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Gappa
Gappa Picture
Nomenclature
Nickname(s)

Daikyoju

Biological Information
Species

Ancient Monster Species, Guardians of Obelisk Island

Forms

None

Length

?? meters

Weight

6,000 metric tons (Male)
5,000 metric tons (Female)

Affiliation Information
Allies

Same species, Inhabitants of Obelisk Island

Enemies

Humans, other monsters

Relationships

Baby Gappa (Son)

Controlled by

None

Production Information
Created by


Iwao Yamazaki,
Ryuzo Nakanishi

First appearance

Gappa

Last appearance

Gappa

The Gappas (ガッパ,   Gappa?) are a species of ancient monsters. Two adult Gappas, male (ガッパ雄,   Gappa Osu?) and female (ガッパ雌,   Gappa Mesu?) and their juvenile son appear in the 1967 Nikkatsu kaiju film, Gappa.

Origins

In ancient times, the Gappas would fight other monsters for survival. They were already present when the Earth was still an interstellar cloud. This suggests Gappas originate in outer space.

Appearance

Main article: Gappa/Gallery.

All three of the Gappas share common characteristics, being based on various reptiles and birds, such as eagles and hawks. Overall, they resemble enormous bipedal Griffins. As seen with the two adults seen in the film, the species is sexually dimorphic. The male is 60 meters in height and female is 55 meters. The female has a smaller head crest and has a flatter face compared to her mate. Their scales are triangle-shaped, and their eyelids are reverse to that of humans.

History

Showa Series

Gappa

An expedition to Obelisk Island by Mr. Funazu uncovers a baby monster, who hatches from an egg nearby giant bones beside a underground lake below a sacred temple. The natives plead with the skeptical scientists not to take the baby away, lest it anger the baby's parents. Sure enough, they take the baby away, and soon, inside the caverns, its two parents rise from the underground waters beneath the volcano, destroying everything in their path. Saki, the only survivor, is rescued by an American navy fleet and brought back to Japan.

The parents storm across Japan, destroying all in their wake, but their assault ceases once they recover their child. Mercifully, they relent, and depart to return to Obelisk Island.

Gappas' wings are unlike those of birds; these wings are actually evolved ribs.

Biology

The Gappas are very ancient species. They were already present when the Earth was still an interstellar cloud. They have fought many monsters since that time and this indicates there have been various monsters including Gappas capable of surviving in space and during planet formations, and Gappas are, if not, one of the most powerful of those. The fact that female Gappa preyed on a giant octopus when the pair appeared on Atami indicates Gappas might feed on other monsters. Female Gappa hunted the octopus to feed the juvenile, and the juvenile have never feasted on the meats humans had prepared.

Their influences on planet Earth and life forms including humans were vast; base elements from Gappas' internal organs for charging electricity melted into the sea water during Earth's formation, and this caused today's sea water salty.

Despite their destructive capabilities, Gappas are sentient, intelligent, and generous species by nature and would not attack meaninglessly. They deeply cares their families and will do anything to take back their children. Although the pair caused severe destruction on civilization in Japan, that was for taking back their child.

The Gappas are more sensitive to sounds than other known reptiles.

Abilities

  • The Gappas can fly at mach 6.
  • The Gappas have an underwater speed of 150 knots.
  • The Gappas can perform a destructive force of 2 million hps.
  • The Gappas' wings can emit hurricane-force winds.
  • The Gappas can cause tsunamis or storm surges by their wing powers.
  • Adult Gappas can fire a breath attack (either heat beam or flame, being described as "equals to death ray" in the film) from their mouths that can burn and melt anything it touches. This ability makes Gappas immune to poisons.
  • The Gappas emit bioluminescence from eyes (blue-white underwater and yellow on land).
  • Female Gappa has pearl-like substances likely within her legs. This substances will cause humans blind.
  • Juvenile Gappa's body is electrified and causes electric arcs/sparks whenever metals are attached to the body.
    • This indicates that adult Gappas can possibly emit electricity.

Trivia

  • Gappa was based on a famous yokai Kappa and images of Karura aka Garuda and Karasu Tengu were added.
  • The film story was partially based on 1961 film Gorgo with some similarities with Toho's 1961 film Mothra and Daiei's Gamera and Daimajin.
  • Gappas caring natures towards family are similar to that of oceanic birds such as penguins.
  • Old Idea bemlar

    Early Bemlar concept

    Tsuburaya Productions originally had an idea of a space bird monster that protected Earth in times of need, called Bemlar. The 'Bemlar Birdman' shares many traits with the Gappa, and caused rumors of being sold to Nikkatsu Corporation. However these rumors are false, as the design was recycled for another Tsuburaya monster called Hydra. Thus, Hydra bears a resemblance to the Gappas as well, although he is completely feathered.


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