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.

Development

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]

Design

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.

History

Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon

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

Gallery

References

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. Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla. Yosensha. p. 144. 9 June 2016. 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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