3/27/2021

The 10 Best Kaijus (Giant Monsters) from Toho Studios

As a lifelong monster fan, I have loved Godzilla and his friends and foes ever since I was a kid. And, with the latest in Legendary Films Monsterverse movie, the long awaited Godzilla Vs. Kong, coming out to theaters and HBO Max on March 31, 2021, it seemed like the perfect time to talk about the best of the best. Here then are the 10 best of Toho Studio's giant monsters.

Honorable Mentions:
Gargantuas
Mechgodzilla versions 2&3
Orga

Special Honorable Mention:
King Kong isn't a Toho creation, but he appeared in two Toho films, King Kong Vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes. He also appeared in the Legandary Monsterverse movie Kong: Skull Island, and, of course, in the aforementioned, Godzilla Vs. Kong. But, while he's one of the greatest monsters, ever (giant or otherwise), he isn't really appropriate for this list, being an American creation leant to Toho. But, I would be wrong to not mention him and given him his much deserved respect.

10. Biollante- One of the biggest of all of Godzilla's foes, Biollante is an awesome and highly original sight to behold. Extremely powerful and neither truly good nor bad. she is a kick ass monster that should've been used more than once. As, she only appeared in her own movie, Godzilla Vs. Biollante. Also, she is the first to use Godzilla's DNA (along with plants and a dead chick), a trend that would reappear many times afterwards. 

9. Anguirus- Godzilla's bestie has been in many flicks in the franchise. He has only fought the big G, twice, and its kinda odd when he does. He doesn't have any energy blasts, but he is tough, loyal, and lovable. 
8. Hedorah- Also, known as the Smog Monster, Hedorah is a monster with three forms that is made of sludge and waste. With various powers, including an eye beam, shooting acidic sludge, the ability to drown its enemy in toxic liquid, and flying to spread his smog which turns people into skeletons. Evil and gross, he has made only two appearances in the franchise but needs to make more!
7. Destroyah- Born from mutations caused by the Oxygen Destroyer, which killed the first Big G, Destoryah looks satanic and is purely evil. He starts off as a group of deadly man-killing monsters, they join to form this extremely powerful beast. While, he only appeared once, it was in one of the best in the franchise, Godzilla Vs. Destroyah. And, he fucking KILLS Godzilla! I don't think any other monster can make that claim. 


6. Rodan- One of Toho's big five (Mothra, Mechagodzilla, King Ghidorah, and Godzilla being the other four, obviously), Rodan is essentially a giant pterodactyl. But, alas his super sonic speed causes massive destruction. Sometimes he is born of fire (which totally makes me think of the Slayer song!) and sometimes has a beam attack. He is usually a Godzilla alley, but has on occasion, been his foe. 

5. Mothra- Always a force of good, unless her larva are controlled by evil aliens like in the classic Destroy All Monsters, she is a protector of the Earth. She has powerful attacks including her hurricane causing wings, energy blasts, and her final poison attack from her wings (or stinger like in Legendry's Godzilla: King of the Monsters). Mothra has defeated Godzilla various times (more than any other monster actually) and helped him in other occasions. She has beaten many other monsters, as well and is the undisputed Queen of the Monsters!

4. Gigan- This evil cyborg alien is one of Godzilla's coolest looking foes. He has hooks for hands and a buzzsaw on his chest. as well as his energy blast. And, in Final Wars, he gets fucking chainsaw hands! How can one love monsters and horror not love that?! Plus, he is the first monster to ever make Godzilla bleed! That has to be worth some extra points right there!
3. Mechagodzilla- You could argue that good guy Mechagodzilla is more powerful, but the heel version has the better and cooler movies, in my humble opinion. In this iteration he is a weapon used by two different sets of evil aliens. He has various beam attacks, shoots rockets, has energy force field, and can disguise himself as Godzilla. He really fucks up the Big G in the awesome Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla. He does this at a degree that is worse so than any other monster had up until point. As, he makes him bleed via arterial sprays! He is set to return in Godzilla Vs. Kong, probably as a baddie, which will only further solidify his legendary status. 
2. King Ghidorah- Godzilla's number one for, he is the Joker to his Batman. As such, no one else could have had the silver medal. He has always been evil, save for his single babyface turn for the amazing GMK. His powers include his hurricane causing wings and his gravity beams. Also think of this point, Godzilla, almost always needs help to defeat him. 

1. Godzilla- Come on did you really think anyone else could or should top this list? He has been mine and many others favorite since childhood. Sometimes evil, sometimes good, sometimes a neutral force of nature, he is always the King of the Monsters. The big G is one of the most iconic characters in genre history. All hail Godzilla! 


Who are your favorite Kaijus from Toho Studios? Let me know in the comments section below.

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