Godzilla Island – Story Arc 19
Godzilla Island – Story Arc 19
Directed by Shun Mizutani
Welcome to another installment of March of Godzilla Island! This time, things will get a bit trippy, because we got mushrooms on the brain! We’re ‘shroomin’ because the latest kaiju to invade Godzilla Island is a revamped Hedorah rechristened “Neo Hedorah”! This doesn’t mean he’s a master of the Matrix, but instead is all new, with a pink and blue tie-dye job. Neo Hedorah is also a fungus among us, because he makes mushrooms grow. I am not sure what pollution has to do with mushrooms, but I bet it makes perfect sense if you are on mushrooms. Which also makes Japanese cinema make more since. Only someone on mushrooms would think to set Rodan on fire, so he becomes Fire Rodan and defeats the power of evil mushrooms. Ah, the Japanese and their wackery! Anyway, for you newbies, hop on over to Godzilla Island Story Arc 1 to get started, while everyone else (including our visitor from Mexico who checks every day for updates – Hello, sir!) continue on with our tale of mushrooms, smog monsters, and flaming kaiju.
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 Godzilla fighting Weird Godzilla 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 –
Episode 199 – A Strange Mushroom
Misato is working hard (but hardly working!) when Nao enters her lab with a plate of strange red and blue mushrooms that she found while hiking. Because it is always good to eat strange mushrooms, the plate is put on the table as lunch and Misato shows Nao an ancient scroll about Fire Rodan. Thank goodness she found this Fire Rodan scroll at this opportune moment, as we will soon discover. G-Guard Commander interrupts the girltime with a communiqué about Godzilla Junior being in trouble, so Misato takes off in the Tart-coupe and investigates. She sees Junior collapsed, with those strange mushrooms growing out of his back! I guess he was playing Super Mario, but sans Nintendo. She flies to Mt. Gaira to investigate where Nao found the mushrooms. There, she finds a several football fields sized area filled with those strange mushrooms. Tsuzuku.
Episode 200 – Neo Hedorah Appears
Something is moving in the mushrooms, and it isn’t some burnt out Deadhead. A pink and blue Hedorah pops out of the field, he is Neo Hedorah, whose breath produces more of the goofy mushrooms. He’s gone from pollution to fungal last solution! Wait for the joke….What a FUNGI! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Okay, there, I made the required joke. Neo Hedorah tries to eye-ray the Tart-coupe, but misses, and Godzilla arrives to administer a smack-down. Godzilla’s breath is ineffective, and Neo Hedorah does his mushroom breath as we tsuzuku.
Episode 201 – Neo Hedorah is Victorious
Neo Hedorah’s breath is blown back by the timely entrance of Rodan and his flapping wings. Rodan picks up Godzilla and the two escape, with the Tart-coupe following. Camero reports what’s going on to Landes, who begins her next plotting maneuver. Giant Dark Emperor calls just to yell for a few seconds, and then Landes tells him that Neo Hedorah will make the whole island a mushroom paradise. Which I think he was going to do, anyway, so Landes’s plot is to do nothing. And all of this is just a leftover Zaguresu plot, so Landes is just riding coattails. Plus, shouldn’t Neo Hedorah’s mushrooms work better on neighboring Matango Island? I’ve spent more time analysing this plotline than this entire story arc took performing it. Tsuzuku for more analysis.
Episode 202 – G-Guard Base is Polluted
Misato researches and finds that 100,000 degrees Celsius should be enough to destroy Neo Hedorah. I sure hope so because that is 20 times hotter than the surface of the sun! Misato then looks at the Fire Rodan parchment and gets an idea. She will make a self-cleaning iron! Okay, not that, the Fire Rodan thing. But G-Guard Commander tells her that Baragon, Anguirus, and Gorosaurus are now mushroomed! G-Guard Commander won’t let Misato go perform the ceremony, but as Nao enters with dinner, dinner has a mushroom growing on it! G-Guard HQ is polluted, mushroom-style! Tsuzuku.
Episode 203 – A Mysterious Power
G-Guard Commander is hungry, and Landes calls while eating dinner to gloat. Missing food for ten minutes makes G-Guard Commander so hungry he is affected by her taunts. Misato shows the Fire Rodan parchment, and G-Guard Commander realizes that King Caesar can perform the ceremony required. So Misato’s plan is now the plan. Tsuzuku.
Episode 204 – Misato’s Prayer
Misato goes to King Caesar’s house, where the ceremony is all set up and Rodan on a platform with torches around him. The parchment shows people praying, so that’s what Misato has to do. Camero reports to Landes, who monologues. Finally, she tells Neo Hedorah, who advances on G-Guard HQ. Tsuzuku.
Episode 205 – The Ceremony Goes Wrong
Neo Hedorah is attacking G-Guard HQ, because everyone does. It’s the cool thing on Godzilla Island. The Hyper Maser is deployed, only it doesn’t work and soon is growing mushrooms. Godzilla arrives to fight Neo Hedorah again, and his attacks are still ineffective. This time, Godzilla gets eye-lasered by Neo Hedorah. The ceremony begins to work, Rodan begins to glow, then all falls apart and Rodan is KO’ed. Announcer Guy literally screams as we go to Tsuzuku. Calm down, dude!
Episode 206 – Invincible Neo Hedorah
Godzilla gets mushroomed, and G-Guard Commander is too hungry to fight in Mechagodzila. What kind of lame excuse… Misato prays some more, and Neo Hedorah tosses Godzilla round like a rag doll. There ain’t mushroom on this island for both these monsters! Ha! Pun-tastic. Camero sounds excited for the first time ever reporting on Godzilla’s defeat to Landes, who does more laughing and taunting. Misato prays as we tsuzuku.
Episode 207 – The Birth of Fire Rodan!
King Caesar shouts to the sky, and soon all the mushroomed monsters are shouting prayers, and the ceremony continues, Rodan becomes Fire Rodan! The powers of a glowing effect bring Fire Rodan to life! Fire Rodan takes to the sky, and arrives where Neo Hedorah is. He unleashes his fire breath as we tsuzuku.
Episode 208 – Extreme Temperature! Double Blaze
Fire Rodan is increasing temperature of Neo Hedorah, and Godzilla helps with his breath. Soon, Neo Hedorah collapses into a pile of ash with only a burnt head remaining. Somehow, the rest of Godzilla Island is unaffected by the 100,000 degree Celsius heat. Landes pouts, and the Fire Rodan energy leaves Rodan. That effect is expensive, after all! All the mushrooms go away, without any explanation. Explanations are for losers. Nao brings in food for G-Guard Commander, only it is shiitake mushrooms! G-Guard Commander is upset, but Misato takes the food instead! Tsuzuku! Good thing we end here, because I’m all out of mushroom puns and would have to resort to Shiitake puns, which would make these reviews R-rated.
The death of Neo Hedorah
Well, that’s that. Join us next time for Godzilla Island Story Arc 20: The Great Cake Adventure, as March of Godzilla Island continues! Everyone who hates Lucas will enjoy seeing him tortured in the next story! Tsuzuku!
New monster matchups – Godzllla vs. Neo Hedorah, Fire Rodan and Godzilla vs. Neo Hedorah
Rated 7/10 (parchment, absorbing, Camero, KO’ed, Lasered, Fire Rodan Spirit flies away, Shiitake!)
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