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GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla
Godzilla: Project Mechagodzilla
Author Renji Oki, Gen Urobuchi (Supervisor)
Publisher Kadokawa
Publish Date April 25, 2018
Genre Novel
ISBN ISBN-13: 9784041063453

GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla (GODZILLA プロジェクト・メカゴジラ,   Gojira Purojekuto Mekagojira?) is a Japanese tie-in novel for the 2018 animated Godzilla film GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle, and a follow-up to the novel GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse. Like the previous novel, it is written by Renji Oki, supervised by screenwriter Gen Urobuchi, and published by Kadokawa. It was released on April 25, 2018.[1]

Description

GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla picks up where GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse left off, and tells the story of the development of Mechagodzilla and the events that occurred right before humanity was forced to abandon the Earth.[1]

Contents

  • Fragments (2048) (2) 断章 (2048年) (2) (p. 11)
  • Chapter Five: Calamity Star 第五章 妖星 (p. 14)
  • Chapter Six: Long March 第六章 長征 (p. 53)
  • Chapter Seven: Great Wall 第七章 長城 (p. 86)
  • Chapter Eight: Battle 第八章 決戦 (p. 112)
  • Chapter Nine: Tokyo 第九章 東京 (p. 140)
  • (Chapter Ten: Escape) (第十章 脱出) (p. 160)
  • Fragments (2048) (3) 断章 (2048年) (3) (p. 164)

Plot

Fragments (2048) (2)

A second letter by Akira Sakaki to Daichi Tani.

Chapter Five: Calamity Star

To be added.

Chapter Six: Long March

To be added.

Chapter Seven: Great Wall

To be added.

Chapter Eight: Battle

To be added.

Chapter Nine: Tokyo

To be added.

(Chapter Ten: Escape)

To be added.

Fragments (2048) (3)

A third letter by Akira Sakaki to Daichi Tani.

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Trivia

  • This novel mentions that Battra awoke in order to intercept the asteroid Gorath before it could strike the Earth. This is a reference to both Godzilla vs. Mothra, where Battra's purpose was to prevent a meteor from striking and destroying the planet, and the film Gorath, which featured a runaway celestial body named Gorath on a collision course with the Earth.
    • Godzilla destroys Gorath with his spiral atomic breath, just as he did in Godzilla: Final Wars. It is also suggested that Gorath may contain a space monster, while in Godzilla: Final Wars it served as the vessel for Monster X.
  • The coalition of people who want humanity to co-exist with Mothra is named the Cosmos, which was the name given to Mothra's twin priestesses in the Heisei series.
  • It is mentioned that only the combined forces of Mothra and Battra could truly defeat Godzilla, which is why Mothra could only make him retreat by herself. This is a nod to the film Godzilla vs. Mothra, where Mothra and Battra were able to defeat Godzilla by working together.
  • Mothra's egg being transported aboard the USS Saratoga is a reference to Godzilla vs. Mothra, where Mothra's egg is also transported by a boat before it is attacked by Godzilla.
  • This novel features a battle between King Caesar and Megalon, which may be a reference to issue #10 of the IDW comic series Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, which also featured a battle between the two monsters.
  • The codename given to the military operation to pit monsters against each other is "Operation: LTF," an acronym for "Let them fight," Ishiro Serizawa's famous line from Legendary Pictures' Godzilla.
  • This novel discusses the potential origins of Orga, who attacked Turkey during the events of GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, and suggests he was either an extraterrestrial lifeform that fell dormant after arriving on Earth in prehistoric times or an approximate species to Godzilla or monster derived from Godzilla. Both proposed origins reflect Orga's origins from Godzilla 2000: Millennium, where he was the result of aliens that crash-landed on Earth and fell dormant in prehistoric times mutating after absorbing Godzilla's DNA.
  • The quote "Its name is Mecha, Mecha, Mechagodzilla" (その名はメカメカメカゴジラ,   Sononaha Meka Meka Mekagojira?) in this novel is taken from the lyrics to the song "Defeat Mechagodzilla!," a tie-in theme song for the film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
  • Titanosaurus is discovered in the Ogasawara Islands, vulnerable to sonic waves, and is placed under mind control and forced to battle Godzilla, all of which allude to his role in Terror of Mechagodzilla.
  • The Exif declare "It is no use collecting all of the military power of the Earth" (地球の全軍事力を集めても駄目です,   Chikyū no zen gunji-ryoku o atsumete mo damedesu?) in reference to stopping Gorath, which is adapted from a quote by the Xilien Commander regarding the same topic in Godzilla: Final Wars.
  • When Godzilla attacks Tokyo, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet are evacuated along a specified escape route, just like in Shin Godzilla. However, in this case they successfully escape because they evacuate from a low building rather than the top of a skyscraper.
  • Rodan II attacks Kyushu, just as the two Rodans did in the character's debut film. It is also implied that Rodan feeds on Meganulon, a reference to a scene in the same film where a newly-hatched Rodan preys on Meganulon in its cave. Additionally, the onomatopoeia for the Meganulon's roar is written as "Piyopiyopiyopiyopiyopiyopiyopiyopiyopiyopiyopiyo" (ピヨピヨピヨピヨピヨピヨピヨピヨピヨピヨピヨピヨ?), which reflects their sound effects from the aforementioned film.
  • Haruka Sakaki, whose maiden name is Yashiro, serves as a Maser Cannon operator, referencing the character Akane Yashiro from Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, who also served as a Maser operator.
  • Two individual Titanosaurus appear in this novel, which may allude to Yukiko Takayama's original story for Terror of Mechagodzilla, which featured two dinosaurs named Titans in place of Titanosaurus.
  • The Mechagodzilla propaganda films directed by Egerton Albury contain numerous nods to Mechagodzilla's previous film appearances. For instance, it is mentioned that the films utilized suitmation to depict a battle between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla. In addition, the films partially utilize the taglines for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla ("It flies in space and shoots missiles!") and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II ("The birth of the end of the century tyrant"), with some of the wording slightly changed.
  • The character Kane Hilter develops an urban legend about the Oxygen Destroyer, claiming it was a chemical weapon invented by a scientist named Dr. Serizawa and used to kill Godzilla in 2037, with Serizawa taking his life to ensure the weapon could never be used in an upcoming conflict. According to the legend, the Godzilla that appeared from the Arctic five years later was a different member of the species. This story almost exactly follows the ending of the original 1954 Godzilla film, while also referencing the fact that a second Godzilla appeared following the first one's demise.
    • A group of scientists led by Dr. Ijuin later begin studying a microorganism strain believed to be connected to the Oxygen Destroyer, only for the microbes to become a monster that turns on them. This is a reference to the plot of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. While the microorganisms are only designated J-MO7 in this novel, their characteristics and story role are undoubtedly based on Destoroyah.
  • The scientist who studies Godzilla's cells is Tokumitsu Yuhara, who was the lead scientist on the Kiryu project in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
  • The name of the character who narrates the section of the novel focusing on Gigan is Michael N. Hunter, which may be a reference to the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens, Gigan's creators in the Showa series.
  • Author Renji Oki considered featuring Kiryu in the novel as a "prototype Mechagodzilla" which would battle Godzilla. Ultimately, his proposed role in the story went to Gigan.

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla: Project Mechagodzilla. 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]

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Shinomura

8 days ago
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Oxygen Destroyer was used agaisnt Godzilla Earth in this continuity? :o
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The King of the Monsters

5 days ago
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There was an urban legend that Dr. Serizawa used the Oxygen Destroyer to kill Godzilla, but it turned out to be fabricated by a man named Kane Hilter. Some scientists found a microbe strain they believed was connected to the Oxygen Destroyer, but as they were studying it the microbes merged into Destoroyah and slaughtered them all.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

5 days ago
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Well we didn't know about that, seeing the page lacks a plot section and the trivia section doesn't even mention that. So we'll like to say sorry if we got too many questions asked on the anime novel prequels.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

5 days ago
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KOTM and I only discovered it last night. Good lord, you're salty about this. Just buy the Kindle edition on Amazon Japan and toss it into Google Translate if you're so desperate to know what happens (or wait a couple of weeks for the timeline video).
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

one month ago
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No plot section, just like the first novel. Maybe by 2019 there might be one though.
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Solia

one month ago
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I bet Space Godzilla will appear only in the third novel, while the overused ghidorah will appear in the third movie.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

one month ago
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There is no third novel, because that is the first film already.
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Les

one month ago
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You don't know for sure there is no third novel, nobody does. We all just have to wait and see if something is announced between now and the third movie's release.
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SkullIsland

2 months ago
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Maybe SpaceGodzilla was inside the Gorath meteor, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be revealed that it was Ghidorah.
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The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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Godzilla destroyed Gorath and whatever was in it, so it can't be King Ghidorah. The Exif have to summon King Ghidorah to Earth using an amulet anyway.
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Mechalon

3 months ago
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So has Titanollante finished the translation of the book just curious?
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

3 months ago
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It is odd that Kadokawa is publishing books about Godzilla? While they're the owners of the Gamera franchise?
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Titanollante

3 months ago
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Giant Mice from Latitude Zero are potentially referenced (but not namedropped) on p. 69. The narrator is in [from?] Morocco [in North Africa] and is complaining about an f-ing bird [Giant Condor attacked north Africa], f-ing lions [Griffon attacked north Africa] and f-ing mice and asking if you're gonna stand up to Godzilla or become bait for the lions and mice.
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Monsterland Buddies

3 months ago
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They actually appear in the book.
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Mechalon

3 months ago
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We need a prequel movie to see what Godzilla and Mothra got up to in the events leading up to the first movie.
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Mechagodzilla27

3 months ago
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I would rather have anime for this and monster Apocalypse
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

3 months ago
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I agree, this should have been the films.
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Godzilla321

3 months ago
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no just no
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Lamango

3 months ago
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Why was my addition to the Meganula and Meganulon page removed? It says right here they're in the novel...
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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We don't know what their role is in the novel yet, so just shoving in "These are mentioned in the novel" on their page is pointless. Just be patient and wait until we have some actual information to add about them.
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Lamango

3 months ago
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Oh...Uh... Ree, I guess. >.>
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Shinomura

3 months ago
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Do you guys have the book?
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Les

3 months ago
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Titanollante owns the book and we are in the process of transcribing it.
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Shinomura

3 months ago
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Can I make a little question?

If maybe you can ask Titanollante the official stats for Gorath in this universe.

Just that.
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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Gorath has a diameter of 30 kilometers and a mass comparable to Earth's moon.
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Shinomura

3 months ago
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Thank you @King of the Monsters! :D
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Lamango

3 months ago
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Still waiting for Gaira and Sanda to appear in one of these. They're really the only ones they got left besides maybe a Matango swarm, the giant sea snake, the rats from L0, Desghidorah, and Shockoris.
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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I can't confirm, but I've heard some people say that Monster Apocalypse mentions a "Project Gargantua" taking place in Germany.
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Monsterland Buddies

3 months ago
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The Giant Rats do appear.
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Mechagodzilla27

3 months ago
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so the giant condor is in this novel who is going to be in the third novel Frankenstein's monster
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Mechagodzilla27

3 months ago
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does that say giant condor

THE END TIMES ARE NEAR
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A litteral Mothra egg

3 months ago
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MAH BOI TITANOSAURUS IS IN THIS?!
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

3 months ago
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I agree, I prefer the prequel books over the films, the books contain more kaiju actions and scenes unlike in the movies.

I prefer these two books became the films instead.
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Darthlord1997

3 months ago
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Exactly! I'm not complaining about or hating the films in this universe, I'm just saying this sounds much more interesting. I would understand if these films were live action with Suit-mation and/or CGI, since more monsters costs money, but these films are animated! Animation doesn't have nearly as much restrictions that live action would have. We could see all these monsters, and they could move in ways that a rubber suit could never pull off. Plus, from what I read, we get to read how Gigan was turned into a cyborg. That sounds so interesting! What did he look like before his mechanical enhancements? I'd love to see some artists' interpretation. I'd do one myself, but I need more information to go off of.
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Darthlord1997

3 months ago
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Dang it! They did this AGAIN!

I don't get it, like I said, Planet of the Monsters was fine, and I'm sure I'll enjoy City on the edge of Battle, but this stuff in the books sounds AWESOME. Why don't they make movies of THIS? This and Monster Apocalypse have so many fan favorite characters, but the movies are taking place after Godzilla killed them all. Even the title "Planet of the Monsters" would have made sense for a film of the events of Monster Apocalypse
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Godgun532

3 months ago
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how long do you think the movie would inclue all of this 4 or 7 hour long
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Lamango

3 months ago
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So, what did the Meganuron, Meganula, K.C. and Titanosaurus do?
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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Don't know yet, still waiting for people to post summaries of their roles online. All we know is that they are all in it. I've also seen Destoroyah and SpaceGodzilla name-dropped, but I'm not sure yet if they're actually in it.
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Lamango

3 months ago
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I know Space was dropped in a convention...
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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SpaceGodzilla was confirmed to exist in the anime universe a long time ago, but so far he's the only one of the monsters that was confirmed who hasn't made an appearance in a film or novel yet, unless he does appear in this novel.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

3 months ago
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I have said in the SpaceGodzilla page that he might appear in Part 3, forcing Godzilla Earth and Mechagodzilla to team up to battle SpaceGodzilla.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

3 months ago
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So this book took place like just after the opening scene from the Planet of the Monsters film? Showing what happened to the humans that left behind while they are looking for a new planet to live on, right?
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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From what I understand the first part of the novel focuses on the construction of Mechagodzilla and how humanity was forced to flee the Earth, then the second part covers the humans that were left behind and the battle between Mothra and Godzilla.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

3 months ago
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Ah, okay.
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SuperNerd295

3 months ago
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I want both of these books.
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Chainsaw Gigan

3 months ago
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Looks like there's gonna have to be a "Anime GODZILLA Timeline (GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters) 'Part 2'" or "Anime GODZILLA Timeline (GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters) 'Remake'"?
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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We'll probably just do a follow-up video, like we plan to do for Godzilla Earth anyway.
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Monsterland Buddies

4 months ago
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They’d better have more monsters in this novel!
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Monsterland Buddies

3 months ago
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I was right!
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Lamango

4 months ago
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Two Prequel novels AND a Manga?
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Darthlord1997

4 months ago
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I just love how from the period between 2004 and 2014, Godzilla fans barley had anything new. We got a couple of new things here and there, like some video games and that cameo in that Always Sunset movie, but other then that, nothing. I remember hearing we were going to get a new 3D Godzilla movie in 2009, and I also remember the project falling silent. Then, with the premiere of Godzilla 2014, the flood gates are open!
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Slayerzilla54

4 months ago
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I hope the Wikizilla youtube channel makes a video for this one too.
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Darthlord1997

4 months ago
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Another prequel novel? Interesting. I wonder if it will go into detail on MechaG's construction or something else. I hope its not a repeat of Monster Apocalypse, where I wish THAT was made a movie (not complaining about Monster Planet, that was fine, but the prequel novel would have made an interesting animated movie). I REALLY wish they would release these books stateside, or, more realistically, release an English translation. Since yea, yea, I know, not enough people in the US would probably care to buy a US release of this book. I know Shin Godzilla's US release was successful, but that was a limited theatrical run. Books are a different story. Bottom line is, despite these articles, I'd LOVE to read these for myself.