Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (2012)
Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo is a 2012 tokusatsu kaiju short film co-produced by Khara Corporation and Studio Ghibli, and the first live-action project of the latter. It serves as a prequel to the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, showing how the God Warriors wiped out modern human civilization during the Seven Days of Fire. Originally, the film was made as a demonstration of practical effects for the "Tokusatsu - Special Effects Museum-Craftsmanship of Showa and Heisei Eras Seen Through Miniatures" exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. It received a theatrical release on November 17, 2012, in Japan, playing before Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.
During an average day in Tokyo, the narrator is shocked by the arrival of her brother, who has been away at college. He tells her that a great disaster is coming and the city will be destroyed tomorrow. She exclaims that it is just a rumor being spread around the Internet, but her sibling insists. He explains that before every disaster there is an omen or warning that precedes it. The narrator becomes frightened and believes the person in front of her to be an imposter. He tells her that he is the omen and that she should carefully decide how to react to this event before vanishing before her.
Meanwhile, glowing spores have descended upon Tokyo, eventually coalescing to form an enormous being that hovers above the city. The narrator explains that gods are not only creators, but also destroyers, which is why humans worship them. The giant being begins aimlessly walking through Tokyo as the city's inhabitants look on. Suddenly, it stops and its mouth opens to reveal a device that unleashes a horrifying beam that ravages Tokyo, destroying the entire city and leaving a mushroom cloud in its wake.
The narrator explains that the world has a set life span and that, if it were up to humans, life would be prolonged indefinitely. Despite its inhabitants' objections, the Earth itself called upon the God Warrior to initiate the Seven Days of Fire which will end the planet's existence. She believes that if the Earth took seven days to create, it will take just as long to destroy it.
As the entire legion of God Warriors descend upon the ruins of Tokyo, the narrator says that she will forego what the gods have planned and is awaiting what will remain after they have destroyed Earth.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Shinji Higuchi
- Written by Hideaki Anno
- Produced by Hideaki Anno, Toshio Suzuki
- Executive Producing by Nobuo Kawakami
- Music by Taisei Iwasaki
- Cinematography by Keiichi Sakurai, Keizo Suzuki
- Special Effects by Katsuro Onoue
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Megumi Hayashibara as Narrator (voice)
- Hayao Miyazaki as Giant God Warrior (voice)
- Main article: Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo/Gallery.
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