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GOTU: Zigra by DinoHunter2 GOTU: Zigra by DinoHunter2
ZIGRA

Powers and Abilities:



* Heavily armored. Zigra’s plates are made of a lightweight but incredibly strong heat-resistant metal. Its edges are extremely sharp, capable even of piercing Gamera’s hard shell.

* Small organ above beak can fire a thin, red beam. Deadlier than it appears.

* Can control the minds of weaker beings (ie, humans).

* Linked to an ancient engine inside Earth’s moon.

* Able to adapt to any terrain by morphing his body.


History:

[Guardian of the Universe]



Nearly a week passed without incident.

Then, out of the blue, a mysterious metal shard entered Earth’s atmosphere. Giving off a blinding glimmer as it soared over the horizon, it crashed into the Pacific ocean and disappeared. Unbeknown to it’s witnesses, the shard was alive; it had already grown fins and eyes by the time it hit the sea floor.

Morphing into his marine form, the techno-organic monster Zigra returned to life. Immediately he sent an invisible signal into space, restoring an age-old connection that would spell doom for all mankind. Thousands of miles away ancient mechanisms of The Cycle kicked back to life, and an engine older than most of the human race silently began it’s work.

Watching from Mars, the Legnals were astounded: Earth’s moon was moving on it’s own. Completely ignoring it’s natural orbit, the moon slowly put itself between Earth and the sun and stayed there. Down below, chaos engulfed the world: hurricane winds and perpetual night plagued the land as the ocean ceased to ebb and flow; animals changed behaviors, temperatures shifted, and even the rotation of the Earth began to change. As global ecological disaster struck, Gamera looked grimly to the sky; he had seen this before. He was not the only one to take notice.

Meanwhile, in Yokohama, a new figure stepped forth: a beautiful but eerily calm young woman who referred to herself only as The Voice of Zigra. After dispatching several armed guards on her own, she took over a television station to spread her word directly to the people of Japan: her master, the harbinger Zigra, had already sealed mankind’s fate. The next stage of The Cycle had begun and Extinction was already on its way. Resistance would be pointless; the destruction of humankind and its defender was now completely inescapable.

His message delivered, Zigra released his puppet and attacked the coast, razing cities from afar with his beam and sinking every vessel in sight. The JSDF attacked with all it’s might, but Zigra swept them aside without effort. Seemingly indestructible, he casually laid waste to everything around him. Then Gamera appeared.

Completely changing his demeanor, Zigra ignored the coast and attacked. A vicious battle broke loose, each monster desperate and determined to kill the other. At his strongest underwater, Gamera was shrugging off tremendous amounts of damage and bashing his foe into the rocks below. Zigra, however, held the real advantage; immune to the heat of his breath and able to cut through his shell, he was effectively wearing the Guardian down. The ocean swirled green with his blood.

Realizing that he could not achieve victory underwater, Gamera grabbed hold of Zigra and rocketed out of the ocean. Soaring high over the beach, he released his water-bound foe and watched him plummet to certain doom. But no impact followed. Suddenly spreading his fins into a pair of enormous wings, Zigra pulled up and shot back into the sky.

The battle resumed abruptly as Gamera found himself fighting in the airspace over Yokohama. In his flying form Zigra had become more of a ranged fighter, swiftly avoiding the giant turtle’s attacks and pushing him back with lasers and wind. As he continued to wear down his prey, however, the JSDF moved in; flying high with fighter jets and armor-piercing missiles, they were ready to support their hero.

But Zigra had other plans. Seizing control of the pilots’ minds, he took over the aircraft and turned them against Gamera. Refusing to fight back, the armor-plated Guardian did his best to endure their attacks and focus on the enemy; he would have to discover a way to break Zigra’s control to save them. Before he could, the fiend made another move: he took direct control of the pilots and forced them one by one to kill themselves… by flying straight into Gamera.

Mortified and infuriated, Gamera threw himself at Zigra with unprecedented savagery. He threw all caution to the wind and attacked with such ferocity that the course of battle changed immediately. Beaten within an inch of his life, Zigra dropped from the sky and crashed into a burning office building. Gamera, slowly regaining his composure, lowered into the city.

Devastation surrounded him: fires started by his wanton breath, buildings crushed by his own two hands. The city had suffered the exact same wrath Zigra had, and now it laid in ruin. He had destroyed Yokohama. Stunned, Gamera stopped his attack. As he stood among the wreckage a soft, tiny sound reached his ears. He turned around.

Crumbling by his side was an apartment building, half-collapsed and missing a floor. Without a roof, it’s contents were plainly visible: sobbing uncontrollably, a small girl stared up at him with wide, horrified eyes. She crouched by a giant pile of rubble, the remnants of the caved-in ceiling… sticking out from beneath it was a single, limp hand.

Absolutely paralyzed, Gamera stood where he was, silent and overwhelmed. Zigra rose behind him, eyes narrow and aglow, and spread his wings.

Gamera spun around with a violent roar, smashing into Zigra and throwing him back into the flames. The monsters fought one last time amid the ruins, and Gamera, mercilessly beating his foe into the ground with nothing but sheer brute force, dealt the final blow. Zigra collapsed, dead… but victorious.

Nearly a hundred miles away, an ancient relic of unknown importance stirred.


History:

[Destroyer of Mankind]



When he regained consciousness, Gamera nonchalantly destroyed everything around him and departed. With the Legion horde exterminated it was business as usual once again. For nearly a week he terrorized the Japanese without distraction.

Then, out of the blue, a mysterious metal shard entered Earth’s atmosphere. Giving off a blinding glimmer as it soared over the horizon, it crashed into the Pacific ocean and disappeared. Unbeknown to it’s witnesses, the shard was alive; it had already grown fins and eyes by the time it hit the sea floor.

Morphing into his marine form, the techno-organic monster Zigra returned to life. Immediately he sent an invisible signal into space, restoring an age-old connection that would spell doom for all mankind. Thousands of miles away ancient mechanisms of The Cycle kicked back to life, and an engine older than most of the human race silently began it’s work.

Watching from their observatories, astronomers all across the globe were awestruck: Earth’s moon was moving on it’s own. Completely ignoring it’s natural orbit, the moon slowly put itself between Earth and the sun and stayed there. Down below, chaos engulfed the world: hurricane winds and perpetual night plagued the land as the ocean ceased to ebb and flow; animals changed behaviors, temperatures shifted, and even the rotation of the Earth began to change. As global ecological disaster struck, Gamera looked into the sky. For once The Cycle’s interference did not bother him. A toothy grin spread across his face.

Meanwhile, in Yokohama, a new figure stepped forth: a beautiful but eerily calm young woman who referred to herself only as The Voice of Zigra. After dispatching several armed guards on her own, she took over a television station to spread her word directly to the people of Japan: her master, the harbinger Zigra, had already sealed mankind’s fate. The next stage of The Cycle had begun and Extinction was already on its way. Resistance would be pointless: the destruction of the human race was now completely inescapable.

His message delivered, Zigra released his puppet and attacked the coast, razing cities from afar with his beam and sinking every vessel in sight. The JSDF attacked with all it’s might, but Zigra swept them aside without effort. Seemingly indestructible, he casually laid waste to everything around him. Then, wading into the bay, Gamera appeared.

Zigra cut off his attack immediately to face his ancient foe. A vicious battle broke loose by the coast, each monster eager to slaughter the other. At his strongest underwater, Gamera was truly a force to be reckoned with, but Zigra was the one really holding an advantage. Immune to the heat of Gamera’s breath and able to cut through his shell, he was slowly wearing the turtle down.

Gamera snarled unhappily, taking notice; he would have to even the playing field. Choosing to swim away from the shore rather than toward it, he lead Zigra into deeper water. Abruptly, he stopped and dug his claws into the silt, then goaded his foe to attack. He obliged, but this time it was a mistake. As he drew near Gamera launched up toward the surface, heaving a giant undersea boulder with him; Zigra crashed into it, throwing Gamera backward but impaling his horn in rock. Panicked, Zigra plummeted to the sea floor; with the boulder stuck on his horn he could not swim and his laser was useless.

Fully aware of both, Gamera advanced without fear and sadistically kicked his handicapped foe about. He continued until the light faded from Zigra’s eyes. Then he simply swam away, leading the motionless body at the bottom of the ocean. Now that he’d had his fun it was time to remind Yokohama why they feared him.

Explosions rocked the coast as The Destroyer returned to his duties. He demolished everything in his path, hurling cranes, smashing bridges, and rocketing through the hearts of mighty skyscrapers. As the people ran for their lives, a familiar glimmer showed on the horizon: bursting out of the sea on giant wings, Zigra shrieked menacingly and charged for shore. His defeat had merely been a rouse; by feigning death he had bought himself enough time to break free.

Now more irritated than enthusiastic, Gamera shot into the air and crashed directly into his opponent. Once again they tangled in combat, now fighting in and above the flaming city. Wounded from their previous conflict, Gamera still found himself placing second best. Pummeled by lasers and sliced across the back, he crashed into the street below with a giant blast of fire and dirt. As he struggled back to his feet, Zigra circling overhead, he noticed something.

Crumbling by his side was a damaged apartment building, half-collapsed torn wide open. Without a roof, it’s contents were plainly visible: sobbing uncontrollably, a small girl stared up at him with wide, horrified eyes. She crouched by a giant pile of rubble, the remnants of the caved-in ceiling. Sticking out from beneath it was a single, limp hand.

Gamera paused a moment… then, without missing a beat, incinerated the entire building.

Taking to the sky, he resumed his war with Zigra. The conflict moved further inland but with no major change in pace: Gamera had managed to wound his foe’s soft underbelly using his claws and spurs, but the wounds were not grievous enough; he would bleed out long before Zigra. Desperate for a solution, he scanned the horizon for something useful. Almost immediately he found something.

Steering the fight in the direction he wanted, Gamera tackled Zigra into the ground with an earth-shaking crash. The monsters had landed in a park, and nearby, painted with the smiling, colorful faces of children’s cartoon characters, stood a giant wind turbine. As his enemy rose to attack, Gamera tore off one of the turbine’s giant rotors: using it like a shank, he plunged the makeshift blade into Zigra’s throat. Seizing him by the horn with his other hand, he stabbed the shrieking monster again and again. As the life faded from his eyes once and for all, Gamera buried the rotor deep in Zigra’s chest and snapped it off.

Bloody and breathing heavily, Gamera kicked the eviscerated corpse aside and glanced at the eclipse. There would be time to heal, but just barely… the moment he’d been waiting for was finally at hand.

Nearly a hundred miles away, an ancient relic stirred in the dark.
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:iconakagigryphon:
AkagiGryphon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This Zigra is superior. 
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:icondinohunter2:
DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
I imagine he has Green Goblin's voice
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:iconkaijuinfinity:
KaijuInfinity Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A fer AWESOMENESS!!!!!!! :XD:
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XEternalBarugon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this just might be my 1st or 2nd favorite rendition you've done. came out GREAT
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Scatha-the-Worm Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
I...I love this. He looks amazing, pure and simple.

And damn...that's some imagery with the crying girl and her dead brother(?) with GOTU. Goddamn, Zigra is a dick, and it makes me almost happy that he's so viciously brutalized in the DOM line.
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Kali, coming from you that's really high praise. :D
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:iconkaijuduke:
KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
VERY good work on Zigra!
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:icondinohunter2:
DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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KingAsylus91 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Nice concept. :D
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Vey vicious. GJ
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BlakerOats Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zigra: it's a space ship, a monster, and a planet! They need more nouns on Zigra.
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RenDragonClaw Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbisonyesplz: YEEEEEEEEEESSS! Also a handy and simple explaination for Zigra's unique design. He manages to be both fish and flying menace at the same time. His pivotal use of the moon is also appreciated as in the original film he just kinda attacked it, got a spokeswoman, then left. Here, the moon is an ancient doomsday device that Zigra sets in motion in a fashion eerily similar to 'all your base'. The inane boating scenes with the kids and chase through sea world are thankfully done away with.

GOU faces probably his most sadistic and terrible opponent yet in Zigra. Killing those closet to him, making him look like a monster in front of a child, leading him to smash and burn the hell out of a city he was trying to protect...*whistle* Zigra just got the magneficent bastard award for this series. The pilots being forced into fighting and eventually kamikazing GOU was a good writing hook into GOU's 'good job breaking it hero' moment. Thus making GOU's later 'unstoppable rage' rewarding but hollow. Here is an eager tip of the hat in anticipation of Irys's arrival :nod:. Looking forward to seeing how you handle him.

DOM meanwhile is having a good old time and the battle with Zigra becomes a matter of 'I am eviler than thou'. It's almost like reading a fanfiction battle between The Shredder and Megatron. DOM defeats Zigra by just being that much more ruthlessly pragmatic than Zigra. Opposed to how GOU goes beyond the impossible in an earnest if collateral sense, DOM has gradually become more and more underhanded. Kicking his foes when they are down and plotting on the fly to just troll them mercilessly. Zigra was defeated for having a sense of 'class' still intact, ultimately unable to counter having to play fifty two pickup with his bowels. DOM's saving grace this battle was that his utter callousness regarding humanity has potentially denied Irys a strong 'motivation' aside from what he already has as part of The Cycle. Going into their battle it will be two destroyers of mankind going at it for the right to light the Earth's last funeral pyre. Oh it's going to be glorious :iconnukeplz:
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Ren! I'm thrilled to hear that you liked it. :D Hopefully Irys won't disappoint.
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RenDragonClaw Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've heard conflicting opinions about Irys's design. Some just gush over it, others think it's too busy and full of tentacles. I think Irys was one of those kaiju that fit the Gameraverse due to his utterly bizzare nature, like most of Gamera's foes. I mean, yeah he was a comparably slender looking bastard (which I think is another reason he gets a lot of flack) but that made the dynamic between him and Gamera that much more interesting. He's almost like this parasitic worm that learned how to stand on two legs and shank people.


Ultimately I think Irys would benefit from a sturdier frame, turning his stilleto heels into spurs and yet maintain that sense of alien menace that got done away with in one particular version that I shall not name due to anime Gary Stue flavored plox. Maybe a little 'Suzaku' flavor to compare to Gamera's 'Genbu' like it was somewhat hinted at in the film.

By the way, is it just me or does the infant form of Irys resemble the pokemon Shuckle? That was a fairly 'lol wut' moment for me.
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty neutral on Irys. When I was younger he was briefly my favorite Gamera kaiju, and still today there are certain things I like about him. He is a bit of an armor blob, though. Not half as bad as Legion, of course, but he still could've used some streamlining. I also think he suffered from the same problem as Jiger, ie, suit constraints hindered his potential.

That in particular irked me in the film... despite the insane amounts of hype I'd heard from fans, I personally thought Irys was one of the most underwhelming monsters in the series. He did an awful lot of standing and looking scary (oooh, sea of fire, aaah lightning strikes) but outside of CG sequences he barely did anything. I couldn't help but think of Heisei Godzilla villains like Space Godzilla and Destoroyah: standing in place, lamely bumping into the other monster, all atmosphere but no substance.

So that's definitely something I want to address with my design. If all goes as planned my Irys should have all the same parts as the original, just more mobile and combat-oriented.

Regarding your last statement, all I can do is point you to this: [link]
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Dragonsmana Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Awesome, surprised you did anything related to my moon ideas lol.
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Not-SafeZone Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Oh snap, why am I getting the feeling that that relic is Irys and the crying girl is Ayana?
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:icondinohunter2:
DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not quite, but you're definitely on the right track.
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SirKaijuOfVaudeville Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
From the sounds of it....this leads directly into Irys, correct?
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Correct. He's the only monster left, after all... unless you count the monsters from the video game, or the fanmade Albino Gyaos, but personally I don't :P.
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AkityMH Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Never got this far into the series of Gamera, at least for the old series. None the less, the story and design are great. Win on all sides.
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