The 2016 design, unlike traditional Godzilla designs, has five 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 as if it was damaged.
The second form is very much reminiscent of an eel, having a long body, neck, and tail, while also possessing short, undeveloped hind legs for land movement, and stubs on its chest that are shown to be underdeveloped arms which have no use. Unlike the design's later forms, this form possesses a sickly yellow complexion with a wrinkly, rubbery texture, 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. Its neck has many pairs of red gills that frequently bleed, and its body is horizontal, basically slithering on its belly, as its legs are not strong enough to support its weight.
The third form of this design is very much like traditional incarnations in regards to appearance. This form has larger, stronger hind limbs capable of standing upright, with a stance much like modern Godzilla, possesses small four-clawed 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 the design to a dark orangey-red, rougher and 'scalier' looking hide, 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. This form has a very wide mouth and large, white, seemingly-expressionless eyes.
The fourth form of the 2016 design 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, the 2016 design features exposed, red muscle which turns purple when he uses his atomic breath, which resembles keloid scarring, and similar scarring can be seen running up his scutes, neck, and body in general, and unlike the reptilian, scaly skin of previous designs, this version has tumor-like cancerous-looking growths covering most of its body.
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) as well as several "extra claws" protruding from its ankles. The tail of the design is much longer than previous designs, and unlike most prior designs, is constantly suspended in the air behind him, looming over his head in some cases. At the end of its tail is a large, fleshy growth, which appears to have exposed bones and a second jaw-like compartment. Much of his body is red and exposed.
The fourth form's design is also a callback to the ShodaiGoji's design, possessing maple leaf shaped dorsal plates, 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.
The fourth Godzilla design also possesses countless uneven rows of jagged, shark-like teeth, a pronounced nose with large round nostrils, and its jawline extends well into the sides of its head with some teeth even protruding from the skin above and underneath its mouth, adding to the idea of a mutated appearance and making him look like an abomination. Its 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 its iconic atomic breath during the movie. Its eyes are small and white, and appear to lack eyelids.
Unlike most Godzilla designs, which tend to be bulky and muscular, this form 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.
Images of Yuji Sakai's upcoming 2016 Godzilla figure confirmed that Godzilla's feet are digitrade, and resemble those of theropod dinosaurs, as Godzilla stands on his toes, with his heels in the air. These traits were also reflected in the golden maquette of the design displayed at a Nico Nico conference in April of 2016. A close-up of the maquette's foot showed that Godzilla also has at least three additional very small, seemingly vestigial toe claws growing from the side of his foot.
The fifth form is very small and far more humanoid in comparison to its preceding forms. It lacks eyes, instead, having a large, singular hole where an eye would be. However, it can be noted that in concept art pieces, and maquettes seen in The Art of Shin Godzilla, the design once featured eyes. It doesn't have a black design anymore, instead possessing a yellow design like the first two forms. This form also has fins on its left shoulder instead of on the spine.
The design was intended to be portrayed by a combination of puppets and various props, animatronics, and a "suit" operated by three people, which were to be enhanced with digital effects. This was however abandoned in favor of a fully CGI monster animated by motion capture. The man operated puppet can be seen in the film's special features, being listed as unused, and can be seen moving as well, showing it had a wide range of motion.
List of appearances
- Shin Godzilla (First appearance)
- ↑ @eiga_natalie (July 28, 2016). ゴジラの正体は野村萬斎だった！「シン・ゴジラ」でモーションキャプチャ担当 http://natalie.mu/eiga/news/196272 … #シンゴジラ #野村萬斎 Twitter.com. Retrieved June 14, 2017
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- ↑ (May 16, 2014). Godzilla Facts Tumblr.com. Retrieved June 14, 2017