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Daikaiju Jidaigeki by Enshohma Daikaiju Jidaigeki by Enshohma
Here is my submission for the 100th issue of the Godzilla-centric magazine "G-Fan", featuring three giant monsters who originate from Japan's past - hence the term Jidaigeki, as in 'Period Drama'.

This will also be a print for sale at this year's Am2Con Anime Convention (2012, July 15-17).

On the top left is King Caesar from "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla"; on the top right is the 'Idol of Terror' himself, Daimajin from his own trilogy of 1966 films; and last, but certainly not least, is the heroic ninja and occasional fire breathing toad Jiraiya, from "The Magic Serpent" (1966).

Big thanks to :iconsilver-ray: and :iconhawanja: for the last minute LiveTrace assistance.

And extra thanks to :iconburkion: for some constructive criticism, that helped me improve this picture from its lesser original version and related inks (namely King Caesar's face and head regions).

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That above was the short description for this upload...NOW onto the horrifically informative Extended Description.

***WARNING: A WHOLE LOT OF READING AHEAD***

Coming Soon...Trust me, it's that long!
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:iconjapanfan89:
Japanfan89 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Writer
I wonder if the Daimajin series has any DVDs in the States?
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
ADV released all three Daimajin films in a DVD box set - I still have it myself, but it's out of print, along with ADV.

If Blu-Rey isn't an issue for you, there's the very good and VERY affordable Daimajin Trilogy box-set:

www.scifijapan.com/articles/20…
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Japanfan89 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student Writer
I could try Amazon, it's hasn't let me down yet, but 1st I need to finish up my Godzilla collections, since I'm going for those 1st (I gotta nab the 3 missing Heisei era films (being the 1st 2 Godzilla films and Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II, I had Godzilla 85 on VHS, but lost it when we had our fire years ago), and the 2 Millennium era films (the 1st 2 Godzilla films in that series, I had Godzilla 2000 for the longest time on DVD, but got rid of it because we kept moving around too much.)
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ultrakoichi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This illustration is probably one of the best from you!! Well done!!
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:icon221bstudio:
221bStudio Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Love the style!
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Battledroidunit047 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Jiraiya? Sounds like a character's name from Naruto.
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Jiraiya is a famous ninja from classical Japanese theater, folklore, and literature, whom has inspired many other fictional ninjas, directly and indirectly, ever since.

Including the one in the anime "Naruto", and the 1960's Kaiju film featured in this same illustration.
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
And The metal hero character too
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:iconbattledroidunit047:
Battledroidunit047 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
never knew that
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well now you do. And knowing is half the battle...

G-I...No, I better not.
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AndyBlueEyes Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good work, I finally got the daimajin triolgy and there pretty damn good. I love how each daimajin has an element theme
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DragonEpic94 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
These guys are perfect together there both monsters that are demons or Gods that are suminded
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah some of my favs! Love the idea of putting all these period monsters together.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
How do you submit to them? I couldnt find any information on their website on ho to do so, nor did emailing them work.
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You have to contact JD Lees directly, though he's changed his e-mail since we last spoke, and having a hard time tracking it down. There's also the traditional snail mail way of submitting artwork, as mentioned in almost every issue of G-Fan itself.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
We dont get G-Fan down here for some reason, so I havent had an occasion to read a physical copy for years. I'll have to research for the email and snail mails, so thanks for letting me know.
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:iconadiraiju:
Adiraiju Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, very nice! Interesting idea to combine these three ancient guardian demigods...
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the nifty comment, and yes, 'Demigod' is probably the best term to use, seeing how on of them is just a ninja prince with magical powers.
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly!
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:iconkaijuverse:
kaijuverse Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool !
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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UltramanReddo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Really cool. I always wanted to see The Magic Serpent, but its' so hard to find.
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:iconwolfin22:
wolfin22 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i have it in a 2 pack with a gamira movie
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

I know Retromedia release the only version onto DVD years - a sort of high-end public domain version: [link]

On the other hand, I have a slightly better widescreen version from which I can make DVD-R copies, if you're desperate enough of course. Just something to keep in mind.

Also, thanks so much for the DA watch recently!
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:iconultramanreddo:
UltramanReddo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks and you're welcome. It'll probably end up on YouTube or Dailymotion or any video sharing websites
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
EPICNESSSSSS!
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
THANKS MAN!
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsavageplz: your welcome ^-^
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:icontamashikiri:
Tamashikiri Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
There needs to be more kaiju period pieces.
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely!
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Another GJ.
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmonsterkingofkarmen:
MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome.
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
whoa, epic King Caesar! Dude deserves another movie appearance, WITH his showa era eye beams lol

Daimajin looks pretty ominous, though i haven't seen his films, are they really good?

good details on that fire breathing toad kaiju, another beastie I haven't seen in action, very cool though
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I too am a King Caesar fan, and I'm generally disappointed when people talk smack about him as being a lame kaiju / entry into Kaiju Eiga...but to be fair, I tend to love almost all giant monsters (and a few crushes on the more humanoid lady ones). And yes, I think the monster could hold his own movie down, though the plot might be similar to "Pulgasari".

The Daimajin films a rather well done, if not slightly seldom affairs. If you get the chance to view them, please do so; Daimajin's arrivals and rampages in the third acts of each film are worth the watch alone.

And that's Jiraiya the fire breathing toad to you, good sir! ;)
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Wyote Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Awesome as always.
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you friend!
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:iconwyote:
Wyote Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
You're welcome buddy.
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
that looks pretty aweomse
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbehemothmaker:
BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Welcome
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart:WOW!:heart::heart:
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is certainly is way different from the original sketch I saw of this a month or two back. Still, it is pretty amazing. Line thickness and variation is used to it's absolute fullest. Shading and color is pretty masterfully and textbook executed. I mean the flame highlights shining off of Caesar's and Daimaijin's body, really gives a sense that all of these ancient kaijus are just standing together. And just not laying on top of eachother. A problem that I still struggle with to this day. You really did each character wonderfully. I am glad to see that The Magic Serpent finally gets a piece of fan art. Just makes me want to draw the Oorchimaru in that now haha.

Anyway, I really do not know what else to say about this. I mean the deep vibrant colors just really make this thing leap out at you. This was a great surprise to wake up to this morning! :) At least now I can go to work and have a smile on..........at least for the first 5 mins before that place completely destroys my will like always.

Inspiring work my friend. Just really, without words, a great daikaiju piece of fanart! :)
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the extensive comment and kind words!

I'm actually tempted to do another "Magic Serpent" piece, especially one employing the original sketch for Jiraiya / Froggo that your familiar with. Though Oorchimaru is tempting.

I'm glad I made your morning - a fantastic feeling I sometimes get when I see your new pieces before heading off to work in the morning myself!
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