Ghogo

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Ghogo
Ghogo in Rebirth of Mothra 2
Alternate names Gorgo[1][2]
Subtitle(s) Legendary Beast
(伝説獣,   Densetsujū)[3]
Species Fairy
Height 20 centimeters[1]
Weight 0.9 kilograms[1]
Allies Elias, Mothra Leo
Enemies Dagahra
Designed by Yasuko Ambiru[1]
Modeled by Kyoji Maeda[2]
First appearance Rebirth of Mothra 2

Ghogo (ゴーゴ,   Gōgo) is a fairy kaiju who appeared in the 1997 Toho film Rebirth of Mothra 2.

Name[edit | edit source]

The English name "Ghogo" appeared in the Japanese theater program for Rebirth of Mothra 2 as well as other tie-in materials for the film. It was used on Toho's official trademark icon for the creature, and is an unregistered trademark. Despite this, he is called Gorgo in the English-dubbed international version of the film, in the credits on Sony's 2014 Blu-ray release of the film,[2] and in several Japanese books.

Development[edit | edit source]

Ghogo was designed by anime and picture book artist Yasuko Ambiru.[1] Shinji Nishikawa also submitted at least one concept, which lacked legs.[4] A prototype model of Ghogo was created, which director Kunio Miyoshi and other key staff members used to deliberate over the creature's design.[1] Kyoji Maeda[2] of Up-Art produced nine total props for Ghogo, including a radio-controlled closeup prop, a remote-controlled closeup prop, and seven "action" props.[5] The two closeup props consisted of FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic) cores, fitted with mechanisms to remotely control their eyes[1] independent of one another.[5] Latex was attached around the eyes, and their eyelids could be opened or closed.[1] The props were covered with a Japanese fabric called boa, often used for plush toy stuffing.[5]

Design[edit | edit source]

Ghogo has a long yellow-white fur coat which covers his whole body except for his eyes, antenna and claws. He has big white eyes, also with large black pupils, with an antenna on his head that takes roughly a fourth of his total height. He moves constantly by hopping, with feet similar to chickens' claws.

History[edit | edit source]

Heisei era[edit | edit source]

Rebirth of Mothra 2[edit | edit source]

Ghogo is sent to Okinawa to find help after Dagahra is released, and he finds Shiori Uranai and two other children. He and the Elias convince them to return to the Nilai-Kanai Temple. He leads them to Princess Yuna, and it is revealed that he has the power to heal Mothra Leo. He turns him into Rainbow Mothra, giving up his life in the process.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Merging[edit | edit source]

Ghogo can merge with Mothra Leo, transforming him into Rainbow Mothra and disintegrating the hundreds of Barem latched onto him. He has not been shown to do this with any other kaiju.

Urine[edit | edit source]

Ghogo's urine can heal humans' injuries.

Agility[edit | edit source]

Ghogo is an extraordinary jumper.

Psychic abilities[edit | edit source]

Ghogo has psychic abilities.

Video games[edit | edit source]

Godzilla: Trading Battle[edit | edit source]

Ghogo is present through an effect card called "Fairy Ghogo" (妖精ゴーゴ,   Yōsei Gōgo).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ghogo/Gallery.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Ghogo. 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]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Ozawa, Ryoko; Tomoi, Taketo; Nakamura, Satoshi, eds. (4 September 2016). All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th ed.). Yosensha. ISBN 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  • Kaneda, Masumi; Oishi, Shinji; Konuta, Kenji; Eguchi, Mizuki; Maruyama, Takeshi (28 July 2014). Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia (1st ed.). Shogakukan. ISBN 978-4-09-682090-2.
  • Nishikawa, Shinji (24 June 2016). Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla (1st ed.). Yosensha. ISBN 978-4-8003-0959-4.
  • Kawamata, Shigeo, ed. (22 August 2014). Rebirth of Mothra 2 Super Complete Works (Kindle ed.). Shogakukan. ISBN 978-4-09-101461-0.

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