Giant Salamander

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Giant Salamander
Concept art of the Giant Salamander by Shinji Nishikawa
Species Giant amphibian
Designed by Shinji Nishikawa
Planned for Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon

The Giant Salamander (大サンショウウオ,   Ōsanshōuo) is an unmade salamander kaiju from the 1994 Toho film, Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon.


Concept art of the Giant Salamander was created by Shinji Nishikawa, dated 12/11/93. Two diagrams show that the monster's suit would have been operated by at least two people, and would have been able to sit in an upright position.[1] The Salamander was scrapped due to concerns that two aquatic monsters⁠—it and Kaishin Muba⁠—appearing in the same film would be redundant, according to Nishikawa.[2]


Shinji Nishikawa's concept art depicts the monster as a giant version of the real-life Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus), while secondary diagrams incorporate elements from the axolotl.


Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon

When Oto Tachibana is introduced, she would have battled the aquatic Giant Salamander and defeated it.[2]



This is a list of references for Giant Salamander. 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. Nishikawa, Shinji (9 June 2016). Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla. Yosensha. p. 144. ISBN 978-4800309594.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Milner, David. "Shinji Nishikawa Interview". Kaiju Conversations. Archived from the original on 23 January 2015.


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