The Heisei series (VSシリーズ, Buiesu shirīzu?, lit. Versus series) is a term used to identify the years between 1980 and 1998 when referring to kaiju films (Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys and Gamera: The Brave are also included in it, though they actually came out in 1999 and 2006, respectively). The Godzilla Heisei era lasted from 1984 to 1995. The Gamera Heisei era was from 1995 through 2006. The Godzilla Heisei era was also nicknamed the "VS Series" in Japan, due to the word VS (Buiesu) being featured in most of the films' titles. The Gamera trilogy and the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy also took part in this time period. The Heisei era of Godzilla films follow a different continuity from the Showa films, ignoring every movie except the original 1954Godzilla. Technically, the Millennium and Legendary series films are also part of the Heisei era due to being released during the political Heisei period, but are considered to be separate series from the Heisei series due to coming after hiatuses in the Godzilla franchise..
No Godzilla monster introduced in the Heisei series reappeared in the Millennium era, not counting stock footage.
Godzilla monsters from this period were generally very large; much larger than monsters from the Showa era.
This is the second era to have a series in a complete continuity. The first being the Showa era, while the Millennium era only had separated continuity throughout most films.
In this era, almost all the monsters Godzilla faces can fly, the sole exception being Biollante.
In the Heisei Gamera trilogy, all of Gamera's opponents can fly. The only monster in the entire Gamera Heisei era thus far that is unable to fly is Zedus.
The Heisei era of Godzilla films introduced a filming technique where shots of the set were blended into footage of cities from ground level. While this did provide an ability to save money in building massive sets and also was an easy way to introduce a sense of scale, it meant that in many scenes people can be seen casually walking or even driving vehicles while the kaiju rampages nearby. This is especially evident in some of the Haneda Airport scenes in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, where a Boeing airliner that belongs to ANA can actually be seen taxiing towards the runway whilst Destoroyah flies into the air, pulling Godzilla along.
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