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Overview

Meganulon (メガヌロン,   Meganuron?), also known as Meganula (メガニューラ,   Meganyūra?), are giant Paleozoic dragonfly kaiju created by Toho, that first appeared in the 2000 Toho film, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.

Name

The Meganulons' name comes from Meganeura, a species of extinct dragonflies from the Carboniferous period approximately 300 million years ago.

Design

Appearance

Meganulon had green-yellow eyes with no distinction between the sclera and the iris, save for black lines which divided them. The GiraMeganuron has a single spherical eye, as opposed to the ShodaiMeganuron's compound eyes. The design was less obviously segmented than the previous one, but still had black lines in-between segments of the body. The body of the design was much spikier and smoother than the ShodaiMeganuron. Its head had two antennae, and the mouth has two fangs which become more noticeable when its mouth opens. Its pincers resemble that of mantises and Kamacuras, but spikier. The GiraMeganuron has thin feet with claws that are reminiscent of the ShodaiMeganuron, except they have two claws instead of just a single one. The design's back is very smooth, and can be opened.

The second form of Meganulon, Meganula, resembled Meganulon mostly with a brown color, with a redder line running down its spiky back. The creature has blue compound eyes, and a mouth consists of white chelicerae and white fangs. It also sports four foggy, transparent wings, as well as a pair of fore and hind wings that are quite large. It has a thin, long body with segments that allow for a lot of flexibility. The Meganura has a pair of very thin and long mantis-like scythes, as well as two pairs of legs. At the end of its body, the creature possesses a stinger.

Portrayal

Meganulon's design was a suit, a puppet, and computer generated all at once. Its color changed slightly between these three being used, but it is generally a light brown.

The Meganula was mostly made into computer models, but puppets were made for it.

Roar

Meganulon's chirps were erroneously used for Mothra Larva's cry in the Japanese Mothra vs. Godzilla trailer.

Origins

The Meganulons are insects that originally presided in prehistoric times. They are eusocial insects, led by a larger queen Meganulon known as Megaguirus.

History

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

Meganulon in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

The Meganulon were prehistoric insects that were released into the modern world through a black hole experiment. A giant dragonfly flew through a black hole and laid an egg in the forest, which was discovered and taken home by a young boy. The boy dumped the egg into the sewers of Tokyo when it started to ooze. The egg hatched into several Meganulons, which flooded the city and attacked and ate several citizens before molting into Meganula.

Meganula in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

After their metamorphoses were complete, the Meganula attacked Godzilla to steal his energy for their queen. Godzilla managed to kill most of the Meganula, but some escaped with his energy. They flew to Tokyo and gave the energy to Megaguirus, dying in the process.

Abilities

Claws

Meganulons have claw-like appendages at the ends of its front legs.

Mucus Spit

Meganulons can spit a purple liquid-like substance from its mouth, the purpose of which is unclear, although it is not shown to be particularly harmful to its victims. However, its possible use is too temporarily blind, or distract, its victims.

Durability

Meganulons' carapaces are durable enough to withstand machine gun fire.

Mandibles

Meganulons possess sharp mandibles, deadly enough to kill anyone unfortunate enough to get caught. An example of this is seen when a young couple is caught off guard by a cunning Meganulon, which kills them both using its mandibles, though not before grabbing them with its claws.

Transformation

Meganulons can shed their bodies, revealing the airborne Meganula.

Stinger

Meganula are capable of draining energy through their sting. They can also transfer energy through their stingers, at the cost of their own lives.

Flight

using their Dragonfly-like wings, the Meganula are capable of flying at a rapid pace.

Weaknesses

Carapace

It is possible to cause the Meganulons harm by shattering their carapaces through a powerful enough physical force, as seen in Rodan.

Energy transfer

the Meganula perish after transferring their energy to their queen, Megaguirus.

Video games

Godzilla (2014 video game)

The ancient insect Meganulon in "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" (2000) lived in an ancient lake 300 million 5 thousand years ago, but they were thrust into the present day due to side effects from ground tests of the anti-Godzilla weapon Dimension Tide. They nested in Shibuya's underground water veins as they preyed on nearby residents. „ 

— Meganulon Kaiju Guide bio

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

In Rulers of Earth #17, Lucy Casprell and her team travel to Brazil, where a large number of Meganulon eggs have been uncovered in a nearby rainforest. As Lucy and her team investigate the eggs, the Meganulons hatch and attack all of the humans in the area. As the Meganulons move into Sao Paulo, Godzilla and Ebirah suddenly surface and continue their battle. The Meganulons climb onto Ebirah and pierce through his shell while Megaguirus arrives and enters the battle. After Ebirah retreats and Megaguirus captures Godzilla, she brings him to her nest, where hundreds of Meganulons and Meganula surround him. The Meganulons and Meganula climb onto Godzilla and bite into his flesh, drawing blood. Godzilla releases a nuclear pulse, incinerating the insects and destroying the nest.

RoE Meganuron.jpg

Godzilla: Cataclysm

In Godzilla: Cataclysm #3, the Meganula arrive in the refugees' village along with Megaguirus in order to feed on Biollante, who is still regenerating from her battle with Godzilla. Mothra arrives to protect Biollante and battles Megaguirus. The Meganula attempt to swarm and bite Mothra, but are knocked away by her wings.

In Other Languages

  • Russian: Меганулон

Trivia

  • The Meganulon is based on the actual giant prehistoric dragonfly genus Meganeura, which lived during the Carboniferous period. Of course, Meganeura never reached the size of the Meganulons that appeared in Rodan and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.
  • The Meganula are some of the smallest monsters to have ever fought and survived a battle against Godzilla.

List of appearances

Films

Video games

Comics

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Godzilla vs. Megaguirus; Page 109.
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