Gamera the Brave ( 小さき勇者たち～ガメラ～ | Chiisaki Yūsha-tachi ~Gamera~, lit. Little Braves of Gamera), is a kaiju film released in 2006, produced by Kadokawa Pictures. This is the twelfth entry in the Gamera film series, the second reboot of the series and the first produced by Kadokawa Pictures after they purchased a percentage of the remaining assets of Daiei Motion Picture Company, the original company responsible for the Gamera films.
The human characters determine that the still-immature Gamera must consume the red stone which Toru had found with the egg in order to fully gain its powers. The egg is located and, with some difficulty, delivered to Toru, who throws it into Gamera's mouth during the battle. Gamera's power of jet-propelled flight manifests itself and it defeats Zedus by breathing a fireball at it. The kaiju escapes further government investigation with Toru's assistance and flies off as the boy wishes him farewell.
Gamera: The Brave was released on DVD in the United States by Tokyo Shock in 2008. Tokyo Shock later released the film on Blu-ray in 2013, though it quickly went out-of-print.
Despite being considered a failure at the box office, Gamera: The Brave was met with mostly positive reception. The film's effects and story were frequently praised, especially the relationship between Toru and Toto. Katsuhito Ishii, director of the upcoming Gamera film, cited this film as one of his favorites and a tremendous influence on his upcoming project. The film currently holds a 6.9/10 on IMDb and a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film has also received its fair share of criticism. Some fans criticized Toto's cute appearance in contrast to the ferocious appearance of Gamera from Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris. Many fans were upset at the film's attempt to move away from the seriousness of Shusuke Kaneko's trilogy back to the kid-friendliness of the Showa era. Gamera's iconic roar being replaced by stock King Kong roars was also a source of disappointment for many.