Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji
Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji (ゴジラ迎撃作戦 is an attraction in the Nijigen no Mori theme park on Awaji Island, Japan. It opened on October 10, 2020, with four components: a theater playing an exclusive short film, a zipline leading guests into the mouth of a massive Gojira Geigeki Sakusen, lit. "Godzilla Interception Operation")Godzilla statue, a shooting game, and the Museum of Godzilla. A Godzilla Singular Point themed collaboration was announced on the official Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji Twitter account.
Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji features a seven-minute attraction video, written and directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa, which explains how Godzilla became interred on Awaji Island. He first attacked the island at the beginning of the Meiji era, coming ashore during a typhoon. When he returned during the 21st century, the JSDF lured him to Nijigen no Mori. Explosives planted in the ground kept him in place long enough for them to fire a drug-infused missile into his mouth, rendering him immobile. The National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster (NIGOD) was established to monitor him.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa
- Written by Kazuhiro Nakagawa
- Executive producer Keiji Ota
- Produced by Yoshihiro Sato, Yoshiki Soejima
- CG producer Hiromasa Inoue
- Music by Yuji Iwamoto
- Cinematography by Yutaka Adachi
- Edited by Tatsuma Furukawa
- Production design by Akira Sakamoto
- 1st assistant director Kensei Nakayama
- CG supervisor Satoru Sasaki
- Hirona Yamazaki
- Satoru Matsuo
- Shunsuke Nakata
- Ozaki Usoh
- Yuki Ito
- Takuya Nakayama
- Shoji Omiya
- Asami Ito
- Satoshi Iwago
- Kohei Arakawa
- Katsuhiro Shimamoto
- Kenji Kawahara
- Masatoshi Kihara
- Ryo Kiuchi
- Misaki Yoshimoto
- Noboyuki Naito
- Osamu Hamanaka
- Harumi Kasai
- Hakaru Sekiguchi
- Keigo Iwasaki
- Takahiro Sakai
- Satoshi Kuwabara
- Jun Hashizume as narrator (voice)
The Nijigen no Mori Godzilla statue is based on his appearance in Shin Godzilla. At 20 meters tall, 25 meters wide, and 55 meters long, it is the largest Godzilla statue in the world. Two ziplines allow guests to glide into the monster's mouth. The Godzilla Store began selling a vinyl figure based on this statue at the end of 2020.
In a booth to the right of the statue, guests can take aim at hostile Godzilla cells.
Museum of Godzilla
The first permanent Godzilla museum includes displays of models, X-Plus and S.H. MonsterArts figures, and props from the films. It opened on August 8, 2020. The museum has a rotating exhibit space that has featured a Godzilla vs. Kong display in the fall of 2021, a Gigan 50th Anniversary exhibit which opened in March 2022, and a Mechagodzilla exhibit running from December 2022 to June 2023.
Introduced in July of 2022, a studio set allows guests to pose with the FinalGoji suit on a miniature set based on the park for souvenir photos. This would be upgraded further in November of the same year with the addition of a souvenir video, taking the form of a trailer with new footage of Godzilla approaching Nijigen no Mori to meet the guests in battle before letting out an atomic blast.
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