Manda

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Manda™ copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Monster
Manda in Godzilla: Final Wars
Manda in Atragon
Manda in Destroy All Monsters
Manda
Subtitle(s) Monster Dragon (怪竜,   Kai Ryū)[1]
Guardian Dragon (守護竜,   Shugo Ryū)[2]
Sea Dragon (海龍,   Kai Ryū)[1]
Mu Empire Guardian Deity
(ムウ帝国守護神,   Mū Teikoku Shugoshin)[3]
Guardian Deity of Mu
(ムウの守護神,   Mū no Shugoshin)ATG[4]
Giant Dragon (巨竜,   Kyoryū)ATG
Undersea Monster
(海底怪獣,   Kaitei Kaijū)DAM[5]
Guardian Deity of the Seabed
(海底の守護神,   Kaitei no Shugoshin)G:TB
Species Sea dragon
Length Showa: 150 meters[6][7]
Millennium: 300 meters[1]
Weight Showa: 30,000 metric tons[6][7]
Millennium: 60,000 metric tons[1]
Girth Showa: 10 meters[2]
Controlled by MuansATG, KilaaksDAM, DevoniansGRoE
Allies Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Anguirus, Varan, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, Baragon, Minilla, GezoraGRoE, TitanosaurusGRoE, DestoroyahGRoE
Enemies Gotengo, King Ghidorah, GodzillaGRoE, AnguirusG:C
Designed by Akira Watanabe,ATG Shinji NishikawaGFW
Modeled by Teizo Toshimitsu,ATG Kanju Yagi,ATG
Yasuei YagiATG
Portrayed by Puppets
First appearance Latest appearance
Atragon Godzilla: Final Wars
Roar(s)
Showa: 
Millennium: 
More roars

Manda (マンダ,   Manda) is a sea dragon kaiju that first appeared in the 1963 Toho film Atragon.

In his debut film, Manda was the guardian of the undersea empire of Mu, and was unleashed to destroy the Gotengo before it could breach the heart of Mu. The second incarnation of Manda introduced in Destroy All Monsters was one of the monsters contained on Monsterland by the end of the 20th century, and was unleashed to attack Tokyo under the command of the Kilaak invaders. After the aliens' control of the monsters was severed, Manda was present at Mount Fuji when Godzilla and the other monsters battled King Ghidorah. Manda made a brief appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars as well, once again battling the Gotengo underwater.

Name

Manda was originally conceptualized as a giant snake during production of Atragon, and was given the name "Mammoth Snake" (マンモススネーク,   Manmosu Sunēku), which later became "Mammoth Serpent" (マンモス,   Manmosu Da). Because the upcoming year, 1964, was the year of the dragon, Toho felt it would be appropriate to make the monster a dragon instead. Toho redesigned the creature as a sea dragon, and shortened "Manmosu Da" into "Manda," which became the monster's official name.[8][2] Manda's name has also been speculated to be a combination of the Japanese words "man" (万) and "daija" (大蛇), which when combined mean "ten thousand serpent."[9]

The Manda featured in Destroy All Monsters is sometimes denoted in official books as Second Generation Manda (二代目マンダ,   Nidaime Manda),[10] while the Manda from Godzilla: Final Wars is called Manda (3rd Generation) (マンダ(3代目),   Manda (Sandaime)).[11]

Development

Manda concept art for Atragon

Originally, the kaiju featured in Atragon was planned to be a giant snake, and was given the name "Mammoth Snake," later changed to "Mammoth Serpent." However, because the upcoming year, 1964, was the year of the dragon, Toho decided instead to make the monster a dragon. The Japanese name for "Mammoth Serpent," Manmosu Da, was shortened to "Manda," which became the monster's final name.[8][2] Toho's company New Year's card for 1964 even included an illustration of Manda battling the Gotengo.[2]

Manda was designed by Akira Watanabe, while its head was modeled by Teizo Toshimitsu and its body by the Yagi brothers, Kanju and Yasuei. A unique trait added to Manda's design was his black cat-like eyes, unusual for Toho's kaiju at the time. Eiji Tsuburaya's team built ten different Manda props for the film, ranging in size from twenty centimeters to five meters.[9] The five-meter Manda had a radio-controlled jaw. Tsuburaya Productions later used one of the large Manda props to portray the monster Kai Dragon in episode 6 of Ultra Q, "Grow Up! Little Turtle."

The refurbished Manda prop used in Destroy All Monsters

For Destroy All Monsters, the large Manda prop which was lent to Tsuburaya Productions was returned to Toho and modified slightly for use in the film. The prop's head was replaced with a new, less ornate, one which lacked the spikes, horns, and mane.[12] As a result, the Second Generation Manda looked more like his original conceived design as a gigantic snake, although he still possessed legs. In addition to the refurbished prop, a small model of Manda was created for long shots.[2] Stock footage of Manda from this film would be used for the monster's appearance in All Monsters Attack the following year, in which he was a resident of Monster Island within the dreams of protagonist Ichiro Miki. Stock footage of Manda from Destroy All Monsters was again employed for a brief scene in Terror of Mechagodzilla in which Katsura Mafune mentions him as one of the monsters responsible for causing destruction in the past, along with Rodan and King Ghidorah.

Manda concept art for Godzilla: Final Wars by Shinji Nishikawa

Manda's next film appearance came over three decades later in Godzilla's 50th anniversary film, Godzilla: Final Wars. Shinji Nishikawa designed Manda for the film, and a single new prop was created for the monster, one which more closely resembled the original Manda from Atragon instead of the one from Destroy All Monsters. In addition to the new prop, Manda was depicted using CGI in shots which showed him swimming quickly through the water.

Design

Manda resembles an Eastern dragon, as he has an elongated thin body with four legs. In Atragon and Godzilla: Final Wars, Manda's skin is a bluish-green color, and his head is adorned with four horns. The original Manda from Atragon has two long barbs on his face that resemble whiskers, and a mane of hair that extends from the top of his head all the way to his tail. His face is also covered in small spikes. This Manda possesses yellow reptilian eyes with slit pupils.

The second generation Manda from Destroy All Monsters resembles a snake with legs rather than a traditional oriental dragon. He has no horns or spikes on his head, and there is no hair on his body. His eyes are more rounded and mammalian, and are light blue rather than yellow. The third generation Manda from Godzilla: Final Wars closely resembles the original Manda, though the hair on his back is replaced with a row of pointed spikes and his whiskers are removed. This Manda has a small hood behind his head similar to that of a cobra, and four long barbs extending from the underside of his body. He also has spikes on his arms and legs, and a forked snake-like tongue rather than the rounded mammal-like tongue possessed by previous incarnations.

Origins

In Atragon, Manda was the guardian of Mu, an underwater kingdom. How Manda became its protector and how long he had been protecting it is unknown. In Destroy All Monsters, Manda is one of the monsters contained on Monsterland, a human-monitored island located in the Ogasawara Islands, at the end of the 20th century. Manda's origins in Godzilla: Final Wars are unknown.

History

Showa Series

Atragon

Manda in Atragon

The guardian of the underwater kingdom of Mu, Manda was unleashed by the Mu Empress when the Gotengo approached Mu. Manda attacked the ship, wrapping his body around it and trying to crush it. The Gotengo discharged a powerful electrical shock, forcing Manda to release it and retreat to a nearby rock. The Gotengo fired its Absolute Zero Cannon at Manda, freezing him in place and allowing it to proceed unopposed to Mu.


Destroy All Monsters

At the end of the 20th century, Manda was one of the monsters contained on Monsterland, a facility in the Ogasawara Islands. When the Kilaaks came to Earth and took control of Manda and the other monsters of the island, they made them attack major cities around the world. Manda appeared in Tokyo alongside Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra, where he crushed a monorail line. When the crew of the Moonlight SY-3 freed the monsters from the Kilaaks' control, they all assembled outside of Mount Fuji to assault the Kilaaks' base. Manda did not fight in the battle against King Ghidorah, and watched from the sidelines with Varan and Baragon. After King Ghidorah was defeated, Manda and the other kaiju returned to Monsterland.


All Monsters Attack

Stock footage of Manda from Destroy All Monsters in
All Monsters Attack

Manda was one of the monsters inhabiting Monster Island in the dreams of Ichiro Miki.


Terror of Mechagodzilla

As Dr. Shinzo Mafune prepared to unleash Titanosaurus to take his revenge on the rest of humanity, his daughter Katsura begged him not to turn Titanosaurus into a monster of destruction like Manda, Rodan, or King Ghidorah.

Millennium Series

Godzilla: Final Wars

In 20XX, Manda attacked Normandy, causing the Earth Defense Force to deploy the Gotengo to engage him in the English Channel. At first, Manda was able to constrict himself around the Gotengo and pull the warship further and further into the depths of the water, severely damaging it. However, the crew spotted an underwater volcano and charged into it, with Manda stuck on their ship. Unable to withstand the heat, Manda was forced to uncoil himself and swam away. The Gotengo managed to get out of the volcano, but Manda charged at the ship. The Gotengo turned around 180 degrees and fired the Absolute Zero Cannon to freeze the weakened Manda, and then rammed into him with its powerful drill, breaking him into pieces and killing him in the process.


Abilities

Constriction

Manda can wrap his body around an enemy or structure and crush it similar to how a snake constricts his prey. In Godzilla: Final Wars, this constriction ability is known called Binding Breaker (バインディング・ブリーカー,   Baindingu Burīkā).[1]

Amphibiousness

Although he is slow on land, Manda can swim very fast and can breathe while submerged in water.

Supersonic Wave Cannon

In the novel GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, Manda was able to emit a powerful Supersonic Wave Cannon (超音波砲,   Chōonpa-hō) from his evolved bio-sonar organ.[13]

Fireballs

In the video game Godzilla: Monster of Monsters!, Manda has the ability to spit fireballs.

Weaknesses

Manda is vulnerable to being frozen, which is how the Gotengo defeated him in both Atragon and Godzilla: Final Wars.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Manda.

Books

Who's Afraid of Godzilla?

Manda appears as a minor character in this children's book, frolicking in the ocean.

GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse

Manda appeared in the Atlantic Ocean in 2022, and continuously terrorized it for more than a decade, and was unable to be defeated due to his agility, sturdy body that was resistant to damage, and his ability to emit a Supersonic Wave Cannon. In 2039 humanity launched "Operation: Eternal Light" to regain control of the Atlantic from the kaiju. Manda was engaged and destroyed by the Goten in the Strait of Dover as part of this operation.[13]

GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla

In the 2040's, another Manda appeared in the Persian Gulf and attacked United Earth engineers engaged in "Operation: Great Wall."[14]

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Manda appears in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth issue #3 along with Gezora. Manda appeared and destroys an aircraft carrier. Manda was later revealed to be a "water monster", along with Titanosaurus and Gezora. After a brief fight with Godzilla, the trio of aquatic monsters retreated. Later, the trio, now joined by a revived Destoroyah, fought Godzilla underwater. During the fight, the military used a new sonar blaster to confuse Gezora, Manda and Titanosaurus, making them flee, leaving Destoroyah to deal with Godzilla and the military. After the Devonians were defeated, Manda was seen living in the oceans near the Monster Islands. Lucy Casprell stated that Zilla was unable to get onto the island because of the monsters keeping him in the ocean and off land, Manda possibly being the cause of it. When the Trilopods invaded the Monster Islands and captured the monsters, Manda was not seen, although a Trilopod with Manda's characteristics was seen during the final battle in Los Angeles.

Godzilla: Cataclysm

Manda is briefly shown in issue 1, fighting Anguirus by wrapping himself around the monster.

Gallery

Main article: Manda/Gallery.

Sightings

Roar

Manda's roars in the Showa series were primarily made from human rasps and grunts from tigers or lions. These sounds would later be reused for Godzilla's grunts and growls. In Destroy All Monsters, Manda's roars were sped up and raised in pitch. In Godzilla: Final Wars, Manda was given a variety of roars from different animals, typically lions.

Manda's roars in the Showa series
Manda's roars in Godzilla: Final Wars


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Chinese Flagicon Hong Kong.png Cantonese 曼达 Transcription of name
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin 曼达 Màndá Transcription of name
Flagicon Russia.png Russian Манда Transliteration of English name
Flagicon Serbia.png Serbian Манда Transliteration of English name


==Trivia=="

References

This is a list of references for Manda. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. pp. 32, 117. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Village Books. p. 75-76, 125. 28 September 2012. ISBN: 4-864-91013-8.
  3. Godzilla: Final Wars Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. p. 77. January 20, 2005. ISBN: 978-4091014986.
  4. The Pictorial Book of Godzilla 2. Hobby Japan Co., Ltd.. p. 4. 1 December 1995. ISBN: 978-4894251175.
  5. Ultra Books: Destroy All Monsters. Asahi Sonorama. 1968.
    Ultra Books Kaiju Soshingeki Manda.jpg
  6. 6.0 6.1 Godzilla Giant Monsters Super Encyclopedia (4th edition). Kodansha. p. 52. 15 March 1994. ISBN: 978-4063042702.
  7. 7.0 7.1 J.D. Lees, Marc Cerasini. The Official Godzilla Compendium. Random House. p. 134. 24 March 1998. ISBN: 0279888225.
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  8. 8.0 8.1 『海底軍艦/妖星ゴラス/宇宙大怪獣ドゴラ』(Atragon/Gorath/Dogora). Toho. 〈東宝SF特撮映画シリーズ (Toho SF Special Effects Movie Series) VOL.4〉, 1985. ISBN 4924609137.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Atragon: A Toho Classic Revisited by Ed Godziszewski
  10. Nomura, Kohei. Godzilla Dictionary. Kasakura Publishing. p. 254. 5 December 2004. ISBN: 4773002921.
  11. Nomura, Kohei. Godzilla Dictionary (New Edition). Kasakura Publishing. p. 398. 28 September 2014. ISBN: 978-4-7730-8725-3.
  12. Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. p. 130. 1 January 2000. ISBN: 978-4091014702.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Oki, Renji. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse. Kadokawa. pp. 186-212. 25 October 2017. ISBN: 9784041061817.
  14. Oki, Renji. GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla. Kadokawa. pp. 86-111. 25 April 2018. ISBN: 9784041063453.

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Gojifan2003

12 days ago
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I like the 1963 design and the Final Wars design
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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  • GASP* It’s Rayquaza, NO, it’s Jörmungandr, NO, it’s SCP-3000, NO, it’s, it’s............ I DON’T KNOW!!!!!!!
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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Plus, who went back and edited the Japanese for Binding Breaker, after I did??? I've checked Google Translate and Word Hippo and the part that should be Breaker (ブレーカ) keeps saying Bleecker (ブリーカー). ???WHAT THE HECKS A BLEECKER???
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Les

one month ago
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Google Translate is garbage and unreliable for these kinds of things. "Breaker" can be spelled either way; Japanese sources consistently use the latter when referring to Manda's constriction ability.
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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That's what I've heard. And guess that makes sense. Like on Death Battle's Ryu vs. Scorpion, Boomstick tried to translate Ryu's Joudan Sokutogeri with Google Translate and it came up as, I kid you not, "And Diarrhea Joke Foot." The correct kanji for it being "High Level Leg Blade Kick." Thanks, means a lot to know when I should let the pros handle things! ;)
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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So what translation tool do you guys use?
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The King of the Monsters

one month ago
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Katakana is easy to translate once you become familiar with the characters, so we generally don't need a translation tool for that. For kanji characters we typically use Jisho, which provides multiple possible meanings and readings for different kanji. Google Translate can be useful for capturing the general gist of multiple sentences or paragraphs, but isn't good for extremely accurate translations.
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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Okay, thanks! And added to favs!
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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@AngiraBlu: Glad to see I’m not the only one who watches Death Battle. :)
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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Somebody had better fix Binding "Bleeker" to Binding "Breaker." Check the Godzilla (2014 video game) Kaiju Guide. Also fix the Hedorah area for that. The Abilities section needs fixed. It says: Hedrium rays H Checked the video and it SHOULD say: Hedrium rays Hedrium missiles

Sulfate mist
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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Also fix Hedorah area, while there. My bad!
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Les

one month ago
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You could always edit these things yourself instead of demanding that we do it, ya know :)
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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My first time on here, new at all this, and I'm not exactly a "high-tech" person. Figuring this stuff out as I go. Plus, everybody's somehow got WAY MORE info than I do. Not saying I'm an unreliable source, just saying that anybody who has more resources (from God knows where and can translate Japanese) might as well use it and get it over with. That way order-based people, like me, don't have to have these kinds of conversations. Does ANY of that make the tiniest bit of sense??? (*asking bcuz of my Asperger's*)
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Gorosaurus Fan

2 months ago
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I don't really like Manda but i think his design is nice
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Hyperdragondx

2 months ago
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the 3rd generation manda is just awesome! no words just awesome it looks like a Japanese ryu dragon
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Green Blob Thing

3 months ago
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Manda is so much more suited as a female character, so it makes me sad that Manda is a male. There's hardly any female kaiju in the Godzilla films. The only ones that come to mind are Mothra, Biollante and Megaguirus.
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Keizer Zilla

4 months ago
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Man I want to voice this guy's kaiju profile
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TitanosaurusFan'75

4 months ago
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Does anyone know how to get a marmit figure outside of Japan, cause I want that Manda 2004 Figure
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Keizer Zilla

8 months ago
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This kaiju is AWESOME! I just love his 2004 Design it screams Chinese dragon and deserves more screen time!
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Blue5StandingBy

14 months ago
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Honestly one of my favorite Toho kaiju
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Garfzilla

14 months ago
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He should have more screentime.
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Kaiju4EVER

16 months ago
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Kaiju4Ever's Epic Kaiju Subtitles #62:

Super Long Snake
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God's Godzilla

17 months ago
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One of the Longest characters!!!!
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BigRandomKaiju

25 months ago
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He's simply awesome and every design is awesome.
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MosuFan2004

25 months ago
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I love his FW design!!! He is so cool in Final Wars!!!
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Koopa

25 months ago
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Manda's a monster that I'd love to see in another film. I do have to say that I kinda prefer his Showa designs to his 2004 design, but I still like that one.
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Les

25 months ago
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Quite the mundane kaiju if you ask me, but his redesign was pretty cool I guess
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Green Blob Thing

26 months ago
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They should bring Manda back.
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Titanollante

31 months ago
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I like to think of Manda as being female, even though that's just what I think and there is no reason to believe that.
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Lord Shiro

31 months ago
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I agree with ya'.
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