‘Hesei’ is the current era name of Japan, beginning in 1989 after the death of the reigning emperor and his son’s succession. In Godzilla terms, this is the name given to the second series of Godzilla films produced between 1984 and 1995. The first series of films are referred to as the ‘Showa’ series. The Hesei series are the ones that I watched the most as a kid and are, in turn, the ones that I enjoy the most out of the entire series of films. One reason for my preference of the Hesei series over the Showa and Millenium series (Millenium being the final group of movies released between 1999 and 2004) is that the Hesei series films are all interconnected, with reoccuring characters and a continuing story arc. This makes it stand apart from the more recent Millenium series as the more recent films have all had stories that are totally unconnected with each other and are instead all ‘direct sequels’ to the original 1954 film. In all, it is factors like these that make the Godzilla film series far more complicated than they need to be. Anyways, Here are the trailers for the first three films: ‘The Return of Godzilla’ (1984), ‘Godzilla vs. Biollante’ (1989), and ‘Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah’ (1991).
‘Return of Godzilla’ is one of only two movies in the series to feature only Godzilla and no other monsters. The only other film with this sort of story is the original ‘Gojira’ from 1954.
‘Godzilla vs. Biollane’ is Biollante’s only appearance in the Godzilla series which is a shame since it has one the most interesting and terrifying designs of any of the Godzilla villains. Who knew that combining Godzilla DNA with that of a rose and a human could be so….toothy?
King Ghidorah gets a robot third head and is piloted by a girl from the future. What else do you need to know about this movie?