Kentaro Yoshihara

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Kentaro Yoshihara
Ken Yoshihara in 2002: The End of the World
Species Human
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Anti-Megalosaurus Force Soldier.
Related to None
First appearance Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1: Japan, 1954

Lieutenant Kentaro Yoshihara is a protagonist in IDW Publishing's 2012 comic series Godzilla: The Half-Century War.

History

Godzilla: The Half-Century War

Japan, 1954

Lieutenant Yoshihara was stationed in Shinigawa, Japan with Ota Murakami to combat some Bad Weather in the city. Only 23 months into his enlistment, and being totally unprepared for such a threat, Murakami ordered his division to fire on the monster, which turned its attention to them, but resulted in most of the unit being wiped out by the Atomic Ray. With only Ken and Murakami left, they attempted to contact their superiors, but could not transmit due to the antenna being damaged, however they were able to receive transmissions. After hearing that the division that was assigned to protect civilians had been wiped out, Ota had Ken use their tank to distract Godzilla and draw his attention away from the crowd. After they barely escaped with their lives, Godzilla was lured into the bay and killed by a scientist under circumstances identical to those of Daisuke Serizawa. Shortly after the attack, they were approached by the American Colonel Schooler, who invited Ken and Ota to the Anti-Megalosaurus Force, after discovering that either a new Godzilla, or the Godzilla they thought they had killed had returned. Ken declined, saying that he wasn't sure if Military life was his forte, but after Ota agreed, Ken reluctantly signed on.

Vietnam, 1967

Thirteen years later in war-torn Vietnam, Ken was tasked with helping Doc Randall set up his Maser Cannons, which were awaiting their trial run against Godzilla. Shortly after Godzilla appeared in the valley where he and Randall were waiting, a spiderhole burst open and Vietcong soldiers flooded out. While Ken and Randall were surprised, they were more concerned with what they were running from, Anguirus, who had just emerged from the hillside. Most of the Masers were broken in the incident, but Godzilla still came to the valley, and began to fight Anguirus. The United States Military then shelled the monsters, causing them to retreat.

Ghana, 1975

After Vietnam, more monsters including, Rodan, Battra, Megalon, Kumonga, Mothra, Hedorah, Ebirah, and countless others began appearing around the world. The AMF then expanded to accommodate two-person teams dedicated to each monster. Ken and Ota were assigned to Godzilla, but in Accra, Ghana, the mentioned monsters converged and leveled the city with their quarrel. The AMF hid in an abandoned hotel, while Ota watched the carnage. Ken tried to get his friend to stop, but to no avail. The stolen technology from Vietnam was revealed to be the work of Doctor Deverich, an AMF scientist who went missing after his Monster repelling technology was labeled a failure. He then reverse engineered it to create a beacon, and used it to bring most if not all of the Earth's monsters into action. After spotting a TV station with lights on, the AMF drove to it through the fighting, and discovered from some armed guards that Deverich was inside. When they attacked him, he boosted his machine's signal strength and all monsters converged on the TV station, allowing Deverich to escape in the confusion.

Bombay, 1987

By Ken's 30th year of Monster hunting, the AMF had been reduced to tracking and predicting where monsters would appear and minimizing damage when they appeared. Ken and Ota were still together, and during an attack on Bombay, they witnessed the AMF's new weapon, Mechagodzilla. While smoking a cigarette outside of he and Ken's monitor van, Ota noticed Deverich carrying two suitcases in the crowd. He reported this and pursued him on foot. Ken caught up to Ota with some AMF troops, and witnessed Deverich's perfected creation, 1000 times more potent that the last incarnation turn on. Immediately, a large crystal formation appeared in the sky, and Another Godzilla fell from the sky. It quickly took out Mechagodzilla, but Ota was able to get it running long enough to take out the crystals that SpaceGodzilla was manipulating to defend itself against Godzilla. This allowed Godzilla to destroy SpaceGodzilla, which made Ota feel like Godzilla could be an ally against the threats from space that Deverich had unleashed.

2002: The End of the World

Ken and Ota resided at the AMF base in Antarctica where they formulated a plan to have Ken hijack the New Mechagodzilla and use it and the Dimension Tide miniaturized Black Hole weapon to eliminate Godzilla, and two monsters from space that Deverich had summoned, King Ghidorah and Gigan. They knocked out the pilot intended to take Mechagodzilla into the final battle, and sneaked aboard with help from Ken. At the boarding platform, they were called out by guards, but Ken and Ota were able to incapacitate them. Ken then bid Ota goodbye as he took Mechagodzilla into battle.

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