Hi guys, TheGMan123 here! Now, most of you know that I have a series I write called Colossus By Design, which is a narrative involving a struggle between Humanity and giant monsters called "P.E.M.F.s", as well as classic Toho/Daiei Kaiju getting thrown into the mix.
However, as per the title's namesake, we'll move onto the discussion at hand.
We all know that Godzilla isn't your average giant monster. No, he's a complex being that can think for himself, and has feelings and thoughts of his very own. So that brings me to a close look at what this all entails.
The best examples I can think of are the moments in Godzilla's history involving his various adopted offspring, Minya and Baby/Little Godzilla (Junior). Specifically, moments where they're in great peril, and Godzilla, being the good dad he is, comes to the rescue, often followed up by very emotional moments that either warm and/or break our hearts as G-fans.
So this is already evidence enough that he's got a wide range of emotions, and I've demonstrated this as well with my series' own version of the King of the Monsters. I've wrote him displaying anger, sadness, even a sense of humour. I'm not sure whether or not this defines Godzilla as a better character or not, but from what my readers have told me, they quite enjoy these emotional takes on the big guy.
So I ask you G-fans this....... is a more emotional Godzilla a good investment for the future? Could giving the King a wider and more detailed range of emotional moments and development be the next big step in bringing Godzilla to the masses? Tell me your thoughts below, whether you agree, disagree, or don't quite know.
It really depends on what direction they go with the Godzilla, some would benefit and others wouldn't need it. For instance a monster like GMK doesn't need anything but anger, whereas early heisei could have done well to show more.
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Anyways, back onto topic. I guess it is important that we take into consideration just what kind of Godzilla it is being shown off. A malevolent Godzilla certainly doesn't need much beyond anger, but when audiences are supposed to form a strong connection with the character, I can definitely see why a greater developmental/emotional range would be beneficial.
However, I also feel that the manner in which Godzilla would express said emotions is important too. He doesn't talk, but you can tell how he's feeling from his mannerisms, his eyes, and his facial expressions.
It does depend, as the original or GMK wouldn't need emotions except anger and malevolence, but something like the late Showa, Heisei or later Millennium Godzillas would need a wide range of emotions.
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I think it will be interesing to see and emotional Godzilla. For example, Godzilla 2014 was portrayed as a "hero" at the end, although an indirect one. However, I think that the character can evolve in many ways, like for example, been a creature able to team-up with other unrelated beast to defeat a new and greater adversary, just like I think it going to happen in 2018.
Personally, I like the Godzilla "hero" or "antihero", which is more like a real animal. The evil monster of GMK was just a bizarre thing, something that Godzilla Hesei-Legendary should destroy in an epic battle.
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