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Nikkatsutext Kaiju
Unknown or No Trademark
Gappa Picture
Gappa
Species
Ancient Giant Bird
Nicknames
None
Height
60 meters (Male)
55 meters (Female)
Length
?? meters

Weight
6,000 tons (Male)
5,000 tons (Female)
Forms
None

Allies
None
Enemies
Humans
Relationships
Baby Gappa (Son)
Controlled by
None
Created by

Iwao Yamazaki,
Ryuzo Nakanishi

Portrayed by
Atami Hiroshita,
Takashi Konagai (Male)
Ken Misugi,
Shiro Tonami (Female)
First Appearance
Gappa
Latest Appearance
Gappa
Designs
ShodaiGappaOsu, ShodaiGappaMesu
Roar
There are no recorded roars for Gappa.

The Gappas (ガッパ,   Gappa?) are a species of ancient birds. 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.

Appearance

All three of the Gappas share common characteristics, being based on various reptiles and birds, such as eagles and hawks. The second parent lacks a head crest, and has a flatter face compared to their counterpart.

History

Showa Series

Gappa

An expedition to Obelisk Island by Mr. Funazu uncovers a baby monster, who hatches from an egg near 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.

Abilities

  • The Gappas can fly at mach 6.
  • The Gappas have an underwater speed of 150 knots.
  • The Gappas' wings can emit hurricane-force winds.
  • Both Gappas can fire a heat beam from their beaks that can burn and melt anything it touches.

Gallery

Main article: Gappa/Gallery.

Trivia

  • 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.


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