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31 (Japanese) Monsters #22: Mechagodzilla

October 22nd, 2010

The most amazing thing about today’s Japanese monster is that it took Toho Studios twenty years to think of him. After all, fighting your mechanical doppleganger is Superhero 101 stuff. In 1974–seven years after Toho introduced a robot King Kong–it was time, at last, for…


Monster Island Nickname Rusty
Hails From Planet 3 of the Black Hole and/or a Debasement of Science
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
Hobbies Musical Theatre
Quote “Sreeeeee! Sreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”

Every generation gets the Mechagodzilla it deserves.

The first one is constructed, as you might expect, by ape aliens. Its overwhelming array of built-in weaponry–everything from laser eyes to knee rockets–proves to be highly effective against Godzilla and his foo dog ally King Seesar. Doesn’t save him from having his head ripped off, though.

Later versions of Mechagodzilla are built by humans as part of their anti-Godzilla initiatives. For reasons deemed good ideas by someone, Mechagodzilla Mk 3 is constructed over the bones of the original Godzilla, dredged up from Tokyo Bay. Because–and I cannot stress this enough–Japan. It turns out that nothing pisses off Godzilla more than desecrating the remains of his ancestor.

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