In the year 1954, Tokyo was destroyed by a massive, radioactive monster, who was called Godzilla. 60 years later, Godzilla and his kin, dubbed the kaiju, are now considered a natural phenomena, not unlike living tornadoes, earthquakes, or tsunamis; a great danger that can only be weathered until they inevitably pass by.
After the Ogasawara Disaster, a failed attempt to contain the monsters in a specialized research facility [unofficially called Monster Island], focus shifted from capturing or destroying the monsters, to instead study the kaijus biology and behavior, in the hopes of predicting the actions of the monsters before they could cause any more needless destruction.
The United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center [UNGCC] establishes several divisions specializing in anti-kaiju defense [G-Force], ecological and paleontological achieving [G-Eco], technological design and engineering [G-Tech], and medical research [G-Med]. One particular G-Med project took precedence; the study and reverse engineering of Godzilla's extraordinary regenerative ability, called Regenerator G-1.
Early trials attempting to safely blend human DNA with R-G1 proved disastrous, with twenty failures and one partial blending that would likely breakdown at any time. The sample is sent to the UNGCC Kaiju Genetic Materials Vault, to be preserved for future study.
The sample never reaches its destination... a meteor emitting an unknown energy strafes the aircraft transporting the sample, before landing somewhere in the pacific. The plane meanwhile loses control, and crashes near the shores of Washington state. There were no survivors. Well, no human ones, that is.
Several years pass, and reports of a strange reptile-like creature spotted on the shores and in the forests of Washington comes to the attention of the UNGCC. Somehow their little experiment had worked, a little too well, in fact. And now they were faced with the possibility of another Godzilla, or something like him, running loose in a heavily populated area.
G-Force sent several special forces teams over the course of a decade; none returned in one piece. Though they fail to capture or kill the monster, G-Force does discover one astounding fact... the creature is humanoid, and apparently female. Somehow, contact with the alien meteor's energy must have altered the human DNA in the genetic sample, allowing a degree of stable symbiosis between the inferior human DNA and the superior G-cells that has never been achieved by any man or alien before now, the result being a true human/Godzilla hybrid.
While new tactics for capturing the hybrid is planned, a secret, illegal project is started by a man known as Dr. Marcus Gryphon, who sees the potential to create hybridized kaiju soldiers as a means of getting the power and wealth he has always desired. Gryphon has already discovered the alien meteor, and has begun to blend kaiju DNA with that of ordinary animals. But he needed the Godzillamorph's uniquely modified DNA to perfect human/kaiju hybridization. He sends out his own mercenaries and mutants to retrieve the Godzilla girl.
Oblivious to the imminent threat to both herself and the world, the Godzilla girl, who has named herself Jira, has been living mostly in peace, other than the occasional encounter with humans [mostly G-Force capture teams.] Jira has been alone all of her life, something that she never pondered or regretted. That is until one day an unexpected encounter with a speed boat leaves her injured and unconscious...
Gary Strauss is just your average nobody, some kid working at Jeramy & Portan's Co-Op, hoping one day to become a famous artist. Living on his own on an abandoned farm, Gary often goes to the beach to sketch the scenery, which he is doing when he discovers something strange washed up on the beach...
After hibernating for years in the cold depths of the sea, Godzilla, the dreaded King of the Monsters, reawakens. He senses something, something or someone like him. A new threat is rising; a threat that could spell doom for both humanity and the kaiju of Earth. Godzilla makes his way to America, to seek out both this new threat and the mysterious new presence that he somehow knows is closely tied to himself. Soon, a new war between men and monsters will begin. And the fate of the world may lie in the relationship of two youths, from two very different worlds.
JIRA: Queen of the Monsters is a personal project of mine that began as a simple fantasy, inspired by the kaiju girls of Daikaiju Academy. This series is intended as both a more seriously toned and realistic fan-fic. The focus early on in the story will be on JIRA and Godzilla, along with several kaiju guest stars; later on I'll introduce more human/kaiju hybrids [mostly kaiju girls, but I do intend on making some kaiju guys eventually].
This series will be a tribute to both Godzilla, a monster who I will always be a big fan of, and to the kaiju girls, which is certainly an original and entertaining concept. To improve my story and characters as I go along, comments and critiques are greatly appreciated!
Milotic's appearance is similar to that of a sea serpent, and it is likely based on an Oarfish. Milotic’s body is mostly cream in coloration, with red eyes and three black dots down its neck, which might be gills. The top of its head is long, with a point at the end, and long, thin red ‘eyebrows’ extending from above its eyes and thicker, also red-colored hair-like fins draping from the sides of the head. Its lower tail is covered with blue and pink scales, with striations of black, and four large scales, blue with red spots in the middle, overlap at the tip of the tail to look like a fan. Milotic is described in the Pokédex as breathtakingly beautiful.
Like many of you probably were, I was a bit confused when deviantArt introduced their new logo today. What did it have to do with the previous logo? Why did it look like a butchered not equal symbol? As a fourth year graphic design major, I truly didn't understand. My curiosity peaked, I watched out dA's "Logo Evolution" video about how they came to the final design. During the video, I realized it was intended to be a stylized "dA" with the middle line and shorter lines on the sides cropped off...to which I asked why? They had a really decent looking design going on there, why did they complicate it even further? So I played around with that and made a faux rebrand of my own.
All I did was trace the stylized "dA", as shown in the second photo. I created some mockups in Adobe Illustrator and tested it with a different typeface (I even added the little "slash" motif they seemed to be fond of), appropriate color schemes, and a snapshot of how the logo would appear on the menu. That's all there was to it, really.
Now let me make something perfectly clear: I don't hate the new logo, the actual branding behind it looks great. I had no inclination towards the original logo to begin with, so I appreciated the fact that deviantArt was going for a new look after all these years. I just believe the logo could have been designed to be a lot less ambiguous. This isn't a no holds barred beatdown, it's intended to be constructive criticism. If the new logo was truly intended to "challenge my perception and perspective", I believe it could have communicated that without the need for a 17 page essay.
(Amazing how I'm willing to create an entire fake rebrand for an art website instead of the final for my actual graphic design class. Whoops.)