of refugees into the continent.[10]

GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla

Gezora was eventually exterminated in 2039 as part of "Operation: Eternal Light."[11]

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Gezora first appeared in issue #3, where he attacked the survivors of the U.S.S. Goldstein, which had been sunk by Manda, while under the control of the Devonian aliens. In issue #9, he attacked a naval fleet assembled near where Godzilla fought Biollante, alongside Manda and Titanosaurus. Godzilla drove the three monsters off, swinging Manda into Gezora while blasting him with his atomic breath. Destoroyah joined the three monsters to defend the Devonian capital against Godzilla in issues #11 and 12. Gezora tried to constrict Godzilla with its tentacles, but was quickly taken out of the fight by two blasts of Godzilla's atomic breath. Gezora evidently survived the nuclear explosions which destroyed the Devonian capital, as a Trilopod which had absorbed his DNA appeared in Los Angeles four years later. However, Gezora was never seen inside the Trilopod hive, nor did he take part in the final battle between the Earth monsters and the Trilopods.

The cave painting on Infant Island in issue #9 classifies Gezora as a water monster, along with Zilla, Varan, Ganimes, Ebirah, Titanosaurus, Manda, and Kamoebas.

Godzilla: Rage Across Time

In the early Cretaceous Period, Gezora attempted to steal a pair of dinosaurs killed by Ebirah. Rodan claimed the meal instead, knocking both kaiju over as he flew by.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Russia.png Russian Гезора Gezora Transcription of Japanese name
Yiddish געזאָראַ Gezora Transcription of Japanese name

Gallery

Main article: Gezora/Gallery.

Roar

Gezora's roars were later reused for the kaiju Kinger and Stegodzillas in Go! Godman, Bemstar and King Maimai in The Return of Ultraman, and Birdon in Ultraman Taro. The breathing noises Gezora makes were used for Hedorah in Godzilla vs. Hedorah. Gezora's roar is rendered as "CHTCHEEER" in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #9 and "XXKKIIIIRRR" in Godzilla: Rage Across Time #5.

Gezora roars

Trivia

  • A parody of Gezora named "Ikara" is featured in episode 57 of the anime Sgt. Frog, "Old School Monster Battle: Keroro Style!" (巨大カエル対南海の大怪獣 であります,   Kyodai Kaeru tai Nankai no Daikaijū de Arimasu?, lit. It's the Giant Frog vs. the Giant Monsters of the South Seas).

Video

Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: Gezora

Notes

  1. 10 long tentacles and their giant suction cups for pinning. / 10本の長い触手とその大吸盤で押さえ込む。
  2. A large quantity of ink spat from an ink tube to create a world of darkness. / 墨汁管で大量の墨を吐き暗黒の世界を作る。
  3. Because he is a cold-blooded animal with a body temperature of near-freezing, it can instantly freeze an opponent. / 体温が氷点に近い冷血動物なので、瞬間に敵を凍らせる。
  4. He is weak against high temperature fire due to his low body temperature, and is vulnerable to ultrasonic waves. / 体温が低いので高熱の火に弱く、超音波にも弱い。

References

This is a list of references for Gezora. 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 The Pictorial Book of Godzilla 2. Hobby Japan Co., Ltd.. p. 117. 1 December 1995. ISBN: 978-4894251175.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 G-Fan #42. Daikaiju Enterprises Ltd.. p. 28. Summer 2005.
  3. Godzilla famicom gezorah jp.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Village Books. p. 142. 28 September 2012. ISBN: 4-864-91013-8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 60. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. p. 158. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Common Knowledge of Godzilla. Futabasha. p. 175. 6 July 2014. ISBN: 978-4-575-30696-5.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Tokyo Shock Space Amoeba DVD audio commentary
  9. Fumio Tanaka Interview
  10. Oki, Renji. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse. Kadokawa. p. 104. 25 October 2017. ISBN: 9784041061817.
  11. Oki, Renji. GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla. Kadokawa. pp. 53-85. 25 April 2018. ISBN: 9784041063453.

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Koopa

14 months ago
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Gezora, a monster who died a horrifically painful death.
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BigRandomKaiju

14 months ago
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IDW Gezora looks more kool
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MosuFan2004

14 months ago
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IDW made Gezora look much cooler.