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For information on the character that bears this design, see Godzilla (SG).

The ShinGoji (シンゴジ,   ShinGoji?) are the Godzilla designs used in the 2016 Godzilla film, Shin Godzilla.


The ShinGoji's name comes from shin (シン?), which comes from Shin Godzilla's Japanese title, Shin Gojira (シン・ゴジラ?), and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ?).


ShinGoji's design, unlike traditional Godzilla designs, has four forms over the course of Shin Godzilla. The first form only shows its tail during the beginning of the movie. It's large, and almost identical to the second form's tail in regards to aesthetic, being yellow-hued, with a frayed end.

The second form is very much reminiscent of an eel, having a long body, neck, and tail, while also possessing large hind legs for land movement, and stubs on its chest that are shown to be underdeveloped arms. Unlike ShinGoji's later forms, this form possesses a sickly yellow complexion, with red, exposed muscle on its back and gills. The dorsal plates of this design are underdeveloped, much like its other body parts. The eyes of this design are also very large in relation to its body, almost resembling that of the colossal squid in appearance.

The third form of ShinGoji is very much like traditional incarnations in regards to appearance. This form is bipedal, with a stance much like modern Godzilla, possesses small forelimbs and a long neck in relation to its body. Unlike his second form, which possesses a sickly yellow skin tone, the change in appearance for this form altered the skin tone of ShinGoji to a dark orangey-red, with exposed muscle changing from a red, to a glowing orange. The scutes of the design also become more defined and larger with this evolution.

The fourth and final form of ShinGoji is a near full return to form. This design possesses an aesthetic that's very much akin to the design of the ShodaiGoji in many ways. Primarily, the coloration of this design is dark, nearing a shade of black, much like its Shodai counterpart. The skin specifically is designed and inspired by the original Godzilla, which was designed as a victim of the Hydrogen bomb. Thus, ShinGoji features exposed, red muscle, which resembles keloid scarring, and similar scarring can be seen running up his scutes, neck, and body in general.[2]

ShinGoji's scute design is also a callback to the Shodai's design, being maple leaf shaped, with a definitive middle row, that's flanked by two smaller rows. Unlike Shodai, however, they're jagged in form, and are also porous in appearance. Following the trend of difference to the classic designs, ShinGoji's scutes are the same shade of color as his skin, rather than being a lighter shade. However, this difference in color scheming for Toho's classic designs happens to be a similarity with the LegendaryGoji, who's dorsal spines were also the color of its skin.

The ShinGoji design possesses countless uneven rows of jagged, shark-like teeth, a pronounced nose with large round nostrils, and his jawline extends partially into his cheeks, with some teeth even protruding from the skin above and underneath his mouth, adding to the idea of a mutated appearance. His lower jaw is similar to that of a snake, and on top of being able to open wide, is also able to split open when Godzilla uses his iconic atomic breath during the movie.

This form's eyes are very small in comparison to its preceding forms, possessing a small pupil. ShinGoji's eyes are considerably more sunken into their sockets, being shaded by his brow ridges. It doesn't have any true eyelids, but much like a shark, it possesses a protective covering that slides over its eyes upon sensing both danger near its skull, and while using atomic breath.

This Godzilla design sports a long neck and very thin and short arms which barely reach out beyond the chest. Its hands have four digits, and its feet possess five digits, while all other Godzilla designs have either three or four. The fifth digit is much smaller than the others, and has a vestigial claw, resembling a dewclaw digit which is often present on many mammals and some predatory reptiles.

Unlike most Godzilla designs, which tend to be bulky and muscular, ShinGoji features a very slender, almost emaciated appearance. Its arms are slender, its ribcage is visible due to how much it protrudes from its chest, and the sternum of this design is sharp, and far more pronounced than prior Godzilla designs. Scars and open wounds can be found all over his skin, and the scars over his body bear cracks through which exposed flesh can be seen. Most of these lesions occupy regions where Godzilla's skin would normally fold, giving the injuries a similar appearance to numerous Ichthyotic conditions.

ShinGoji's tail is much longer than in previous designs, and unlike most prior designs, is constantly suspended in the air behind him, looming over his head in some cases. The tip of his tail is also covered in skeletons, and much like his body, is red and exposed.

Images of Yuji Sakai's upcoming 2016 Godzilla figure show a full glimpse of the design's feet, which are very different from previous designs aside from possessing a dewclaw digit. The feet are digitrade, and resemble those of theropod dinosaurs, as Godzilla seems to stand on the front of his feet with his heels in the air. The toe claws also appear to point upward. These traits are also reflected in the golden maquette of the design displayed at a Nico Nico conference in April. A close-up of the maquette's foot shows that Godzilla also has at least three additional very small, seemingly vestigial, toe claws growing from the side of his foot.[3]

The ShinGoji design will be portrayed by a combination of puppets and various props, animatronics, and a "suit" operated by three people, which will all be enhanced with digital effects.[2] This version of Godzilla has been confirmed to be the tallest Godzilla to appear in a film yet, standing 118.5 meters tall, while Legendary's Godzilla is only 108.2 meters tall.[4][5]

Creepily enough, the tail of ShinGoji possesses a giant set of human-like jaws near the tip, as revealed in The Art of Shin Godzilla. This set of jaws isn't visible within the film itself, but can be seen within the art book.

In the end of the film and in The Art of Shin Godzilla, the fifth form of Godzilla was revealed. The fifth form take on an eerily human shape, with Godzilla-like dorsal plates running up their spines. Maquettes for the evolution show they lack eyes, despite concept art of the design originally possessing them, and a large divide runs down their cranium.

Like its predecessor form, the humanoid forms aren't muscular, and appear to be very emaciated, with a large hole present in their chests.


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