The Rebirth of Mothra III 1998 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

E-Mail Address- bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Moll, Lora, and Belvera, the Elias sisters, are at odds again. Belvera seeks the secret power of their ancestors, tiny triangular power units that transform the sisters’ small daggers into powerful swords. She steals the three units from Infant Island but is thwarted by Fairy Mothra, Moll and Lora’s pet, and fails to retrieve the proper triangle for her sword (each power unit will only work for a specific sword). Moll and Lora end up with a unit that transforms Moll’s sword.

Shortly after the Elias sisters face-off, a meteor shower brings to Earth a huge meteor that disrupts gravity near it at night, as a family watches. The next day, the oldest of the children, a teenage boy called Shota, plays hookey from school, and goes to investigate the object. Meanwhile, school children on playgrounds and around the nearby city begin to mysteriously vanish as a huge shadow passes overhead. Moll and Lora examine the remains of the crashed meteor, discovering the essence of dinosaurs, and realizes that a great evil has been released. King Ghidorah, a three-headed space monster who visited Earth in its past and thought to be responsible for the destruction of the dinosaurs, returns with the captured children to a secluded spot near where the meteor crashed, trapping them in a huge, pulsating organic dome.

Thankfully, at Moll and Lora’s calling, Rainbow Mothra arrives and begins to battle King Ghidorah, but the three headed demon’s ancient powers render all of Mothra’s attacks useless and the King of Terror proceeds to easily dominate Rainbow Mothra, who only just escapes. Later, Moll and Lora encounter Ghidorah, who infects Lora with its evil by staring into Lora’s eyes. Under Ghidorah’s spell, Lora attacks Moll and attempts to drag them both into the dome. However, Fairy Mothra flies down towards the dome and saves Moll before she falls into it. Belvera, intrigued by Ghidorah’s arrival, gets too close to the dome and is dragged inside with her pet henchmen, Garu-Garu, by little serpent beings. The monster then wreaks havoc in the city.

Meanwhile Moll and Fairy Mothra encounter Shota, who discovered that his brother Shuehei and sister Tamako are among the many children trapped inside the dome. Moll tells Shota about Ghidorah’s plan to use the children’s life force to feed upon. She convinces him to accompany her and meet their only hope, the recovering Rainbow Mothra. Moll and Rainbow Mothra communicate telepathically, discussing their options. It is agreed that Rainbow Mothra cannot defeat Ghidorah in its current form and so it is decided that he must travel to a time when the dinosaurs still walked the Earth, and when the three-headed dragon had visited from space for the first time, then less powerful, to feed upon the Earth’s life-force. Rainbow Mothra turns into AquaMothra and, with Moll giving the creature all of her powers, the massive insect turns into Light Speed Mothra and breaks through the boundaries of time and travel to confront Ghidorah, some 65 million years in the past.

Moll gives Shota her sword and asks him to go inside the dome to find Lora, and to convince her to use her powers to help Mothra. After Shota reluctantly agrees, Moll languishes and, with her powers totally depleted from helping Mothra time-travel, falls into a state of suspended animation, her body taking on the appearance of frosted glass. Shota allows Ghidorah to capture him so he can find Lora in the dome. There, Lora encounters a worried Belvera, who tells her that Ghidorah plans to destroy the Earth. Lora takes the triangular unit that Belvera had and uses it to transform her sword. Still under Ghidorah’s spell, the two fairies engage in a swordfight, with Belvera begging Lora to see reason and to work with her, but to no avail. Shota finds Lora, but she attacks him and attempts to stab him with her sword. Belvera warns Lora not to do it as Shota reminds her that she loves children deeply. Soon, Ghidorah’s spell breaks and Lora falls into Shota’s hands, her sword then combining with Moll’s. Belvera finally realizes that the Alias triangle represents the three of them, uses the last remaining triangular unit to transform her sword, and then combines her sword with both Lora’s and Moll’s. Using the new superpower sword, she attempts to break open the dome as Lora recovers.

Light Speed Mothra appears in the age of the dinosaurs and turns back into Rainbow Mothra. Another fight between her and Ghidorah takes place. After originally holding the advantage, Rainbow Mothra is badly wounded. The dome shakes violently and realizing that Rainbow Mothra is losing the battle, Shota asks Lora to use her powers to help the creature. As Lora sings, Rainbow Mothra energizes and manages to immobilize Ghidorah long enough to pick it up and drop it into a nearby volcano, but not before a severed piece of Ghidorah’s tail burrows itself into the ground. The volcano erupts with Ghidorah in it, destroying the monster. Rainbow Mothra is hurled out of the exploding volcano, crashes to the ground and fades away.

Back in the present time, Ghidorah and the dome disappear, freeing the children and the fairies. Shota reunites with Shuehei and Tamako and they join Belvera and Lora as they sadly kneel by the body of Moll, unsure of how they can save her. Back in the past, three Primitive Mothra larvae arrive and wrap the body of Rainbow Mothra in a time-capsule cocoon. Back in the present, Belvera expresses concern to Lora, noting that if Ghidorah is really destroyed, the current course of events would have changed. Suddenly, Ghidorah appears in the sky amidst a massive fireball. This is the other Ghidorah which grew from the severed tail of the creature killed by Rainbow Mothra in the past. The new Ghidorah starts to capture children again. Meanwhile, Belvera convinces Lora to join her in battle, and the two distracts Ghidorah with Fairy Mothra.

Suddenly, the time-capsule cocoon explodes from a mountain and Rainbow Mothra emerges, this time as Armor Mothra, a formidable version with armour plating all over it. Another battle takes place, and this time, Ghidorah is no match for his opponent, who slices Ghidorah’s wing off and then disintegrates the monster. Armor Mothra then communicates with Belvera and Lora, telling them to join their powers and, using the sword, to bring Moll back to life. The fairies do as they are told and, as a result, the sword vanishes and Moll revives, as Lora and Belvera smile. The touching reunion between the three sisters is short-lived, as Belvera calls for Garugaru and flies off. All the children are released once again and reunited with their parents. Shota, Shuehei, Tamako and their parents watch as Moll and Lora ride away with Fairy Mothra, and Armor Mothra, now transformed as Eternal Mothra, flies into the sunset.

All in all in my humble opinion this is the best of all three simply because it has two of my favorite Kaiju’s and the most bad ass of all Godzilla enemies and that is Grand King Ghidorah. In my humble opinion this is the best design of King Ghidorah that I have ever seen and yes I think it’s better than Kaiser Ghidorah as some people think that is a good design and it is not. The original King Ghidorah is my second favorite looking design especially the hair around its neck you don’t see that on any other King Ghidorah designs. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this even though there were some elements I didn’t care for and the one thing I didn’t care for was the fact that King Ghidorah likes to collect up kids.

It just seemed odd because King Ghidorah is a destroyer of worlds not a collector of children. That’s just my opinion. Armor Mothra another very cool concept I felt I was very cool when Mothra went into the past to fight Cretaceous King Ghidorah and he was very cool look to. I did like this design a lot. Went back to modern day Grand King Ghidorah somehow manages to survive simply because Cretaceous King Ghidorah lost his tail and back into the modern times he made it back again only this time the Grand King Ghidorah had to handle and deal with armor Mothra which eventually destroyed Grand King Ghidorah. Very cool movie!

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The Rebirth of Mothra II 1997 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

E-Mail Address- bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Off the coast of Japan, the environment has been ravaged with poisonous starfish-like creatures called Barem. Meanwhile, the Elias sisters, Moll and Lora, survey the destruction and enlist the help of three children, who had just discovered and befriended a strange little creature dubbed “Ghogo” to help find the mysterious treasure of Ninai Kanai, an ancient lost civilization, to save the Earth from the declining environment.

The Elias then tell the children that the people of Ninai Kanai created a monster called Dagahra as a method of pollution management gone awry and only Mothra Leo can stop it; however, he will need the help of the lost castle of Ninai Kanai itself and the mysterious treasure within. Belvera, the evil Elias sister, manipulates two fishermen and wants the treasure of her own. They all journey to the lost castle, hidden beneath the ocean waters and it magically rises out of the water after the travelers discover it.

Dagahra, awakened after a sudden increase in pollution levels, then releases a swarm of Barem into the sea, killing many types of sea life. Moll and Lora calls Mothra Leo, who nearly succeeded in defeating Dagahra, until the sea monster took the battle underwater where it was in its element. Dagahra incapacitated Leo by covering him with Barem. Leo landed on the newly raised Ninai Kanai temple, but before Dagahra could give the killing blow, the structure activated and defended Leo. With Leo covered in Barem and powerless, Dagahra goes on a destructive rampage.

Inside the temple, Moll, Lora and the three kids attempt to find the treasure, while Belvera and the two controlled fishermen try to thwart their mission. After stealing some jewels they’ve found, the fishermen inadvertently unlock a gateway and awaken the Princess of Ninai Kanai. The Princess tells the three Elias sisters that Earth must be protected and saved, that the children are the hope of future generations and reveals that Ghogo is the lost treasure.

Moll and Lora then use Ghogo’s energy to revive Mothra Leo and, as a result, turn the hero into Rainbow Mothra. Leo was then able to destroy the Barem covering his body. After taking a severe beating, Dagahra once again retreated into the water, where Rainbow Mothra turned into Aqua Mothra. This time Rainbow Mothra’s new form allowed him to overpower the sea monster. He finally finishes his battle with Dagahra by splitting into thousands of miniature Aqua Mothras; entering Dagahra’s body and destroying the Barem producing there, and without the Barem, Dagahra self-destructs. Meanwhile, the temple begins to collapse. With the building crumbling over them, Moll and Lora ride onto Fairy to safety, while Belvera releases control of the fishermen, who helps the children escape. The Princess raises Dagahra’s body and drops it onto the temple, reducing everything into a wave of water. Aqua Mothra then returns to his single form, and then back into Rainbow Mothra; saving the world once again.

Once again we have a film within the Mothra trilogy series that regards is perhaps the best one of the bunch in the way of new Kaijus as well as action and sequences. This one is very colorful and some general way and I particularly like the fight scenes as well as the Kaiju they call Dagarla this is a very neat Kaiju and this movie is well worth watching if you like Mothra and a child friendly environment.

The Rebirth of Mothra I 1996 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

E-Mail Address- bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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It would be served after the Heisei Series of Godzilla movies would end in 1995 the Toho Company would then eventually pick up the triple threat of Mothra. It seems that the Toho Company’s second most favorite Kaiju deserved a few movies in her own right. The very first film according to the Japanese was logically titled Mothra however while in the United States of America it was retitled as the Rebirth of Mothra. When it comes to this film most of the original fans of the original film that came out in 1961 film this new movie particularly strayed away from the original character of Mothra. The reason I say this is because she is classified as a protector of her own island and its people. She is also classified as a kind and benevolent law and it largely focuses on Mothra’s character which is a particularly good point to the film. People do not see that in the Mothra trilogies.

Let’s begin with the story the story begins on Infant Island where you see Mothra sitting on her throne and she is ready to finally reproduce after living a very long life. It would be shortly after this that a logging company located in Hokkaiido Japan accidentally discovers an ancient rock and all hell breaks loose. They pry the rock of its seal and suddenly it draws the attention of two tiny priestesses they call Moll and Lora. In the original movie that came out in 1961 there were tiny little twin priestesses, but they were called Shobijins and in the new Mothra trilogy there called the Elias. They summon their tiny version of Mothra in which they call it Fairy Mothra and they take off to Hokkaido to investigate an unusual accident. It is revealed to the Elias that a small piece of metal was removed from the rock and it was called The Seal of Elias. It was a device that possessed the ability to harness certain energies which was created by their ancestors to lock away the demonic Kaiju they call DesiGhidorahs. That very same creature that actually made the dinosaurs go extinct and left the surface of the planet Mars a barren wasteland is located within this rock.

The Elias Moll and Lora have a third evil sister they call Belvera and she suddenly steals the seal from the tiny girl Wakaba. Belvera manages to release the ancient beast from his dungeon and all hell breaks loose. The Elias know they have to summon Mothra and they do it with song. Mothra eventually shows up and after a long battle she eventually dies saving her children from Desighidorah only to sink into the depths of the sea sacrificing herself. It is after witnessing her mother’s death that the Mothra larva that is called Mothra Leo swims to Yaku Island and hopes to gain the power of The Ancient Tree of Life. Is there that Mothra Leo is transforms into an adult Mothra and a more powerful Mothra that holds off Desighidorah long enough for the Elias to seal the monster all back where she came from. After the battle has been won it is Mothra Leo that eventually flies back to Infant Island.

In the 1992 film Godzilla versus Mothra is there that Mothra’s reputation of the “Savior of the world” is reestablished and it makes Mothra was character little bit more interesting as the film betrays a more emotional part of the film worthy elderly Mothra’s death scene is more emotional. It can be a real tear jerker if you really sensitive. Especially when it comes to the second most popular Kaiju’s death. Another notable thing about this new Mothra movie is the new powers that Mothra Leo seems to possess it has the same powers as its Heisei Series predecessor that fought Godzilla in 1992 and it also features some new little abilities. Mothra Leo has a silken spray, chest beam, and a camouflaging technique. It is said that the original Mothra fans for the movie Mothra 1961 are not really big fans of this new Mothra was sheer power in regards of its numerous amount of beams and energy abilities.

Now we will talk about Desighidorah in the English translation is called Death Ghidorah and it is probably one of the most serious demon like Ghidorahs to ever hit the movie screen. It is in the family of Ghidorahs and it is revealed that it is a demon from space that goes around siphoning the floral life out of various worlds. When he came to the planet Earth he was fortunately sealed by one of the ancient Mothra was and the Elias ancestors before he could completely destroy the planet as he did to the planet Mars. This particular Kaiju is really displayed as a dark and fiendish creature, and is actually the very first Hedorah ever to walk on all four legs. I’m still the movie Godzilla Final Wars where Kaiser Ghidorah also lost on four legs. Kaiser Ghidorah reminds me of Desighidorah on steroids.

Despite having any flaws with the human characters is the Elias Moll, Lora and Belvera that actually steal the show. These particular characters according to the movie is Moll that wants to save the world from Desighidorah even if it means taking her own life. Lora is extremely sensitive and doesn’t want Mothra to fight and die in the process yet she wants the world to be saved and asked for Belvera she wants to use Desighidorah as a weapon to destroy humanity. On the note is an interesting fact that the Elias were virtually against Belvera and it also displayed that they still love each other and respect each other as sisters.

In my humble opinion what really stands out in this film is probably the musical score composed by Toshiyuki Watanabe. The various themes for Mothra such as the battle march when Mothra first appears to battle Desighidorah is pretty extreme and unique in itself and very memorable. One keynote about the score is the original Mothra song is performed by the Elias is very modern and crisp sounding. If you listen to it and had a very Latin beats in the way it sounds and it’s very addicting. Even though it does not have a real strong connection to the original Mothra film is very memorable and very enjoyable to watch over and over if you like this particular kind of child friendly movie. The rebirth of Mothra is a very nice addition to the concept of Mothra was peace/environment character and hopefully it will continue to be contagious as well as protect the environment and how they betray this particular character.

Mosura 1961 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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This movie is typical of Toho to create in the way of a great story and unimaginable effect for it’s time with great directing. You have a triple threat here first the story is created by Shinichi Sekizawa and the special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya who did a lot of the Godzilla movies so he is seriously connected with the Toho Company. This movie is directed by one of the greatest directors of Godzilla film industry his name is Ishiro Honda.

Thus is the beginning of the movie you hear a bewitching serene song by the Mothra twins and they are called The Peanuts they are identical twins who sang beautifully when they needed or connected with Mothra telepathically. In this movie we see a businessman who is very much interested in the tiny superstars and tries to kidnap them. However Mothra’s larvae isn’t too happy with Tokyo as it crashes through the city to search for the twins thus an eventful times the larva is beginning to transform into a new stage of moth so while in the city it forms a cocoon around The Diet Building and eventually a new monster pops out of this cocoon. This to me was one of the better parts of the movie because of the special effects and if you never seen the movie before it is actually pretty cool to see Mothra squeeze her way out of this cocoon. She eventually squeezes out with her gigantic wingspan she wreaks havoc across the city.

They eventually find the twins and all as well for Mothra she eventually returns to the airport where they created a sign painted on the air strip having her to descend on the airport and then eventually taken back off to go back to the island. This is one of the better movies simply because it is not too far-fetched as it is today or having a cheesy feel about it they had a really strong start for a movie that would transpire into three other movies for Mothra.

Mothra is perhaps in the top three of the most popular kaiju that Godzilla has fall or within the Toho monster series. Here are some trivia for you there was supposedly a scene in which the Mothra twins or fairies plan on explaining Mothra’s origins but the company felt it was too long and dropped from the final draft. Here is a mistake in which she was see in the movie when Dr. Shinichi is showing the symbols he discovered in the cave to Sechan, you could see someone in black pants and shoes walking down the stairs behind Sechan’s head. So if you want to say a decent movie is obviously in black and white this is a very good movie for its time.

Gamera: Little Brave 2006 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Directed by Ryuta Tasaki
  • Studio Kadokawa Pictures
  • Distributed by Kadokawa Pictures
  • Release Dates April 29, 2006
  • Running Time 96 Min.

Synopsis

Precipitated by the premise that Gamera self-destructed to destroy several Gyaos in 1973, the tale picks up thirty three years later, when the son of one of the survivors of that incident finds an unusual egg, from which a baby turtle hatches.

The boy, Toru, raises the creature, quickly realizing it as remarkable in that it hovers and breathes fire. The creature quickly outgrows the house, is relocated by Toru and his friends to maintain secrecy, and then disappears.

Concurrently, many shipping disasters occur in the area, the cause of which is the Kaiju Zedus (ジーダス), which soon thereafter rampages through the city.

It corners Toru and his friends, but the boy’s former pet, now significantly larger, intercedes. The young Gamera is wounded in the fight and captured by government officials, who hook the creature up to a machine which infuses it with liquid derived from mysterious red stones found in the vicinity of egg, and which scientists theorize gives Gamera’s their power.

Zedus attacks again, and the Gamera, now larger, goes out to battle him. The human characters determine that the still-immature Gamera must consume the red stone which Toru had found with the egg in order to fully realize its powers. The egg is located and, with some difficulty, delivered to Toru, who throws it into the Gamera’s mouth during the battle.

The Gamera’s power of rocket-propelled flight manifests, and it defeats Zedus by breathing a fireball at it. The Kaiju escapes further government investigation with Toru’s assistance, and flies off as the boy wishes him farewell.

What I like about That Movie

Let’s just say that this is not one of my favorite movies and that is because they reverted back to a cheesy movie. Don’t get me wrong I don’t really dislike this movie, but honestly ensure continued with the Heisei Series with that kind of seriousness. I understand that they need to concentrate these movies on children as well I get that things I like about this movie is it one scene where you see little Toto he is crawling around on the kitchen floor and a cleaver falls and almost catching him in the head it blows fire on) then you know it’s Gamera it is as you can see the cleaver is reminiscence of Guiron from the Showa series movies. Another thing I like is when Gamera gets bigger he does have a nice look for a turtle.

And you can see in his eyes and his face is very friendly not like that Gamera three. He doesn’t have all of his powers until he swallows a Redstone. Zedus is one of those monsters that does not impress me because I think he is rather boring it away and not as much of a threat as the monsters in the past that Gamera deal with. I think it is because Toto or Gamera is still a baby here so the actual monster does not need to be threatening.

The design of Zedus is cool and he is lizardlike. What I didn’t like about the movie was the fact that it is child friendly that’s a little something to do with it. What really determine how about the movie is this first year old Gamera that design is a no no. It is absolutely horrible what they did to Gamera and what upsets me most about this is Gamera does not have his signature roar. Big mistake there.

Closing Statement

If you are into childhood friendly Gamera thing going and what this movie it really isn’t that. He does growing in stages so his design does change throughout the movie, but if you appreciate the Heisei Series Gamera movies and guess what you will be seriously disappointed in this movie. If you like the serious side of Gamera stay away from this one.

Gamera: Revenge of Iris/irys 1999 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

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Movie Information 

  • Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
  • Produced by Miyuki Nanri, Naoki Sato, Tsutomu Tsuchikawa
  • Studio Daiei Film
  • Release Dates March 3, 1999 (Japan)
  • Running Time 108 Min.

Synopsis

Movie opens in an equatorial Jungle in 1999. The ornithologist from Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Nagamine is escorted to a remote jungle village. There she finds the remains of a young Gyaos rotting in the sun and being beaten by the mother the monster’s last meal. Ngamine now realizes that the Gyaos are back.

Segue to a submarine expedition off Okintorishima, Japan’s southernmost point. A research team piloting the robotic submarine, Kaiko, finds dozens of Gamera shells resting on the ocean floor. The team realizes that Gamera is neither unique nor the first of its kind to tread upon Japan.

At this point the title credits roll and feature flashbacks to action sequences seen in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. The action then segues back to the pivotal battle in that movie between Gamera and Gyaos.  A professional photographer carries his daughter into the family car and then rushes back into their apartment to retrieve his wife. The father finds his wife trying to get the family cat, Irys out from under the bed.

The cat rushes out of the bed and into the living room, where she finds her husband recklessly taking photos of the battle between Gamera and Gyaos going on right outside their living room window. His indulgence turns out to a fatal mistake as Gamera is hurled into the building, destroying it before the daughter’s horrified eyes. Her last conscious moment is watching the Gamera looming over the freshly made tomb of her parents.

Open eyes wake the girl, Hirasaka, from the nightmares of her past, into the misery of her present. Hirasaka is living in the remote town of Minami Asuka, Nara Prefecture with her brother and uncle. She is very unhappy without her parents and continues to blame Gamera for her misfortune. Her uncle wants Hirisaka to move on and change her name to his family name. She does not want to do this at all.

Segue to military/corporate building where we see two mysterious figures, a man and woman, escorted into a classified storage area. Here the pair are shown several comma-shaped jewels collected by the Japanese government during Gamera’s visit to Sendai during Gamera 2: Advent of Legion. All of the jewels are decayed (perhaps because they need to be in proximity to either Gamera or the individual to whom Gamera is telepathically linked),

Segue to Ryuseicho temple where some girls dare Hirisaka to find a magic stone contained in the temple. If she finds the stone, they will leave her brother alone. Hirisaka finds the stone, which has markings that look similar to Gamera and another strange monster. The stone glows when she touches it. A boy, Moribe, comes on the scene and tells the other girls to shove off. Moribe meets up with Hirisaka, and tells her that she needs to return the stone she took.

Moribe tells his female friend, Miyuke, to stay put. Moribe and Hirisaka carry the Gamera stone back into the cave. Moribe explains that his family’s duty is to be guardians of the temple ruins and to safeguard the very stone Hirisaka has disturbed. The two try to replace the stone but it is too heavy and falls from their grasp, causing a strange wailing sound to issue from deep inside the temple. Hirisaka and Moribe look around and find a strange egg-shaped stone at the back of the temple. All the strange happenings freak out the young couple, who hasten out of the temple.

Her curiosity aroused, Hirisaka asks her cousin about the Ryuseicho. The cousin obliges her, relating to her a portion of Chinese mythology that tells of a Guardian of the South, Ryuseicho. The guardian is aligned with the constellation Hydra, the water snake. Her cousin tells her that a turtle (Gamera) guards the North, a tiger guards the West, and a dragon guards the East. Her cousin tells her that the Guardian of the South is the enemy of the Guardian of the North. This fact interests Hirisaka a great deal.

Segue to Tokyo, where Nagamine returns home and receives a mysterious package from a Shinya Kurata in Kyoto. Bird Lady also receives word from Kobayashi to go to the Monster Damage Control Committee meeting. Walking to the meeting, Nagamine encounters someone who reminds her strongly of the detective she worked with in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Osako. The man denies he is Osako and moves on.

Segue to Minami Asuka, Nara Prefecture. Moribe tries to start up a conversation with Hirisaka’s brother. Moribe learns that his parents accompanied Hirisaka into Tokyo from another town to be with her while she had her appendix taken out. So Hirisaka blames herself (and Gamera) for her parents’ deaths. Hirisaka shows up and puts a quick end to the personal history research. Moribe tries to tell Hirisaka not to hate Gamera, that the big turtle is a friend to humanity. Hirisaka tells Moribe to tell her dead parents that Gamera is a friend of humanity.

Segue to the Tokyo and the Monster Damage Control Committee. Nagamine finds the interior minister, another face from Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, at the proceedings. The minister points out the mysterious woman, Mito Asakura, to Nagamine. Turns out that she is the government’s chief “fortune teller”. Segue to evening in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. Osako is hanging out with some other homeless people. Fireballs from Gamera lighting up the sky shatter his rest. Gamera is in pursuit of a Gyaos and unleashes a barrage of fireballs at the beast.

One fireball connects with Gyaos and it plummets into Shibuya, destroying a hotel. Gamera lands in pursuit, and goes after Gyaos with no regard for the people dying all around. Gamera incinerates the stricken Gyaos with a fireball that incinerates everything for a radius of several blocks. A second Gyaos arrives on the scene and attacks Gamera. Gyaos’ sonic beam obliterates several buildings. Amidst the chaos, a small boy is about to be killed by Gyaos’ sonic beam. Gamera shields the boy from the attack and obliterates the Gyaos with a fireball. Chunks of burnt Gyaos fall on Shibuya while the boy tearfully wonders if Gamera is good after all.

News reports flood in about the damage caused by Gamera’s battle with Gyaos. Hirisaka watches these reports and they confirm everything she knows is wrong with Gamera. Casualties hovering between 15-20 thousand people, high-level meetings on Gamera, military mobilizations, all these confirm Gamera as a threat that must be stopped. Hirisaka thus goes back to the Ryuseicho temple ruins, hoping to find something that can be used against Gamera. What Hirisaka does find is a strange jewel shaped like a comma that glows when she touches it, eliciting a strange sound from the surrounding cave.

Segue to Moribe being told by his grandmother that he will one day be guardian of the Ryuseicho and that it must be safeguarded at all costs. Moribe’s grandmother tells him that the Ryuseicho will bring great disaster and sorrow upon Japan if it released. However, nothing should happen as long as the guardian stone remains in place within the temple. Barring the stone, his only defense against the monster is a 10” dagger kept near the shrine.

The dagger can kill the Ryuseicho. He hasn’t quite told her that he has already failed miserably at his task. Moribe then follows a sinking suspicion back to the temple ruins and finds Hirisaka cuddling the infant Ryuseicho. Moribe’s desire to kill the young monster is curtailed by Hirisaka’s affection for the monster, which she names Irys.

Back in Tokyo, Nagamine decides to investigate the mysterious disk sent to her. The disc is a Dreamcast game that simulates environmental effects and civilizations. Shinya Kurata programmed the game. The game revolves around mana, or the planetary life force. The Gyaos attack Japan when it is low in mana, as it was in 1995 and is now in 1999.

Segue to Kyoto, where Shinya Kurata gets a call from Mito Asakura, who tells him that the Japanese government has authorized Gamera’s destruction. Segue to the Ryuseicho shrine, where Moribe I pulling out the 10” dagger to take care of Irys, when Hirisaka shows up with food for Irys.

Moribe confronts Hirisaka about Irys. Hirisaka tells Moribe that Irys and she are very much alike; both have had their families destroyed by Gamera. Moribe, chastened, grudgingly leaves Irys alone. Later, Hirisaka goes to visit Irys, but finds no sign of the creature. Hirisaka chases after Iris and finds the creature wasting away in the forest. Hirisaka comforts Irys, who seems to immediately grow stronger from the attention. Irys then enfolds Hirisaka into an embrace and the two proceed to bond symbiotically.

Segue to the Tokyo Natural History museum. Nagamine meets up with Asagi and the two compare notes on Gamera’s recent activities. Asagi also mentions the mysterious life force “mana”, relating to Nagamine that modern industrial nations drain mana from the earth and this attracts monsters like Gyaos and Legion.

Segue to the Ryuseicho shrine. Hirisaka’s family discovers that she is missing at dinner. They call Moribe to check in. This prompts Moribe to check out the temple ruins to see if anything is amiss. Something is very wrong there. Irys has drawn Hirisaka into a cocoon and is merging with her. Moribe uses the 10” dagger to cut the umbilicus and free Hirisaka. Unfortunately, Hirisaka remains comatose and needs to be sent to the hospital.

Segue to Kyoto, where Shinya Kurata listens to reports of more Gyaos attacks and news of a typhoon approaching Kyoto. Back in Tokyo, Nagamine reconnects with Osako. Osako relates how his life went down the tubes after his encounters with Gyaos and Legion. Nagamine and Osako watch TV report of Gyaos sighting near Minami Asuka in Nara prefecture. Osaki offers to help Nagamine and she immediately accepts his offer.

Nagamine and Osaki visit Nara and find widespread destruction. Unfortunately, the dead do not seem to be victims of a Gyaos attack. Nagamine and Osako learn that phone lines were cut near Ryuseicho temple, so they set off to investigate the temple. The pair visits the shrine and finds the remains of Irys’ birth. Nagamine send the tissue samples off to the National Genetic Research Laboratory to determine if the tissue comes from Gyaos, or another monster. Osako thinks the tissue may come from a new monster.

Just then, Moribe comes running up to the shrine and they learn about Hirisaka’s coma from him. Nagamine and Osako go to the hospital to see Hirisaka, accompanied by Asagi. They immediately notice the jewel on Hirisaka’s chest. Asagi is shocked at Hirisaka’s jewel telling Nagamine that it is like hers but black and larger in size. Nagamine questions Hirisaka’s doctor, who tells her that Hirisaka has an enlarged hippocampus, the brain organ that deals with memory and emotion.

Hirisaka and her condition come to the attention of Shinya Kurata and Mito Asakura. Nagamine get email from her geneticist friend, Sakurai. He tells her that Irys’ chromosomes are not related to Gyaos at all. Headlines appear in newspapers @ Gyaos appearing all over the work. Osako tells Nagamine he wants to question Moribe some more. Suddenly, Hirisaka’s brother shows up and tells Nagamine that Hirisaka has been taken away from hospital to Kyoto.

Segue to Kyoto, where Mito Asakura checks in on the comatose Hirisaka performing a ceremony where she invokes Irys against Gamera. This wakes up both Hirisaka and Irys, who then attacks and kills some campers in Nara.

Nagamine gets a call from the Interior minister, who reveals the location of Hirisaka and Mito Asakura. Nagamine and Asagi travel to Kyoto and are met by Shinya Kurata. They learn that she is linked to Irys and controls Irys. Shinya Kurata continues, telling Nagamine and Asagi how the Gyaos serves a noble purpose, weed out the human populations and restoring mana to the Earth. Nagamine and Asagi do NOT agree with Kurata’s worldview. Shinya Kurata goes on to say how Gamera is an earth vessel and how Gamera should satisfy the needs of the planets more than the needs of man. Kurata believes Gamera does not do this because it is still connected to mankind.

Segue to Nara prefecture, where a GSDF platoon discovers Irys. Irys discovers the GSDF platoon. Irys proceeds to annihilate the platoon in short order.

Segue to Kyoto; Nagamine and Asagi confront Asakura about Hirisaka. Nagamine then proceeds to liberate Hirisaka from Mito Asakura. Osako finds a moribund Moribe sitting alone outside the Ryuseicho temple. Osako tells Moribe to get off his ass and to go to Kyoto if he wants to help her. Nagamine, Asagi and Hirisaka arrive in downtown Kyoto, just as a typhoon hits.

Irys goes airborne and flies toward Kyoto. Irys is picked up by a JSDF AWAC plane, which dispatches JSDF fighter jets. Planes engage Irys but are too slow to hit Irys. Irys closes in on the jets with its tentacles, but ceases it attack with Gamera’s arrival. The two monsters battle in midair. Irys hits Gamera with its tentacle beams while Gamera pummels Irys with his saucer attack. As Irys is hurt, Hirisaka recoils in sympathetic pain. The JSDF intervenes in the battle, firing Patriot missiles at Gamera. These impact, letting Irys escape, but do no damage to Gamera. Gamera races off in pursuit of Irys, who approaches Kyoto. As Gamera approaches Kyoto, the girls encounter Shinya Kurata and Mito Asakura.

Shinya Kurata tells Nagamine, Asagi, and Hirisaka that Irys was created to destroy mankind before Gyaos could. Shinya also predicts Gamera’s defeat at the hands of Irys and that Irys will merge with Hirisaka to become even stronger. Hirisaka senses Irys’ arrival in Kyoto. Irys lands in Kyoto during the typhoon, like some dark god brought to life, and heads toward Kyoto train station – and Hirisaka. Shinya Kurata notes how Hirisaka moves to a balcony to be close to Irys as it approaches her. Mito Asakura looks on and he comments that, although she has the blood of a priestess like Asagi and Hirisaka, her bloodline is too thin to control Irys.

Gamera arrives in Kyoto and rains fireballs down upon Irys, who brushes the attacks aside and turns Kyoto into a raging inferno in the process. Gamera flies by Irys, lands and then moves on Irys. The two monsters face off. Irys is the bigger of the two. As the typhoon subsides, the battle begins. Moribe and Osako arrive in Kyoto and rush towards Kyoto train station, while Gamera and Irys battle one another.

Hirisaka feels the advantage is hers in this battle and orders Irys to kill Gamera. Irys complies by running Gamera through with an arm spike. As Gamera lies impaled on Irys’ arm, Nagamine and Asagi plead desperately with her for Gamera’s life. Mito Asakura then snatches away Hirisaka’s necklace, severing her link with Irys. Mito tries to control Irys herself, but cannot seem to do it. Finally, she manages to compel Irys to withdraw its arm spike from Gamera, but in so doing lets Gamera fall on Kyoto station, and her.

Shinya Kurata also dies at this moment. Gamera and Irys stumble through Kyoto station, destroying it. With Gamera fallen, a triumphant Irys meets up with Hirisaka once more, while Moribe tries desperately to get above Irys to hit him with the 10” dagger. Irys opens itself up to Hirisaka and invites her in. With no other option, Moribe hurls his dagger at Irys. The weapon bounces harmlessly off Irys, but hits Hirisaka, breaking her trance. Too late, she realizes that being sucked into Irys is a bad idea – as she is sucked into Irys. 

All is well with Irys until Gamera rises up yet again and attacks. Irys responds by slamming Irys against the wall of Kyoto station and impaling Gamera’s hand. Then Irys beings to drain Gamera’s life force from the wound it has created. Realizing that death is imminent, Gamera sacrifices its own hand by blowing it off to deny Irys power.

The confusion caused by this act of self-sacrifice allows Gamera to shove its good claw into Irys and remove Irys’ heart (Hirisaka). Meanwhile Asagi tries desperately to free Nagamine from wreckage in Kyoto station. Irys then readies a killing attack on Gamera with its tentacles. Irys fires on Gamera, but Gamera catches the blast in the stump of its hand and drives the energy right back into the exposed chest cavity of Irys.

This reflected energy shatters Irys from the inside out, along with the rest of Kyoto Train station. The girls are protected from the blast by Gamera’s bulk. Nagamine, Asagi and Moribe recover to find Gamera happily stomping on the smoking innards of Irys. Gamera returns a dying Hirisaki to Nagamine and Asagi. The girls try to revive Hirisaki but are unable to keep her from slipping away. Asagi looks up and pleads to Gamera to help Hirisaki.

Gamera accedes, bringing vitality back into Hirisaki with its mighty roar. Hirisaka revives, to the amazement of Nagamine and Asagi and the joy of Moribe. Hirisaka knows NOW that Gamera is not her enemy and not the cause of her parent’s deaths. Gamera moves away from Kyoto Station.

Segue to JSDF headquarters, where reports indicate thousands of Gyaos are descending upon Japan. The JSDF (FINALLY) orders attack orders switched from Gyaos to Gamera. With one last bellow, Gamera sets off through the flames of Kyoto to do battle with the Gyaos horde – mortally wounded, alone. Perhaps for its last battle.

What I like about This Movie

I have to say that this movie is perhaps the most technologically sound out all of the Heisei Series movie. No storyline it does come up short I really didn’t care too much for the storyline and then not saying it’s the worst, but it leaves you hanging just don’t know what happens to Gamera when all the Gyao show up recover in the last movie Gamera messes up the Earth’s energy and now everything is out of whack.

What I like about this movie clearly the suit is the best looking suit of all the Gamera. It has such an evil look than it looks really impressive. Let’s talk about Irys he goes through many stages and she is considered an abnormal or different version of a Gyaos. Like I said earlier many different stages to her final form truly awesome. What I didn’t like about the movie I would have to say I didn’t care too much for the storyline.

Closing Statements

This is a really good movie when it comes to special effects and sound as well. Gamera just looks truly awesome in this and this new monster Irys she does stand apart from all the other once that is for sure. The actual movie goes like this a young girl named Ayana is pissed off at Gamera because in the movie Gamera: Guardian of the Universe 1995 seems to her that Gamera till her parents. In this scene you see a completely different Gamera and it is called Trauma Gamera or Nightmare Gamera this is totally bad ass. I would love to see them doing movie with this suit it would be awesome if they get the storyline right.

Anyway she has a connection with Irys forces Irys to try to kill Gamera however we all know that’s not at work. Towards the end of the movie she realizes that her anger has consumed her rational thinking. Realizes that Gamera is a good guy and all is well in the end. This is one of the best of the best if you watch all of the Heisei Series Gamera movies then you definitely add this one to the list. In the end of the movie Gamera walked out of Kyoto station weary and exhausted with one less arm however you do see a tremendous amount of Gyaos storming in on him. This is where the movie ends however they did not pick up on that in the next movie to me is quite a disappointment because we go back through the child friendly Gamera.

Gamera: Attack of Legion 1996 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
  • Produced by Miyuki Nanri, Naoki Sato, Yasuyoshi Tokuma, Tsutomu Tsuchikawa
  • Studio Daiei Film
  • Distributed by Toho (Japan) ADV Films (USA)
  • Release Dates July 13, 1996
  • Running Time 100 Min.

Synopsis

The movie starts in space with meteorite showers bombarding the Earth. One large meteor impacts in northern Japan, at Sapporo. A group of amateur astronomers, headed by a woman named Midori Honani, are startled by the meteor’s impact. The meteor strike prompts the mobilization of a disaster response team to investigate the meteor’s effects on the countryside. Colonel Katarese and Hanatani head up the disaster response team.

The team gets onsite and checks out the meteor strike. Col. Katarese and Hanatani are not comforted to learn that the meteor changed direction in midflight to avoid smashing into the earth at full force. The blast from the strike has no pollution or radioactivity. Normal meteors do not exhibit these qualities.

Honani is hanging out back at the Sapporo science center with a colleague. They notice that the phone lines no longer work in the science center and that this has been the case since the meteor landed. But the source of the problem seems distant from where the meteor landed. Honani gets a call from someone describing a green glow to the south. We see a green glow in the Southern skies. Honani then goes to Lake Shikotsu for a closer look with her boss. Honani’s boss talks about unusually intense northern light activity.

Honani’s journey ends when a strong magnetic field kills their car. Honani gets out to take a look around. She runs into Katarese and Hanatoni. They find Honani and her boss’ info about the strange electromagnetic fields very interesting. Honani posits the idea that the meteorite moved and notes how strange it is that the meteorites all bee-lined towards earth. Then Katarese’s lighter goes crazy when he tries to light a cigarette.

A couple of days pass, Katarese and Hanatani investigate strange goings on at a beer bottling plant. A guard there reports exploding bottles and a strange monster. At the NTT Sapporo network operation center, the management team can only watch helplessly as someone (or something) destroys their fiber optic network. By the next day it seems that cables are being removed, not destroyed. Honani notes that this activity started in the south and moved north. It is concluded that the meteor might be playing a role in recent events.

Honani gets call #2, it’s Katarese and he wants her help. They visit the glass factory together and she confirms her theory that something is moving north from Lake Shikotsu. the security guard relates a story that he saw a crab-like creature eat the glass bottles. We find that this same guy used to be a police detective who saw Gyaos in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. Analysis of the glass at the beer factory come ins. Seems as if the glass was chemically dissolved into silicon powder.  Honani mourns all the threats Japan has to face and voices her suspicion that this threat is probably extra-terrestrial.

The next day the scene changes to a subway station in Sapporo Odori subway Station. A train runs suddenly into rubble on the track. The conductor stops the train and sees monsters surround his train. The monsters then dissolve the glass windows and attack him & the passengers, killing them. But the monsters only take glass.  The military arrives on the scene. Cordons off the station. Katarese and Hanatani show up. A military team descends into the tunnel to find the missing subway car but are instead attacked by monsters and many are killed. Honani watches the unfolding events on TV with great concern. Then the TV dies. Suddenly a giant plant bursts out of the ground and wraps itself around several buildings.  At the phone network center all systems go offline. Katarese and Hanatani show up for real with the disaster unit.

At the subway, the team descends into the tunnel. Back topside, the military becomes worried that the atmosphere in the tunnel has 4 times the normal amount of oxygen. Katarese and Hanatani go down into the tunnel and  find strange creatures hard at work at  . . . .something . . . A squad member then discovers survivors from the subway and the team gets them out, but are left puzzling over  why some people were attacked and others were spared. Katarese and Hanatani are called into active duty and report their current findings. Hanatani reports that the creatures are increasing oxygen levels to a point where people cannot survive, Katarese says that the creatures must die for humanity to live. Segue to Honani who compares the creatures & pod to leaf cutter ants and the mushrooms the ants grow. She tells this to Katarese.

Nighttime in Sapporo. The plant flowers, prompting the JSDF to attack the flower. The JSDF sets up camp and evacuates Sapporo. JSDF then plants explosives on the plant roots. Honani and the science team do a simulation of the blast damage from a detonation of the O2 contained in the flower. They think that the flower will launch a pod, creating an explosion the blast would be comparable to an A-Bomb, a 6km blast radius. The flower gets ready to burst. Nearby on the Sanriku coast, a helicopter patrols the shoreline.

Checking out a strange contact the helicopter is nearly destroyed when Gamera bursts from the ocean. In Sapporo, JSDF blows the tunnel. This causes the plant to lose life and restore power. Gamera is sighted approaching Sapporo. JSDF moves to attack aliens. Gamera arrives. “Cool effects on body” Gamera beelines towards the plant. Gamera blasts the flower pod to bits with a fireball. Gamera then attacks and overturns the plant body before hitting it again with a fireball. The creatures in the subway then swarm out and engulf Gamera. The small  creatures wound Gamera seriously. Gamera stumbles about until flying away. Katarese gives a name to the strange menace:

“And he asked him, “What is thy name?” And he answered, saying . . . “My name is Legion. For we are many. “

A transformer draws off the bugs until Gamera can retract his body and saucer away. Gamera’s blood splashes off Honani.  A giant Legion then emerges from the rubble and flies off to the South. JSDF jets chase in pursuit and, apparently, shoot the giant Legion from the sky. News reports tell of the battle and how dead Legion litter the seashore where Gamera retreated into the water. The JSDF is desperate to find out any information on Gamera, so Honani points them to Asagi, the girl telepathically linked to Gamera. Katarese and Honani attend a dissection of the alien Legion. At the operation they discover that the Legion have a hard shell but are hot air beneath it all.

Katarese, Obitsu and Honani meet at Honani’s place. They compare notes on Legion: that Legion is a gaseous creature; that Big Legion is probably still alive; that Legion’s skin is a semiconductor. Legion is made of silicon. Making silicon produces oxygen. This explains the high O2 levels and missing glass. Legion creates silicon to make O2 for its pod and the O2 powers pod launch into space. Legion is made of silicon, a  semiconductior. But why build in cities? Honani then gives the men a drink. And they guess that Legion communicates electro-magnetically.

Radio signals drive them crazy, so large sources of electricity, cities seem like enemy nests. “Cute reference to Gamera: GOTU with a shot of the downed Tokyo Tower”. From JSDF headquarters in Tokyo we segue to a Pachinko parlor in Sendai where dead Legion are discovered. Katarese is sent to Sendai. Obitsu and Hanimani check out the Pachinkco Parlo. They see lots of dead Legion. The next morning, a pod flowers at Sendai Station. The city is then evacuated for 6KM radius in case of a pod detonation. News reports telll of a mass exodus of Sendai. Katarese sends Honani to Kasuminome airfield at Sendai.

The airfield is suddenly attacked by Giant Legion.  The last evacuation helicopter with Asagi and Honani cannot take off because of the turbulence of Legions emergence. Gamera appears and protects Asagi.  Legion begins fighting Gamera to delay the turtle long enough for the seed pod to launch. Gamera distracts Giant Legion long enough for the helicopter to get away, but gets a big can of whoop ass applied in the process. Katarese tells his commander that the city is lost and that they should flee. With Gamera seemingly vanquished, Legion leaves.

Gamera, wounded, gets back up and continues on. Katarese sees Gamera go towards the center of Sendai and towards the flower. Gamera destroys the flower, but is too late to stop the seed pod blast. So Gamera throws itself on the seed pod to prevent it from launching. The resulting explosion obliterates Sendai and, seemingly, Gamera as well. “Awesome effects when Sendai goes boom” Cool snippets ensue from world papers, including times.

At JSDF HQ the mood is grim. Tokyo is threatened. Don’t know how or when Legion will attack. Honani suggests Legion cannot reproduce until a seed is launched. Gamera has stopped them twice but now seems dead. HQ resolves to defend Tokyo at all costs. Shot of Gamera’s battered copse. Segue to Obitsu as he learns that small legions are attracted to a certain type of electromagnetic wave. Segue to Tokyo and an announcement from the Prime Minister. He states that Tokyo is next target of Legion. The fight against Legion is vital to nation’s survival. He invokes JSDF Article 9 that authorizes deployment of armed forces. Several “Top Gun” shots of the JSDF Tank forces.

More news reports. Japanese helicopter report. More JSDF tank love shots. Honani helps Asagi go to Sendai to try and revive Gamera. Helicopters find Giant Legion traveling underground. At JSDF headquarters, the brass plan more attacks on Legion. Obitsu goes to command center and gets promised a drink after the battle by Hanatani. More JSDF tank love shots. Mt. Akayuki. Sendai Station now, as children gather with Asagi near Gamera. Their thoughts and Gamera’s sigil are employed to revive the stricken turtle.

At Mt. Akayuki, Legion emerges from underground. JSDF opens fire. Legion retorts. Tanks die. Back at Sendai Station, the prayers of the children and the sigil of Asagi fuse to create a coruscation of energy. Segue to Mt. Akayuki, where Giant Legion rakes the tank regiments with blistering death rays. Facing tank losses of over 50%, the military commander withdraws the tanks and calls instead for jets to bomb Giant Legion. Giant Legion then releases a swarm of Legion towards Tokyo at over 150MPH. At Sendai, the combined force the children’s prayers and Asagi’s sigil re-energize Gamera.  “Cool Resurrection scene” Gamera revives and takes off towards Tokyo.

Gamera flies off in flipper mode. Machine guns cut down some of the approaching swarm. Gamera joins battle with Giant Legion, by landing and unleashing a flurry of fireballs on the monster. Legion uses a force shield to deflect the fireballs and recalls the Legion swarm to attack Gamera. Obitsu commandeers a power station in a desperate bid to divert the Legion swarm. Obitsu gets the power station running and the signal draws the swarm away from Legion, much to the creature’s dismay. HQ dispatches helicopters to destroy the Legion swarm, drawn to the power station. Meanwhile, Gamera fights Giant Legion. Big Legion pins Gamera on the ground and prepares to blow Gamera’s head off. A quick burst of Gamera’s jets blows Giant Legion’s shot off course. Giant Legion approaches the 2nd Japanese defense line with Gamera still trying to stop him.

“It is confirmed that Gamera seems to be trying to stop Giant Legion.”

Segue Nasaki transmitting station. Obitsu arrives as the swarm is clustered around the power lines. Obitsu checks inside the power station, while Katarese arrives at the power station. Segue to Giant Legion kicking Gamera’s ass. Gamera’s steadfast defense of Tokyo prompts the military commander to issue the following order:

“Order all forces to fire on Giant Legion and support Gamera”.

JSDF launches missiles at Giant Legion, who stops some, but gets hit enough to lose some arms and the shield power. This allows Gamera to score a hit on Giant Legion with a fireball. Stunned, Giant Legion now gets slapped around by a very pissed Gamera. Segue to power station. Attendant is cursing Obitsu for commandeering power station. Both men are almost killed by a stray Legion. The creature is dispatched by Katarese. Katarese informs Obitsu that he has come with anti-tank helicopters to finish the Legion swarm. Anti-tank helicopters then destroy the swarm. Gamera rushes Giant Legion while it is confused and manages to rip off its power horn.

This REALLY hurts Giant Legion. Giant Legion revives though, and hits Gamera with some sort of energy whip. Giant Legion uses this new weapon to punch Gamera through Tokyo’s final defense line. Segue to power station where tank helicopters blow up swarm. The swarm’s death injures and confuses Giant Legion. This allows Gamera to get back up off the ground and use its final weapon, where Gamera draws upon the life energy of Earth itself and fires it out reflex-gun style as Giant Legion approaches. Giant Legion is then literally blown away by Gamera’s power blast.

The enemy toasted, Gamera flies away as the JSDF soldiers salute the turtle. Asagi, her bond with Gamera sacrificed to save the turtle, bids her friend a tearful goodbye. Segue to Sapporo where Obitsu and Honani walk together and talk about Gamera. Honani says Gamera protects the earth not necessarily man and warns us not to get on wrong side of the conflict.

What I Think about This Movie

Legion regardless of what anyone says he did is Gamera toughest opponent to date. The reason I say this is because all through the movie Gamera has tried to stop Legion, but has failed. Gamera has thrown everything and Legion, but she manages to keep coming until the end.

This is because the armor how to use a different energy force to destroy Legion is call earth Mana which is an energy that surrounds the entire planet and keep things in balance. After using this energy in the next movie the balance is upset. Things I like about this movie obviously Legion fantastic design here. The many weapons of Legion and her swarm are another thing that is high on the list and put a hurting on Gamera. The negatives about this movie I really can’t recall any because this is my favorite Gamera movie from the Heisei Series. My favorite Gamera suit is that of Gamera three.

Trivia: I have a small amount of trivia for the movie Gamera vs Legion 1996

March 11, 2001, there is a lot more irony in the girls standing in front of Sendai Station and saying that New York is dangerous. In fact, the whole Sendai destruction sequence is somewhat disturbing.

Goofs

The “My name is Legion” quote is from Mark 5:9, not Mark 9:8 as claimed by one of the soldiers (in the dubbed DVD version)

Closing Statements

I have to say that I am quite impressed with this movie and everything about it seems that Shesuke Kaneko is by far the best director when it comes to making Kaiju movies. With the exception of Ishiro Honda and some others that are atop that list. It seems that each and every time that he does a Gamera movie he does get better however the third one the storyline does slip a little bit what the special effects are top-notch. This movie if you haven’t seen it you need to see is that good.