The sad fact is that, regardless of quality, Gamera will ALWAYS be in the shadow of Godzilla. After all, that was the purpose of his creation - a Godzilla competitor. In the US, where we have an even more aggressively reductionist view towards monster movies, Gamera just can’t compete.
Does he deserve as much attention? Not necessarily, given that he only has a handful of legitimately good films, but he certainly deserves better. The Gamera trilogy are some of the best monster movies since the 60’s, and Gamera the Brave is the best monster movie of the early 2000’s, barring perhaps GMK.
Movie Monster Size-Chart by lord-phillock
This is pretty awesome.
I dunno how accurate this size chart actually is >.>
Wow. I knew the Cloverfield Monster was super pathetic looking, but when you put it up there with all the other greats, it’s just… Wooooow.
Yeah, this may not be very accurate at all, actually. Godzilla and the Staypuft Marshmallow Man should be much more similar in size (assuming Staypuft is actually 100 feet tall as stated in the second film), and I’ve heard that the Giant Claw is actually supposed to be huge, as big as - if not bigger than - King Ghidorah. Clover and Zilla are way too puny, as well.
80 & 70 TONS
IN A FIGHT-TO-THE-DEATH
JAPAN’S PORT CITIES
OF OSAKA AND KOBE !
All upcoming English-friendly kaiju Blu-ray/DVD releases (as of the 25th of February, 2014):
- EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (DVD and Blu-ray, Section 23, 6th of May, 2014).
- GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (DVD and Blu-ray, Section 23, 6th of May, 2014).
- GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (DVD and Blu-ray, Section 23, 6th of May, 2014).
- KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (Blu-ray, Universal, 1st of April, 2014).
- KING KONG ESCAPES (Blu-ray, Universal, 1st of April, 2014).
- Gamera: Ultimate Collection, Volume 1 (Blu-ray, Mill Creek, 29th of April, 2014).
- Gamera: Ultimate Collection, Volume 2 (Blu-ray, Mill Creek, 29th of April, 2014)
- Gamera: Legacy Collection 1965 - 1999
- Gamera: Ultimate Collection, Volume 1 (DVD, Mill Creek, 29th of April, 2014)
- GODZILLA: Complete Animted Series (DVD, Mill Creek, 29th of April, 2014).
Guys I’m not so sure about this new Godzilla poster
MSTies by FutureDami (Part 5 of 9)
A collection of adorable battle ready characters for a faux fighting game, based on creatures, creeps, and critters from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Dr. Kolos (Ep. 420 - The Human Duplicators; 1965)
“Galaxy Being KOLOS has come to earth as a middle manager of the Human Duplicator project, and oversees most of the scheduling, staffing, and janitorial services of the evil global coup.
"Dr. Kolos, who may not be an actual Doctor, is difficult to defeat in combat. He does not have particularly power moves, nor is he agile. What makes Kolos challenging is the sheer number of him you end up fighting. Every thirty seconds Kolos remains in combat, a new Kolos is produced and slowly begins marching toward his opponent. Any enemy of Kolos will quickly be engulfed by a Chinese terracotta army of Richard Kiels.
"Each duplicate Kolos has a large amount of health, and the longer the fight drags on, the more chance he has to augment his synthetic army."
Dr. Z (Ep. 1005 - Blood Waters of Dr. Z; 1972)
“Doc Leopold was always known as a nut. He was that guy who would wander up and down the fish isle at Petsmart till it was time to close. Little did the citizens of Sarasota know that he was planning to conquer world with a fish army. Studying the cliff notes of Sun Tsu, Patton and Napoleon his goal was to rule southern Florida with an iron fin. Like all great generals, he knew the first step is creating an army is to transform yourself into a giant fish.
"With his mutagen fluid ZAAT, he fused himself with the DNA of a walking catfish, which was a lateral move in the looks department.
"Dr. Z handles a bit differently than "The Creature" and "The Horror" as he is a summoner-type and doesn’t deal damage directly. The key to playing Dr. Z is to stay at range and summon waves of predatory fish to swarm your opponent. The "sargassum haze" spell will slow an opponent allowing Z to call even more destructive aquatic friends to plan revenge with. Though it takes considerable time to charge, his "megalodon crush" is one of the hardest hitting moves in the game."
Droppo (Ep. 321 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians; 1964)
“Droppo is lazy. I mean seriously lazy. The guy is such a bum, he can waste other people’s time simply from being in the same room. He is probably the laziest man on Mars. If there was a Martian DMV, he would work there. Part time.
"He is equipped with pulse-phase anti-gravity boots, and a deadly q-ray pistol, but Droppo can hardly be assed to use them.
"What, do you ask, is his advantage in combat? This: You can’t beat a guy who doesn’t give a crap. There is at this date, no known way to defeat Droppo."
Ebirah (Ep. 213 - Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster; 1966)
“As kaiju go, Ebirah the monster shrimp is pretty pathetic. However in hand to claw combat with humans Ebirah does alright for himself. His specialty is rolling attacks, spinning at high speed and smashing into the target. Though he has a weakness to drawn butter and white wine vinaigrette, his physical defense is above average.
"Having much higher mobility than The Black Scorpion and even Gamera, Ebirah can also hurl boulders which stun at range. His X-Scissor Punch claw strike can also puncture an opponents and bypass armor plating and the thick leathery hide of beasts like John Caradine."
Eegah (Ep. 506 - Eegah; 1962)
“Dashing, suave cave-gentleman Eegah A. Smith is a well balanced character with solid physical stats.
"No mere lunk-headed cromagnon, Eegah has shamanic powers and can commune with the creepy mummified heads of his ancestors. These spells, while not causing direct damage, freak the hell out of your opponents and probably smell weird.
"His overdrive plunge charge, ‘Shtemlooooo!!!’ is a massive overhand club strike which can down a mammoth in one strike. Eegah does have a weakness to shaving cream, perfume, and female targets, because he is just a swell fella who can’t harm a lady."
Fingal (Ep. 822 - Overdrawn at the Memory Bank; 1983)
“Aram Fingal was the name of a brilliant data processor at Novacorp. That changed the day he scrolled up cinemas, and unraveled the secrets of the cosmos with the use of an Amiga and the imagination.
"Now a mere flow of electrons, Fingal has power that makes God’s tremble. Interfacing allows him to wield absolute power of the programming running the game engine, literally tearing code out of the machine like strips of sinew from a freshly killed gazelle.
"With his identi-cube, Fingal can dopple the opponent, turning them momentarily into repulsive anteaters. Fingal’s technomancy comes at a price however, after unleashing a flurry of interface abilities, he must pause to to work out the access code, giving opponents a brief moment to strike before he again unleashes digital dominance."
Gamera (Ep. 302 - Gamera; 1965)
“What can I write about Gamera that has not been written a hundred times.
"This kaiju comes equipped with an impenetrable shell, combustible breath, and a penchant for smashing anything in it’s wake. Gamera doesn’t know many monster’s his age and hangs around kids a lot, which would be weird if he wasn’t a gigantic turtle. When you are a gigantic turtle, everything is weird and pretty much all bets are off regarding your behavior.
"His fire breath is probably his most destructive attack, however Gamera’s internal flame sack is a rage-based resource. In other words, the more you whomp on him, the more it pisses him off and the more fuel he has to roast you with. When at max rage, Gamera can unleash ‘Gen-bu Starbust’ which can destroy even Ben Murphy while in stealth.
"Though Gamera has been scaled down to be a fair match for the other combatants, he is still ridiculously overpowered and the cause of much forum ranting. He has a very effective combination of defense, mobility, and his combustion breath weapon. Expect Gamera to be nerfed; he is banned in many tournaments."
Gaos (Ep. 308 - Gamera vs. Gaos; 1967)
“Atomic pterosaur “Gaos” is one of the stronger Kaiju to make an appearance in the beatdown. While awkward on land, with a movement speed that hardly outpaces Torgo, Gaos shines both literally and figuratively when he takes to the sky. A linear attacker, Gaos has a ton of forward momentum, using the shining laser projectile and rushing targets with his anvil-like head.
"He has an elemental resistance to fire and darkness, using his steaming armpits to quell any heat based damage sent his way. On the other hand Gaos straightforward nature can also be his Achilles heel, as he is easily disoriented and will enter "dizzy" status after only 180 turns. Any unit that can back attack will make quick work of the mighty bat-thing."
Giant Leech (Ep. 406 - Attack of the Giant Leeches; 1959)
“What we have here is a blood slurping worm of the giant variety. It’s personality, wit, and dashing je ne sais quoi are lost on a human, but one thing is apparent; this leech loves it’s work. That work consists mainly of cocooning and slowly devouring hillbillies, rednecks and creekers. Leech likes it’s meals southern fried.
"The leech is a champion debuffer, with a very low movement speed, and stupendously high health and stamina. It’s obvious specialty is drains, and to that end it drinks even more health per bite than the horror of party beach. What sets these two creatures apart is the reflect damage Leech has. Though it has limited mobility, the leech can regurgitate a coat of reflective slime that sends projectiles and magic attacks back at the sender.
"Getting close to the Leech is dangerous, and playing keep away at range forces the opponent into a stalemate that can prove fatal"
Gideon (Ep. 805 - The Thing That Couldn’t Die; 1958)
“The marginally reanimated remains of Gideon Drew had lain buried for centuries until a California ranch owner’s spooky jailbait daughter unearthed the traysure chest containing his head.
"Gideon was known in life to be the most vile man who ever lived, by a group of leprechaunquistodor pilgrims who really had a limited frame of reference. He -is- pretty vile, though mostly in the olfactory arena which is the basis for his fighting style.
"A master of poisons and curses, Gideon has very low speed and hitting power, but offsets this with virulent venom. Projectile vomit, Noxious clouds, and maggot swarms keep his enemies at bay, and the good old fashion "Throw your head at enemies". Gideon’s gnashing teeth slow a target’s movement speed keeping them away from his weak spot: his tender tummy."
Japanese name: レギオン
Romanized name: Region
Species: Alien lifeform
From: Gamera 2: Attack of Legion
- The Legion are silicon-based.
- The monsters’ true name, if they have one, is not given. The name “Legion” comes from a comment made by a character in the movie. He referenced the Biblical quote “My name is Legion, for we are many” from Mark 5:9.
- So far, the queen Legion is the largest monster that Gamera has ever fought on-screen.
- Other roles for the big Legion’s suit actor Mizuho Yoshida include: Death Ghidorah (Mothra ), Dagahra (Mothra 2: The Undersea Battle), Godzilla (Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack), Cobra (Kamen Rider THE FIRST), Zedus (Gamera the Brave) and Raiga (Deep Sea Monster Raiga).
- Legion is often compared to Destoroyah from the Godzilla franchise.
Japanese name: バイラス
Romanized name: Bairasu
From: Gamera vs. Viras
- Viras was susceptible to very cold temperatures. Many cephalopods are found in cold water.
- Not counting stock footage used in Gamera: Super Monster, Viras only appeared in one movie. However, it did show up in Dark Horse’s short-lived Gamera comic series.
- Some Showa era Gamera foes, including Viras, had a cameo in an episode of the cartoon Franklin.