The word “woke” has become a byword with negative connotations in American culture as of late. But “woke” refers to someone who is “alert to injustice in society” and “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues” (Source: Merriam-Webster). In that sense of the word, I claim Godzilla woke up in 1964. I think of this as Godzilla’s conversion. It is always on my mind. It struck me growing up. I loved Godzilla the friend and hated Godzilla the vengeful monster. His conversion is a subtext to the Showa era movies. In the prologue created for the U.S. release of Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975), Henry G. Saperstein summarizes this important conversion. From 1954 until 1964, Godzilla was a victim seeking revenge until he made an about-face in Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster (1964).