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Toho Kaiju
Monster Icons - Manda - Manda 2004
Species Nicknames
Sea Dragon None
Height Length
10 meters
40 meters
150 meters[1]
300 meters[2]
Weight Forms
30,000 metric tons[1]
60,000 metric tons[2]
Controlled by Relationships
KilaaksDAM, DevoniansGRoE None
Allies Enemies
Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Anguirus, Varan, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, Baragon, Minilla, GezoraGRoE, TitanosaurusGRoE, DestoroyahGRoE Gotengo, King Ghidorah, GodzillaGRoE, AnguirusG:C
Created by Portrayed by
Ishiro Honda,
Tomoyuki Tanaka,
Shinichi Sekizawa
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Atragon Godzilla: Final Wars
ShodaiManda, SoshingekiManda
More Roars

Manda (マンダ,   Manda?) is a sea dragon kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1963 film Atragon.


Manda's name could be a combination of the Japanese words "man" (万?) and "daija" (大蛇?), which when combined mean "ten thousand serpent."


Manda resembles an Eastern dragon, as he has four legs, multiple horns on the head all the way down to the tail, and two barbs coming from the face. In Atragon, Manda's roar was deeper and his eyes had slit pupils.


In the Showa series, Manda was the guardian of Mu, an underwater kingdom. How Manda became its protector and how long he had been protecting it is unknown.

Manda's origins in Godzilla: Final Wars are unknown.


Showa Series


Manda head

Manda in Atragon

Manda was a dragon that lived in the sea and was the guardian of Mu, an underwater kingdom. When the Gotengo attacked, Manda fought it and wrapped his body around the ship and trying to crush it. But Gotengo charged electricity and unleashed it on Manda, badly shocking him. Manda unwrapped himself and tried to swim away. Gotengo chased after, and fired the Absolute Zero Cannon, which froze Manda.

Destroy All Monsters

SoshingekiManda wraps around the SoshingekiBridge

Manda in Destroy All Monsters

Manda was taken to live on Monsterland in Destroy All Monsters. In 1999, the Kilaaks came to Earth and took control of Manda and the other monsters of the island, and made them attack major cities around the world, eventually ending up in Tokyo where he crushed a monorail line. Then, the people of the world freed them from the mind control, and the monsters were sent to fight King Ghidorah. Manda did not fight in the battle, and watched from the sidelines with Varan and Baragon. After King Ghidorah was defeated, Manda and the other kaiju returned to Monsterland.

All Monsters Attack

Manda also made a very brief appearance in All Monsters Attack, but only in a brief glimpse of recycled stock footage.

Millennium Series

Godzilla: Final Wars

Manda 2004

Manda in Godzilla: Final Wars

In the Millennium series, Manda attacks Normandy, when the Gotengo comes to stop it and attacks Manda. At first, Manda was able to constrict himself around the Gotengo and pull the warship further and further into the depths of the water, severely damaging it. However, the crew spotted an underwater volcano and charged into it, with Manda stuck on their ship. Unable to withstand the heat, Manda was forced to uncoiled himself and swam away. The Gotengo managed to get out of the volcano, but Manda charged at the ship. The Gotengo turned around 180 degrees and fired the maser cannon to freeze the weakened Manda, and then rammed into him with its powerful drill, breaking him into pieces.


Manda does not have any special weapons, but he can wrap his body around an enemy and crush them similar to how a snake constricts his prey. Although he is slow on land, Manda can also swim very fast and can breathe while submerged in water. In the video game Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, Manda has the ability to spit fireballs.


Video Game Appearances

Godzilla: The Game

Kaiju Guide

Manda, the Guardian Dragon

Kaiju Guide Manda

A dragon-like monster worshiped 12,000 years ago as a guardian deity of the underwater Kingdom of Mu. It coils its long body around its enemies and then constricts, crushing them. It first debuted in the film "Atragon" (1962). Its second appearance was in the film "Destroy All Monsters" (1968), where it was a protected species of Monsterland. However, lacking any horns or barbs, it instead grew prickles on its back in lieu of a mane. Controlled by the Kilaaks, it landed in Tokyo Bay and laid waste to the monorail and surrounding environs.

Manda appeared a third time in the film "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004) as a deep sea monster, battling against the Gotengo in the deep waters off the cost of Normandy. The strangling attack it performs with its body is called the "Binding Breaker".

The original model for Manda had fins all the way down its side from neck to its tail. These were notably absent from its second form.

First and Second Generation
150 meters
30,000 tons
Constriction with its protracted body
"Destroy All Monsters"

Third Generation
300 meters
60,000 tons
Binding Breaker
"Godzilla: Final Wars"


Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Manda appears in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Issue #3 along with Gezora. Manda appears and destroys an aircraft carrier. Manda is later revealed to be a "Water monster", along with Titanosaurus and Gezora. After a brief fight with Godzilla, the trio of aquatic monsters retreat. Later, the trio, now joined by a revived Destoroyah fight Godzilla under water. During the fight, the Military used a new sonar blaster to confuse Gezora, Manda and Titanosaurus, making them flee, leaving Destoroyah to deal with Godzilla and the military. After Destoroyah and Godzilla battled, Manda was seen living in the oceans around the Monster Islands. One of the characters state that Zilla can't get onto the island because of the monsters keeping him in the ocean and off land, Manda possibly being the cause of it. It is unknown if Manda partook in the battle when the Trilopods invaded, as he was not seen afterwards.

Godzilla: Cataclysm

Manda is briefly shown in issue 1, fighting Anguirus by wrapping himself around the monster.


Main article: Manda/Gallery.



Manda's roars in the Showa series were basically human rasps and grunts from tigers or lions, which the sounds would later be restocked for Godzilla's grunts and other monsters. Upon its debut the roars were deeper and slower, but in 1968 the roars were sped up and higher-pitched. In 2004, Toho gave Manda a variety of roars from different animals, typically lions (prior to the original Manda), rather than using the same two roars (however these roars were deeper). The roars were mixed with snarls from a leopard. These roars also made Manda sound more dragon-like.

In Other Languages

  • Russian: Манда 
  • Chinese: 曼达 (Màndá)


  • Manda, along with Gorosaurus and Varan, are some of the few kaiju that appeared in Godzilla films which aren't related to Godzilla, had appeared alongside him, and never fought him at all.
  • In the manga version of Destroy All Monsters, Manda takes part in the final battle with King Ghidorah, wrapping around his wing.
  • In the Toho film King Kong Escapes, a Giant Sea Serpent swims toward a hovercraft, looking to attack it. However, King Kong throws a rock at it, causing the serpent to retreat back to the depths. It is unknown whether or not this creature has any connection with Manda.


This is a list of references for Manda. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Official Godzilla Compendium. Profiles of the Monsters; Page 134.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Godzilla: Final Wars; Page 117.


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