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31 (Japanese) Monsters #13: Anguirus

October 13th, 2010

A sidekick monster’s life can be thankless. At best, you share the spotlight. You may get in a few good licks, but at the end of the movie, it’s the hero monster who gets to stomp off into the sunset.

For fifty-five years, that’s been the story of today’s Japanese Monster…


Monster Island Nickname Needles
Hails From Prehistory
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
Hobbies Day Trading
Quote “Yrowwww! Enk!”

Anguirus was the second giant monster introduced by Toho. Flush with the success of Gojira (the Japanese title for the 1954 film better known as Godzilla, King of the Monsters), they rushed a sequel into release the very next year. To liven up things, they gave Godzilla an opponent: a spiky beast inspired by the real-life dinosaur Ankylosaurus. So began the Japanese tradition of rubber-suited wrestling.

While Anguirus was killed in his first outing, that didn’t stop him from participating in the 1968 lollapalooza Destroy All Monsters. He was prominently featured in battles against the Japanese Self Defense Force and the dread dragon King Ghidorah.

Re-established as one of Godzilla’s pals, he returned twice more in the ’70s to assist the Big G against Gigan and Mechagodzilla.¬†For the ensuing three decades he lay dormant, but emerged for 2004’s Godzilla Final Wars. Rolling himself into a spiny ball, he teamed with Rodan and King Seesar to challenge Godzilla with a deadly soccer match.

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