Film: Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
"Humans survive... by doing... what they have to do."
— Yuki, espousing some "wisdom" to Professor Gondo.
The twenty-first Godzilla
film and the sixth in the Heisei series. Toho decided Godzilla’s next foe would be a new creation, SpaceGodzilla. The film starts Godzilla's development as an Antihero
and continues the plotline of his adopted son. Titled "Gojira tai SupēsuGojira
" in Japan.
was set to return and fight alongside Godzilla
, but it was decided three were enough for the movie. So he was replaced by MOGUERA, a redesign of a Mecha
from The Mysterians
. While the film did well at the box office, the film was viewed somewhat more negatively. The plot was considered lumpy, LittleGodzilla resembled Minya for too many people’s liking, and there were odd editing choices. For instance, Godzilla was originally going to try to free his son from his crystal prison before going after SpaceGodzilla, but that scene was inexplicably cut. SpaceGodzilla himself was well-received, though, and the movie has some fun monster action.
While Miki Saegusa is mulling over whether to join Project T (a plan to control Godzilla telepathically), the Cosmos
warn her of SpaceGodzilla’s plan to kill Godzilla and Take Over the World
. His crystals have destroyed a NASA space station and an altercation between him and MOGUERA in the asteroid belt results in the damage of the mech. Meanwhile, Miki and the Project T team set up shop on Birth Island, where the sweet-natured LittleGodzilla and his stepfather are currently residing. After a brief rivalry with Akira Yuki, who holds a grudge against Godzilla for killing Gondo
, the probe is implanted and Project T is going smoothly. But then SpaceGodzilla appears.
In a one-sided battle, Godzilla is overwhelmed by his adversary and is helpless to stop his son from being imprisoned. Godzilla follows SpaceGodzilla to Fukuoka where he sets up base. Can Godzilla defeat his twin from space, and would the human heroes align with him to stop him…
This film contains examples of
- Axe Crazy: Yuki may qualify. He thinks that a bullet shot into Godzilla's armpit is going to kill him. Then again, he's been alone on that island for quite a while...
- The bullet is designed to inject a deadly poison into Godzilla.
- A monster who has survived swimming in molten fucking lava!
- He says it has a blood coagulant in it, so basically he wants to give Godzilla a heart attack, and of course it doesn't do jack.
- The eponymous SpaceGodzilla is also extremely Ax-Crazy.
- Bloodier and Gorier: The manga version at least.
- Boyish Short Hair: Miki sports a shorter haircut than previous films and the following one.
- Combat Pragmatist: SpaceGodzilla notices Godzilla is trying to protect his son, so he resorts to flying around taking shots at him knowing Godzilla will take the hits for him.
- Curbstomp Battle: Things weren't look well for MOGUERA if there were electronic malfunctions even before the battle begins.
- Fun with Acronyms: MOGUERA (Mobile Operational Godzilla Expert Robot Aero-Type).
- Gentle Giant: LittleGodzilla is nice to everyone. He even approached SpaceGodzilla with friendly curiosity.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Godzilla runs through SpaceGodzilla this way. Brutally with his own weaponized crystal in the manga.
- Improvised Weapon: In the manga, Godzilla tends to use SpaceGodzilla's crystals, one time catching one with his mouth and shoots his atomic breath to spread the beam.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Akira Yuki, who is driven to kill Godzilla and isn't the most sociable of people. However, he rescues one of the protagonists from a deadly spider and is part of the raid in freeing Miki. After Godzilla loses Little Godzilla in a crystal prison Yuki puts his revenge plan on hold since 'he's had enough of a bad day.'
- Karmic Death: SpaceGodzilla's death is similar to Biollante's. Godzilla shoots a supercharged atomic blast at the weakened Spacegodzilla, turning the evil monster into G-Cells.
- Kick the Dog: SpaceGodzilla attacking and imprisoning LittleGodzilla.
- Knight of Cerebus: Once SpaceGodzilla shows up, it gets a lot darker.
- Licked by the Dog: LittleGodzilla is attached to gruff and revenge-seeking Akira Yuki. Despite plotting to kill his Dad, Akira seems to return the affection.
- Mind over Matter: While captured and in the middle of a gun fight, Miki lifts the table she's strapped to in order for the hero to shoot at the legs. Miki laters says this was her first time trying it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It's possible that Mothra is the one that took Godzilla's cells into space, allowing SpaceGodzilla to be born, in which case, Nice Job, Mothra. Biollante also seems to have something to do with it, due to some physical similarities between her and SpaceGodzilla, namely, the extra teeth.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Really, Godzilla probably wouldn't have even bothered with SpaceGodzilla is he hadn't attack LittleGodzilla
- Papa Wolf: Godzilla protecting his son from SpaceGodzilla's attacks and later trying to kill SpaceGodzilla to free LittleGodzilla.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: The film becomes more dramatic after SpaceGodzilla traps Little Godzilla. It's only after Spacegodzilla's death that the movie returns to a lighter mood.
- Space Battle: SpaceGodzilla and MOGUERA in the Asteroid Belt. It would have been impressive, if not for the asteroids looking like floating sacks of potatoes.
- Space Is Noisy: SpaceGodzilla roars in space. Well, what'd you expect for him to do other than fly in space?
- Stock Footage: Reused the naval battle from Biollante, though they really didn't want to.
- Sympathy for the Devil: This is where Miki's infamous defense of Godzilla becomes most pronounced.
- This Was His True Form: Spacegodzilla can change into a weird spikey crystal ball to fly in space with his body being just a small portion of it and his legs disappearing. When you recall that he is the result of G-cells fusing with alien crystal lifeforms you realize that this was what it looked like before G-cells fused with it. You are seeing the alien itself when Spacegodzilla transforms into his flying form.
- Too Dumb to Live: Yuki is even dumber in the manga as he tries to use the remaining strain of the ANB against Godzilla while he's facing SpaceGodzilla. Godzilla ends up noticing him and ends up with a crystal in the knee. And no, it's not a Skyrim reference either.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Once Yuki is in control of the Moguera, he deviates from G-Force's plan to fight SpaceGodzilla so that he can attack Godzilla, throwing a wrench into a time-sensitive plan to evacuate Fukuoka, no doubt sentencing hundreds of innocent people to death.
- Yakuza: There is an entire subplot where Miki gets kidnapped by the Yakuza so they could control Godzilla them for power.