The Last Hope

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The Last Hope
The English cover of The Last Hope
Story by Matt Frank
Written by Joshua Bugosh
Art by Matt Frank
Cover by Matt Frank, Goncalo Lopes
Publisher Matt FrankUS,
Phase 6JP
Publish Date July 14, 2017US,
August 8, 2018JP

The Last Hope (ガメラ:最後の希望,   Gamera: Saigo no Kibō, lit. Gamera: The Last Hope) is a comic book self-published by artist Matt Frank and sold at G-Fest XXIV from July 14-16, 2017 as an unlicensed dojinshi. A prequel to Shusuke Kaneko's Gamera trilogy, it tells the story of how Gyaos and Gamera were born and details the fall of the ancient civilization that created them. On August 8, 2018, Phase 6 published it as a graphic novel in Japan with the Dark Horse series Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe. Gamera rights holder Kadokawa considers The Last Hope canonical to the trilogy.[1]


Eons ago, the serpentine Garasharp attacked a highly advanced human civilization. Their four generals convened to plan the creatures' demise, with the general of the south suggesting the use of Mana to create their own race of monsters. With the others' approval, he supervised the crafting of the bat-like Gyaos, which quickly dispatched the Garasharp. Unfortunately, with their food source gone, the Gyaos turned on humanity. The northern general proposed countering the Gyaos with guardians who would each be psychically linked to a human via magatama beads: Gamera. All but one fell in battle, but successfully repelled the Gyaos. Years later, the Gyaos returned, raiding the civilization's city. Worse, a massive Garasharp joined their assault. The last Gamera, bonded to the northern general, chose to destroy both the city and the monsters attacking it, realizing that humanity would never know peace if his creators kept consuming mana. Survivors of the battle memorialized it in a tablet atop the dormant Gamera, with the southern general tending to a mysterious egg.



Weapons, Vehicles, and Races



  • Each of the Gameras in The Last Hope has a distinct design, with some patterned after the Showa Gamera and Toto. The stone which held Toto's egg in Gamera the Brave also appears on the final page.
  • The dojinshi version of The Last Hope concludes with three pages of artwork by Sophie Campbell, Adam Milicevic, and Christian Gonzalez.


This is a list of references for The Last Hope. 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]

Kadokawa Pictures
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Green Blob Thing

one month ago
Score 1
Kinda cool how something unlicensed like this ended up being considered part of the official canon. Quite amazing, actually.

The Guardian of the Universe

one month ago
Score 0
Wait... so this is CANON? Gosh, this means so much to the franchise! It means this finally makes Garasharp an official kaiju and explains the origins of Gamera clearly!


one month ago
Score 0
Well, Garasharp was always an 'official' kaiju.

The Guardian of the Universe

one month ago
Score 0
Yes, but this means expanding the Gamera Heisei series universe, which had remained untouched since 1999 (or 2002...), so this is a big expansion for the franchise (considering it's kinda s m o l compared to Godzilla's). I hope it gets another release, I would totally buy it, and besides, there are only a few images of it on the internet...