Flying, Fire-Breathing Turtle! The films of Gamera the Brave.

Gamera (ガメラ?) is a giant, flying turtle from a popular series of kaiju (Japanese giant monster) films produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company in Japan. Created in 1965 to rival the success of Toho Studios' Godzilla during the daikaiju boom of the mid-to-late 1960s, Gamera has gained fame and notoriety as a Japanese icon in his own right.

Gamera has the general configuration of a turtle, albeit a tremendously large one that is capable of walking on two legs and flying, though he occasionally walks quadrupedally in his first three films. Gamera demonstrates the ability to manipulate objects with his forefeet. He possesses a pronounced sagittal crest on top of his head and his mouth is filled with teeth, with a pair of large tusks protruding upward from the lower jaws, a precedent unheard of in turtles, save perhaps for the prehistoric turtles Proganochelys and Odontochelys.

To date, Gamera has starred in the following twelve films.

2 Comments

  • Gamera is bonkers and rad. I love it when he's wacky like Gamera vs Zigra and destroy all planets, I love it when he's dark like in Gamera vs. Barugon, I love it when he's wacky and serious at the same time like in Attack of Legion, and i even like it when he's brain meltingly cute like in Little Braves.

    Best flying space jet turtle ever...

    Did you know?

    The chick from the three recent gamera films (beofre little braves) that can feel gamera's emotions and stuff is Steven Segal's daughter.

    In the Deltron 3030 song, Positive Contact, Del the Funky Homosapien paints a stirring word picture in the lines:

    I'm like Gamera to amateurs, hit em with a cannonball

  • Ha! I'm very familiar with that Deltron track. But I did not know that was Steven Segal's daughter! That's a neat bit of trivia. Gamera's the best.

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