Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (manga)
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Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (ゴジラVSキングギドラ is a Gojira tai Kingu Gidora)1991 manga adaptation of the film of the same name written by director and screenwriter Kazuki Omori. The manga was originally published by Shogakukan in volume 43 of Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special on December 1, 1991. It was republished as a standalone paperback later that month on December 25 under Shogakukan's Tentomushi Comics label.
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Differences from the film
- Numerous characters are omitted, such as Miki Saegusa, Yasuaki Shindo, Hironori Mazaki, Chiaki Moriyuma, the M10 androids and Morrys. In addition, the character Sho Kuroki from Godzilla vs. Biollante accompanies Ryuzo Dobashi.
- The designs of several of the characters differ from their live action counterparts. Ryuzo Dobashi looks to be younger, with a taller stature, dark hair and a mustache. Wilson is shown to be incredibly tall, towering over the other Futurians and Dobashi; he also has lighter, parted hair. Glenchico is much shorter and heavier set, and appears to be balding. The designs of the MOTHER and BABY are also different. The former has a completely opaque base and much longer legs which protrude outward. The BABY appears entirely different, with its back half splaying outward when operated.
- When the MOTHER first appears, it remains hovering in the sky when the Futurians' holograms are deployed, rather than landing on the ground. Additionally, they are met only by Ryuzo Dobashi, not accompanied by Takehito Fujio.
- Due to multiple characters being omitted, Kenichiro Terasawa's role early in the story is altered significantly. Rather than listening to a voicemail from Chiaki Moriyuma, his introductory scene consists of arguing with someone, presumably a publisher, over the phone about his books being works of nonfiction before throwing the phone at the desk in frustration. He is then contacted by Ryuzo Dobashi, who informs him of the situation with the Futurians and the book he will write in the future, The Birth of Godzilla. He is then picked up in a helicopter, where Dobashi tells him about the dinosaur which existed on Lagos Island and its potential connection to Godzilla. This completely circumvents the need for the characters of Yasuaki Shindo and Professor Mazaki; Terasawa does not interview Shindo to learn about the Godzillasaurus and never presents the information to Mazaki.
- Terasawa and Dobashi fly to MOTHER alone in a helicopter and are not accompanied by the other characters such as Miki Saegusa and Takehito Fujio. Thus, only Terasawa, Emmy and M11 travel back in time to 1944.
- On Lagos Island, due to the lack of Yasuaki Shindo, M11 does not observe any troops stationed on the island; in fact, he never leaves KIDS. Instead, Emmy excitedly runs out into the open where she is almost stepped on by the Godzillasaurus. Terasawa, who was initially reluctant to leave the ship, runs to Emmy and pushes her out of the way, sustaining a gash on his side from the dinosaur's toe claws in the process. The Godzillasaurus grabs Terasawa in his hand and nearly eats him, but drops the man after being fired upon by M11 in KIDS. Terasawa and Emmy return to KIDS safely, with Emmy using a first aid kit to patch up Terasawa's wounds. The Godzillasaurus is transported to the Bering Sea and the team warp back to the present immediately thereafter, thus completely eliminating the second day spent on the island which is present in the film.
- When Emmy leaves MOTHER with the BABY, she wears goggles rather than a helmet and holds onto two controllers rather than one. Additionally, when meeting Terasawa at night, she wears her hair in a bun rather than down.
- Instead of talking with her outside of his apartment, Terasawa invites Emmy in. M11, having not yet been reprogrammed, breaks into the apartment complex to take Emmy back to MOTHER. Terasawa hits him on the back of the head with a baseball bat to no effect, but manages to throw a desk at him, launching him out of the window and onto a truck below, causing it to explode. Emmy and Terasawa attempt to escape in the latter's jeep, but M11, burned and missing the skin on half of his face, chases them down just as in the film. Terasawa is brought to MOTHER rather than only Emmy.
- Upon King Ghidorah's appearance in Fukuoka, the monster is engaged by a fleet of Masers and tanks, but are wiped out by a gust of wind from Ghidorah's wings. This marks the only appearance of the MBT-MB92s, as Godzilla's attack on Sapporo is completely omitted.
- As in the film, the Godzillasaurus which had been transported to the Bering Sea was irradiated by a downed nuclear submarine. However, the Japanese government does not attempt to 'revive' Godzilla using the Musashi-1 nuclear submarine; rather than being bombarded with additional radiation, he is already supercharged from the initial submarine. Terasawa explains that, due to the abundance of nuclear weaponry in modern times, the recreation of Godzilla was inevitable. He goes on to say that, because Godzilla was now created from a modern nuclear weapon, it had 200 times the effect of the nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll, thus making Godzilla larger.
- When Emmy and Terasawa board MOTHER to confront Wilson and Glenchico, they are not met with any androids. Rather than being tackled to the ground by Emmy, Wilson grabs her by the face but is knocked unconscious by M11.
- In 2204, when Emmy searches for King Ghidorah's body with a submarine, she is joined only by M11 and not Morrys. Thus, the dialogue proceeds differently.
- Due to the omission of Godzilla's attack on Sapporo, he immediately makes his way to Shinjuku where he is confronted by Mecha-King Ghidorah.
- After Mecha-King Ghidorah carries Godzilla out to sea and Emmy escapes in KIDS, the craft is badly damaged by Godzilla, who uses the last of his strength to fire several blasts of atomic breath into the air.
- Just before Emmy is warped back to 2204 by KIDS, rather than contacting Terasawa to inform him that he is her ancestor, she kisses a picture of him printed on the back of The Birth of Godzilla, commenting to herself that he is her "lovely," distant ancestor.
Weapons, vehicles and races
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