Primitive Mothra

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Primitive Mothra®
Primitive Mothra in Rebirth of Mothra 3
Alternate names Prehistory Mothra[1]
Subtitle(s) Guardian Beast
(守護神獣,   Shugojinjū)[2]
Species Prehistoric divine moth
Length 15 meters[3]
Weight 2,000 metric tons[3]
Relations Mothra, Mothra Leo (descendants)
Allies Other Primitive Mothras, Mothra Leo
Written by Masumi Suetani
Modeled by Tomoki Kobayashi
First appearance Rebirth of Mothra 3
Roar(s)

The Primitive Mothras (原始モスラ,   Genshi Mosura) are Cretaceous divine moth kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1998 Toho film Rebirth of Mothra 3.

Name[edit | edit source]

While most publications refer to the creatures as simply Primitive Mothra, Rebirth of Mothra 3 Super Complete Works specifies them as Primitive Mothra Larva (原始モスラ幼虫,   Genshi Mosura Yōchū).[4]

Design[edit | edit source]

Although their imago form is never seen, the Primitive Mothras resemble most other examples of a Mothra larva. However, their skin appears to be much thicker and bears what seems to be armor plating. Unlike modern Mothras, the eyes of a Primitive Mothra do not glow, but are blue in color.

History[edit | edit source]

Heisei era[edit | edit source]

Rebirth of Mothra 3[edit | edit source]

Three Primitive Mothras first appeared after Rainbow Mothra killed Cretaceous Ghidorah. After diving into Mount Fuji, Rainbow Mothra was on the brink of death, and the three formed a cocoon around him, sealing him for millions of years so he could heal from his injuries. Regenerating from a tail severed during their battle, King Ghidorah reappeared to menace modern Japan, but Rainbow Mothra emerged from his cocoon as the powerful Armor Mothra and destroyed him.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Movement[edit | edit source]

The Primitive Mothra larvae can travel on land at a maximum speed of 60 kilometers per hour, equivalent to that of Mothra Leo.[4]

Silk[edit | edit source]

Like all Mothra larvae, the Primitive Mothras are able to spray silk webbing from their mouths. Some sources utilize the name Excel Strings (エクセル・ストリングス) for the webbing, the same as the larval Mothra Leo's in the first Rebirth of Mothra.[5] Unlike Leo's, these strings had no rainbow aftershock.

Video games[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Primitive Mothra/Gallery.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Primitive Mothra. 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. The Godzilla Chronicles (3rd ed.). Takeshobo. December 1999. p. 32. ISBN 978-4812405819.
  2. Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. villagebooks. 28 September 2012. p. 262. ISBN 4-864-91013-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. 23 July 2014. p. 105. ISBN 4-096-82090-3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rebirth of Mothra 3 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. 10 January 1999. p. 18. ISBN 978-4-09-101465-8.
  5. Godzilla Encyclopedia - World of Toho Special Effects Movies. Kinema Junpo. 1 December 2000. p. 195. ISBN 4873765587.

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