GodzillaThe original Gojira represented director Ishiro Honda’s viewpoint on nuclear weapons. Surprisingly, it’s not an anti-American diatribe, but a rather sober look at the horrors of nuclear bombs. The anti-nuke message is toned down a bit in the English language translation Godzilla, King Of The Monsters, but it is still there. Godzilla’s gone through quite a few personality changes over the years, from metaphor, to clown, to misunderstood beast, to force of nature to Dr. Pepper spokesmodel. Whatever the case may be, Godzilla is an international pop culture icon.

For our Episode Guide we are concentrating on the movies that we are calling “Commonly Available in North America.” We realize this may cause some fuss from purists, but this is the decision we made. However, if we notice a departure of some sort between the N.A. and the original Japanese versions, we will make a note of it. We’re sure we won’t catch them all. Furthermore, we felt the differences between Gojira and Godzilla, King Of The Monsters warranted individual listings.

There are different eras of Godzilla movies, separated by several years in which production was interrupted. The Showa and Heisei series have some sort of continuity that runs through each series. Each movie in the Millennium series generally throws out any continuity with any other movie, other than the original Gojira. In the Episode Guide we are noting which era a movie belongs.

    The Showa Series (1954-1975) / English titles are included where applicable

  1. Gojira / Godzilla, King Of The Monsters!
  2. Godzilla Raids Again / Gigantis, The Fire Monster
  3. King Kong Vs. Godzilla
  4. Mothra Vs. Godzilla / Godzilla Vs. The Thing
  5. Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster
  6. Invasion Of Astro-Monster / Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero
  7. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep / Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster
  8. Son of Godzilla
  9. Destroy All Monsters
  10. All Monsters Attack / Godzilla’s Revenge
  11. Godzilla vs. Hedorah / Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster
  12. Godzilla vs. Gigan / Godzilla On Monster Island
  13. Godzilla vs. Megalon
  14. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
  15. Terror of Mechagodzilla
  16. The Heisei Series (1984-1995)

  17. Return Of Godzilla / Godzilla 1985li>
  18. Godzilla Vs. Biollante
  19. Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah
  20. Godzilla Vs. Mothra / Godzilla And Mothra: The Battle For Earth
  21. Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II
  22. Godzilla Vs. SpaceGodzilla
  23. Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah
  24. The American Version (1998)

  25. Godzilla
  26. The Millennium Series (1999-2004)

  27. Godzilla 2000: Millennium
  28. Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus
  29. Godzilla, Mothra And King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
  30. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
  31. Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
  32. Godzilla: Final Wars

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Robert Parson