Godzilla Island – Story Arc 1
Directed by Shun Mizutani
Godzilla has several TV shows throughout his history. In this year’s March of Godzilla, we will be cataloging one such show, Godzilla Island. Godzilla Island was a series of three minute episodes that ran from October 6, 1997, until September 30, 1998. 256 episodes were created, using a combination of toys and stock footage to bring the characters to life. Throw in some characters acting in front of a blue screen and a basketball-shaped annoying robot, and you got Godzilla Island in a nutshell. One advantage to the toymation approach of monster effects is it allows the appearance of all sorts of kaiju from all over G-history. Multiple Jet Jaguars! All sorts of one-shot characters pop up over the course of the series. But as this was created around 1997, no one from the Millennium series of films is present.
Set in the year 2097, where most kaiju live on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Godzilla Island. I guess, I’m not sure if they give it an actual name, since they speak this Japanese language all the time. Anyway, Godzilla Island soon becomes a center of activity for alien invasions left and right. Aliens being the evil Xilien aliens, as seen in Godzilla vs. Monster Zero. The one individual seen even dresses like them, although she doesn’t follow the contention that all females of the species look identical to Kumi Mizuno. Godzilla Island is governed by the Godzilla-Guard, aka G-Guard, which is staffed by one guy and a robot. The G-Guard Commander is less than capable in dealing with invading monsters and aliens, but luckily he is joined by mysterious young girl Torema, who has a powerful space ship and psychic powers.
According to the credits, the series was directed by Shun Mizutani and written by Takahiko Masuda. With music by The Edge. I guess U2’s The Edge, unless there is another The Edge running around, in which case I must bang my head on the desk. We’ll run through the episodes in order broken up by story arcs. Some stories are only a few episodes long, and some last close to twenty. Each episode ends with “tsuzuku” which basically means “to be continued.” So tsuzuku will be our catchphrase of the series. If you missed this paragraph you’ll probably be very confused, as we will probably type tsuzuku more than Godzilla in these articles.
The action is brought to life with toys. It is toymation at it’s finest, almost a decade before Robot Chicken. This allows for lots of monsters to be in lots of shows, lots of monster fights that we would never see otherwise, and lots of new versions of monsters. Plus the fact they had a deal with Bandai Toys to produce lots of exclusive toys for the show didn’t hurt. Come to think of it this is more of a blatant commercial for toys than the He-Man cartoon! But first let’s meet the human actors who will be appearing in most of the episodes:
Different monster feature in each episode, so we’ll keep track of them in each story arc. The complete Godzilla Island Daikaiju List is located here. We’ll also list any new monster match-ups that weren’t in any film but now exist thanks to this series, such as King Caesar fighting Megalon or something. The R2 Japanese DVD release is unsubtitled, so most of what is going on will be educated guesses thanks to our limited Japanese speaking ability. But here at TarsTarkas.NET we don’t need no stinking subtitles!
Here is the opening credits for each episode!
Featuring the monsters –
Episode 1 – Attack of the Giant UFO!
It’s another boring day on Godzilla Island. The monsters stomp around but do little entertaining stunts. G-Guard Commander is surprised when suddenly an Xilien Battle Ship starts laying waste to a nearby city! Those darn Xiliens! Can’t they go one lineage of Godzilla continuity without trying to conquor Earth?
The first of many tsuzuku!
Episode 2 – Space Ship Enigma: Friend or Foe
Soon, Jet Jaguar, Mechagodzilla, and Moguera are sent out to fight the invader, but are brought down instantly by blasts from the alien vessel. NOOOOOOOOO!!! Not Jet Jaguar! Monsters! Xilien commander lady Zaguresu calls G-Guard Commander to taunt him. All is doomed, until another vessel appears, a small fighter craft.
Episode 3 – Torema Appears
The mysterious new craft deftly maneuvers through the Xilien lasers and scores some hits. This new vessel is flown by a young girl named Torema. The Xilien ship is driven off. Yeah, kick those Xiliens’ butts for daring to hurt Jet Jaguar! Don’t you know his name suits him? Torema beams into G-Guard HQ and wants to join up. G-Guard Commander promptly gives her a mop. She is less than pleased. I thought she was going to murder him she’s so displeased.
Suddenly Godzilla roars, and Torema can understand him, as he is roaring about Space Godzilla’s impending arrival. Stock footage of Space Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla is shown as we tsuzuku. Stock footage is even cheaper than waving a toy across the camera! And also even more annoying!
Episode 4 – Godzilla Sortie!
Space Godzilla crashes into Godzilla Island, and starts blasting the G-Guard bubble-domed headquarters. This is the first of many, many attacks on G-Guard HQ’s bubble-domed buildings. The buildings are like bubble wrap to invading monsters, they just have to try and pop them. Xilien Zaguresu gloats in her ship. G-Guard Commander whines about his hurt back until Torema kicks it into shape. If you are getting the feeling G-Guard Commander is useless than you are correct. Torema leaves to help Big G. Tsuzuku.
Episode 5 – An Unbeatable Team
Godzilla and Space Godzilla fight. Torema tells Godzilla to blast the crystals on Space Godzilla’s shoulder. He blows up one with his atomic breath and Torema shoots the other one. Then Godzilla blasts Space Godzilla right in the chest and he explodes. Space Godzilla is killed much quicker than in Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla, which is probably good otherwise we’d have a twenty episode arc going here for just the intro show!
Torema is given a bunch of money from G-Guard Commander (I guess he promised it before or something) and leaves, but he chases after her as Xilien Zaguresu plots and laughs in her spaceship. We still have 251 episodes to go so of course it ends with tsuzuku! And Torema isn’t going anywhere, as you probably guessed since she’s listed in the Roll Call in the beginning of the review.
Exciting Monster Action!
Well, that was an interesting opening. Okay, not really. But it gets better, I swear! Tune in for the next March of Godzilla Island with Story Arc Number Two, up next! Tsuzuku!
New matchups – none.
Rated 6/10 (Spaceship hat, Prayzilla, GG Logo, Jet Jaguar!, Mop, Space Godzilla in stock footage form!)
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