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MemberMothra LarvaeSep-23-2014 10:42 PM

I'm sure that all of us have had watched a heart-wrenching scene from at least one Godzilla film in the past. From Godzilla's meltdown, Junior's death, the end of Tokyo SOS, the poor cat from Hedorah, the list just goes on and on. So I want to know what the top 5 most emotional moments were, that you guys found a tear jerker from any of the previous movies. For me, I would say it was both the tragic end of Junior (I know he comes back, don't we all), the famous meltdown scene, Goji 84's screech of terror as he plummets into the volcano, Godzilla 2014 getting his a** handed to him by the M.U.T.O.s, and, the one that gave me utter confusion and headaches, Kiryu's sacrifice for both Godzilla and Japan at the end of Tokyo SOS. Seriously, I even Googled the end of that film at least a dozen times to see if Godzilla dies or not. Why? I got emotionally attached to a 300-foot tall, radioactive monster. Don't judge.

Can't wait to see what your guy's lists are. :D

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G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaSep-24-2014 12:18 AM

This is difficult. I have about 11 scenes I need to whittle down. I may just put them all up... After closer consideration one of those scenes is now the Tokyo S.O.S. finale you speak of. You sort of inspired me to remember how overwhelmingly wonderful that is.

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Deadite Kaiju

MemberMothra LarvaeSep-24-2014 12:39 AM

1. Godzilla's meltdown in Godzilla vs Destroyah

2. Junior's death in Godzilla vs Destroyah

3. Godzilla's death in Godzilla 85

4. When Godzilla is getting beat up by the MUTOs

5. Godzilla's death by the oxygen destroyer in the 54 original

Something Real

MemberGodzillaSep-24-2014 12:50 AM

BATTRA - I've to say that Godzilla's slow and steady deterioration and eventual death in Godzilla vs. Destroyah is beyond a shadow of any doubt the most dreadfully heart-wrenching sequence for me to endure. I still require a box of tissues when I watch that film due to the fact that it ALWAYS makes me cry like a little girl! :)


MemberTitanosaurusSep-24-2014 4:00 AM

Godzilla's meltdown, Junior's death, Godzilla and Minilla hugging in the snow for warmth, Godzilla and that guy he killed face to face before he fought Mecha-King Ghidorah (I can't remember his name) and finally when Little Godzilla is kidnapped by SpaceGodzilla.

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MemberMothra LarvaeSep-24-2014 4:13 AM

1) Godzilla Junior's Death

2) Godzilla's Meltdown

3) Godzilla's encounter with Mr. Shindo in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

4) Rodan's sacrifice for Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2

5) The ending sequence of Son of Godzilla where Godzilla and Minilla embrace in the snow


Everey one of these scenes makes me shed a man tear every time I see it.

"When man falls into conflict with nature, monsters are born." - Professor Hayashida, The Return of Godzilla


MemberTitanosaurusSep-24-2014 4:40 AM

His name was Shindo, now I remember. That moment always pulls at my heart strings. Godzilla was Shindo's savior and now his destroyer. I feel like Godzilla saw Shindo and remembered him, because Shindo nodded to Godzilla before he was blasted into oblivion. I feel like Shindo nodded to let Godzilla know to do it, that it was ok. So sad.

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MemberMothra LarvaeSep-24-2014 5:31 AM

I always found the most heartwrenching part of that scene was the pain you could see in Godzilla's face. It's like he could vividly remember being left for dead on that island 50 years ago. 

"When man falls into conflict with nature, monsters are born." - Professor Hayashida, The Return of Godzilla


MemberTitanosaurusSep-24-2014 5:52 AM

I know, right? So sad. I get the feeling that Godzilla didn't want to destroy Shindo. If Godzilla wanted to, he wouldn't have hesitated.

\"SKREEONGK!\" -Godzilla


MemberMothra LarvaeSep-24-2014 6:15 AM

the most emotioal secne was godzilla vs destroyah when godzilla melted then paved the way for the 1998 flop.


MemberTitanosaurusSep-24-2014 6:21 AM

Godzilla vs Destoroyah has no connection to the 1998 incident.

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MemberMothra LarvaeSep-24-2014 6:26 AM

5. Godzilla Junior dying

4. When Godzilla 2014 was crushed underneath building in which he used to kill the Winged Muto. The look that he gave Ford.

3. Godzilla being killed by the Oxygen Destroyer

2. Godzilla Meltdown

1. Godzilla as he falls into the volcano

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MemberMothra LarvaeSep-24-2014 1:19 PM

1. Godzilla as he falls into the volcano in '84. I shall never forget.

Godzilla vs Destroyah ending was pretty sad too, somewhere in second.

Sci-Fi King25

MemberGiganSep-24-2014 1:28 PM

Well, I've never seen any of the Godzilla films exept the 2014 film (I'm a relatively new fan), but from what I've seen:


3. Godzilla's death via Oxygen Destroyer (Gojira)

2. Godzilla vs. MUTOs aftermath (Godzilla)

1. Godzilla's meltdown (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)

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MemberMothra LarvaeSep-24-2014 4:46 PM

will always be Godzilla falling into the volcano with that high pitched roar, powerful music and Raymond Burr's great speech. I felt nothing in G vs. Destroyah other than a bit disturbed that my hero's death was shown in such a graphic/painful way. Before the movie was even close to coming out Toho promoted the crap out of his death. When you force something like that you defeat the impact.

Shindo's death would be a close second, the ambiguity really sells out.


MemberMothra LarvaeSep-24-2014 8:09 PM

1. So many different scenes in the original film.

2. Godzilla's attempt to revive Junior and his meltdown in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

3.Godzilla and Shindo's last meeting in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.

4. Yuri reuniting with her father after Goji blows himself up in GMK.

5. The ending of Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

There are probably other moments in the series that I would put above those last two, but I haven't seen so many of the movies in so long that I can't pick out any others for sure.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaSep-24-2014 9:21 PM

Welp, this is going to be way more the 5, but I'm having a hard time narrowing it down:

10. The end of Terror of MechaGodzilla -
This isn't entirely fair because we know the history of the franchise so well, but when Godzilla swims off to see there's a small sense of melancholy to the entire scene. It feels like a somber finale. Godzilla swimming off into the sunset was not simply the end of the movie, but the Showa era as well.I t would be the last we would see of the Showa Godzilla. There's a real sense of finality from Ifukube's score as well; it's one of his best ending cues.  It doesn't help the movie's arc already ends on a downer...

9. Godzilla returns to the ocean in Godzilla '14 -
In what may be one of the best scenes in the entire film, Godzilla's rise from a nap and slow lumber to the ocean cuts amongst a smiling Serizawa and Dr. Graham as onlookers applaud their "savior". As goofy as some of the elements sound, they work well in respect to a really wonderful sendoff for Godzilla's first big screen film in 10 years. I felt like the character reactions and music evoked a certain reverance that made me feel overjoyed in the theater. I was proud to be a G-Fan during this scene.

8. Godzilla dives into the Volcano in Godzilla 1984 -I've always felt this scene was more emotional than his death in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. There's an unsaid, less forced sense of tragedy and finality with this scene. Although the Americanized version has Raymond Burr's borderline cheesy monologue, it doesn't really stifle the emotion. You feel sorry both for Godzilla and the lives he's affected.

7. Kiryu torpedoes itself into the Japanese trench with Godzilla and saves Yoshito in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. -
Largely inspired by Battra who made me realize just how hard my heart pumps during this scene, I can only guess how much this scene means to Godzilla's legacy in the established universe. I always assumed that the original 1954 Godzilla inside of Kiryu had become exhausted of the fighting and decided to end his legacy once and for all. Having picked up on who the humans were however, he made one final act of repentence and saved Yoshito before attempting to drown itself with another one of its kind in the Japanese trench. There's a lot that this scene says. It's probably the most heroic and emotional end to a MechaGodzilla incarnation and the entire ordeal leaves the characters feeling hollow. I felt rather drained as well after this scene. It takes a lot out of me.

6. Yuri's speech in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack -
Instead handing thematic issues to audiences on a silver platter for the tail end of the movie, as so many Heisei and Millennium films do, Kaneko explains the central themes of the film in one of the mostemotional scenes. As her dad goes to battle Godzilla, Yuri reports the truth on camera for the first time in her life. Humbled by previous generations, she uses her current generation's use of information flow to explain what is happening and, in turn, incorporates what she's learned from crossing paths with ancient souls, Godzilla and her father. Ko Otani's music, which sounds eerily close to the original Godzilla theme, adds a lot to this great scene.

5. Godzilla and Minilla huddle in the snow in Son of Godzilla -In addition to having one of the most beautiful ending cues of the entire series by Masaru Sato, this scene makes one feel sorry for the Godzillas and yet warms the heart when we see Godzilla go back for his son. I assume Godzilla may have made it off the island, but Minilla couldn't stand the cold. The shots of Minilla slowly succumbing to the cold is heart wrenching, but when Godzilla comes back for him it shows a softer, lighter side that is decidedly sweet.

4. Glenn and Namikawa's final scene in Monster Zero -
It's not so much that this scene is sad, but it's emotionally tense and you can see it in the actors as they play the scene. It's an outstanding build up. Glenn's speech is outstanding and we're not sure if it's enough to win Namikawa over until it doesn't matter anymore. When Namikawa gets eliminated there's a pause before Glenn's, "You stinkin' rats!" line that nearly forces the audience to drop their jaw. You could hear a pen drop. It is an emotionally tense, strong scene without any need of musical help that favors strong acting over anything else.

3. Shindo's death in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah -
Easily the most interesting character in the movie, this a moment not about revenge or remorse, but about regret. I don't beleive for a second Godzilla killed Shindo out of revenge. And I don't believe Shindo wanted to be killed out of remorse for leaving the Godzillasaur behind. I think they both regretted what they had become. Shindo had mutated into a power hungry, unchecked capitalist that felt entitled enough to harbor nuclear weapons behind his own government's back. Whereas Godzilla had become a creature epitomized by the idea of throwing nuclear proliferation back at humanity's face. At one time they could have been allies, but they've both become monsters. Shindo ignored the danger of nuclear weapons and built them anyway. And since Godzilla is the punishment for nuclear proliferation, he killed Shindo because he had to. It's poetic and tragic all at once.

2. Ichiro's mother cries in Godzilla's Revenge -
I've defended this movie before as a coming-of-age story during a time where parents weren't around enough for their kids. But coming-of-age is bittersweet. At the end of the film, after everything that's happened to Ichiro his mother manages to take time off to spend with him. Ichiro utters the line, "I'll be fine on my own." And leaves her at the breakfast table. The assertion is that Ichiro has grown up without her. The line "I'll be fine on my own," insinuates an idea of independence from his parents. The tragedy is that during the time she tried to provide for him, he was growing up on his own-- Finding ways to deal with the pressure of being a kid growing up during Tokyo depression. It's a very, very real moment in a Godzilla movie that is universal and not strictly tied to anything Godzilla related.

1. Serizawa's death and aftermath in Godzilla '54 -
In addition to the destruction of Godzilla, which is only sad because he was a creature unfortunate enough to be alive at a time he shouldn't, the aftermath of Serizawa's death is a punch the gut. It's enough that he died, but his final words to Ogata was to "be happy together". So in addition to killing himself to protect the Oxygen Destroyer he knew Ogata and Emiko were intimate behind his back. Instead of reviling Ogata he felt this as a fine opportunity to take himself out of the picture in hopes they would be truly happy together. I'm not saying he killed himself strictly for Ogata and Emiko, not at all. But the Oxygen Destroyer gave him an excuse to kill... well... several birds with one stone. And Akira Ifukube. Enough said.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."
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