Mechagodzilla (Heisei) / Super Mechagodzilla
The year is 1992 A.D. In order to counter the threat posed to the planet's survival by Godzilla, Japan's Counter G Bureau recruited the world's most brilliant scientific brains to build a fighting machine. The first machine was called "Garuda." But its fighting capabilities were limited. A far more powerful machine was required. They salvaged a robot from the future, Mecha-King Ghidorah, in order to study its advanced technology. They applied technology of numerous anti-personnel weapons and created the mightiest machine to attack Godzilla, called Mechagodzilla.
— Opening narration (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II)
Super Mechagodzilla, ready to go!
Mechagodzilla (メカゴジラ, given the name Super Mechagodzilla Mekagojira) (スーパーメカゴジラ when attached with the Sūpā Mekagojira)Garuda, is a United Nations mecha that appeared in the 1993 Godzilla film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.
Like its Showa counterpart, this Mechagodzilla was constructed specifically to destroy Godzilla; however, this time it was built by the human military organization G-Force in order to defend Japan from Godzilla. Constructed using components salvaged from Mecha-King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla was launched into battle against Godzilla when he came ashore in Japan searching for BabyGodzilla. Mechagodzilla failed to halt Godzilla and was badly damaged in the battle, leading G-Force to begin numerous repairs and modifications on the mech. Mechagodzilla was outfitted with a specialized anti-Godzilla system dubbed the G-Crusher, and was given the ability to attach to the aircraft named the Garuda. The repaired Mechagodzilla was deployed to battle Fire Rodan, who stole a container holding BabyGodzilla and his surrogate mother. Mechagodzilla defeated Rodan, and began a second battle with Godzilla once he came ashore as well. Mechagodzilla nearly killed Godzilla, but Rodan sacrificed himself to revive Godzilla, giving him the power needed to destroy Mechagodzilla. Despite Mechagodzilla's failure, G-Force would build another anti-Godzilla mecha, MOGUERA, the following year in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla.
Name[edit | edit source]
The name "Mechagodzilla" comes from "mecha," which is derived from the word "mechanical," and Godzilla's name. When combined with the Garuda, it is known as Super Mechagodzilla (スーパーメカゴジラ. Mechagodzilla's official designation by Sūpā Mekagojira)G-Force is UX-02-93.
Development[edit | edit source]
The concept of introducing a human-built mecha to battle Godzilla actually originated with special effects director Koichi Kawakita's idea to pit Godzilla against a redesigned Mechani-Kong, which was one of his favorite kaiju. Kawakita's idea also featured Mechani-Kong injecting a team of humans inside Godzilla's body in order to fight him from within, a story element he said was inspired by the classic 1966 science fiction film Fantastic Voyage. The first story utilizing Kawakita's idea was entitled Micro Super Battle: Godzilla vs. Gigamoth, and featured Godzilla invading the United States, with the U.S. military constructing Mechani-Kong to fight him. Mechani-Kong would inject a team of humans into Godzilla's body to fight him from the inside while the mecha fought him from the outside. However, radiation leaking from Mechani-Kong was to spawn a mutant monster called Gigamoth C Type, which would enter the fray as well. While Gigamoth was ultimately reworked into the new monster Battra featured in 1992's Godzilla vs. Mothra, the Mechani-Kong concept was recycled for other story proposals. In Godzilla's Counterattack, Mechani-Kong was instead constructed by the JSDF, and fought Godzilla after a terrorist group triggered an unstable nuclear reaction in the monster's body, turning him into the rampaging Red Godzilla. This story again included the idea of Mechani-Kong injecting a team of humans into Godzilla as the mech battled him from the outside. Two more story proposals, Godzilla vs. Mechani-Kong and Micro Universe in Godzilla, further developed this concept before Toho abandoned its plans to feature Mechani-Kong in a film, due to concerns that utilizing the likeness of King Kong would present legal difficulties with Turner Entertainment.
Although the various projects featuring Mechani-Kong were discarded in favor of Godzilla vs. Mothra, a mecha would still be featured as Godzilla's enemy in the following film. Because the revivals of King Ghidorah in 1991 and Mothra in 1992 had proven so successful, Toho decided to bring back their last two "Big Five" monsters, Mechagodzilla and Rodan, for the next entry in the Heisei series. The first story proposal for what would ultimately lead to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II was a 14-page draft submitted by Yutaka Izubuchi, entitled Godzilla vs. Berserk, which attempted to both retain and update Mechagodzilla's extraterrestrial origin from the Showa series. In it, Mechagodzilla originates as a metallic alien organism which arrives on Earth within a meteorite. The organism grows by assimilating machinery into itself, becoming a grotesque mechanical monstrosity dubbed "Berserk." Upon determining that Godzilla is the dominant lifeform on Earth, Berserk configures itself into a mechanical duplicate of the King of the Monsters and attempts to defeat him so that it can conquer the Earth. The Teiyo Group, headed by the son of the character Yasuaki Shindo from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, constructs the Super X3 in cooperation with the JSDF to defeat both Godzilla and the alien Mechagodzilla. Izubuchi, an anime designer, included concept sketches of both Berserk's initial form and its Mechagodzilla form, but the concept was never developed any further outside of Mechagodzilla becoming Godzilla's primary enemy in the next film.
Berserk concept sketch by Yutaka Izubuchi
At least one subsequent proposal for the tentatively-titled Godzilla 5 recycled Kawakita's Fantastic Voyage-inspired plot point of a team of humans being injected into Godzilla's body to destroy him from the inside. In place of Mechani-Kong, a human-built Mechagodzilla was to battle Godzilla from the outside while the humans infiltrated the monster's body. According to Kawakita, this story was titled Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla: Metallic Battle. Monster designer Shinji Nishikawa stated in a 1995 interview that he wrote one script for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II that was inspired by Fantastic Voyage and featured the humans inside Godzilla setting off a nuclear reaction that causes him to explode. However, BabyGodzilla absorbs the released radiation and grows into an adult Godzilla, then defeats Mechagodzilla himself. According to Nishikawa, this draft also included the plot point of Mecha-King Ghidorah's technology being used to create anti-Godzilla weaponry, something utilized in the finished film as part of Mechagodzilla's origin. It is unclear whether the draft Nishikawa was referencing is Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla: Metallic Battle, or just another draft using Kawakita's Fantastic Voyage idea. No concept art relating to this version of the story has been released. While the Fantastic Voyage-inspired story was dropped, it introduced several elements that would be used in the finished film, most notably Mechagodzilla being a human-built weapon rather than extraterrestrial in origin.
Screenwriter Wataru Mimura wrote a series of drafts for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II that ultimately shaped the final product. Utilizing the concept of a human-built Mechagodzilla, Mimura's drafts included a version of Mechagodzilla composed of seven individual vehicles that could combine together and divide. This version of Mechagodzilla, dubbed "Transforming Mechagodzilla," is accompanied by the flying machine named the Garuda, which operates independently of the seven Mechagodzilla vehicles. Mechagodzilla initially battles a pair of Rodans on Adonoa Island, killing the male and sending its mate crashing into the ocean. After being forced to retreat following a first battle with Godzilla, Mechagodzilla is redeployed when the female Rodan is revived as White Rodan after feeding on a nuclear submarine. Mechagodzilla kills White Rodan, but Godzilla returns for a final battle. While Mechagodzilla successfully kills Godzilla with its G-Crusher weapon, Garuda's unstable nuclear reactor explodes and the radiation released revives Godzilla, who promptly destroys all seven vehicles composing Mechagodzilla. Mimura was urged by producer Shogo Tomiyama to include an ending where Godzilla defeats Mechagodzilla, seemingly repackaging the scene in Nishikawa's draft where the Garuda explodes and transforms Baby into an adult Godzilla. Kawakita, worrying that seven individual vehicles would be too difficult to realize onscreen, reduced the number of vehicles to two: a tank called the Gundalva and a watercraft called the Naga. Additionally, the aerial Garuda would be able to attach itself to Transforming Mechagodzilla's back. The revised draft kept Mechagodzilla's role mostly unchanged, although the Gundalva was to battle two Pteranodons on Adonoa Island rather than the combined Mechagodzilla taking on a male and female Rodan. When the female Pteranodon mutates into White Rodan, Transforming Mechagodzilla fights and kills it, then kills Godzilla before the Garuda's explosion revives him. The revitalized Godzilla then destroys Mechagodzilla as it tries to separate and escape. Shinji Nishikawa prepared a great deal of concept art for Transforming Mechagodzilla, both the seven-vehicle version and the revised two-vehicle version. Noriyoshi Ohrai used Nishikawa's Transforming Mechagodzilla design, along with his female Rodan design, on his advance poster for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, although neither design would make it into the finished film. In addition to Nishikawa, both Minoru Yoshida and "Hurricane" Ryu Hariken prepared concept art of Transforming Mechagodzilla.
- Main article: Transforming Mechagodzilla#Gallery.
Transforming Mechagodzilla concept art by Minoru Yoshida
Transforming Mechagodzilla concept art by "Hurricane" Ryu Hariken
While no final design for Transforming Mechagodzilla was chosen, many of the proposed designs attempted to emulate the square, angular appearance of the Showa Mechagodzilla. Kawakita requested Katsushi Murakami of Bandai to create a new design for the mecha, which opted for a futuristic curved and shiny silver design in place of the gritty angular Transforming Mechagodzilla designs. Most importantly, it lacked the transformation gimmick of the other designs. Kawakita was pleased with Murakami's take, and Minoru Yoshida developed it further into a final design. Due to budget constraints and the daunting technical challenges of realizing Transforming Mechagodzilla, the transformation aspect was dropped almost entirely, with only Mechagodzilla's ability to combine with the Garuda retained. While Yoshida was primarily responsible for the final design, Nishikawa provided additional concept art that was used for the onscreen design.
Mechagodzilla concept art by Minoru Yoshida
A clay model of Mechagodzilla based on Yoshida's final concept art design was sculpted by Shuichi Murakami under the supervision of Kawakita, and was the basis for the suit. The filmmakers considered building the suit from individual plates as reflected in the concept art, but abandoned the idea after it was deemed too difficult to implement. Shinichi Wakasa supervised the modeling of the Mechagodzilla suit. Like the Showa Mechagodzilla suit, the new suit was divided into a top and bottom half. While many monsters by this point had both close-up and "action" suits created, only one Mechagodzilla suit was built. The suit was constructed from very thin fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP), resulting in it being very light despite its heavy, armored appearance. For scenes of Mechagodzilla docked at G-Force headquarters undergoing construction and repairs, the suit was surrounded by neon tubes which discharged sparks. Because the suit took a great deal of time and effort to be repaired, the filmmakers avoided filming scenes involving intense physical combat with the suit so that it would not get scratched. This translated onscreen to Mechagodzilla's reliance on ranged combat and aversion to close-quarters physical combat. Mechagodzilla was portrayed by Wataru Fukuda, who had previously played the Godzillasaurus in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and would go on to play MOGUERA in the following film. A smaller prop was created to depict Mechagodzilla in flight.
- Main article: Mechagodzilla (Heisei)/Gallery#Production.
The upper half of the Mechagodzilla suit is attached to the lower half, with suit actor Wataru Fukuda inside
The Mechagodzilla suit's head accidentally comes off during filming of a fight scene with Godzilla.
During production of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Toho considered having a rebuilt Mechagodzilla appear in the film to assist Godzilla against SpaceGodzilla. However, Koichi Kawakita insisted on including an updated version of Moguera from The Mysterians, which was one of his all-time favorite monsters. Kawakita eventually won out, and MOGUERA appeared in the film in place of Mechagodzilla, by extension making the Heisei incarnation the only version of Mechagodzilla to appear in only one film.
While the Transforming Mechagodzilla concept was not used onscreen, its premise of splitting into two vehicles was reused for MOGUERA in the following film, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. Due to its appearance on the advance poster for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Transforming Mechagodzilla maintained a deal of notoriety and interest, which eventually led to the release of an S.H. MonsterArts figure based on the design in 2017, under the name "Mechagodzilla (Ohrai Noriyoshi Poster Ver.)." Shinji Nishikawa supervised production of this figure and even contributed new concept art for its development. Jared Krichevsky's Mechagodzilla design featured in the 2018 film adaptation of Ready Player One was also based on Transforming Mechagodzilla, per Toho's insistence.
Design[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla is based on the appearance of Godzilla himself, but is mechanical in nature. Mechagodzilla's body is composed of a shiny silver metal, and its eyes are orange in color. Mechagodzilla possesses defined musculature on its chest, abdomen, arms and legs. There is a series of vents located on the front of its neck, and its head is topped with a curved spike. Mechagodzilla's dorsal plates are noticeably different from Godzilla's, being short and square-shaped, though there are still three rows of them. Mechagodzilla's tail is also shorter than Godzilla's, and does not reach the ground.
As Super Mechagodzilla, the machine's appearance remains the same, save for the presence of the Garuda attached to its back.
Origins[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla was created by the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center and controlled by its military branch G-Force, using Futurian technology scavenged from the remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah. In Godzilla Island, this Mechagodzilla was created by G-Guard. In the comic series Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, it was constructed as part of a joint operation between the American and Japanese governments to defend humanity from the kaiju appearing around the globe.
History[edit | edit source]
In 1992, the United Nations formed the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center, a special branch dedicated to combating the threat posed by Godzilla. The U.N.G.C.C.'s military branch, G-Force, began construction on an anti-Godzilla machine known as the Garuda. However, G-Force concluded that the Garuda's combat capabilities were too limited to be effective against Godzilla. Using Futurian technology salvaged from Mecha-King Ghidorah's mechanical central head, G-Force began construction of a much more advanced machine built in Godzilla's own image. The machine, Mechagodzilla, was finally completed in 1994. The mecha would first see action when Godzilla appeared in Japan and began heading to the city of Kyoto. Mechagodzilla was launched and engaged Godzilla in the countryside. Mechagodzilla held the upper hand against its organic counterpart, knocking Godzilla to the ground with its impressive array of lasers and missiles. Mechagodzilla fired its shock anchors into Godzilla, electrocuting him and causing him to foam at the mouth. Suddenly, Godzilla emitted a shockwave of energy that caused the electrical current to be reversed and travel back up Mechagodzilla's shock anchor cables. Mechagodzilla began to short-circuit and was rendered immobile as Godzilla rose back to his feet. Godzilla charged at Mechagodzilla, knocking the machine onto its back, before continuing on to Kyoto.
Mechagodzilla was brought back to G-Force headquarters for repairs, which were expected to take several weeks. After being transferred to parking duty after failing to appear to pilot Mechagodzilla, Kazuma Aoki pulled aside Mechagodzilla's lead engineer, Leo Asimov. Kazuma proposed a plan to modify the Garuda and allow it to be more useful against Godzilla in combat. When Asimov asked what they would do with Mechagodzilla, Kazuma revealed a proposal to combine the Garuda and Mechagodzilla into a single, more powerful machine. Asimov agreed, and both mechas were modified. Meanwhile, G-Force was formulating a new plan to kill Godzilla. They had learned that Godzilla possessed a secondary brain in his hip that controlled lower body function due to BabyGodzilla, an infant Godzillasaurus in G-Force's custody, possessing the same structure. G-Force planned to use BabyGodzilla as bait to lure Godzilla to the Ogasawara Islands, then have Mechagodzilla use its shock anchor cables to destroy Godzilla's second brain and paralyze him, then finally kill him with its arsenal of weapons. Preparations were made, and BabyGodzilla was airlifted to the Ogasawara Islands along with his human surrogate mother, Azusa Gojo. En route, the canister holding them was captured by Fire Rodan, who touched down in Makuhari and tried to break the canister open.
Mechagodzilla was quickly deployed to attack Fire Rodan and save Baby and Azusa. Mechagodzilla arrived and confronted Fire Rodan, who fought back with his newly-acquired uranium heat beam. Aoki arrived in the Garuda shortly after to back up Mechagodzilla, distracting Fire Rodan with its laser beams while Mechagodzilla charged its plasma grenade. Fire Rodan took to the sky and rammed the Garuda, causing it to crash into a building. Mechagodzilla used its plasma grenade to blast Fire Rodan into a skyscraper, then approached him. Fire Rodan sprang back up and used his beak to knock out Mechagodzilla's right eye. Mechagodzilla fired the plasma grenade again, shredding Fire Rodan's chest and sending him flying into a nearby building. With Fire Rodan seemingly dead, Godzilla suddenly appeared from the ocean, roaring and challenging Mechagodzilla to battle once again. Mechagodzilla turned to face Godzilla and fired its mega buster beam at him. Godzilla countered with his atomic breath, causing the beams to lock and explode. Mechagodzilla was disabled by the explosion, allowing Godzilla to charge and attack it up close. Godzilla easily overpowered Mechagodzilla, slamming it onto the ground and stomping on its head. The Garuda regained flight and fired at Godzilla, allowing Mechagodzilla to get back up. The Garuda then flew onto Mechagodzilla's back and combined with it.
Super Mechagodzilla[edit | edit source]
The Garuda attached itself to Mechagodzilla's back, forming Super Mechagodzilla (スーパーメカゴジラ. More powerful than ever before, Super Mechagodzilla took flight and unleashed its payload of laser beams onto Godzilla, knocking him to the ground. As Godzilla staggered to his feet, Super Mechagodzilla fired paralyzer missiles at Godzilla, then launched its shock anchor cables into his hip. Mechagodzilla then began to discharge electricity through the cables, shattering Godzilla's secondary brain and sending him falling headfirst to the ground. With Godzilla paralyzed, it appeared Super Mechagodzilla would be victorious. As Super Mechagodzilla prepared to finish Godzilla, BabyGodzilla broke free of the canister holding him and roared out, getting the attention of the mortally-wounded Fire Rodan. Fire Rodan took flight and flew near Godzilla, prompting Super Mechagodzilla to shoot him down with its mega buster beam. Fire Rodan fell onto Godzilla, and it appeared the two monsters would die together. However, Fire Rodan began transferring his life force into Godzilla, regenerating his secondary brain and revitalizing him. As Fire Rodan faded away into nothingness, Godzilla rose to his feet and roared, giving off huge amounts of heat. The intensity of the heat caused Super Mechagodzilla's synthetic diamond armor plate to melt. Godzilla fired his new red spiral atomic breath at Super Mechagodzilla, staggering it back and causing severe damage. Super Mechagodzilla fired back with its mega buster beam, engaging in another beam lock. This time, Godzilla's beam overpowered Mechagodzilla's, causing it to fall backward into a building. Godzilla proceeded to fire his red spiral beam at Mechagodzilla until the mecha's head was blasted off and its entire body erupted in flames. Godzilla roared victoriously and went to find BabyGodzilla. Despite Mechagodzilla's computer claiming that no crew survived its destruction, all of its pilots survived the explosion. Mechagodzilla's pilots looked on from afar as Godzilla and his newly-adopted son waded out to sea together, remarking that life always triumphs over artificial life. Sūpā Mekagojira)
Although Mechagodzilla would not make its formal debut until Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, its first appearance was in Adventure! Godzilland 2, a trivia show made to promote the upcoming film. Mechagodzilla appeared in several live-action segments, where it would give news on the film or be interviewed by Godzilla. Mechagodzilla also appeared in some of the animated segments, where it could be seen interacting with the other kaiju.
In this television series, Mechagodzilla is one of the mechas operated by G-Guard to protect Godzilla Island, alongside MOGUERA, Proto-Moguera and Jet Jaguar, plus its two variations. A version of the Showa Mechagodzilla called Black Mechagodzilla makes an appearance in this series as well. Notably, Mechagodzilla is used to fight Black Mechagodzilla in a duel, but Zagres cheats and uses the machine to throw Mechagodzilla down.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Mega Buster[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla can fire a rainbow-colored beam from its mouth known as the Mega Buster (メガ・バスター, which is equal in power to Mega Basutā)Godzilla's atomic breath. The Mega Buster can only be fired for a short period of time before overheating, demonstrated when it becomes unusable following a 10-second beam lock with Godzilla's atomic breath.
Laser Cannons[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla can fire two yellow-colored laser beams called Laser Cannons (レーザーキャノン from its eyes. Mechagodzilla becomes unable to use its right Laser Cannon after Rēzā Kyanon)Fire Rodan damages it with its beak, although the eye is restored after Mechagodzilla combines with Garuda to form Super Mechagodzilla. In Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, Mechagodzilla's Laser Cannons are blue-colored and its dorsal fins glow before the beams fire, much like Godzilla.
Shock Anchors[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla possesses two Shock Anchor (ショックアンカー harpoons built into its arms, which it can shoot directly into an enemy to release a crippling electrical charge. The Shock Anchors were effective against Shokku Ankā)Godzilla in their first battle, electrocuting Godzilla to the point he was foaming at the mouth. However, Godzilla's internal radiation somehow allowed him to reverse the flow of electricity back into Mechagodzilla, which set Mechagodzilla's engine on fire and disabled the mecha. When Mechagodzilla was repaired, the Shock Anchors were upgraded and converted into the more powerful G-Crusher system.
G-Crusher[edit | edit source]
The G-Crusher (Ｇクラッシャー Jī Kurasshā) is an advanced version of the Shock Anchors developed to destroy Godzilla's secondary brain and cripple him from the waist down. It releases a powerful electrical discharge into the opponent's body which exceeds the voltage of the Shock Anchors. The G-Crusher required the guidance of the psychic Miki Saegusa in order to pinpoint and target the exact location of Godzilla's secondary brain. The G-Crusher completely destroyed Godzilla's secondary brain and crippled him, and nearly allowed Super Mechagodzilla to kill Godzilla before Fire Rodan intervened.
Paralyzer Missiles[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla can fire Paralyzer Missiles (パラライズ・ミサイル from two three-cell rocket launchers on its shoulders. 60 Paralyzer Missiles can be loaded at a single time. These missiles were used to stun Godzilla during the monster’s first battle before Mechagodzilla used its Shock Anchors to temporarily cripple Godzilla.
Pararaizu Misairu, lit. Paralyze Missile)
Tranquilizer Missiles[edit | edit source]
In addition to its Paralyzer Missiles, Mechagodzilla can fire Tranquilizer Missiles (トランキライザー・ミサイル laced with anesthetics and tranquilizers from ports on both of its hips. Super Mechagodzilla used these missiles to stun Godzilla before targeting and attacking his secondary brain with the G-Crusher.
Plasma Grenade[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla's most powerful weapon is the Plasma Grenade (プラズマ・グレネイド. Mechagodzilla absorbs Godzilla's atomic breath with the Diamond Coating on its armor and converts it into plasma energy, which is stored and amplified in a port in Mechagodzilla's abdomen before being fired back at a target with even greater force. Because the Plasma Grenade generates a tremendous amount of heat, it cannot be fired continuously and must be treated with an extremely strong coolant. If Mechagodzilla's Diamond Coating melts, it will be unable to absorb plasma from enemy attacks and use the Plasma Grenade. The Plasma Grenade is tremendously powerful, capable of knocking Godzilla down or mortally wounding Fire Rodan in a single burst.
Hover Attack[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla can use its jets to suspend itself in the air and attack enemies with its weapons from a distance in a maneuver known as the Hover Attack (ホバーアタック. This is a very effective attack for Mechagodzilla, as it lacks maneuverability and effective close-range combat abilities. After merging with the Hobā Atakku)Garuda and becoming Super Mechagodzilla, Mechagodzilla's flight abilities are improved, and it uses the Hover Attack in conjunction with the G-Crusher.
Diamond Coating[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla is protected by an armor plating made from an alloy called NT-1, which is covered in an artificial Diamond Coating (ダイヤモンド・コーティング, the same coating used for the Daiyamondo Kōtingu)Super X2's Fire Mirror. This Diamond Coating renders both Godzilla's atomic heat beam and Fire Rodan's uranium heat beam completely harmless, and also allows Mechagodzilla to absorb energy from the beams to power its Plasma Grenade. However, extremely high temperatures like those emitted by Godzilla's nuclear pulse after absorbing Fire Rodan's energy can cause the Diamond Coating to melt, disabling the Plasma Grenade and leaving Mechagodzilla vulnerable to Godzilla's Uranium Atomic Heat Ray. However, Mechagodzilla's armor allowed it to take repeated hits from this beam, which reached a temperature of 1.2 million degrees Celsius, before it was finally knocked out of commission.
High Power Maser Beam Cannons[edit | edit source]
As Super Mechagodzilla, Mechagodzilla can utilize the Garuda's High Power Maser Beam Cannons (ハイパワーメーサービームキャノン, which are powerful long-range Hai Pawā Mēsā Bīmu Kyanon)Maser Cannons. Super Mechagodzilla used these beams as part of its Hover Attack during the final battle with Godzilla.
Other[edit | edit source]
In the Kodansha manga adaptation of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Mechagodzilla can equip a double-barrelled handheld Maser Cannon device, with this configuration being referred to as its Mega-Cannon Mode (メガキヤノンモード. Mechagodzilla can also jettison its upper body from its waist to escape, using the lower half as an improvised bomb. Mega-Kyanon Mōdo)
In the Shogakukan manga adaptation of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Mechagodzilla is capable of launching its arms and a device on its forehead. This ability was witnessed in action when Mechagodzilla attempted to attack Godzilla's secondary brain again after he was instilled with Fire Rodan's energy. As a last-ditch attack, after Godzilla removes Mechagodzilla's head, the body ensnared him with cables fired from its neck and ports on its chest, then exploded violently, though Godzilla managed to survive this with relatively little injury.
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla has one major weakness: hand-to-hand combat. For all its weapons, Mechagodzilla lacks any real ability to fight up close, losing an eye to Fire Rodan when it managed to get in close and proving no match for Godzilla when he got close enough. When Mechagodzilla first used its Shock Anchors against Godzilla, Godzilla was able to somehow reverse the flow of energy back to Mechagodzilla, causing the machine to short-circuit. Mechagodzilla's Diamond Coating, while capable of easily absorbing Godzilla's normal atomic breath and Fire Rodan's uranium heat beam, proved no match for the intense heat given off by Godzilla after he absorbed Fire Rodan's energy. This heat caused Mechagodzilla's Diamond Coating to melt, leaving it defenseless when it was repeatedly struck by Godzilla's Uranium Atomic Heat Ray, which reached 1.2 million degrees Celsius and obliterated Mechagodzilla in a few hits.
Godzilla reverses the flow of energy from Mechagodzilla's shock anchors, causing it to short-circuit
Filmography[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
- Adventure! Godzilland (TV 1992-1993)
- Godzilla Island (TV 1997-1998) [37 episodes][note 1]
- Godziban (Web 2019-) [special episodes 3-4]
Video games[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla (1993) - Arcade [cameo]
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1993) - Nintendo Game Boy
- Super Godzilla (1993) - Nintendo Super Famicom
- Godzilla: Battle Legends (1993) - NEC/Hudson Soft TurboDuo / PC Engine Duo
- Godzilla: Great Monster Battle (1994) - Nintendo Super Famicom
- Godzilla: Archipelago Shock (1995) - Sega Saturn
- Godzilla: Giant Monster March (1995) - Sega Game Gear
- Godzilla: Heart-Pounding Monster Island!! (1995) - Sega Pico
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour (1998) - PC and Mac
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
- Godzilla: Domination! (2002) - Nintendo Game Boy Advance [North American version]
- Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (2002) - Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox
- Godzilla: Save the Earth (2002) - Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox
- Godzilla: Unleashed (2002) - Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 2
- Godzilla (2014) - PlayStation 3 and 4
- Godzilla Kaiju Collection (2015) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla Defense Force (2019) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla Battle Line (2021) - Android and iOS
Mechagodzilla appears in the Japanese version of the game Super Godzilla, where it is controlled by aliens. It was removed from the American version of the game in favor for the more-known Showa Mechagodzilla. This was due to the fact that at the time of the game's release, the new Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla film had not been released on American shores.
Mechagodzilla is featured in the 2002 Atari game Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee. In this game, Mechagodzilla is more of a composite between the Showa and Heisei versions, possessing the appearance and roar of the Heisei version with the abilities and story role of the Showa version. In the Japanese version of the game, Mechagodzilla is replaced by Kiryu from the then-recent film Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. For the American Xbox version of the game, Kiryu was added alongside the Heisei Mechagodzilla, who was renamed "Mechagodzilla 2," reflecting its status as the second version of Mechagodzilla.
In the Game Boy Advance video game Godzilla: Domination!, Mechagodzilla has the ability to unleash a flame from its hand in a slow attack with good reach. It also can perform a hydraulic kick, where it unleashes a flame from the jets on its feet for a slow attack with excellent reach. It can also do a claw launch, in which it fires off its fist, which will fly forward and then turn around and return to Mechagodzilla. A devastating attack with the potential to hit twice. Its other video game abilities include the power to fire an electric bolt from its navel area (similar to the plasma grenade), the ability to launch six heat-seeking missiles from compartments located on its back and the ability to create a cooling steam from its chest plates which will slightly heal Mechagodzilla and injure nearby monsters. In the Japanese version of the game, this Mechagodzilla is replaced by Kiryu, the Millennium Mechagodzilla, although the change is only cosmetic.
Mechagodzilla returns in the sequel to Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, under the name "Mechagodzilla 2." Mechagodzilla retains the same major abilities from the previous game.
In Godzilla: Unleashed, Mechagodzilla 2 is partially a clone of Mechagodzilla, though trading one cell of defense for one cell of speed. The only major differences between Mechagodzilla 1 and 2 is the latter can hover, fire its Plasma Cannon and use its jets to push away opponents like King Ghidorah and Mecha-King Ghidorah use their wings aside from flying. In this game, Mechagodzilla 2 is the only monster who can knock out a health cell with its beam, alongside Mechagodzilla.
"Mechagodzilla 2 was directly inspired by the Vortaak's Mechagodzilla. GDF weapons designers saw that a heavily-armored combatant who blended ranged firepower and heavy melee attacks at the cost of some mobility could be a very effective way to hold back monster attacks on major cities. Although they could not duplicate the space titanium alloy used in the original, the GDF was able to create an armor composite which resisted bite and claw attacks to a miraculous degree - as well as absorbing a significant portion of the heat and radiation weapon attacks used by many of Earth's monsters. This focus on defense before offense proved to be a powerful mixture, and Mechagodzilla 2 remains a staple of the GDF's anti-monster force."
In the PS3 version, Super Mechagodzilla appears as one of the final bosses of the game, initiated when Godzilla enters Area 23 if the G-Generators are not destroyed fast enough. It will attack Godzilla using its shock anchors, beam weapons and melee attacks. It may eventually be joined by the Super X and they will both attack Godzilla. Once they are are defeated, the area will be cleared. In the end cutscene, Super Mechagodzilla is shown flying a frozen Godzilla back into the ocean and sinking with him. This is a reference to Kiryu's behavior in the end of Godzilla: Tokyo SOS. This only happens if Super Mechagodzilla is encountered in the level, if Kiryu was encountered instead then he will take Super Mechagodzilla's place in the final cutscene. If the generators are destroyed fast enough, Kiryu will appear as the boss and take Super Mechagodzilla's place in the cutscene.
In the PS4 version, Super Mechagodzilla will appear as the stage 8 boss if the player takes the easy or normal routes.
Moveset[edit | edit source]
- One tap: Triangle Stroke
- Two taps: Front Kick
- Tap: Body Slam
- Forward + Tap: G-Crusher
- Tap: Hover
- Forward + Tap: Forward Hover Dash
- Backward + Tap: Back Hover Dash
- Right/Left + Tap: Side Hover Dash
- Tap: Mega Buster
- Forward + Tap: Hyper Maser Beam Cannon
- Backward + Tap: Plasma Grenade
- Roar + Tap: Volley
- Tap (Mid-air): Mega Buster
- Forward + Tap (Mid-air): Hyper Maser Beam Cannon
- Tap: Rotating Beam Cannon
Kaiju Guide[edit | edit source]
- Main articles: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Mechagodzilla (UX-02-93), Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Super Mechagodzilla.
Mechagodzilla in the Godzilla arcade game
Mechagodzilla in Godzilla: Domination!
Mechagodzilla's icon in Godzilla: Domination!
Mechagodzilla's character box in Godzilla: Domination!
Mechagodzilla's battle sprite in Godzilla: Domination!
Mechagodzilla 2 in Godzilla: Save the Earth
Mechagodzilla 2 in Godzilla: Unleashed
Mechagodzilla in Godzilla Kaiju Collection
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Mechagodzilla (Heisei)/Gallery.
Comics[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Kodansha) 
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Shogakukan) 
- Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
- Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #6, 8-10, 12 (2011-2012)
- Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #4-5 (2011)
- Godzilla: Legends #4 (2012)
- Godzilla: The Half-Century War #4 (2013)
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1, 5 (2013)
- Godziman #12 (2019)
In this adaptation published by Kodansha, Mechagodzilla serves more or less the same role as it does in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, with some differences relating to its weaponry and battles against Godzilla and Rodan. Notably, Godzilla disables Mechagodzilla at the end of the final battle through the use of hand-to-hand combat, almost wrenching off the machine's head and arms using his own vice-like grip. He then nearly kills Mechagodzilla's crew by charging his Red Heat Ray, but relents when he realises BabyGodzilla is still alive.
In this manga adaptation published by Shogakukan, Mechagodzilla appears as the main antagonist. It is noticeably more brutal and more powerful, being able to rip Godzilla's dorsal fins in half with little effort. Mechagodzilla also gains several new abilities, including the ability to fire its arms off on a pair of cables from its shoulders at foes. In the final battle, after the G-Crusher strategy is implemented, Mechagodzilla's pilots have their control of the machine taken away by Mecha-King Ghidorah's latent programing, which issues one command: "Kill Godzilla".
Mechagodzilla easily overpowers Godzilla, tearing his dorsal fins in half and almost beheading him with direct shots to his neck. As in the film, Rodan revives Godzilla, but Mechagodzilla refuses to concede, and keeps fighting, attempting to attack Godzilla by firing its arms off on cables. Godzilla evades these attacks and rips off Mechagodzilla's head, but even then, Mecha-King Ghidorah's programming continued to have the machine attempt to fight, with its headless body getting up and ensnaring Godzilla with cables, then exploding in an attempt to take him with it. However, Godzilla manages to survive, bringing an end to his counterpart's predecessor's brief resurgence.
In this manga by Shogakukan, Mechagodzilla is rebuilt by G-Force and deployed after the manga's main protagonist, Akira Yuki, steals MOGUERA from the U.N.G.C.C.. Mechagodzilla enters battle against its successor, but is quickly destroyed.
In Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Mechagodzilla is constructed in Detroit as part of a joint Japanese and American military project to combat the giant monster threat. Mechagodzilla nearly defeats Godzilla, but something goes wrong with its programming and it runs wild, much like Kiryu did in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. Eventually, the massive machine breaks down in the wilderness and is discovered by Steven Woods. Woods takes command of Mechagodzilla and takes it to Washington D.C., where Godzilla is doing battle with King Ghidorah. Mechagodzilla uses its shock anchor cables to shock both monsters into submission, and Woods is praised as a hero for his actions.
In Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths, Mechagodzilla is an old robot that has since been replaced by newer models. When Godzilla and several other giant monsters attack Tokyo, Detective Makato Sato convinces his son, who is a member of G-Force, to pilot the outdated Mechagodzilla into battle against Godzilla. Mechagodzilla does not defeat Godzilla, but is able to distract the creature long enough to save innocent lives and buy Sato time to save the Elias and confront Takahashi.
Mechagodzilla is one of the monsters featured in Godzilla: Legends #4. In this issue, a rookie crew piloting Mechagodzilla is sent to China in pursuit of Godzilla. When they arrive, they find the entire area is totally devastated and enveloped in toxic smog. Mechagodzilla is then attacked by the source of the destruction, Hedorah, the Smog Monster. Mechagodzilla attempts to attack Hedorah, but all of its attacks seem to be harmlessly absorbed by Hedorah. Suddenly, Godzilla himself arrives and is attacked by Hedorah. Just before Hedorah can seriously harm Godzilla, Mechagodzilla re-enters the battle, forcing the King of the Monsters and his mechanical double to become unlikely allies against the Smog Monster. After a messy and difficult battle, Godzilla and Mechagodzilla defeat Hedorah and go their separate ways, deciding to resume their conflict another time.
This version of Mechagodzilla does not actually appear in Godzilla: Ongoing, but it is mentioned as the predecessor for the new Mechagodzilla, Kiryu.
Mechagodzilla appears in Godzilla: The Half-Century War #3. In this issue, Mechagodzilla has been sent by the Anti-Megalosaurus force to Bombay (Mumbai), India to intercept Godzilla. Meanwhile, Ota Murakami and his team have also arrived in Bombay to find the rogue Dr. Deverich and destroy his monster-transmitter. However, the device attracts a new monster from outer space, SpaceGodzilla. With this new threat, Mechagodzilla is forced to work alongside Godzilla against SpaceGodzilla. Mechagodzilla is severely damaged in the battle, but is able to give Godzilla time to blast SpaceGodzilla's crystals up close and destroy him.
Mechagodzilla in Godzilla: The Half-Century War #4
Roar[edit | edit source]
Mechagodzilla's sound is basically a higher-pitched Godzilla roar. Surprisingly enough, its sounds are made from the roars of the original Godzilla, which were also multi-toned and distorted in order to sound more metallic.
In other languages[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Heisei Mechagodzilla is often referred to as "Mechagodzilla 2" by fans and in some recent media where all three Mechagodzillas exist in the same continuity as different characters, such as the Atari/Pipeworks Godzilla video games. This name comes from the international title of its debut film, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, and the fact that it is the second distinct incarnation of the character, despite being the only Mechagodzilla in the Heisei continuity. The rebuilt Showa Mechagodzilla in Terror of Mechagodzilla is officially labeled "Mechagodzilla 2" by Toho, as seen through its shoulder insignia, which reads "MG2."
- The Heisei Mechagodzilla is the second tallest incarnation of Mechagodzilla, standing at 120 meters tall. It is surpassed only by the MonsterVerse Mechagodzilla, who stands at roughly 122 meters.
- In both Godzilla Island and some of the IDW comics, this Mechagodzilla has been an ally of Godzilla, making him the first version of Mechagodzilla to ally with Godzilla in any medium.
- Mechagodzilla was originally intended to be in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, but was replaced by MOGUERA at the insistence of Koichi Kawakita, as Moguera was one of his favorite monsters. Because of this, it is the only Mechagodzilla to not appear in two films.
- This incarnation of Mechagodzilla is among the slowest of the flying kaiju if not the slowest from the Heisei series, flying at a speed of Mach 1 and Mach 2 (when combined with the Garuda to make Super Mechagodzilla) ranking only third place between its Showa and Millennium counterparts.
- A deleted scene from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II shows Mechagodzilla perform a taunt by smashing its fists together before taking off. This taunt was later adopted in the Atari/Pipeworks Godzilla games, as this Mechagodzilla utilizes it in both its battle intro and its in-battle taunt move.
- The rocket launchers Kiryu wears on his back in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla: Tokyo SOS are a reference to Super Mechagodzilla's Garuda cannons.
- A robot resembling the Heisei Mechagodzilla made a brief appearance in the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar ad “Best Coke Ever?”.
- Mechagodzilla's Shock Anchors and G-Crusher could be classified as lethal electroshock weapons, along with Mecha-King Ghidorah's Godzilla Capture Devices and Machine Hand and Kiryu's Maser Blade. Since Mecha-King Ghidorah's remains were studied and later used in the construction of Mechagodzilla, it is possible the Godzilla Capture Devices and Machine Hand influenced the construction of Mechagodzilla's Shock Anchors and their updated G-Crusher.
- Synthetic Diamond was also used for the Super X2's Fire Mirror, the armor of the Garuda and MOGUERA, and Kiryu's Absolute Zero Cannon.
- Super Mechagodzilla is one of two Godzilla mechas to have both laser- and maser-based weapons, the other being MOGUERA.
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See also[edit | edit source]
- Mechagodzilla (Showa)
- Mechagodzilla (GODZILLA anime trilogy)
- Mechagodzilla (Ready Player One)
- Mechagodzilla (MonsterVerse)
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Episodes 2, 18, 58-59, 62-63, 66, 77-78, 97-98, 111, 119, 125, 142-143, 153, 155, 173-177, 181, 185-188, 213-214, 216, 227, and 251-255.
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