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Along with Godzilla Filius, Godzilla Earth is the first incarnation of Godzilla to appear in an animated film, and is also the largest onscreen incarnation of the character to date. This incarnation of Godzilla first appeared in the year 2030, at which point mankind had already endured over a quarter of a century of repeated attacks from huge creatures called kaiju. Godzilla established himself as the most powerful kaiju, eliminating many of the others and resisting all of mankind's attempts to defeat him, even with the assistance of humanity's alien allies. By 2048, humanity realized it stood no chance against Godzilla, and fled the planet to colonize a new home on the planet Tau-e in the Cetus constellation. When conditions on Tau-e were found to be uninhabitable, a group of humans returned to Earth only to find that 20,000 years had passed, and that a bizarre new ecosystem had sprung up around Godzilla, now the dominant being on the planet.
- 1 Name
- 2 Development
- 3 Design
- 4 Origins
- 5 History
- 6 Abilities
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Books
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Video
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 Comments
The name "Godzilla" is a transliteration of Gojira (ゴジラ?), a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ?), meaning gorilla, and kujira (鯨), meaning whale. At one planning stage of the original film, the concept of "Gojira" was described as "a cross between a gorilla and a whale." The two words "whale" and "gorilla" describe Godzilla's traditional characteristics. The word whale represents his aquatic lifestyle and his bulky size. The word gorilla represents his sheer strength and the strategic thinking he uses when fighting against other monsters.
Contrary to popular belief, the name "Godzilla" is not the idea of the American distributor. Before Toho sold the original film to US distributors, Toho's international division had originally marketed an English-subtitled print under the title of Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, which was shown briefly in Japanese-American theaters. Toho came up with "Godzilla" as an English transliteration of the name "Gojira"."
According to GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, Godzilla was named after a mythical dragon from the folklore of Odo Island by Kyohei Yamane in 2030. Just as the case was in Shin Godzilla, Godzilla's name is spelled in kanji as 呉爾羅. To distinguish him from Godzilla Filius, this Godzilla is designated as Godzilla Earth, symbolizing his dominion over the Earth after 20,000 years.
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Trees were decided upon as the motif for the anime Godzilla's design after the key concept for this Godzilla was determined to be that it was the "peak of the evolution of life." According to Kobun Shizuno, there were several reasons for this, including the fact that trees are currently the largest and most widespread organisms on Earth, that they are capable of living for thousands of years - "basically only requiring light and water" to survive, and that trees' hard and fibrous body tissues protected them while also supporting their enormous mass and volume. Moreover, actual trees possess trace elements in their biology and generate electrons when performing photosynthesis, allowing for a plant-based Godzilla to use powerful electromagnetic waves. "We expanded from the idea of if a plant had undergone super-evolution due to its cellular structure perhaps containing metallic elements, and its whole body became a power generator as a result," Shizuno explained. "I heard that at the top of the evolution of the Earth are actually plants. [sic] And in this 'planet of the monsters,' I thought Godzilla would be like a huge 'world tree' at the center of its unique environment."
The anime Godzilla is described as taking the basic, recognizable silhouette of Godzilla and combining it with the unique traits decided for the character for the anime works. Inspired by Kongōrikishi statues, the muscular element to Godzilla's appearance is meant to express its power as well as invoke the hugeness of trees, its status as the apex life form on Earth, and a deity-like presence. Rather than aiming for something anatomically accurate, this Godzilla is simply meant to be imposing.
Godzilla head concept art. Motifs played with included dragon-like features such as horns, and ape-like features such as hair.
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Godzilla Earth superficially resembles the MonsterVerse Godzilla, with a bulky body, a thick and short neck, large arms, jagged triangular dorsal plates, and a crocodile-like head with a relatively long snout. His dorsal plates are somewhat larger than the MonsterVerse Godzilla's, and more closely resemble the traditional maple leaf-shaped plates of past Godzilla incarnations. He also has a more rounded head and thinner neck. Godzilla Earth has rough bluish skin with a tree bark-like texture covering the entirety of his body. He has a very robust musculature, with his muscles visible through his skin and pronounced abdominal and pectoral muscles on his chest. His legs are long and slim compared to the MonsterVerse Godzilla's pillar-like legs, while his feet are elongated and possess four claws. His tail has a ridged underside, and ends with a pointed spear-like tip. While Godzilla Earth looks more or less like a larger version of Godzilla Filius after 20,000 years, he also possesses a pronounced hunch in his back and several spikes on the bottom of his chin that resemble a beard.
This incarnation of Godzilla is unique in that he originated from plant rather than animal life. He is said to be the "end result of natural selection on Earth" and has survived for 20,000 years as the largest and most powerful lifeform in the planet's history. Godzilla evolved as a result of this plant life incorporating the characteristics of various other organisms through the process of horizontal gene transfer, granting him extreme durability, heat resistance, stealthiness, and regenerative abilities. Godzilla was first discovered in 2030 by Kyohei Yamane when he traveled to Odo Island to investigate the carcass of a Kamoebas that washed ashore.
Godzilla first appeared in the year 2030, and proved to be the most powerful of the many kaiju terrorizing the human race. Godzilla killed many of the other kaiju and proved resistant to all of humanity's attempts to destroy him. After the latest attempt by the humans, Exif, and Bilusaludo to defeat Godzilla in 2045 failed and their ultimate weapon Mechagodzilla was lost the following year, the United Earth began a desperate evacuation plan to abandon the Earth and relocate to a new planet in the Cetus constellation. 15,000 people were selected by an artificial intelligence to leave the planet aboard two emigration ships in 2048. As the second ship, the Aratrum, was preparing to take off, Godzilla appeared over the horizon and shot down a Landing Ship with his atomic breath, killing several people, including Haruo Sakaki's parents. The survivors boarded the ship and the Earth was left behind at the mercy of Godzilla. After 22 years in space, contact with the first ship, Oratio, was lost, and the Aratrum was running out of resources to support its inhabitants, now reduced to under 4,000. In addition, the ship had been unable to find an inhabitable planet during that time, as Tau-e's atmospheric conditions were found to be lethal to humans.
The Aratrum used its hyperdrives to return to Earth, but its crew found that over 20,000 years had passed, and that Godzilla was still alive on the planet's surface. Haruo proposed a plan to disable Godzilla's asymmetrically permeable shield and inject an EMP Probe inside of him, which he believed would cause Godzilla's body to become overloaded with electromagnetic energy and make him explode. Haruo accompanied a team to the former Tanzawa Forest area of Japan to carry out his plan, but they were attacked by small flying creatures spawned from Godzilla's cells called Servum. The team prepared to evacuate, only to encounter Godzilla himself. Haruo's plan was carried out, and succeeded in destroying Godzilla at the cost of many casualties. However, analysis of the carcass revealed that the creature was completely identical to the Godzilla that appeared in 2030, which was impossible given the time that had passed and Godzilla's capacity for evolution. Martin Lazzari believed that this was some kind of offspring formed by Godzilla's cells, and that there could still be more Godzillas living on the Earth. Haruo was confident they could defeat any other Godzillas the same way they killed this one, however he and the others were unprepared when their worst fear was realized.
Seismic activity was detected in the area, followed by the explosion of a nearby mountain. The original Godzilla, now grown to over 300 meters in height and weighing over 100,000 metric tons, emerged from the smoke and turned his attention to the nearby humans. Haruo ordered everyone to retreat quickly, but Godzilla destroyed several fleeing Landing Ships with a super oscillatory wave projected from his mouth. Haruo tried to distract Godzilla with a Multipodal Battery while the remaining forces tried to escape, but Godzilla swung his tail through the air and produced a powerful shockwave that seemingly wiped out the humans' remaining forces, leaving Haruo trapped under wreckage and swearing that he would get his revenge.
Asymmetrically Permeable Shield
Godzilla Earth can generate a powerful electromagnetic charge through an "in-vivo amplifier" located inside his body. This pulse can be used to disable electronics around Godzilla, or to produce an Asymmetrically Permeable Shield (非対称性透過シールド?), a forcefield which surrounds Godzilla and shields him from any and all damage, including strikes from multiple nuclear warheads. This ability is also possessed by the Hitaishō-sei Tōka ShīrudoServum and Godzilla Filius, as both creatures are derived from Godzilla Earth.
Godzilla Earth can fire a highly-accelerated charged particle beam from his mouth, which is capable of piercing even the thickest armor of other monsters. The beam seems to have pinpoint accuracy, being able to blast a shuttle out of the sky in a flash. Godzilla Earth fires this beam from his mouth area, though it does not seem to fire directly from his mouth but rather from his electromagnetic shield.
Super Oscillatory Wave
A new ability Godzilla Earth gained as a result of growing over 20,000 years is the Super Oscillatory Wave (超振動波攻撃?, lit. Super Oscillation Wave Attack). This attack is a resonance phenomenon caused by Godzilla roaring at an extremely high volume, which is capable of crushing and destroying targets. Chō Shindō-ha Kōgeki
Godzilla can generate a powerful shockwave by swinging his tail, similar in nature to his atomic breath. This beam was capable of wiping out a large portion of humanity's forces.
Godzilla's body tissue is integrated with metallic muscle fibers that support his massive weight in the absence of a skeleton, and contribute to his impressive physical durability.
Godzilla's cells possess incredible regenerative and reproductive properties, allowing them to give rise to all-new species possessing Godzilla's DNA. Repeated propagation of Godzilla's cells over a period of 20,000 years created an all new ecosystem on Earth built around Godzilla. New monsters spawned by Godzilla's cells include the Servum and Godzilla Filius, a smaller clone of Godzilla possessing many of his abilities. Additionally, Godzilla's cells grant him a rapid healing factor that allows his tissue to heal completely in a manner of seconds if damaged.
Godzilla's body has the capacity to absorb radio waves, making him impossible to detect using radar and other targeting systems except when he is firing his atomic breath.
In 2030, biology professor Kyohei Yamane traveled to Odo Island to investigate the carcass of Kamoebas IV, which had washed ashore there. Yamane concluded that Kamoebas had been killed by a larger predator, which he named "Godzilla" after a legendary dragon from the island's folklore. Godzilla made landfall for the first time later that year on the west coast of the United States, where he killed Anguirus IV, Varan II, and Baragon II. Godzilla completely destroyed Los Angeles and San Francisco and caused an estimated 8.7 million casualties before returning to sea. Godzilla reappeared on the west coast of the U.S. in December of 2031, destroying Seattle and easily breaking through the military defense line at Colorado Springs. In desperation, the U.S. government hurled 150 nuclear warheads at Godzilla while he was in the Midwest, totaling almost 40 megatons of power. Godzilla walked away from the attack unscathed, and disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico. In 2034, Godzilla returned and laid waste to most of western Europe, most notably Paris. Godzilla then vanished into the Arctic Ocean.
Godzilla returned eight years later, in 2042. He was estimated to have caused upwards of 300 million casualties worldwide by 2044, appearing eight separate times in the span of two years, leaving the east coast of the United States, northern Africa and half of the Eurasian continent uninhabited. In 2045, the United Earth, in cooperation with the Exif and Bilusaludo, initiated "Operation: Great Wall," where 2,000 nuclear warheads were detonated simultaneously to open a large fault near the Himalayas, trapping Godzilla in a 800-meter-deep, 1-kilometer-wide, and 1,000-meter-long hole. However, a year later, in January of 2046, Godzilla used his atomic breath to free himself. He then proceeded to break through the Indian defense line and cause 200 million casualties before disappearing into the Bay of Bengal. Two months later, Godzilla appeared in Hamamatsu, Japan, and defeated the United Earth forces in a decisive final battle, which resulted in the loss of its ultimate weapon, Mechagodzilla. Afterward, Godzilla caused nearly 100 million casualties in Japan.
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- Godzilla Earth is by far the tallest Godzilla incarnation to date, standing over 300 meters tall, considerably taller than the fourth form of Shin Godzilla, who stands at 118.5 meters tall, and the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla, who stands at 122 meters tall. Godzilla Earth is also the tallest known kaiju in the franchise, surpassing the Heisei King Ghidorah and Bagan.
- Godzilla Earth is also the heaviest Godzilla incarnation at 100,000 metric tons, surpassing the 92,000 metric ton weight of Shin Godzilla's fourth form. However, he is not the heaviest kaiju in the franchise, as he is the same weight as Keizer Ghidorah and Biollante's Flower Beast Form, and is lighter than the Heisei Mechagodzilla, M.O.G.U.E.R.A., Biollante's Plant Beast Form, Bagan, and the heaviest monster in the franchise, the flying form of SpaceGodzilla.
- Ironically, Godzilla Earth's initial 50 meter height is tied with the original and Showa Godzillas for the second shortest Godzilla, only surpassing Shin Godzilla's second form, and his initial weight of 10,000 metric tons makes him one of the lightest Godzilla incarnations to appear in a film and only heavier than the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla and TriStar Godzilla.
- A computer screen in the film measures Godzilla Earth's height as at least 318.8 meters, however the majority of external sources round his height down to simply 300 meters.
- (GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse p. 204)
There's a theory positing that Biollante is an approximate species to Godzilla, given the fact that both monsters have plant-like body structures and regenerative abilities.
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