Does the new Godzilla have a little too much junk in the trunk?
The new Gareth Edward’s version of Godzilla is finding no love with Japanese fans. Apparently Nisei Kaiju admirers are overwhelmed by the vast “ginormity” of Gojira, as he is known to the island nation. They are not seeing bigger as better, just fatter.
Comments on 2ch, Japan’s largest and most popular internet forum have not been very kind. “Did he get fat.” “Out of shape Godzilla.” “He’s gone Supersize me,” referencing the Morgan Spurlock documentary on the effects of fast food. “That is what happens when all you do is eat and lay around.” All are common echoes.
One Godzilla admirer did stick up for King Gojira. Matt Frank an illustrator for IDW’s Godzilla: Ruler of Earth comic series, noted in an interview with Kotaku.com, “It’s a little ridiculous for anyone in Japan to complain that ‘the American Godzilla is fat’ – after all, he definitely had a heavy phase in the Heisei Era….” Heisei is the Japanese term for the 1980′s.
Japanese perceive Americans as a people with rapidly expanding waist lines. Obesity rates are at 36% in the US as oppose to Japan’s just under 4%.
Little do they remember that Gojira is a mashing of the Japanese words for gorilla and whale. Besides the big boy is celebrating his 60th birthday this year and a little middle age spread is to be expected.
A Heisei era Godzilla struts his stuff.