Real Name: Kingushîsâ
Identity/Class: Mythological beast, possibly a deity
Occupation: Defender of the Azumi family
Affiliations: Gojira, the Azumi family
Known Relatives: None.
Aliases: Kingu Shîsâ, King Caesar, King Seesar
Base of Operations: Okinawa
First Appearance: Gojira tai Mekagojira (Toho Pictures, 1974)
Powers/Abilities: Standing around fifty metres tall, Kingushîsâ's immense size gives him incredible strength. Combined with his fangs and claws, this makes him a deadly fighter. He can also absorb energy and reflect it back out through his eyes to devastating effect.
History: (Gojira tai Mekagojira - Godzilla vs.Mechagodzilla) A mythological creature reputed to be both a god and the defender of the Azumi, Okinawa's royal family, prophecy stated that Kingushîsâ slept underground, but would be awakened when a black cloud arose above the clouds and a monster threatened to destroy the world. At that time, the rays of the rising son would strike a statue of Seesar situated in the temple of Azumi, and Kingushîsâ would arise to battle the other monster alongside an unspecified ally.
In 1974 Mekagojira was sent to Earth by the Simeons, fulfilling the first component of the prophecy when he attacked Japan. As had been foreseen, Kingushîsâ revived and battle him, but it was only when Gojira intervened that the defenders of Earth gained the upper hand. Defeating their robotic opponent, the two heroic monsters then returned to their respective homes, Gojira in the sea, and Kingushîsâ in his subterranean hideaway.
(Gojira: Fainaru uôzu, a.k.a. Godzilla: Final Wars) No synopsis available
Comments: The man in the suit was Momoru Kusumi, who also portrayed Angilas /Angirasu in the same movie. Motokuni Nakagawa plays the monster for his return in the latest movie, the "Godzilla 50th Anniversary Commemoration Production", which sees a host of monsters return after many years away from the big screen.
Kingushîsâ's appearance was based on the shîsâ, lion-dog guardian statues which originated in China, and which are common in Okinawa. Also known as komainu (lion-dogs), they are believed to ward off evil spirits.
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