This Rodan (ラドン?) is the first Rodan of the RadonSingular Point continuity, and the second in the Reiwa era of the franchise as well as being the first Rodan to appear as a species. It made its debut in the 2021 Netflix-exclusive animated series, Godzilla Singular Point.
- 1 Name
- 2 Design
- 3 Personality
- 4 Origins
- 5 History
- 6 Abilities
- 7 Weaknesses
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
Rodan's Japanese name, Radon, is a truncation of "Pteranodon". The name was changed to "Rodan" in English-speaking markets, and eventually trademarked by Toho as the monster's official English name.
The second episode in the anime revealed the creature emitted radiation, caused by radon found in its body tissue. This leads to the Japanese press and news anchors dubbing the monster as "Radio Wave Monster" (電波怪獣 Denpa Kaijū), or "Radon" for short.
The Rodans that are depicted in the "Koshira" mural are given the name "Tengu Rodan", likening them to the Tengu, an avian demon from Japanese mythology.
The original form of Rodan retains the character's core design traits, being a giant red pterosaur with dark plated spikes on its chest. However, this Rodan much more closely resembles real-life pterosaurs, in terms of its bodily proportions. Its large head and anatomy are comparable to that of Quetzalcoatlus and walks on its wings. Its body is patterned with linear blotches of white outlined in yellow, running down from a single Pteranodon-like crest down to a Rhamphorhynchus-like tail with the tip looking like One of fins of Godzilla Ultima. Rodan possesses a large beak, that similar to a Dsungaripterus, and the inside of which is completely filled five rows of sharp teeth that are partially exposed when its mouth is closed. The upper beak's rostral areas and its lower beak have blue scales that run down to the blue dewlap on its neck. It has blue fins on its forehead, back, and tail, with vein-like structures running through each, similar to those on Godzilla Ultima.
The second form of Rodan is smaller than previously, with an angular shape, a short tail, and a pointed gray beak with two rows of bottom teeth and twin nasal crests, making it reminiscent of Pteranodon. Its colors are similar to the previous Rodan, but brown with the white blotch patterns less saturated, and the dewlap is red. The scaly parts of the beak are now narrow flesh-colored cavities akin to a bird's lore. It also possesses the character's traditional two crests on their head.
These Rodans resemble the ones shown in an apparently ancient depiction of Goshira; multiple Rodans are seen, depicted in a style of the mythological Tengu.
In the anime's tenth episode, a massive Rodan rivaling the size of a vehicle appears. Despite resembling the second form, its body has a loftier build and a pitch black monochrome coloration, with the blotches much dimmer and patterned with bright speckles or flints, additionally emitting a smoke-like substance around itself. The narrow cavity on its face is now pale gray. Additionally, it is seen generating what appears to be heat from its mouth.
The initial appearance of Rodan was shown to be incautious and fickle about its environment. The first Rodan that perched on the top of a billboard was content with watching the town but fell due to collapsing on its own weight. It has shown an inquisitive side, as it momentarily examined Yun without lunging at him and played with the severed head of Jet Jaguar after fighting it, although Rodan immediately lost interest and changed focus when the item doesn't move or react. In spite of this, when it detects things that move or make sounds, Rodan will target the source, such the case when Jet Jaguar riled it to fighting, and when the Rodan actively attacked vehicles and civilians that were producing loud noises.
The second type of Rodan is more direct and territorial, as they attacked any human that came in their path while releasing hostile screeches. In greater numbers, Rodans are focused on direction, following tight flocking patterns to coordinate form a mass flock toward their targeted destination. This close-minded drive also assists them in forming swarms for deadly attacks. They are shown to be attracted to noise and radio waves and are bewitched to follow it. The Rodans have an undefined relationship with Godzilla, where the monster seemingly tolerates their presence while the Rodan are flying next to it.
The third type of Rodan however, seen to have a more aggressive behavior compare to the two other types and is willing to go as far as attacking Godzilla, before it was shot down and was seemly killed in the process.
The "Tengu Rodan" appear inside the "Koshira" mural from feudal Japan. Rodan seems to be a species rather than an individual, due to multiple identical kaiju appearing soon after the first Rodan emerged in the Chiba prefecture.
A single Rodan appeared flying in the Chiba prefecture during the Summer Monster Festival. Perching on a billboard until it collapsed under the kaiju's weight, the Rodan fell to the ground, landing nearby several fleeting humans as it got up; in front if it was Yun Arikawa helping a child and the Rodan began approaching them.
The Rodan confronts Yun, when Jet Jaguar, piloted by Goro Otaki, comes to his aid. The two battle, with the Rodan gaining the upper hand by ripping Jet Jaguar's arm off and overpowering it, forcing Goro out of the mech. The Rodan chases Goro, until Yun directs Jet Jaguar to do a dance to distract and combat the Rodan. After defeating the mech once more, the kaiju begins attacking vehicles and chasing onlookers. Yun makes enough noise using a wrench to get its attention, causing the Rodan to chase him. Goro suddenly drives a truck right at Rodan, giving Jet Jaguar enough time to reprogram and resume its attack on Rodan. Rodan begins flying away, but several feet in the air, it screeches in panic and wails painfully, before dying and plummets to the ground.
The Rodan's corpse is examined by the authorities, where they learn the body was emitting traces of radon. In the days after its encounter, more Rodan carcasses are discovered drifting to the shore. Meanwhile, in the ocean, a pair of fishermen witness a flock of evolved Rodans fly out of a red-colored tide heading towards toward Japan.
Following their emergence from the ocean, the Rodan flock begins attacking multiple coastal cities across Japan, drawn to the radio waves generated they emitted. Goro, Yun, and Haberu Kato attempt to lure the flock away using the waves emitted by the Gyro Z; initially, they successfully attract a group of Rodan to the outskirts of town but crash when an overturned bus blocked the road. To escape the Rodans, Goro hides inside the truck alongside a school girl and the driver, while Yun and Haberu hide in an off-road shelter alongside another school girl and two others. One of the Rodans, detecting a radio inside the bus, smashes its head through the driver's window and destroys the radio before entering the bus itself and investigates. While hiding from the Rodan, the school girl offers to distract it with her archery bow, but more Rodans surround the bus before they can proceed with the idea. Before Goro reluctantly tries to shoot the Rodan inside the bus, Yun cuts some water bottles and has the school girl with him shoot them in the distance with arrows, creating the precise noise to distract the Rodans long enough for him and Haberu to reach the Gyro before they resume luring the Rodans once again.
The two eventually amass up a swarm of the Rodans; by the time the Gyro begins running out of power, the Rodans once again emit pained screeches and drop dead, subsequently neutralizing the swarm.
With most of Rodans deceased, their carcasses are gathered by the Japanese authorities to be either disposed of or shipped off for research. While some Rodans are still alive and try to attack the workers, they are quickly killed by the staff. One of these corpses is stolen and eaten by Anguirus.
A second wave of Rodans begin attacking coastal cities across the Pacific Rim.
In New York City, a large flock of Rodans invade and overwhelm the citizens while emitting large amounts of red dust.
Swarms of Rodans start manifesting internationally, attacking major cities across the globe and infesting them with the red dust that force civilians to wear masks.
During their occupation of Tokyo, several Rodans are caught in a wave of energy released by Godzilla Amphibia. The corpses of the Rodan victims are recovered by the military while Godzilla incubates in its cocoon.
In London, another flock of Rodans target the evacuating civilians caught in a traffic jam. While Makita, Mei and Li are trying to help the citizens escape, a darker Rodan confronts Li and it summons the rest of the flock, who start gathering into a vortex-like formation with the red dust and descend on Li while Mei can only watch in horror.
As Godzilla Terrestris continue its rampage through Tokyo, a larger, shadow-like Rodan emerges from the buildings and charges at the Kaiju, only for Godzilla to incapacitate it with a concentrated mouth-beam. As the Rodan falls somewhere in the red dust cloud, the JSDF unsuccessfully try to locate its corpse but are impeded by Godzilla.
The Rodans were seen flying with Godzilla Ultima as he passes through Tokyo. A Rodan in its first form is seen roosting in the bay when the Otaki Factory group arrive in Japan. The Rodan spots them and lunges at their boat, as Jet Jaguar launches itself at the creature, briefly fighting in the water before the Rodan is finally killed by a thrust from the mecha's spear.
Rodans posses extreme strength which was shown by one of the Rodans that fought off Jet Jaguar, and was enough to nearly destroy the robot. A flock of Rodans were able to knock over an entire bus down with ease.
Resilience and Stamina
One Rodan was shown to be able to withstand multiple hits from the prototype Jet Jaguar.
Rodans hunted in flocks and were also able to work together to help one another. At one point, they gathered into a massive red swarm reminiscent of a hurrican to overwhelm their targets.
Rodans seem to have the ability to release heat through their bodies which is hot enough to a person when they make physical contact with them. Too much exertion on themselves, however, leads to a risk of overheating, as seen when an individual flew up to the air then died, presumably due to the large amount of energy spent. The large-scale deaths for the following wave was speculated to be due to the same principle by the researchers, although it is not confirmed.
- The Rodans' secondary form was intially labeled as its adult phase, which was later changed for unknown reasons.
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