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 created by Emu Uchū Hantā Seiunjin, lit. M Space Hunter Nebula People)Toho that first appeared in the 1972 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Gigan.
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 the first issue of Godzilla: Rage Across Time. 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)
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.
With the final days of their home planet in the M Space Hunter nebula approaching, the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens deployed an invasion force to Earth, a planet very similar to their own that had not yet been completely destroyed by the native humans. 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. Gengo Kotaka, 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 Takashi. 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.
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 Zagres in order to take over Godzilla Island. After Godzilla drove Gigan off, Zagruresu squashed the cockroach with a rolled-up newspaper.
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
- Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) [mentioned]
- Godzilla Island (TV 1997-1998) [episodes 31-32, 34-36, 39-40]
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
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.
- According to Chris Mowry in an interview conducted by Toho Kingdom, the Nebulans appeared in some of the mini-series pitches he used to build the story for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, but they were replaced by the Cryogs since IDW was unable to use any human or alien characters from the Toho films. Likewise, the Seatopians were replaced with the Devonians.
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