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Godzilla Raids Again

Godzilla Raids Again (1955), aka. Gigantis the Fire Monster

Synopsis of Godzilla Raids Again

Godzilla is back, and this time he’s not alone! While scouting the seas for schools of fish, young pilots Tsukioka and Kobayashi encounter Godzilla and the spiny monster Anguirus in a heated battle on a small Japanese island. The two beasts tumble into the ocean and soon resurface in Osaka, laying waste to the city in a fight to the death. As the threat of destruction mounts, the two heroes muster their courage for the final showdown with Godzilla. 

Review of Godzilla Raids Again

In short, Godzilla Raids Again is an enjoyable sequel to the original Gojira.  It’s not a “message” movie like the original, but it’s enjoyable on its own.  It introduces the concept of Godzilla fighting another monster, a formula that’s been used ever since.

Something worth noting is the human side of the story.  The acting’s fine, with two Japanese aviators – one rescuing another initially – that discover the monsters.  One of them, that I’d describe as comedy relief, turns out to be much more than that.  I won’t say more, since it would spoil the ending, except that he has more depth than initially thought.  A very good job, well done.

Return of Godzilla – sort of

Since Godzilla was definitively killed in the original film, how did they revive him?  Short answer: they didn’t.  Instead, another dinosaur, identical to the original, is also revived and mutated by another atomic explosion.  And, his opponent is as well.

Anguirus vs. Godzilla in Godzilla Raids AgainAngilas, known as Anguirus in subsequent films, is Godzilla’s opponent.  Anguirus is a quadruped mutated dinosaur that resembles a cross between an Ankylosaurus and a bearded dragon.  Its explained that Anguirus’ is capable of moving incredibly fast in spite of its bulk due to its brain extending into its chest and abdominal areas, allowing it to react more quickly. Its able to lunge at its opponents with massive leaps, and can burrow substantial distances.  Unlike most of Godzilla’s opponents, Anguirus has no ranged attack, putting it at a distinct disadvantage against Godzilla.

Editorial review of Godzilla Raids Again courtesy of Amazon.com

When two pilots make an emergency landing on an island, they encounter two giant monsters fighting with each other. One of these creatures appears to be Godzilla who was thought to have been destroyed. When the two pilots get back to civilization and inform the authorities, it is discovered that the creatures were Anguirus (a spiked-covered beast) and Gigantis (a creature of the same bread as Godzilla). Now Japan has not one but two monsters to contend with this time as Godzilla and Anguirus battle it out in the city of Osaka, destroying everything in their path.

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