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GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse
Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse
Author Renji Oki, Gen Urobuchi (Supervisor)
Publisher Kadokawa
Publish Date October 25, 2017
Genre Novel
ISBN ISBN-13: 9784041061817

GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse (GODZILLA 怪獣黙示録,   Gojira Kaijū Mokushiroku?) is a Japanese prequel novel to the 2017 animated Godzilla film GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, written by Renji Oki and supervised by the film's writer Gen Urobuchi and published by Kadokawa. It was released on October 25, 2017.[1] The novel will be followed by a sequel, GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, in 2018.

Description

この小説は、映画『GODZILLA 怪獣惑星』の前日譚に当たる物語です。 「なぜ人類は故郷である地球を捨てなくてはならなかったのか?」、「ゴジラが出現する前、怪獣と人類の間に何があったのか?」、「そして、ゴジラとの接触・・・」。 最前線の兵士だった者、彼らを指揮する将官あるいは政治家、科学者だった者、あるいは一般市民、幼い子供だった者、一人一人の証言から紐解かれる怪獣黙示録とは―――。

映画本編では決して語られることのない、謎に満ちたアニメーション映画『GODZILLA 怪獣惑星』の前史を読み解く唯一無二の小説が誕生しました。

小説刊行にあたり、映画のストーリー原案と脚本を担当し、小説『GODZILLA 怪獣黙示録』の監修も務めた虚淵玄氏よりコメントが到着![1]

Translation

This novel is a story about what happened before the events of the movie GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters. "Why did the human race have to abandon the Earth, which is its home? What happened between the monsters and the human race before Godzilla appeared? And contact with Godzilla..." The monster apocalypse is recounted from the testimony of people who were soldiers at the forefront, generals or politicians, scientists, or people who were just young children or citizens.

The one and only novel which acts as a prequel to GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, explaining that which is not seen in the film.

The novel GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse is supervised by Gen Urobuchi, who conceived the story and wrote the screenplay for the film!

Contents

  • Preface (p. 2)
  • Chapter One: Emergence 第一章 出現 (p. 19)
  • Chapter Two: "G" 第二章 『G』 (p. 112)
  • Chapter Three: Contact 第三章 接触 (p. 151)
  • Chapter Four: Counteroffensive 第四章 反撃 (p. 186)
  • Fragments (2048) 断章 (2048年) (p. 213)

Plot

Preface

To be added.

Chapter One: Emergence

To be added.

Chapter Two: "G"

To be added.

Chapter Three: Contact

To be added.

Chapter Four: Counteroffensive

To be added.

Fragments (2048)

A letter by Akira Sakaki to Daichi Tani.

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Trivia

  • This novel incorporates several kaiju whose names were mentioned in the official timeline for GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters first distributed at AnimeJapan 2017 and made brief cameo appearances in the film itself. Numerous other kaiju, vehicles, organizations, and other entities from the Godzilla franchise and the rest of Toho's tokusatsu library not mentioned in any other supplementary materials for the film are contained in the book as well.
  • Anguirus, Baragon, and Varan all appear at the same time in this novel and are killed by Godzilla, likely a reference to the unmade film Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
  • The name of the Type-38 Mobile Combat Uniform Jaguar J mentioned in this novel is an obvious reference to Jet Jaguar.
    • In a similar fashion, the Gunhed 507 from Gunhed is referenced in the form of a mech named "G-HED".
  • In this novel, Godzilla is named after a mythological dragon from the folklore of Odo Island by Kyohei Yamane, which is exactly what transpired in the original 1954 film. Godzilla's name is spelled in kanji as 呉爾羅, which was also the case in Shin Godzilla.
  • The carcass of a Kamoebas washes ashore on Odo Island in the novel's second chapter, and is hypothesized to have been killed by Godzilla. This is a reference to a similar scene from Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. In addition, this monster is described as belonging to a different species than the other Kamoebas that have appeared, and is said to be a 60 meter-long turtle-like creature missing its right hand. This description corresponds to the Showa Gamera's 60 meter height and the Heisei Gamera losing his right hand in Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris.
  • Gorosaurus attacks Paris, France in this novel, just as he did in Destroy All Monsters.
  • Zilla attacking France in this novel is likely a nod to the fact that the French were responsible for the TriStar Godzilla's creation in the 1998 film. In addition, Zilla's method of reproducing asexually and rapidly overrunning the human population in this novel is a reference to the worst-case scenario predicted by Niko Tatopoulos in the 1998 film.
  • GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse marks the first appearance of the Griffon from Latitude Zero outside of its debut film.
  • In this novel, multiple individuals of several monsters appear, such as Anguirus, Rodan, Kamoebas, Ebirah, Varan, and Baragon. The individuals are often denoted with Roman numerals after their names, but every individual is not necessarily documented. For instance, the Baragon that appears in Los Angeles with Varan II and Anguirus IV is denoted "Baragon II," but no mention of Baragon I is ever made.
  • The captain of the Goten in this novel is Hachiro Jinguji, who was the captain of the Gotengo in Atragon.
  • Many of the ships that appear in this novel are named after vessels from previous Godzilla films.
  • The premise of this novelization shares some similarities with the Kaiju Apocalypse series of novels written by Eric S. Brown and Jason Cordova and published in 2014. Both this novel and the Kaiju Apocalypse series chronicle global attacks by kaiju and humanity's retaliation against the creatures with the help of alien immigrants.
  • It is mentioned in this novel that there is a monster living in South America that fights using silk and powder and is friendly to humans. This is very likely meant to be a reference to Mothra.

Video

Wikizilla: YouTube Anime GODZILLA Timeline

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse. 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 NEWS - godzilla-anime.jp
  2. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 87.
  3. 3.0 3.1 GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 198.
  4. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 46.
  5. 5.0 5.1 GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 85.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 117.
  7. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 118.
  8. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 137.
  9. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 138.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 189.
  11. 11.0 11.1 GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 193.
  12. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 199.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 201.
  14. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 203.
  15. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 208.
  16. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, p. 211.

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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

16 days ago
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But why this isn't the first film instead? I would love to watch this and see the destruction scenes such as Kamoebas in the Philippines, or Zilla in France, etc...
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Artzilla

15 days ago
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im with you. i just hope they do make a movie version.
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Artzilla

16 days ago
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i hope GODZILLA: Part 3 is a movie version of this
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The King of the Monsters

16 days ago
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This is a prequel, and Part 3 will be a sequel to Planet of the Monsters and City on the Edge of Battle. We can always hope that they do explore this story in some way in the future though.
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Artzilla

15 days ago
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we have no garuntee that part 3 will be a sequel. we just have to wait. alot of novels actullay have been made movies. if part 3 is a sequel, toho should atleast make a part 4 that is a movie of this.
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The King of the Monsters

15 days ago
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Toho has confirmed all three anime movies will be an ongoing story with each film building off the last. Part 3 is going to pick up after Part 2, just as Part 2 is picking up after Part 1.
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Artzilla

13 days ago
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ok. lets all just hope that they do make a movie about this
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

23 days ago
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When is this plot going to be added? I would love to read this first before watching Planet of the Monsters.

Also, why this was not the first film? If this was a film, it would be like Destroy All Monsters or Godzilla: Final Wars without the aliens.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

23 days ago
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It's a 224-page Japanese book. LSD Jellyfish of Toho Kingdom is working on a translation, but he doesn't expect to be done until later in the year.
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Chainsaw Gigan

one month ago
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I wish this could have been made into a prequel series on Netflix too!
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Emperor Ghidorah

2 months ago
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Please let this be released in Germany and Switzerland!
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Lamango

2 months ago
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Should we add Mothra to the monster list since this is posted on the Wikizilla video of the timeline? " Mothra...? There's a territorial monster in South America that's "friendly" to humans, explaining why it wasn't attacked by many kaiju."
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DystrVction

one month ago
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I'm fairly certain that's Gabara. He was too small to attack other monsters, and would bully creatures like Crocodiles. Ironically, he fell into the Amazon and got eaten by said Crocodiles.
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The King of the Monsters

one month ago
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Mothra is teased separately from Gabara. Gabara is the subject of a whole chapter, while Mothra is offhandedly mentioned as a monster that lives in South America that is friendly to humans and attacks using scales and silk.
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Monintoho

2 months ago
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I must read this.
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Lamango

3 months ago
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So the IVth Kamoebas is said to not be a Kamoebas, but a different, 60 meter turtle... And the novel is produced by Kadokawa.
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Titanollante

3 months ago
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AND Kamoebas IV's right forelimb is explicitly said to be missing. Like in a certain someone's fight with Iris?
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Indominus Rex 2016

2 months ago
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Oh my god...
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Emperor Ghidorah

2 months ago
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Kamoebas IV is Gamera?
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Lamango

3 months ago
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Oh Ebirah IS in it?
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KaijuUnity

3 months ago
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wait did i see space titanium
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GodzillaZero-One

3 months ago
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I would love to have an English copy of this.
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TheGamingZilla

3 months ago
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Zilla is in it? well, now 100% happy about it
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DystrVction

3 months ago
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If we don't get a English release, can someone please translate the novel the same as you guys translated the "A Space Godzilla" Magazine panels? Much appreciated.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
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That was from Maser Patrol, not us, and this book is 224 pages long. I would not expect a fan translation anytime soon.
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KaijuUnity

2 months ago
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ive been trying to translate some parts but i dunno
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Banjo234

5 months ago
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PLEASE let this be released in the US and Canada!
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Lamango

5 months ago
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It's one hell of a coincidence since they're exactly the same number as the incarnations. Like, yeah, if it was just say... Varan, we can pass it off, but then they list the exact number of how many Anguirus there have been? And they even use the 55 Anguirus' picture as the 'first anguirus' in China?
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KargosKul

4 months ago
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do you mind me if i ask you something? that 2,000 warhead situation that Godzilla survived, do you have a quotes that may describe it? i wish to see if that can be a feat, therefore if it can be calced.
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Lamango

5 months ago
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Oh sure, remove my thing, despite owning the book.
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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The information you added was more likely than not just a coincidence, not a reference to the number of Kamoebas incarnations that have appeared.
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Lamango

5 months ago
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Pretty sure it's a reference. Just like Kamacuras appearing in 1999 was a reference to the scrapped 1999 film Godzilla vs Kamacuras.
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Lamango

5 months ago
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Oh god, why is there no edit option for comments... They also list 4 Anguirus, and there's been four Anguirus in the entire series, 1955, Showa, GFW, and the one in the novel. Same with the 4 Baragons, 1965, 1968, GMK and Novel, and 3 Varan, 1958, 1968, and Novel.
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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I still think that's a coincidence, it would be a very strange way to reference the number of incarnations a monster has had.

There's no reference to Godzilla vs. Kamacuras either. Godzilla vs. Kamacuras was going to be a 2001 film, it wasn't even greenlit until 2000.
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Petexera

5 months ago
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Oh, wow! The amount of kaiju used in this novel is amazing!
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Lamango

5 months ago
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So there's a colony of Zillas and a swarm of Rodans.
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ItsDestoroyah

3 months ago
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FLOCK of Rodans. He's an avian reptile
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Ganimes65

3 months ago
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I like the idea of having a flock of Rodans and now if that could happen with Ganimes or Varan
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KaijuUnity

5 months ago
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uh finally toho pulled most of their kaiju out of retirement for this book
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Ganimes65

3 months ago
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finnally something with Maguma in it finally thank god now maybe a new action figure or another movie appearance hey I can dream
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Solia

5 months ago
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Godzilla:monster warfare.
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Spinocroc123

5 months ago
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Oh sweet! more Kaiju! But wait, i think Titanosaurus
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Spinocroc123

5 months ago
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damit
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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Oh sweet! More kaiju! But wait, I think they are missing one.
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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Fixed your comment for you.
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Deathrock9

6 months ago
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Guess Dogora won't be appearing in the film after all. God damn it.
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ItsDestoroyah

4 months ago
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Well at least he got a chance
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Deathrock9

4 months ago
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Turns out he is in the film, albeit as a cameo. Hooray.
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Ganimes65

3 months ago
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cameo is better tahn nothing I suppose
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Titanollante

6 months ago
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This better have an English-language release. Please.
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Monintoho

5 months ago
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oh boy hoping for English release.
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Ganimes65

3 months ago
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hope so I would love it