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Friday, March 12, 2010

Attack Of The Giant Monsters- Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 2

Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 2 debuted in 1993 and was the only film in the Heisei series to feature MechaGodzilla. Most people agree that this film was the best of the series artistically, though I would say only the music was superior because I still find Biollante to be Godzilla's best.
I do like how the last few movies paint Godzilla as a misunderstood hero that tugs on your heart strings. The Japan Self Defense Forces lift the remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah from the ocean. Using the armor and robotic technology that the Futurians gave them, they create Mechagodzilla, a super weapon that they hope will finally kill Godzilla. On a mission to an island in the Pacific, a Japanese team comes across a dinosaur egg. They take the egg and attract Godzilla and Rodan after stopping the fight that they are engaged in. The egg is taken back to Japan where it hatches into BabyGodzilla. Godzilla appears in Kyoto to rescue the infant Godzillasaur, but Mechagodzilla battles Godzilla, defeating him. However, Godzilla uses his nuclear pulse, shutting down Mechagodzilla. Godzilla shoves Mechagodzilla and continues searching for BabyGodzilla, though he is hidden by G-Force scientists in a room that blocks off his psychic mind waves. Godzilla gives up and returns to his ocean home, but not before destroying the island. Tests on BabyGodzilla reveal that he has a second brain in his hips that control his legs and tail. The JSDF assume that the same goes for Godzilla, since Godzilla and BabyGodzilla are both Godzillasaurs. They decide to use BabyGodzilla to bait Godzilla to them and use the G-Crusher, a system designed to destroy Godzilla's second brain, on the mutant dinosaur. Instead Rodan, now transformed into Fire Rodan, is attracted to the bait as well and fights the JSDF attack aircraft Garuda and defeats it. He turns his attention to Mechagodzilla and attacks, losing horribly, being no match to the super weapon though he does disable Mechagodzilla's right eye laser cannon. Godzilla then shows up and starts to battle Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla combines with Garuda and turns into Super Mechagodzilla and uses the G-Crusher on Godzilla. Godzilla is killed, but is revived when Fire Rodan sacrifices himself and transfers his remaining life energy to Godzilla. Godzilla is enraged by Rodan's death and uses his newly acquired spiral atomic ray to destroy Super Mechagodzilla as revenge. Godzilla then adopts BabyGodzilla as his son and they both swim off into the ocean to find a new home.       

The original ending for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II was that Mechagodzilla killed Godzilla, therefore ending the Heisei series. But, Godzilla transfers his energy to BabyGodzilla who grows into the new Godzilla. Instead, the scenario was used two years later in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. Another ending considered is that Godzilla is killed by Super Mechagodzilla, but not before damaging the Garuda. The nuclear engine inside irradiates Godzilla, giving him new strength to defeat his mechanical clone. This was changed to Fire Rodan giving him life energy to provide a more emotional ending. Original Showa Godzilla director Ishiro Honda was slated to direct this film, but died in early 1993. Mechagodzilla was intended in the next sequel's Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, but considering three Godzillas would've been a one-sided battle for Godzilla to team up with the same robot twin that nearly killed him. Instead, it was replaced by Moguera. I would rate this a strong third place among the G films and give it a 7/10.