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Sunday, 25 May 2014

What If: The Godzilla movies actually happened?

With the new Godzilla movie out now and being a big fan of the King of the Kaiju myself I've decided to see what would our planet be like if Godzilla and his friends and foes actually existed. (Note: I'm not delving into how they actually could exist as the surface area to volume ratio of a kaiju meant that one could not physical exist nevermind the atomic breath).

Let's start with the first film from 1954. Godzilla would rise from the sea and lay waste to Tokyo before being destroyed by Dr Serizawa's Oxygen Destroyer after the military had failed to destroy him. The aftermath would be devastating: the Japanese economy destroyed, millions dead and many more irridated from the monster's radiation to die in agony. Godzilla's radiation would wipe out all the fishing industry on the East coast causing a mass famine. More religious people would see Godzilla as retribution for Japan's actions in World War 2, (a little GMK reference for those who has seen the film). The US and UN would have to send aid to Japan to reduce the famine while mass unrest would generate from the lack of action against the monster. With Tokyo destroyed and radioactive the capital would have to be moved to Osaka.

Cut to Godzilla Raids Again a year later. Mass panic ensues as everyone on the beach rushes inland. However Godzilla is joined by Anguirus and all hope is lost. The two monster's battle in Osaka leaves the city to waste before Anguirus bleeds out and Godzilla is frozen in ice. Now everyone is worried with three kaiju created by nuclear energy which sends anti-nuclear protests throughout the world and ends the Cold War with the USA and USSR preparing for another kaiju attack. With all of Toho's monsters living in the same world Japan would then be relentlessly attacked by the likes of Rodan, Mothra and Varan. When Godzilla resurfaces in 1962 almost all of Japan has been destroyed by monsters so instead of publicity King Kong is brought as a weapon to fight Godzilla instead.

Throughout the sixties and seventies with the aliens using monsters like Ghidrah and Gigan to destroy the cities it is not Japan being attacked. With the little amounts of people there the aliens have no reason to attack Japan so instead target other Pacific cities like Beijing, San Francisco and Seoul. The world economy crashes as everything is thrown at saving civilisation and after the battle with Mechagodzilla the Mecha programme is founded based on Jet Jaguar's and Mechagodzilla's tech.

After the last battle with Mechagodzilla Godzilla does not resurface until the 1980s. Now the global economy has rebuilt but Japan is wary of another kaiju attack. The Hesei battles destroy the cities again and the world is once more united but this time behind Mechagodzilla 2, Mothra and MOGUERA. After the battle with Desotroyah and the death of the second Godzilla his son disappears for a while. Three years later Zilla attackes New York causing a major panic as now a non-Pacific city is attacked but the US overestimate the kaiju's power and is dismissed as not being the actual Godzilla. We now come to Destroy All Monsters (remember it is set in 1999) and every major city is destroyed by the kaiju and the actual Godzilla destroys New York. The Millenium wave of attacks completely ends the world economy with the final hope of humanity being in the reactivated Atragon. With it only managing to kill Manda at the start of Final Wars and its destruction at the end means that humanity has lost. The lack of large cities means that the attacks stop but it comes with humanity becoming nomadic in certain areas and as Heisenberg rightly put it 'sent us back to the Stone Age'.

So Godzilla in reality would destory humanity while all that Gamera would acheive would be saving a few kids and having a catchy theme song. To be honest Godzilla's was better having the Blue Oyster Cult do his.

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