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For the 1967 Movie

  • Accidental Innuendo: At least in the English dubs, "Yongary's coming out!"
    Crow: Hey, good for Yongary!
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Yongary starts dancing after Icho wakes him up with the "Itch-Ray". Apropos absolutely nothing. As Jonah & The 'Bots lampshade, it makes his subsequent bloody death even more jarring.
    • The brief scene of civilians who decide to party it up, rather than flee is already a bit strange. But the weirdest part is a shot of a man praying in front of a cross—while the guy behind pours beer over his head.
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  • Bile Fascination: If this page and the main page didn't make it obvious, most people who have seen this movie or heard of it solely take interest in how terrible it is.
  • Cliché Storm: Checks off every box in the Kaiju playbook in a downright slavish fashion.
  • Designated Hero: Icho does nothing useful and is not a likeable character at all.
  • Ending Fatigue: Happens in two ways; firstly, Yongary's death is dragged out for much longer than it needs to be, and secondly, the ending keeps hammering in the Humans Are the Real Monsters message to the point where it becomes extremely repetitive.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Yongary's demise is curiously visceral considering the lighthearted tone of the film up to it. The ammonia causes him to claw at his body like a detoxing junkie for a long time, then he collapses to the ground, seizing uncontrollably... and then he bleeds out from the rectum. You know, for kids!
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  • Follow the Leader: Yongary might be the most by-numbers Kaiju film ever made, aping the "Nuclear Weapons awaken and/or mutate a Prehistoric Monster" thing from Godzilla and the "Monster forms unlikely bond with small child" schtick from Gamera. These two trends don't cohere very well, leading to considerable Mood Whiplash.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Yongary's death scene is probably the most disturbing for a Kaiju since Godzilla (1954). And in a much more "Child-Friendly" film.
    • Related, the constant flashes to the main cast in the helicopter, giggling light heartedly as the monster is slowly dying.
  • The Scrappy: Icho is really, really, really annoying.
  • Signature Scene: Either Yongary's "Dance Scene" or his horrific death scene.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The film is so shamelessly cliched, so poorly written, and has such low production values that its entertainment value is derived from how impressively terrible it is.
  • Special Effect Failure: In the scenes where Yongary is breathing fire, you can see the nozzle in his mouth.
    • A Jeep that gets sliced in half by Yongary's laser has a visible fifth wheel to prop it up.
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  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: We are told that Yongary isn't really evil, but earlier in the film, Yongary deliberately reached down and picked up a man, then threw him onto the ground. How is that not an act of sadism?
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Yongary's bloody death is a bit much for what is otherwise a run-of-the-mill Tokusatsu romp.

For the 1999 Remake

  • Broken Base: Fans are rather split about the change in Yongary’s appearance; some prefer the old design and feel the change was unnecessary, but others like the change and think his original design was too generic.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Galaxions teleporting the monsters under their control would predict a similar occurrence in Godzilla: Final Wars where the Xiliens used the same method to recall and unleash their monsters.
  • Values Resonance: Professor Campbell's threats of having his excavation deported if they don’t knuckle under to the decidedly deadly work conditions can be more pointed in today’s more heated political climate regarding immigration.


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