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Heisei vs Showa

Heisei vs Showa

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Showa Era vs Hesei Era
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HinikunaGoji

GiganMember2253 XPMay-15-2021 4:03 PMTeam Ghidorah

The Heisei and Showa series are the two longest of the Godzilla eras and both share roots in the Original 1954.

Now my question is which do you like better the Heisei or Showa eras?

The Showa era is mostly characterized (by many fans) by the goofiness it later developed in the series and has some of the greatest films, such as King Kong vs Godzilla, Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, Destroy all Monsters, and the Original movie as well. As well as being the first Godzilla eras it was also one of the first Cinematic Movie Universes in History!

 

The Heisei series started in 1984, ten years after the last showa godzilla movie. While the Showa Era gradually made Godzilla a hero to mankind, the Hesei series decided to portray him as an antihero. This movie introduce many redesigns of classic showa kaiju and brought many new ones as well! While it may not have as many iconic new monsters or movies it does have some noticeable ones such as, Godzilla vs Mothra, Godzilla vs Biollante and Godzilla vs Destroyah.

 

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15 Responses to Heisei vs Showa

monsterzero9

BaragonMember446 XPMay-15-2021 5:33 PMTeam Rodan

hesiei is WAY better than showa.   (g vs desy is better than the showa era as a whole)

HinikunaGoji

GiganMember2253 XPMay-15-2021 5:50 PMTeam Ghidorah

Showa series has a lot of great and well done movies. It has some of the lesser ones as well and I think people tend to judge it only by those. Also 1984 Godzilla is only part of the hesei on the grounds it’s connected to those movies. Because of the times of the emporeres it should be Showa

monsterzero9

BaragonMember446 XPMay-15-2021 6:11 PMTeam Rodan

i just remembered g54 exists...... I retract the previeos comment.

Kattozilla

AnguirusMember1245 XPMay-15-2021 6:35 PMTeam Mothra

Never watched the Showa era so I can't really judge.

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G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4116 XPMay-15-2021 9:31 PMTeam Ghidorah

The Showa era and it isn't close.

The Showa series was characterized by diverse styles and storytelling, often from a lot of the same filmmakers--Proving how diverse they are. Ishiro Honda went from the dark, do***entary-esque and ominous Godzilla '54, to the comedic, over-the-top satire, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and later on extraordinarily unique variations on injecting Godzilla into a story with All Monsters Attack.

Jun Fukuda is probably another one of the greatest directors in the series based on his resourcefulness alone. The fact he made so many of these films work on such tiny budgets and resources is a testament to his talent. Imagine if he had been given the same amount of money and resources as Honda and Tsuburaya at the beginning of the kaiju boom?

Even at its "silliest" the Showa era was taking some experimental and tonal risks. Meanwhile, the Heisei series took itself too seriously at times, which backfired and only highlighted how silly a lot of it really was. It often found itself with main characters just watching the third act battle from afar on a giant screen or something. Most the themes were just lip service delivered at the very end that wasn't explored in the movie proper ("life vs. artificial life" in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II--Even though there was no A.I. in the movie) or they just made up issues that didn't exist. ("Don't pollute space," in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla.)

The Heisei series had a lot of great, bold ideas, but between the weak writing and Kawakita's special effects that seemed to get worse per movie (Bandai Destoroyahs being used in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, anyone?) it's aged incredibly poorly. Whereas the cinematography and miniatures in the older movies I still marvel at.

I'll give it to the 80s movies though. Those were fantastic.

Im Durp

BaragonMember478 XPMay-15-2021 10:05 PM

I have to say Heisei. While showa has a lot of great entries imo it also has some of the weakest in the series. Not every heisei era movie is as good as some of the early showa but I dont think any are as bad as some of the late 60s early 70s showa either.

Chris

King GhidorahAdmin19425 XPMay-16-2021 6:50 AMTeam Ghidorah

Wait... "Bandai Destoroyahs being used in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, anyone?"

Is this for real? I never noticed that hahaha 

I'm going to have to re-watch the Showa and Heisei series because I want to say Heisei is my preferred but only cause I have some nostalgic attachment to it. I'll need to re-watch them from an objective standpoint before I vote.

SasquaDash

BaragonMember392 XPMay-16-2021 7:58 AM

This was a hard choice, but I picked Showa (Mainly because of Godzilla 1954, Mothra vs Godzilla, Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster and Invasion of Astro Monster)

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4116 XPMay-16-2021 8:25 AMTeam Ghidorah

Chris,
It's only a shot, but the problem is he uses the same shot over and over. Yeah, it's during the JSDF's first attack on the Destoroyahs before they merge into the 40 meter aggregate form.

Xenotaris

GiganMember2626 XPMay-17-2021 12:31 AMTeam Mothra

I like the stories of Showa but I like the monster designs of Heisei

HinikunaGoji

GiganMember2253 XPMay-17-2021 8:25 AMTeam Ghidorah

G. H. (Gman)

The scene where they fire at them and they’re running around?
I thought that was bad CGI not toys.

Die-hard Spino Fan

BaragonMember463 XPMay-17-2021 8:27 AMTeam Godzilla

Imma just hide in a hole because I haven’t watched any of the Japanese Godzilla movies except shin. ;0

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G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4116 XPMay-17-2021 10:54 AMTeam Ghidorah

SarcasticGoji,
Here's one of the shots. Very low quality screen grab though. (It's easier to forgive with such bad quality.)

HinikunaGoji

GiganMember2253 XPMay-17-2021 11:45 AMTeam Ghidorah

oh wow, it’s worse than I remember. And I’ve watched that film recently

Lim Chen Xi

Mothra LarvaeMember86 XPMay-17-2021 1:34 PMTeam Godzilla

I think I like the Showa era more.

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