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Barugon's Icy Domain by Enshohma Barugon's Icy Domain by Enshohma
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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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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:iconcfakatsuki:
cfakatsuki Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
U know I never noticed before but Barugon and baragon r almost like polar opposites, Barugon shoots ice, baragon fire, Barugon loves the light, baragon prefers caves and underground, Barugon was blown to bits by Gamera and baragon was nuked by Godzilla
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
LOL! Well if you put it like that, the differences are subtle to say the least.

Funny though, as I've always considered Barugon to be more of an creature of darkness, seeing how we mostly see him at night, and he's a master creator of wintry wastelands - hence the illustration seen above.

And just in case, you do know I also did a Baragon piece as well?

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While I'm here, I have this poll that needs more votes, and if you're willing, help contribute to it?

The actual poll is here; [link] More info on what this poll actually is, can be viewed here: [link]
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cfakatsuki Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Yes I saw the baragon piece aswell, and I say Barugon is more of a creature of light because of his powerful rainbow light laser
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Ironic though, seeing how Baragon (teh darkness beast) is the lesser of these two evils, with barugon being a demon, more-or-less.
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cfakatsuki Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Yup, baragon is actually on most occasions a good kaiju while Barugon has never been seen to ally with any faction... Mostly cause the only 1 of his species to appear was blow to bits by a giant turtle
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InterJim126 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
This is probably the first piece fan art I've ever seen on this Kaiju and I absolutely love it!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I know there have been others out there, but due to the relatively obscure nature of the Gamera films, this is probably among the few major attempts at the monster. Ironically, after this piece was published in G-fan, someone else offered another Barugon illustration soon after...coincidence? I THINK NOT!

Thank you so much for the awesome comment and kind words my friend!
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InterJim126 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Not a problem ^^
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny how a tropical monster winds up freezing half of Osaka...

Wonderful work! And yes, I got that G-Fan.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
You know, most people might find that confusing, and demand a redo of the monsters origins ('its a jungle monster, make it shoot flames instead'), but I prefer these out-of-nowhere ideas accustomed to Daikaiju and other giant monsters in general. So thank you very much for this most agreeable compliment!
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I always assumed the "demon" had a goal in mind: to freeze his tropical home, and ruin all the surrounding vegetation. Plants pump water into the atmosphere, and increase the local rate of precipitation (which, as we've seen, paralyzes Barugon).

...or maybe I'm reading too much into this. Oh, well...
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Well...to be fair, when Barugon freezes a place, it remains frozen unless thawed by equally insane monster actions (i.e. Gamera), so Barugon really does make the land his own by doing so, thus being a threat to a tropical jungle...perhaps a lot more than Japan in the summer time.

BTW, I have a BarAgon piece coming in the Christmas break, so keep an eye out for it!
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I will!
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Mechatherium Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Meh . . . leaves me cold.
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
It's nothing but puns with the comments on Barugon, huh?
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ebriah Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
ha.G fan .awsome cartoon look
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
You're like my first comment related to G-Fan on this one...Thanks!

Funny though, that it ended up as the back cover for the G-Fan Kids mini-mag, despite all the frozen dead people in it.
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ebriah Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
the frozen dead pepole made me laugh .a lot.barugon looks great as well.it was also my my first g fan ish.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Congratulations; I've only recently re-entered G-Fan, and with me as a possible artist, I hope to be featured in future issues (maybe even a cover if I'm lucky enough).
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Excellent revamp of Barugon, he actually looks evil and menacing in this pic! I was always confused by its weakness to water since he emerged from the bay upon hatching okay and because he uses ice/frost, frozen water, as a weapon against his enemies (plus, first rainy day in Japan and he'd be dead lol).

Regardless, excellent work on him, the frozen victims and landscape in this scene is really dark and devastating.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Thanks!

It actually does rain in the movie, which doesn't kill Barugon, but is more than enough to keep him asleep and at bay; water as a monster's weakness rarely works, unless there's a damn good reason behind it (sea / salt water to the Triffids for example), and like you said, the movie is riddled with plot holes in Barugon's regard.

I tend to avoid mass death and misery in my art, but glad my gamble works for you with the poor 'people-sicles' down there.
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Kothoga12 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I've always loved barugon, heck I practically grew up with him! As a kid I would always rent the same gamera and godzilla movies and watch them. He and Gyaos are by far some of my favorite kaiju. Your work is a very good testimonial to him.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Testimonial is what the Wizard gave the Tin Man in place of an actual organic heart!

Oddball joke aside, thank you so very much! Barugon is more of a recent favorite, despite knowing of him since I was nine, and as mentioned above, this image is based on my own childhood memories of the icy demon.

BTW, Showa-era Gyaos is a major favorite; sure, his suit is clunky beyond compared, but his individual character and fearsome demeanor is much better than the canon-fodder versions of 1995-and-beyond.
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Kothoga12 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I was not as impressed with the newest gyaos. Although they did give me a chill down the back of my neck at times when I watched the movie.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Scary yes, even nasty, but its hard to really takes a monster seriously when they breed as often, and remain as ineffective as Storm Troopers and / or Putty Patrollers.
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Kothoga12 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Very true. If they had been more viscous to the citizens it would have made it better.
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GFSA3 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I have this movie, it's not my favorite but it's still pretty good. One thing I've always wondered though, Who would winin a fight Toho's Baragon or the icy one depicted above?
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I'd love to due more in depth reviews of movies, and share opinions of Gamera vs Barugon, but that's for another time.

I too have always wondered about a battle between Baragon and Barugon, and realistically is would probably have to go towards the latter, since he's a pure evil demon, capable of some widespread destruction. However, with that said, I'd rather have it be Baragon, whose heroic turn in GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack made me want to route for the little guy in any fictional fight he ends up in.

What's more surprising is that no-one on Deviant Art has even attempted such a match-up!
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GFSA3 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
It's a hard decision isn't it? I'll happily make a pic of that.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Go ahead my friend; the only Gamera art I have in mind is a group shot dedicated to the Showa-era films.
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GFSA3 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Allright then, I'll get started on it once school stope being an issue.
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GodzillaNKS Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Dude thats Intense!!! Good job. I'm curious why Barugon is blue, I'm not complaining though it is a sweet pic.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Thanks a lot, and I explained the blueness in my description, but here it is again for your convenience:

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 internet pictures and Shout Factory's recent re-mastered DVD, with the Japanese version intact, do I now know that Barugon's a rather dull Pale Brown.

'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!
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GodzillaNKS Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Dang I am stupid, lol sorry I need to read the descriptions :/ But thanks. Yeah he does looks blue during some night scenes I agree.
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drake-fighter-0127 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing!!!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Thanks!
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drake-fighter-0127 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome!
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hawanja Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Excellent as always!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Thanks a lot Mark, though I couldn't have really done it without your extra help; I have some tidbits to share with you, but I'll wait till after Halloween, since you have the Long Beach convention, and I have family matters and these pictures to attend. Just keep in mind, that most of what I have to share is good news.
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SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Barugon: "I JUST GOTTA BE ME!!!!!!!" :D
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
LOL!

Gamera: "YOU'RE A JERK, BARUGON!"
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SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol ;)
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome. the colors are really vibrant and clear. the lighting is also superb especially around the eyes and back. you drew Barugon very very very well too. he really came out great and you definitely delivered the "Below Zero" theme very well. really awesome job :)
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
That's a very nice and competent review you gave me there; thank you so much! Glad the below zero element works for you as well.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
No problem. you really did an awesome job. this really came out great. hes a really cool kaiju and i can see why Gamera had a hard time with him. this piece reminds me of that old Godzilla piece you did a long time ago actually :)
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Very cool drawing, dude.
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Cool? Knock it off with the puns! ;)
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
No pun intended. It looks nice.
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Draguunthor Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't stop looking at the people-sicles. :XD:
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
People-sicles...man, wish I thought of that during the description witting phase; glad you like em along with the rest of this piece!
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