Jigora's name is an anagram of Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira. He is first named in episode 19, though Torema previously described his kind as "ancient monsters" (古代生物 in episode 14. Commander kodai seibutsu, lit. "ancient organism")Jinguji also alludes to them as "an ancient species that resembled Godzilla" (ゴジラと似た古代生物. The Gojira to nita kodai seibutsu)2014 book Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia does not mention Jigora's proper name, listing him as "ancient monster of Planet Torendeiru" (トレンディル星の古代生物. Torendiru-sei no kodai seibutsu)
Jigora closely resembles Godzilla Junior, having a similar skin tone and the same pattern of dorsal fins on his back. However, he uniquely possesses a yellow stripe on either side of his dorsal fins.
- Godzilla Island (TV 1997-1998) [episodes 13-14, 16, 19, 68, 109, 114]
Jigora was a member of a kaiju species once found on Planet Torendeiru that peacefully coexisted with the people living there and was friends with Torema. However, when the Xilien agent Zagreth came to Torendeiru and installed a series of Berserker Wave Towers to broadcast a control signal, she was able to turn Jigora's species into an army that desolated the entire planet. Torema, now the sole survivor of the Torendeiru, would be forced to kill the brainwashed Jigora with a rocket launcher to survive and escape the planet. This traumatic memory played a part in her coming to Earth as the physical similarities between Jigora and Godzilla reminded her of home. Godzilla Junior's even closer resemblance to Jigora resulted in her forming a bond of friendship with the young monster.
Jigora's roar is a reversed Showa Godzilla roar.
- Main article: Jigora/Gallery.
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