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Raf, better known as Enshohma online, is an artist, cartoonist, and writer whose main love of giant monster type characters shines through his works.
Current Residence: LA, in the CA deviantWEAR sizing preference: Huh? Print preference: Whaaa? Favourite genre of music: Anything...as long as it's stupid-fun-hyper! Favourite photographer: No clue, how about yours? Favourite style of art: No clue, how about yours? Operating System: Photoshop 0.7 MP3 player of choice: HA-HA-HA! I like CDs, you slaves of the new techno-deal! Shell of choice: Hermit Crabs' Wallpaper of choice: Girls...(JERK) Skin of choice: Simple "Spinal Tap" Black Favourite cartoon character: Moltar, the whole cast of Dai-Guard, & various others. Personal Quote: Giant Monsters: Always A Good Choice!
Favorite visual artistToo many to choose from outside myself (I said I was a jerk)Favorite moviesMust I Pick Only One?Favorite bands / musical artistsPolysics, Supergrass, Aquabats, They Might Be GiantsFavorite writersDouglas Adams, H.P. Lovecraft, and probably more...Favorite gamesUnlike the MP3s, I don't play games & not all that proud of it...Favorite gaming platformSee AboveTools of the TradeBeer, Ink, Pencil, Beer, My Brain, Beer...Other InterestsGiant Monsters, Humor, Art, Writting, Doctor Who (NERD), Animation & Girls (JERK)
Favorite Kaiju from the 1997 Video Game "Gamera 2000"?
Best you all double check me on this, but seems that originally the plan was to have a new Gamera film every year during the latter half of the 1990's - very much like how the then retiring Heisei-era Godzilla series had function.
But despite the initial success of 1995’s “Gamera: Guardian of the Universe”, the follow-up of “Gamera 2: Attack of Legion” (1996) didn't live up to box office expectations. And thus it took a little while (almost two years) to get a third, and final entry into the now confirmed trilogy, “Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris” (1999).
But in-between the gap, several spin-off projects came out to fill the void.
“Gamera 2000” was a scrolling action shooter made for the Sony PlayStation, released only in Japan on April 25th 2007, despite the presence of an alternative English language track for the cut-scenes. It was developed by Digital Frontier, with Virgin Interactive Entertainment serving as publisher.
The game served as a bright and colorful continuation of the first two mid-1990’s Gamera films, with its own in-game storyline. That was until “Gamera 3”, arrived with its Apocalyptic ending, basically negated the futuristic world seen in the aforementioned game...The futuristic world of THE YEAR 2000!
OH MY GODZILLA!!!
Joking jabs towards outdated prophecies of the future aside (that or everyone did one Hell of a job of rebuilding the world after the events of “Gamera 3”), the story proper deals with an alien invasion of Earth, lead by cybernetic beings dubbed The Bio-Mecha, or Bio-Mechs for short.
Gamera joins forces with the international organization called The Science Defense Academy against the invaders, who soon counterattack with the creation of The Neo-Gyaos; mutant variants of the 1995 creatures, of numerous shapes, sizes, and destructive capabilities.
One really can’t hate “Gamera 2000” for being its wonderfully goofy self.
It combines the heroic flying turtle, with an optimistic sci-fi adventure, similar to “Ultraman” or the more lighthearted offerings from action anime. Though unlike the aforementioned, it still manages to retain a certain level of class, that keeps it from descending into outright kiddie fair.
There is of course unintentional camp however, within its live action cut-scenes.
As with a lot of Japanese science fiction of the 1990’s, including some of Toho’s output (“Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II” from 1993), “Gamera 2000” uses English speaking actors of non-Japanese descent, to give the story a more international flare. And as you’ll be seeing in the following video, they’re not very good.
But some of the said ‘Gaijin Actors’ seem to be having a fun time with the material, and are giving it their amateurish all. Particularly the man who plays the glasses-wearing Science Defense Academy commander.
The following is most of the game footage, featured in a 54 minute long video. Consider it to be the ‘lost’ entry in the Gamera movie series, and enjoy!
Before I end this article, here’s some images of my top two favorite Kaiju from this game; the armadillo-like subterranean Armored Gyaos, and the hovering alien cyborg dubbed The Bio-Mech Plasma Jouster.
Unfortunately, it seems that all the game’s original monsters lack actual, offical names, beyond their basic species monikers of Neo Gyaos and Bio-Mechs.
And although Armored Gyaos seems to be the preferred fan-nickname online, The Bio-Mech Plasma Jouster is all my doing...And I’d damn proud of it.
Yes, I know it’s a bit of a monster naming stretch, but a lot cooler sounding than 'Volcano Robot' or 'Spike Robot'. Plus, being my favorite Kaiju from this game, so I had to spoil him there.