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Anguirus Versus Gororin by Enshohma Anguirus Versus Gororin by Enshohma
In celebration of my friend's :iconkaijusamurai: first major comic success with "Godzilla Legends #1", I've decided to upload this fitting illustration, staring everyone's favorite underdog Anguirus, as well as an obscure, but unique character related to him, Gororin.

A gigantic member of the prehistoric Ankylosaurus family, Anguirus holds the distinction of both being Godzilla's very first monstrous opponent in "Godzilla Raids Again" (1955), AND (ironically enough) as his most loyal sidekick, later in the Showa-era Godzilla films (1954-1975).

Yes, Rodan and Mothra have joined Godzilla in battle, against the likes of King Ghidorah and the invading Kilaak Aliens, but those were mere temporary alliances between otherwise friendly rivals (to say the very least).

After being re-introduced in "Destroy All Monsters" (1968), and further more in "Godzilla vs. Gigan" (1972), the spiky dinosaur was firmly established as a true friend of Godzilla, both in and out of battle. This stated more so in Anguirus's last Showa appearance from "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla" (1974), where the human protagonists are suspicious as to why Anguirus would be fighting his friend Godzilla, of whom of course is the robotic imposter of the title.

I could go on-and-on about the fascinating history of Anguigus, but will save that for future entries in The Kaiju Portraits series ([link]). I will say that a main factor into the character's fan following (outside being one of the most awesome sidekicks in all of fiction), is that he's such an appealing monster due to his incredible, and admittedly admirable tenacity in combat. This 'never surrender' attitude is especially impressive, when considering that Anguirus lacks the atomic heat breath and similar abilities of most other Japanese fantasy monsters, beyond his nifty looking armored hide, teeth, and claws.

Yes, I know there's the ridiculously awesome armadillo-style roll that Anguirus also does, but that's a relatively recent addition from both the video games, and "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004), so it doesn't really count in this matter.

Indeed, I'd even go on to admit that the proverbial prehistoric bulldog is among my Top Ten Favorite Giant Monsters of All Time, because of his tenacious stance in the face of bigger, more powerful foes and obstacles. Something that the first issue of "Godzilla Legend" exploits perfectly, by pitting our boy Anguirus against the title evil of "Godzilla vs. Destroyah" (1995); a virtual demon that had a hand in Godzilla's demise in the film.

Yes, the odds are heavily stacked against Anguirus, but we are still totally rooting for him to archive an impossible victory. Well, almost all of us...minus the diehard Destroyah fans of course.

Evil people, each and everyone one of you! ;)

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Now with that all said, your real question regarding this piece is most likely 'who in the freaking world is this Gororin creature?'

Gororin is among a handful of original creations from the very obscure television series "Godzilla Island". Now don't get too excited, for the series was actually two-to-three minute segments that aired between regular children's programing, and done with stiff puppets made from Bandai toy molds, instead of traditional monster suits and actors. The plot of the series took place (where else) on Monster Island, where Godzilla and his friends dealt with those pesky Planet X Aliens (originally from 1965's "Invasion of the Astro-Monsters"), and the villain monsters summoned against our heroes.

In one story arch, Anguirus screws up big time, thanks to his clumsy armored spikes, and forces him to go into a bout of depressive seclusion soon after. In a monumental example of bad timing however, a sphere-shaped cactus monster named Gororin comes to Monster Island to reek havoc. With its fast rolling speed, mixed with its own sharp spines / thorns, Gororin literally (and comically) bowls its way through Godzilla, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Baragon, Godzilla Junior, and King Ceasar with embarrassing ease.

Anguirus is the only monster who can go toe-to-toe with the cacti intruder, but again, the poor guy is suffering from a lack of confidence in his own worth, and is reluctant to do so.

By-the-way, did I forget to mention that this show was meant for the kiddie crowd? Thankfully, non of the monsters talk or anything as stupidly extreme as that, but the synopsis above sounds less like your standard Godzilla adventure (all things considering), and more like a 'Lost Episode' from "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic"!

*Anguirus dictating a letter to Spike, the baby dragon* - "Dear Princess Celestia, it's me, Anguirus, the Killer of the Living! Witting in to let you know that I've learned a very important lesson about friendship, and in turn, my own self confidence...which incidentally, also involved the victorious murder of an annoying cactus a**hole!" IT WAS PRETTY DAMN COOL!!!

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You can read more about the whole Gororin debacle at Tarstarkus.com and Tohokingdom, respectively: [link] and [link]

Now although the Godzilla franchise extends far beyond the main films themselves, the general public, and even the majority of fans, often overlook the original creations in said spin-off material. With the very notable exceptions of Obsidius and Krystalak, who are the first non-movie based Godzilla foes to get some major recognition, despite their exclusiveness in the American video game "Godzilla Unleashed (2007).

And that's something of a minor shame, because despite some uninspired copy cats (Cybersaurus = Mechagodzilla), these spin-off monsters are quite unique, and succeeding where other tie-in originals often fail. Hence one of the main reasons I do such elaborate illustrations for otherwise obscure fare.

Gororin, despite the cactus sphere's own shortcomings (its from "Godzilla Island" for crying out loud), holds a unique niche for being the only true archenemies that Anguirus has ever garnered in his fictional career. True, Anguirus has tons of more famous opponents (including a persistent King Ghidorah), but its Gororin who challenges Anguirus on a more personal and direct level, as the two are nearly matched in powers and abilities.

So remember, if you're attending a Godzilla convention for a summer weekend, dressed as Anguirus, you might want to buy yourself a green beach ball, glue on some soft spines around it, and paint on some disgruntled eyes for a final effect, with a puppeteer friend doing random battles with you throughout the event.

True, no one will probably get the reference, but it will be very fitting for both monsters indeed.

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Major thanks to :iconhawanja: for the Live-Trace assistance.
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Doipeny Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Anguirus vs the cactus ball
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Revan005 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Cool!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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DragonEpic94 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
I'm so glade I'm not the only one who knows about Godzilla Island
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Its both my power and my curse to know obscure Kaiju!

Thanks, though have you yourself seen the series? Or like me, just familiar with it through research?
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DragonEpic94 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Well back in 2006 and 7 there was a website that showed clips of the show and talked about what happened in the episodes Dailymotion and Youtube had a few episode clips of it but the site was taken down as well as the clips  
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M9314 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great illustration! I wish the Sci-Fi channel and TNT would play Japanese monster movies again. Their programming is pretty stale these days.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Artist
Honestly, all television is stale these days, especially with repeat airings of the same base, low rent reality TV programing in the same day. When I was growing up, the late night movie programing was awesome, featuring a wide variety of obscure and quirky movies, along with beloved classics. And TBS and TNT, back in the old days of the early 1990's...OH MY GOD!

Message from Space, Thunderbirds 6, Thunderbirds Are Go, Colossus: The Forbin Project, Robot Carnival, Battle In Outer Space, The Green Slime, Heavy Metal, Tommy, ALL the Ray Harryhausen films, the Doug McClure / Amicus / Edgar Rice Burroughs trilogy, Escape From New York, The Warriors, Godzilla vs The Sea Monster, Captain Sinbad, The Tingler, The Twonky, The Ten Thousand Fingers of Doctor T, The Phantom Tollbooth, Barbarella, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Forbidden Planet, The Invisible Boy, Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, The H-Man, Prophecy, The Beastmaster, Swamp Thing, Robin Creosol On Mars, Son of Godzilla, King Kong, The Last Dinosaur, The Lost Continuant, The Outer Limits, Frankenstein Created Woman, Motel Hell, They Came From Outer Space, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Reptile, Dinosaurus, Mothra, Swamp Thing, The Road Warrior, The Monster That Challenged The World, The Ice Pirates, Hercules, The Seven Faces Of Dr. Lao, Logan's Run, The Martian Chronicles, Ultra-7, G-Force, West World, The Banana Splits, Vampire Hunter D, Super Monster Gamera, Tentacles, Maximum Overdrive, The Manitou, Twilight of the Cockroaches, Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978, Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jack the Giant Killer, Orca the Killer Whale, Village of the Giants, Night of the Lepus, Frogs, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Duel, Mad Monster Party, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, THEM!, Plan 9 from Outer Space, The Manster, SWAT Kats, The Heroic Trio, The Three Stooges In Orbit, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, AND The Wizard of Oz!!!

Do you know how much these movies and television shows above encompassed my entire childhood, between TBS and TNT alone?

Anyway, thanks so much for the comment, and bringing back TOO MANY found memories here!
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M9314 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hear ya. I really owe it to my dad for introducing me to these monster movies we watched back in the 90's. I still remember when suncoast supplied all the godzilla videos. It was like a candystore for me. Good times. One of these days, tv will reform and raise the bar on standards. Tv today is full of garbage that should properly be disposed of.
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glaciereagle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
you sir are a very talented artist
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Why thank you so much!
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cfakatsuki Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
God I hate that cactus
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Artist
Why?
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cfakatsuki Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I just don't think there is any way that stupid cactus could beat the rest of monster island like that... Plus he just looks retarded
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Muscle-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
My favorite kaiju next to Big G. I've enjoyed his movie, video game appearances and most recently, in the IDW Godzilla comics.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Artist
Agreed, Anguirus can almost do no wrong wherever he may appear.

What do you think of his defacto rival, Gororin there?
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Muscle-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
For some reason, I keep thinking of a Super Mario game he'd fit into
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OS9 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
I like the lineart and colouring!
Especilly the fact that the lineart tells what's further away and what is cloaser to the "viewver". Well done!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Artist
Why thank you!

I've been practicing with my artistic perspective through line bulk and the atmospheric fading of color, though seeing how this is a hot day in which the picture takes place within, I could only do the line trick. I'm happy to read you saying that it worked.
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G1990 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
I just love the LineArt and the coloring, Nice job.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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Wyote Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Always glad to Anguirus, one of my favorite monsters. Gotta be the die hard attitude you were talking about. Never knew he had an arch enemy though, obscure as he may be.

Great pic man.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Artist
Wyote Lives!

Thanks for the compliment, and yes, I too love Anguirus for the same said reasons as well. I'm also happy that I brought Gogorin into the limelight, just a tiny bit.
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Wyote Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Haha, yeah, I'm still around. And you're welcome.
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MegaZeo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Holy crap, Gororin fanart? You win one free Internet, my friend.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Artist
Oh if that was true, you know with the Internet being all mine and for free, imagine all the naughty pics I could grab...sorry, wrote that out loud and regretting it already.

Terrible joke aside, thanks so much for the compliment, and awesome that you should know about the Gororin!
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Angurius has always been one of my favorites, and really, how can you NOT like him. A simple design topped with "never backdown" attitude makes even more awesome. Hell, one of my kaiju, Brontosuchus, is basically similar to this guy (though not a direct clone). Anyway, you did a good job here.

I do have to correct you about one thing, the rolling ball attack first appeared in the Godzilla fighting game in Japan and the Atari Godzilla games.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Artist
Finally, an actual comment from you, that's also worth replying back on!

Thank you on the kind words, and although I never successfully done an Anguirus type character myself, the tooth and claw tenacity and personality does show up in several of my own monster heroes. And I also must admit that the real-life Anklyosaurus is my favorite dinosaur / prehistoric animal of all time.

I took updated the text above with your rolling attack in video games correction in mind BTW.
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
I make a actual comment more or less at times. Most of the time, though, I just go through the motions.

Welcome, though I haven't successfully made this character up, yet. Well, not his design.

Cool
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
WOW, out of all the kajiu you've ever drawn, Anguirus has always been the best. I could sense a real connection between you two lol. You've always drawn him extremely awesomely. this is definitely a very very cool tribute to everyone's favorite under dog, comrade, tag team kaiju. really awesome job! :)
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Artist
You know what, me and Anguirus is a match made in fan art heaven, considering all the past attempts on the character, and how relatively successful they've been. Although I do plan on re-doing Anguirus 2000 next year, alongside all my other Kaiju Portraits.

Thanks for the kind words...and what, no Gororin love?
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I can tell. You and him are a perfect match, almost like buddies even. You always draw him very very awesomely. You capture his essence lol. Redoing all your kaiju portraits sounds great. I've always wanted to see you draw Godzilla again. I still love that old piece you did of him.

No problem. Though I dont know who, what, or where Gororin is from. All I know is he looks like that one Metroid boss, but in ball form :)
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks so much!

I go into length about Goroin in the article, and might as well visit the related links as well.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
No problem dude! :)

Yeah, so basically hes a cactus right?
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool for both Angurius and the spikey ball :P
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you very much!

BTW, I should warn you that Gororin is a cactus plant, and not a sea urchin, if you were panning on using him in the future Valkie Seijin picture.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o_0 he is!........ahh shit :( I can't cut him out, he's buried in that picture. Garrrrggg. *la sigh*
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Artist
Hmmm...maybe we can color him a true urchin color (black or purple) and pass it off as a an original monster, or joke that even Valkie didn't know the difference? ;)
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Valkie doesn't know the difference :P BTW!!! ULTRAMAN IS ON NETFLIX STREAMING!!! Well..Ultraman Towards the Future. Spread the word through the kaijuden journal post. We need to covert more people to Ultra fans!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Artist
Well, if you want to post the news on Kaijuden, please do so, seeing that you're an admin and all.

If not, I'll do so Monday night, but that's unlikely do to family life eating into my free time yet again.

All I ask is teh title to be Ultraman Great on Netflix Streaming, so readers know its a different series than teh 1966 one, that (let's face it), been played to death by this point.
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart:Wow!:heart::heart:

Looks like it will be an awesome throwdown! :)
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks once again,a nd yes, in my mind's eye, I would agree.
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