Yuri Tachibana (立花由里 is the main protagonist of Tachibana Yuri)2001 Godzilla film, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
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Yuri worked for BS (Broadcasting Satellite) Digital Q, a television station notorious for making low-budget fake documentaries. While filming in a mountain village one day, they were nearly chased off the site by an angry politician until Yuri convinced him that having a monster story connected to the site could boost tourism, and they were allowed to stay. Yuri was convinced that an earthquake which had recently hit the area warranted an investigation on account of its moving epicenter, however her boss turned her down as their network was not designed for real news to be broadcast. Upset by this, Yuri went out drinking with her coworkers, and lamented her being a woman as she felt that being a man would get her the respect she needed to make the programs she wanted to. After asking her colleague Mitsuaki Takeda to bring her information on mythological monsters, they learned of the legend of the three Guardian Monsters. With Yuri too drunk to get home by herself, Mitsuaki took her back to her house where her father, Taizo Tachibana was waiting. The next day, Yuri and her team interviewed a mysterious man who swore that Godzilla would return, but that the three Guardian Monsters, Baragon, Mothra, and King Ghidorah, would rise to fight him, and he directed Yuri to a forest shrine in Aokigahara where she found a special rock they had been clued to find. They then approached Admiral Tachibana with their findings, and attempted to explain that the Guardians were approaching to protect the "homeland of Japan," the land itself, rather than the people or the country, and how Godzilla was formed from the countless vengeful souls of those killed by the Japanese military during World War II. The Admiral scoffed at their story, while recalling how he was present in Tokyo in 1954 during Godzilla's first attack. Shortly afterward, Godzilla and Baragon arose, and began to fight. Yuri was injured while trying to get footage, and was taken to a hospital, and Mitsuaki left her there for her own good. She then purchased a bicycle in order to follow Godzilla and get footage for BS Digital Q to broadcast. During her time in the ruined city of Yokohama, she was picked up and arrested by the JSDF, however while in custody she overheard radio communications confirming that her father would be going into the submersible Satsuma to attack Godzilla. She was heavily opposed to this, and communicated with her father over a radio. He set her free after explaining that he had to take the mission himself to lead by example. Yuri then found Mitsuaki, and the two broadcast the fight between Godzilla and King Ghidorah in Tokyo Bay. Eventually, the bridge they were filming from was destroyed, and they fell into the water below. She later awoke to Mitsuaki resuscitating her, while Godzilla rose from the bay and prepared to blast them with atomic breath. Thankfully, a wound opened by King Ghidorah and the Satsuma on Godzilla's neck caused his beam to fire from the wound and he fell into the water in agony before exploding. Shortly afterward, Yuri and Takeda witnessed the Satsuma surface and her father emerged from the submersible. He urged Yuri not to get close to him yet, as he hadn't checked the radiation levels. Yuri and Takeda then saluted her father for helping to save Japan from Godzilla's wrath.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Yuri Tachibana's actress, Chiharu Niiyama, went on to play Kana Sasaki in the 2019 Tsuburaya Productions series Ultraman Taiga.
- Yuri Tachibana appears in the reference-filled end credits of Godzilla Singular Point, watching Hedorah fly overhead along with Haruki Kadokura, Jun Maruo, and Miki Saegusa.
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