God of Clay
Should I cease to exist? You don't hate war anymore, do you?
— God of Clay
The God of Clay (ねんどの神さま is an enormous animate clay sculpture from Masamoto Nasu's 1993 book Nendo no Kamisama)The God of Clay and the 2011 short film which adapts it. In the film, it was originally sculpted by war orphans Kenichi and Yoko in September of 1946. It was awoken by Yoko and grew to gigantic sizes to remind Kenichi, who had grown up to become the president of a weapons manufacturer, about his childhood hatred for war.
The God of Clay is a clay sculpture initially named "a god who hates war" by its young sculptors.
The God of Clay has a plump, vaguely humanoid shape with threatening bright red eyes and a short bone white horn on the tip of its head. It possesses stubby arms and its entire body is covered in fuzzy fur apart from its stomach, which has strange bone-white symbols on it.
The God of Clay is not actively malicious, only becoming hostile after it is fired upon. Embodying young Kenichi and Yoko's hatred of war, it confront the adult Kenichi about his hypocrisy and disappears when satisfied by his promise to dissolve his business.
The God of Clay was a clay sculpture created by young Kenichi and Yoko in September of 1946.
The God of Clay
In September of 1946, young war orphans Kenichi and Yoko were allowed to create whatever they wanted out of clay in school, and they named the resulting creature "a god who hates war". Decades later in a richer and more corrupt Japan, Kenichi had become the president of a weapons manufacturer. Yoko remarked to Kenichi's grandson that he had changed for the worse, and that she yearns for the God of Clay to return. Back in their old school, now abandoned and derelict, the clay sculpture lay in a dusty drawer. Its eyes glowed a threatening red, and as it sprang to life, it grew until it was over twice the height of the school itself. After it marched through a town, it withstood a JSDF attempt to stop it by blowing up a bridge it was attempting to cross. Helicopters attacked it next, but to no effect. Kenichi authorized the use of a uranium bomb, viewing the crisis as "the perfect chance to test its power." Meanwhile, the God of Clay released a blinding blue beam from its horn to envelop several of the helicopters, immobilizing them and drawing them towards the pattern on its stomach, where it absorbed them. The uranium bomb was launched at the monster moments later, but despite the devastation it caused, the God of Clay emerged unscathed. It proceeded on a path to Kenichi's office and looked straight at him. Kenichi vowed to never change, but the God of Clay denied wanting to change him. It simply wished to ask a question: does it need to exist now that he no longer hates war? Kenichi argued that the weapons he sells are a deterrent to war. The God of Clay became enraged and emitted piercing screeches and wails, causing Kenichi to finally relent and agree to end his business. Satisfied, the God of Clay became a harmless sculpture once again, shattering into the ground.
The God of Clay shot a blinding blue ray at the JSDF helicopters attacking it, immobilizing them and drawing them towards it, after which it absorbed them into its stomach without a trace. The helicopters remained intact inside its body, as they were visible after it shattered.
After Kenichi argued with the God, it released a high-pitched screech, causing him to crumble down on the floor and scream, finally relenting and promising to end his business.
The God of Clay withstood a bridge demolition, bombardment by attack helicopters, and even a highly destructive uranium bomb with no apparent injury.
- The God of Clay (1993)
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