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Kaiju Neutral Alignment (Part IV: A Personal Godzilla)

Kaiju Neutral Alignment

“As I watched the World Trade towers collapse on September 11, I felt guilty. The scene looked similar to those that had entertained me in many Godzilla films. But it wasn’t a fantasy, the people were real, and their fear and suffering were heartbreaking.”

Over the years Godzilla has changed roles significantly from once being the ultimate threat to Japan, to now being Japan’s protector. One could believe that this change was made to make the monster appeal to a broader audience resulting in much larger profits for the studio or perhaps it is the result of the fears Japan once had post-war becoming less and less significant?

Is the fascination in Japanese culture for science fiction Kaiju films and its symbolism born from the fears of nuclear war?

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Kaiju Neutral Alignment (Is Godzilla truly the King of the Monsters?)

Kaiju Neutral Alignment

After World War II Japan’s economy made one of the most remarkable recoveries in the history of the modern world.

Arguably one of their most vital post war recoveries was that of their film industry and by 1953, the industry had entered its Golden Age.

This study of Japanese culture looks at the fascination Japanese audiences have for the symbolism found in these science fiction Kaiju movies. Are they just presented as brainless entertainment or are they born from an ingrained fear that their could perhaps be another disaster like the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the future?

Is the fascination in Japanese culture for science fiction Kaiju films and its symbolism born from the fears of nuclear war?

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