It is not only from GODZILLA that the Japanese market of Kaijus survives (怪獣 means “strange beast”). Gamera (ガメラ) is a Japanese cinema daikaijū, a fictional giant tortoise-like monster created by the now extinct Daiei Studios, now owned by Kadokawa. Gamera's original film was released in 1965 to rival the success of Toho Pictures' Godzilla in the 1960s. From then on, the character gained fame and notoriety as a Japanese icon in its own right.
Gamera, despite resembling a gigantic turtle, has teeth in its mouth and two immense fangs in the lower arch, which project outwards from the end of the dental arch, bilaterally. It takes on quadruped or biped size and produces a ferocious roar. Gamera measures between 60 and 80 meters in height and weighs between 80 and 120 tons.
It uses as a weapon, in addition to its claws, a flare of fire that launches through the mouth, as Godzilla does in some films. It can also fly using jets that propel it out of the hollows of the hind legs when it collects them into the hull, or else from the hollows of the four legs.
His flight can reach Mach 3, three times the speed of sound - 3 672 km / h. It is seen as a discoid and incandescent object, perfectly resembling a flying saucer and has been seen flying over several cities around the world, but always chooses Japan to land and cause destruction or save Civilization.
Gamera, although initially created as an irrational and destructive monster, later appeared in countless films as a friend of the children and defender of Humanity, fighting alien invasions and other monsters.
One of the episodes (65) of the anime Detective Conan, set in the TV series studio where they were recording Gamera, it was easy to notice in this episode the children's passion for the monster. There are several references to him, as in the anime of Detective Conan.
To celebrate Gamera's 50th anniversary, a new film will be released, and from the trailer we can see how spectacular it will be.