Heisei era

From Wikizilla.org, the Godzilla, Gamera, Kong and Kaiju Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Series
Showa
Heisei
Millennium

The Heisei series (平成シリーズ,   Heisei shirīzu) is a term used to identify films produced during the current political era of Japan, the Heisei era or Heisei period. The Heisei series is named after the political Heisei era in Japan, which started in 1989 with the ascension of Emperor Akihito to the throne, and continues to this day. Technically, the Millennium and Post-Millennium Godzilla films are also part of the Heisei era due to being released during the political Heisei period, but are considered to be separate series from the Heisei series due to coming after hiatuses in the Godzilla franchise and not following the same continuity.

Other major kaiju franchises have not followed this convention despite having similar hiatuses; for example, Gamera the Brave is considered to be a part of the Heisei series, despite being released seven years after the previous film, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris. It is important to note that Gamera the Brave is not part of the same continuity as the Heisei Gamera trilogy, and its events are completely unrelated to the events of the previous three films.

Films

Godzilla Series

The Godzilla Heisei era lasted from 1984 to 1995. The Godzilla Heisei era was also nicknamed the VS Series (VSシリーズ,   Buiesu shirīzu, lit. Versus series) in Japan, due to the word VS (Buiesu) being featured in most of the films' titles. The Heisei era of Godzilla films follows a different continuity from the Showa films, ignoring every movie except the original 1954 Godzilla. The Heisei series ran for a total of seven films, with the last film, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, intended to be the final Japanese Godzilla film for a period of at least ten years, while TriStar Pictures was expected to produce a trilogy of American-made Godzilla films in that time frame. The series was brought out of retirement by Toho early in 1999 following the poor reception to TriStar's 1998 American Godzilla film, thus beginning the Millennium series of Godzilla films.

Gamera Series

The Gamera Heisei series began in 1995 with the release of Gamera: Guardian of the Universe and ended in 2006 with Gamera the Brave. The first three Heisei Gamera films were directed by Shusuke Kaneko and all share continuity, while Gamera the Brave was released much later by Kadokawa and is a standalone film unconnected to the continuity of the trilogy.

Mothra Series

Mothra received her first standalone film since the original Mothra in 1996 following the temporary close of the Godzilla series. The Rebirth of Mothra trilogy lasted from 1996 to 1998.

Monsters Introduced

Godzilla Series

Gamera Series

Mothra Series

Trivia

  • Technically, The Return of Godzilla was released during the Showa era rather than the Heisei era, but is considered part of the Heisei series due to being the beginning of a new series and sharing continuity with the Heisei films that followed it.
  • It is a common misconception that Gamera the Brave is counted as part of the Millennium series. The Millennium Series only applies to the Godzilla series, as Japan is still in the political Heisei era. In Japan, Gamera the Brave is sometimes referred to as the "Shinsei version" (新生版,   Shinsei-ban) to distinguish it from the trilogy.
  • No Godzilla monster introduced in the Heisei series reappeared in the Millennium era, with the exception of the adult Godzilla Junior appearing through stock footage in the opening of Godzilla: Final Wars.
  • Godzilla monsters from this period were generally very large; much larger than monsters from the Showa era. Most of Godzilla's opponents were at least 20 meters taller than him.
  • The Heisei era set several records in various statistics for Toho's kaiju at the time; some of these records have been surpassed by later films, while others remain current.
    • SpaceGodzilla's flying form and Biollante's final form are the heaviest kaiju on record respectively, not counting Bagan from the video game Super Godzilla.
    • At 150 meters in height, the 1991 incarnation of King Ghidorah was the tallest version of King Ghidorah, as well as the tallest Toho kaiju until 2017, when it was exceeded by the 300 meter-tall Godzilla Earth from the GODZILLA anime trilogy. It was also later exceeded as the tallest incarnation of King Ghidorah by both the anime and MonsterVerse incarnations of the character.
    • The incarnation of Godzilla from 1991 to 1995 was the tallest version of him to appear in a film produced by Toho until 2016, when it was exceeded by the Godzilla in the film Shin Godzilla.
    • Destoroyah is the oldest kaiju on record, being from the Precambrian era.
  • Like in the Showa series, all of the Godzilla films in the Heisei series comprise a single complete continuity. The Millennium series would not follow this trend, featuring staggered continuity between its films.
  • In this era, almost all the monsters Godzilla faces can fly, the sole exception being Biollante, who is still able to travel through the air in the form of energy spores.
  • All of the Heisei Godzilla films either end with Godzilla falling into a natural object of some sort (either a volcano or the ocean) or wading out to sea. The only exception is Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, which simply ends on a shot of Godzilla Junior having matured into an adult and taking his father's place following his death.
  • In the Heisei Gamera trilogy, all of Gamera's opponents can fly. The only monster in the entire Gamera Heisei series thus far that is unable to fly is Zedus.
  • The Heisei era of Godzilla films introduced a filming technique where shots of the set were blended into footage of cities from ground level. While this did provide an ability to save money in building massive sets and also was an easy way to introduce a sense of scale, it meant that in many scenes people can be seen casually walking or even driving vehicles while the kaiju rampages nearby. This is especially evident in some of the Haneda Airport scenes in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, where a Boeing 747 that belongs to ANA can actually be seen taxiing towards the runway whilst Destoroyah flies into the air, pulling Godzilla along.[2]

See Also

References

This is a list of references for Heisei era. 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]

Era Icon - Heisei.png



Comments

Showing 16 comments. Remember to follow the civility guidelines when commenting.

You are not allowed to post comments.


avatar

HelloitsGezora64

3 months ago
Score 0
Bro,this and the Millennium series are the best in my opinion.
avatar

G&G-Fan

3 months ago
Score 0
Unpopular opinion: I love the Heisei Godzilla fights. Like, a lot. People complain about too much beams but the only one that was entirely beams was Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, the rest had plenty of awesome physical combat. I love how much weight they give to the monsters. When they do fight physically, it's always so brutal and hard-hitting, and you can feel their sheer mass through the way they move and attack. I also find beams entertaining, and the fights are pretty logical, well-staged, and dramatic. The effects also look absolutely fantasic. I dislike a lot of the Showa fights because of how anthropomorphic and ridiculous they tend to be. The Heisei fights actually felt like two giant monsters fighting rather then people in monster suits fighting.
avatar

G&G-Fan

5 months ago
Score 0

Thoughts on each Heisei film:

The Return of Godzilla - Pretty good, I like the dark tone, the story is pretty good, good soundtrack, and the ending is just brilliant, but it could've used a lot more Godzilla destruction, I would've much preferred the design in the rest of the Heisei films being introduced here as I don't really care for the 84 design, and the animatronic Godzilla looks like what it is, a robot. 8/10 Godzilla vs. Biollante - Great film. Biollante is by far one of the best Godzilla monsters, it introduced the basic look of the best Godzilla design, pretty interesting story, a good soundtrack, a really entertaining fight between Godzilla and rose form Biollante, and the special effects are just superb. However, the final fight with Biollante is way too short and rather underwhelming. What we get is great but we got too little of it! The rose fight was more entertaining! Still a 10/10 though Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah - A very entertaining film with great fights, music, and special effects and a very interesting story. Though it takes forever for Godzilla to appear, the film is pure gold once he does, and the film does have lots of fun action before to hold you over. Mecha-King Ghidorah and Godzillasaurus are awesome, and it has my favorite King Ghidorah design. The time travel fiasco could've been explained a lot better within the film though. 9.5/10 Godzilla vs. Mothra - The fights are, for the most part, entertaining, most of the special effects remain great, Battra is awesome and it has my favorite incarnation of Mothra, and the score is absolutely beautiful, but other than that it's rather mediocre. There are some really rushed-looking effects shots and the story is nowhere near as good as Mothra vs. Godzilla. 6/10 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II - An all-around fantastic film. A very good, interesting and compelling story with emotional weight, very entertaining fights with spectacular special effects, an amazing score, my personal favorite Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan designs, and the most Godzilla of any film in the entire franchise (and the pacing is very good because of this, as well as the fact that the stuff with Baby Godzilla and the humans is very interesting). 10/10, very underrated film. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla - I used to love this one, but now it's just really mediocre. A mess of a story, SpaceGodzilla, while an awesome villain, doesn't reach his potential, the fights, while at times entertaining, are pretty much entirely beams with practically no physical combat except for like two instances (people like to complain about physical combat in Mothra and Mechagodzilla when they, along with Destoroyah, actually have the MOST. I did the math. I think there was plenty of physical combat in those two films), and while the soundtrack is pretty good, it's nothing compared to Ifukube. 6/10

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah - Another very good movie. Burning Godzilla is awesome and very well executed, Destoroyah is my favorite Godzilla villain due to being such a badass, seeing Godzilla Junior having grown to the juvenile and actually being cool is great, interesting story, very entertaining fights with great special effects (though there is some wonky stuff here and there, the great parts way overshadow them), and a brilliant score. Godzilla and Junior's death are heartbreaking and really well executed as well, and the references to the original film are ingenious and very well implemented. 10/10
avatar

G&G-Fan

5 months ago
Score 0
Another thing about Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II that I forgot to mention is Baby Godzilla's design is also very good, definitely my favorite design for Godzilla's son that's still young. The animatronic Godzilla and Baby Godzilla heads are also absolutely amazing, allowing them both to the expressive, emotional characters, which I love.
avatar

G&G-Fan

one month ago
Score 0
I actually have a few changes to make. I'm going to give Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah a 10/10, Godzilla vs. Mothra an 8/10, and The Return of Godzilla's going to be reduced to a 6/10 (I almost fell asleep during my last viewing).
avatar

Theamazingdemo

6 months ago
Score 0
The best Godzilla series in my opinion.
avatar

Artzilla

11 months ago
Score 0
has some of the best kaiju designs
avatar

ItsDestoroyah

16 months ago
Score 1
The GIF of Destoroyah pulling Godzilla in the References section though XD
avatar

G&G-Fan

18 months ago
Score 0
This is my favorite Godzilla series.
avatar

SomeGuy37

16 months ago
Score 0
Same with me.
avatar

SkullIsland

20 months ago
Score 0
Is the 98 film part of this era?
avatar

Green Blob Thing

20 months ago
Score 0
Technically it is cause it was made during the Heisei period but really it isn't a Heisei film because it wasn't made in Japan.
avatar

The King of the Monsters

20 months ago
Score 0
Every film made after 1989 is part of the "Heisei era," but regarding the Godzilla series, the Heisei series only refers to Toho's Godzilla films made from 1984 to 1995. Since GODZILLA (1998) was made by an American studio and released after the close of the Godzilla Heisei series, it's not considered part of it.
avatar

Green Blob Thing

20 months ago
Score 0
Everyone seems to love this era, but for me this is easily my least favourite era. Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah are great films and The Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah are alright films, but I really don't like Godzilla vs Mothra (which I genuinely consider to be my least-favourite Godzilla film of all time), Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II or Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. The latter two are mostly down to pacing and just that they feel incredibly generic, but I find it really hard to get invested in these films. Maybe its because I really enjoy the crazier films that the Showa era and Millennium era have on offer, or the big blockbuster feel of the Legendary era, but this era has never stood out to me.
avatar

GMKLukezilla

26 months ago
Score 0
This is my least favorite series
avatar

Kaijuuuuuuuu1

27 months ago
Score 0
My favourite era.