Godzilla Island – Story Arc 13

Godzilla Island – Story Arc 13


1997

Directed by Shun Mizutani

This ultra-short story arc will be the shortest of the series. It will also be a clip show, despite the fact they’ve already had a clip show. If only they showed a clip show of the clip show, then we’d be getting somewhere (Hell!) We also get a slight remix of opening song, to emphasize the change in tone. Or something.

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.
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.

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 Jet Jaguar fighting Proto-Moguera 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 –

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.
Godzilla Junior – Godzilla’s lamest son is here also. Looks likes some sort of lizard squirrel or something. Give me Minya! I’ll even take nephew Godzooky!
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.
Mothra Leo – a boy Mothra who has extra powers, from the Rebirth of Mothra series. Can zap things with antenna and wing blasts. No one has a good explanation on how male Mothra Leo is supposed to continue the Mothra line. But don’t worry, as an egg magically appears anyway.
Proto-Moguera – This new, tiny, cuter Moguera was being used for construction work until Zaguresu captures it and goes on a rampage. She then steals it to her ship for use in future plots. Eye blasts are powerful enough to down even Godzilla, and some monsters don’t even want to fight it.

Episode 126 – Memories of Torema
Proto-Moguera fixes things as G-Guard Commander and Lucas chat while working. They remember a bunch of stock footage about Torema as sappy music plays. Also, Godzilla Junior remembers. Tsuzuku.

Episode 127 – Memories of Godzilla
G-Guard Commander and Lucas see Mothra Leo flying over the volcano his mom died in (cue stock shots.) Godzilla and King Caesar are enjoying another not-gay hot springs bath, so stock footage of Godzilla fighting every foe he’s faced so far is played. Tsuzuku because it’s a cliffhanger if they’ll try to give us more stock footage!

Episode 128 – With Godzilla
They do, so now it’s time to remember rescuing Junior from Matango Island and Godzilla being trapped in a cave, all with stock shots from prior episodes despite G-Guard Commander not being present at those events. Remember that TV clip shows subscribe to a Jungian view of cultural mythology for prior events. And we tsuzuku and head to some slightly different closing credits.

Obviously the greatest story arc of all time! But as things have changed, we got to have transition while they cast new actors and make new toys. Too bad we’ve already had some stock footage episodes, now it is just getting annoying. Join us next time for Story Arc 14: I swear it’s longer than three episodes! Tsuzuku.

New Match-ups – None

Rated 2/10 (Silver Keyboard, flying Mothra Leo)


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