M Space Hunter Nebula Alien
The M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens (Ｍ宇宙ハンター星雲人, also known as the Nebulans, are an alien race who first appeared in the Emu Uchū Hantā Seiunjin, lit. "M Space Hunter Nebula People")1972 Godzilla film Godzilla vs. Gigan.
Insect-like aliens resembling gigantic upright cockroaches, the Nebulans hail from an unnamed homeworld located within the M Space Hunter Nebula. Having evolved into the dominant lifeforms on their planet following the extinction of a human-like precursor race, the Nebulans were forced to seek out a new home planet as the lasting pollution left behind by their predecessors rendered their world uninhabitable. The Nebulans discovered Earth, a planet similar to their own inhabited by a race much like their predecessors who were in the process of destroying the planet through industrial pollution. Planning to save the Earth from humanity and establish a new peaceful utopia for their kind, a Nebulan invasion force posed as a charitable organization constructing the World Children's Land theme park, using the park's Godzilla Tower attraction as a staging ground for their invasion. The Nebulans summoned their own cybernetic monster creation, Gigan, along with the dreaded King Ghidorah to eradicate human civilization. A group of humans who were privy to the conspiracy foiled the Nebulans and destroyed their base of operations, while Godzilla and Anguirus drove off the space monsters. A year later, the Seatopians, themselves in the process of launching an invasion of the surface world with their own monster Megalon, contacted the Nebulans and asked for Gigan's assistance. The Nebulans obliged and sent Gigan to assist in the invasion, but both he and Megalon were repelled by Godzilla and Jet Jaguar.
While only having directly appeared in one film to date, the Nebulans have since made appearances in some non-film media such as video games and comics. A single Nebulan appears in the television series Godzilla Island as an ally of the Xiliens, while the Nebulans are featured as the primary antagonists of two comic issues from IDW Publishing.
This race's official name, the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens, simply comes from the name of the location of their homeworld, the M Space Hunter Nebula. They are often called the Nebulans for short by English-speaking fans, and are referred to by this name in IDW Publishing's Godzilla comics. In the book Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works, they are given the English name Aliens from M Space Nebula Hunter. In Godzilla Island, they are simply known as the M Space Hunter Aliens (Ｍ宇宙ハンター星人. Emu Uchū Hantā Seijin)
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The Nebulans descended from cockroach-like creatures that became the dominant lifeforms on their home planet after the advanced human-like civilization there died out. As such, they resemble gigantic cockroaches, though they disguise themselves as humans while operating on Earth by creating "flesh-suits" from recently-deceased humans. While in their human disguises, the Nebulans all wear orange uniforms.
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
- Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) [mentioned]
- Godzilla Island (TV 1997-1998) [episodes 31-32, 34-36, and 39-40]
Godzilla vs. Gigan
As the adverse conditions brought about by the pollution on their home planet in M Space Hunter Nebula continued to worsen, the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens deployed an invasion force to Earth, a planet that was very similar to their own, and had not yet been completely destroyed by the native humans. As they were unable to survive exposure to Earth's comparatively milder conditions as a result of their adaptations to the harsh nature of their home, the Nebulans took the forms of recently deceased humans and established a base of operations in Japan, disguising it as a theme park called World Children's Land. The Nebulans modeled the park's attractions after Monster Island, the home of the planet's monsters, including Godzilla, and operated primarily out of a tower made to resemble Godzilla. The Nebulans planned to eventually invade Monster Island and exterminate all of the monsters there, seeing them as threats to their invasion. The Nebulans prepared special "action tapes" to relay orders to their own monsters, Gigan and King Ghidorah, from the Godzilla Tower. Machiko Shima, the sister of a worker that the Nebulans had taken prisoner, stole one of the action tapes and played it. Although she and her allies could not interpret it, the tape was overheard by Godzilla and Anguirus on Monster Island, alerting them to the aliens' plans, and the two monsters set off towards Japan.
Gengo Odaka, a manga artist employed by World Children's Land, had learned that his employers' intentions were not as they appeared and breached Godzilla Tower with his girlfriend Tomoko to rescue Machiko's brother Takeshi. They were caught by the Nebulans, who revealed to them their true identities and plans to invade Earth. They summoned King Ghidorah and Gigan to Earth and ordered them to attack Tokyo. While Godzilla and Anguirus tried to fend off the space monsters, Gengo and the others escaped the Tower to regroup with their allies. They planted explosives in an elevator on the Tower, and tricked the Nebulans into opening fire on them when the elevator reached the top floor, triggering an explosion that crippled the tower and killed most of the Nebulans' men. As the leaders of the invasion force, Fumio Sudo and Kubota, lay dying under burning debris, they wondered how their plan could have possibly failed. The Nebulans' invasion was ended for good when Godzilla completely destroyed the Godzilla Tower, severing the aliens' control over Gigan and King Ghidorah. Godzilla and Anguirus then drove the monsters back into outer space.
Godzilla vs. Megalon
The M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens were contacted a year after their failed invasion by their allies, the Seatopians. The Seatopians requested for the Nebulans to send Gigan to Earth to aid their monster Megalon in wiping out the surface-dwelling humans. The Nebulans obliged, and deployed Gigan to Earth.
An M Space Hunter Alien appeared in the fifth story arc of Godzilla Island, offering Gigan's services to the Xilien agent Zagreth in order to take over Godzilla Island. After Godzilla drove Gigan off, Zagreth squashed the cockroach with a rolled-up newspaper.
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
- Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1 (2016)
- Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Gigan (2022)
Godzilla: Rage Across Time
The Nebulans were featured in the first issue of the series Godzilla: Rage Across Time. In this comic, the Mongols were revealed to actually be the Nebulans, who were seeking a new home on Earth. Using their advanced technology, the Nebulans took control of the ancient monsters Gigan and Megalon and used them to attack Japan. However, Godzilla appeared and defeated Gigan and Megalon, while several Japanese warriors managed to take the device controlling the monsters from the Nebulans. Gigan and Megalon both retreated, while Godzilla destroyed the Nebulans' fleet with his atomic breath.
Nebulan reference sheet for Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Gigan by Christian Gonzalez
Cast M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens ornament
- A story illustrated by Yuji Kaida in the March 1983 issue of Terebi Magazine features an alliance of Toho's various malevolent alien races from the Showa era called the Dark Mysterious Star Alliance, which includes the Nebulans. The invaders collaborate to construct a robot called Mecha-Ghidorah in order to conquer the Earth.
- According to Chris Mowry in an interview conducted by Toho Kingdom, the Nebulans appeared in some of the miniseries pitches he used to build the story for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, but they were replaced by the Cryogs since, at the time, IDW was unable to use any human or alien characters from the Toho films. Likewise, the Seatopians were replaced with the Devonians.
- Artist Christian Gonzalez redesigned the Nebulans for their appearance in Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Gigan, with a reference sheet included at the end of the comic. This sheet explains several details about the Nebulans in this comic.
- The Nebulans' facial plates have evolved to mimic the faces of humanoid races, with their nostrils acting as false eyes which can flare to mimic facial expressions. Their mandibles also resemble facial hair. Furthermore, the "cowl" behind their heads serves as a status symbol, while their wings have evolved into a "cloak" in order to conceal their true forms.
- The Nebulans' technology is modified from existing technology scavenged from other alien races, including their weapons and spacecraft. Their UFOs include Space Titanium plating, and are equipped with grappling hooks designed for gathering space debris. The UFOs are pronged with large blades which are also used for their monster Gigan's Bloody Triggers.
- The M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens are referenced in the novel GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla through the name of the character Michael N. Hunter, a United Earth medical officer who served in Operation Long March and came into possession of one of Gigan's scales, vowing to return it to Siberia as a gesture of gratitude for the monster's sacrifice on behalf of mankind.
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