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Godzilla  (Japanese: ゴジラ) is a fictional giant monster originating from a series of Tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan. It first appeared in Ishiro Honda's 1954 film Godzilla. Since then Godzilla has gone in to become a worldwide pop culture icon appearing in numerous nedia including video games, novels, comic books and television shows. Today 29 films produced by Toho and two Hollywood films.

Godzilla is commonly alluded by the epithet "King of the Monsters" a phrese first used in Godzilla the king of monsters, the Americanized version of Honda's original film in 1954. The actor who played Godzilla in the original films was a man who was a black belt in Judo and used his expertise to choreograph the battle sequences. During the development of the American version of Godzilla Raids Again (1955), Godzilla's name was changed to "Gigantis"

With the Nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Lucky Dragon 5 incident still fresh in the Japanese consciousness including the nuclear bomb tests in the 1950's. Godzilla is a metaphor for nuclear weapons.

With the End of the Cold War several post - 1984 Godzilla films shifted the character's portrayal as a symbol of nuclear weapons to that of modern Japan's forget over its imperial past, natural disasters and the overall human condition.

In various stories it appeared in, Godzilla has been featured along side many supporting characters. It has faced human opponents such as the JSDF (Japan Self Defense Force), (Japanese: 自衛隊) and other giant monsters like King Ghidorah, Gigan and Mechagodzilla to one shot characters like Biollante, Destoroyah and the Muto's. Godzilla is also shown to have allies such as Mothra, Rodan and Anguirus ( although these characters were initially portryed as Godzilla's rivals), and offspring such as Minilla and Godzilla Junior his adopted sons.

Gojira (ゴジラ) is a portmanteau of the Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ, gorilla), and kujira (鯨 クジラ, whale), which is fitting because Godzilla was described as a cross between a gorilla and a whale, alluding to its size, power and aquatic origin. Godzilla's (呉爾羅) name means wrath of the gods. Godzilla can breathe underwater and is described in the orginal films by Dr. Yamane as a trasitional form between a marine and a terrestrial reptile.

Godzilla"s iconic characters design was conceived as that of an amphibious reptilian monster based around the loose concept pf a dinosaur with an erect standing postrure, scaly skin, an anthropomorphic torso with muscular arms and spikes on its tail. Art director Akira Watanabe combined attributes of a Tyrannosaurus, an Iguanodon, a Stegosaurus and an alligator to form his very own Chimera the mythical beast from greek mythology. To emphasise the monster's relationship with the atomic bomb, its skin texture was inspired by the keloid scars seen on survivors in Hiroshima in 1945.

Godzilla's signiture weapon is its Atomic breath, a nuclear blast that it generates inside of its body and unleashes from its jaws in a form of a blue or red radioactive heat ray. Toho's special effects department has used various techniques to render the breath, from physical gas powered flames to hand drawn or computer generated fire.












1964 Godzilla vs Mothra


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