Reigo appears in Reigo: The Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato (深海獣レイゴー Shinkaijū Reigō) is a 2005 independent tokusatsu film by Shinpei Hayashiya. Veteran artist Keita Amemiya designed the titular monster. The film's original working title was Reigo vs. Yamato (レイゴー対大和 - Reigô tai Yamatô).
The film, set in World War II, depicts the story of the real-life Japanese battleship, the Yamato, which is confronted in the Pacific Ocean by giant monsters, including the most fearsome of them all, Reigo.
Raiga first appeared in the film Raiga: Deep Sea Monster. He resembles Godzilla, Titanosaurus and Zedus.
Nature, normally is fair and equal. It gives and it takes. Peaceful through and through. Only when gravely disturb does nature show it's destructive side. And when side is displayed, nightmares, manifest into reality...
In September 1942, Captain Yamagami (Susumu Kurobe) is ordered to rendezvous the Yamato with the Combined Fleet that is gathering at the Truk Islands (aka Chuuk Islands) in Micronesia, a key strategic point in the South Pacific. With beautiful clear blue skies above and surrounded by coral reefs below, this South Seas paradise became a strong base for the Combined Fleet and the front lines of the naval war; a place where many fierce battles were fought. Decades later, the sea bed surrounding the Truk Islands is still littered with the remains of more than 60 warships and airplanes.
Among Yamagami’s crew are the cantankerous Divisional Officer Noboru Osako (Yukijiro Hotaru) and the young Ensign Takeshi Kaido (Taiyo Sugiura). Unsure of what the future may bring, Kaido went off to war without declaring his intentions for his childhood sweetheart, Chie Kojima (Mai Nanami). He always carries her photo in his coat pocket, while Chie longs for his return to their seaside hometown.
When the Yamato arrives at Truk, the married Osako decides to ease his worries over leaving behind a pregnant wife by sneaking an island woman named Momoka (Yumika Hayashi) aboard ship for some private recreation. But to Osako’s annoyance, Momoka brings along her elderly grandfather (Mickey Curtis) who insists on telling him a local tale about monsters that has been passed down for generations. The disbelieving naval officer is told that the surrounding waters are home to man-sized, carnivorous Bonefishes…and, as dangerous as the fish are, they are nothing more than an “opening act” for an even greater menace; the legendary Hell King of the Seas called Reigo.
The next night, a lookout spots a massive shape half-submerged in the distance. Believing it to be an enemy submarine, the Yamato fires on it and scores a direct hit. Osako is shocked when the object emits a strange cry as it sinks beneath the waves. He reports the incident and the story of Reigo to his commander and shipmates. Unbeknownst to the crew, they have killed the offspring of Reigo.
Not long after that first encounter, a school of luminous Bonefish launch themselves from the water like flying fish and attack a group of soldiers standing watch on the Yamato’s deck. Kaido hears their screams and rushes to the rescue, but finds the men already torn to pieces.
Just as the old man predicted, the Bonefish herald the arrival of Reigo, a beast 80 meters-long and resembling a cross between Godzilla and a shark. Seething with rage at the murder of its cub, the monster attacks the Combined Fleet with incredible ferocity and awesome destructive power. The naval forces are caught off guard, and Reigo is able to destroy escort ships and damage the Yamato before returning to the ocean depths.
The crew quickly regroups and plans a counterattack, but when Reigo returns it manages to stay one step ahead of the Japanese forces. Almost as if it is aware that the Yamato’s main guns are long range weapons which are ineffective up close, the monster attacks at close range or blasts the ships from underwater with blue bursts of electricity.
Thoughts of family and lovers back home… fear at being confronted by an unknown enemy…conflict and confrontation explode among the officers and crew over the best battle strategy to use against the threat of Reigo.
Over Osako’s loud objections, Kaido suggests a last-ditch plan of attack that will either stop Reigo or sink the Yamato. Now the stage is set for a final battle to unfold between the world’s largest battleship and the mysterious dragon-like monster that glides through the seas at will.
Which one will prevail… Reigo or the battleship Yamato?
Powers and Abilities
Lightning: Reigo is capable of summoning vast amounts of lightning from the sky, often using it to supercharge itself or strike its enemies.
With Global warming causing the southern polar ice cap to gradually melt, the effects bring results. Monstrous results. With the disruptance of the ecosystem, sncient descendants of the nightmarish sea beast Reigo, a monster mankind had went into battle against dating back 60 years, are unleashed upon the modern world.
The only instinctive desire in mind was to survive, and take the world that they were reawakened into, establishing their reign as the dominate ruler. Mankind could only watch in horror as these ancient nightmares send their world into the abyss of extinction. Buildings crumbled, citys burned, and lives were torn from loved one. Among the chaos, Defense Corps tried to fight back against the timeless creatures. However even through military means, Defense Corps could not match against such power. Thus their resistance only cost more innocent lives. Though with luck, they were close to stopping one Raiga, however in that Raiga's place, more showed up. Each Raiga finding one another as a threat and enemy, for they all shared the same goal in mind. The battles raged on greatly, fighting relentlessly for territory and dominant rule.
With every battle, human or monster, any other species, there's a selection. The strong, and the weak. The Raigas who fought greatly but were crushed out of existance, were the weak. As the numbers lowered down to just two, the final battle for complete rule began. The Strong versus The Powerful. (Blue) Raiga, vs. The Great Raiga. The battle between the two titans was unnatural, crushing blow after blow, both sides dished out equal punishments to which they had receive from each other. Though after taking hellish attacks from The Great Raiga, it would seem that Raiga would be next to fall. However, summoning the inner strength to continue the fight, Raiga managed to turn the tide with more power than expected. The battle tore away the battlefield, shaking the very foundation of Japan. For the most part, both monsters appeared to be equal in strength, and power. But in the end of all great battles, only one winner can remain standing.
Both ancient demons unleashed their greatest attacks, and within a godly display of power, the fate of the battle was decided. Raiga, had remained. The new god and tyrant of the world. Returning back to the aquatic realm to heal its wounds, Raiga would return one day, return to establish it's reign. Until that time, mankind exhaled a light sigh of relief, the bad dream was over....But the nightmare had only just begun.
Powers and Abilities
Can fire streams of lightning blasts from its mouth.
Able to maniplate and control lightning and electric properties at will.
By raising its electric output from its body, it can create a massive thunderstorm and rain down lightning bolts upon it's desired target.
Able to create and fire a ball of compressed electirc energy from the orb conductor within its palms.
Able to unleash a channeled compressed stream of electricity through the use of both orb conductors within its two hand.
CREATURE FEATURE : Minilla
Minilla (ミニラ Minira) is a Kaiju (Japanese giant monster) from the Godzilla series of films and is the first of several young Godzillas. He first appeared in the Showa film Son of Godzilla and also appeared in Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs Gigan and the Millennium film Godzilla: Final Wars. Also called Minya.
The son of the famous Godzilla, Minilla was born on Sogell Island, when his egg was prematurely cracked open by a group of mutant giant praying mantis' called Kamacuras. Godzilla soon arrived, killed two of the Kamacuras, and rescued Minilla. Godzilla proceeded to train Minilla and defended him against further attacks from the final Kamacuras and the giant spider Kumonga. Godzilla and Minilla were placed in hibernation when a group of scientists completed a weather experiment, resulting in the freezing of their island. The mutant dinosaurs revived when the snow melted, and eventually relocated to Monster Island, as seen via stock footage in Godzilla vs. Gigan.
In Destroy All Monsters (which takes place in 1999), Minilla, Godzilla and many other Earth monsters live on a new island called Monsterland. Together they battled the three-headed space dragon King Ghidorah at Mt. Fuji. They killed Ghidorah and saved planet Earth. After that, Minilla and the other monsters returned to Monsterland.
Godzilla's exact relationship to Minilla has never been clarified. It is uncertain whether he was of a derelict egg of the same or a similar species or if Godzilla was somehow Minilla's biological parent; (human character dialogue might suggest that Godzilla had been to Sogell Island prior to the events of Son of Godzilla).
Minilla is the first juvenile Godzilla to be featured in the film series. A later young Godzilla appears as Godzilla Junior during the Heisei series, in the last three films of the Heisei series of Godzilla films.
Minilla resembles a smaller, pudgy version of his father. His snout is slightly upturned and his eyes are larger and placed further forward on his head, giving him a more human-like appearance. The dorsal fins on his back are small and unformed, and he also lacks the charcoal grey color of his father. His coloring is a lighter, fleshy grey color.
Powers and abilities
Minilla is much more friendly with humans than any of his contemporaries, and once (in All Monsters Attack) appeared in the dreams of a troubled boy in order to give an example of how to deal with bullying and other childhood issues. He is also very playful, enjoying such games as kicking large boulders and jumping over or riding on Godzilla's tail. While he is usually fearful of other monsters, he occasionally shows courage when defending his human friends, although more often than not he is outmatched by other monsters. The All Monsters Attack appearance is also notable in that it is the only instance of Minilla speaking, which makes sense since he only appears in dreams.
He is most notable for his ability to breathe atomic smoke rings, though he did learn to use a real atomic ray in Son of Godzilla. Minilla also has the ability to communicate with Godzilla over great distances by broadcasting a brainwave pattern over radio frequencies. This ability interferes with other radio transmissions in its vicinity. In All Monsters Attack Minilla is depicted as having the ability to shrink down to human size. This was originally meant to be indicative of the fantasy element of the film, in which Minilla only appears in the dreams of a young boy. This power is depicted again, in the real world, in the Millennium film Godzilla: Final Wars.
Minilla reappeared in a slightly altered form in Godzilla: Final Wars which, as part of the Millennium series, was not directly connected to any of his previous appearances. His role, however, was unchanged; very human-friendly, especially towards children. He also interceded on behalf of humanity to Godzilla, prompting Godzilla to end his war with the human race.
Son of Godzilla
Destroy All Monsters
All Monsters Attack
Godzilla vs. Gigan (Stock footage)
Godzilla: Final Wars
Minilla's only playable video game appearance has been on the Sega Dreamcast game Godzilla Generations. A secret character that is unlocked after completing the game with the American Godzilla, Minilla is the shortest of the playable characters and also the weakest in terms of defense. His speed is average, and his breath weapon, atomic smoke rings, is not very powerful, as several uses are required to defeat even the Super X.
Minilla appears as the story's goal in "Godzilla", a 1990 Game Boy puzzler. In the game, he is trapped in a large maze. He awaits rescue by his father Godzilla, the player's character. The only point in which Minilla appears is during the ending sequence.
In the M*A*S*H* episode "Springtime," Radar O'Reilly asks a nurse played by Mary Kay Place if she would like to accompany him to a screening of "Firstborn of Godzilla" and remarks, "I saw the original—before Godzilla got married."
CREATURE FEATURE : Trespasser
Trespasser is the first Kaiju to emerge from the breach and attack humanity. It attacked San Francisco on August 10, 2013, and over the course of six days, it proceeded to destroy Sacramento and Oakland in a thirty-five mile wide path of destruction as it battled the United States military and British Royal Air Force before it was eventually killed.
The creature was measured to be 302 feet tall (92 meters), 2700 tons, with a speed of 7, a strength of 5 and an armor rating of 4. The Trespasser's hide was thick and protective, and presumably could withstand any type of conventional weapon. Trespasser also emits an orange bioluminous glow from inside its mouth.
Trespasser's approach to the city is marked with a 7.1 earthquake, followed shortly by its rise from the water near the Golden Gate Bridge.
It destroys the bridge and everything on it, proceeding to cut a massive path of destruction through San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and the numerous surrounding cities. Conventional weapons used by the US military, assisted by the Royal Air Force, did nothing to penetrate the hide of the creature.
The fight against Trespasser lasts for six days before the military would finally resort to using three nuclear missiles to kill it. The three missiles killed Trespasser, but at the expense of Oakland, much of the Bay Area, and all of those living there.
Shortly after its death, the military gathers its remains and put its skull on display for the public. Trespasser's attack is thought to be an anomaly by the general public; however, six months later, a second Kaiju emerges in Manila.
Because Trespasser’s attack occurrs before the formation of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, when established, the Defense Corps is unable to determine its category class from its corpse.
Once its remains are removed from the area, Oblivion Bay, a graveyard for destroyed Jaegers, is established in Oakland.
Trespasser appears in Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero, the prequel to the events of Pacific Rim. The graphic novel was written by Travis Beacham and released June 18, 2013 alongside Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters.
Scunner and Knifehead use the same basic CG body as Trespasser in Pacific Rim.
According to Travis Beacham, "Axehead" (commonly spelled Axe-Head) was a nickname, referencing the look of the Kaiju, before it was given the name Trespasser.
Kaiceph, the Kaiju that attacked Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, was originally thought to be the remains of Trespasser after the Pacific Rim official facebook posted an image describing it as Trespasser.
According to the prologue of Pacific Rim, Trespasser's attack destroyed the cities of San Francisco, Sacramento and Oakland. However, Travis Beacham states that Trespasser attacked San Francisco, Hayward, San Mateo and San Jose.
Trespasser appears in the Pacific Rim: The Video Game and Pacific Rim: The Mobile Game.
NECA's Pacific Rim Series 3 line will include a Trespasser figure.
Travis Beacham: They aren't sure about Trespasser. It was before the category system, and the nuke that killed it badly damaged its remains.
Travis Beacham: Exactly right. Yep, it's name in the canon is Trespasser. "Axehead" was the look's nickname.
CREATURE FEATURE : Konga
Konga is a 1961 British/American international co-production science fiction horror film directed by John Lemont and starring Michael Gough, Margo Johns and Austin Trevor. It was shot at Merton Park Studios and in Croydon for Anglo Amalgamated then distributed in the United States by American International Pictures (AIP). Anglo Amalgamated and AIP each provided half the funding for the US$500,000 film with each studio receiving distribution rights in their respective hemispheres.
The film was the basis for a comic-book series published by Charlton Comics and initially drawn by Steve Ditko (prior to Ditko's co-creation of Spider-Man) in the 1960s.
British botanist Charles Decker goes insane after he discovers a serum that turns his chimpanzee subject Konga into a ferocious gorilla-sized ape. To further his hideous experiments, Decker mesmerizes the chimp and sends it to London to kill all his former enemies. Among his targets is Bob Kenton, the lover of Sandra Banks, the woman the doctor wants for himself. After Konga strangles Bob to death, Decker attempts to make Sandra his own. This doesn't sit well with Margaret, the botanist's assistant and current girlfriend, who attempts to get even by giving Konga an enormous amount of the strange serum and turns him into an enormous monster, though she becomes his first victim. Just before going on a rampage, the super-sized ape grabs Decker in one of his enormous hands, while Sandra is bitten by Decker's carnivorous plants. His rampage comes to a stop when he and Decker are killed by the British army. Upon his death, he reverts to a chimpanzee.
Michael Gough as Dr. Charles Decker
Margo Johns as Margaret
Jess Conrad as Bob Kenton
Claire Gordon as Sandra Banks
Austin Trevor as Dean Foster
Jack Watson as Superintendent Brown
George Pastell as Professor Tagore
Vanda Godsell as Bob's mother
Stanley Morgan as Inspector Lawson
Grace Arnold as Miss Barnesdell
Leonard Sachs as Bob's father
Nicholas Bennett as Daniel
Kim Tracy as Mary
Rupert Osborne as Eric Kenton
Waveney Lee as Janet Kenton
John Welsh as Commissioner Garland
Steven Berkoff as Student on field trip (uncredited)
Following the incredible success of Herman Cohen's previous British made film Horrors of the Black Museum that also featured Michael Gough, Nat Cohen (who was no relation to Herman) of Anglo-Amalgamated asked Cohen for another exploitation film.
As Cohen had long admired King Kong he thought of a giant ape film shot in colour. Due to Cohen's success with his I Was a Teenage Werewolf, AIP used I Was a Teenage Gorilla as the working title. Cohen paid RKO Pictures $25,000 for the rights to the name of Kong for exploitation purposes. Cohen recalled that the special effects for the film that was one of the first giant monster movies shot in colour took 18 months to complete.
Novel and Comic series
A novelization of the film was released in paperback at the time of its original release (Konga by Dean Owen (Monarch, 1960)).
From 1960 to 1965 Charlton Comics published 23 issues of the comic Konga. It included work by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko. The series was renamed Fantastic Giants with issue #24, which turned out to be the last issue of the series.
Konga also appeared in a three issue mini-series that started off as The Return of Konga, before it was renamed Konga's Revenge with issue #2. The series ran from 1962-1964. This was followed by a one shot reprint issue in 1968.
In 1990, Steve Ditko illustrated a back up story in Web of Spider-Man annual #6 called Child Star. In this story Captain Universe creates huge versions of toys based on Gorgo and Konga to battle giant monsters that are attacking the neighborhood. For copyright reasons Konga's name was altered to "Kongo". This sequence was Ditko paying homage to his earlier work with these characters from the 1960s Charlton Comics comic books.
Some of these issues were reprinted (in black and white) in a trade paperback in 2011 called Angry Apes n' Leapin Lizards.
In August 2013, IDW Publishing reprinted all the issues that artist Steve Ditko worked on (issues 1,3-15 and Konga's Revenge #2) as a deluxe hardcover collection called Steve Ditkos Monsters: Konga.
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