The Age of Monsters ended with Second Impact. The titans of old, which dominated the last half of the 20th century, have long vanished since the cataclysm which wrecked the world. Even mighty Godzilla, King of the Monsters, himself perished.
At least, that is what everyone says.
Shinji Ikari finds himself quickly disabused of that notion when he is summoned to NERV, and that is not even the biggest surprise of his day. Nearly killed in an Angel attack, he is saved by a strange visitor from beyond the stars, and given the power -but most importantly, the choice- to save the world.
A rewrite of Leviathan by Thuktun Flishithy, シン・Leviathan (using the same wordplay as Shin Godzilla and Shin Ultraman meaning both "new" and "true") streamlines the Fusion Fic continuity and seeks to tell a stronger story. A story of gods and monsters, a story of whether or not Man is fit to be custodians of the world.
Can be found here on Spacebattles, AO3, Sufficient Velocity, EvaGeeks, and finally Fanfiction.net.
シン・Leviathan contains examples of:
- Alien Invasion: While not shown in the story proper, the story implicitly mentions Earth has been invaded by alien (in actuality transplanted human populations) invaders, including the Mysterians, Simeons, and Xiliens.
- An Arm and a Leg: Godzilla blasts off Sachiel's arm with his atomic breath, then rips the other one clean out of its socket.
- Big Damn Heroes: Quite literally, considering the sizes of the characters.
- In the very first chapter, Godzilla catches a VTOL before it can crush Shinji and Misato.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Poor Sachiel doesn't last long against Godzilla, and gets torn apart.
- Epigraph: Each chapter starts with one. Some are from real sources, such as The Book of Job, or they are taken from fictional examples in order to help worldbuild.
- He's Back!: Misato's reaction when she realizes just who saved her and Shinji from being paint on the VTOL.
- Sherlock Scan: Gendo quickly sums up the first interaction that NERV sees between Godzilla and Ultraman after one look at the video."Take note of his countenance," Commander Ikari said. "Godzilla's facial expressions are almost as complex as those of primates in terms of conveying emotion. There is displeasure there, yes, but this particular expression is one used only when the source of his displeasure is not something he deems a threat. He has made similar and well-documented displays whenever irritated by Rodan or Anguirus, kaiju with whom he had formed social bonds."
"Something which doesn't happen overnight," Misato said. "He's encountered this giant before."
"And does not deem it a threat, either to him or this planet. See how he turns away. Head tilted slightly upwards, in a dominance display that simultaneously exposes his throat."
"He did not back down from this giant out of fear." Commander Ikari stood up, and adjusted his glasses. For a moment, the orange glint of the lenses made his gaze mirror the one on the screen. "He did it out of respect."