Godzilla Island – Story Arc 10

Godzilla Island – Story Arc 10


1997

Directed by Shun Mizutani

Dude, this story arc has Fireman Jet Jaguar! Anytime new Jet Jaguars show up, it is a good time! Jet Jaguar rules, and so does Godzilla Island, as the multiple Jet Jaguars prove. This is the tenth story arc, encompassing Episodes 84-93. For those of you hopping on in the middle, the link to Story Arc 1 is here. For those of you who are continuing readers or don’t care about being in order, please read on! This arc has fake suns, scenes similar to Star Wars, and angry flaming heads. Something for everyone. So sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of some monster guys, who live on a tropic isle, and like to eat French fries. Okay, that’s why I’m not on American Idol, but you should still check out this, Story Arc 10, as March of Godzilla Island continues on TarsTarkas.NET!

G-Guard Commander (Jiro Dan) – G-Guard Commander runs the Godzilla Guard unit on Godzilla Island. He’s all alone except for sassy robot Lucas, so of course he’s bored out of his skull normally. He seems to have been stationed there because it’s a low-priority assignment they could dump someone who can’t work under pressure, because that’s exactly what he is. Luckily Torema shows up to save his pants. I do not know if he has a name but it may be Oji.
Torema (Maimi Okuwa) – A mysterious young girl who shows up one day on Godzilla Island right when the dastardly Xiliens begin to attack. She repels the attack, joins the G-Guard, and begins her fight against Zaguresu the Xilien because Xiliens destroyed her home planet (I think that’s what happened – she may have been from future Earth.) Has psychic powers and her own spaceship called the Panatolute.
Zaguresu (Naoko Aizawa) – Evil Xilien woman who invades Earth using giant monsters and her giant Independence Day/V rip-off spaceship. Enjoys laughing evilly while contemplating the latest diabolical schemes. Follows the Xilien leader Giant Emperor’s orders, because that’s what they do on Planet X. Sheep! Her spaceship is named the Vabaruda.
Lucas (Kenichiro Shimamura) – Annoying robot, Godzilla Island-style! Makes sarcastic remarks, and seems to be even mean at times. An annoying Kenny kid in floating metal sphere form. He must be destroyed! Translates from monster language to Japanese.
Narrator – (Yutaka Aoyama) – He’s not a character but the guy who recaps the previous episode in the beginning of the episode. That means thirty seconds of each three minute episode is Narrator recounting events, padding running time beyond levels I want to think about. He’s a typical Japanese male announcer, amazingly excited and epic about even the most mundane things.
Giant Dark Emperor (???) – Giant flaming head who commands the Xiliens and Planet X. Do not look behind the curtain. The great and powerful Giant Emperor commands you, and can hear your sarcastic backtalk! Still, being a flaming head in space has got to be pretty boring.

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 Kamacuras 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!

Featuring the monsters –

Anguirus – Godzilla’s first foe and now a close friend. His only power is a spiky back but he’s brave on the battlefield. One of the usual residents on Godzilla Island who shows up to watch the action as stories progress.
Baragon – Big ears, big horn on the nose, likes to dig underground. One of the usual residents on Godzilla Island who shows up to watch the action.
Destoroyah – He killed Godzilla and all he gets is a villain slot on a kids TV show. And beat up on said show. That will learn him! Try as I might I will never like him.
Fireman Jet Jaguar – The third form of Jet Jaguar seen on the show, this one puts out forest fires, distributes Smokey the Bear comics, and gets beat up by Megalon and Destoroyah. Only you can prevent forest fires, but only Fireman Jet Jaguar can up them out while looking so cool. That name suits him.
Godzilla – The King of Monsters. Godzilla is pure awesome in giant fire-breathing lizard form. Everyone who comes to Godzilla Island wants a piece of Godzilla. And they all get kicked to the curb.
Gorosaurus – Old foe of King Kong who spends most of his days watching whatever happens on Godzilla Island. His special move was to do kangaroo kicks.
King Caesar – King Caesar is King of Zen as well. He’s a Samurai Lion who will kick your behind! He is some sort of Taoist/Shinto priest or something in addition to being a giant monster.
Megalon – Drills for hands, the former guardian of Seatopia now works for Zaguresu because he hasn’t been beat up by Godzilla or Jet Jaguar enough yet.
Rodan – A prehistoric monster awakened in modern day, Rodan is a former foe of Godzilla who has learned to work with him to fight off the evil monsters. Has some hot springs named after him on Godzilla Island. Will eventually become Fire Rodan, because he did so in the Heisei movie series that was still recent, in addition to giving Bandai another toy.


Episode 84 – The Two Suns
Dastardly Zaguresu sends a second sun (a micro-sized sun) to hover above Godzilla Island, causing localized Global Warming as the island becomes super hot. The residents of Godzilla Island are less than pleased that their home now resembles Tatooine in weather. Torema (who was woken up by the heat) decides she’s going to blow the fake sun out of the sky, but as she flies her ship near it, she loses power and starts to nose dive at the ground. Right then we jump to Tsuzuku, and the Announcer Guy sounds more excited than I’ve heard him in describing what’s going on in a long time. He must like it when things crash into things.

Episode 85 – Godzilla Island is Drying Up
Torema pulls up from crashing just in time. This is one of those lame cop-out cliffhangers like in the old serials when a car would crash off a cliff and explode, but next week you would see extra footage of the hero jumping out at the last minute. The sun continues to Global Warm the crap out of Godzilla Island. Al Gore, get off your lazy butt and do something! Gorosaurus discovers Lake Gabara has dried up (wait, why does Gabara have a lake named after him??? They name lakes after bullies now?) and King Caesar gets injured diving into the now dry Rodan Hot Springs. Look before you leap. The second sun even shines at night. That means you can wear your sunglasses at night. So you can, so you can, watch Godzilla beat down Gigan at three am! Destoroyah and Megalon are in jail (???) without the mini-handcuffs Godzilla had to wear, and get electric shocked by the bars when they try to break out because of the heat. Zaguresu laughs. At the heat, but she would probably laugh at monsters being shocked if she had seen it. Tsuzuku.


Episode 86 – Zaguresu’s Last Chance
Zaguresu gets a call from Giant Emperor, and they chat a while. After he hangs up, Zaguresu does her usual backtalking after he hangs up, only to be delighted he doesn’t reappear to chide her. So she gets more bold in the backtalking, and then he returns to yell at her again. D’oh! Tsuzuku. Oh, I guess it’s her last chance or something, because of the episode title.

Episode 87 – Forest Fire Outbreak!
A forest fire breaks out due to the heat. G-Guard Commander sends Fireman Jet Jaguar to put it out. Yes, Fireman Jet Jaguar. I couldn’t believe it. But I love it, as Jet Jaguar is pretty keen, even in Fireman or Medical modes. G-Guard Commander also releases Megalon and Destoroyah from jail as the smoke is getting into the cell and hurting them. The duo then proceed to beat the tar out of Fireman Jet Jaguar!!! You jerks! Fireman Jet Jaguar is awesome! Smokey the Bear cries over the harsh treatment of Fireman Jet Jaguar. Godzilla steps up to yell at them. He blasts Megalon and prepares to fight Destoroyah. Tsuzuku.

Episode 88 – The Flame for Battle Returns
Godzilla and Destoroyah tussel, but Destoroyah is still weak from being imprisoned. Fireman Jet Jaguar gets up but is attacked by Megalon again, but Torema comes to the rescue in her ship. Fireman Jet Jaguar puts out the forest fire (Smokey the Bear cheers) and Destoroyah is too weak to even fire his energy weapons effectively. Zaguresu notices Destoroyah and Megalon are free and orders them to retreat, and they do. Tsuzuku.


Saving Jet Jaguar
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Episode 89 – The Artificial Sun’s Weak Point
The show goes all Star Wars on us as we find out the fake sun is a Death Star, complete with exhaust port to fire a weapon into. But no trench or death laser. Without the Force or Hermes’s head to guide them, the heroes decide to use a giant Laser Gun they have on the island base but never use to shoot it. Zaguresu sees them deploy it and sends Destoroyah and Megalon to go blow it up. Tsuzuku. Good thing they had this giant supergun lying around in case they needed to defend the island or something.

Episode 90 – Protect the Laser Gun!
The laser gun is solar powered, because even though Al Gore can’t stop global warming involving two suns, he can power giant lasers to defend the Earth from global warming (That’s two jokes referencing the Futurama: Bender’s Big Score film!) Rodan and Godzilla are alerted to Megalon and Destoroyah coming by G-Guard Commander in a rare instance of him doing something useful, and Rodan fights Megalon while Godzilla once again fights Destoroyah. The laser needs to power up first before it can fire, and that also allows crucial plot tension to build. Destoroyah is now fully energized and blasts Godzilla out of the way, closing in on the laser cannon which is only partially charged. Tsuzuku.

Episode 91 – Shoot! Torema
Yeah, Torema, shoot already! G-Guard Commander transfers power from the G-Guard HQ to the gun, which makes it hit 100% power. But as it fires, Destoroyah fires his energy blast, causing the gun to miss! Destoroyah closes in on the station, as Godzilla is blasted out of the battle again by Destoroyah. Torema aims at Destoroyah, but the gun is still at 0% power, and we Tsuzuku.

Episode 92 – A Critical Moment
Torema is about to get blasted by Destoroyah, but Rodan drops Megalon on Destoroyah’s head! G-Guard Commander orders all remaining power be sent to charge the laser gun, which causes the G-Guard HQ to go dark from no power. Destoroyah gets up and menaces Torema again, but Godzilla awakens and grabs Destoroyah for a third time as we Tsuzuku, the laser cannon still charging.

Episode 93 – Shoot the Fake Sun
The cannon needs to charge more, and now Megalon gets up to attack it. Rodan grabs Megalon again, and Godzilla and Destoroyah fight more. Godzilla misses Destoroyah with a atomic breath blast and hits the solar panels, powering the gun by 10%. Torema tells him to hit it more, and he gets the opportunity when Rodan drops Megalon on Destoroyah again! Godzilla blasts the laser gun up to 150%, and then Torema fires, blowing up the fake sun, which gives off a Death Star-style shockwave when it explodes. The day is saved, so of course it rains immediately. Figure that one out, weathermen! Torema thanks Godzilla and we Tsuzuku to the next story arc…



Fireman Jet Jaguar, fake suns, Death Star plot devices, monster jail, and a solar powered laser gun you’ve never seen before. That was a bunch of stuff to pack into one story arc, but the question is if we will see the giant laser gun or Fireman Jet Jaguar again.

New Match-ups – Megalon and Destoroyah against Fireman Jet Jaguar, Megalon vs. Fireman Jet Jaguar


Rated 7/10 (Close shave, Blasting Megalon, Fireman Jet Jaguar is cool, Target Shaft is only 2 meters wide…, 71% ready to fire, 100% ready to fire!, Overload on solar power just to make Al Gore mad!)


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