Our budget for next year is at zero. That is if there is a next year. (これで来年度の予算はゼロだな。来年度があればの話だが。)
— Sho Kuroki (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)
Major Sho Kuroki (黒木 翔 is a character who first appeared in the Kuroki Shō)1989 Godzilla film Godzilla vs. Biollante, and later reappeared in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah in 1995.
Following Godzilla's 1984 attack on Tokyo and subsequent imprisonment inside Mount Mihara, Kuroki was assigned to the JSDF's new elite anti-Godzilla team in order to combat the monster should he return. Kuroki and his partner Colonel Goro Gondo were instrumental in rounding up the team to develop Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria, a biological weapon designed to kill Godzilla. When Bio-Major released Godzilla from Mt. Mihara, Kuroki commanded the team of operators controlling the Super X2 as it battled Godzilla in the ocean and later in Osaka. After Godzilla was infected with the ANEB at the cost of Gondo's life, Kuroki oversaw a JSDF operation at Wakasa Bay to raise Godzilla's internal temperature so the ANEB could take effect. This operation was interrupted by Biollante, who raised Godzilla's temperature and caused him to lose consciousness. After this battle, Kuroki used a M6000 T.C. System pad to kill the Saradian agent SSS9 before he could kill Dr. Kazuto Kirishima. In 1996, Kuroki was called upon yet again to commandeer the Super X3 in order to freeze Godzilla before his overloaded heart could explode and destroy the planet. Later, as Godzilla's heart was now about to melt down, Kuroki flew the Super X3 into battle while Godzilla battled Destoroyah in Tokyo. He used the craft's cryolasers to shoot down Destoroyah when he tried to escape, then cooperated with JSDF ground units to freeze Godzilla as he melted down, minimizing the damage.
Godzilla vs. Biollante
A major in the JSDF who graduated the top of his class at the National Defense Academy. Sho Kuroki was assigned by the National Defense Agency as the director of the Office of Special Strategic Operations, called by his elders as the “National Defense Agency’s rumored young elite”. His assignment to cooperate with the National Land Agency’s Special Disaster Research Council, paired him with his partner Colonel Goro Gondo to conduct research into anti-Godzilla operations should he ever escape from Mount Mihara, where he was imprisoned in 1984. Together they visited Dr. Genichiro Shiragami to convince him to help engineer Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria. After the American bio-engineering conglomerate Bio-Major resorted to terrorism, forcing Mt. Mihara to erupt and freeing Godzilla, Kuroki was put in charge of the team remotely piloting the Super X2, a powerful hovering war craft built from the remains of the Super X. Kuroki sent the Super X2 into battle against Godzilla in the Pacific Ocean, where it caused damage with its powerful Fire Mirror, which reflected Godzilla's atomic breath. However, the Fire Mirror began to melt from repeated hits from the atomic breath and the craft was severely damaged and recalled to base. Later, when Godzilla arrived in Osaka, Kuroki sent the Super X2 to protect Gondo’s squad of soldiers who were assigned to infect Godzilla with Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria, even though the Fire Mirror had not yet been repaired. As Godzilla drew near to the soldiers, Kuroki flew the Super X2 in front of him, as Godzilla destroyed the ship with a direct blast of atomic breath.
After Colonel Gondo was killed in action, Kuroki was flown to the Wakasa bay, where M6000 Thunder Control Systems were installed with the hope of raising Godzilla's body temperature so the ANEB could take hold. The operation was interrupted by the arrival of Biollante, who came to seek revenge on Godzilla for their previous battle at Lake Ashi. After Godzilla collapsed headfirst into the sea and Biollante retreated to space, Kuroki saved the life of Dr. Kazuto Kirishima from the Saradian assassin SSS9 by activating an artificial lightning generator while he stood on it, vaporizing him.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Kuroki was called upon again in 1996 by G-Force, who had assumed jurisdiction over the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s new Super X3’s operations against Godzilla, who was undergoing a nuclear meltdown capable of destroying the Earth. Kuroki commanded the crew of the Super X3 to engage with Godzilla in the Bungo Channel, successfully freezing him with the ship's advanced freezer weapons. Later, Kuroki led the Super X3 to Tokyo in order to freeze Godzilla again as he melted down so as to minimize the damage. As the monster Destoroyah tried to escape from its battle with Godzilla, Kuroki had the crew freeze the monster’s wings, sending it to plummet to its death. The Super X3 then bombarded Godzilla with freezer weapons along with several CLT-95s and Ultra Low Temperature Maser Cannons and successfully prevented him from melting through the Earth's core, although they failed to stem the catastrophic levels of radiation that were released. Thankfully, the deadly radiation was absorbed by the previously dead Godzilla Junior, who had now grown into an adult Godzilla and taken his father's place.
Sho Kuroki in Godzilla vs. Biollante
Sho Kuroki in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
- Sho Kuroki was played by actor Masanobu Takashima in Godzilla vs. Biollante, but in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Kuroki was played by his brother, Masahiro Takashima, who had previously portrayed G-Force member Kazuma Aoki in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. Masanobu Takashima's performance in Godzilla vs. Biollante earned him a Newcomer of the Year Award from the Japan Academy Awards.
- Despite only appearing in two films, Kuroki was featured in many of Shogakukan's manga adaptations of the other Heisei Godzilla films. Kuroki also plays a much larger role in the Godzilla vs. Destoroyah manga adaptation, where he is the main character.
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