Killer Whale

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Killer Whale
The Killer Whale in Killer Whale
Alternate names Kujiragami, Kujira Gami, Whale God, Demon Whale (悪魔の鯨,   Akuma no Kujira)
Species North Pacific right whale
(Eubalaena japonica)
Length 30 meters
Enemies Humans
Modeled by Fuminori Ohashi, Ryosaku Takayama
First appearance Killer Whale

The Killer Whale (鯨神,   Kujira Gami, lit. Whale God) is a whale kaiju who appears in Koichiro Uno's 1961 novel The Whale God and its 1962 Daiei film adaptation, Killer Whale.

Design

The Killer Whale is an unusually large and seemingly immortal North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica).

History

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Trivia

  • The Killer Whale, along with the novel and film featuring it, is inspired by the American novel Moby-Dick.
  • You're the Strongest, Gamera, a 1995 Japanese book, includes a scenario of the author's invention similar to Toho's Destroy All Monsters, in which Gamera joins forces with several Earth monsters and former enemies of his against an alliance between the Zigrans and the Virians. One of the Earth monsters that aids Gamera is a giant whale named Whale God God Gein (鯨神 ゴッドゲイン,   Geishin Goddo Gein), a certain reference to the Killer Whale.[1] This whale is physically powerful, immune to W's cell activity suspension beams, and later battles a Zigran in New York.[2]
  • A presumbed reference to Killer Whale was planned for the 1999 film Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, where Gamera briefly interacts with a cow-calf pair of North Pacific Right whales near the "Gamera graveyard" and the sunken ruin of Atlantis.[3]
  • The title Kujira Gami (lit. Whale God) has been used in several other franchises, most notably in the GeGeGe no Kitarō series as an alias of Dai-Kaijū, the iconic character redeveloped from Raban. Also, a scene in GeGeGe no Kitarō closely resembles one of the scenes in Daiei's film.
  • Leviathan, an exceptionally large and powerful North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) which appeared in Time Patrol Bon, may also be inspired by Killer Whale, as both were called "demon whale" by whalers while they were simply defending themselves.

References

This is a list of references for Killer Whale. 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. Nezura Beasts and Garasharp: The Aborted Monster Movies of Daiei Studios - Cool Ass Cinema
  2. OMEGA遊撃隊, 1995, 強いぞ!ガメラ, Tokuma Shoten, ISBN-10 ‏: ‎4198602573, ISBN-13 ‏: ‎978-4198602574
  3. Heisei Gamera Perfection. ASCII MEDIA WORKS. 8 February 2014. p. 264. ISBN 9784048918817.

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