Hey there, fans! For the past month, I had a bit of a worrisome dilemma: how could I celebrate Fandomania’s Cryptozoology Month and yet remain faithful to the theme of this series of articles? As January ticked by, all I could do was post the usual array of anime previews and other fun stuff that has been happening that relates to Japan, thinking and trying to figure out exactly what I could contribute to this theme. What could Japan have that could rival the likes of Nessie, Bigfoot, or even the Wolpertinger? Then it hit me like falling debris: the earth-shaking, ground-breaking, sky-scraping Kaiju!
Okay, okay, okay, while not really being in the realm of actual cryptozoology (oxymoron?), gigantic creatures that continually roam the cities of Japan to cause havoc and destruction still sound relatively cool, no? Anyway, the web has been kind to me this past week, as I discovered that the people of Pink Tentacle have found cross-sections of the more popular city-destroying beasts that show the biological workings of these beasts if they actually existed. The site explains that the drawings were found from “a set of illustrations found in one volume of the Kaijū-Kaijin Daizenshū movie monster book series published by Keibunsha in 1972.” This is awesome on several levels, as these drawings can finally “explain” how Gamera can blast lava out of his mouth or how Viras actually has an organ that can create force fields. It’s like the best biology textbook ever!
So, here’s to the final week of Fandomania’s Cryptozoology Month, and here’s to all you monster fans out there! See you next week!