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31 (Japanese) Monsters #18: Ebirah

October 18th, 2010

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster takes a lot of flak from some corners of fandom, but I’ve always loved it. It has a fun, ’60s spy movie vibe. It has a cameo by Mothra. And it has a highly amusing rock-tossing contest between Godzilla and the horror of the deep…

Ebirah!

Monster Island Nickname Shelly
Hails From Letchi Island
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
2
Hobbies Raquetball, Papercraft
Quote “Eeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyykkk!”

“Ebi” is the Japanese word for “shrimp,” making Ebirah a literal contradiction in terms: a giant shrimp. (Still looks like a lobster to me.)

The pet monster of the terrorist Red Bamboo army, Ebirah sinks any ship that wanders too close to their island base. However, there’s really no love between them; the only thing keeping the crustacean at bay is a spray derived from a local fruit harvested by natives kidnapped from nearby Infant Island, home to Mothra.

The battles between Godzilla and Ebirah are pretty one-sided, in that the shrimp is confined to the water and lacks any ranged combat abilities. There is, however, an entertaining scene in which Godzilla kicks rocks at his enemy, only to have Ebirah return the serves with his claw. Then Godzilla begins bouncing boulders off his head, and before you know it a tennis match has broken out.

However, Bobby Riggs never had to worry about Billie Jean King breathing atomic fire on him.

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