Goram

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Goram
Goram in Zone Fighter
Subtitle(s) Twin-Headed Terror-Beast
(双頭恐獣,   Sōtō Kyōjū)[1]
Species Reptilian-like Terror-Beast
Height 92 meters[2]
Weight 79,000 metric tons[2]
Place(s) of emergence Suburbs of Tokyo[1]
Controlled by Garogas
Relations Garogas (creators)
Allies Garogas
Enemies Zone Fighter
First appearance Zone Fighter episode 20, "Fierce Fight! Can You Hear Fighter's Song?"
Roar(s)

Goram (ゴラム,   Goramu) is a kaiju who appeared in episode 20 of the 1973 Toho tokusatsu kaiju series Zone Fighter, "Fierce Fight! Can You Hear Fighter's Song?"

Design

Goram is a primarily blue bipedal reptilian kaiju with two heads. The heads each have a row of triangular spikes that run down to his tail; tall, pointed ears; a pair of solid red eyes; short snouts with a prominent pair of tusks; and long, thick necks. In between the heads are two eyestalk-like structures, one with a yellow bulb and another with a grey bulb. The front of his body and underside of his tail are colored orange, with the sides of his legs, the top side of his tail, and a patch on his lower abdomen, which also has two glowing yellow spots, being colored teal. He has three fingers on each hand; a pair of legs with singular rows of spikes running down them; and clawed, two-toed feet. He also wears a leather belt with pistol holsters on his hips.

History

Zone Fighter

"Fierce Fight! Can You Hear Fighter's Song?"

Goram was first used by the Garogas to capture several children, including Akira Sakimori. Akira signals to Hikaru that he is nearby, after a failed attempt to capture one of the Garogas goes wrong. It is then revealed that he and the other children are contained within Goram himself, specifically inside Goram's right head. Akira tells Hikaru from inside Goram that the kaiju's left head is the one controlling the body, and that the head houses one of the kaiju's brains. Goram arrives and forces Hikaru to transform into Zone Fighter, and the two duke it out. Zone refuses to use his Meteor Missile Might on the Terror-Beast for fear of injuring the children inside, and Goram beats Zone down, until Zone Angel arrives in Smokey to help fight the monster off. Zone tears off one of Goram's heads, and the children manage to escape. He then finally destroys Goram by using the Meteor Missile Might on it.

Abilities

Goram breathing fire

Physical abilities

Goram's large hands are used to punch and throw around opponents, while his feet are used to kick opponents around as well. After first being unveiled, Goram used one of his hands to destroy part of a mountain. Goram attempted to crush Zone Fighter in his human form with his foot. Goram also picked up a large boulder and threw it at the human-sized Zone Fighter after being unable to stomp him out, forcing the hero to transform and punch the boulder out of the way as he entered the fight. After leaving Zone on the ground after firing at him, Goram kicked the hero back to the ground and began to wail on him with his fists, mixed in with some kicks and slaps. While Zone Fighter was trying to stand back up, Goram grabbed the hero and threw him to the ground. After this, Goram resorted to jumping up and down on top of the hero, before applying more pressure to the hero's chest with his foot. When Zone Angel tried to intervene with Smokey, Goram charged at Zone Fighter and slammed his pistol into the hero's back and began to wrestle with him.

Containment and absorption

Goram can contain living things within his body, with the kidnapped children and Akira being contained within his right head. While they were stored inside Goram's right head, they were slowly being absorbed by the Terror-Beast, from their blood, flesh, and cells, and being converted into the kaiju's own cells. Due to this, Zone Fighter was unable to physically fight against Goram or use any of his weapons and had to resort to letting Goram tire himself out as he beat the hero, as the children trapped inside the kaiju also felt his pain and if Zone had killed Goram, he would have killed the kids as well.

Flamethrowers

Goram can unleash a stream of flames from both of his mouths. Goram used his flames to set fire to the ground a human-sized Zone Fighter was standing on and even blew the hero back with a miniature explosion generated from the flames. Even after his right head ripped off, Goram was still able to spew flames from his left head. These flames were hot enough to set fire to hundreds of acres of land, even setting fire to Zone Fighter near the end of the battle, though the hero was able to withstand the attack and return fire with his Meteor Missile Might.

Pistols

Goram wields two giant pistols. Each shot acts like a cannon, causing explosions on whatever they hit and generating large plumes of dirt when striking the ground. He appears to use them in quick-draw style, with both holstered at his hips, either firing from the hip with both pistols in quick succession, or removing one from its holster and firing with his arm outstretched. Immediately after Zone Fighter transformed into his giant form, Goram shot at the hero, though he leapt out of the way of the gunfire. One shot was enough to down Zone Fighter for several moments. After firing with an outstretched arm, Goram twirled the pistol in his hand before returning it to its holster. After having his right head ripped off, Goram shot at Zone in tandem with his flamethrowers. According to All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume), these guns are 40-inch caliber.[3]

Direction detection

According to All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume), Goram can detect directionality with his back spines.

Durability

During their fight, Goram took a Meteor Kick to the chest before promptly falling over. Most impressively, Goram was able to survive having his right head ripped off and endured a brutal beatdown from the hero including numerous Meteor Punches and Kicks, being thrown multiple times, tackled and kneed in the chest. Goram was finally killed after being hit with two volley's of Zone Fighter's Meteor Missile Might, but not before the kaiju attempted to get back up before slumping back down dead.

Gallery

Main article: Goram/Gallery.

References

This is a list of references for Goram. 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. 1.0 1.1 Matsui, Satoshi, ed. (28 July 2014). Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 136. ISBN 978-4-09-682090-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ballard, Jim M. (14 November 2009). "ZONE FIGHTER Series Guide". SciFi Japan. Archived from the original on 1 March 2021.
  3. Sakai, Yukio, ed. (24 March 1990). All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume). Keibunsha. p. 211. ISBN 4-7669-0962-3.

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