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The Gohten in The War in Space
Subtitle(s) Space Defense Ship
(宇宙防衛艦,   Uchū Bōeikan)[1]
United Nations Space Defense Ship
(国連宇宙防衛艦,   Kokuren Uchū Bōeikan)[2]
Length 157 meters[3][4]
Width 31-53 meters[4]
Flight speed 180,000 km/s (cruising),[4]
280,000 km/s (maximum)[3][4]
Targets Daimakan
First appearance The War in Space

The Gohten (轟天,   Gōten) is a drill-nosed spaceship which appears in the 1977 Toho film The War in Space. It is based on the Gotengo from Atragon.

Name[edit | edit source]

The Gohten's name comes from that of the Gotengo—literally translated as "Roaring Heavens"—but without the - (号) suffix which is typically given to ships and other craft. Its name is distinguished from the Gotengo's in English by its romanization of the long "o" sound in Gōten as "oh." The name "Gohten" appears on the uniforms of the ship's crew in the film as well as on official merchandise as recent as the Toho SFX Movies Authentic Visual Books. The - is also omitted from the name of the Gotengo in GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, however in this novel the craft is more reminiscent of the Gotengo featured in Atragon than the Gohten. The Gohten is sometimes given the full designation UNSF-Gohten,[2] which stands for "United Nations Space Force Gohten."

Development[edit | edit source]

The Gohten was designed[5] and modeled by Yasuyuki Inoue of Alpha Planning,[6] formerly an employee of Toho. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, who penned the story for The War in Space under the name of the Gotengo's captain from Atragon, Hachiro Jinguji, suggested the inclusion of the Gotengo in the film, which lead to the creation of the Gohten.[7] Aside from being patterned after the Gotengo, Inoue explained that the ship's revolving cannons were inspired by a revolver his father brought back from the Russo-Japanese War when Inoue was a child.[8] Two total miniatures were produced of the Gohten: a 2.4-meter long, 1/80th scale model and a 1.2-meter long, 1/160th scale one.[6]

Ironically, the Gohten would go on to inspire the re-design of the eponymous Gotengo in Godzilla: Final Wars, as director Ryuhei Kitamura was a fan of The War in Space.[9]

History[edit | edit source]

Showa era[edit | edit source]

The War in Space[edit | edit source]

The Gohten is the flagship of the human fleet. After a vicious battle against the Messiah 13 aliens around the spaceship's base, it travels to Venus. Afterwards, it travels across the planet in search of the Alien base.

Video games[edit | edit source]

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters![edit | edit source]

In this side-scrolling game produced for the NES, the Gohten is one of several opponents the player has a chance of fighting in Hyperspace areas of each level. The Gohten will fire upon the player using its various cannons, but will otherwise stay stationary. The player can choose to destroy the Gohten by attacking its cannons, or simply walk to the right and leave the Hyperspace area.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

Screenshots[edit | edit source]

The War in Space[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Gohten. 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. Kaneda et al. 2014, p. 75.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nakamura & Shimazaki 2005, p. 185
  3. 3.0 3.1 Motoyama et al. 2012, p. 198
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Ozawa et al. 2018, p. 160
  5. Ozawa et al. 2018, p. 276.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ozawa et al. 2018, p. 161
  7. Goten. Toho Kingdom. Retrieved on 10 September 2021.
  8. Kawakita 2003, pp. 319-321.
  9. Murai 2005, p. 82.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Kaneda, Masumi; Oishi, Shinji; Konuta, Kenji; Eguchi, Mizuki; Maruyama, Takeshi (28 July 2014). Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia (1st ed.). Shogakukan. ISBN 978-4-09-682090-2.
  • Nakamura, Tetsu; Shimazaki, Jun (1 April 2005). Godzilla Toho Giant Monster Pictorial Book (1st ed.). Kodansha. ISBN 4-09-280052-5.
  • Motoyama, Sho; Matsunomoto, Kazuhiro; Asai, Kazuyasu; Suzuki, Nobutaka; Kato, Masashi (28 September 2012). Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works (1st ed.). villagebooks. ISBN 978-4864910132.
  • Ozawa, Ryoko; Murai, Shugo; Imai, Atsushi; Nakamura, Tetsu; Tomoi, Kento; Shimazaki, Jun, eds. (20 July 2018). All Toho Mechanic Pictorial Book (2nd ed.). Yosensha. ISBN 978-4-8003-1461-1.
  • Toho SFX Mechanic Chronicle 1954-2003. Supervised by Koichi Kawakita. Shinkigensha. 10 April 2003. ISBN 978-4-7753-0142-5.CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Murai, Satoshi, ed. (1 March 2005). Godzilla: Final Wars Super Complete Works (2nd ed.). Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-101498-4.


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