This past weekend, in a move to promote Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, TV Asahi premiered Shin Godzilla for the first time on Japanese television. But before that, a "general election" over the top monsters and films was televised--The results were based on votes from some 10,000 Japanese fans. Gormaru Island covered the event for North American fans, giving us a glimpse of how our brethren in the East feel about the franchise.
TOP 20 MONSTERS
2. King Ghidorah
5. Showa MechaGodzilla
7. Mecha-King Ghidorah
8. Baby Godzilla/Little Godzilla/Godzilla Jr.
9. Showa Gigan
13. Super MechaGodzilla
14. Jet Jaguar
15. Keizer Ghidorah
16. GMK Baragon
TOP 5 MOVIES
1. Shin Godzilla (2016)
2. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
3. Godzilla (1954)
4. Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster (1964)
5. Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
The top monsters aren't too surprising, though the inclusion of Minilla in the top 5 will likely throw North American fans off. Minilla isn't quite as loved in the West.
The movies are more or less to be expected considering Shin Godzilla's popularity, especially after its Academy Award wins and massive box office success. Mothra vs. Godzilla is considered among many to be the last "great" Godzilla movie and the original film is a given. It's interesting to note that Godzilla vs. Biollante, which won Nihon Eiga's general election 4 years ago, didn't even crack the top 5 here.
What do you think of the election results? What would you have voted? Do you have a list you would like to share? Sound off in the comments below!
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