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Infant Island (インファント島 is the name of several locations which appear across the Infanto-tō)Godzilla and Mothra franchises. It is the home of the miniature Shobijin priestesses and their guardian deity Mothra, and is also occasionally inhabited by an indigenous people. The first Infant Island, located in the Caroline Islands of the North Pacific, starred in the original Mothra film from 1961 and became part of the Godzilla series through 1964's Mothra vs. Godzilla. Though initially covered by lush jungles and vegetation, repeated nuclear testing in the island's vicinity severely irradiated it and choked off much of its life by Mothra vs. Godzilla. This original Infant Island is later alluded to and shown through stock footage in the Millennium film Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, which includes Mothra and numerous other Showa kaiju films in its continuity, but not Mothra vs. Godzilla. A second Infant Island, instead located in the South Pacific, also appeared in the Showa series in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, where its natives were used as slaves by the terrorist organization Red Bamboo on the nearby Letchi Island.
The Infant Island of the Heisei Godzilla series debuted in Godzilla vs. Mothra and is located in the Java Sea as one of the islands which make up Indonesia. This Infant Island was once inhabited by an advanced ancient civilization known as the Cosmos who, after building a machine that could control the weather, incurred the wrath of the Earth itself, which sent out the monster Battra to eliminate this threat to the environment. Though the Cosmos were protected by Mothra, Battra succeeded in destroying the climate control device and resultant flooding forced the civilization to flee to the mountains.
Other Infant Islands (whose precise locations are unknown) appear in the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy and Godzilla Final Wars, with another established to exist in the Monsterverse in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
In the American versions of Mothra and Mothra vs. Godzilla, Infant Island is renamed to Beiru Island and Mothra Island, respectively.
- Mothra (1961)
- Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
- Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
- Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
- Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003) [mentioned]
- Godzilla Final Wars (2004) [vision; ending]
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) [photograph]
A joint expedition by Japanese and Rolisican scientists arrived on Infant Island to observe the effects of a recent Rolisican nuclear test. There, the expedition encountered the Shobijin and a tribe of natives who worshipped a goddess named Mothra. Clark Nelson, a greedy Rolisican businessman that was part of the expedition, kidnapped the Shobijin from the island and slaughtered several of the natives before bringing them back to Tokyo. The surviving natives on the island called upon Mothra, who hatched from her egg and went to Japan to rescue the Shobijin. After Mothra and the Shobijin were reunited, they returned home to Infant Island to restore peace and happiness.
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Infant Island was the site of various nuclear tests, which devastated the island and reduced it to a nightmarish barren landscape. The only remaining green part of the island was a small sacred spring located in the interior of the island just outside a cave. Two reporters and a scientist from Japan traveled to the island to ask Mothra to stop Godzilla, but the bitter islanders angrily refused. The Shobijin sympathized with the Japanese people's plight, but could not bring themselves to call upon Mothra to fight Godzilla. Ultimately, Mothra herself decided to help the Japanese and fight Godzilla. Though Mothra was ultimately killed, her larvae hatched and defeated Godzilla, then returned to Infant Island.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
One of Mothra's larvae died sometime after the battle with Godzilla, but one survived and took her mother's place as guardian of Infant Island. When King Ghidorah arrived on Earth and threatened to destroy the world, Mothra left Infant Island for Japan, where she convinced Godzilla and Rodan to join forces with her and send King Ghidorah back to space. Mothra then returned to Infant Island with the Shobijin.
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
A few years after the nuclear tests that ravaged Infant Island, the island began to recover and return to its lush green beauty. However, a terrorist organization called the Red Bamboo repeatedly raided the island and captured the natives, enslaving them and forcing them to make nuclear weapons and a special juice to hold off the monster Ebirah on Devil's Island. Yata, a shipwreck survivor, found his way onto the island and lived among the remaining Infant Islanders for a few months. When Yata's brother Ryota arrived to rescue him, the two decided to help the Infant Islanders and stop the Red Bamboo by awakening Mothra from her long sleep. The two men returned to Devil's Island and broke the slaves free, while Godzilla defeated Ebirah and destroyed the Red Bamboo. They then built a net and stood inside of it, when Mothra arrived and carried the net back to Infant Island before the island self-destructed.
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Infant Island, located in Indonesia, was the refuge of Mothra and the Cosmos for thousands of years following Mothra's battle with Battra in the ancient past. An investigative expedition from Japan traveled to the island and encountered the Cosmos, as well as Mothra's egg. The Marutomo Company sent a boat to bring Mothra's egg back to Japan.
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