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Shinomura in Godzilla: Awakening
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.

Name[edit | edit source]

Shinomura was originally assigned the placeholder name "MUTO" by Monarch, but Eiji Serizawa later named it after the Japanese term "shi no mure", (死の群れ) literally meaning "swarm of death."

Design[edit | edit source]

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.

Origins[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Godzilla: Awakening[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Division And Recombination[edit | edit source]

Shinomura is a superorganism composed of countless smaller organisms which join together into a single body. Due to this structure, Shinomura can split apart into multiple bodies and recombine later. It can also change its shape to form spiked tentacles which it uses to capture prey or attack Godzilla.

Regeneration[edit | edit source]

As another consequence of its aforementioned composition, Shinomura possesses an incredible capacity for regeneration. A single cell from Shinomura can regrow an entire new body as long as there is radiation on which to feed.

Growth[edit | edit source]

Like Godzilla and other creatures from the time period in which it lived, Shinomura feeds on radiation. So long as it continues to feed on radiation, Shinomura will continue to grow until it "blocks out the sky."

Physical Strength[edit | edit source]

When large enough, Shinomura is strong enough to hold its own in combat against Godzilla and even drag him around.

Flight[edit | edit source]

Shinomura is capable of flight.

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Shinomura is vulnerable to Godzilla's atomic breath, and is ultimately destroyed after being directly exposed to the explosion of the Castle Bravo dry-fuel hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Roar[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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. However, Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization states that Shinomura was in fact battling Godzilla at Bikini Atoll when Castle Bravo was detonated, and that the blast was confirmed to kill Shinomura while Godzilla disappeared and was initially presumed dead by the military.


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