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The Takao opening fire on Godzilla in Godzilla Minus One
Length 203.76 meters[1]
Beam 19-20.4 meters[1]
Draft 6.11-6.32 meters[1]
  • 9,850 tons (standard)
  • 15,490 tons (full load)[1]
Targets Godzilla
First appearance Godzilla Minus One

The Takao (高雄) was the lead vessel in the Takao-class heavy cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy, commissioned in 1932 and seeing frequent combat during World War II.[1] Takao survived the war, but was relinquished to the British in Singapore in September 1945 and sunk as a target ship in the Strait of Malacca in October 1946.[1] In an alternate history explored in the 2023 film Godzilla Minus One, Takao was instead returned to Japan in 1947 to allow the country to defend itself from Godzilla.


Reiwa era

Godzilla Minus One

The Takao arriving to defend the Shinseimaru from Godzilla in Godzilla Minus One

With a mysterious sea monster called Godzilla speeding towards Japan, and the United States unable to intervene without inflaming tensions with the Soviet Union, Douglas MacArthur authorised a number of confiscated Japanese naval vessels that had survived World War II to be returned to Japan to allow the nation to defend itself, with the heavy cruiser Takao being among them. Setting sail from Singapore, the ship caught up with Godzilla during his pursuit of the minesweeper Shinseimaru near the Ogasawara Islands, catching him by surprise with a volley from its 20 cm guns. Recoiling, Godzilla sank into the sea, but then swam towards Takao, evading a second volley. When he surfaced, he grabbed hold of the ship and began tearing into its superstructure, pulling on the hull with so much force that the ship began to list. However, even with the ship's bridge and much of its superstructure completely destroyed, the Takao and its crew continued to fight on; Godzilla's close-range attack allowed the warship's guns to fire on him at point-blank range, knocking him back into the water. Godzilla retaliated with his atomic breath, obliterating the ship from below. After most of the smoke cleared, Godzilla emerged from the water, roared, and swam away.



In real life, the Takao's final configuration included 10 20 cm 3rd Year Type No. 2 naval guns, eight 12.7 cm Type 89 naval guns, 60 25 mm Type 96 AA guns and 16 610 mm torpedo tubes. However, only the 20cm guns are displayed in Godzilla Minus One.


Novel Version: Godzilla Minus One

In the film's novelization, Godzilla's attack on Takao's bridge is specified to have killed the captain and other officers aboard.[2] His atomic breath subliminates the iron which makes up the ship's hull.[3]





  • Takao is shown to be in a considerably better state post-war in Godzilla Minus One than in real life; while it remained operational, it had sustained significant damage in combat against American and British submarines prior to its arrival in Singapore. The damage, which was deemed irreparable, reduced Takao's role in the conflict to a stationary anti-aircraft battery. Having sustained additional damage during the British efforts to regain control of Singapore, it had completely ran out of ammunition for its main guns and was manned by a skeleton crew by the time it was surrendered to the Allies.


This is a list of references for Takao. 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Japanese cruiser Takao (1930)". Wikipedia. Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  2. Yamazaki 2023, p. 88.
  3. Yamazaki 2023, p. 89.



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