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Overview

Kamacuras (カマキラス,   Kamakirasu?) is a giant praying mantis kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 2004 Godzilla film, Godzilla: Final Wars.

Name

Kamacuras' name comes from kamakiri (蟷螂?), the Japanese word for "mantis."

Design

Appearance

Kamacuras is very noticeably different from the previous Showa era incarnation. This time, it is thicker and shorter, sporting a blueish green all over its body and red over its scythes and spikes. The "FinalKama" has four insect wings which give it flight, and instead of having whiskers it has antennae.

The body is clearly segmented and has spikes on its back. This design also dropped the long mosquito-like mouth in favor of a much shorter ant-like one. Kamacuras retains its 6 limbs, with the front ones being scythes and the two pairs of rear ones sustaining its weight.

Portrayal

Kamacuras was portrayed using a combination of puppets and computer generated imagery.

Roar

Kamacuras' roar is actually the screech of Ebirah, only sped up.

History

Godzilla: Final Wars

Kamacuras in Godzilla: Final Wars

In the 2004 film, Godzilla: Final Wars, Kamacuras made an appearance as one of the many controlled monsters of a race of extraterrestrial beings known as the Xiliens. It attacks Paris and is soon confronted by the Eclair. The two clash, but soon, Kamacuras is teleported away by an unidentified flying object.

Eventually, it is discovered that the Xiliens were controlling the monsters, who are returned to finish their rampages. The city of Paris and the Eclair are destroyed by the combined forces of the Xilien ships and Kamacuras. Then, Godzilla is released from Antarctica and he soon eliminates Gigan in Antarctica, Zilla in Sydney and Kumonga in New Guinea. Godzilla soon reaches the shores of Kanto, Japan, where the Xiliens place Kamacuras to battle against him.

Ready to do battle from a nearby bridge, the structure is, however, destroyed by the tidal waves coming in front of Godzilla. Kamacuras flies off and disguises itself by matching the appearance of the hillside. Godzilla is unfazed by the trick, and fires his atomic breath at the hillside to smoke out Kamacuras. Kamacuras, left with no other choice, leaps forth, just in time to dodge Godzilla's ray, and readies itself to engage its opponent in close combat. However, Godzilla easily throws Kamacuras away, causing it to tumble backwards and fall onto an electrical transmission tower. The tower pierces through Kamacuras' exoskeleton and kills it.

Abilities

As a giant mantis, Kamacuras has all the natural abilities a normal praying mantis would have, such as flight and spiked claws. In the film Godzilla: Final Wars, Kamacuras is shown to have the power to alter its natural color, allowing Kamacuras to camouflage and blend in with its surroundings.

Video games

Godzilla (2014 video game)

The Kamacuras in "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004) was controlled by the Xiliens and attacked Paris. It fought with the Earth Defense Force (EDF)'s aerial battleship Eclair and forced it down. When it engaged Godzilla on the coast of Manazuru, however, the overwhelming difference in strength between the two creatures made it easy for Godzilla to overpower it, throwing it to the ground and frying it with his atomic breath. „ 

— Kamacuras Kaiju Guide bio

List of appearances

Films

Video games

References

  1. Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Godzilla: Final Wars; Page 117.
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