Tuesday, November 14, 2017

「ゴジラ総選挙2017」 Godzilla General Election 2017: Popular monster selected by 10,000 people TOP 20

01 Mothra モスラ
02 King Ghidorah キングギドラ
03 Rodan ラドン
04 Minilla ミニラ  
05 Showa Mechagodzilla メカゴジラ(旧)
06 Anguirus アンギラス 
07 Mecha King Ghidorah メカキングギドラ
08 Baby Godzilla ベビーゴジラ
09 Giganガイガン 
10 Hedorah ヘドラ 
11 Biollante ビオランテ 
12 Kiryu 3 式機龍  
13 Super Mechagodzilla スーパーメカゴジラ
14 Jet Jaguar ジェットジャガー 
15 Kaiser Ghidorah カイザーギドラ
16 Baragon バラゴン 
17 Destroyah デストロイア 
18 Varan バラン 
19 Godzillasaurus ゴジラザウルス 

20 Battra バトラ 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Updated Charts: Screen Time, First Appearance, Attendance

The following is an updated version of Godzilla's screen time, first appearance, and attendance for all Toho Godzilla films, plus TriStar and Legendary Pictures. Fitting 31 films on a graph isn't easy, I tried to make them as large and readable as possible, please click on the image to get the full size, sorry mobile users. Many charts are presented twice, once in release order, and again from most to least, I also included a list. Since Blogger is sometime hard to keep formatting lined up I tried to do the best I could. I also color coded the eras to help better visual the data.

Screen Time  

Screen time is presented in two ways; first in minutes of screen time, second as a percentage of the total runtime of the films. 

Screen Time
Rank Movie    Time
1 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla II 0:26:56
2 Godzilla 2000 0:22:28
3 Godzilla Vs Hedorah 0:20:33
4 Godzilla Vs Destroyah 0:20:09
5 Godzilla X Megaguirus 0:20:08
6 Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla 0:19:38
7 Return of Godzilla 0:18:54
8 Shin Godzilla 0:17:23
9 Godzilla Vs Biollante 0:16:49
10 GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack 0:16:40
11 Godzilla Vs Gigan 0:16:12
12 Godzilla Vs Mothra 0:15:16
13 Godzilla Final Wars 0:14:55
14 Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah 0:14:46
15 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 0:13:01
16 Godzilla (1998) 0:12:58
17 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 0:12:52
18 Son of Godzilla 0:11:56
19 Godzilla X MechaGodzilla 0:11:48
20 Godzilla Vs Megalon 0:10:24
21 Mothra Vs Godzilla 0:10:24
22 Godzilla (2014) 0:09:56
23 Terror of MechaGodzilla 0:09:34
24 Godzilla Raids Again 0:09:32
25 King Kong Vs Godzilla 0:09:13
26 Gojira 0:08:44
27 Destroy All Monsters 0:08:29
28 All Monsters Attack 0:08:19
29 Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster 0:07:55
30 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 0:07:55
31 Invasion of the Astro Monster 0:05:43

Screen Time as Percent in Each Film 

Percent of Screen Time
Rank Movie Percent
1 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla II 25%
2 Godzilla Vs Hedorah 24%
3 Godzilla 2000 23%
4 Godzilla Vs Destroyah 20%
5 Godzilla X Megaguirus 19%
6 Godzilla Vs Gigan 18%
7 Return of Godzilla 18%
8 Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla 18%
9 Godzilla Vs Biollante 16%
10 GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack 16%
11 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 15%
12 Godzilla Vs Mothra 15%
13 Shin Godzilla  15%
14 Son of Godzilla 14%
15 Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah 14%
16 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 14%
17 Godzilla Vs Megalon 13%
18 Godzilla X MechaGodzilla 13%
19 Godzilla Raids Again 12%
20 Mothra Vs Godzilla 12%
21 All Monsters Attack 12%
22 Terror of MechaGodzilla 12%
23 Godzilla Final Wars 12%
24 King Kong Vs Godzilla 10%
25 Destroy All Monsters 10%
26 Gojira 9%
27 Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster 9%
28 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 9%
29 Godzilla (1998) 9%
30 Godzilla (2014) 8%
31 Invasion of the Astro Monster 6%

Comparing Screen Time to Rampages and Clashes

Sometimes Godzilla is on screen but he really isn't doing much, other times other kaiju and present and causing destruction, or battle Godzilla. This chart is a bit subjective to what is considered rampage or a clash. If city destruction is going on, or battling the military, it is consider a rampage. Clashes are of course when kaiju battle, the clock starts when they initiate an attack. The chart is presented twice again, once in minutes, the second in percentage.    

Time of  Rampages and Clashes
Rank Movie    Time
1 Godzilla Vs Gigan 0:29:54
2 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla II 0:23:20
3 Godzilla Vs Hedorah 0:22:47
4 Godzilla 2000 0:21:25
5 Godzilla Vs Mothra 0:21:09
6 Godzilla Vs Destroyah 0:20:45
7 Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla 0:18:15
8 GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack 0:17:42
9 Godzilla Final Wars 0:17:08
10 Godzilla Vs Megalon 0:16:10
11 Terror of MechaGodzilla 0:15:40
12 Godzilla X Megaguirus 0:14:59
13 Shin Godzilla 0:14:48
14 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 0:14:14
15 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 0:14:04
16 Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster 0:13:40
17 Destroy All Monsters 0:12:53
18 Godzilla Vs Biollante 0:12:35
19 Godzilla (1998) 0:11:58
20 Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah 0:11:16
21 Godzilla X MechaGodzilla 0:11:15
22 All Monsters Attack 0:11:02
23 King Kong Vs Godzilla 0:11:01
24 Mothra Vs Godzilla 0:10:57
25 Invasion of the Astro Monster 0:09:49
26 Son of Godzilla 0:09:08
27 Godzilla Raids Again 0:06:03
28 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 0:06:02
29 Gojira 0:05:20
30 Return of Godzilla 0:05:14
31 Godzilla (2014) 0:04:12

Percent of Rampages and Clashes 
Rank Movie Percent
1 Godzilla Vs Gigan 34%
2 Godzilla Vs Hedorah 27%
3 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla II 22%
4 Godzilla 2000 22%
5 Godzilla Vs Mothra 21%
6 Godzilla Vs Megalon 20%
7 Godzilla Vs Destroyah 20%
8 Terror of MechaGodzilla 19%
9 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 17%
10 Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla 17%
11 GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack 17%
12 All Monsters Attack 16%
13 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 16%
14 Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster 15%
15 Destroy All Monsters 15%
16 Godzilla X Megaguirus 14%
17 Godzilla Final Wars 14%
18 Godzilla X MechaGodzilla 13%
19 Shin Godzilla  13%
20 Mothra Vs Godzilla 12%
21 Godzilla Vs Biollante 12%
22 Son of Godzilla 11%
23 Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah 11%
24 Invasion of the Astro Monster 10%
25 Godzilla (1998) 8%
26 Godzilla Raids Again 7%
27 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 7%
28 Gojira 6%
29 King Kong Vs Godzilla 6%
30 Return of Godzilla 5%
31 Godzilla (2014) 4%

First Appearance 

Basically how long into the film before Godzilla appears. However there is often a tease appearance where Godzilla is seen only briefly or in a flashback. The charts are in release order with a list from earliest to latest. 

First Appearance Tiime First
Rank Movie Appearance    Tease
1 Godzilla Vs Destroyah  0:02:12    0:02:12
2 Godzilla 2000 0:03:24  0:03:24
3 Destroy All Monsters 0:03:28 0:03:28
4 Shin Godzilla           0:07:54    0:03:52
5 All Monsters Attack 0:13:13 0:13:13
6 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla II 0:13:48 0:13:48
7 Godzilla Vs Gigan 0:17:32 0:00:21
8 Gojira 0:22:04 0:22:04
9 Godzilla Vs Hedorah 0:22:40 0:12:07
10 Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla 0:22:41 0:01:00
11 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 0:24:25 0:01:15
12 Godzilla Raids Again 0:26:04 0:08:36
13 King Kong Vs Godzilla 0:26:18 0:26:18
14 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 0:26:53 0:26:53
15 Son of Godzilla 0:31:00 0:01:12
16 Mothra Vs Godzilla 0:32:41 0:32:41
17 Return of Godzilla 0:32:59 0:32:59
18 Godzilla Vs Mothra 0:32:59 0:01:03
19 Godzilla X MechaGodzilla 0:37:20 0:02:08
20 GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack 0:38:06 0:03:44
21 Godzilla X Megaguirus 0:39:03 0:03:24
22 Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster 0:39:23 0:39:23
23 Godzilla Vs Biollante 0:39:45 0:01:09
24 Godzilla 1998 0:45:52 0:05:22
25 Invasion of the Astro Monster 0:46:01 0:38:42
26 Terror of MechaGodzilla 0:48:10 0:48:10
27 Godzilla Vs Megalon 0:48:23 0:00:59
28 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 0:52:04 0:30:51
29 Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah 0:55:36 0:01:43
30 Godzilla (2014) 0:59:13 0:01:02
31 Godzilla Final Wars 1:09:23 0:00:30

First Appearance Percent First
Rank Movie Appearance        Tease
1 Godzilla Vs Destroyah 2% 2%
2 Godzilla 2000 3% 3%
3 Destroy All Monsters 4% 4%
4 Shin Godzilla 7% 3%
5 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla II 14% 14%
6 All Monsters Attack 19% 19%
7 Godzilla Vs Gigan 20% 1%
8 Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla 21% 1%
9 Gojira 23% 23%
10 King Kong Vs Godzilla 27% 27%
11 Godzilla Vs Hedorah 27% 14%
12 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 27% 1%
13 Godzilla Raids Again 32% 10%
14 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 32% 32%
15 Return of Godzilla 32% 32%
16 Godzilla Vs Mothra 32% 1%
17 Godzilla 1998 33% 4%
18 Son of Godzilla 36% 1%
19 GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack 36% 4%
20 Mothra Vs Godzilla 37% 37%
21 Godzilla X Megaguirus 37% 3%
22 Godzilla Vs Biollante 38% 1%
23 Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster 42% 42%
24 Godzilla X MechaGodzilla               42%           2%
25 Godzilla (2014) 48% 1%
26 Invasion of the Astro Monster 49% 41%
27 Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah 54% 2%
28 Godzilla Final Wars 56% 1%
29 Terror of MechaGodzilla 58% 58%
30 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 60% 36%
31 Godzilla Vs Megalon 60% 1%


The Japanese like to track tickets sold, not over all box office take in money. While not completely fair to compare films over a 60 year period, you can see trends in the different eras. 

Initial Attendance 
Rank Title Attendance
1 King Kong Vs Godzilla 11,200,000
2 Gojira 9,610,000
3 Godzilla Raids Again 8,340,000
4 Shin Godzilla 5,690,000
5 Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster 4,320,000
6 Godzilla Vs Mothra 4,200,000
7 Godzilla Vs Destroyah 4,000,000
8 Godzilla (1998) 3,900,000
9 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla II 3,800,000
10 Invasion of the Astro Monster 3,780,000
11 Mothra Vs Godzilla 3,510,000
12 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 3,450,000
13 Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla 3,400,000
14 Return of Godzilla 3,200,000
15 Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah 2,700,000
16 Destroy All Monsters 2,580,000
17 Son of Godzilla 2,480,000
18 GMK:Giant Monsters All Out Attack 2,400,000
19 Godzilla (2014) 2,180,000
20 Godzilla Vs Biollante 2,000,000
21 Godzilla 2000 2,000,000
22 Godzilla Vs Gigan 1,780,000
23 Godzilla Vs Hedorah 1,740,000
24 Godzilla X MechaGodzilla 1,700,000
25 All Monsters Attack 1,480,000
26 Godzilla X Megaguirus 1,350,000
27 Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 1,330,000
28 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 1,100,000
29 Godzilla Final Wars 1,000,000
30 Godzilla Vs Megalon 980,000
31 Terror of MechaGodzilla 970,000

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Shin Godzilla Breakdown

Shin Godzilla Breakdown

Length 118 minutes or 1 hour 58 minutes 

Director Hideaki Anno 
Writer Hideaki Anno
Effects Shinji Higuchi
Music Shiro Sagisu

Godzilla Breakdown and Screen Time

1st Form Aquatic 
Total Time in Film  10:20
Total Screen Time   0:57
Tease Appearance   3:52
First Appearance     7:54 
Percent                     1%

2nd Form aka Kamata-kun 
Total Time in Film   9:24
Total Screen Time    2:09
First Appearance      15:00
Percent                      2%

3rd Form aka Shinagawa-kun
Total Time in Film   3:06
Total Screen Time    1:15
First Appearance     24:20
Percent                    1%

4th Form aka Kamakura-san 
Total Time in Film  38:03
Total Screen Time  12:25
First Appearance    47:19
Percent                   10%

5th Form Frozen and Tail Humanoids
Total Time in Film  2:20
Total Screen Time   0:37
First Appearance    51:20
Percent                   1%

Total Time in Film         1:03:13
Total Screen Time          17:23
Precent of Screen Time 15%

A lot of screen time for Godzilla 8th highest in the franchise history, 11th if we looked at precent of the film. Most of the shots of Godzilla is very short, under 30 seconds, often under 10. I think the reason for limited time in each shot is due to the mankind vs Godzilla nature of the film. The shots are cutting between Godzilla, the results of his actions, and the reaction to the characters to what Godzilla is doing.  Operation Yashiori takes 8:09 of time, starting when they send the trains, till Godzilla is frozen. Even though 70% of the shots are 10 seconds or less, he is still in the scene for 4:04 of 8:09 which is pretty much 50%.

Once the 4th form aka Kamakura-san shows up he is the center of attention, till he goes into his dormant state to heal. Then the center again during Operation Yashiori. 

4th Form aka Kamakura-san Scene Breakdown
Breakdown Scene Time Screen Time
Bay                     5:39         2:19
JSDF                   5:01         2:19
Into Tokyo          4:56         1:12
US Bombing      3:38         1:58
Yashiori              8:09             4:04

The movie does not follow the 3 act structure like most Godzilla films, taking more of a 5 Act structure with an epilogue at the end. As each encounter with Godzilla becomes it’s own act, as well as the planning stages in-between. Act IV the Dormant State is the longest and doesn’t feature many shots of Godzilla, only 5 shots under 10 seconds spread out through out. However the story keeps a good pace as the character race against time to get their own plan in action and stop the countdown of the nuclear option, literarily. 

Act I         27:26  Initial Event
Act II        19:51 Misfits Taskforce 
Act III      20:02 Godzilla Reappears 
Act IV      33:04 Dormant State
Act V         8:09  Operation Yashiori
Epilogue    4:43   Epilogue

Plot 23
We have seen the political angle before, but usually as the B-plot with the main characters separated from the politics. This time we are watching front and center as they try to comprehend what Godzilla is and how to deal with him. They make many mistakes, and don’t know what to do. But at the same time you can’t blame them, they are dealing with something completely unknown. I do like how it is the misfits that team up and become the ones to figure out away to deal with Godzilla. Protocol and rank mean nothing, only results, and working as a team. I did take away a few points due to some short cuts the plot takes near the end. 

Directing 22
Hideaki Anno is mostly know as a animation director, but he is no slouch when it comes to directing people, and does a fine job with a big cast. Many times in a Godzilla movie we see the main characters only interacting with a small number of other people. This time we start with large committee rooms with so many people, we need name and position titles. Later when the plot concentrates on the misfits we have less people to keep track of, but there a still many side characters that make their way into the story. The pacing is pretty fast throughout the story, only settling down after a Godzilla attack, but pick back up quickly. 

Effects 20
Shinji Higuchi did the effects and while the original plan was to use a mix of practical effects and CGI, it ended up that Godzilla ended up being completely CGI using motion capture. We get a new take on Godzilla with multi forms, and strange new abilities. Personally I like the new take, I am never scared of new concepts, just poorly executed concepts. I also love how after the military fails, it is the things that Godzilla usually destroys; trains, buildings, trucks, and people that help stop him.  
Music 23
Music was a great mix of new and classic themes. Shiro Sagisu does have a few themes that does sound like scores he has done before for other films, but then again Akira Ifukube did the same thing in many of his soundtracks. 

Total 88

Full Discloser 
I got to see the film in the theaters in the US during it’s release by Funimation. Later I got to see it again on my flight over to the Philippines since it was available to watch on the 14 hour flight. It wasn’t till I got the Blu Ray release that I was able to do the timing. While I am not the biggest fan of Hideaki Anno I really enjoyed his take on Godzilla. 

This review was done with the Blu-ray of “Shin Godzilla” released by Funimation. The times maybe off a second plus or minus, I used my Sony Blu Ray player to check the time code at any visual part of a godzilla on screen, full body, tail, foot, fin, head, etc… It maybe off by a few seconds but should be fairly accurate. If anyone else wishes to check their accuracy I would like to compare figures. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

TriStar Godzilla Breakdown

TriStar Godzilla Breakdown

139 minutes or Length 2 hours 19 minutes 

Director         Roland Emmerich 
Writer            Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin
Effects           Centropolis
Music            David Arnold

Godzilla Breakdown and Screen Time

Total Time in Film                51:28
Total Screen Time                12:58
Tease Appearance                 5:22
New York (but no full shot) 25:31
Full Apperaance                   45:52

Baby Zilla’s
Total Time in Film      20:38
Total Scene Time          4:47
First Appearance     1:32:19

Act I         Mysterious events lead to New York City
Act II        Godzilla in New York
Act III       Babies and pissed off Godzilla 

Plot 5
Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin boasted that they wrote the screenplay for the movie over a weekend at a restore, and it shows.The plot is full of dipshits, that do dumb things. They are one dimensional characters for cheap laughs, and to make things simple for the audience. The only thing I like was Jean Reno and his French team, when they were on I was at least a little entertained. Of course like many action movies, they are well trained, with guns, but get eaten by the baby zillas. While the main characters some how survive worst situations, guess their baby zillas were already full. 
Directing 10
Roland Emmerich is a competent director, knowing how to set up a shot and film actors, so I can’t given him to low of a score. But I can’t give it to high a score since the film really doesn’t have any stand out scenes, a few clever shots at most. 

Effects 10
They wanted to make Centropolis rank up with ILM and hoped this movie would help do that. But the opposite happened. If Jurassic Park, 5 years earlier, was the high bar the film was trying to reach, they never came close. Even when released Godzilla didn’t impress many, and really hasn’t aged well at all, now looking like something you would see on direct to video or sci-fi movie of the week. 
Music 10
Really a lackluster score and way to many band tie ins. Pretty much the worst musical score for a Godzilla movie, only a little better then early American releases that used stock music in place of the Japanese scores. 
Total 35

Full Discloser 
I saw this once in the theaters in 1998, Sunday morning matinee so I would pay the least amount of money. From what I heard in advance it was going to be horrible, and it was. I mainly saw it to see if what everyone was saying was true, and be able to talk about it if asked. I have avoided watching it again in it’s entirety as much as possible, and skipped it during my initial screen time project. I kept meaning to post it on April 1st at some point, but always had something better to do. But since I finished timing Shin Godzilla, I figured I should add it before redoing all my charts. 

This review was done with the Amazon Prime rental of “Godzilla”, because I don’t want to own it. The times maybe off a second plus or minus, I used the time code on the screen to check the time at any visual part of a godzilla on screen, full body, tail, foot, fin, head, etc… It maybe off by a few seconds but should be fairly accurate. If anyone else wishes to check their accuracy I would like to compare figures. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Messterpiece that is Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

The film which is to be the end of the 90's Versus series, aka Heisei series, so Hollywood could make the next Godzilla as a summer blockbuster. They decided to go all the way back the original to create a foe based on the one thing that killed him in the past the oxygen destroyer, and turning it into a new kaiju to kill Godzilla. The film ends up being a complete mess, full of half thought out ideas, and rush execution.

The movie starts with a big reveal.

G Force managed to get Godzilla to stay on Birth Island for a while with the young little Godzilla. They didn’t have anyone stationed on the island to keep an eye on things, just sending a helicopter to check on him from time to time I guess.

Godzilla shows up and attacks Hong Kong. Finally, Godzilla shows up someplace other than Japan or uninhabited island. Also, something is wrong with Godzilla, although that and the rampage pretty much goes unnoticed by the people of Hong Kong. 

The effects actually work well, if it isn’t for most of the traffic and people not seeming to react to the mass destruction going on.

Godzilla has turned into Burning Godzilla; his nuclear furnace is overloading. The look of Burning Godzilla is pretty well done, the smoke, the glowing orange, and Godzilla looks like he is in great pain, you get the fact that there is something very wrong.

Eventually he is going to go critical exploding, possibly igniting the entire atmosphere (Spoilers he doesn’t). While this is an interesting take, maybe this would have been a more interesting film with no opponent to face, just the humans trying to figure out how to save the world from Godzilla blowing up.

The cast of the movie is just around to explain what is going on to the viewers with technobabble. They pretty much stumble through the narrative only accomplishing things by accident.

The cast includes:

Miki Saegusa: Long running reoccurring character in every Heisei film since Godzilla Vs. Biollante (1989). She is worried about Godzilla Junior and losing her ESP. Helps lure Junior into a fight with Destoroyah. She also cries a lot when Junior dies temporally.

Professor Fukazawa: Returning from Godzilla Vs Mothra (1992), recruits Kenkichi and then stand around and look concerned.

Kenkichi Yamane: The grandson of Dr Kyohei Yamane from the original Godzilla (1954), he is a young smart kid that just there to explain about Burning Godzilla. He has a crush on Miki which is the only reason he joined G Force, and then has very few actual conversations with her. Wants a new Oxygen Destroyer to kill Godzilla, and then is happy Destoroyah shows up even through realistically he is a big threat then Godzilla ever was. 

Yujari Yamane: The granddaughter of Dr Kyohei Yamane, she is there to report on things. She introduces the audience to Dr. Ijuin, visits her aunt Emiko Yamane from the original Godzilla (1954), get menaced by a Destroyer so she can be rescued.

Dr. Kensaku Ijuin: Introduced as the Micro-Oxygen / Oxygen Destroyer expert, seems to have a thing for Yujari but pretty much just there to explain Destoroyah.

Meru Ozawa: Just wants to be a normal girl, report what the Americans are saying. Helps lure Junior into a fight with Destoroyah.

Commander Takaki Aso: A returning character since Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993). He is there to look worried that he can’t attack Godzilla.

Major Sho Kuroki: The Major was also in Godzilla Vs. Biollante (1989) as the pilot of the Super X II, but was played by a completely different actor. This time played by the actor that was in Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) as the goofy pteranodon enthusiast Kazuma Aoki. He is there to fly around the Super X III, actually stops Burning Godzilla, then does not show up to fight Destoroyah or Godzilla again till the climax. 

The Super X III manages to stop burning Godzilla from exploding. However, G Force command seems to have forgotten all about the Super X III until it launches. Professor Fukazawa and Commander Aso are at G Center all worried because Godzilla is headed to a nuclear power plant and if they attack he could explode, destroying the world. Then they get news the Super X III is launching, and the Commander starts talking about all the cryolasers and cadmium missiles.

The Super X III is actually very effective at stopping Burning Godzilla, basically freezing him in two passes.

Turns out the Super X III cryo-weapons have actually helped, and Burning Godzilla is no longer going to explode.

Funny how they show the 6-hour time lapse with a simple wipe, they couldn’t put in a scene updating us on Destoroyah, or the characters making plans, or discoveries.

So, the Super X III has stopped Burning Godzilla from exploding, completely by accident. However, it is not all good news, seems Burning Godzilla internal temperature is still rising and now going to meltdown instead. When he does he will release a lot of radiation and possibly burrow to the center of the Earth (Spoilers he doesn’t).

At the same time, G Center is trying to deal with Burning Godzilla, Dr Ijuin and the JSDF is dealing with a new threat. Dr Ijuin is the world’s expert on micro oxygen, a discovery close to what Dr Serizawa was working on when he invented the oxygen destroyer. Which he used to kill the original Godzilla but destroyed all his notes and himself so it could never be used again.

When digging a tunnel under Tokyo bay, across the area where the oxygen destroyer was used to kill original Godzilla, and there are a lot of fossils, the tunnel mysteriously melts. Dr Ijuin takes some soil samples back to his lab, where there are signs of life and something escapes.

Later at an aquarium something attacks a bunch of fish leaving just bones.

This of course is the other kaiju Destoroyah from the title. Soon more show up causing destruction and the police bring in some SWAT straight out of Aliens with motion trackers and flamethrowers that look like smart guns.

At first the SWAT guys aren’t doing too good as the Juvenile Destoroyah bust through walls like Kamen Rider Black and gets the drop on them.

But once they bring out the flame throwers, rocket launchers, and grenades they start killing the Juvenile Destoroyah left and right.

Dr Ijuin, after taking time to help rescue Yujari from a Juvenile Destoroyah because everyone else leaves her there to be bait while they get to safety, figures out the cold will work just as well if not better against Destoroyah. The JSDF sends out a bunch of cryo tanks to the area to clean up the threat.

These are the same maser tanks from the previous Heisei films that use to fire lightning/laser blast, that now have cryolasers instead. This goes well until the Juvenile Destoroyah retreat, and then turn into the larger Aggregate Destoroyah form and the weapons have no effect anymore.

Destoroyah then changes again into a flying form and circles Tokyo where stuff seems to blow up underneath him a lot.

Do they send the Super X III to deal with this new threat? No that might actually be smart. Instead G Force comes up with a plan to lure Junior into combat with Destoroyah in the middle of Tokyo, the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the world with a population of nearly 17 million people. That way Burning Godzilla will follow Junior and Destoroyah will kill Burning Godzilla and end the threat of him melting down to the center of the Earth. What could go wrong?

(Spoilers it is not)

Conveniently Junior is close by Tokyo when Destoroyah is flying around. Junior is able to take out the flying Destoroyah.

Destoroyah changes back into the Aggregate form to fight Junior and gives him a few bumps. 

But in the end Junior is able to damage the Aggregate Destoroyah.

Then send him crashing into a building seeming to be defeated long before Burning Godzilla reaches Tokyo.

It takes Burning Godzilla a long time to meet up with Junior, it is completely dark by the time Burning Godzilla shows up. Here he is walking through Tokyo and cars are happy that there isn’t too much traffic on the road.

Of course, Destoroyah shows up bigger and uglier, kills Junior and fights Godzilla.

Destoroyah gives Burning Godzilla a few bumps even dragging him around the airport as people slowly board airplanes and they taxi for take-off.

Once Burning Godzilla gets tired of being pushed around he kicks Destoroyah ass.

Destoroyah breaks down into a bunch of Aggregate Destoroyah's and start to attack Godzilla.

But Burning Godzilla doesn’t even need his breath to deal with these Aggregate Destoroyah's, they start to fall apart just being tossed through the air.

And then a stop, drop and roll takes care of the rest.

Burning Godzilla goes to see Junior one last time, says his good bye and is ready to meltdown.

Then Destoroyah shows up again because he is game for a rematch.

Destoroyah does his tail drag again, his only attack that seems to work. But Godzilla is already melting down and unleashes a massive attack on Destoroyah.

Destoroyah realizes that attacking Burning Godzilla again was a mistake and tries to flee. However, the same cryo tanks that couldn’t harm him in his Aggregate form are back and now are able to take him down.

Destoroyah falls blows up and is never seen again, because the plot is done with him.

Fandom likes to talk about how Destoroyah was Godzilla’s toughest foe, but really, he gets his ass handed to him a lot. Humans dealt with the Juvenile Destoroyah pretty handily once they brought out the heavy weapons. The Aggregate and Flying Destoroyah are taken out by Junior. The final form of Destoroyah has size going for him but once Godzilla starts releasing his beam, Destoroyah starts to spurt green blood all over. That is the same beam that pretty much has no effect on the Super X III.

Finally Burning Godzilla reaches his meltdown temperature and starts to meltdown. The JSDF and Super X III turn their cryo-weapons on him and stop him from burrowing down to the center of the Earth.

It is a good thing Dr Ijuin called and told G Force to send Super X III and the cryo tanks, even though he never really talks to them about Burning Godzilla, he was always busy with the Destoroyah problem.

Even though Godzilla didn’t burrow towards the center of the Earth, it looks like Tokyo is going to be uninhabitable due to all the radiation. But then....

Junior absorbs all the radiation and becomes the new Godzilla, so by complete accident the world is saved again.

So, the humans accomplish everything by accident. The Super X III stopped Godzilla from blowing up, even though they had no idea it would happen. Godzilla took care of the Destoroyah threat even though their plan was to have it go the other way around. Junior absorbed the radiation so Tokyo is habitable, however everyone exposed before that probably received a lethal dose.