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|era= Showa
|image=DestroyAllMonstersShowa.jpg
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|image=[[File:DestroyAllMonstersShowa.jpg|260px]]
 
|othernames=Showa period
 
|othernames=Showa period
|startedin=1926
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|started=1926
|endedin=[[1989]]
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|ended=[[1989]]
 
|firstmovie=''[[Godzilla (1954 film)|Godzilla]]''<br>{{Sup|''Godzilla'' series}}<br>''[[Gamera (1965 film)|Gamera]]''<br>{{Sup|''Gamera'' series}}
 
|firstmovie=''[[Godzilla (1954 film)|Godzilla]]''<br>{{Sup|''Godzilla'' series}}<br>''[[Gamera (1965 film)|Gamera]]''<br>{{Sup|''Gamera'' series}}
 
|finalmovie=''[[Terror of Mechagodzilla]]''<br>{{Sup|''Godzilla'' series}}<br>''[[Gamera: Super Monster]]''<br>{{Sup|''Gamera'' series}}
 
|finalmovie=''[[Terror of Mechagodzilla]]''<br>{{Sup|''Godzilla'' series}}<br>''[[Gamera: Super Monster]]''<br>{{Sup|''Gamera'' series}}
 
|previous=None
 
|previous=None
 
|next=[[Heisei era]]
 
|next=[[Heisei era]]
}}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.
   
 
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]].
 
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|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.
 
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.
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{{TOC}}
 
{{TOC}}
 
==Films==
 
==Films==
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*''[[Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla]]''
 
*''[[Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla]]''
 
*''[[Terror of Mechagodzilla]]''
 
*''[[Terror of Mechagodzilla]]''
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===''Gamera'' film series===
 
===''Gamera'' film series===
 
*''[[Gamera (1965 film)|Gamera: The Giant Monster]]''
 
*''[[Gamera (1965 film)|Gamera: The Giant Monster]]''
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*''[[Gamera vs. Zigra]]''
 
*''[[Gamera vs. Zigra]]''
 
*''[[Gamera: Super Monster]]''
 
*''[[Gamera: Super Monster]]''
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===Other===
 
===Other===
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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==
 
{{Col-begin}}
 
{{Col-begin}}
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*''[[Assault! Human]]''
 
*''[[Assault! Human]]''
 
*''[[Gimme Gimme Octopus]]''
 
*''[[Gimme Gimme Octopus]]''
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{{Col-2}}
 
{{Col-2}}
 
*''[[Go! Greenman]]''
 
*''[[Go! Greenman]]''
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*''[[Megaloman (Series)|Megaloman]]''
 
*''[[Megaloman (Series)|Megaloman]]''
 
{{Col-end}}
 
{{Col-end}}
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==Monsters introduced==
 
==Monsters introduced==
 
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*[[King Caesar]]
 
*[[King Caesar]]
 
*[[Titanosaurus]]
 
*[[Titanosaurus]]
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===Gamera film series===
 
===Gamera film series===
 
*[[Gamera]]
 
*[[Gamera]]
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*[[Balgaras]]
 
*[[Balgaras]]
 
*[[Gundarguirus]]
 
*[[Gundarguirus]]
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*[[Goram]]
 
*[[Goram]]
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*[[Giant Electric Eel]]
 
*[[Giant Electric Eel]]
 
*[[Giant Sea Turtle]]
 
*[[Giant Sea Turtle]]
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{{Col-2}}
 
{{Col-2}}
 
*[[Giant Manta Ray]]
 
*[[Giant Manta Ray]]
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*[[Dagger]]
 
*[[Dagger]]
 
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==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.
 
*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.
 
*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 and [[Millennium era|Millennium]] eras, he only has one appearance in each.
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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.
*With the exception of [[Mechagodzilla (Showa)|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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*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.
 
**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]]''.
 
**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.
 
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.
Do you like the Showa Era?
 
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20
 
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This poll was created on August 18, 2013, and so far 749 people voted.


Eras and series of the Godzilla franchise

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