Asked by Anonymous
5. Godzilla comes out of Mt. Fuji - Godzilla and Mothra: Battle for the Earth (This whole scene isn’t exactly stellar, but the lighting is great, and there’s at least one part where the camera is shaking, lightening is striking and Godzilla is coming up, howling out of the sparking flames, nearly all black silhouette)
4. Godzilla comes out of Mt. Mihara - Godzilla vs. Biollante (One of the highlights of my childhood, just this stark image of Godzilla roaring and marching out of a live volcano, a fair bit more convincing than the previous, but mostly also gets points for nostalgia)
3. “BAM IT’S GODZILLA” - Terror of Mechagodzilla (One of those WHOA moments where Godzilla’s appearance is telegraphed, yet still a surprise)
2. Godzilla rises from the typhoon wreckage - Mothra vs. Godzilla (Set up early in the film, and has a wonderful surprise payoff, even though if you’ve seen the trailer, you know it’s coming. Still awesome, with that fantastic music right on-cue)
1. Godzilla appears in Honolulu - Godzilla 2014 (because come ON that is some amazing build-up right there)
Asked by tabularojo
Oh trust me, it’s on a very long list of characters over here…
Asked by kaijuguy19
Part of it is the cultural barrier. Admittedly, American practical effects go a little further out of their way to appear as realistic as possible, or at least as convincing as they can make it. In Japan, they REVEL in the rubber-suited-ness of their characters, so much that it became its own style. Unfortunately, the combination of the audacity of their suitmation, as well as the fact that these are foreign films with often less-than-stellar dub jobs has created a large amount of prejudice towards them. Even if not aggressive or hateful, most viewers don’t see kaiju films as “real movies” thanks to this built-up cultural prejudice. It’s one of the main reasons why Godzilla (1998) is so aggressively disrespectful of the source material - “It’s made in America! That means it’s better!”
The idea that these are movies made with love and hard work by talented writers and actors isn’t even a BLIP on most casual moviegoers’ radars.
Asked by she-who-must-n0t-be-named
We’ve been talking about it…maybe, maybe not.
Asked by Anonymous
If you find out, let me know!