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Back in Japan we get into the plot, which includes the romance between Miss Azuza, who is researching the Pteranodon egg, and Aoki, the bumbling G-Force pilot of Garuda (a secondary attack vehicle which attaches to MechaGodzilla's back). Also, Miss Saegusa, the psychic girl, uses psychic children and computers to record music that somehow alerts Rodan on Adona Island as well as the Pteranodon egg in Japan. The psychic "music" causes the egg to hatch and it is not a Pteranodon at all, but a baby Godzillasaurus. Aoki says that the egg was a "Bird's Entrusted Egg;" when a bird/dinosaur is unable to care for an egg, it hides it in another bird's nest.

Then Godzilla arrives after receiving psychic vibes from its offspring. The U.N. uses this chance to launch the new MechaGodzilla. A very nice, explosive battle ensues that leaves the robot severely damaged and in need of repair. In the meantime, the scientists use Baby G to find the weak spots on Godzilla. It turns out that Godzilla has two brains, one in his skull and the second in his spine near the waist; which is their target. Now, with the repaired Mecha in order, the U.N. launches yet another attack on Godzilla by using Baby G as bait.

Another spectacular battles occurs. This time a revived Rodan, MechaGodzilla, and Godzilla duke it out for good. The Mecha takes out Rodan and successfully destroys Godzilla's secondary brain! But then Baby G cries out for Rodan to help, which it does by transferring its last bit of radioactive energy to Godzilla. (I guess that when it comes down to it, it's monsters versus humans.) Godzilla's brain repairs itself as Rodan dies. He leaps up and destroys the Mecha and Garuda and goes looking for his kid. All's well that ends well.
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This film is arguably the best in the series so far. The battles are big, explosive, and technically superior to the rest of the series; there's no more of the in-your-face ecology that was in Godzilla vs. Mothra. The romantic subplot is tolerable, as is the cutesy Baby G stuff, even for adults. At least until the newer version of Baby G appeared in Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla in 1994, which, to me, signified the downfall of the current lot of neo-Godzilla films.

Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla has too much going on at once, and that becomes its main weakness. The U.N. is now building a new Mecha called M.O.G.E.R.A. (modeled after the alien robot from 1957's The Mysterians) that can tunnel underground. Baby Godzilla (now called Little Godzilla) is now too cute (with big round eyes), 30 meters tall, and learning to breathe radioactive fire, and there's some vague Mothra involvement. All of this combined with the mutation of Biollante (see Godzilla vs Biollante) with some space crystals that creates an instinctive monster hellbent on fate called Space Godzilla. Of course, there is the usual human element subplot mostly revolving around the development of the M.O.G.E.R.A..

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed watching this film quite a bit; the battles are enjoyable and the weird crystalline city models created by Space Godzilla are impressive. However, Little Godzilla is just about as annoying as the original Minya in Son of Godzilla (1967), the M.O.G.E.R.A. subplot is completely useless and consistently interrupts the rest of the action, and the non-Ifukube soundtrack is unbearable as well as being totally disruptive. The overall tone of the film is that of complacency; there seems very little enthusiasm coming from the cast, crew, and director. It is worth watching for the chronological story that is constantly unfolding in these films, which, given the chance, can give the viewer an amazing experience when one views one of the better films in the series.

Now we are all waiting for the next film in the series, Godzilla vs. Destroyer. This is supposed to be the Big One. Oxygen Destroyer (the manmade substance that "kills" Godzilla in the original 1954 film) mutates into a huge monster that can kill Godzilla! Little Godzilla is supposedly in a near adult form now (whew!) and Godzilla is "overheating" from consuming all of that radiation! The film promises to be exciting for these the above reasons; however, advanced reports indicate that it's not the huge blow-out that fans were expecting for the last ever Godzilla film. But, do not fret, rumors are springing up everywhere over the true fate of the series.

If all works out well, TriStar Pictures will be releasing the first ever American-made Godzilla film later this year! This project has been up and down so many times that I don't feel the need to discuss it until it is actually in production. But in Japan, word has it that there is a new Mothra film planned and possibly a new King Ghidorah film as well. Another monster epic to keep your eyes open for is the recent revival of the Gamera series. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) opened to rave reviews in Japan (as well as in Texas and Canada!) and a sequel is already being made. It seems that with bigger budgets and better technology, the Giant Monster genre is alive and well with no end in sight.   </end>

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