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Gamera Monster Appreciation Thread

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:34 pm
by king_ghidorah
Following Kiryu's excellent idea for a Ultra kaiju thread I decided I'd create a Gamera kaiju thread as well.

Godzilla and Ultraman kaiju are both great, but my favorite kaiju by far come from the Gamera films. I'm a fan of all of them (except Zedus who I'm just meh about) and in particular the Showa era Gamera kaiju.

I'll take a Gyaos, Barugon and Guiron over a Rodan, Anguirus and Gigan any day :D

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:23 pm
by kiryugoji04
Gamera kaiju suck. Not worthy of their own thread.

:P

No, seriously, Showa Gyaos and Irys are two of the coolest kaiju ever created ever.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:39 pm
by jellydonut25
Legion might be the best kaiju ever created. I like it for the same reason that I like ridley scott's original idea for the xenomorphs: Legion has a complete, rational life-cycle.

The design is also quite unique

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:29 pm
by MekaGojira3k
Legion is one of the best cinematic kaiju anyhow, so he's easily my favorite Gamera kaiju.

Followed by Gyaos and Irys and Guiron and Barugon.
In that order.

But I can care less about Jiger, Viras, and Zigra. Ugh.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:45 pm
by king_ghidorah
MekaGojira3k wrote:Legion is one of the best cinematic kaiju anyhow, so he's easily my favorite Gamera kaiju.

Followed by Gyaos and Irys and Guiron and Barugon.
In that order.

But I can care less about Jiger, Viras, and Zigra. Ugh.


I used to have the same exact favorite list...(except I've never really liked Legion all that much. I admit he's great, and an awesome concept, but I have no personal attachement to it.)

But Jiger, Viras and Zigra have all grown on me over the years (well, I was fasinated with Zigra as a kid...Shark Week was my favorite week of the year lol)

Gamera's Showa foes were awesome because each one poses a different sort of threat to Gamera.

Plus, I mean...a monster that shoots explosive rainbows!!! And another that fires ninja stars!!!! Huuzah!!!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:40 am
by MouthForWar
Guiron or bust.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:41 am
by The Real McCoy
Gamera monsters are cool. They might not be the strongest, but they are definitely imaginative; I mean, a four-legged whatever-it-is with a knife for a head? You can't get much more bizarre than that. I've always been partial to the simple, no-flash, dinosaur-like monsters of the early Godzilla movies, and the Gamera series has several. Out of all of them, I'd have to pick Barugon. He just looks cool to me. He's kind of plain, but I just "dig" him. The rainbow beam was corny, but it wasn't used every five seconds either.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:55 am
by king_ghidorah
Lol, the rainbow is the thing I like most about Barugon. He's kind of boring and he semi steals the name of Toho's beast. He's probably my least favorite of the bunch.

And Mouth, Guiron is probably my 3rd favorite...right after Gamera and Gyaos.

I'd say the quadrepeds of the group are my least favorite. My list would look something along the lines of:

Gamera
Gyaos
Guiron
Zigra/ Viras
Jiger
Barugon

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:39 pm
by kiryugoji04
The Real McCoy wrote:I mean, a four-legged whatever-it-is with a knife for a head? You can't get much more bizarre than that.


:lol:

You're funny. Now go watch some seventies Ultraman and get back to me on that.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:35 pm
by The Real McCoy
kiryugoji04 wrote:
The Real McCoy wrote:I mean, a four-legged whatever-it-is with a knife for a head? You can't get much more bizarre than that.


:lol:

You're funny. Now go watch some seventies Ultraman and get back to me on that.

Touche. :lol:

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:37 pm
by MekaGojira3k
As much as I love Guiron, I didn't really care for the story surrounding him.

Re: Gamera Monster Appreciation Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:18 pm
by superhedorahsaiyan
I'm particularly fond of Barugon and his weird abilities. Showa Gamera movies are some of the trippiest movies ever made. lol in a good way

Re: Gamera Monster Appreciation Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:51 pm
by tbeasley
Gamera and Gyaos in general are iconic. Heisei Gamera, Gyaos, Legion and Iris are some of the best kaiju designs period.

Barugon is a great lizard-y inspired design that contrasts well with the turtle-y Gamera. Virus and Zigra are great, sleek deep-sea inspired alien designs (because so much about the deep-sea is alien to us). Whacky Guiron and fugly Jiger are great 70s era kaiju designs.

The underrated Gamera the Brave features great 'back to basics' designs with the younger, inexperienced Toto and the Barugon-inspired Zedus.

The 50th anniversary short is worth noting too, which features pretty cool Gamera 3/Legendary Godzilla inspired designs.