A kaiju (giant monster) known as Gamera is inspiring an anime (perhaps an entire anime TV series) that will be streamed worldwide on Netflix titled Gamera –Rebirth-.
The character Gamera first appeared in the 1965 Japanese kaiju film titled Gamera, the Giant Monster, which was directed by Noriaki Yuasa. Yonesaburo Tsukiji handled the special effects. Daiei Film (now Kadokawa) produced and distributed the film.
You can see a new key visual for Gamera –Rebirth- here:
A teaser trailer, featuring Gamera’s familiar glowing green eye, has also been released and can be watched here:
Gamera, the Giant Monster was the first film in the Gamera franchise and the Shouwa Era. The films stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Harumi Kiritachi, and Junichirou Yamashita. In the film, an atomic bomb that is set off in the Artic unintentionally unleashes a giant prehistoric turtle that becomes known as Gamera.
But what makes Gamera different from other kaijus is the fact he kind towards children, and justly seeks to protect people from the dangers on Earth. Gamera is also known for having a unique personality and adorable design as a giant turtle that can fly. When in flight Gamera spins through the air, and resembles a flying saucer. Gamera is also known for his bravery when pitted against other monsters.
Gamera, the Giant Monster’s production had massive obstacles
Studio head Masaichi Nagata was inspired by the success of such films as The Birds and Toho’s Godzilla and wanted to produce a similar film. In 1964, Daiei Film tried to produce a film called Nezura with Yuasa directing, but the production was shut down since the project was going to use dozens of life rats, which was considered to pose a possible health risk by the health department.
Despite having a low budget and tight schedule to work with, Yuasa was undaunted and determined to complete the film even with his outdated equipment, faulty props, and his colleagues underestimating his vision. On November 27, 1965, Gamera, the Giant Monster was theatrically released in Japan.
The kind turtle kaiju Gamera won over people’s hearts
On December 15, 1966, an updated version of Gamera, the Giant Monster featuring new footage was released in the United States by Harris Associates, Inc. and World Enterprises Corporation as Gammera the Invincible. On April 17, 1966, a sequel titled Gamera VS Garugon was released.
Gamera gained so much popularity that it spawned 8 films total. The final film in the series was Uchu Kaiju Gamera that was released in 1980. From 1995 to 1999, a reboot trilogy titled Heisei Gamera directed by Shusuke Kaneko was released. In 2006, Chiisaki Yusha-tachi Gamera (Gamera the Brave) directed by Ryuta Tasaki was released.
When I proposed my own concept for Gamera in the Reiwa era, Kadokawa was already working on a new project. The concept seems to be a perfect fit for Kadokawa and I have high expectations for this upcoming project. As a baseball commentator might say I will continue to support the new Gamera project as a Gamera team manager until it wins the “championship” and I get to step up to the plate again in order to hit a “home run”.Shusuke Kaneko commented at Crunchyroll
From November 18 to 20, 2022, a special figure will be exhibited at the Tamashii Nation2022 in Japan. Also, a newspaper featuring an illustration of Gamera will be distributed at the venue.
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