Shinomura

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Comic Book Monster
Shinomura in Godzilla: Awakening
Shinomura
Alternate Names Shi no mure, MUTO
Species Supercolonial Parasite
Forms Single Cell, Colony
Enemies Godzilla
First Appearance Godzilla: Awakening

Shinomura (シノムラ) is a radioactive parasitic colony kaiju created by Legendary Pictures that first appeared in the 2014 Godzilla graphic novel, Godzilla: Awakening.

Design

Shinomura are massive, winged, dragon-like monsters with blue scales and black wings. They also resemble scorpions and have multiple eyes.

Shinomura's gigantic super-colony cells are black and blue and resemble starfish.

Name

Shinomura was originally assigned the placeholder name "MUTO" by Monarch, but is later named "Shinomura" by Ishiro Serizawa's father. Shinomura's name is derived from the Japanese term "shi no mure," (死の群れ) literally meaning "swarm of death."

Origins

Shinomura first appeared at least 250 million years ago, right before the Permian-Triassic extinction event happened. Shinomura fell underground and laid dormant for millions of years until the atomic bombing of Hiroshima awoke it.

History

Godzilla: Awakening

250 million years ago, a Shinomura landed upon a small island to feast upon the remains of a large, aquatic creature. It failed to notice Godzilla, and was subsequently blasted by his atomic breath. Around that time, a meteorite strike hit the Earth, and it radically changed the amount of radiation on the world. The ground cracked upon, and the Shinomura's body falls underground. It lay dormant for millions of years, until the atomic bombing of Hiroshima awoke it. The creature proceeded to attack ships across the ocean and began to grow in size. But wherever Shinomura went, Godzilla followed and chased it away.

In 1946, a part of Shinomura was discovered in the Philippines. Originally thought to be a severed limb or a scale, it was later revealed to be a cell from the kaiju. Monarch then exposed the cell to radiation, which allowed it to grow and regenerate. The new Shinomura escaped, and began to look for its other half.

Later, when Godzilla came ashore on Moansta Island, both Shinomura appeared, and merge into a larger one. The two kaiju then began to fight. After a long struggle, Godzilla incinerated one Shinomura with his atomic breath, but the other escaped. A trap was then set for both of the creatures at Bikini Atoll, leaving a radiation trail for Shinomura, which would in turn lure Godzilla. A nuclear "test" was staged, trying to kill both Godzilla and Shinomura using a hydrogen bomb. Shinomura was destroyed in the explosion, but Godzilla survived.

Abilities

Shinomura is really a conglomerate of millions of smaller creatures merged together to create one single entity. One single cell of it can regenerate, similar to a starfish. It can also feed on radiation and is strong enough to drag Godzilla around when large enough. Due to its composite structure, Shinomura is able to shape its combined form however way it chooses, such as forming tentacles.

Gallery

Roar

Shinomura's roars are written as generic "Roar"s and "Screech"es in the comic.

Trivia

  • Shinomura is very similar to the monsters Hedorah and Destoroyah. All three monsters are composite creatures composed of countless smaller organisms that can split apart and recombine at will. All three monsters are also extremely deadly to organic life on Earth.
  • Although Godzilla: Awakening shows that Shinomura was killed by the same hydrogen bomb detonation that targeted Godzilla in the opening credits of Godzilla, it is not present or even mentioned in the film.

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Aggression25

10 months ago
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You think it's possible that they'll bring Shinomura to the big screen in future Godzilla films in Legendary pictures?
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The King of the Monsters

10 months ago
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Honestly I don't think anyone still working on the MonsterVerse even knows what Shinomura is or that we'll ever see it again in any capacity.
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ItsDestoroyah

14 months ago
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I wonder who would win in a fight? Legion or Shinomura? Like, Legion has alot of soldiers, and part of the quote says "for we are many" much like how Shinomura's huge body is made up of tiny versions of themselves
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God's Godzilla

13 months ago
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Especially if the Plant exploded before hand...than the fight would be over (I.e. a draw)
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SkullIsland

22 months ago
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I wonder if this was the creature that attacked Randa's ship?
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The King of the Monsters

22 months ago
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Interviews with John Goodman and the film itself seem to indicate Godzilla was the monster that attacked his ship.
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SkullIsland

22 months ago
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Perhaps Godzilla destroyed his ship during a fight with Shinomura.
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The King of the Monsters

22 months ago
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I really doubt that. Otherwise Randa would have mentioned actually seeing two monsters, but he is very adamant that a single monster attacked his ship. Plus, I don't think anyone working on any of the MonsterVerse films even know what Shinomura is or that it will ever be mentioned again.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

22 months ago
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Well, I'd be alarmed if Borenstein didn't know, since he co-wrote the comic. :P

But yeah, Shinomura seems to have received an insta-retcon.
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SkullIsland

22 months ago
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Or Godzilla destroyed Randa's ship while tracking down Shinomura. Also it would be reasonable for Shinomura to be slightly forgotten as its only a side monster like the Muto's.
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The King of the Monsters

22 months ago
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I'm pretty sure Shinomura will never be mentioned again and has been essentially retconned out of existence. As far as the continuity of these films is concerned, Shinomura likely never existed, and the events of Awakening are moot. So it would make no sense for anyone working on Skull Island to have specifically thought that Godzilla was hunting Shinomura when he sank Randa's ship, or that Shinomura was involved in any way. There's no way anyone at Legendary thought that much about it.
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SkullIsland

22 months ago
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Well I'll still consider Godzilla awakening canon until legendary says otherwise.
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The King of the Monsters

22 months ago
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I mean you can still consider it canon since so far Legendary hasn't said it isn't, but don't expect any continuity nods to Awakening or be surprised if a later film outright defies Awakening or if Legendary declares it non-canon.
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MrAwesomeness360

20 months ago
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"don't expect any continuity nods to Awakening or be surprised if a later film outright defies Awakening or if Legendary declares it non-canon."

"Kong: Skull Island" mentions the date of when Monarch was founded, quoting Randa "Harry Truman didn't think so when he founded Monarch in 1946.", and in the Godzilla comic it mentions that Monarch in '46, so they're very well maintaining continuity.
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Titanollante

20 months ago
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KSI retconned the seeming retcon this comic received :P
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The King of the Monsters

20 months ago
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Kong: Skull Island may acknowledge the founding date for Monarch that this comic established, but it doesn't reconcile any of the other major continuity discrepancies between Awakening and Godzilla 2014. Legendary could very well choose to reincorporate some of the elements from the comic, but I think it's more likely they will just pick and choose what elements from Awakening are or are not canon. Legendary's priority regarding continuity is the films, not Godzilla: Awakening, so I don't think they're overly concerned with fitting Awakening into the continuity. For instance, I don't ever expect to see or hear anything about Shinomura ever again.
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SkullIsland

20 months ago
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I still think they are keeping the comic canon.
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Antovald20

16 months ago
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Probably. I believe it's official that it was Godzilla who attacked Randas ship. I'm not sure, but it could be the Shinemora. I mean it did raid ships in the 1940s.Shinemora probably did attack the ship, and Godzilla intercepts. Randa only sees Godzilla and blames him, because he did not see what happened. Only the aftermath. That's just how I see it.Until Legendary Pictures literally says that Godzillas Awakening isn't canon, I'll continue to think it is.

http://www.s...vel#/slide/1


^ Especially when Legendary Pictures, Max, and Edwards saying it is.
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The King of the Monsters

16 months ago
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I guarantee no one working on the films even knows or cares what Shinomura is, and we will never see or hear from it again. Vogt-Roberts' commentary and the film's own implication suggest Godzilla was what sank the ship, and there's nothing suggesting Shinomura was involved in any way.
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Antovald20

16 months ago
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You do realize that Max wrote that graphic novel and is still working with Legendary and some of the MonsterVerse films. It's extremely unlikely that he forgot about his novel especially all those interviews
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The King of the Monsters

16 months ago
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Borenstein isn't working on the MonsterVerse anymore. He co-wrote Godzilla 2014 and worked on Kong, but has been replaced on Godzilla: King of the Monsters by Dougherty and Shields. We don't even know if they kept anything he wrote. Awakening was written completely independently from the final rewrites of the G14 script, and nothing included specifically in it was taken into account when writing the film's script. Borenstein may have helped write it, but it was based on an earlier script of the film and was not used at all to write the final script.
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SkullIsland

16 months ago
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Why is everyone still arguing about this topic?
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Antovald20

16 months ago
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Production credits for Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019)

Michael Dougherty – director, co-writer Zach Shields – co-writer, executive producer Max Borenstein – co-writer

Official Information from Legendary Pictures on Godzilla Awakening

In May 2014, audiences will witness the epic rebirth of the King of the Monsters as Legendary and Warner Bros. bring Godzilla to the big screen. To pave the way for the iconic creature’s return, Legendary Comics is proud to present the official graphic novel Godzilla: Awakening. This 72-page story, set decades before the film, is co-written by Max Borenstein (screenwriter of the new Godzilla) and Greg Borenstein.

Delve into an incredible mystery, generations in the making. At the dawn of the atomic age, humanity awakens lifeforms beyond imagination, unleashing monumental forces of nature. This explosive, larger-than-life adventure is the perfect way for fans to experience the new Godzilla before seeing it in theaters.


https://www....terview/amp/


https://www....-novel%3famp

^ All that pretty covers it.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

16 months ago
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I think this very article explains why it's hard for us to consider Shinomura canon to the MonsterVerse: "Although Godzilla: Awakening shows that Shinomura was killed by the same hydrogen bomb detonation that targeted Godzilla in the opening credits of Godzilla, it is not present or even mentioned in the film."

Regarding Borenstein: screenwriters can receive credit on a film even if their drafts go completely unused. Ted Elliot and Terry Russio appear in the credits of Godzilla '98, for instance.

Sidebar: Legendary is really bad at continuity with its kaiju comics. Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero completely changed Trespasser's death, and Tales from the Drift showed a kid playing with a toy of Otachi, a kaiju who wouldn't appear for many years. Birth of Kong is going well so far though, probably because they've committed to the MonsterVerse at this point.
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Green Blob Thing

23 months ago
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The climactic end to their battle with the nuclear explosion sounds absolutely awesome.