|Episode||Episode 24: The Idol of Goga|
|Height||20 meters (at maximum)|
|Weight||20,000 tons (at muximum)|
|Homeplace||Arve (fictional nation), South Asia|
|Features||Having been sealed in the Idol of Goga|
Goga is the shell monster that goes down as a formidable kaiju which ruined the Aranka Empire overnight 6,000 years ago when the creature revived as vice thrived there.
Although it had been sealed in the Idol of Goga brought in Tokyo by an atrocious gang of smugglers, the radiation the idol was exposed to, when X-rays were taken of it, ended up bringing the monster back to life.
And Goga started destroying the streets of Tokyo in giant form.
While it has a shell shaped like a turban shell and a snail-like body, it’s capable of firing a beam from the eyes that burns up a human and of digging through the earth with a drill it has on the tip of the shell.
Goga can also roll on the ground when moving.
Whereas it was feared that Tokyo would be annihilated like the Aranka Empire all over again, as legend has it that Goga is to fall down in a sea of flames, a concerted attack the Self-Defense Forces flamethrowers launched on Goga beat the monster by making it burst into flames.
Goga is a monster I find pretty attractive, and it’s also fun to see it have a drill to dig its way through underground, which is a feature making it look more like an Ultra kaiju than a mere giant shell.
I also like finding the entire shell glows creepily.
The story connected with an ancient civilization is another fun thing reminiscent of Episode 19 ‘Demons Rise Again’ in Ultraman.
It is also noteworthy that Satoshi (Bin) Furuya, the original Ultraman actor, played a gang member who was killed when shot with a beam fired from the Idol of Goga. (Goga defeated Ultraman ahead of Zetton…)
I found the settings of an ancient idol with a monster sealed inside was truly creepy and horrifying as a child.