King Ghidorah (GODZILLA Anime Trilogy)
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- Haruo Sakaki: “Metphies. Was your planet destroyed by monsters, too?”
- Metphies: “Yes. To that which brought the end of our civilization, we hesitate greatly to carelessly say its name. Words just have that much strength.”
- Haruo Sakaki: “So it's like a bad omen?”
- Metphies: “But Haruo, to you who is about to face Godzilla, I should probably tell you. The destructive name that we Exif have been secretly hiding.”
- Haruo Sakaki: “Why me?”
- Metphies: “Remember it when you're in battle, and about to be swallowed in fear. There is a far greater destructive power lurking somewhere in space. Compared to that, Godzilla would not even be worth the fear. [...] It's Ghidorah.”
- ― Metphies reveals to Haruo Sakaki the name of the being that destroyed Exifcalus (GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle)
The King Ghidorah (キングギドラ from the GODZILLA anime trilogy is an incarnation of Kingu Gidora)King Ghidorah that is first mentioned in the 2018 animated Godzilla film GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle, and is set to appear in the film's sequel, GODZILLA: The Planet Eater.
King Ghidorah's name is composed of "King" (キング and "Ghidorah." The "Ghidorah" part of King Ghidorah's name comes from the Japanese word for "hydra" Kingu) (ヒドラ, which is spelled very similarly to the Hidora)Japanese katakana for Ghidorah.
This incarnation of the character is referred to simply as Ghidorah (ギドラ, both in dialogue and in official Japanese press releases. However, the English story description on the film's official website does call him by his full name of King Ghidorah. He is also sometimes alluded to as God Gidora) (神 by the Kami)Exif.
Only the necks and heads of the anime Ghidorah have been fully revealed so far. He is depicted on the teaser poster as three intertwined serpentine necks with dragon-like heads, surrounded in a glowing golden aura. On the official poster, Ghidorah's incredibly long necks appear to be extending from black portals in the sky. His necks are thin and covered in spikes, and are long enough to circle around the 300 meter-tall Godzilla Earth several times. His heads only superficially resemble the character's traditional heads, which are based on Eastern dragons in the Showa series and Western dragons in the Heisei series. This Ghidorah's heads are adorned with pointed spikes in a similar arrangement to the Heisei King Ghidorah. His heads possess thin elongated snouts with long sharp teeth on the rim of his upper and lower jaws. Ghidorah appears to possess multiple small eyes on the top of his heads, similar to the Servum. A short pamphlet promoting GODZILLA: The Planet Eater distributed in Toho cinemas includes a small silhouette of what appears to be Ghidorah's full body. In addition to his three necks and heads, the silhouette includes what appear to be two wings, two tails, and part of what is most likely Ghidorah's body.
100,000 years ago, Ghidorah destroyed the Exif home planet of Exifcalus. The surviving Exif then wandered the vastness of space for many ensuing millennia before eventually arriving on Earth in 2035. Exif religious doctrine continued to speak of Ghidorah, with many Exif such as Metphies believing that creatures such as him are a form of divine punishment intended for decadent civilizations that pronounce themselves the lords of creation. Metphies noted that the Exif had witnessed numerous civilizations destroyed by monsters during their time wandering space, with Godzilla's appearance on Earth simply being the latest instance.
When Haruo Sakaki asked Metphies if the Exif home planet of Exifcalus was destroyed by monsters like Earth was, he replied that it was. He explained that the Exif hesitated greatly to carelessly speak the name of the being that destroyed their planet, but said that he should tell Haruo its name. He told Haruo to remember the name when he faced Godzilla in battle and was about to be consumed by fear, because there was a far more destructive force than Godzilla lurking in outer space. Compared to it, Godzilla would not even be worth the fear. Metphies leaned in and whispered into Haruo's ear the forbidden name of this being: Ghidorah.
Ghidorah will battle Godzilla Earth.
- GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle (2018) [mentioned]
- GODZILLA: The Planet Eater (2018) [announced]
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