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Viras drawing for the 4th DVD in the Gamera series.
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Guillon drawing for the 5th DVD in the Gamera series.
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Illustration for the booklet of the 2010 DVD release of GAMERA, a tribute to the monster anatomy pictures done in Japan during the film series' original run.
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Barugon anatomical drawing done for the second release in the DVD series of Gamera movies.
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Zigra drawing for the 7th movie in the Gamera series.
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This is my version of Guiron, from the Gamera series:

Guiron was once the mighty protector of the planet Tera, a planet that remained obsure to Earth's scientist as it orbited the sun exactly opposite our planet. Unbeknownst to the human children entering the alien atmosphere, the dominant race of the planet, the Terans, had recently suffered from external sources. The raiding Space Gyaos had taken their toll on the planet, though the Teran forces fought back valiently with their own monster, Guiron. After years of turmoil, the strife of war began to take its toll on the inhabitants, monster and Teran alike. The psychological trauma of the decades long battles had warped their minds turning them into power-hungry sadists. Even the mighty Guiron suffered, his hatred towards foreign invasion overpowering his every thought. As the human boys landed, they're intrusion was not met with welcome. Gamera, protector of Earth's children arrived and soon battles ranging from planet Tera to planet Earth took place. Gamera eventually overpowered the knife-headed giant, sending his bloodthirsty soul from whence it came. Perhaps though, if the Teran people were ever threatened again, Guiron would rise from the ashes, ready to take up the charge once again, much as Gamera has done for Earth.

Guiron's Powers come from his brutish body. His intense physical strength allows him to wield his sword-like head with great proficiency, and allows his body to make tremendous leaps. The shuriken-like missiles that form on either side of Guiron's head are formed of the same, metal like substance that composes the creatures head. A buildup of pressure behind the projectiles allows the monster to fire them with accurate presicion. If all the missiles are lost, they are organic and over time, Guiron's body will produce a new set.

So that's it. I rather like Guiron's almost rediculous design as well as his role as "protector". I wanted him to seem a little more like a defender than a maruader, so I invented the whole sadism thing. I couldn't help but put the decapitated Gyaos head in there... because it's awesome.
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So this my version of Barugon from the Gamera series. In the original he was a mythical end-bringer from New Guinea, he ultimately lost to the combine forces of the JSDF and Gamera, being drowned.

I have set aside my own version of Barugon, sort of like a modernized version:

After Barugon's death, a division of the JFDS decided to record and study the monsters, hauling the carcass away to a location shrouded in secrecy for experimentation. They soon began to subject the corpse to several scientific queries, and began to learn of his origin and powers.

After studying the creature, they found the source of his power: the ability to manipulate and control the temperature within its own body. Barugon's body acts as an oven, heating and cooling the chemicals within. Barugon's long tongue acts as a cooling station, chemically lowering it's tempurature to below freezing. As water vapor travels through the tube, the sub-zero mist is created. Barugon's rainbow beam was found to be the product of manipulating water particles in the air to relfect and intesify his own body heat through his dorsal horns, creating a destructive ray. Barugon's only weakness was ironically found to be water. Water of a different temperature can create distortions in the creature's body, rendering it sloth-like and imobilized. Water must be a different temperature than it's own.

Barugon was found to be hundreds of millions of years old, preexisting the dinosaurs. Ancient inscriptions found in several Locations in New Guinea state that he was a form of punishment for the wicked, a weapon sent by the Gods to chastise the wicked ways of man. After many millenia, the human tribe of New Guinea kept the ancient beast satisfied and secret. Only the intervention of Others caused the beast to appear once more.
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Jiger drawing for the 6th movie in the Gamera series.
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ZIGRA

Powers and Abilities:



* Heavily armored. Zigra’s plates are made of a lightweight but incredibly strong heat-resistant metal. Its edges are extremely sharp, capable even of piercing Gamera’s hard shell.

* Small organ above beak can fire a thin, red beam. Deadlier than it appears.

* Can control the minds of weaker beings (ie, humans).

* Linked to an ancient engine inside Earth’s moon.

* Able to adapt to any terrain by morphing his body.


History:

[Guardian of the Universe]



Nearly a week passed without incident.

Then, out of the blue, a mysterious metal shard entered Earth’s atmosphere. Giving off a blinding glimmer as it soared over the horizon, it crashed into the Pacific ocean and disappeared. Unbeknown to it’s witnesses, the shard was alive; it had already grown fins and eyes by the time it hit the sea floor.

Morphing into his marine form, the techno-organic monster Zigra returned to life. Immediately he sent an invisible signal into space, restoring an age-old connection that would spell doom for all mankind. Thousands of miles away ancient mechanisms of The Cycle kicked back to life, and an engine older than most of the human race silently began it’s work.

Watching from Mars, the Legnals were astounded: Earth’s moon was moving on it’s own. Completely ignoring it’s natural orbit, the moon slowly put itself between Earth and the sun and stayed there. Down below, chaos engulfed the world: hurricane winds and perpetual night plagued the land as the ocean ceased to ebb and flow; animals changed behaviors, temperatures shifted, and even the rotation of the Earth began to change. As global ecological disaster struck, Gamera looked grimly to the sky; he had seen this before. He was not the only one to take notice.

Meanwhile, in Yokohama, a new figure stepped forth: a beautiful but eerily calm young woman who referred to herself only as The Voice of Zigra. After dispatching several armed guards on her own, she took over a television station to spread her word directly to the people of Japan: her master, the harbinger Zigra, had already sealed mankind’s fate. The next stage of The Cycle had begun and Extinction was already on its way. Resistance would be pointless; the destruction of humankind and its defender was now completely inescapable.

His message delivered, Zigra released his puppet and attacked the coast, razing cities from afar with his beam and sinking every vessel in sight. The JSDF attacked with all it’s might, but Zigra swept them aside without effort. Seemingly indestructible, he casually laid waste to everything around him. Then Gamera appeared.

Completely changing his demeanor, Zigra ignored the coast and attacked. A vicious battle broke loose, each monster desperate and determined to kill the other. At his strongest underwater, Gamera was shrugging off tremendous amounts of damage and bashing his foe into the rocks below. Zigra, however, held the real advantage; immune to the heat of his breath and able to cut through his shell, he was effectively wearing the Guardian down. The ocean swirled green with his blood.

Realizing that he could not achieve victory underwater, Gamera grabbed hold of Zigra and rocketed out of the ocean. Soaring high over the beach, he released his water-bound foe and watched him plummet to certain doom. But no impact followed. Suddenly spreading his fins into a pair of enormous wings, Zigra pulled up and shot back into the sky.

The battle resumed abruptly as Gamera found himself fighting in the airspace over Yokohama. In his flying form Zigra had become more of a ranged fighter, swiftly avoiding the giant turtle’s attacks and pushing him back with lasers and wind. As he continued to wear down his prey, however, the JSDF moved in; flying high with fighter jets and armor-piercing missiles, they were ready to support their hero.

But Zigra had other plans. Seizing control of the pilots’ minds, he took over the aircraft and turned them against Gamera. Refusing to fight back, the armor-plated Guardian did his best to endure their attacks and focus on the enemy; he would have to discover a way to break Zigra’s control to save them. Before he could, the fiend made another move: he took direct control of the pilots and forced them one by one to kill themselves… by flying straight into Gamera.

Mortified and infuriated, Gamera threw himself at Zigra with unprecedented savagery. He threw all caution to the wind and attacked with such ferocity that the course of battle changed immediately. Beaten within an inch of his life, Zigra dropped from the sky and crashed into a burning office building. Gamera, slowly regaining his composure, lowered into the city.

Devastation surrounded him: fires started by his wanton breath, buildings crushed by his own two hands. The city had suffered the exact same wrath Zigra had, and now it laid in ruin. He had destroyed Yokohama. Stunned, Gamera stopped his attack. As he stood among the wreckage a soft, tiny sound reached his ears. He turned around.

Crumbling by his side was an apartment building, half-collapsed and missing a floor. Without a roof, it’s contents were plainly visible: sobbing uncontrollably, a small girl stared up at him with wide, horrified eyes. She crouched by a giant pile of rubble, the remnants of the caved-in ceiling… sticking out from beneath it was a single, limp hand.

Absolutely paralyzed, Gamera stood where he was, silent and overwhelmed. Zigra rose behind him, eyes narrow and aglow, and spread his wings.

Gamera spun around with a violent roar, smashing into Zigra and throwing him back into the flames. The monsters fought one last time amid the ruins, and Gamera, mercilessly beating his foe into the ground with nothing but sheer brute force, dealt the final blow. Zigra collapsed, dead… but victorious.

Nearly a hundred miles away, an ancient relic of unknown importance stirred.


History:

[Destroyer of Mankind]



When he regained consciousness, Gamera nonchalantly destroyed everything around him and departed. With the Legion horde exterminated it was business as usual once again. For nearly a week he terrorized the Japanese without distraction.

Then, out of the blue, a mysterious metal shard entered Earth’s atmosphere. Giving off a blinding glimmer as it soared over the horizon, it crashed into the Pacific ocean and disappeared. Unbeknown to it’s witnesses, the shard was alive; it had already grown fins and eyes by the time it hit the sea floor.

Morphing into his marine form, the techno-organic monster Zigra returned to life. Immediately he sent an invisible signal into space, restoring an age-old connection that would spell doom for all mankind. Thousands of miles away ancient mechanisms of The Cycle kicked back to life, and an engine older than most of the human race silently began it’s work.

Watching from their observatories, astronomers all across the globe were awestruck: Earth’s moon was moving on it’s own. Completely ignoring it’s natural orbit, the moon slowly put itself between Earth and the sun and stayed there. Down below, chaos engulfed the world: hurricane winds and perpetual night plagued the land as the ocean ceased to ebb and flow; animals changed behaviors, temperatures shifted, and even the rotation of the Earth began to change. As global ecological disaster struck, Gamera looked into the sky. For once The Cycle’s interference did not bother him. A toothy grin spread across his face.

Meanwhile, in Yokohama, a new figure stepped forth: a beautiful but eerily calm young woman who referred to herself only as The Voice of Zigra. After dispatching several armed guards on her own, she took over a television station to spread her word directly to the people of Japan: her master, the harbinger Zigra, had already sealed mankind’s fate. The next stage of The Cycle had begun and Extinction was already on its way. Resistance would be pointless: the destruction of the human race was now completely inescapable.

His message delivered, Zigra released his puppet and attacked the coast, razing cities from afar with his beam and sinking every vessel in sight. The JSDF attacked with all it’s might, but Zigra swept them aside without effort. Seemingly indestructible, he casually laid waste to everything around him. Then, wading into the bay, Gamera appeared.

Zigra cut off his attack immediately to face his ancient foe. A vicious battle broke loose by the coast, each monster eager to slaughter the other. At his strongest underwater, Gamera was truly a force to be reckoned with, but Zigra was the one really holding an advantage. Immune to the heat of Gamera’s breath and able to cut through his shell, he was slowly wearing the turtle down.

Gamera snarled unhappily, taking notice; he would have to even the playing field. Choosing to swim away from the shore rather than toward it, he lead Zigra into deeper water. Abruptly, he stopped and dug his claws into the silt, then goaded his foe to attack. He obliged, but this time it was a mistake. As he drew near Gamera launched up toward the surface, heaving a giant undersea boulder with him; Zigra crashed into it, throwing Gamera backward but impaling his horn in rock. Panicked, Zigra plummeted to the sea floor; with the boulder stuck on his horn he could not swim and his laser was useless.

Fully aware of both, Gamera advanced without fear and sadistically kicked his handicapped foe about. He continued until the light faded from Zigra’s eyes. Then he simply swam away, leading the motionless body at the bottom of the ocean. Now that he’d had his fun it was time to remind Yokohama why they feared him.

Explosions rocked the coast as The Destroyer returned to his duties. He demolished everything in his path, hurling cranes, smashing bridges, and rocketing through the hearts of mighty skyscrapers. As the people ran for their lives, a familiar glimmer showed on the horizon: bursting out of the sea on giant wings, Zigra shrieked menacingly and charged for shore. His defeat had merely been a rouse; by feigning death he had bought himself enough time to break free.

Now more irritated than enthusiastic, Gamera shot into the air and crashed directly into his opponent. Once again they tangled in combat, now fighting in and above the flaming city. Wounded from their previous conflict, Gamera still found himself placing second best. Pummeled by lasers and sliced across the back, he crashed into the street below with a giant blast of fire and dirt. As he struggled back to his feet, Zigra circling overhead, he noticed something.

Crumbling by his side was a damaged apartment building, half-collapsed torn wide open. Without a roof, it’s contents were plainly visible: sobbing uncontrollably, a small girl stared up at him with wide, horrified eyes. She crouched by a giant pile of rubble, the remnants of the caved-in ceiling. Sticking out from beneath it was a single, limp hand.

Gamera paused a moment… then, without missing a beat, incinerated the entire building.

Taking to the sky, he resumed his war with Zigra. The conflict moved further inland but with no major change in pace: Gamera had managed to wound his foe’s soft underbelly using his claws and spurs, but the wounds were not grievous enough; he would bleed out long before Zigra. Desperate for a solution, he scanned the horizon for something useful. Almost immediately he found something.

Steering the fight in the direction he wanted, Gamera tackled Zigra into the ground with an earth-shaking crash. The monsters had landed in a park, and nearby, painted with the smiling, colorful faces of children’s cartoon characters, stood a giant wind turbine. As his enemy rose to attack, Gamera tore off one of the turbine’s giant rotors: using it like a shank, he plunged the makeshift blade into Zigra’s throat. Seizing him by the horn with his other hand, he stabbed the shrieking monster again and again. As the life faded from his eyes once and for all, Gamera buried the rotor deep in Zigra’s chest and snapped it off.

Bloody and breathing heavily, Gamera kicked the eviscerated corpse aside and glanced at the eclipse. There would be time to heal, but just barely… the moment he’d been waiting for was finally at hand.

Nearly a hundred miles away, an ancient relic stirred in the dark.
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Barugon's Icy Domain

Something I've had in cold storage for a long while (pun intended), which I've only recently finished, and just in time for my Annual Halloween Uploads.

Awe, Halloween - the only time of the year where little children have power to vanquish evil spirits through simple joy and laughter, as opposed to the rest of the church-supported calendar, where apparently the Devil is invincible, and there's not a blessed thing we mere mortals can do about it!

Sorry for that cynical bit of satire, but it's kind of true. Anyway, this is my rendition of Barugon, the title antagonist from 1966's "Gamera vs Barugon" (AKA "War of the Monsters").

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Not to be mistaken with Toho Studios' floppy eared burrowing dinosaur BarAgon (from "Frankenstein Conquers the World" and "GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack", BarUgon (or Balgon in some circles) was the first adversary of the giant fire-breathing turtle, and would set the bar for the enemy monsters to follow in the Gamera franchise.

Insane creatures with very non-humanoid designs, and an even crazier array of almost mechanical, but otherwise organic body weaponry and powers.

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The latest addition in a long lineage of jungle dwelling demons, Barugon was a feared evil of a South Seas island, whose native inhabitants have always been able to slay the monsters upon every rare generation. However in modern times, a group of Japanese treasure hunters come to the island, and mistaking the opal-like egg of Barugon for an actual opal, foolishly takes the unborn demon back to civilization.

On the way there, the egg is exposed to the unnatural heat of an infrared lamp, causing the newly hatched Barugon to quickly mutate into a bigger, far more dangerous version of its already terrible species.

The gigantic adult Barugon appears in Kobe Harbor, and proceeds on a nearly endless rampage across Japan. Fatally freezing hundreds of hapless victims with his icy breath, and knocking down tall buildings with its powerful chameleon-like tongue.

And the ability to project a devastating rainbow-beam from his dorsal plates, which fries anything and anyone, unluckily enough to stand within its kill-zone.

Even Gamera, having return from his brief imprisonment in space, has great difficulty in fighting Barugon. And ends up being frozen by the demon for the majority of the movie (it really was a Barugon vehicle after all).

Ultimately, the Japanese military succeeds with a mirror-based method to physically handicap Barugon with its own rainbow beam. And its Barugon's secret weakness to water that finally ends the villain's reign, as the newly freed Gamera sinks his tusks into the demon's neck during their climactic conflict, and drags Barugon to its doom beneath a lake.

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Although this was Barugon's only true film appearance, it did return by the magic of stock-footage in the disjointed, possibly non-cannon 1980 film "Super Monster Gamera", as the last of evil alien Zanon's monstrous champions (the others also being stock footage of past Gamera foes).

Barugon was than given a modern re-imagining in manga (Japanese comic) form in 2003, retelling the film's original tale by setting it between the events of "Gamera 2: Advent of Legion" (1996), and "Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris" (1998).

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And than there was also Zedus; a gluttonous, if not downright mean-spirited, sea monster from 2005's Gamera the Brave, who shares a number of similarities with Barugon; most notably a long extending tongue, and crocodilian / lizard shaped body. But beyond this, and for the most part, Zedus is his own original character.

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Comments:

For the majority of my life, my only exposure to "Gamera vs. Barugon" was the shoddy Sandy Frank version of the film, released by Celebrity Home Video in the early 1990's.

Because of the full-screen pan and scan, among other factors (like the movie itself taking place largely at night), I've always assumed that Barugon was dark Navy Blue in skin color. Only recently, thanks to Shout Factory's recent re-mastered DVD, with the Japanese version intact, do I now know that Barugon's a rather dull Pale Brown instead.

'Screw that' I said to myself, and decided to do a purely nighttime scene, based on the evil Barugon of my childhood, whose brief conquest the city of Osaka was a Winter Wonderland...OF DEATH!

I was going to add the infamous rainbow beam (hence such a wide skyline above), but it clashed with the cool icy colors and related elements of the illustration, so I gladly left it out.

I'm a rather sensitive soul who feels bad for fictional victims in monster movies, but I really want to display the terrible power of giant monsters, and what better way for Barugon than some frozen, sacrificial subjects littering the streets around it. I hope horror fans, even if they're not particularly Kaiju Eiga fans, will get a kick out of this morbid tidbit, along with the rest of you guys.

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"Barugon's Icy Domain" ended up being my first published submission to the magazine "G-Fan". And the following (I hope) will be the second:



NEXT UP IN THE HALLOWEEN 2010 UPLOADS: 'Guilty! Guilty! My evil self is at that door, and I have no power to stop it!'
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