Kiryu

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Mechagodzilla Incarnations
Heisei Mechagodzilla
Kiryu
Anime Mechagodzilla
Mechagodzilla copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Mecha
Modified Type-3 Kiryu in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Kiryu in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Mechagodzilla® (Millennium)
Alternate Names Kiryu, Mechagodzilla 2.0IDW,
Millennium Mechagodzilla,
Mechagodzilla The Third,
Mechagodzilla 3G:DAMM-G:STE,
MFS-3,
Type-3 Kiryu, Mecha G
Subtitle Multipurpose Fighting System Type-3
(3式多目的戦闘システム,   San-Shiki Tamokuteki Sentō Shisutemu?)
Anti-G Special Weapon
(対特殊兵器,   Tai Jī Tokushu Heiki?)[1]
Species Cybernetically-Modified Godzilla
Height 60 meters[2][3]
Weight 36,000 metric tons[2][3]
40,000 metric tons (Battle Gear)[2][3]
Forms Godzilla, Kiryu,
Super Weapons Kiryu,
Modified Type-3 Kiryu
Controlled by Godzilla's spirit, Japan Self-Defense Force, CKRGRoE, Jet JaguarGRoE
Relations Original Godzilla (Built around his skeleton)
Allies GodzillaG:O, GtHCW, GRoE, Mothra, KumongaG:O,
Jet JaguarGRoE, M.O.G.U.E.R.A.GRoE
Enemies Godzilla, SpaceGodzillaG:O, Monster XG:O, GiganG:O, GtHCW, HedorahG:O,
King GhidorahGtHCW, DestoroyahGRoE, BaragonGRoE, MechagodzillaGRoE,TrilopodGRoE, RodanObliv
Created by Masaaki Tezuka
Portrayed Hirofumi Ishigaki,
Motokuni Nakagawa,
CGI (Flying scenes)
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Roar(s)
More Roars
We're going to make something called a bio-robot. It'll be a powerful weapon against Godzilla. A mechanical Godzilla to beat Godzilla. „ 

Hayato Igarashi (Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla)

The Millennium Mechagodzilla (メカゴジラ,   Mekagojira?), more commonly known as Kiryu (機龍,   Kiryū?, lit. Machine Dragon), is a cybernetically-enhanced mecha created by Toho that first appeared in the 2002 Godzilla film, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.

Built around the skeletal remains of the Godzilla that attacked Tokyo in 1954, Kiryu was an advanced cyborg designed to defend Japan from the kaiju that frequently menace it, particularly the current Godzilla. Kiryu first saw action in 2003 when it was deployed to battle Godzilla when he surfaced at Hakkeijima. However, Godzilla's roar awakened the original Godzilla's restless spirit that was attached to Kiryu's skeleton, causing the machine to go berserk. Kiryu was recalled and his programming altered so this incident could never occur again, then was sent out against Godzilla a second time when he landed at Tokyo. Kiryu fought Godzilla to a draw, leaving him with a gruesome chest wound and itself losing an arm. Kiryu was rebuilt over the course of a year, and sent into combat with Godzilla again when he returned to Tokyo. Kiryu fought alongside Mothra and her twin larvae, and finally triumphed against his organic counterpart by reopening the wound on Godzilla's chest. The original Godzilla's spirit took control of Kiryu once again, and chose to sink itself in the Japan Trench with the immobilized Godzilla rather and deactivate rather than kill another member of its kind.

Name

Kiryu's nickname is derived from 機龍, Ki ryū, meaning machine dragon. Kiryu's primary legal name is simply "Mechagodzilla," while his official designation in the films is MFS-3, which is short for Multipurpose Fighting System Type-3 (3式多目的戦闘システム,   San-Shiki Tamokuteki Sentō Shisutemu?). "Kiryu" is also trademarked by Toho, as seen in the copyright information for the game Godzilla: Unleashed.[4]

The pronunciation of Kiryu's name in the dialogue of the international English dub for Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla is simplified to remove the linking "r" sound in "ryū," so it is pronounced as "Ki-yu." In the international English dub for Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., Kiryu is referred to as Mecha G, presumably to avoid confusing viewers who had not seen Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, which explained the mecha's name was Kiryu. In the video games Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and Godzilla: Save the Earth, Kiryu is called Mechagodzilla 3, due to being the third distinct iteration of Mechagodzilla and to distinguish him from the other Mechagodzilla featured in the games. In the Godzilla comic series published by IDW, Kiryu is only ever referred to as "Mechagodzilla." In the PlayStation 3 and 4 Godzilla video game and some other official media, Kiryu is referred to as Type-3 Kiryu (3式機龍,   San-Shiki Kiryū?).

Design

Kiryu is considerably sleeker than other versions of Mechagodzilla and bears a closer resemblance to Godzilla than the previous versions. Kiryu also draws on the designs of the previous incarnations of Mechagodzilla. Kiryu's eyes are normally yellow, but whenever the original Godzilla's spirit is in control of Kiryu, his eyes turn bright red. In Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., Kiryu develops a red 'scar' beneath his left eye when this happens.

The 2002 Kiryu suit is light silver in color, with various areas on its body exposing thick black wires underneath. The head has a long metal spike extending from the top of its forehead upward towards the back of its head. The eyes are large and relatively close together. They are usually yellow in color, but will turn red when Kiryu is possessed by the first Godzilla's spirit. A red scar extends underneath both eyes, and it will often glow when Kiryu roars. The suit's chest features three rounded plates that come together to cover the Absolute Zero Cannon housed underneath. When the suit is used to portray Super Weapons Kiryu, two blue rocket launchers are attached to its shoulders, while blue railguns are attached to its wrists.

The 2003 Kiryu suit is nearly identical to its predecessor, but has some differences upon closer examination. Firstly, this suit is painted a darker gray color and overall thinner and more streamlined than the previous suit, and features a smaller head and shorter neck. The suit's eyes are slightly smaller, and are further apart, and its chest is composed of three plates like the previous suit, however each one has a ridge on it, and the left chest plate has "MFS-3" written on it. The rest of it is mostly identical, although the exposed wires are a lighter shade of black, and there are many ridges and patterns present on the suit that were not present on the previous one. Its rocket launcher's and railguns are the same color as the suit instead of being blue. After the suit is damaged in the battle with Godzilla, its right eye is removed, exposing more metal and wiring underneath.

Origins

Kiryu is a bio-robot constructed by the Anti-Megalosaurus Force to combat Godzilla. Kiryu is constructed around the skeleton of the original Godzilla, who was killed by the Oxygen Destroyer in 1954. Kiryu was programmed with special "DNA computers" designed to make it operate like an organic creature, although the DNA sequence used in these computers had the unintended effect of leaving Kiryu susceptible to Godzilla's roar, which reawakened the original Godzilla's spirit and caused Kiryu to go berserk.

In the comic series Godzilla: The Half-Century War, Kiryu is an updated version of the previous Mechagodzilla made after studying Godzilla's skeletal structure, with bits of Godzilla's skin built into its armor. In the continuity of the comics Godzilla: Ongoing and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Kiryu is an updated model of the Mechagodzilla built by the American and Japanese governments created by wealthy industrialist Daniel Malmon. Eventually the machine was commandeered by the Counter-Kaiju Reaction forces and used alongside their other mecha M.O.G.U.E.R.A. to control the appearance of kaiju around the world. In the series Godzilla: Oblivion, there is an army of small mass-produced Mechagodzillas that bear the appearance of Kiryu.

History

Millennium Series

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

Although the original Godzilla had been killed in 1954 by the Oxygen Destroyer, Japan still found itself under attack from other monsters such as Mothra and Gaira over the decades. When a second Godzilla landed in Tateyama in 1999, this was the last straw. The Anti-Megalosaurus Force (AMF) division of the Japanese Xenomorph Self-Defense Force (JXSDF) proposed to dredge up the skeleton of the first Godzilla from the ocean and use it as a skeletal framework for constructing a mechanical Godzilla to combat the new Godzilla.

The plan was executed, with cloned DNA from the bones inserted into the quasi-organic computer controls, intended to take over subconscious motor control functions for the crew. By 2003, the Mechagodzilla, nicknamed Kiryu, was ready. Kiryu was unleashed when Godzilla surfaced at Hakkeijima, but when the cyborg faced off against Godzilla, something horrific happened: the cyborg's own memories of when it was Godzilla were reawakened by the modern Godzilla's own roars. Kiryu broke free of its pilot, Akane Yashiro, and proceeded to trash Yokohama, ignoring attempts at manual override. Godzilla left the city and headed back to the ocean, with Kiryu continuing its rampage until its fuel ran out.

The Japanese public was not amused. Hastily recalled, Kiryu received quite a few weapon upgrades in addition to new computer control software routines. When Godzilla appeared in Tokyo a few days later, both branches of the JSDF tried stopping him without the mecha's help, but it was useless. With Akane at the mecha's control again, Kiryu was sent out.

The second battle went well until Kiryu's receiver was damaged. Akane wanted to enter Kiryu and repair it herself despite orders against it. She then piloted the cyborg directly from the control room in its skull, carrying Godzilla out into Tokyo Bay once more. Akane tried to destroy Godzilla with Kiryu's ultimate weapon, the Absolute Zero Cannon, but the fight ended in a draw. Godzilla went back to the sea, though not before suffering a horribly shredded chest, and Kiryu was taken back to AMF headquarters after suffering a destroyed right arm, a damaged Absolute Zero Cannon, and empty powercells.

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Modified Type-3 Kiryu in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
In 2004, Akane was sent to America for further flight training. Taking her place in case Godzilla appeared was Akiba. Kiryu underwent heavy repairs, having his Absolute Zero Cannon replaced with a triple Hyper Maser Cannon and a collapsible drill installed in his hand. After a year of modifications, the Modified Type-3 Kiryu (3式機龍改,   San-Shiki-Kiryū Aratame?) was nearly completed.

Mothra's twin fairies, the Shobijin, appeared to warn Japan. They claimed that building Kiryu using the bones of the Godzilla that appeared in 1954 was a violation of the natural order of things, attracting the current Godzilla. The twins further claimed that Mothra would gladly take Kiryu's place in protecting Japan if they agreed to dismantle Kiryu, and if they declined, Mothra would be forced to attack Japan. Since Kiryu had been built partially to defend against a second attack from Mothra herself, the Japanese government declined.

But when Godzilla appeared in Tokyo once again, Mothra voluntarily engaged him, and Prime Minister Hayato Igarashi was shamed into aiding her. Kiryu flew into battle again. Despite the team up, the current adult Mothra was killed and Kiryu's transmitter damaged once again. Just like Akane before him, Kiryu's chief engineer Yoshito Chujo entered Kiryu for repairs, but remained inside the mech during the battle after Godzilla's beam had accidentally struck both of the hatch doors, damaging and jamming them.

Teaming up with the newly-hatched twin Mothra larvae, Kiryu was able to use his drill in his right arm to injure Godzilla's chest even more, eventually reaching and tearing up his insides. While Godzilla screamed in pain, Kiryu fired his Triple Hyper Maser and Maser Cannons at Godzilla, making Godzilla's roar trigger another flashback in Kiryu which was directly channeled to Yoshito. Godzilla was then wrapped up by the twin Mothra larvae's silk. Unable to fight, Godzilla dropped to the ground, allowing Kiryu to win the battle. After being ordered to finish Godzilla, Kiryu broke free of Akiba's control. Instead of finishing his battle, he merely subdued Godzilla, carrying him out to sea. After releasing Yoshito to safety, Kiryu displayed a message saying "Sayonara Yoshito" on a computer monitor, then plunged into the depths with his organic counterpart, allowing himself to finally rest in peace, while ensuring Godzilla would survive.

Abilities

Type-99 Double Maser Cannon

Kiryu fires the Type-99 Double Maser Cannon.

Kiryu is equipped with the Type-99 Double Maser Cannon (99式2連装メーサー砲,   99-Shiki 2 Rensō Mēsā-hō?), a Maser Cannon mounted inside his mouth. While the cannon's output is relatively low, the Maser beam possesses 240% of the destructive power of the Type-90 Maser Cannon. The cannon is powerful enough to harm Godzilla if targeted at his face or chest wound.

Railguns

Modified Type-3 Kiryu fires his Type-4 Railguns.

In Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Kiryu is equipped with dual wrist-mounted high-speed Type-0 Railguns (0式レールガン,   0-Shiki Rērugan?). In Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., these are replaced with improved Type-4 Railguns (4式レールガン,   4-Shiki Rērugan?). In both cases, these railguns are relatively low-powered compared to Kiryu's other armaments, and they are typically used as preemptive strikes and in conjunction with other weapons. Kiryu eventually sheds his railguns in his battles with Godzilla. Modified Type-3 Kiryu's gauntlets are tipped with two-pronged blades, which he can use to inflict additional damage when fighting an enemy hand-to-hand.

Maser Blade

Kiryu stabs Godzilla with his Maser Blade.

A small Maser Blade (メーサー・ブレード,   Mēsā Burēdo?) is stored inside Kiryu's Type-0 Railgun gauntlets. Kiryu uses this blade to stab Godzilla and deliver a strong electrical surge directly into his body. This blade was omitted from the improved Type-4 Railguns.

In the video game Godzilla: Save the Earth, this blade is larger in size and deploys directly from Kiryu's arm. He uses the Maser Blade in place of other monsters' normal grab attacks, and can lift monsters high into the air and throw them after piercing them with the blade.

Back Unit

Kiryu is equipped with a Back Unit (バックユニット,   Bakku Yunitto?), which possesses dual rocket launchers and boosters. Kiryu can fire two different types of rockets from the Back Unit, while the boosters grant him improved flight capabilities and the capacity to propel himself forward into an enemy at great speed. In Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, after the Back Unit was damaged, Kiryu jettisoned the Back Unit and sent it flying at Godzilla, which pushed him backward before he finally threw it to the side. In Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., the Back Unit was modified to specifically function as a guided missile. Kiryu was able to launch each half of the back unit at Godzilla separately. While Godzilla shot the first half down with his atomic breath, the other half collided with Godzilla and exploded, which succeeded in knocking Godzilla to the ground.

Multiple Interlocking Rockets

Kiryu fires Multiple Interlocking Rockets.

Kiryu can fire large 680 mm Multiple Interlocking Rockets (多連装ロケット弾,   Tarensō Roketto-dan?) from the front of the shoulder-mounted cannons on his Back Unit. In Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., these are replaced with improved MRL 2 Mk. IV rockets.

Multipurpose Guided Bullets

Kiryu's Back Unit is also equipped with small ballistic homing rockets which are fired from its sides. In Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, these are Type-95 470 mm Multipurpose Guided Bullets (95式470mm多目的誘導弾,   95-Shiki 470 Emuemu Tamokuteki Yūdō-dan?), while in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. they are replaced by Type-98 320 mm Multipurpose Guided Bullets (98式320ミリ多目的誘導弾,   98-Shiki 320-Miri Tamokuteki Yūdō-dan?). These rockets are capable of striking a target from long range or while Kiryu is in close-quarters combat.

In Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed, Kiryu can fire homing rockets directly from his back.

Type-3 Absolute Zero Cannon (Absolute Zero)

Kiryu fires the Absolute Zero.

Kiryu's ultimate weapon is the Type-3 Absolute Zero Cannon (3式絶対零度砲,   3-Shiki Zettaireido-hō?), also known simply as the Absolute Zero (アブソリュート・ゼロ,   Abusoryūto Zero?), equipped in his chest hatch. As its name suggests, this weapon fires a beam that instantaneously freezes the target to absolute zero, the lowest theoretical temperature of -273.15 degrees Celsius or zero kelvin, at which all atoms cease movement. Because of this, a target struck by the Absolute Zero will be instantly frozen on the molecular level, smashing its atoms and causing it to collapse under its own weight. The Absolute Zero consumes 40% of Kiryu's energy reserves, and as such cannot be used heavily in combat. The Absolute Zero was shown to instantly freeze and disintegrate skyscrapers when fired at them, though its impact on Godzilla was minimal by comparison. The Absolute Zero failed to kill Godzilla, though it did open a gaping wound on his chest that would prove critical in defeating him a year later. When Kiryu was repaired the following year, it was deemed to not be cost-effective to repair the Absolute Zero, and so it was replaced with the Type-4 Triple Hyper Maser Cannon.

Type-4 Anti-Beast Drill Apparatus (Spiral Claw)

Kiryu stabs Godzilla with the Spiral Claw.

When Kiryu's right arm was replaced following his 2003 battle with Godzilla, he was given the ability to collapse his right hand into a rotating drill called the Type-4 Anti-Beast Drill Apparatus (4式対獣掘削装置,   4-Shiki Tai Kemono Kussaku Sōchi?), also known as the Spiral Claw (スパイラル・クロウ,   Supairaru Kurō?). This attack proved devastating to Godzilla when Kiryu used it to pierce the scar on Godzilla's chest and rotated it, reopening the wound and causing Godzilla immense pain.

Type-4 Triple Hyper Maser Cannon

Kiryu fires the Type-4 Triple Hyper Maser Cannon.

When Kiryu was repaired, his Absolute Zero was replaced with the Type-4 Triple Hyper Maser Cannon (4式3連装ハイパーメーサー砲,   4-Shiki 3 Rensō Haipā Mēsā-hō?). While this attack was undeniably less powerful than the Absolute Zero, it proved crucial in defeating Godzilla, as Kiryu used it in conjunction with his Type-99 Double Maser Cannon to strike Godzilla's chest wound after it was reopened by the Spiral Claw, which critically injured Godzilla and left him helpless as the Mothra larvae encased him in silk. The hatch covering the Hyper Maser is equipped with claws that allowed Kiryu to restrain Godzilla and carry him out to sea.

Wire

Modified Type-3 Kiryu can deploy extremely strong metal Wire (ワイヤー,   Waiyā?) from his body to bind another monster in conjunction with the claws on his chest hatch and allow him to transport it over long distances. In Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., Kiryu used the wire to restrain Godzilla and carry him out to sea, while in the comic series Godzilla: Rulers of Earth he used it to transport both Baragon and Anguirus.

Physical Abilities

Kiryu swings Godzilla around by his tail.

Unlike previous Mechagodzillas, Kiryu's tail is able to move, which allows Kiryu to use it as a weapon. Kiryu is a well-balanced machine and the most agile Mechagodzilla to date, moving with a fluid, almost organic grace. Despite his agility, Kiryu is incredibly strong, being able to grab Godzilla by the tail and swing him around with ease.

Weaknesses

While a powerful fighter, Kiryu suffers from a few weaknesses. Due to being constructed around the original Godzilla's remains, the first Godzilla's spirit is still attached to Kiryu, and has overridden all external control over the mech in two instances. Because he has limited power reserves, Kiryu can only be in action for two hours or less when the use of Absolute Zero is involved. His limited power reserves also mean that Kiryu can only use his flight abilities sparingly, and that he must be transported into battle by two AC-3 White Herons. Kiryu can also be temporarily knocked out of commission if the transmitter which gives pilots control over him is damaged, requiring Kiryu to be either manually piloted from within or the transmitter to be manually repaired.

Filmography

Video Games

Kiryu has appeared in the video game Godzilla: Save the Earth for Both Xbox and PlayStation 2 under the name "Mechagodzilla 3." Kiryu also appeared in Godzilla: Unleashed for the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2 under his actual name from both Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., "Kiryu." Kiryu was available in Japan's version of Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee on the Nintendo GameCube. Since that film would take a few years to reach America, Kiryu was dropped from the American GameCube version of the game. However, he did appear in the American Xbox version of the game alongside the Heisei Mechagodzilla. Kiryu also appeared in the Japanese version of Godzilla: Domination! in place of the Heisei Mechagodzilla, who was featured in the North American version. Kiryu has the same exact moves as the Mechagodzilla in the American version, and all differences are purely cosmetic. It should also be mentioned that the ending for Mechagodzilla still showcases the Heisei version as well.

Kiryu returns in Godzilla: Save the Earth. Kiryu is an overall good fighter that is also one of the last unlocked. Kiryu can use its mouth cannon, missiles, and plasma blade to get an edge over his foes. His rage attack is the Absolute Zero Cannon, which freezes his opponent while also dealing major damage. In Godzilla: Unleashed, Kiryu returns with an augmented moveset. It is a starter character in this game unlike his previous appearance. Kiryu is very agile and a very good fighter.

Godzilla: Unleashed

Height: 100 meters
Weight: 66,600 tons

"Kiryu is a cyborg monster generated by the Global Defense Force to protect human cities from monster threats. Kiryu is genetically identical to Godzilla, but has been augmented with armor plating, enhanced reflexes, and limited flight capabilities. These enhancements have eliminated his natural ability to create atomic fire, so he has been outfitted with homing rockets, an electrical cannon, and the fearsome Absolute Zero cannon-which can immobilize any monster in a single hit. Kiryu is the GDF's most successful defender yet, and is their first and best option for defending humanity."


Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

Kiryu in Godzilla.

In the PlayStation 3 version of Godzilla, Kiryu appears as one of the final bosses if Godzilla has reached 100 meters. He will only be summoned if the G-Generators are destroyed fast enough. If they are not, Super Mechagodzilla will appear instead. Kiryu attacks using his battle pack at first, then switches to melee attacks and the Hyper Maser once the pack is destroyed. If he is defeated, he will appear in the end cutscene carrying a frozen Godzilla back to the ocean, sinking with him. This is a reference to Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S..

In the PlayStation 4 version, Kiryu will be summoned on stage 8 with the Gotengo if the player takes the hard route all the way through. Kiryu is also playable in the "Defend" variation of God of Destruction Mode in this version of the game. Kiryu has a chance to appear on the next-to-last stage of God of Destruction Mode when playing as Godzilla, and will be accompanied by the imago Mothra, who will aid him against the player. This is another reference to Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Moveset

  • Square
    • One tap: Hand Blades
    • Two taps: Tail Rotation Attack
  • Triangle
    • Tap: Spiral Claw
    • Tap + Roar: Multi-hit Spiral Claw
  • X
    • Tap: Jump
    • Forward + Tap: Hover Tackle
    • Backward + Tap: Back Jump
    • Left/Right + Tap: Sideways Hover Dash
  • Circle
    • Tap: Type 99 Double Maser Cannon
    • Forward + Tap: Rocket Launcher
    • Left/Right + Tap: Type-0 Rail Gun
    • Roar + Tap: Hyper Maser Cannon
  • R2
    • Tap: Rotating Fire

Kaiju Guide

Main articles: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Type-3 Kiryu, Kaiju Guide: Type-3 Kiryu Custom.

City Shrouded in Shadow

Kiryu appears in the survival RPG game City Shrouded in Shadow developed by Granzella and Bandai Namco.[5] He is deployed by the JXSDF to combat Godzilla, but Godzilla's roar causes Kiryu to go berserk and attack the player instead.

Comics

Godzilla: Ongoing

Kiryu appears in Godzilla: Ongoing where he is constructed by billionaire Daniel Malmon to replace the previous Mechagodzilla. Kiryu battles Godzilla and briefly has the upper hand. Kiryu attempts to use his Absolute Zero cannon on Godzilla, but Godzilla counters it with his atomic breath, creating a beam clash which Kiryu loses. With Kiryu damaged and immobile, Godzilla leaves.

Kiryu is later stolen by Harrison, Boxer's estranged son and a member of his "Kaiju Kill Crew" and sent to Monster Island to free the Earth monsters being contained there so that they can battle the space monsters. Kumonga hitches a ride on Kiryu's back while Boxer and Hikari join Harrison in the cockpit, and Kiryu heads to New York to take on Monster X. Monster X easily beats Kiryu and Kumonga before SpaceGodzilla and Godzilla both arrive. During the ensuing battle, Kiryu is knocked into the Hudson River. As Kiryu begins to flood and sink, Boxer manages to get the Absolute Zero cannon operational. Using a well-timed shot, Kiryu freezes SpaceGodzilla, rendering him helpless while Godzilla blasts him and apparently destroys SpaceGodzilla.

Godzilla: The Half-Century War

Kiryu appears in The Half-Century War #5, where he is constructed by the Anti-Megalosaurus Force. Kiryu is deployed to Antarctica where the AMF has just completed constructing the Dimension Tide, which they hope will finally stop the space monsters King Ghidorah and Gigan. Godzilla arrives and battles the space monsters, but is badly outmatched. Luckily, Ota Murakami takes command of Kiryu and assists Godzilla in the battle. The AMF activates the Dimension Tide, and the combined efforts of Kiryu and Godzilla manage to banish Gigan and King Ghidorah into a black hole. Before Godzilla can escape, Kiryu stabs him and holds him still. As the black hole tears Kiryu apart, the cockpit is exposed, allowing Murakami to finally see Godzilla face-to-face. Eventually, the force of the black hole destroys Kiryu and apparently sucks Godzilla in as well, though Godzilla's dorsal plates are visible breaking the water in the aftermath of the battle.


Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Kiryu appears in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #11, now upgraded to his Modified Type-3 Kiryu design. In this issue, Kiryu is sent to Paris to subdue Baragon. Baragon breathes fire at Kiryu and fights fiercely, but Kiryu is able to overcome and capture Baragon, after which he brings Baragon to the new Monster Islands.

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #12, Kiryu is sent along with a naval fleet to assault the Devonian capital. However, Destoroyah attacks the fleet and kills Kiryu's pilot. Jet Jaguar realizes that he is no match for Destoroyah, and decides to shrink to human size and pilot Kiryu. Jet Jaguar uses Kiryu's Absolute Zero cannon to freeze Destoroyah, killing him in one hit.

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #14, Kiryu is sent to Antarctica to recover the supposed dead body of Anguirus following his battle with a Mechagodzilla. When it is discovered that Anguirus is still alive, Kiryu restrains him and is ordered to fly Anguirus to a secret facility in Russia. On the way there, Kiryu and the jets escorting him are attacked by a group of Mechagodzillas. Kiryu is shot down over Russia while Anguirus escapes to go join Godzilla in battle against Mecha-King Ghidorah and more Mechagodzillas.

Kiryu was later repaired and joined the massive counter attack against the Trilopods. The mech managed to freeze a Baragon Trilopod, before getting pounced on and destroyed by the Varan and Sanda Trilopods.

Godzilla in Hell

The remains of Kiryu's arm in Godzilla in Hell #3

During the opening battle between Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla in Rio de Janeiro in Godzilla in Hell #3, what appears to be one of Kiryu's arms can be seen laying under a pile of rubble next to the ruins of M.O.G.U.E.R.A.

Godzilla: Oblivion

Kiryu appeared in the first issue of Godzilla: Oblivion. In this comic, Kiryu was present in an alternate dimension, where he was seen battling a small version of Rodan. Kiryu had the upper hand, until more Rodans appeared and began to give him some trouble.

In the the third issue, after salvaging the metals from the other dimension, Earth scientists used their replicators on them, and used them to build an army of Kiryus in order to fight Godzilla. The Kiryus attacked Godzilla over the open ocean, distracting him while the humans salvaged the carcass of King Ghidorah and revived him as the more powerful Mecha-King Ghidorah. When Godzilla eventually destroyed all of the Kiryus with his atomic breath and claws, he pursued the humans to their base and engaged Mecha-King Ghidorah.

Gallery

Main article: Kiryu/Gallery.

Sightings

  • Kiryu is featured in the 2011 sci-fi novel Ready Player One. The novel's antagonist, Nolan Sorrento, selects Mechagodzilla from a list of giant robots to control in the OASIS, a MMO game which acts as the novel's primary setting. Sorrento later activates Mechagodzilla in battle by shouting "Kiryu!" Kiryu is eventually defeated by the novel's protagonist, Wade Watts, who transforms into another iconic Japanese giant, Ultraman. In the 2018 film adaptation, Mechagodzilla fills very much the same role, though it possesses a new design modeled after the 2014 Godzilla design rather than Kiryu.

Roar

Kiryu's roars and sound effects

In Other Languages

Kiryu has very few translations compared to his alternate name of Mechagodzilla. Latin alphabets are generally the same. Other translations:

  • Chinese: 机龙
  • Serbian: Кириу
  • Russian: Кирью
  • Yiddish: קיריו

Trivia

  • When Kiryu is possessed by the first Godzilla's spirit, his eyes turn red. Yet when the spirit is not malevolent, it develops a scar without the red eyes.
  • The idea of having the ghost of the original Godzilla come back to life was tossed around for the cancelled Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla film that was originally intended to end the Heisei series. The title card for Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla may allude to this, as it initially reads "Godzilla vs. Godzilla" (ゴジラ×ゴジラ,   Gojira tai Gojira?) before displaying the film's true title, while the real title for Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla was also going to be Godzilla vs. Godzilla (ゴジラVSゴジラ,   Gojira tai Gojira?).
  • Kiryu is the first and only Mechagodzilla that could use its tail to attack since Kiryu has the bones of the original Godzilla, allowing its tail to move. This also grants Kiryu some increased mobility in conjunction with its rotatable rocket boosters, as Kiryu can use its tail like a rudder to steer.
  • Kiryu is the second Mechagodzilla to appear in more than one movie, with the first being the original Mechagodzilla.
  • The shoulder-mounted rocket launchers Kiryu wears are reminiscent of Super Mechagodzilla's Garuda cannons.
  • A separate and unique copyright icon for Kiryu, under the name "Mechagodzilla MFS3," was included in the 2004 video game Godzilla: Save the Earth. However, this icon appears to have since been abandoned, as it has never been used since and all official media simply use the default Mechagodzilla icon for Kiryu.

Video

Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: Kiryu

See Also

References

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Monsterland Buddies

one month ago
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Is anyone going to upload the roar when he starts rampaging in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla? He sounds like Godzilla in that part, but I can’t find the roar anywhere aside from in the movie.
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Petexera

6 months ago
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Why are the Heisei Mechagodzilla and the Showa Mechagodzilla subpages of the Mechagodzilla page, but this page is not?
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Petexera

6 months ago
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The King of the Monsters

6 months ago
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Kiryu has his own distinct name outside of just "Mechagodzilla," so it's much easier to call the page "Kiryu."
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ItsDestoroyah

6 months ago
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The definition of Kiryu is...

Big Metal made-from-a-Godzilla-skeleton Badass Dragon Robot

In other words, Mecha Dragon
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ItsDestoroyah

6 months ago
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Also, little fun fact. Kiryu actually made a cameo in a movie called "Mega Shark VS Mecha Shark", a third installment in the Mega Shark trilogy. He only appeared as a S.H. MonsterArts figure (Although, it could be another type of toy)

To see it, click on this video, go to 6:28, and look at the bottom during the scene

https://www....=XAYjnDwZ19Y
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Petexera

6 months ago
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Yep, that for sure is Kiryu.
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KiryuGojira

9 months ago
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i never saw Tokyo S.O.S. can someone explain to me how Kiryu was disrupting natures balance of things
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The King of the Monsters

9 months ago
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Kiryu is built around the remains of the original Godzilla that attacked in 1954. Mothra believed the use of another creature's remains as a weapon was an affront to nature and demanded that they be returned to the sea.
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KaijuUnity

6 months ago
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maybe ultraman can appear
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KaijuUnity

6 months ago
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oops sry wrong one
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Tankzilla

9 months ago
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It's a shame Kiryu probably won't appear in the film adaptation of Ready Player One.
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Deathrock9

9 months ago
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Probably not but at least the Iron Giant is in it and it'll be cool seeing an iconic character like him fully realised in CGI on a big budget.
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GojiraWars 03

10 months ago
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I was always bothered by how Kiryu got knocked down so easily. One blast of Godzilla's atomic breath and he was down for the count.
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MosuFan2004

12 months ago
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The bioAwesome-robot
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Koopa

12 months ago
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Kiryu is probably my second favourite of the MGs after the Showa MG. I actually own the black theatre release figure for Kiryu from 2002, and it's one of my favourite figures in my collection.
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BigRandomKaiju

12 months ago
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If awesomeness was a robot 3
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G&G-Fan

22 months ago
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Is it true that Kiryu was originally going to be in Godzilla: Final Wars?
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MosuFan2004

21 months ago
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Ye