But the reason a radioactive beast that lays siege to Tokyo was used was becuase of an American hydrogen bomb test designated "Castle-Bravo" whose fallout contaminated a Japanese fishing trawler, resulting in some of the crew's deaths and a national recall of fish products because of radiated tuna aboard the vessel that was served into the market unknowingly. An H-Bomb setup is also used to explain Godzilla's strange powers and hideously deformed physik.
"Castle-Bravo" has become the calling card of anti-nuclear activists ever since the incident involving the trawler, and Godzilla has seen more films than any other character.
Godzilla was originally intended to be a metaphor for nuclear and atomic weapons used on Japan and throughout the world. So far, there have been 26 Godzilla movies made in three different eras. The first era, called "Showa", went from 1954 until 1975. The second era, called "Heisei", went from 1984 until 1995. The final era, known to Kaiju fans as the "Millenium" era, went from 2000 (1999 in Japan) until 2004. The supposed final movie for 5 to 10 years is coming out in December of 2004. It is called "Godzilla: Final Wars" and features a large cast of Godzilla fin favorites, including Mothra, Rodan, and Angilas, and one new Kaiju, Called Monster-X.
Godzilla has over 98% universal awareness. His fans range throughout all ages, from the very young to the very old. We love Godzilla.
2. A legendary Japanese sea monster that torments the inhabitants of the home islands by sinking fishing ships and other small boats, given sacrifices of young girls sent out to sea in rafts.
3. A legendary kaiju monster created by the TOHO(c) movie corporation