The Clockwork Things


Man-made monsters from myths and legends

The Clockwork Things


An admiration for robots that are mechanical dolls that have been nurtured in fiction such as science fiction novels. Now that those “dreams” can materialize, they are becoming something that should be called “precognitive dreams.”

The Clockwork Things


Automatons (automatic dolls) that appear in many myths and legends, such as the bronze giant Talos and the mud doll Golem. Over time, these man-made monsters were given the name “robots” by the 1920s author Karel Capek and grew up in the genre of science fiction.

Karel Čapek was a Czech writer, playwright, critic and journalist. He has become best known for his science fiction, including his novel War with the Newts and play R.U.R., which introduced the word robot. He also wrote many politically charged works dealing with the social turmoil of his time. Wikipedia


In early science fiction stories, robots are sometimes portrayed as human friends and sometimes enemies. They were clearly set as “weapons used in war” in various science fiction novels published before and after the Pacific War. After the war, the powered suit (mobile infantry) from Robert A. Heinlein’s “Starship Troopers” in 1960, and the cyborg warrior from Shotaro Ishinomori’s “Cyborg 009” in 1964, although not exactly a robot, would be included. right.

Shotaro Ishinomori was a Japanese manga artist who became an influential figure in manga, anime, and tokusatsu, creating several immensely popular long-running series such as Cyborg 009, the Super Sentai series, and the Kamen Rider series. Wikipedia


In modern warfare, where weapons are being mechanized, the biggest theme in military affairs is “how to kill the enemy without hurting your own soldiers.” It was the science fiction stories of movies, novels, and comics that focused on it. Like aircraft, tanks, and battleships, robot weapons that can be piloted by humans or controlled from a remote location are truly dream technologies.


Robot weapons first appeared in the “Godzilla” series in 1974, “Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla.” Remotely controlled by the invaders, this MechaGodzilla puppet was nothing more than a puppet inorganic monster, just like Talos and Golem. However, as time goes by, the robot monsters are added to the reality as science, and they are transformed into weapons possessed by people who fight against future earthlings and Godzilla. And now they are no longer “fantasy.”


Robot weapons were also one of the “prophecies” in the series that has pointed out the dangers of many scientific runaways over time. Robot weapons have already been researched by armed forces around the world, and their dangers have been pointed out. Collected in this chapter may be the prototype of a man-made nightmare with menacing power that will appear in the future to come.

Source: ゴジラ売全解読, p 116