A mythical beast whose existence was prophesized to bring about a global cataclysm when the seas were stained with red, Godzilla made its first appearance in the episode "Tigerish". From there, Godzilla rapidly developed through four different forms, beginning with Godzilla Aquatilis (ゴジラアクアティリス?), Godzilla Amphibia Gojira Akuatirisu (ゴジラアンフィビア?), Godzilla Terrestris Gojira Anfibia (ゴジラテレストリス?), and finally Godzilla Ultima Gojira Teresutorisu (ゴジラ・ウルティマ?). Gojira Urutima
It debuted in the 2021 Netflix-exclusive animated series, Godzilla Singular Point.
- 1 Name
- 2 Design
- 3 Personality
- 4 Origins
- 5 History
- 6 Abilities
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
The name "Godzilla" is a transliteration of Gojira (ゴジラ), a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ), meaning gorilla, and kujira (クジラ), meaning whale.
This incarnation of Godzilla is also referred to in kanji as 古史羅 (Goshira) in an apparently ancient depiction of the kaiju, incorporating the kanji koshi (古史), meaning "ancient history", into its name.
Godzilla Aquatilis and Godzilla Amphibia were first revealed on the official Bandai Monster Series figures. Godzilla Aquatilis was previously listed as "???" on the official website, before it was unveiled on May 6, 2021, prior to the airing of "Enfatico". Its surname is derived from the Latin word aquatilis, meaning "aquatic".
Godzilla Amphibia refers to the class of aquatic vertebrate organisms that is derived from the Greek word amphíbion, meaning "both kinds of life".
Godzilla Terrestris is derived from the Latin word terrestris meaning "terrestrial".
Godzilla Ultima is derived from the Latin word ultimus, meaning "last". This could be alluding to this phase of Godzilla being the fourth and highest point form of its evolution, although with the skeleton resembling it, this might also mean that it is the last of its kind.
Godzilla's appearance changes multiple times througout the anime, though each form retains consistent traits, such as the ridged smooth underbelly, multiple rows of teeth within its mouth, a narrow tongue, three tubes at the back of its throat, an extremely long tail, and maple leaf-shaped dorsal plates, with red, vein-like structures running through them.
Its first form, Godzilla Aquatilis, has an elongated, marine reptile physiology, with traits similar to mosasaurs such as Mosasaurus and Tylosaurus, as well as Titanosaurus. It has red-violet scales and orange tail fins, while its back has orange stripes and its underside has pale yellow ridged plating. It has large dorsal spines that run to its tail; the spines vary from jagged with vein-like structures to curved and conical as they go along. The creature also has four large webbed flipper-like legs with large claws.
Godzilla Amphibia strongly resembles Varan when crossed with Godzilla. In this form, its tail now has three barbs instead of a splayed fin, while its hind legs are smaller than its forelegs. Its feet are flat and spread apart. Its head strongly resembles Varan's while a row of Godzilla-esque dorsal fins are carried over from its Aquatilis form, though are framed with Varan-esque spikes on the neck and tail. Like Varan, its quadrupedal and plantigrade body mirrors the structure found in terrestrial reptiles such as iguanas, tuataras, and monitor lizards. Similarly, its back is covered in a knobby scaled carapace, with these scales also running along its limbs, with its underbelly being smoothly textured.
Godzilla Terrestris begins to resemble a traditional Godzilla with the features of Gorosaurus. It has teal skin with a yellow underbelly, an elongated face with a large lower jaw and eyes set very forward on its skull close to the snout. Starting from this state, it becomes bipedal and adopts a more grounded, theropod-like stance, hunched forward, rather than standing directly upright. It has traits of theropods such as Allosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus.
As its fourth and primary form, Godzilla Ultima harkens back to the early Showa era, featuring a more monstrous version of its Terrestris form; a deep, charcoal coloration, and white dorsal plates. The design also features an array of jagged teeth. The creature also has multiple, osteoderm-like structures on its neck and forearms, similar to those found on crocodilians.
Godzilla Aquatilis briefly utilizes Toho King Kong roars.
Godzilla Terrestris roars are a combination from the Heisei era and Millennium series Godzillas but when it was struck with missiles, it releases the Varan/ Gorosaurus/Baragon roar before turning it into a normal Godzilla roar. Godzilla Terrestris also utters a deeper version of the 1984 Godzilla roar.
Godzilla, like most incarnations, appears to be animal-like with a drive to hunt other kaiju in order to grow and evolve. It displayed this most evidently its Aquatilis form, where Godzilla was invested in pursuing the school of Manda and followed the humans that were tracking the school at a cautionary distance, only exposing itself from the waters when it was obstructed by the ships that were in its way of pursuit.
In its following forms, Godzilla's previous motivation seems to settle down as it mostly continues forward without going after humans or kaiju, to the point it ignores everything else. Its apparent disregard, alongside its hazardous size and power, portrays this Godzilla as a passive destroyer where its presence alone begets disaster, as its advances spreaded more of the Red Dust without Godzilla showing any care about the changes made to the surrounding environment and creatures, nor how this started attracting the attention of other kaiju that were eager to challenge it.
Godzilla also shows signs of intelligence, as once it was bombarded with missiles and harming it, Godzilla used its own blood to catch the next missile and safely smother its detonation, from there on out it formed a blood barrier to protect itself from ongoing warheads.
Despite its passive behavior, Godzilla shifts in temperament when it is provoked and physically assaulted, and at this will release power that devastates everything around it. This reaction is the same for kaiju that confront or attack it, with Godzilla killing them quickly. However, it is unclear if this is for self-defense or natural competition for dominance; the flock of Rodans flew close to Godzilla without the monster paying attention to them, suggesting a mutual relationship, though it is possible the monster does not deem them worth destroying, as it did not seem to notice the Rodans that were incapacitated by the first wave of Red Dust it released. And yet, it did cast a hostile gaze of the giant Rodan that charged at it and struck down without hesitation.
Little is known about the nature of this Godzilla and where it came from, but it is implied to be more than one being, as creatures similar to Godzilla have been seen in many legends and myths, suggesting others of its kind have interacted with humanity before.
The earliest case of the ancient creature occurred in the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, as a massive sea monster called "Koshira" is depicted in an ukiyo-e mural of Nigashio City that was destined to bring the end of the world when the seas were stained red. Once more, in the 1950s, another Godzilla-like monster appeared and destroyed the fishing village in Misakioku, but its existence disappeared from the minds of the people still recovering from the tragedy of the second World War. Michiyuki Ashihara, one of the scientists of the village, sealed its corpse was sealed in a facility underneath Misakioku where he discovered its bones started to emit a mysterious radio signal. Following his death, Misakioku carried out his will for the next fifty years, keeping the fossilized skeleton secretly beneath Misakioku headquarters and monitored the signal it emitted.
The third Godzilla first appeared in 2030 as the marine-dwelling Godzilla Aquatilis. This Godzilla could generate and control the mysterious Red Dust. Furthermore, it had the ability to rewrite its DNA and manipulate evolution, from which it generated more red dust as it evolved from its aquatic stage to higher stages. With the control over red dust to reshape everything around it, Godzilla itself was a "singular point" of red dust.
In the year 2030, Godzilla emerged in the form of Godzilla Aquatilis, a sea monster that was first discovered by the crew of a submarine 900 meters beneath the sea. Godzilla Aquatilis was detected moving swiftly on the radar stalking the crew slowly. An operator onboard confirmed that the creature was screeching at the sub, and soon began approaching it rapidly.
Godzilla Aquatilis, while hunting a swarm of Manda, encountered a JMSDF blockade. The monster leapt over the ships and continued after the Manda.
Godzilla Aquatilis made landfall in Tokyo, engaging in a brief struggle with one of the Manda. After killing it, it took on a second, transitional form better suited to terrestrial environments.
Godzilla Amphibia engaged in a brief battle against the military. As soon as the tanks stopped firing, Godzilla released a flammable vapor freezing the area of where it breathed. When a tank shell hit Godzilla's face, the blast was absorbed into a vapor causing it to explode and create a giant mushroom cloud reaching a height of 500 meters. Godzilla was burnt, but created a shell of its second form and began evolving once more inside of it.
The JSDF bombed Godzilla in its cocoon-like state. The shell started to fall apart as a new form of Godzilla emerged: Godzilla Terrestris. As Godzilla made its way throughout the city, again spreading massive amounts of red dust, it vomited blood. Two more JSDF bombs managed to injure it, spilling massive amounts of blood. As the third closed in, massive tentacles emerged from the wound, enveloped the missile, and smothered the explosion. The wound rapidly healed. Now aggravated, Godzilla's dorsal fins flashed blue as a blue halo of energy appeared in front of its mouth. As it dissipated, Godzilla generated a titanic plume of red dust.
Godzilla Terrestris continued its rampage throughout Tokyo when it was briefly intercepted by a large, black Rodan, which it instantly shot down with an atomic breath ring. That night, the JSDF ordered an bombing run which briefly brought the kaiju down, only for it to evolve once more into Godzilla Ultima and get back on its feet. JSDF tanks began to fire at the kaiju but only succeeded in enraging it. It destroyed them with its atomic breath, then used it to cleave through several buildings.
Godzilla Ultima remained in the same spot it was before and had not moved all day, but it did form a large mass of red mist around itself that grew over 100 meters.
Godzilla Terrestris's atomic breath takes the form of a ring which forms in front of its mouth. It proved powerful enough to knock a large black Rodan out of the sky and seemingly killing it. When Godzilla Ultima charges its atomic breath it forms seven rings in front of its head before firing its breath though them. It breath destroyed a column of JSDF tanks and cut straight through multiple buildings and was potent enough to leave large tracts of city destroyed and engulfed in flames. The dorsal plates of both forms glow blue before they unleash this attack. It was powerful enough to slice a Manda's head off.
Godzilla Aquatilis is able to swim at speeds up to 50 knots while in its second form, it is able to travel on land.
Godzilla Amphibia has shown a great amount of resistance to Type 16 maneuver combat vehicle gunfire, not even being fazed by being struck in the face and other parts of its body. Godzilla Terrestria has an ability similar to Anguirus but one difference of, only reducing the damage against powerful weapons, seeing it bleeding a bit with the impact of the missiles. Godzilla Ultima was not affected by the tanks firing at it but it was temporally injured when a Manda bit it in the neck, causing it to bleed before it killed the Manda with a blast of its atomic breath.
While swimming, Godzilla Aquatilis is able to withstand significant underwater pressure. This was shown when it stalked a submarine that was diving at depths of 900 meters.
Godzilla evolves into new forms, with new abilities, based on its circumstances. Initially, by feeding on other kaiju, Godzilla can evolve into more powerful forms. Godzilla Aquatilis's first stage was in the water, but after killing one Manda, it evolved into Godzilla Amphibia. Godzilla Amphibia, after confronting the JSDF, cocooned itself in an Archetype-imbued shell where it began to metamorphose similarly to a butterfly. Godzilla's next evolution is Godzilla Terrestris. This form is much stronger and now possesses the ability to breathe smoke rings. In response to an attack on it by the JSDF, Godzilla Terrestus evolves into Godzilla Ultima, which is much larger and more powerful than its previous forms.
Red Dust production
In all four of its forms, Godzilla expels large amounts of archetype from its skin in the form of a dense cloud around it, allowing it to cover and terraform the surrounding area with the red mist.
Flammable Ice Vapor
Godzilla Amphibia can produce an explosive vapor that rapidly cools the climate within 500 kilometers.
Godzilla Terrestris is able to extend its blood and turn it into a tentacle like formation to attack its foes.
Godzilla Terrestris can extend its arms to make them become twice their normal size. It's unknown if its Ultima form can extend its arms too.
If injured, Godzilla Terrestris will display a healing factor which allows it to heal its wounds in a fast rate. Godzilla Ultima seems to have a healing factor however is much faster than before as it immediately regenerated the neck wound after a Manda bite its neck and was killed by its atomic breath.
- This Godzilla shares several similarities with a Reiwa era counterpart, the Godzilla of the Shin Godzilla continuity.
- Both Godzillas are initially aquatic creatures.
- Both Godzillas evolve into new forms based on their circumstances, with their fourth form being the 'traditional' Godzilla.
- Both Godzillas possess atomic breath abilities strong enough to slice through buildings.
- Although it first appeared in the tenth episode, the announcement of Godzilla Ultima came prior to its evolutionary forms' debut in the anime, and was depicted separately from them on the official website, likely to keep its connection to its other forms a secret.
- Before its true identity was revealed, Godzilla's Aquatilis form was believed to be a redesigned version of Titanosaurus, due to their designs and colors being fairly similar. This led to similar cases with Godzilla Amphibia being thought to be Varan and Godzilla Terrestris being Gorosaurus
- The way it terraforms Tokyo with the red mist is very similar to how Godzilla Earth terraformed Earth.
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