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|We commit to the cradle of time the Last Hope, Gamera. May he awaken with the Shadow of Evil, Gyaos.
— Inscription from the obelisk found on Gamera's atoll (Gamera: Guardian of the Universe)
Gamera (ガメラGamera) is a guardian kaiju that first appeared in the 1995 Daiei film, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe.
Gamera was created by the ancient civilization of Atlantis thousands of years ago in order to combat their previous creation, Gyaos. Gamera wiped out most of the Gyaos, but Atlantis was completely destroyed in the battle. Gamera was sealed within an atoll and remained dormant until 1995, when three Gyaos appeared in the skies over Japan. Gamera awakened from his long sleep and traveled to Japan to destroy his ancient enemy. Gamera killed two of the Gyaos, but the JSDF interfered with his attempts to destroy the last one, which grew into the larger Super Gyaos. With the help of his human ally Asagi Kusanagi, with whom he was telepathically bonded, Gamera fought Super Gyaos in Tokyo and successfully killed it. The following year, Gamera returned to Japan to fend off Legion, a species of extraterrestrial creatures which threatened all life on Earth. Gamera destroyed the Legion's symbiotic propagation device, a giant flower, but the Mother Legion relocated her kind to Sendai. Gamera tried to reach the new flower, but the Mother Legion badly wounded him before fleeing. The flower seeded, producing a catastrophic explosion which seemingly killed Gamera. Using energy he absorbed from the Earth itself, Gamera came back to life and fought the Legion once again, destroying them once and for all. By 1999, evolved Gyaos called Hyper Gyaos began appearing in huge numbers all over the world, pushing Gamera to the brink of his strength. In addition, a young woman named Ayana Hirasaka, who blamed Gamera for the deaths of her parents in 1995, found and raised a strange demonic creature she found in a shrine and named Iris to take revenge on Gamera for her. The JSDF had become fed up with the destruction Gamera caused in his crusade against Gyaos, and turned against him. When Iris reached maturity and traveled to Kyoto, Gamera followed it there and battled it. Gamera was able to kill Iris and free Ayana from its evil influence, but was badly maimed in the battle. However, with thousands of Hyper Gyaos descending upon the city, Gamera was ready to continue his eternal struggle with his ancient foe, knowing humanity was by his side once again.
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Today is August 18, 2019.
- [8/13/19] Godzilla: King of the Monsters is released digitally.
- [7/25/19] The Criterion Collection announces Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975, a Blu-ray box set containing all of the Godzilla films of the Showa series, including the first-ever North American home video release of the Japanese cut of King Kong vs. Godzilla. It is set to be released on October 29. (src)
- [7/16/19] Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be released digitally on August 13 and to Blu-ray and DVD on August 27. (src)
- [7/11/19] FYE will exclusively sell a Blu-ray SteelBook of King Kong vs. Godzilla beginning in September.
- [7/9/19] Mill Creek officially releases its Blu-ray SteelBook of Mothra.
- [6/26/19] Actor Tadao Takashima, star of many kaiju films such as King Kong vs. Godzilla and Atragon, passes away at the age of 88. (src)
- [6/17/19] Warner Bros. presents the first footage from Godzilla vs. Kong at CineEurope. Deadline reports that the film is set to release internationally on March 11, 2020, two days before its American debut, contradicting WB Chairman Toby Emmerich's recent suggestion that the film could be delayed. (src)
- [6/7/19] Bandai announces a Godzilla Card Game to be released in September 2019. (src)
- [6/4/19] Titan Books publishes The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
- [6/1/19] Monster Island premieres on SyFy.
- [5/31/19] Godzilla: King of the Monsters is released to theaters.
- [5/30/19] An advertisement for Godzilla vs. Kong is shown at Licensing Expo 2019.
- [5/28/19] Titan Books publishes Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization.
- [5/24/19] Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is officially released digitally.
- [5/23/19] Godzilla Defense Force officially launches worldwide.
- [5/21/19] Godzilla: Aftershock is officially released.
- [4/26/19] Mill Creek Entertainment announces a special edition SteelBook Blu-ray of Mothra to be released in North America on July 9, 2019. (src)
- [4/25/19] WaterTower Music releases two tracks from Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: a track from Bear McCreary's score for the film titled "Old Rivals," and a cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "Godzilla" performed by Serj Tankian. The full track listing for the soundtrack, set to be released on May 24, is also revealed.
- [4/23/19] Warner Bros. releases the final trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
- [4/12/19] The rock band [ALEXANDROS] will be performing the theme song "Pray" for the Japanese release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. (src)
- [3/30/19] Legendary Comics reveals details about the new Titan from Godzilla: Aftershock, MUTO Prime, at its "Secrets of the MonsterVerse" panel at WonderCon.
- [3/28/19] A new 1 minute trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, titled "Beautiful," premieres. The release date for Godzilla: Aftershock, initially listed as April 16, is changed to May 21.
- [3/17/19] A new 30 second trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, titled "Intimidation," premieres.
- [3/12/19] Nexon announces Godzilla Defense Force, a new mobile game set to be released in May 2019. (src)
- [2/21/19] Warner Bros. moves up the release date for Godzilla vs. Kong to March 13, 2020. (src)
- [2/17/19] A new TV spot for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, titled "Time Has Come," premieres during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
- [2/16/19] NECA, Kidrobot, Diamond Select, and Bandai America reveal new Godzilla merchandise at Toy Fair 2019.
- [1/11/19] The Eiji Tsuburaya Museum opens in Sukagawa, Japan. (src)
- [1/10/19] Jakks Pacific unveils its toy line for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. (src)
- [1/9/19] GODZILLA: The Planet Eater becomes available to stream on Netflix.
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