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[[File:DAM.jpg|right|250px|Many of the Showa Godzilla monsters in ''[[Destroy All Monsters]]'']]The '''Showa series''' {{Nihongo|昭和シリーズ|Shōwa shirīzu}}, also known as '''Showa era''' and '''Showa period''', is a term used to identify the years between 1926 and 1989 under the reign of Japanese Emperor Hirohito.
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The '''Showa series''' {{Nihongo|昭和シリーズ|Shōwa shirīzu}}, also known as '''Showa era''' and '''Showa period''', is a term used to identify the years between 1926 and [[1989]] under the reign of Japanese Emperor Hirohito.
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The [[Godzilla (1954 film)|first ''Godzilla'' film]] was to begin the Showa era of the {{kaiju}} industry, and is the usual kaiju to be affiliated with this era. During the beginning of this era, Godzilla was mainly antagonistic in nature, taking on the likes of [[Anguirus]] and [[Mothra]].
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By the time of ''[[Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster|Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster's]]'' release, Godzilla adopted what would soon become his most famous image: a heroic monster, battling terrible villains with other monsters by his side.
   
The [[Godzilla (1954 film)|first Godzilla film]] was to begin the Showa era of the {{kaiju}} industry, and is the usual {{kaiju}} to be affiliated with this era. During the beginning of this era, Godzilla was mainly antagonistic in nature, taking on the likes of [[Anguirus]] and [[Mothra]]. By the time of ''[[Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster]]'', Godzilla adopted what would soon become his most famous image: a heroic monster, battling terrible villains with other monsters by his side.
 
 
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{{TOC}}
 
==Films==
 
==Films==
===Godzilla Series===
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===''Godzilla'' film series===
 
*''[[Godzilla (1954 film)|Godzilla]]''
 
*''[[Godzilla (1954 film)|Godzilla]]''
 
*''[[Godzilla Raids Again]]''
 
*''[[Godzilla Raids Again]]''
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*''[[Godzilla vs. Gigan]]''
 
*''[[Godzilla vs. Gigan]]''
 
*''[[Godzilla vs. Megalon]]''
 
*''[[Godzilla vs. Megalon]]''
*''[[Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla]]''
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*''[[Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla]]''
*''[[Terror of MechaGodzilla]]''
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*''[[Terror of Mechagodzilla]]''
===Gamera Series===
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*''[[Gamera (film)|Gamera: The Giant Monster]]''
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===''Gamera'' film series===
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*''[[Gamera (1965 film)|Gamera: The Giant Monster]]''
 
*''[[Gamera vs. Barugon]]''
 
*''[[Gamera vs. Barugon]]''
 
*''[[Gamera vs. Gyaos]]''
 
*''[[Gamera vs. Gyaos]]''
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*''[[Gamera vs. Zigra]]''
 
*''[[Gamera vs. Zigra]]''
 
*''[[Gamera: Super Monster]]''
 
*''[[Gamera: Super Monster]]''
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===Other===
 
===Other===
 
*''[[Rodan (1956 film)|Rodan]]''
 
*''[[Rodan (1956 film)|Rodan]]''
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*''[[The Birth of Japan]]''
 
*''[[The Birth of Japan]]''
 
*''[[Mothra (1961 film)|Mothra]]''
 
*''[[Mothra (1961 film)|Mothra]]''
*''[[Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965 film)|Frankenstein vs. Baragon]]''
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*''[[Frankenstein vs. Baragon]]''
 
*''[[War of the Gargantuas (1966 film)|War of the Gargantuas]]''
 
*''[[War of the Gargantuas (1966 film)|War of the Gargantuas]]''
 
*''[[Atragon (1963 film)|Atragon]]''
 
*''[[Atragon (1963 film)|Atragon]]''
 
*''[[Matango (1963 film)|Matango]]''
 
*''[[Matango (1963 film)|Matango]]''
 
*''[[Dogora (1964 film)|Dogora]]''
 
*''[[Dogora (1964 film)|Dogora]]''
*''[[King Kong Escapes (1967 film)|King Kong Escapes]]''
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*''[[King Kong Escapes]]''
 
*''[[Latitude Zero]]''
 
*''[[Latitude Zero]]''
 
*''[[Space Amoeba (1970 film)|Space Amoeba]]''
 
*''[[Space Amoeba (1970 film)|Space Amoeba]]''
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*''[[Return of Daimajin]]''
 
*''[[Return of Daimajin]]''
 
*''[[Wrath of Daimajin]]''
 
*''[[Wrath of Daimajin]]''
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*''[[Daimajin Kanon]]''
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==Television==
 
==Television==
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*''[[He of the Sun]]''
 
*''[[He of the Sun]]''
 
*''[[Agon: Atomic Dragon]]''
 
*''[[Agon: Atomic Dragon]]''
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*''[[Assault! Human]]''
 
*''[[Assault! Human]]''
 
*''[[Gimme Gimme Octopus]]''
 
*''[[Gimme Gimme Octopus]]''
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*''[[Go! Greenman]]''
 
*''[[Go! Greenman]]''
 
*''[[Go! Ushiwaka Koujirou]]''
 
*''[[Go! Ushiwaka Koujirou]]''
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*''[[The Godzilla Power Hour]]''
 
*''[[The Godzilla Power Hour]]''
 
*''[[Megaloman (Series)|Megaloman]]''
 
*''[[Megaloman (Series)|Megaloman]]''
==Monsters Introduced==
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===Godzilla Series===
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==Monsters introduced==
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===Godzilla film series===
 
*[[Godzilla]]
 
*[[Godzilla]]
 
*[[Anguirus]]
 
*[[Anguirus]]
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*[[Jet Jaguar]]
 
*[[Jet Jaguar]]
 
*[[Megalon]]
 
*[[Megalon]]
*[[MechaGodzilla (Showa)|MechaGodzilla]]
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*[[Mechagodzilla (Showa)|Mechagodzilla]]
 
*[[King Caesar]]
 
*[[King Caesar]]
 
*[[Titanosaurus]]
 
*[[Titanosaurus]]
===Gamera Series===
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===Gamera film series===
 
*[[Gamera]]
 
*[[Gamera]]
 
*[[Barugon]]
 
*[[Barugon]]
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*[[Jiger]]
 
*[[Jiger]]
 
*[[Zigra]]
 
*[[Zigra]]
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*[[Daimajin]]
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*[[Guilala]]
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*[[Gappa]]
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*[[Baby Gappa]]
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*[[Kujira Gami]]
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*[[Obelisk Island Bird]]
 
===Other===
 
===Other===
 
*[[King Kong]]
 
*[[King Kong]]
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*[[Orochi]]
 
*[[Orochi]]
 
*[[Moguera]]
 
*[[Moguera]]
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*[[Varan]]
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*[[H-Man]]
 
*[[Mothra]]
 
*[[Mothra]]
*[[Kujira Gami]]
 
 
*[[Vampire Plant]]
 
*[[Vampire Plant]]
*[[Varan]]
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*[[Gorgo]]
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*[[Ogra]]
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*[[Konga]]
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*Carnivorous Plants
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*[[Reptilicus]]
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*[[Maguma]]
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*[[Manda]]
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*[[Matango]]
 
*[[Dogora]]
 
*[[Dogora]]
 
*[[Frankenstein]]
 
*[[Frankenstein]]
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*[[Gaira]]
 
*[[Gaira]]
 
*[[Sanda]]
 
*[[Sanda]]
*[[Giant Rat|Giant Rats]]
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*[[Giant Rat]]s
 
*[[Bat People]]
 
*[[Bat People]]
 
*[[Black Moth]]
 
*[[Black Moth]]
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*[[Giant Bat (Prophecies of Nostradamus)|Giant Bat]]
 
*[[Giant Bat (Prophecies of Nostradamus)|Giant Bat]]
 
*[[Mutant Leech]]
 
*[[Mutant Leech]]
*[[Daimajin]]
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*[[Commander Hell]]
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*[[Space Beastman]]
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===Television===
 
===Television===
 
*[[Agon]]
 
*[[Agon]]
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*[[Balgaras]]
 
*[[Balgaras]]
 
*[[Gundarguirus]]
 
*[[Gundarguirus]]
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*[[Goram]]
 
*[[Goram]]
 
*[[Jellar]]
 
*[[Jellar]]
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*[[Kabutojira]]
 
*[[Kabutojira]]
 
*[[Grotogauros]]
 
*[[Grotogauros]]
*[[Junichiro Iwaki|Human No. 1]]
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*[[Human No. 1]]
 
*[[King Flasher]]
 
*[[King Flasher]]
 
*[[Queen Flasher]]
 
*[[Queen Flasher]]
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*[[Valingar]]
 
*[[Valingar]]
 
*[[Grand Flasher]]
 
*[[Grand Flasher]]
*[[Junjiro Iwaki|Human No. 2]]
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*[[Human No. 2]]
 
*[[Stock]]
 
*[[Stock]]
 
*[[Giringa]]
 
*[[Giringa]]
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*[[Giant Electric Eel]]
 
*[[Giant Electric Eel]]
 
*[[Giant Sea Turtle]]
 
*[[Giant Sea Turtle]]
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*[[Giant Manta Ray]]
 
*[[Giant Manta Ray]]
 
*[[Giant Starfish]]
 
*[[Giant Starfish]]
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*[[Despair]]
 
*[[Despair]]
 
*[[Dagger]]
 
*[[Dagger]]
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*[[Heisei era]]
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*[[Millennium era]]
 
*[[Legendary era]]
 
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*This is the longest of the current four generations, lasting over 40 years.
 
*This is the longest of the current four generations, lasting over 40 years.
*Politically, ''[[The Return of Godzilla]]'' is a Showa film, as it was the last film to be made in the Showa era of Japan, with the Heisei era beginning in on the 8th of January [[1989]].
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*Politically, ''[[The Return of Godzilla]]'' is a Showa film, as it was the last film to be made in the Showa era of Japan, with the [[Heisei era]] beginning on the 8th of January, 1989.
*This era features the majority of appearances for several monsters. [[Rodan]], for example, appears in four films (or around 10, including stock footage appearances) in the Showa era, whereas in the [[Heisei era|Heisei]] and [[Millennium era|Millennium]] eras, he only has one appearance in each.
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*Despite the fact that the Showa era of the ''Godzilla'' franchise concluded in [[1975]], several unmade films that were to be released during the latter years of the 1970s indicate that this hiatus may have been unintended, with each successive cancellation further increasing the length of the hiatus.
*With the exception of [[MechaGodzilla (Showa)|MechaGodzilla]], none of the monsters and mechas introduced in the [[Godzilla (Franchise)|Godzilla series]] after ''[[Invasion of Astro-Monster]]'' made any appearances in the [[Heisei era|Heisei series]]. [[Ebirah]], [[Minilla]], [[Kamacuras]], [[Kumonga]], [[Hedorah]], [[Gigan]] and [[King Caesar]] were all reintroduced in the final film of the [[Millennium era|Millennium series]], ''[[Godzilla: Final Wars]]'', leaving [[Gabara]], [[Megalon]], [[Jet Jaguar]] and [[Titanosaurus]] as the only characters to have not appeared in a film since their debut, with the exception of cameos, stock footage, and appearances in other media.
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*This era features the majority of appearances for several monsters. [[Rodan]], for example, appears in four films (or around 10, including stock footage appearances) in the Showa era, whereas in the Heisei era and [[Millennium series]], he only has one appearance in each.
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*With the exception of [[Mechagodzilla (GvMG)|Mechagodzilla]], none of the monsters and mechas introduced in the ''Godzilla'' series after ''[[Invasion of Astro-Monster]]'' made any appearances in the Heisei series. [[Ebirah]], [[Minilla]], [[Kamacuras]], [[Kumonga]], [[Hedorah]], [[Gigan]] and [[King Caesar]] were all reintroduced in the final film of the Millennium series, ''[[Godzilla: Final Wars]]'', leaving [[Gabara]], [[Megalon]], [[Jet Jaguar]] and [[Titanosaurus]] as the only characters to have not appeared in a film since their debut, with the exception of cameos, stock footage, and appearances in other media.
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**Godzilla, [[Mothra]], [[King Ghidorah]], Mechagodzilla, and Rodan are the only Toho monsters that have appeared, mentioned, or alluded to in all four Toho-established ''Godzilla'' film series in some form or another, leading to the use of the term "Big Five" in relation to the monsters.
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***Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan are all featured in the American-produced [[MonsterVerse]], and the possibility of Mechagodzilla appearing in ''[[Godzilla vs. Kong]]'' has been heavily speculated.
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**Despite his popularity, [[Anguirus]] did not make any appearances in the Heisei series, although he appears in concept art for the unmade films ''[[Ghost Godzilla|Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla]]'' and ''[[Godzilla vs. Barubaroi]]''.
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Do you like the Showa Era?
 
Do you like the Showa Era?
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Kind of.
 
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Revision as of 12:34, May 16, 2020

The Showa series (昭和シリーズ,   Shōwa shirīzu?), also known as Showa era and Showa period, is a term used to identify the years between 1926 and 1989 under the reign of Japanese Emperor Hirohito.

The first Godzilla film was to begin the Showa era of the kaiju industry, and is the usual kaiju to be affiliated with this era. During the beginning of this era, Godzilla was mainly antagonistic in nature, taking on the likes of Anguirus and Mothra.

By the time of Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster's release, Godzilla adopted what would soon become his most famous image: a heroic monster, battling terrible villains with other monsters by his side.


Films

Godzilla film series

Gamera film series

Other


Television


Monsters introduced

Godzilla film series

Gamera film series

Other

Television


Trivia

  • This is the longest of the current four generations, lasting over 40 years.
  • Politically, The Return of Godzilla is a Showa film, as it was the last film to be made in the Showa era of Japan, with the Heisei era beginning on the 8th of January, 1989.
  • Despite the fact that the Showa era of the Godzilla franchise concluded in 1975, several unmade films that were to be released during the latter years of the 1970s indicate that this hiatus may have been unintended, with each successive cancellation further increasing the length of the hiatus.
  • This era features the majority of appearances for several monsters. Rodan, for example, appears in four films (or around 10, including stock footage appearances) in the Showa era, whereas in the Heisei era and Millennium series, he only has one appearance in each.
  • With the exception of Mechagodzilla, none of the monsters and mechas introduced in the Godzilla series after Invasion of Astro-Monster made any appearances in the Heisei series. Ebirah, Minilla, Kamacuras, Kumonga, Hedorah, Gigan and King Caesar were all reintroduced in the final film of the Millennium series, Godzilla: Final Wars, leaving Gabara, Megalon, Jet Jaguar and Titanosaurus as the only characters to have not appeared in a film since their debut, with the exception of cameos, stock footage, and appearances in other media.
    • Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan are the only Toho monsters that have appeared, mentioned, or alluded to in all four Toho-established Godzilla film series in some form or another, leading to the use of the term "Big Five" in relation to the monsters.
      • Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan are all featured in the American-produced MonsterVerse, and the possibility of Mechagodzilla appearing in Godzilla vs. Kong has been heavily speculated.
    • Despite his popularity, Anguirus did not make any appearances in the Heisei series, although he appears in concept art for the unmade films Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Barubaroi.
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This poll was created on August 18, 2013, and so far 754 people voted.


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