Godzilla vs. Mechani-Kong
As Toho continued searching for the right film to follow Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, they considered two primary concepts. One featured a team of humans being injected inside Godzilla while he battled Mechani-Kong, while the other featured Godzilla battling an evil version of Mothra called Gigamoth. Toho had already scrapped two projects based on the first concept, Micro Super Battle: Godzilla vs. Gigamoth and Godzilla's Counterattack, before considering a third, simply titled Godzilla vs. Mechani-Kong. The idea went through one more revision, titled Micro-Universe in Godzilla, before being scrapped entirely and replaced by Godzilla vs. Gigamoth, which ultimately became Godzilla vs. Mothra.
In order to defend Japan from Godzilla, the JSDF constructs Mechani-Kong, a giant robot gorilla designed to destroy Godzilla. The giant mech is launched into battle against Godzilla, utilizing its injectors to send a team of humans inside him. While the humans battle Godzilla from the inside, Mechani-Kong battles him from the outside.
- According to Koichi Kawakita, the idea of a team of humans traveling inside Godzilla was inspired by the classic 1966 science-fiction film Fantastic Voyage. This concept was also featured in an early draft of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.
- Koichi Kawakita ultimately fulfilled his wish for a battle inside of another monster's body in Rebirth of Mothra II, where Mothra Leo splits apart into many smaller Mothras to attack Dagahra from the inside.
- Kawakita eventually payed tribute to Mechani-Kong with the monster Bulgario in the show The Justirisers and the film Super Fleet Sazer-X the Movie, which he claimed was based on the unused Heisei design for Mechani-Kong.
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