Godzilla (Godzilla Minus One)
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That monster... will never forgive us.
Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ), comes from a combination of the Japanese approximation of "gorilla" (ゴリラ and kujira gorira) (クジラ), the Japanese word for "whale." The name is said to have been chosen to represent the size and strength of both animals.
In Minus One, the monster was identified as the Gojira (呉爾羅) of Odo Island folklore, matching the description given by the locals.
The Minus One Godzilla's design is strikingly similar to the one created for Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle, which itself appears to borrow elements from Godzilla's Monsterverse and Heisei designs. The Minus One and Ride designs both incorporate a stance and general shape evocative of the Heisei Godzilla looks while bearing skin and dorsal fins which closely resemble the Monsterverse Godzilla's in texture. In contrast to the Ride design, however, the Minus One Godzilla possesses larger and sharper thorn-like dorsal fins akin to the MireGoji and KiryuGoji designs, a more narrow snout, lighter brown accent colors, and sharper teeth that are more tightly packed together.
During his initial appearance in 1945, Godzilla displayed inquisitiveness towards the Japanese army garrison, observing them from a short distance rather than immediately attacking them. From when he was shot at by the army men onwards, he displayed ceaseless aggression towards humans.
Though identified by characters as "dinosaur-like," Godzilla's exact origins are ambiguous. He was a figure of Odo Island folklore whose raids were often heralded by deep sea fish floating up to the surface. He was irradiated in the summer of 1946 after exposure to American atomic testing in Bikini Atoll during Operation Crossroads.
- Godzilla Minus One (2023)
Godzilla makes landfall in postwar Ginza, Japan and razes the rebuilding city, leaving 30,000 dead or injured.
Godzilla is able to fire the character's signature atomic breath in the form of a large beam. The beam is blue in color and capable of causing large mushroom cloud explosions. As he charges up the weapon, his dorsal plates begin to glow blue and extend outwards as they do so. The plates extend starting at the tip of the tail, then upwards with each row of plates. When the atomic breath is fired, the dorsal plates all slam back into place at once, however this beam also appears to damage Godzilla himself leaving scorch marks on his face.
Regeneration and infection
Godzilla is capable of enhanced cellular regeneration. When a gaping wound on the side of his face was torn open from the detonation of a mine inside his jaw, the wound was healed in a matter of seconds.
After his death, Godzilla began to regenerate from a chunk of his flesh blown off by the bomb attached to Koichi Shikishima's Kyushu J7W Shinden aircraft, his cells also appear to be capable of infecting humans as shown with Noriko Oishi as a dark veiny pattern resembling his dorsal fins appeared on her neck.
- This is the third incarnation of Godzilla to be created by Takashi Yamazaki, after the Third Street Godzilla briefly featured in Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007) and the Godzilla from Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle (2021).
- At 50.1 meters tall, this is the second-shortest primary form of a Godzilla incarnation on film, beating the Showa Godzillas and Godzilla Filius by just 0.1 meters.
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