Godzilla Island (TV 1997-1998)

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Godzilla Island
The title card of Godzilla Island's second season
Air date October 6, 1997 -
September 30, 1998 (television);
March 7, 2023 - present (YouTube)
Directed by Shun Mizutani
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Imai
Written by Takahiko Masuda, Kensei Nangi
Funded by Toho
Production company Tsuburaya Eizo
Channel(s) TV TokyoJP;
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Genre(s) Tokusatsu
Episodes 256
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Godzilla Island (ゴジラアイランド,   Gojira Airando) is a Japanese Godzilla television series directed by Shun Mizutani and written by Takahiko Masuda and Kensei Nangi. Funded by Toho and produced by Tsuburaya Eizo, it ran for two seasons on TV Tokyo from October 6, 1997 to September 30, 1998, totaling 256 three-minute episodes. The series was not officially translated into English until March 7, 2023, when the GODZILLA OFFICIAL by TOHO YouTube channel began uploading subtitled episodes twice a week.[1]

The series is best recognized for its handful of original kaiju variants and its near-exclusive use of Bandai action figures to portray the monster cast.

Plot

In 2097, most of the world's monsters have been rounded up and are living on an island in the South Pacific dubbed Godzilla Island. The kaiju are kept content on their island home, and are monitored from the G-Guard base in the center of the island. There, Commander Beisuke Jinguji watches and monitors the monsters day after day, with only the spherical robot Lucas by his side. However, the monotony of the job and of the monster's lives comes to an abrupt end when a gigantic UFO arrives on Earth. Inside is the Xilien Zagreth, who, under the command of her leader, the Giant Dark Emperor, is obsessed with taking over the planet, starting with Godzilla Island. However, as her ship begins to attack the island, a smaller ship arrives and defends the island, the monsters, and the base. As the Commander and Lucas scratch their heads, perplexed by this new turn of events, a young woman suddenly appears in the base. She introduces herself as Torema, and says she has come to help defend the island from Zagreth's onslaught. However, the three heroes have a long road ahead of them, as the evil Xiliens have an entire army of monsters at their disposal, and more than a few surprises to boot. It will be up to the Commander, his daughter Misato, Torema, Lucas, and the horde of monsters living on Godzilla Island to defend their home, and the world, from the incoming invasion.

Story arcs

Arc no. Episodes Title Written by Start date End date
Overall Season
Season 1
1 1 1-5 Introducing Torema Takahiko Masuda 10/06/1997 10/10/1997
2 2 6-15 King Ghidorah 10/13/1997 10/24/1997
3 3 16-20 The Trial of Godzilla 10/27/1997 10/31/1997
4 4 21-30 Junior Kidnapped 11/03/1997 11/14/1997
5 5 31-40 Gigan 11/17/1997 11/28/1997
6 6 41-50 Mothra 12/01/1997 12/12/1997
7 7 51-63 Mecha-King Ghidorah 12/15/1997 12/31/1997
8 8 64-68 Mysteries of Godzilla Island 01/05/1998 01/09/1998
9 9 69-83 SpaceGodzilla's Spirit 01/12/1998 01/30/1998
10 10 84-93 The Artificial Sun 02/02/1998 02/13/1998
11 11 94-103 Mechagodzilla 02/16/1998 02/27/1998
12 12 104-125 Goodbye, Torema 03/02/1998 03/31/1998
13 13 126-128 Bonus 04/01/1998 04/03/1998
Season 2
14 1 129-148 Introducing Misato Takahiko Masuda 04/06/1998 05/01/1998
15 2 149-168 Second Generation Mothra 05/04/1998 05/29/1998
16 3 169-178 Dororin Kensei Nangi 06/01/1998 06/12/1998
17 4 179-188 Anguirus 06/15/1998 06/26/1998
18 5 189-198 SpaceGodzilla's Spirit Again Takahiko Masuda 06/29/1998 07/10/1998
19 6 199-208 Fire Rodan 07/13/1998 07/24/1998
20 7 209-218 Lucas Kensei Nangi 07/27/1998 08/07/1998
21 8 219-233 The Secret of G Island Takahiko Masuda 08/10/1998 08/28/1998
22 9 234-256 Conclusion 08/31/1998 09/30/1998

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Shun Mizutani
  • Written by   Takahiko Masuda, Kensei Nangi
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Imai (uncredited)
  • Theme song "The Theme of GODZILLA"
    • Written and performed by   THE EDGE
    • Composed by   Akira Ifukube
    • Arranged by   Yoshinobu Hiraiwa

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, vehicles, races, and organizations

Gallery

Soundtrack

Main article: Godzilla Island (series)/Soundtrack.

Video releases

Toho DVD (2007)[2]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 4
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: Interviews with director Shun Mizutani, writer Takahiko Masuda, and producer Tomoyuki Imai

Videos

Main article: Godzilla Island (series)/Videos.

Trivia

External links

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla Island (series). 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. "Welcome to Godzilla Island!". Godzilla.com. 7 March 2023.
  2. Amazon.co.jp: ゴジラアイランド DVD-BOX 東宝

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