“Godzilla Raids Again” is the second Godzilla movie, and stars a different cast & creature then the 1954 masterpiece. I will refer to the 1954 Godzilla by his original name of Gojira, and Godzilla from “Godzilla Raids Again” to “Terror of Mechagodzilla” as Godzilla. Godzilla’s actions in the film reflect those made by Gojira in the previous movie; With an added side of a Monster Mash with Anguirus, that is. Though unlike Gojira, Godzilla’s defeated (for the moment) due to sheer luck, frozen d. Laughable when compared with Gojira, who was only weak to the Oxygen Destroyer; A weapon so powerful, it’s creator killed himself to prevent others from getting a hold of it.
|For the next two movies, Godzilla continues his reign of terror, out of spite. Though as we see more of Godzilla, all the original fear factor Godzilla held has now dissipated. So, when we see him in the next movie, were not very much scared of him anymore. We as the audience are only interested in how his fight with Rodan (another villainous Kaiju) will end up.|
|Then, in the same movie, we’re introduced to the one who is many, King Ghidorah; A three headed space dragon, who’s only wants to destroy all that breaths. We know by just looking at Ghidorah, the big G has no chance. Things become even more dire when we see Larval-Mothra seek help from Godzilla (the kaiju which killed it’s mother in the previous film) & Rodan, in defeating King Ghidorah. This leads to one of the most important moments in the Showa Era; When all three previously established Kaiju puts aside their past experiences, & for the first time, fight together for Earth! It goes without saying that Godzilla, Larval-Mothra, & Rodan pumble Ghidorah, & securing the Earth’s safety for the foreseeable future. Though this also signals the end of Godzilla as the destroyer of Tokyo, and the beginning of something much bigger.|
Two movies later, we find ourselves at the most divisive films in the entire franchise, “Son of Godzilla”. This film, while silly in nature, is in fact one of the most important to Godzilla’s character evolution. When Godzilla meets his adoptive son, Minya, he wants absolutely nothing to do with the poor kid, simply wanting to be alone. Though as the film progresses, Godzilla slowly becomes closer to Minya. This leads to the most heartfelt moment in the entire series, when Godzilla holds Minya, keeping him warm in the suddenly freezing environment. After this, everything changes forever as the Big G transforms from former destroyer, to defender of Earth! Though why the full transformation? I personally give it all up to one thing, Minya!
Why Minya is The Key!!!
So, what did Minya do to change Godzilla into the full on defender of Earth? I personally believe that once Godzilla became a father, he realized something. Godzilla realized the full scope of his destructive past. At one point, Godzilla was just like the monsters who tried to kill his son, except he succeeded. Now, Godzilla, after becoming a father, has gained a feeling of guilt over his past actions. This, coupled with a new found love of life, helps Godzilla decide how to use the rest of his life to make up for his past. So, in the next chronological/canonical entry in the series “Godzilla VS The Smog Monster”, when The titular Smog Monster (aka Hedorah) appears, Godzilla arrives in one of the most important shots in the series, backlit by the sun rising over Japan, Godzilla rises to defeat Hedorah, officially becoming Japan’s greatest Superhero!
The next and final character of the day ties The big G back to his roots, and brings us full circle. In “Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla”, the movie starts similarly to “Godzilla Raids Again”, destroying Japan, even fighting Anguirus! This is a confusing sight as we just spent the last few movies turning Godzilla into a hero. So seeing him commit such heinous actions confuses us. When we see that the Godzilla that was causing the destruction turned out to be Mechagodzilla, it just makes sense! The entire twist the beginning of the film relies on so much works because we have spent so much time seeing Godzilla grow and evolve as a character. So, when the two Godzillas fight at the end of the movie, it physically represents the metaphorical battle between what Godzilla once was versus what he is now. This brings us to my final statements on the subject.
Why Would I Ever Spend So Much Time Writing About a Guy in A Rubber Suit?
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