Godzilla (Always: Sunset on Third Street 2)
Name[edit | edit source]
Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ), comes from a combination of the Japanese approximation of "gorilla" (ゴリラ, and kujira gorira) (クジラ), the Japanese word for "whale." The name is said to have been chosen to represent the size and strength of both animals. Contrary to popular belief, the English name "Godzilla" was not invented by the American distributors of the original film. Before Toho sold the film to U.S. distributors, the company's international division had originally marketed English-subtitled prints of the film under the title of Godzilla, which were shown briefly in Japanese-American theaters. Toho themselves had decided on "Godzilla" as the English transliteration of Gojira. According to the 2002 book Since Godzilla, the English name "Godzilla" produces connotations such as the words "God," "lizard," and "gorilla." The word "God" is applicable to Godzilla because of his immense size and destructive power, which causes him to be seen as a god by some, "lizard" is applicable due to his reptilian appearance and ties to the time of the dinosaurs, and "gorilla" is applicable due to his strength and his creation having been inspired by the famous gorilla-like giant monster King Kong. "Godzilla" may be approximated into Japanese as ガッズィラ (Gazzira) or ガッズィーラ (Gazzīra).
Design[edit | edit source]
The Third Street Godzilla design was based directly on the GMKGoji, being modeled after sculptor Syunsuke Niwa's garage kit of the GMKGoji. His skin is gray, with white dorsal plates, nails and eyes, similar to the GMKGoji's. His legs are very spread apart, and he has a thick neck and a long tail, which has a small amount of dorsal plates running along its top. Godzilla has a small number of fang-like teeth, with a short tongue and overbite which where compared to that of a dog by Yamazaki. He is hunched over starting at the shoulders.
History[edit | edit source]
Godzilla attacked Tokyo in one of Ryunosuke Chagawa's stories, destroying the Tokyo Tower with his atomic breath, and wiping out Norifumi Suzuki's dealership, much to Suzuki's chagrin. Suzuki challenged Godzilla for destroying his business, and Godzilla roared back. A young boy named Junnosuke interrupted Chagawa, telling him that Godzilla was already a real character and so couldn't be used in the story, so the author started from scratch.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Atomic breath[edit | edit source]
Godzilla fired a blast of blue atomic breath at Tokyo Tower, cutting it in half.
Tail[edit | edit source]
Godzilla used his tail to level a small block of buildings.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Godzilla/Gallery.
Roar[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 director Takashi Yamazaki would again direct Godzilla for the Seibuen amusement park ride Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle.
Videos[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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