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31 (Japanese) Monsters #28: Destoroyah

October 28th, 2010 No comments

In the mid ’90s, Toho decided that it was time for them to take a break from Godzilla. Saying, “It’s not you, it’s us,” they grimly prepped the final film of their ’80s/’90s run.

What’s more, it was decreed that Godzilla would die. Okay, so it wasn’t the first time; the original Godzilla was dissolved by Dr. Serizawa’s Oxygen Destroyer all the back in 1954. But since the first sequel onward, Godzilla always swam away to fight another day.

What kaiju was nasty enough to do the deed? King Ghidorah? Mechagodzilla? The Giant Devilfish? No, it would take a brand new fiend to put an end to the Big G. It would take…


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In a clever callback to the first Godzilla film, Destoroyah is created by the lingering effects of the Oxygen Destroyer upon a colony of microscopic crustaceans. These prehistoric mutants first form into a gestalt of man-sized crab monsters, and ultimately into a colossal winged demon.

Meanwhile, Godzilla is having a very bad day. Having absorbed too much radiation, he is in imminent danger of melting down and taking all of Japan with him. It’s really rather nasty: he spends the entire movie sizzling and steaming from red-hot fissures across his body.

In the end, it’s not so much Destoroyah that takes him down, though the final battle accelerates the meltdown. The Japanese Self Defense Forces use freeze cannons to retard the process just enough to save Japan, but not Godzilla.

He would, of course, return…