The Story of Godzilla’s Birth – Pt 10


The Story of Godzilla's Birth
「ゴジラ誕生語」The Story of Godzilla's Birth by Osamu Yamaguchi

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Most of the people Honda consulted gave similar answers. But in the end it’s up to you to decide. Honda remembered a scene. It was the sight of Hiroshima. A quiet city with no vegetation after being burned by the atomic bomb.


“Such a cruel thing should never happen again. Is it possible to put such a message in this work?”


Honda passed through Hiroshima on his way home from the war. The spectacle of Hiroshima, completely destroyed by the atomic bomb and turned into a hellish mess, cannot be burned into my memory. Honda later said:


“When I came back from the war and passed through Hiroshima on the train, there was a heavy atmosphere around me, as if the end of the world had finally arrived. That was how I felt. It was the cornerstone of this film.”


Honda nodded lightly several times as if to convince himself, and then said. “Okay. Let’s take it.”


Honda’s mind was made up. At that time, no one knew that the sight of Hiroshima was a major reason for Honda to go to “G works.”


Hiroshima is the first city in the world to drop a nuclear bomb. 8:15 am on August 6, 1945. What happened in the center of Hiroshima city? But no one knows for sure. This is what is written at the beginning of “Hiroshima Notes” (Kenzaburo Oe, Iwanami Shinsho). “There is no one who can tell me the story of the hypocenter.”

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No one who was in the hypocenter at that time survived. No one knows what it looks like. However, there was a person who was far from the hypocenter who said,


“I looked up at the sound of B2’s explosion, and saw something like a glittering box, a can or an object like a drum falling from a parachute.”


Four seconds after being dropped from a B2 (an American strategic bomber), it reached a height of 580 meters above the ground and became a dazzling ball of light. Maximum diameter 280 meters. The center temperature was 1,000,000°C, and the surface temperature was 5,000°C, and it became a large fireball that continued to shine for about 10 seconds, and the center of Hiroshima disappeared without a trace.


What burned into Honda’s eyes was the city of Hiroshima, where there was no trace of it.