Godzilla: MaM - Castle Bravo Incident Picture

Along with the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings of WWII, the Castle Bravo incident (see here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_B…) also played a large part in fuelling Japan's fears about radiation - and consequently, the creation of the original 1954 Gojira (later adapted by America into Godzilla, King of the Monsters!). In my Myths and Mutations universe, it also has great importance:

- The first recorded sighting of one of Godzilla's kind was in 1954, when a nuclear hydrogen bomb was tested by the US at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands; supposedly curious about the sudden surge of radiation (perhaps as a result of being a product of nuclear material), the creature swam to the islands and surfaced, vaguely glimpsed by the crew of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru ("Lucky Dragon Five")
- When the crew returned to Japan with acute radiation syndrome, one - Tsuneo Honda - was particularly traumatized and delirious; under hypnosis, he drew an image of the creature they saw and repeatedly chanted the name of the legendary sea monster "Gojira"
- The crew were encouraged to keep quiet about their sighting - most were sure it was a hallucination caused by their sickness anyway; however, one member of the staff of the hospital Honda was kept in - Gorou Ueno - would photocopy his drawing and use it as a basis for the Cult of Gojira; his descendent Shou Ueno would become a particularly infamous leader of this movement
- It is possible that the specimen sighted here remained out at sea and died there - and that its remains were obtained by the US for Project Kiryu

(Please note that these events occur only in the MaM universe; no offense is meant to those involved in the real-life mishap)

Tsuneo Honda is named after Ishiro Honda, director of the 1954 film and many subsequent Toho films. He is also, of course, based on the traumatized Japanese sailor seen in the 1998 Godzilla, muttering the name "Gojira", from which Godzilla's name comes. In the junior novelisation from Scholastic, it is clearly stated that in that film's world Gojira is indeed a sea monster of Japanese myth, and the sailor was singing a song about it to himself right before the ship is attacked. (I feel they could have made that clearer in the actual film; that way, less people would think it is set in the same universe as Toho's films).

More on the mythical "Gojira" - and Ueno's cult - next.
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