Shinkichi Yamane (山根新吉?) was a supporting character in the Yamane Shinkichi1954 Godzilla film, Godzilla, its 1956 counterpart, Godzilla, King of the Monsters! and was briefly mentioned in the 1995 film, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.
Shinkichi's attire was casual for the island he was living on, consisting of a simple t-shirt and pants.
Shinkichi's personality wasn't thoroughly explored during the events of Godzilla. During the events of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Shinkichi would've apparently been unhappy with his children's occupations, as he apparently expected great things of them, over the implied mediocrity coming from their current occupations, casting him in a slightly judgmental shadow.
Kyohei Yamane acted as Shinkichi's adoptive father after Godzilla's first attack results in his home and family's destruction.
Masaji was Shinkichi's biological brother, prior to his death.
Yukari was Shinkichi's daughter, who became a reporter.
Keniichi was Shinkichi's son, who went to college and studied Godzilla.
Shinkichi was a youngster living in Odo Island along with his mother and older brother Masaji, the only survivor of the wreckages of the Eiko Maru and Bingo Maru fishing boats caused by Godzilla. Shinkichi was first seen serving as a lookout with one of the village elders, and spots his brother's raft landing on Odo Island's beach. Later during the night an exorcism is performed on the island in an attempt to prevent Godzilla from attacking the village, a storm begins and his home is destroyed during Godzilla's initial rampage on Odo Island with his family trapped inside, causing him to become an orphan.
Shinkichi is brought to Tokyo along with a group of survivors of the raid as witnesses to report the attack.
During the investigation of Odo Island, Dr. Yamane visited the grave of Masaji and his mother, victims of Godzilla's raid, and met Shinkichi. Yamane later adopted Shinkichi as a son.
Shinkichi is later seen living among the Yamane family and occasionally accompanying Hideo Ogata. Shinkichi is last seen among the people present in the ship sent to use the Oxygen Destroyer on Godzilla.
Though Shinkichi never appears in the film, he is mentioned several times. It is revealed that Shinkichi went on to become a famous scientist, who dedicated his life to studying Godzilla.
He fathered two children, Yukari and Kenichi Yamane. Sometime before the events of the film, Shinkichi had passed away. Kenichi said that Shinkichi always expected great things from his children, and that if he were alive today, he probably wouldn't be very happy with either of them, as Yukari had become a reporter and Kenichi was a college student who studied Godzilla only as a hobby. Kenichi and Yukari would go on to play very important roles in trying to save the world from Godzilla's meltdown.
List of appearances
- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (Mentioned)