Some would say that Gamera is the K-Mart Godzilla. I would say fuck you.
Gamera, star of Daiei’s kaiju staple, is a giant turtle who spits fire and flies. Awesome. He’s a prehistoric monster who got by with eating jet fuel, which might explain why he shoots fire from his mouth. He is the last of his kind, as it goes with most kaiju, and is typically not a bad guy. One of Gamera’s monikers is “Friend of All Children.” What a sweet turtle. He was invented as a rival to the popularity of Godzilla and enjoyed great success in his own right.
Gamera came to my notice as a young child by way of Mystery Science Theater 3000, which lovingly lampooned a great number of films featuring the big guy.
Born from extraterrestrial spores and pollution comes FEDORAH: THE SMUG MONSTER! He’s here, he’s angry, and he’s gonna tell you why female kaiju like Mothra are actively trying to discriminate against him! In this moment, he is euphoric, because he refuses to believe in something as foolish as Godzilla!
Gamera rampages through Tokyo in Shinpei Hayashiya’s Gamera 4: Truth. Hayashiya is one of the directors featured in Kaiju Gaiden, the upcoming documentary about independent tokusatsu filmmakers. If you haven’t already, please donate to the film’s Kickstarter campaign.
Kaiju Gaiden roll call! These are some of the filmmakers (and their kaiju creations) that will be featured as subjects of the documentary. Click through the pictures for descriptions, and please donate to the Kaiju Gaiden Kickstarter if you can. (Matango 2 GIF from the kaijugaiden Tumblr)