Godzilla and Toho panic route




“Godzilla (84)” and Toho panic route


The first half of the Godzilla series was completely interrupted with “The Terror of MechaGodzilla” at the end. Audiences of this period had already grown tired of monsters and went to theaters to experience the down-to-earth terror.


In 1973, Toho’s “Submersion of Japan” was a massive hit with an audience of 4.55 million, and was a major social movement at the time. The simulation of the original was transferred to the movie as it was, and in order to make sure that the research was at the level of the time, the brains of Hitoshi Takeuchi and below were gathered. This shift by Tomoyuki Tanaka was partially utilized in the later “Godzilla (84).”


The next year, Tsutomu Goto’s “Prophecies of Nostradamus” became a big bestseller, and in 1975, “Conflagration” continued the panic movie route, demonstrating the true value of the Toho special effects team. In the latter half of the 70’s, the third monster boom was boiling, centering on Ultraman.


In 1980, the beginning of “Deathquake” was about the magma of Mt. Mihara crater and the Shinjuku subcenter overlapping. The scene where high-ranking government officials watch the ruined cityscape on the screen is also full of that.å


“Godzilla (84),” which was created as an extension of these works, depicts the appearance of government ministers responding to the appearance of the monster moment by moment, and as a result served as the curtain on the Toho panic route. The name of Mr. Soichiro Tahara can be seen in the brain, which makes us feel the times.

Source: Encyclopedia of Godzilla, Gakken MOOK, p 163