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Encyclopedia > Kaiju

Kaijū (怪獣) is a Japanese term that generically translates to monster.


While the first dictionary defintion for kaiju says monster, the secondary and more popular context for kaiju comes from media. Namely, the giant monster genre is known as kaiju eiga (怪獣映画 - giant monster movie). A more precise but archaic terms would be daikaijû (大怪獣 - "big monster"), but most kaiju are assumed to be giant, so daikaijû is in disuse today.


The most famous Kaiju is Godzilla and other well known Kaiju include Gamera and King Ghidorah. The term Ultra-Kaiju is short-hand for monsters in the Ultra Series. Godzilla, as portrayed during the late Heisei era (Godzilla vs. ... Gamera over the years Gamera (ガメラ) is a giant, tusked, flying turtle from a popular series of daikaiju eiga produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company in Japan. ... It has been suggested that Death Ghidorah be merged into this article or section. ... The Ultra Series is the collective name for all the shows featuring Ultraman and his many brethren (although few of these shows, like the first Ultra Series, Ultra Q, do not have any Ultramen in them). ...


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Gamera the giant, tusked, flying turtle produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company Gamera over the years Gamera (ガメラ) is a giant, tusked, flying turtle from a popular series of daikaiju eiga produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company in Japan. ...


Godzilla arguably the most famous giant monster produced by Toho. Gojira was first released in the United States in 1955 in Japanese-American communities only, under Tohos international title, Godzilla. ... Toho Co. ...


Mothra the giant moth is a common foe of Godzilla. Mothras larval form (Mothra, 1961) Mothra (モスラ - Mosura) is a daikaiju that has appeared in several Toho tokusatsu films since her introduction in Mothra (1961). ...


Rodan is another popular giant monster produced by Toho. Rodan (Godzilla vs. ... Toho Co. ...


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