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1----²* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:²** The Bert Shefter/Paul Sawtell ''Kronos'' cue [[ used for the Osaka Castle duel]] in ''Gigantis''.²** While not as catchy or memorable as his later work (Godzilla or otherwise), composer Masaru Sato still delivers on some good tracks in this movie, such as the [[ opening title theme]] which doubles as the military march heard throughout the film. Simplistic, but effective.²* ContestedSequel: Being the first direct sequel of the series, the film has mixed views. Many feel that it's lost most of the atmosphere of the original film. It's still a {{horror}} film, but it doesn't possess the amount of tragedy and consequences of the original film. Others enjoy the film for having more Godzilla, more sets to show off and wreck, and doing something new by pitting Godzilla against another monster rather than just have him fight the humans. The series would continue on with ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' as a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel[=/=]EvenBetterSequel²* CriticalResearchFailure: The whole "Origin of Gigantis with stock-footage-laden" makes no sense even after granting license for "giant fire/radiation breathing monsters". ²* DesignatedVillain: Godzilla here is treated as a serious threat after the disastrous event that happened the year before. However, this Godzilla, who would become the hero later on, doesn't seem to be interested in attacking humans at all. If anything, he is very passive towards humans after fighting Angurius, and most of the damage done in Osaka was the two slugging it out with each other. The only villainous things he's done against humans is when they attack him once he arrives in Osaka, sinks a fishing ocean liner, and kills Kobayashi. The finale even has him fight against the JSDF pilots when he was discovered on an iceberg, and they decide to bury him in ice.²* FranchiseOriginalSin: Regarding the American ''Gigantis'' cut of the film, one of the biggest points of contention is the overuse of narration heard throughout the movie. This complaint was also there in [[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters1956 the American cut of the original]] with Steve Martin, but it wasn’t as much of a problem as Martin was a reporter documenting the events of Godzilla’s appearances and the destruction of Tokyo. Plus he only narrated over scenes he was in. It was considered worse here as the narrator talks over ''every single action the characters take'', even when they’re not even present in the scene and especially when it [[ShowDontTell blatantly explains how the characters are feeling instead of allowing the scene to speak for itself]].²* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/WarnerBros distributed this film in the West as a double feature with ''Film/TeenagersFromOuterSpace''. They would later work with Creator/LegendaryPictures to make [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} their own Godzilla movie]]. ²** Doubly so, replace "Fire" with "Radiation" and the Film/MonsterVerse kaiju have nearly an identical origin to the kaiju in the Gigantis dub.²* {{Macekre}}: Seriously, who wrote the English version? Obviously, the Japanese screenwriters didn't when they wrote the Japanese version. While Paul Schreibman gave the excuse that changing Godzilla's name to Gigantis was to ''avoid'' confusion, the English script was ridiculously bad. It's ''hilarious''. Due to his 1999 interview, he said the original title was "Angurus". Yes, "ゴジラの逆襲" (Godzilla's Counterattack) is called "Angurus". The only positive line in the film was "It was the sight to crush the hearts of men" delivered by English Tsukioka (Keye Luke).²* {{Narm}}: Every single one of the fight scenes is completely neutered and impossible to take seriously for reasons mentioned under SpecialEffectsFailure.²* SignatureScene: The Osaka fight between Godzilla and Anguirus, the first monster on monster fight scene in the series.²* SoOkayItsAverage: In his review, Website/SFDebris describes the film like this, praising it for continuing to try to tap into deeper themes, such as the effects of war and humanity's need to pick up the pieces and rebuild, as well as trying to find intelligent and credible ways to deal with the monstrous threats without reducing their menacing power. However, between the technical disaster of the monster-fighting shots and the weak ''execution'' of the themes and human drama, the film is watchable rather than great, and still a step down from its classic predecessor. ²* SpecialEffectFailure: The prop used for overhead shots of Godzilla on the island simply stands still without even a budge. It was originally supposed to walk, but either it wouldn't work, or Tsuburaya simply thought it wasn't convincing enough.²** Rather than the standard {{Overcrank}} in kaiju films that exposes more frames per second and creates a "slow-motion" effect that gives the impression of great mass, the camera technician accidentally ''[[{{Undercrank}} under]]''[[{{Undercrank}} cranked]] the monster footage, creating an effect that comes in somewhere between pseudo-StopMotion and ''The Keystone Kops''. There's a reason western viewers may start hearing [[Series/TheBennyHillShow Yakety Sax]] in their heads during the monster fights. Special effects guru Eiji Tsuburaya was furious, but there wasn't enough money to reshoot the relevant sections, meaning the movie effectively ruins all of its {{Money Making Shot}}s²** While the JSDF is using their missile trucks to shoot at Godzilla, you can tell the people are dolls on the trucks.²** The Godzilla puppet used for closeups is heavily OffModel compared to the suit, and the frantic jerking-around at times reveals part of the puppeteer's arm.²* SoBadItsGood: The ''Gigantis'' cut to an extent. If one found the Japanese version boring to begin with, the hysterical cartoony dubbing and the out of place stock footage are sure to correct that.²* StockFootageFailure: The nightclub scene includes stock footage of an actual Japanese stage show. This would be fine as far as it goes... except that the performance was very painfully obviously taken from pre-1945 propaganda footage, complete with draped Imperial Japanese, Fascist Italian and ''Nazi German'' flags. [[NoSwastikas This predictably causes problems for most everybody who wants to release or air the film today]]. Most times, they superimpose a black or grey disc over the swastika and call it good... [[SpecialEffectsFailure which invariably fails as the disc is stationary while the film has the traditional jitter]]. ²* TrappedByMountainLions: Surprisingly considering the rest of the series but Anguirus, Godzilla's opponent has almost no impact on the plot. When the characters see him initially he is hyped up but afterward, all he does is interrupt Godzilla during his rampage and dies in less than 10 minutes and then the movie continues for another 40 minutes. You could cut him out and you would only miss 2 pointless small fight scenes.²* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Despite the above, the explosion of the Osaka oil refinery and the flooding of the Osaka subway are both very impressive effects. ²²----


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